MMF praises Sony over its Spotify equity split plans
Last week you will have read about Sony’s plans to split its windfall from its sale of part of its Spotify stock and how the company was keen to be seen to be doing the right thing as regards the artists on its books. The...
June 19, 2018
Spotify’s Troy Carter talks free tier, windowing and audience building
Fresh from playing a prominent role at Spotify’s announcement of its new mobile app in New York yesterday, the company’s global head of creator services Troy Carter talked to Music Ally about the background to the news,...
April 25, 2018
EMMA bunting: unveiling of new management body sparks row
EMMA is a new collective body that has been created for the artist management community. It stands for the European Music Managers Alliance and links management bodies in the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland,...
April 12, 2018
Artist managers talk data, transparency and the attention economy
Coming off the back of 2014’s Dissecting The Digital Dollar report and 2017’s guides on both digital deals and transparency (as well as the beta launch of the Digital Deals Comparison Calculator), music management body...
February 14, 2018
Auddly invites managers in to its music metadata platform
Swedish startup Auddly has been building what it describes as a “song data hub”, initially for songwriters to store details on their songs as they work on them – including co-writer and producer details, split agreements...
October 25, 2017
Report 408: Blind data, Music Managers’ Three biggest data challenges
Lead: Managers have to be across every data source there is. On the one hand, it means they can be operating with greater confidence and clarity; on the other, they are at risk of data overload and missing both new opportunities...
September 29, 2017
Ed Sheeran manager takes aim at ‘abhorrent’ ticket touting
Credit to Ed Sheeran’s manager Stuart Camp for not mincing his words when it comes to his campaign against inflated secondary-ticketing prices. “We do it because I think it’s abhorrent that some bastard is harvesting...
September 7, 2017
Blind data: music managers’ three biggest data challenges
Managers, by the very nature of their job, have to be across everything their artists do, closely following each ebb and flow of every revenue source and being ready to jump on the next one when it emerges. Data...
August 24, 2017
Manager and artist bodies publish sample ‘fair’ contract
Unfair contracts in the music industry? Perish the thought! We can’t believe those kinds of musician-screwing shenanigans have ever gone on in our world… Okay, yes. Yes they have. But with ‘transparency’ one of...
March 30, 2017
AWAL app helps artists track Spotify and Apple Music data
Kobalt's in-house digital distributor AWAL is launching an analytics app for independent musicians, helping them to track their data – and earnings – from Spotify and Apple Music. The app launches today, and is a free...
March 28, 2017
Tips for independent artists to make the most of merch
From signed CDs and topical t-shirts to snapbacks and fire-starting jigsaw puzzles, merchandise is a vital income stream for independent artists. How to make the most of it? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London...
February 2, 2017
Managers talk: Spotify, artist data, brand deals and more
Artist complaints about the royalties they get from streaming services are rightly taken seriously, but the data being generated and shared by platforms like Spotify is being seen as increasingly valuable by some managers. That...
January 25, 2017