Labels will share Spotify windfall with artists – but how?
Sony and Warner have both confirmed this month that if and when Spotify goes public, they will share the rewards from their equity stakes in the company with artists. Indie licensing agency Merlin had previously said the...
February 12, 2016
UK managers ‘deplore’ secondary-ticketing rip-offs
A group of British music managers and live agents have signed a letter to the British government saying that a bigger crackdown is required on the secondary ticketing market. Among the managers signing the letter are representatives...
November 24, 2015
Edge Investments raises £40m fund for UK creative firms
Venture capital continues to be sloshing about for technology firms, even if the shutdown of a swathe of music/tech startups in 2015 suggests it may be drying up for companies around our industry that haven’t shown enough...
November 19, 2015
Music manager Bruce Flohr: artists are becoming ‘storytellers’
“The role of a music manager today is evolving into really helping artists craft stories. As we stream and sample music it’s becoming more and more difficult to get an audience to really engage. We can taste things but...
November 6, 2015
Paul McCartney’s manager: majors mulling fairer digital deals
Major labels have been asking managers whether they should be striking “more equitable digital deals” via external consulting groups, according to veteran manager Scott Rodger, who handles Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire...
October 30, 2015
Turn First Artists launches JV with Access Industries
Management firm Turn First Artists, which includes Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Zayn Malik in its roster, is setting up a joint venture with WMG parent company / Deezer investor Access Industries. The new...
October 29, 2015
Music managers dissect digital music dollars: ‘This is to kickstart a debate’
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) has published its new Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, calling for greater transparency around the money musicians earn from digital music services. The report was announced earlier...
October 13, 2015
Music managers’ report to tackle ‘erosion of trust’ in digital market
We’ve been pegging 2015 as the year when music managers start to exert much more influence in the debates over streaming payouts and artist royalties. A report due to be published by the Music Managers Forum (MMF) later...
October 1, 2015
Managers want EC policy makers to read Sony’s Spotify contract
Tech site The Verge has removed the leaked Sony/Spotify contract from the article it published earlier in the week “at the request of the copyright owner”, while leaving its analysis of the document’s terms up. Now...
May 22, 2015