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Merlin hails 73% rise in streaming revenues for indie labels

Independent licensing agency Merlin has published the results of its annual membership survey, with the headline figure being 73% year-on-year growth in streaming revenues for its member labels to $232m. Streaming is now...
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Domino: John Dyer talks YouTube, Universal Music, disruption and more

The failure of Universal to make its business more profitable (even with the acquisition of EMI); how cutting down the links in the supply chain is the best way to make labels more cost effective; why YouTube is proving to...
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WIN unveils global independent music market report (#midem)

Independent trade body WIN has published its first ‘WINTEL’ global independent music market report, announcing the key figures on-stage at Midem in Cannes. The body says it’s the first global market-share...
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AIM boss Alison Wenham steps aside to focus on WIN

British indie trade body AIM is looking for a new chief executive, after current boss Alison Wenham announced she is stepping aside to focus on her role at global body WIN. The latter is spinning off from AIM as a standalone...
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How indie label Marathon Artists launched its own startups accelerator

Forging closer relationships with technology startups has been on many music companies’ agenda over the past decade. Independent firm Marathon Artists has formalised the process, with its Marathon Labs accelerator. It...
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Drip shuts down after ‘hard look’ at its future

We’re sorry to say that Drip – the platform that helped indie labels including Domino, Ninja Tune and OWSLA to launch their own subscription services for fans – is shutting down. “We’ve decided to conclude the...
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The Music Ally Interview: Seymour Stein

Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Seymour Stein got his first job in the music industry at 13 at the precise moment rock ‘n’ roll exploded. He has witnessed first hand the biggest post-war changes in popular music and the...
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Marathon Artists has its own startup accelerator

The latest tech accelerator comes from an interesting source: London-based independent music company Marathon Artists, which we associate more with artists like Courtney Barnett and Jagwar Ma. The company already has management...
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Distributors Phonofile and Finetunes merge as SendR

There’s more consolidation afoot in the digital music distribution market, with the news that Scandinavian firm Phonofile and German company Finetunes are merging. They’ll retain their separate identities, but under...
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Indie labels add their support to #LetItBeeb campaign

The UK’s #LetItBeeb campaign is gathering steam in support of the BBC’s music services, in the face of cuts required by the British government’s charter review. Latest to join is indies body AIM and the Independent...
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Amazon launches ‘Indie for the Holidays’ Christmas album

Amazon’s latest exclusive music release is a Christmas album starring a parade of indie talent. Yacht, Reverend Horton Heat, SOAK and Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard are among the artists featured on ‘Indie for...
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Merlin gets new board members as chairman Mills is reappointed

Indie licensing agency Merlin announced its latest board election results yesterday, revealing new board members and the re-election of its chairman Martin Mills. Those new board members are Darius van Arman (Secretly...