Thank you to all of our Members who joined us at the 37th Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society’s (ALCS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19th November at Fazeley Studios in Birmingham.
Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive of ALCS, welcomed over 50 Members to the first ALCS AGM to be held in Birmingham, and the fourth to be held outside of London.
Adam Singer, Chair of the ALCS Board, greeted Members with a riveting speech which highlighted by highlighting some of the issues faced by collective licensing and copyright in broader terms.
Mark Bispham, Head of Finance, then began the formal proceedings by giving an overview of the company for the financial year 2014/2015. He highlighted that in the last ten years Licence Income has increased by 85%. In the same period, administrative expenses have only risen by 3%. The amount payable to Members has also gone up by 86% in the last ten years.
After the voting and formal proceedings, Owen Atkinson announced the names of the 21 candidates who put themselves forward for election to the ALCS Board of Directors.
Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, finished off the afternoons proceedings. He thanked ALCS’s continuing support of the creative growth of the West Midlands by sponsoring events and training programmes through Writing West Midlands. He said that the support provided through the ALCS Support and Sponsorship Programme was helping to balance the creative industries on a regional scale.
The next AGM will be held in London at the Royal Society on 24 November 2016.