Jellynote talks edtech, music publishers and AI potential
At first glance, Jellynote may look like the latest, polished app to help people learn to play guitar, piano and other instruments. Yet there is more to the company than meets the eye, from its use of machine-learning...
August 16, 2017
Facebook recruiting music publishing biz-dev manager for EMEA
Facebook’s music-licensing ambitions continue, with news that the social network is recruiting a music publishing business development manager for the EMEA region. The London-based role requires someone who is “passionate...
August 3, 2017
Sony/ATV teams up with social-compilations label Heard Well
Publisher Sony/ATV has signed an extremely interesting deal with Heard Well, the compilations label co-founded by YouTuber Connor Franta that gets other social stars to curate its releases. Described as a “publishing...
July 28, 2017
ASCAP and BMI to work on joint musical-works database
The latest initiative to tackle the music industry’s metadata problems is a collaboration between American PROs ASCAP and BMI. Focused on the US - put away those ‘Global Repertoire Database’ comparisons now please...
July 27, 2017
Paperchain launches survey on unattributed music royalties
Startup Paperchain has launched a survey to gauge the scale of the music industry’s problem with unattributed royalties and unidentified rights owners. The company is hoping to receive responses from publishers, labels,...
July 21, 2017
Songwriter and publishing issues rear up again for Spotify
Did you think that Spotify’s recent settlement of a class-action songwriters lawsuit over mechanical royalties and licensing would be an end to the streaming service’s challenges in that area of the business? In a...
July 19, 2017
Royalty Exchange raises $6.4m in new funding
Songwriter-rights marketplace Royalty Exchange has announced a $6.4m convertible-note funding round, after having originally sought $3m. The company says that songwriters have earned more than $3.8m so far this year by...
June 20, 2017
Sony/ATV boss calls for songwriter credits in streaming
We’re used to royalties being the main point of friction between songwriters and streaming services. However, Sony/ATV boss Martin Bandier has turned the focus onto another topic: credits. As part of his speech accepting...
June 15, 2017
Music publishing boss Andrew Jenkins: ‘Copyright should be forever’
“I’m going to say something very controversial now. I don’t think there should be a term of copyright. If I buy a house, I own it forever. It’s my property. If I have intellectual property, I should have it forever.” Andrew...
June 12, 2017
Guest Column: Blockchain and Music Data’s Byzantine Problem
This guest column is by Annie Lin, general counsel for Loudr. Nine generals are stationed at separate points around the walls of a massive kingdom. A majority of the generals wish to launch an attack, but in the absence...
May 18, 2017
ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music launch joint blockchain project
Music collecting societies ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music are teaming up for an ambitious partnership based on blockchain technology. The societies said the project will "prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative...
April 7, 2017
PPL and PRS for Music reveal plan to link data sets
Breaking down the walls between different data silos remains one of the music industry’s key challenges in 2017. Now British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music are taking a step in the right direction, with plans...
March 24, 2017