Music managers dissect digital music dollars: ‘This is to kickstart a debate’
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published its new Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, calling for greater transparency around the money musicians earn from digital music services. The report was announced earlier...
October 13, 2015
Rudimental launch their Disciple Media-powered app
Rudimental have become – as promised earlier this year – the latest artist to use UK startup Disciple Media’s platform to launch a mobile app. Out in time to promote their second album ‘We The Generation’. The...
October 9, 2015
Spotify seeks artist insight analyst
An interesting job posting on the Spotify website with a role, based in the company’s New York office, to provide better fan insight for artists. “We are looking for someone to help artists better understand and engage...
October 8, 2015
Musician Blake Morgan attacks ‘the Kool-Aid narrative of Spotify’
Musician and activist Blake Morgan attended the MMF’s first meeting in New York and reported back to Music Technology Policy about what the burning issues were. He said between 40 and 50 managers were in attendance and...
October 8, 2015
Music managers’ report to tackle ‘erosion of trust’ in digital market
We’ve been pegging 2015 as the year when music managers start to exert much more influence in the debates over streaming payouts and artist royalties. A report due to be published by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) later...
October 1, 2015
More details emerge on ‘All About That Bass’ streaming payouts
Yesterday, we reported on the claim by ‘All About That Bass’ co-writer Kevin Kadish that the song’s 178m streams had earned him $5,679 – and we wondered what digital service those streams were on. Overnight, a spokesperson...
September 25, 2015
Streaming payouts complaints from La Roux to All About That Bass
Another week, another flurry of complaints from artists and songwriters about the royalties they are getting from streams of their work. As ever, the complaints need to be taken seriously, but also dug into a little deeper...
September 24, 2015
Swedish musician Johan Johansson sues to stop label putting his music on Spotify
Sweden may be the home of streaming music, but there’s a fascinating legal dispute afoot that will be followed closely by artists elsewhere in the world. It concerns “punk icon” Johan Johansson, who has successfully...
September 23, 2015
As TuneCore launches in the UK, CEO talks streaming economics and video
Digital music distributor TuneCore is setting up shop in the UK, its third expansion outside the US following Canada in 2011 and Japan in 2012. The company already has plenty of British musicians using its service, but...
September 1, 2015
Debate over outlook for US musicians continues
We reported last week on the debate sparked by a feature in the New York Times by Steven Johnson painting a positive picture of the US creative economy – including musicians. After criticism from the Future of Music Coalition...
August 27, 2015
Future of Music Coalition tackles NYT’s digital economy report
A New York Times feature by journalist Steven Johnson titled ‘The Creative Apocalypse That Wasn’t’ is ruffling a fair few feathers in the US, with its claims that the post-Napster era hasn’t been as bad for musicians...
August 21, 2015
Musician quantifies ‘Reddit hammer’ effect on sales’n’socials
Getting a glowing recommendation from Ryan Adams on Twitter and Instagram is good, but know what’s better? Writing about it on Reddit then getting onto that site’s frontpage. In fact, it’s 40 times better. Artist Christopher...
August 21, 2015