Passion Pit frontman launching services company for artists
The frontman of Passion Pit, Michael Angelakos, is launching a company to provide legal, educational and healthcare services to musicians. Mashable, which broke the story ahead of an expected announcement this week, included...
February 14, 2017
Deezer Next programme will champion emerging artists
Spotify appears to have put on hold its ‘Spotlight’ programme choosing a set of emerging artists to promote in the year ahead. Rival Deezer, though, is just getting started with its equivalent, which it is branding as...
January 17, 2017
Beatie Wolfe on bringing back ‘the art of music in the digital age’
“I had no plans to make a musical jacket or do a deck of cards. Or even make an album! But then I was at an event and met this rock-star tailor who’d just moved into Yoko and Lennon’s first home…” Beatie Wolfe...
December 22, 2016
Anohni slams Apple as ‘the McDonalds of consumer high tech’
Musician Anohni has given Apple both barrels, and then some, based on her experience of having a music video funded by the company. In an interview with Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent site, she said that “the...
October 11, 2016
Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music
A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
October 6, 2016
Kickstarter launches The Creative Independent site
Kickstarter’s head of music Molly Neumann recently told Music Ally about the crowdfunding firm’s plans to provide more post-funding support to creators. One of those initiatives launched yesterday: The Creative Independent....
September 27, 2016
100×30: from 30-second streaming protests to a world record
This guest column comes from Mark Christopher Lee from British band The Pocket Gods, creator of the 100×30 project. “It’s just over a year ago since I read a newspaper article that has changed my musical life...
September 12, 2016
Tom Vek talks album artwork, artists and Apple Music
Earlier this year, recording artist Tom Vek got some attention with his criticism of Apple Music, sparked by an interview given by Trent Reznor. “Apple Music currently is basically exactly like any other streaming service...
August 26, 2016
Questlove to host three-hour radio show on Pandora
Pandora’s latest artist partnership is with Questlove from The Roots. He has signed up as a strategic adviser and “artist ambassador” for the streaming service, as well as committing to a three-hour radio show called...
August 25, 2016
The ‘false choice’ offered by YouTube vs the music industry row
The debates around YouTube, the value gap and takedowns are at risk of ossifying into two diametrically-opposed camps where nuance is being sacrificed and everyone will be all the poorer as a result. That is the belief...
July 27, 2016
Music Glue talks D2C music: ‘We are leaving billions on the table’
Direct-to-consumer (D2C) or direct-to-fan (D2F) marketing and retail are nothing new, but the music industry is walking away from several fortunes by failing to give them a strong user experience, according to Music Glue...
July 25, 2016
Startup profile: SupaPass offers artist subscriptions in an app
British startup SupaPass launched its ‘fair-trade streaming music app’ earlier this month. The iOS app enables artists to run their own channels, providing music, videos, social media posts and other content to fans,...
July 15, 2016