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
Artists chip in for The Circle’s Covid-19 relief auction
Charity The Circle, which was founded by artist and activist Annie Lennox, has launched a global music auction to raise money for its Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. The charity is raising funds for women and girls who’ve...
June 18, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (15 June)
Independent musicians, especially the ones who made the majority of their income, are having a very tough 2020. In the US, there’s a new body aiming to protect their interests, though. It’s called the National...
June 15, 2020
MMF creates ReBuild support fund for managers and artists
The Music Managers’ Forum in the UK has launched ReBuild – a new support fund for managers and their artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is supported by donations from collecting society PPL as well as a number...
June 5, 2020
MMF GM: ‘We need to train people to value online content’
Jayne Stynes, general manager at management body the MMF, hopes that some of the innovation around livestreams during the Covid-19 pandemic will lead to lasting change. “At my most optimistic, I would love to believe...
June 4, 2020
Believe boss hails the ‘rise of local independent artists’
“2010 to 2020, the headline was the rise of streaming. 2020 to 2030, I think the headline is going to be the rise of local independent artists, because we are now at the stage where streaming is the largest form of...
June 4, 2020
Spotify’s artist donations feature attracts more criticism
A feature published by the Guardian newspaper in which musicians were asked a series of questions about ‘pop’s future after coronavirus’ has seen some blistering criticism of Spotify’s ‘Artist...
May 26, 2020
eMusic says its new ‘eMU’ token helps fans support artists
Music service eMusic has been flying the flag for blockchain technology since mid-2018, when it announced plans for a new music distribution platform that – get your blockchain bingo card and blotter out for this – “cuts...
May 26, 2020