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Tackling the gender gap: from tech staff to streaming playlists

From man-heavy diversity statistics for music companies to fears that women artists are losing out in the recommendation algorithms of music-streaming services, there are a number of challenges facing the music industry around the gender gap.

A panel at the Midem conference this morning explored some of them. Moderated by Vanessa Reed of PRS Foundation, it featured Songtrust’s global head of business development Molly Neuman; MusicTech Germany founder and VP Claudia Schwarz; and Resonate industry relationship manager Jim Hatch.

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Dot Blockchain partners with SOCAN, Songtrust and more

Startup Dot Blockchain launched the alpha version of its ‘minimum viable product’ to apply blockchain technology to music last year. Now it has announced four deals with music industry companies to further its ambitions.

Canadian collecting society SOCAN and its MediaNet subsidiary, Downtown Music subsidiary Songtrust and digital distributors CD Baby and FUGA are all on board with partnerships that will help get Dot Blockchain up and running in 2017.