Statement by Music Network Regarding the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme

13 November 2013

In light of recent discussions regarding the Music Recording Scheme, and the perceived conflict of interest in relation to the panel for 2013, Music Network has issued the following statement:

STATEMENT BY MUSIC NETWORK REGARDING THE ARTS COUNCIL MUSIC RECORDING SCHEME 2013
In light of the recent discussions regarding the Music Recording Scheme, and the perceived conflict of interest on the panel for 2013, Music Network would like to make the following points:
“Music Network operates to the highest standards of governance and transparency and takes its responsibility in the disbursement of public funds very seriously. 
Where a perceived conflict of interest arises in the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, we adhere to an agreed protocol that removes the person in question from the decision making process.*
However, we acknowledge that there is an issue of perception in this process, and we will review the panel selection procedure to ensure that panel members have no direct associations with applications in the future.  
Important issues have been raised that Music Network will reflect on carefully and any operational changes necessary will be made.”
/ENDSIn light of the recent discussions regarding the Music Recording Scheme, and the perceived conflict of interest on the panel for 2013, Music Network would like to make the following points:

“Music Network operates to the highest standards of governance and transparency and takes its responsibility in the disbursement of public funds very seriously. 

Where a perceived conflict of interest arises in the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, we adhere to an agreed protocol that removes the person in question from the decision making process.

However, we acknowledge that there is an issue of perception in this process, and we will review the panel selection procedure to ensure that panel members have no direct associations with applications in the future.  

Important issues have been raised that Music Network will reflect on carefully and any operational changes necessary will be made.”

/ENDS