Ethics

Music Ally Independent Journalism Statement

Music Ally’s editorial service, which includes our daily news bulletin and regular insight reports, is mainly funded by premium subscriptions. However, a portion of our readership is able to access the service thanks to a few sponsor partners. Meanwhile, other areas of our business, like events, also involve commercial relationships.

Strong editorial independence and a neutral, objective view of the music and tech industries has always been core to Music Ally. We are committed to editorial independence. If we have a commercial relationship with a company, we still report accurately, fairly and critically when necessary on their business, just as we do on their rivals.

With that in mind, we have decided to publish an overview of our commercial partners, so that we can be completely transparent with our readers – who will then be able to judge how we are delivering on our promise of editorial independence.

 

Editorial Sponsorships

If you work for an independent label or independent publisher, or work as a music manager, then you can subscribe to Music Ally for free, thanks to our sponsor partners with support from industry trade bodies.

Spotify and FUGA are the joint sponsor partners for our independent-labels subscription, which is supported by trade body WIN.

Pandora AMP and AWAL are the joint sponsor partners for our music-manager subscription, which is supported by trade body IMMF.

Spotify and Dataclef (SOCAN) are the joint sponsor partners for our independent-publishers subscription, which is supported by trade body ICMP.

Meanwhile, the Japanese-language version of Music Ally is supported by local industry bodies ICMP and FMPJ, alongside sponsor partners MQA & Syncpower.

If we launch additional sponsored channels, we will update this page accordingly.

 

Editorial Subscriptions

We offer a blend of individual and corporate subscriptions to Music Ally’s editorial service. Our corporate subscribers include the major labels and major technology companies and digital service providers (DSPs) – among them Amazon, Apple, Deezer, Facebook, Google and Spotify. Our paying subscribers skew towards music owners rather than tech companies.

 

Event Sponsors

Our supporting partners for events in the last three years, including Sandbox Summit in London and New York, and NY:LON Connect in London and New York, include: Linkfire, The Orchard, Vevo, MQA, AdRev, ReedSmith, Nielsen, 7digital and ICE Services.

 

Equity Ownership

In 2017, Music Ally became a minority shareholder in The Bot Platform, as part of an early-stage investment round for that company. We hold no other equity in any company either directly or indirectly, but if that changes, we will update this page.