Transgressive Records at 15: ‘Sometimes great things take time…’
On paper, 2004 was one of the worst years in living memory to set up a record label. The decade-and-a-half decline in recorded-music revenues was well underway, with CD sales falling off a cliff. And the main lifeline in...
October 4, 2019
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...
August 22, 2019
MelodyVR signs licensing deals with Beggars Group and Domino
Virtual-reality music startup MelodyVR has added another two labels to its roster of licensing partners: independents Beggars Group and Domino. The deals were announced this morning by MelodyVR’s parent company EVR Holdings,...
August 8, 2019
Merlin CEO steps down after another record payouts year
The boss of indie licensing agency Merlin will step down at the end of 2019. Charles Caldas revealed the news yesterday, having led the organisation since its earliest days in 2007. It’s an amicable life-choice decision,...
June 19, 2019
UK and European indies call for greater certainty for the creative sector amid Brexit bedlam; plus UMG sale implications
For our UK readers, Brexit is, well, we all know what it is. For our readers outside of the UK, how do we accurately explain what Brexit is? Imagine the most chaotic thing you’ve ever seen in your life. Multiply that by...
April 8, 2019
Indies and Amazon talk smart speakers and music: ‘It’s all about metadata’
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, shipments of smart speakers grew by 169% in 2018 to 86.2m units globally, driven by Amazon Echo, Google Home, and devices from Alibaba, Baidu, Xiaomi and Apple among other companies. At...
March 28, 2019
WIN reveals its new leader is COO Charlie Phillips
In December, independent trade body WIN announced that its CEO Alison Wenham was stepping down, but no replacement was announced at the time. Now that gap has been filled, albeit without the same job title. WIN’s director...
February 27, 2019
Report claims indie US creators earned $6.8bn online in 2018
A year ago, Music Ally reported on a study calculating the value of the ‘independent creator economy’ in the US, from an organisation called the Re:Create Coalition. It claimed that musicians, filmmakers, artists and...
February 19, 2019
Major label WMG now has… a president of independent music?
It may raise a few eyebrows to learn that major-label Warner Music Group now has an executive role whose title includes ‘president of independent music’. Actually, it’s not a surprise: the company’s...
February 7, 2019
Independent labels optimistic about sync opportunities in 2019
The UK’s independent-music trade body AIM is preparing for its first AIM Sync global sync-licensing conference, which takes place in London on 28 January. Ahead of the event, some of the speakers told Music Ally about their...
January 18, 2019
Sample libraries and virtual-instruments firm Spitfire Audio launches a label
British company Spitfire Audio has built a business around sample libraries and virtual instruments for artists and producers to use when making music. Now the company is branching out with the creation of its own label,...
January 17, 2019
Midia predicts $643m of ‘artists direct’ revenues in 2018
Consultancy firm Midia Research has published its predictions for the size of the global recorded-music market in 2018. The headline figure is $18.9bn, which would represent 8.2% growth from 2017, matching that year’s increase....
December 19, 2018