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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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What should creators do when a Kickstarter-funded project collapses?

Crowdfunding site Kickstarter has updated its terms of use with a new section explaining what creators should do when their successfully-funded project doesn’t go to plan – for example, in the musical sense, if a...
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About that ‘Google in piracy talks with payment providers’ story…

Google was "in discussions with payment companies including Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to put illegal download websites out of existence by cutting off their funding".