The problem with blockchain ‘smart contracts’ for music
One of the elements of blockchain technology that’s been getting some people in the music world excited are ‘smart contracts’ – rights contract that are automatically executed for every payout from a stream or sale.
July 27, 2016
Featured Artists Coalition joins blockchain bandwagon
The latest industry body to hail blockchain technology as having potential for music is the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC).
July 19, 2016
How can blockchain change the music industry? (#midem)
Blockchain technology and music. An obscure topic that barely gets any attention at industry conferences in 2016. Oh, wait... Yes, the potential impact of the blockchain is a well-trodden path at industry events in recent...
June 5, 2016
Can blockchain technology really fuel music without the middlemen?
Blockchain, huh? What IS it good for, apart from fuelling umpteen music-industry panel sessions debating whether it’s the saviour of the digital music universe. To find out, we held a panel session debating whether...
May 12, 2016
PRS for Music chief talks financials, blockchain and YouTube
British collecting society PRS for Music has announced its 2015 financial results, reporting record royalties revenue of £537.4m, up 4.7% year-on-year. The society’s costs increased by 17.7% to £67.8m, but that still...
May 6, 2016
Music Ally Report 386 – SoundCloud: all systems Go
In our cover feature we pick apart SoundCloud’s move into subscriptions. It has been a long – and often tense – journey to go from a free UGC platform to one fully licensed by all the majors and key indies. Now with...
March 30, 2016
Sammy Andrews: ‘The future of our industry is our artists’
Former Cooking Vinyl digital marketer Sammy Andrews has become a familiar face at music-industry conferences over the past year. Her keynote speech at this week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam wrapped up several of...
February 5, 2016
Benji Rogers and Imogen Heap: building the music blockchain
Of all the places you might attend an event on “Fair-Trade Music, Virtual Reality and The Blockchain”, the headquarters of British music-industry body BPI is one of the more surprising. Aren’t its most powerful members...
February 2, 2016
Imogen Heap: blockchain tech is ‘really shaking things up in a good way’
Bitcoin and Blockchain have become music industry buzzwords over the past few months with many players hoping the two will transform the music industry’s payment system from what some deem chaotic and unfair to efficient...
November 23, 2015
Blockchain technology and music: two contrasting views
There has been a surge of discussion in recent weeks about whether blockchain technology could be part of the drive for more transparency in the way digital music services' payouts make their way to artists and songwriters. A...
August 6, 2015
Music Ally Report 372 – Chain Reaction
In our cover feature we get our collective heads around blockchain technology and the claims being made on its behalf that it will usher in a new era of transparency for the music industry. We break down what it is and how...
August 5, 2015
Imogen Heap talks about Mycelia and how blockchain can help the music business
There is clearly “something in the air” (well, on the web). Yesterday we covered Zoë Keating talking about how blockchain and Bitcoin could bring greater transparency to the digital music industry. Now Forbes has run...
July 29, 2015