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Audiam founder Jeff Price out in change made by Socan

Audiam is the streaming mechanical royalties collection agency that Canadian collecting society Socan acquired in 2016, keeping its founder Jeff Price on to lead it.

Now he has left the company abruptly, with Socan’s announcement making it clear (“Socan makes Audiam leadership change”) that it was the company’s decision rather than Price’s.

COO Jeff King will take on Price’s CEO duties, with Socan’s interim CEO Jennifer Brown promising “Audiam’s business will continue without change”.

Is this change amicable? Seems not.

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Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (3 April)

Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech communities.

Start today with another streaming service setting out its stall: SoundCloud. It is letting creators add a button to their profile page so that fans can give them direct financial support via platforms including Kickstarter, Bandcamp, Patreon and PayPal. 

SoundCloud has also committed $15m itself to support creators: $5m in ‘free promotional support’ to drive more streams on the platform itself – five artists a week who include the hashtag #GetMorePlays on their uploads will be chosen to benefit – and a $10m ‘artist accelerator program’ for independent artists which is tied to the DSP’s new Repose by SoundCloud distribution tier. See our separate story on that today.