MMF and YouTube join forces on accelerator programme for new managers
Artist management is arguably the hardest (and often the most thankless) job in the music business. It is especially hard for new managers working new acts to get a proper foothold in the industry – and harder still for...
October 17, 2018
MMF praises Sony over its Spotify equity split plans
Last week you will have read about Sony’s plans to split its windfall from its sale of part of its Spotify stock and how the company was keen to be seen to be doing the right thing as regards the artists on its books. The...
June 19, 2018
MMF Sweden boss: managers must be included in EU policy talks
Artists and managers must play a full part in any policy discussions over music in Europe, claims Per Kviman, the chair of management body the MMF in Sweden. In a blog post, he called attention to the fact that labels and...
June 18, 2018
EMMA bunting: unveiling of new management body sparks row
EMMA is a new collective body that has been created for the artist management community. It stands for the European Music Managers Alliance and links management bodies in the UK, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland,...
April 12, 2018
Spotify ‘Bulgarian’ scam fuels call from MMF for user-centric licensing debate
The 'Bulgarian scam' on Spotify, revealed earlier this week by MBW, allegedly involved an entity uploading a collection of sub one-minute tracks to Spotify; then arranging them into a few playlists. Devices tied to Premium...
February 22, 2018
Artist managers talk data, transparency and the attention economy
Coming off the back of 2014’s Dissecting The Digital Dollar report and 2017’s guides on both digital deals and transparency (as well as the beta launch of the Digital Deals Comparison Calculator), music management body...
February 14, 2018
Wellbeing in the music industry: ‘It’s a global myth that mental illness is a weakness’
Modern life is rubbish, as a wise Britpop band once told us. At least, it can be, if digital noise, work pressures and an always-on lifestyle start to get on top of you, or if you're not receiving good enough support for...
February 8, 2018
So long, white manels! Let’s Be The Change aims for diversity at music industry conferences
If you’ve ever found yourself annoyed by all-male ‘manels’ at music-industry conferences, a new initiative that’s launching this morning should be encouraging. Let’s Be The Change is being launched by industry...
January 20, 2017
Stormzy manager wins at Artist and Manager Awards
UK management body the MMF held its annual Artist and Manager Awards last night, with winners from across both sectors. Stormzy’s manager Tobe Onwuka won the Breakthrough Manager award – an early indicator of potential...
November 28, 2016
Eight things we learned about ‘dissecting the digital dollar’ in music
A year ago, the Music Managers' Forum (MMF) published its initial Dissecting the Digital Dollar report, exploring the impact that digital music in general – and streaming in particular – is having on the musician and...
October 6, 2016
MMF boss calls for UMG to match Sony/WMG windfall promises
The new chief executive of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) is ruffling some feathers from the start: by demanding that Universal Music match rivals Sony Music and Warner Music’s promises to share any windfalls from a Spotify...
February 23, 2016
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