Sandbox Issue 222: SYNC IN. Music Synchronisation Gets Smarter
Lead: as synchronisation grows in importance, a new wave of tools is emerging to make that whole process work seamlessly and smarter, covering both micro-licensing and pitch management. We look at the key players here, what...
February 20, 2019
Songtradr buys music-licensing agency Big Sync Music
There is more consolidation afoot in the music-licensing world, with Songtradr announcing yesterday that it has acquired British firm Big Sync Music. The latter company focuses on sourcing music for brand campaigns, and counts...
February 20, 2019
Pitchfork calls TikTok ‘the great music meme scam’
Pitchfork spares no punches in its profile of social-video app TikTok, drawing an unflattering comparison between the value of its parent company Bytedance, and the level of royalties being paid to musicians for use of their...
February 13, 2019
Startup Lickd raises £1.7m funding and signs BMG deal
UK-based music-licensing startup Lickd has announced a Series A funding round of £1.7m ($2.2m) from angel investors, including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. The company’s focus is on licensing recorded-music to YouTubers...
February 5, 2019
Marshmello Fortnite concert thought to have attracted 10m fans
Those rumours that dance artist Marshmello was going to play a concert within video-game Fortnite were right: it happened on Saturday. In fact, he played two concerts, 12 hours apart, to ensure people could attend at a suitable...
February 4, 2019
Dubset API to help artists distribute remixes directly to DSPs
We’ve written about Dubset before: it’s one of the companies trying to make it easier for remixes, mash-ups and DJ mixes to clear the licensing necessary to make them available on all streaming services (rather than just...
January 24, 2019
ClicknClear gets approval from International Cheer Union
We first wrote about British startup ClicknClear last year (when it was known as Clickamix) with its plans to license music for use in performance sports like cheerleading, figure skating and gymnastics. The company has since...
January 18, 2019
Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Ninjawerks album includes exclusive licensing for YouTube usage
UMG’s Astralwerks has released ‘Ninjawerks’, the dance-music compilation curated by gaming star Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins. The album was released on Friday through the usual streaming and download services, as well...
December 17, 2018
Mixcloud signs direct-licensing deal with Merlin for indies
When Mixcloud first launched its streaming service for DJ sets and radio-style shows back in the day, it also used radio-style licensing: blanket agreements that enabled it to operate, but which also imposed restrictions...
November 28, 2018
Merlin says average payments to Japanese members are up 70%
The headline from indie licensing agency Merlin’s latest stats announcement is that distributions to its Japanese members are up 200% year-on-year. However, as the agency made clear, that’s partly because it has grown...
October 22, 2018
Human Re Sources breaks cover as Spotify direct-deal recipient
The New York Times has run a piece on Spotify’s direct licensing deals with artists and management companies. While much of it is information already revealed earlier in the year, there are also some new snippets.
September 7, 2018