The LA Sync Licensing Mission, hosted again at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood, just goes from strength to strength. Now in its 14th year, we’re as proud as ever to bring some of the finest independent labels, publishers, sync agents and composers over to Los Angeles for a week of panels, keynotes, visits and workshops. During this week, our companies get to meet the people responsible for matching music to moving image in the heart of Hollywood and we get to show off some of the best music the UK has to offer. The reception we get from the industry in Los Angeles is as strong as ever which is testament to the enduring appeal of British music and creativity. No other event in our calendar more perfectly illustrates how well British music travels and why it’s such an important industry for the UK.
In keeping with our goal to make the LA Sync Mission better year on year, 2018 sees us host our second sync-themed songwriters camp in the week leading up to the mission, made possible by the kind support of Arts Council England. The LA Sync Songwriters Camp sees eight immensely talented writers cross the Atlantic for a four day writers camp at studios in North Hollywood during which they’ll write with a range of exceptional US-based writers – last year’s camp had notable successes with placements in Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and the Shape of Water. And building on the success of our 2017 artist showcase, we’re again bringing three top UK acts to Los Angeles and hosting a showcase evening at legendary Hollywood venue, Hotel Café.
Putting this together is only possible through the hard work, dedication and collaboration of the BPI, the MPA and the Department for International Trade, with invaluable support from the GREAT Britain Campaign, the Guild of Music Supervisors, Arts Council England and Capitol Studios.
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.
Tim heads the Creative and Digital Media team for the UK’s Department for International Trade in the United States. His team is responsible for foreign direct investment and UK export activity across music, film, television, advertising, video games, digital and social media, animation and design. He also leads strategic relationships with major investors in the entertainment industry across Southern California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Before joining the Department for International Trade, he was a senior policy advisor at the Cabinet Office in London. He studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Southern California, and has lived in Los Angeles since 2013 with his partner, Shatara who works in the film industry, and their dog, Oscar.
Phil has over 30 years of Music Industry experience, the majority of which has been spent in the International scene.
Phil has worked with both major and independent record companies developing, marketing and promoting artists and catalogues from all musical genres, both here in the UK and around the world, from Happy Hard – core to Classical and everything in-between!
As a Music Industry Specialist working as a consultant with the government Department for International Trade, Phil is now offering assistance to the industry as a whole, highlighting exactly where and how he and the team at the Department for International Trade around the world can best assist the British Music Industry.
Mila came to the Department of International Trade from the film industry, though she has had a life-long love of music. She began her career at The Gersh Agency and Village Roadshow Productions as a junior executive. Prior to this she worked as a coordinator for the Yale World Fellows Program. The program, which is part of Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, provides the opportunity to cultivate and empower sixteen mid-career global leaders yearly. Mila holds BA in Anthropology from Yale University and is well-qualified to represent the LBC (Long Beach, California).
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The BPI is the record labels’ association that promotes British music and champions the UK’s recorded music sector, including through its content protection work, international trade missions, industry events, research, and management of the Music Exports Growth Scheme. Its membership is made up of over 400 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘major’ companies – Sony Music Entertainment UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK. Collectively the BPI’s members broadly account for over 80 per cent of domestic music consumption and one in six of all the artist albums sold around the world.
The BPI administers and certifies the iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme and co-owns the Official Charts with the retailers’ association ERA. The BPI owns and organises the celebrated BRIT Awards and its related events, including BRITs Week and the BRITs Icon Award, and is also home to the Mercury Prize.
Since 1989 The BRIT Awards has raised more than £16.8m for The BRIT Trust charity, whose main beneficiaries include the world-famous BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and other selected charities and organisations which promote education and wellbeing through music.
Over 8,000 young people have to date received free education and the opportunity to enter the BRIT School since its opening in 1991, and more than 10,000 children and adults have been helped by the extraordinary music therapy work carried out by Nordoff-Robbins.
(MPA) is the trade association for music publishers in the UK, with over 260 members, representing around 4,000 catalogues, covering every genre of music. These include all of the UK’s major music publishers as well as independent pop publishers, classical music publishers, library music publishers and printed music publishers.
The MPA exists to safeguard and promote the interests of music pub-lishers and the writers signed to them and to represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public. It also provides publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses.
Over the years the MPA has delivered trade missions to the US, Japan, Australia and European territories. As well as giving members direct access to international markets and a large number of industry professionals, these missions include a mixture of panels, site visits, practical sessions, meetings and keynote speeches, giving delegates as much insight as possible into foreign markets.
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