Geoff Taylor, head of BPI, added: “Collaboration between musicians and record companies is at the heart of the tape store. The new agreement will increase payments to British musicians in exchange for more flexible rights for UK labels, which will make it easier for recordings to be marketed in the digital environment. This will make the UK music industry more competitive and prosperous and ensure our musicians have more work to do in the UK. MU General Secretary John Smith confirmed that an agreement had been reached and told CMU: “We recognise the difficulties faced by the recording industry in recent years. This agreement is a new way of working, and we hope it will create more jobs in this valuable sector and help present British musicians as one of the best in the world. MU has collective agreements with the BBC, ITV, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IAP) and independent film and television producers who form the Alliance of Film and Television Producers (PACT). We also have an agreement with the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) on behalf of the record companies. Session musicians, drummers, guitarists and other recording artists are either directly engaged by a production company or label, or more often through a fixer (also designated as a contractor) who has signed an agreement with the Musicians` Union. The model agreement signed by all approved contractors stipulates that they must ensure that the performers` consents required by the CDP Act are available in the form approved by the Union. 3. copies of the session agreements concluded should have reached an agreement session.agreements@theMU.org commercial organisation of BPI record labels and the Music Union on new simplified contracts for session musicians which, according to both commercial organisations, offer both commercial organisations better remuneration and characterise the increased flexibility they need in the ever-changing recording industry. The new contracts, one for studio recordings and the other for live recordings, consolidate three old contracts and it is hoped that they will make things easier for the labels that MU musicians hire. . . .