LA Sync Mission – Welcome to LA

The LA Sync Licensing Mission, hosted for the first time at the iconic East West in Hollywood, just goes from strength to strength. Now in its 19th 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 a period of uncertainty for the UK Music Industry we are pleased to see the support from our closest friends in music ‘across the pond’.

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 and East West Studios.

The BPI champions the UK’s recorded music community, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers and label members of collecting body PPL. The BPI’s membership consists of well over 500 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘majors’ – Universal Music UK, Sony Music Entertainment UK and Warner Music UK. Its total membership taken together accounts for around 85 per cent of legitimate domestic music consumption and 1 in 10 streams around the world.

The BPI promotes British music at home and overseas through its trade missions, the Music Exports Growth Scheme and The BRIT Awards, which it owns and organises. It administers The BRIT Certified Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme, co-owns the Official Charts Company with ERA, and is home to The Mercury Prize.

Chris Tams

Director Independent Member Services and International


Digital Content & Communications Manager

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.

Phil Patterson

Sector Specialist – Music

Phil has over 40 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.

As a Music Industry Specialist working 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 to develop international development.

Ros O’Neill

Head of Creative Industries, Digital Media & Sports Economy, North America

Ros heads up the Creative, Media & Sport Team for the UK’s Department for International Trade in North America. Her team is responsible for foreign direct investment and UK export activity across music, film, television, advertising, video games, digital and social media, sports, experience economy and immersive tech. Ros originates from London, worked in broadcast, art & design and international aid & trade for 15 years and since moving to Los Angeles in 2011 in running a design firm in LA and for the three years with DIT.

Valentina Baccianella

Manager – Creative, Media & Sport, Southwest US


The Music Publishers Association (UK) – MPA – acts on behalf of over 200 members ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups. These companies are the engine room of British music, they support our music makers and drive an extraordinary cultural and economic success story. Collectively, the MPA represents over 95% of UK song rights.


Music publishing generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.6 billion in export revenue. As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of our members, the MPA aims to promote the value of publishing to the wider music industry, creative industry, government and the general public. (According to UK Music – Music by Numbers report). The MPA Group also includes:

Collectively, these subsidiary businesses are known as the MPA Group. Please visit our FAQs section if you have any questions about music publishing, printed music, copyright or a career in music publishing. See here for membership options and benefits or reach our membership managers