MusiCares forced to pause new applications for Covid-19 relief
We’ve been looking for the positive news around the Covid-19 pandemic in our industry, but we can’t avoid the challenges. That includes the news that one of those positive developments, the rapid raising of nearly...
May 4, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (1 May)
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a ‘Culture at Risk Business Support Fund’ with £2.3m set aside for the UK capital’s creative and cultural industries. It includes a £450k grant to the Music Venues...
May 1, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (29 April)
A group of concert promoters, venues and show producers are calling for the US Congress to expand its coronavirus relief packages to businesses in the live sector. Billboard has a copy of their request, which claims that...
April 29, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (21 April)
Spotify has added more partners to its Covid-19 Music Relief project. Having started with donations to MusiCares, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians, it is now also donating to funds and charities in France, Germany, Ireland,...
April 21, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (14 April)
Start today with the news that the Australian government has provided $10m of funding to music industry charity Support Act, which will be used to provide crisis relief to artists, crew and other music workers, as well as...
April 14, 2020
Apple Music launches $50m advances fund for independent labels
Apple Music has created a $50m fund to provide advances on future royalties to independent labels, as part of its relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. A letter sent to labels and independent distributors explained...
April 8, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (7 April)
We wondered if we’d need to quietly retire this regular feature after a few days. Nope. Which at least shows there is plenty of positive news to write about amid the current global health crisis. We’re still not...
April 7, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (2 April)
A collective of music industry bodies in the US has come together to create the Music Covid Relief website, providing information for music professionals to receive benefits (both individual and for small businesses) implemented...
April 2, 2020
YouTube Music and the London Music Fund launch Amplify London
YouTube Music’s latest grassroots partnership is with the London Music Fund and Sound Connections, and it’s called Amplify London. Aimed at musicians aged 11-21, the scheme will give them access to creative projects,...
February 11, 2020
UK government promises £80m for ‘music hubs’ in schools
Underfunding of the arts in general, and the arts in education in particular, have long been a concern for those in the UK who know there is a direct line between such schemes and the export power of the country’s music...
January 7, 2020
What should creators do when a Kickstarter-funded project collapses?
September 23, 2014