Tag: germany

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German study offers optimism for Covid-safe music concerts

Artists, the music industry and fans alike are keen for news on how and when concerts can return safely, at scale. There's news of an encouraging experiment in Germany to report this morning. Pollstar has the story: about...
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Gema warns of ‘even more difficult’ 2021 for many musicians

Germany collecting society Gema held its annual general meeting last week – online, of course, with around 1,000 of its songwriter, composer and publisher members taking part. The event included some blunt words from...
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Radio station SWR uses AI to let users to “Shuffle” live songs

Music radio persists in an era of hyper-personalised playlists, possibly because it offers a contrasting linear, set-and-forget experience. One of Germany’s most popular radio stations, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), has...
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IFPI takes aim at more ‘music streaming manipulation’ sites

Global music body the IFPI is continuing its battle against 'streaming manipulation' services. Together with German body BVMI, it has secured court injunctions against the operators of five websites promising to inflate...
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Despite Covid-19 German recorded music revenues are up 4.8%

Germany is the fourth biggest recorded music market in the world, behind only the US, Japan and the UK. Physical sales are still an important part of its market (like Japan) too, so the Covid-19 pandemic has been a worrying...
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Live concerts are opening up again in Japan and Germany

It’s important that the industry (us included) starts to move away from talking about the ‘live concerts shutdown’ as a global trend, now that a growing number of countries are tentatively opening up their...
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Mike Singer single promoted with stream-to-unlock campaign

Warner Music Central Europe has created a stream-to-unlock initiative to push ‘100Tausend’ (‘100 Thousand’), the new single from German artist Mike Singer which is released on 17 July. Users going to a page on...
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Hamburg’s Music WorX accelerator seeks four music/tech startups

We've written regularly about music/tech accelerators and incubators like Techstars Music, Abbey Road Red and Marathon Artists Labs. Another one that's well regarded is Music WorX in Hamburg, run by the publicly-funded Hamburg...
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Australia and Germany’s plans to rebuild live music business

The easing of lockdown restrictions on music concerts has begun in some countries, but others are still looking ahead and making plans for what’s needed when this happens in the future. Australian live-industry body...
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GEMA’s 2019 revenue growth of 4.9% is a ‘crisis airbag’

German collecting society GEMA has published its numbers for 2019, reporting revenues of just under €1.07bn ($1.18bn), which was 4.9% more than 2018. Of that total, €905.6m was distributed to members and rightsholders,...
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Germany now has around 11m music streaming subscribers

Some 11m people now subscribe to a premium music streaming service in Germany, a leap of 2m in a year, as the country slowly starts to shed its image as a digital music slow starter. Dr. Florian Drücke, CEO of German recorded...
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Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (27 March)

Let’s start today with Germany, at a time when bodies representing musicians and the music industry are pressing governments around the world for relief and support.