Tag: independent artists

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An independent artist’s view on NFTs: providing fans with a stake in their future success (guest post)

The Brooklyn-based VÉRITÉ is a very modern artist, with multiple threads running through her career that connect with audiences and generate income. She’s not only an independent singer-songwriter, but is also a podcast...
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Apple Music is promoting independent artists in India

In India’s overcrowded audio streaming market, a focus on independent music has been one of the ways DSPs have differentiated themselves. Although Spotify has been active in the space since launching in the region in early...
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NetEase Cloud Music holds second Galaxy Album Music Camp

Chinese streaming service NetEase Cloud Music has been holding ‘season two’ of its Galaxy Album Music Camp, a seven-day music workshop. It’s an interesting insight into how the service is working with independent musicians...
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Facebook wants to add more independent music to its catalogue

Facebook has worked hard over recent years to sign licensing deals with major and independent labels and publishers covering user-generated content across its services, including Facebook and Instagram. Now it wants to swell...
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Aim launches a new ‘Future Independents’ music conference

British independent music body Aim is launching a new conference, Future Independents, aimed at emerging artists and company founders. It will take place on 3 June as an online event, with speakers from the likes of Beggars...
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DIY artists released 9.5m tracks in 2020 – 8x the major labels

There are plenty of interesting stats in Will Page’s latest article for the Financial Times, as you’d expect from a former Spotify chief economist. One that stood out for us showed the current scale of DIY artists...
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Sandbox Issue 269: Indie-Visible: balancing Indie rock marketing on streaming and IRL

Lead: Indie-Visible – Marketing indie rock bands on streaming platforms can be tricky for a number of reasons: their traditionally album-based release cycle goes counter to the current approach of endless singles; their...
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Aim calls for UK / EU cooperation to resolve Brexit mess

Anger is still reverberating around the British music industry about the costs and red tape musicians will face touring in Europe following Brexit. News that Brits running training seminars on the continent wouldn’t...
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Instrumental launches a £10m fund for independent artists

Last month, data-driven A&R startup Instrumental announced that Tencent Music and Tencent Holdings had acquired a minority stake in the British company. Now it’s launching a new initiative in its homeland called...
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Believe boss hails the ‘rise of local independent artists’

“2010 to 2020, the headline was the rise of streaming. 2020 to 2030, I think the headline is going to be the rise of local independent artists, because we are now at the stage where streaming is the largest form of...
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Tencent Music talks album sales and independent artists

Earlier this week we reported on Tencent Music’s latest financial results, including the news that it now has 39.9 million paying users for online music. Note, that’s not just ‘subscribers’, because...
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Pandora adds new music submission tool for independent artists

Spotify’s attempt (since abandoned) to allow artists to upload their music directly to its platform without a distributor caused a stir, but some other streaming services have been offering a similar feature for a long...