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...
June 17, 2016
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...
June 13, 2016
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...
June 3, 2016
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...
May 5, 2016
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...
April 8, 2016
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...
February 19, 2016
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...
February 19, 2016
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...
February 17, 2016
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...
January 29, 2016
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...
November 24, 2015
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...
November 23, 2015
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...
November 18, 2015