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The art of music longevity: craft, graft and gratitude

The Song Sommelier founder Keith Jopling's latest blog post has plenty of food for thought for young musicians and their teams. 
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Juxtapose With You: How artists and their labels balance art and commerce over the long-term (guest column)

Keith reflects on the artists who have weathered the storm and created a lifelong career of making music – and tries to define what ‘success’ is in that longer-term context.
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NPR follows Amazon in pulling out of MIC Coalition

US lobbying group the MIC Coalition has lost another of its founding members, after National Public Radio (NPR) pulled out just over a month after Amazon also left the group (Bulletin, 5-Jun-15). While NPR has yet to make...
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PRS for Music launches pro-creator Streamfair campaign

Collecting society PRS for Music is stepping up its activism in the streaming music space, while reminding the industry that its royalties from streaming in the last year overtook downloads with £38.8m and £26.7m respectively....
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Mogwai and Portishead musicians on streaming and new artists

We know Portishead’s Geoff Barrow isn’t a big fan of streaming economics from his widely-quoted “34,000,000 streams. Income After tax = £1700. Thank U @apple @YouTube @Spotify, especially @UMG_News for selling our...
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Facebook adds ability to subscribe to events, including music

Facebook has a new feature that could be useful to musicians: a “Subscribe” button for events posted on the social networks. It’s hosted within the events section of all pages on Facebook according to TechCrunch, offering...
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Spandau Ballet singer thinks streaming isn’t so Gold

GOLD! You’ve got the power to know, your royalties are destructible… Etc etc. It’s a good day if you’ve been wondering what the singer out of Spandau Ballet thinks of streaming music: Tony Hadley has been telling...
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YouTube launches YouTube for Artists music resource

YouTube’s reputation among independent labels and artists has taken a buffeting over the last year, but Google’s online video service remains a widely-used platform by musicians. The company is hoping to take everyone’s...
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Whalerock will help celebs and musicians go direct to fans

There’s a long history of companies encouraging stars to set up their own online networks rather than just relying on platforms from MySpace to Facebook. Whalerock is the latest. It’s working with clients including rapper...
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Concert subscription service Jukely expands to San Francisco

We’re well used to all-you-can-eat streaming music, but all-you-can-attend gigs? That’s still a niche being expanded by US startup Jukely, which has just launched in San Francisco following earlier debuts in New York...
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Bad news, musicians: funny cow YouTube videos aren’t an income

Musician PJ Wassermann is shocked at how much (well, how little) money he’s getting paid by YouTube. “151,781 views with 681,104 minutes playtime in eleven months generated an income of $10.02!” he writes in an op-ed...
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Yes, but what does Sting think about streaming music?

Glad you asked: he’s been talking to Bloomberg about exactly that. “I don’t think the model we have at the moment is necessarily the one that’s going to be there in five or ten years. We need something that’s a...