Music Legend Midge Ure Named Director New Venture To Protect

Monday, 15 March 2010

Scottish music legend Midge Ure has been appointed to the Board of CCW Long Play, which has been set up to manage and exploit the copyrights created by musicians.


The driving force behind Band Aid and Ultravox front man has joined the Board of CCW Long Play. Ure brings 40 years of knowledge and experience gained during his working life as a music industry professional.


Midge Ure commented:  "I'm delighted at becoming a director of CCW Longplay as it gives me the opportunity to assist in unravelling the historical legal and managerial spaghetti that has been endemic in the music industry.


"Anything I can be involved with that offers assistance and guidance to new and established artists is something I relish."


The privately owned, UK-based company will be run by experienced contract lawyer Stephen Cotton and music industry guru Ronnie Gurr, formerly of Virgin Records and Columbia's Artiste and Repertoire teams and co-founder and creative director of Richard Branson's V2 Records.


CCW Long Play will provide business, legal and creative advice as well as potential financial investment for new and established artists.  The service is available on a bespoke basis, and is flexible depending on artists' requirements and budget.


Stephen Cotton said:  "In 2020 it will be easy to say which was the money making model for artists in 2010. However, we believe our routes to market are already very close to that ideal model. Core to our philosophy is the death of some of the draconian contracts that typify the industry. In our world, we work for the artist, not the other way around. The relationship can be short or long but underpinning it will be good faith and openness. Hopefully, the testimonials on our, (live from Monday, March 15), illustrates what others think of the service so far.


"We're absolutely thrilled that Midge is on board as a director of CCW Long Play and a mentor for our artists. His name says it all and, in itself, imposes very high standards for us to live up to."


Sandi Thom, whose album, Merchants And Thieves, is already attracting great interest within the industry and will be released in May via her own record label, Guardian Angels, was the first artist to sign up to CCW Long Play.  She commented:


"In my opinion, CCW has adopted a brave new approach to management in the face of this ever changing industry, managing to combine a fresh-faced attitude with a great respect and appreciation for the core morals and values that lie at the heart of the music.  It's a winning combination and the best decision I've ever made to work with them."


As well as offering business, legal and creative advice, CCW Long Play also provides access to a pool of trusted external professionals including producers, live booking agents, tour managers, gig promoters, music PR specialists and pluggers - making it a one-stop-shop for music industry professionals.


CCW Long Play director, Ronnie Gurr, who was responsible for signing and developing internationally successful acts such as Culture Club, The Blue Nile, Simple Minds and Stereophonics, commented:


"I cannot remember a time when there were more opportunities for artists. Our very simple aim is to place artists' creativity at the centre of the evolving music industry. We concentrate on the complexities involved in maximising and sustaining the artists' financial returns, allowing our talented musicians to concentrate on the creative aspects of their music.  We will provide artists with more control over their careers and ensure their long-term income streams are protected by way of sensible licensing of their rights.


 "CCW Long Play aims to be an industry leader and first port-of-call for both emerging and existing UK talent.  Over the years, I've seen many acts sign contracts that effectively sign away rights for the length of their careers.  Now, we have found new routes to market which we will advise on thereby enabling artists to take more effective control of their careers."




Notes to editors:


  • CCW Long Play will provide access to a full range of music business management advice, from creative and business mentoring through to legal, financial, book-keeping, marketing, promotion, tax planning and intellectual property rights advice.


  • Artists already signed to CCW Long Play include Sandi Thom, Shy & DRS, Steven Lindsay, The Gillyflowers (a band fronted by Kirsten Adamson, daughter of Big Country's Stuart Adamson) and AIan Rankine, formerly of The Associates.


For more information on all of these artists please visit