Featured Artists Coalition appoints new artist ambassadors
UK artist trade body the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has announced its latest crop of artist ambassadors. There are 19 of them, including some famous names: Bob Geldof, Aluna, Ghostpoet, Roni Size, Shaun Ryder,...
September 23, 2020
Sandbox Issue 260: Twitch for Artists
Lead: Twitch for artists – Artists were drifting towards livestreaming platform Twitch before COVID-19 hit, and Twitch has been making overtures to musicians for a while. But since live performance was halted, interest...
September 16, 2020
1% of artists account for 90% of streams says Alpha Data
The question of how long the ‘long tail’ of streaming is – and also how miserable it might be – has long been a subject for debate in the music industry. US analytics firm Alpha Data has some new figures...
September 10, 2020
Ex Spotify exec on artist payouts: ‘The blame is on the labels’
Until February this year, Tristan Jehan was Spotify's director of research. As part of an interview promoting his latest job as VP of technology at TechnoArt in Israel, he's offered some spicy views on the artist streaming...
September 9, 2020
Chartmetric releases their trends analysis for the first half of 2020
Music analytics service Chartmetric has released their semi-annual report on music industry trends, and is reflecting on one of the most turbulent periods in the industry’s recent history. TikTok, of course, looms large...
September 1, 2020
Artist ownership is the way to fix Spotify’s broken streaming model (guest column)
Collective artist ownership is the only way to fix Spotify. If artists can collectively own platforms like Spotify, we can address the underlying problem that drives their incentives and decision making. As a for-profit,...
September 1, 2020
The mystery of Tasmin Little’s missing Spotify royalties
Pitchfork's article about 'how musicians are fighting for streaming pay during the pandemic' isn't new: it was originally published in June. However, after the site re-shared it on Twitter yesterday with some stats on classical...
August 25, 2020
Report analyses gender disparity on UK radio stations
A new report has been looking at gender diversity through the lens of what gets onto the radio airwaves in the UK. The report, by Linda Coogan Byrne and Women in Ctrl, analysed the 20 most-played British artists on 31 UK...
August 24, 2020
PRS Foundation preps scheme to ‘power up’ Black music creators
We don’t get many stories from charitable crowdfunding campaigns from people swimming across the English Channel. Beggars Group CEO Paul Redding is planning to do just that in September, and is hoping to raise £200k for...
August 20, 2020
Tools: Youtube Analytics for Artists
While each of the major DSPs has launched their own suite of analytics and data dashboards, the competition around who is providing the most actionable and unique set of insights is getting fiercer and fiercer, with each...
August 10, 2020
The Rise and Rise of Music Podcasts
*Learn more about how to successfully incorporate podcasts into your content strategy Podcasts are firmly part of our media diet – with some turning into huge brands and others happy to cater to the most niche of...
July 6, 2020
Spotify to promote Artist Fundraising Picks with emails
Spotify launched its ‘Artist Fundraising Pick’ feature in mid-April, enabling artists to raise money from their Spotify profiles either for themselves and their teams, or for one of the charitable funds and organisations...
June 24, 2020