NPR follows Amazon in pulling out of MIC Coalition
US lobbying group the MIC Coalition has lost another of its founding members, after National Public Radio (NPR) pulled out just over a month after Amazon also left the group (Bulletin, 5-Jun-15). While NPR has yet to make...
July 15, 2015
PRS for Music launches pro-creator Streamfair campaign
Collecting society PRS for Music is stepping up its activism in the streaming music space, while reminding the industry that its royalties from streaming in the last year overtook downloads with £38.8m and £26.7m respectively....
July 3, 2015
Mogwai and Portishead musicians on streaming and new artists
We know Portishead’s Geoff Barrow isn’t a big fan of streaming economics from his widely-quoted “34,000,000 streams. Income After tax = £1700. Thank U @apple @YouTube @Spotify, especially @UMG_News for selling our...
June 17, 2015
Facebook adds ability to subscribe to events, including music
Facebook has a new feature that could be useful to musicians: a “Subscribe” button for events posted on the social networks. It’s hosted within the events section of all pages on Facebook according to TechCrunch, offering...
March 31, 2015
Spandau Ballet singer thinks streaming isn’t so Gold
GOLD! You’ve got the power to know, your royalties are destructible… Etc etc. It’s a good day if you’ve been wondering what the singer out of Spandau Ballet thinks of streaming music: Tony Hadley has been telling...
March 27, 2015
YouTube launches YouTube for Artists music resource
YouTube’s reputation among independent labels and artists has taken a buffeting over the last year, but Google’s online video service remains a widely-used platform by musicians. The company is hoping to take everyone’s...
March 18, 2015
Whalerock will help celebs and musicians go direct to fans
There’s a long history of companies encouraging stars to set up their own online networks rather than just relying on platforms from MySpace to Facebook. Whalerock is the latest. It’s working with clients including rapper...
February 25, 2015
Concert subscription service Jukely expands to San Francisco
We’re well used to all-you-can-eat streaming music, but all-you-can-attend gigs? That’s still a niche being expanded by US startup Jukely, which has just launched in San Francisco following earlier debuts in New York...
February 9, 2015
Bad news, musicians: funny cow YouTube videos aren’t an income
Musician PJ Wassermann is shocked at how much (well, how little) money he’s getting paid by YouTube. “151,781 views with 681,104 minutes playtime in eleven months generated an income of $10.02!” he writes in an op-ed...
January 30, 2015
Yes, but what does Sting think about streaming music?
Glad you asked: he’s been talking to Bloomberg about exactly that. “I don’t think the model we have at the moment is necessarily the one that’s going to be there in five or ten years. We need something that’s a...
December 18, 2014
Apploud aims to drive fan donations for musicians
If the headline ‘Apploud Is Like An Instagram For Live Music Where Musicians Get Paid’ makes you want to flee for the hills with a little red button marked ‘destroy all apps, app hype and the people that promote it’…...
December 16, 2014
UK music bodies hit back after private copying exception
There’s a new row brewing within the UK music industry over recent changes to copyright laws – and specifically the private copying exception that finally made it legal for people to copy music for private use. UK Music,...
November 30, 2014