Capitol Royale roundup: empowerment, hacks and A&R’s evolution
On Saturday and Sunday (November 16-17), Capitol Music Group held its 2nd annual music and tech festival, Capitol Royale, at its Los Angeles headquarters. The theme for this year was 'Music on the Move', with workshops, hackathons,...
November 19, 2019
Spotify’s new ‘Harmonize’ podcast explores racial bias
Spotify’s pipeline of original podcasts is well and truly rumbling as 2019 draws to a close. The latest show to be announced by the streaming service is called ‘Harmonize’, and it’ll be focusing on “conversations...
November 15, 2019
Most Wanted: Music report – Scott Cohen, diversity, Africa and more
In Berlin, talk around music usually takes two paths: techno or the blockchain, and both involve a lot of earnest nodding. At the Most Wanted: Music 2019 conference, conversation was nudged towards the creation of new value...
November 8, 2019
MOBO Help Musicians fund for talent diversity enters third year
The UK-based MOBO Help Musicians fund is now in its third year and has seen the available funding behind it grow from £40k to £60k. It is a partnership between the MOBO Trust and Help Musicians UK and is designed to support...
November 5, 2019
UK Musicians’ Union launches new campaign against sexual harassment
The Musicians’ Union in the UK has published some data from a survey of British musicians that makes for bleak reading. It claims that 48% of musicians surveyed said they had experienced sexual harassment at work, while...
October 23, 2019
Tina Tchen appointed as new president and CEO of Time’s Up
US advocacy group Time’s Up, which was set up to tackle sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace, has a new boss. Tina Tchen, the organisation’s new president and CEO, is already known to the...
October 8, 2019
Gay Times launches ‘Elevate’ programme for emerging LGBTQ artists
In July this year, Music Ally reported on a partnership between Apple Music and Gay Times, the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning] media brand. Gay Times made a series of exclusive playlists for...
October 7, 2019
Spotify opens a studio in Brazil for female artists only
Spotify has opened a new recording studio in São Paulo, Brazil, with a very specific focus: women. It’s called Casa de Música – Escuta as Minas (translation: House of Music – Listen to Women) and has already been...
October 3, 2019
New survey will measure bias and harassment in music industry
InChorus Group and Shesaid·so have teamed up to launch a global survey of bias and harassment within the music industry. They’re encouraging people to log in anonymously and report their experiences, with the key findings...
September 27, 2019
Reeperbahn Festival day two: Gender equality, secondary ticketing and more
With digital now firmly driving the music industry, the second day of the conference at this year's Reeperbahn Festival saw a lot of chatter about the industry's resolutely-analogue elements: human beings. From gender equality...
September 23, 2019
Martina McBride criticises Spotify again over playlist algorithm (and Spotify agrees)
Earlier this month, we reported on country star Martina McBride’s anger at Spotify’s recommendation algorithm, after its first 135 suggestions of tracks for a ‘country music’ playlist she was making were all by men. Spotify’s...
September 17, 2019
Flagship country streaming playlists outdo radio for diversity
Does country radio in the US have a diversity problem? The debate has already been rumbling for a while, but a new research study puts some numbers to the lack of women on mainstream country radio – as reflected by Billboard’s...
August 5, 2019