Pias says it stays ‘fully independent’ despite UMG deal
More consolidation of the independent distribution sector by the major labels? Well, not quite, but Universal Music Group’s ‘strategic global alliance’ with independent firm Pias is an intriguing move as the majors...
June 9, 2021
Behind The Campaign: Maxïmo Park
For their seventh studio album, Nature Always Wins, British alternative rock band Maxïmo Park released it via their management company’s record label (in partnership with PIAS). They teased the new album with a streaming...
May 19, 2021
Record Labels explain what they want from music/tech startups
Whether major or independent, music labels are keen to talk to any startup who can help them find new ways to deliver music, build audiences for their artists, and make their businesses as efficient as possible. For the...
May 27, 2020
Sandbox Issue 240: Music Marketing’s Wellness and Fitness Drive
Lead: Wellness and health have never been more culturally central than now – which is clearly a good thing. And within this, music is playing its part as acts soundtrack meditation apps and playlists power gym workouts....
November 13, 2019
Sandbox Issue 228: Marketing on a Budget
Lead: You can throw cash at a campaign and make headlines for how much you actually spent. But what about the other end of the spending spectrum where there is a tiny (or non-existent) budget? We look at some of the main...
May 15, 2019
Music analytics in 2018: ‘Data will tell you what’s hot, but not what is good’
Tied to the publication of the new report from British industry bodies ERA and BPI (Magic Numbers: How Can Data & Analytics Really Help The Music Industry?) and written by Music Ally, an afternoon of presentations and panel...
July 10, 2018
Facebook strikes more deals focusing on independent labels
Facebook announced its latest set of music-licensing deals on Friday, with independent labels the latest frontier for its (currently) UGC-focused efforts. Beggars Group, PIAS and Ingrooves were the latest partners, as...
April 23, 2018
A&R in the digital age: ‘Learn with your artist and be open to admitting your mistakes’
In a world of streaming, social networks and the ability for any artist to get their music up on digital platforms, how is the role of the label A&R evolving? A panel at AIM’s Indie-Con conference in London today addressed...
February 8, 2018
Streaming’s indie opportunities: ‘Niche on a global basis isn’t small…’
With yesterday's IFPI Global Music Report and its press conference featuring Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music, we know that major labels are happy with the evolution of music-streaming. But what about independent...
April 26, 2017
IFPI Norway head: “YouTube is not doing anything wrong: the legislation is wrong.”
Music Ally’s second conference session at the by:Larm festival this morning saw IFPI Norway boss Marte Thorsby joined by ReedSmith partner Gregor Pryor and PIAS director of streaming strategy Justin Barker. In a panel...
March 2, 2017
BPI launches ‘Innovation Hub’ to link music and tech
British music body the BPI is trying a new initiative to get music and tech companies in the same room – talking, not arguing. Its new ‘Innovation Hub’ will involve quarterly events with presentations and networking....
November 21, 2016
Metadata management startup Beatroot raises £125k
UK-based music metadata startup Beatroot is preparing to launch out of beta, after raising £125k of funding from Creative England. The company’s platform soft-launched in late 2014, aimed at labels, publishers and production...
November 9, 2016