European copyright vote stalls progress of Article 13
If this week has felt like a bit too much European policymaking at the top of this bulletin, apologies. But the debate around the draft Copyright Directive, and particularly its Article 13, is something that’s being watched...
July 6, 2018
Article 13 lobbying goes up to the wire – so what next?
Today sees the crucial European Parliament vote on the proposed new EU Copyright Directive, including the ‘Article 13’ that’s been the focus of so much attention for the music industry. Lobbying around the proposed...
July 5, 2018
Consolidated Independent co-founder warns of indie threats
The opening address at AIM’s Music Connected conference in London last Friday came from Paul Sanders, co-founder of Consolidated Independent. He delivered a warning around the ability to stay independent, for music companies...
April 23, 2018
RoboPop: how will AI and machine-learning affect the music industry?
From copyright, production and A&R to consumption, sync and advertising, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning are already having an impact on the modern music industry. A panel at AIM's Music Connected conference...
April 20, 2018
Case study: marketing Laura Marling’s Semper Femina album
Laura Marling’s last album, ‘Semper Femina’, is a wonderful piece of work: something I’ve returned to again and again since its release, discovering new details every time. Hats off to that, then. But also to the...
February 8, 2018
AIM and WIN call for ‘no more manels’ at conferences
It’s still rare to find a music-industry conference without at least one ‘manel’ – an all-male panel. Indie bodies WIN and AIM are trying to see off the sausagefests with their public-speaking workshops for women...
July 11, 2017
How indie labels cut through the noise in 2017 (#midem)
More music is being released by more artists than ever before in 2017, while streaming services are upping their efforts to provide human and algorithmic curation. How are independent labels cutting through all the noise...
June 7, 2017
British music optimism in 2017: talent, exports, hard work
British music will have a high profile at Midem 2017, thanks to the British Music at Midem stand; more than 150 British delegates and companies; and six British artists performing at the evening showcases. That presence...
June 6, 2017
‘Mostly awful’ virtual-reality music videos failing to impress Vevo
A fair few people in the music industry think that virtual reality (VR) could be the next big leap forward for music videos and live performances alike. However, there are plenty of sceptics. Some of them were on the 'Capturing...
April 27, 2017
Indie labels talk tech: startups, bots, virtual reality and more
Messaging bots, virtual reality and other whizzy new technologies have potential for the music industry, but how will that play out for independent labels and artists, who rarely have large R&D budgets? That was the key...
April 27, 2017
The digital marketing mistakes that music labels make every day
When former Music Ally-er Claire Mas – now head of digital at Communion Music – spoke at our NY:LON Connect conference in January, she delivered a bracing blast for some of the everyday digital-marketing mistakes being...
April 26, 2017
Why indie labels are looking to thrive not just survive in 2017
Delivering the opening keynote at AIM’s Music Connected event in London, Kieron Faller, general manager at CI, talked about how recent years for record labels may have been about battling against declining fortunes but...
April 26, 2017