Music, Media and Entertainment

A significant part of our business is dedicated to the music and entertainment industry. We act for individuals and businesses in music, theatre, television and film.

OUTPERFORMING THE UK ECONOMY AS A WHOLE

The core music industry makes an estimated economic contribution - also known as Gross Value Added (GVA) - of over £4.4bn to the UK economy and supports 142,208 jobs. Five of the world's top selling music artists (in 2016) were British.

UAO is one of the leading specialist firms in the industry.

In many ways, accounting and the worlds of music and entertainment are at opposite ends of the creative spectrum. But bringing structure and process to any business is vital and music and entertainment is no exception. 


The industry continues to evolve and respond to an increasingly complex digital and financially regulated world. As a result, there are a huge number of issues for you to consider such as licensing, tour accounting, digital releases, royalty management and copyright administration. Working with a specialist accountant who has an in depth understanding of these areas puts you and your business at a great advantage.


And these issues often extend beyond your business. So we work with other specialists who also understand your world, business and personal, and will help where standard providers see you as high risk. We have a network of national and international specialists who will support you in all areas of your business and personal lives from banking, insurance, law and tax. It’s one of the things that makes us different and something our existing clients value. It means they know everything about their financial affairs is co-ordinated from one place. And it’s a place that they know and trust.

Our Music and Entertainment Network

In the same way that we are totally focused on delivering first class accountancy services, we work closely with partners who provide complimentary services to help your wider business and personal matters run smoothly. This enables us to work with a range of other industry specialists by bringing a financial and commercial perspective which best represents your interests in any agreement.

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Royalty Services

Ongoing monitoring and administration of royalties globally, on time and regularly audited.

Jill Anderson

Copyright Administration / Neighbouring Rights / Global Digital Releases

Ensuring registration is correctly set up with all collecting societies internationally, for recording and publishing.

John Smith

Insurance

Working with insurers who understand the world of music and entertainment and provide cover where others see you as high risk.

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Lawyers

Making sure all commercial and financial deals are configured in the artists best interest when dealing with labels, publishers, agents, managers, promoters and production companies both in the UK and globally.

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Wealth Management

All-encompassing solutions for wealth management including pensions, mortgages, trusts, inheritances planning and investments.

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Tour Accounting

Comprehensive pre planning of tour budgets as well as on the road support culminating in final tour accounts.

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Tax Specialists

Advice on a variety of international tax issues across a number of territories around world. Manage Withholding Tax on overseas performances.

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Valuation (Copyright and Catalogue)

Valuation of all forms of intellectual property. (“IP”), intangible assets and goodwill

Useful Links

A significant part of our business is dedicated to the music and entertainment industry. We act for individuals and businesses in music, theatre, television and film.


Our Beginners’ Guide to the Music Industry


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Entertainment Services


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How Internet & Social Media are Changing the Music Industry

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Business Management

Business management is essentially all the administration and paperwork bits you, as creators, don't want to be bogged down with.


It can be time consuming and it’s very often the one thing that stops you being able to focus on your own core business which is being creative. It is, however, a vital part of your business and requires a diligent approach. That’s where we come in.


We will handle all of your day to day financial administration. We’ll pay those who need paying, chase people who need chasing – (we can be very firm but fair when needed!) and keep your books in order. We can sort out insurance from your home or studio where standard high street insurance wouldn’t touch you with a barge pole. We can do as much or as little as you like. Generally we take on more and more of our clients financial administration as our relationship and their business grows.


Examples of some of the items we deal with are:

Bank account set up and management

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Raising invoices

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Chasing debts

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Bookkeeping

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Insurance (House, Car, Equipment, Studio, etc)

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