The once mighty advocate for artists’ rights in the UK is no more. Yes, there is a zombie organization that still bears the name, but it seems a lifeless and corrupted shell of an organization, routinely parroting every MMF press releases. But it is their latest email that leaves us with no other conclusion than they have been taken over by the Spotify and Google funded “Music Manager’s Forum”. They have now officially endorsed Jon Webster CEO of the MMF to represent “performers” on the PPL. (The PPL collects performers royalties on behalf of artists.) Jon Webster is a former record executive and as far as I know his only experience as a performer is “acting” like he represents performers and not MMF or the companies that fund it. It should be noted that the FAC does not endorse former FAC head Crispin Hunt. Hunt along with a group of other performers stepped down from the FAC last year reportedly because MMF wanted to control the messaging and he and others objected to the Spotify and Google funding. Now in what appears to be a vindictive putsch that would make Stalin proud they are trying to push Crispin Hunt off the board of the PPL.
Fuck these guys. Let’s send Webster not Hunt to the Goolag. If you are eligible to vote, vote! Now! You only have 2 days left! You of course are free to make up your own mind, but we believe that UK artists are better represented by a vote for Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly.
If you are an eligible PPL voter here is the form.