By Jason Theodorou

British music moguls keen to make their mark on the global stage will visit Japan from 2 to 6 August in a bid to understand what it takes to crack the world’s second largest music market.

The 28 music companies brought together by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), in partnership with BPI, the British Recorded Music Industry, include Gary Barlow’s new company Future Records; Robbie Williams' management company iE Music; Illa State Records, co-owned by MOBO award-wining rapper and founder of the Hip Hop Shakespeare theatre company, Akala, and FAADA, Elroy 'Spoonface’s’ record management company.

Phil Patterson, UKTI music specialist, who will also be chairing panel sessions during the mission, said:

“This music mission is really a master class into how to successfully compete and gain real business insight in one of the world’s most lucrative markets. This is the sort of opportunity money can’t buy and we are one of the few countries that give music companies, and their talent, such a head-start".

Feargal Sharkey, Chief Executive of UK Music, the umbrella group representing the UK’s commercial music industry, said: “The UK is a world leader for music, and we are one of only three countries in the world who are net exporters of repertoire".

"Quite justifiably, BPI/UKTI trade missions have gained a reputation for playing a significant role in that remarkable accomplishment — taking UK music entrepreneurs to key international markets and laying the foundation for future and sustained success.”

The companies involved in the mission will take part in panel sessions and workshops, and will be given the opportunity to present their repertoire and meet senior music industry experts from major and independent companies including Universal Music Japan, EMI Japan, Imperial Records and Fujipacific Music Inc.

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