Songtradr snaps up British sync-licensing firm Cuesongs
Sync marketplace Songtradr raised a $30m funding round in August. Now we know part of how that's being spent: on an acquisition of British sync licensing company Cuesongs. Originally founded by artist Peter Gabriel,...
November 17, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Mime takes the music business hyper-local
Made In Memphis Entertainment (Mime), launched in 2015, has a quietly radical idea at its core: 'disruptive decentralisation'. It's about creating a root-and-branch alternative to the traditional music business structure....
August 31, 2020
Music licensing firm Songtradr raises $30m funding round
Songtradr is a music-licensing marketplace connecting artists with potential sync clients. It's also good at raising money: it secured a $12m Series B funding round in March 2019, but now it's surpassed that by some distance...
August 25, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: SyncFloor aims to shake up the sync market
Kirt Debique met his SyncFloor co-founder Cestjon McFarland during a 20-year stint at Microsoft. Immersed in the Seattle music scene, he left the tech giant to start a label (Brick Lane records, named after his favourite...
June 29, 2020
SyncFloor launches licensing platform, including podcasts
Our first encounter with a startup called SyncFloor was in January this year, when it joined the ‘Audiocamp’ run by startup studio Betaworks. What is it though? Yesterday, SyncFloor announced its public launch...
June 9, 2020
Taylor Swift fans investigate Jack Leopards and The Dolphin Club
Have you heard of Jack Leopards & The Dolphin Club? The band’s profile is verified on Spotify, but they’ve only got one track available: a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’,...
May 26, 2020
Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ is now a Fortnite emote
We confess to smiling at a YouTube video published from the official Fortnite channel (then shared on socials) titled ‘Watch How This Bear Made The Unlikeliest Of Friends’. The video is a rickroll: anyone clicking through...
February 17, 2020
Big Sync Music expands into four new markets
Last February, music licensing platform Songtradr acquired UK-based Big Sync Music, which focuses on sourcing music for brand campaigns. The following month, Songtradr raised a $12m Series B round of funding to help it...
February 4, 2020
Discovery Networks under fire over music-royalties changes
The way musicians and composers are paid for music used within TV shows is causing controversy as 2019 comes to an end. Broadcaster Discovery Networks is under fire in the US for a new policy regarding composers working on...
December 16, 2019
Reeperbahn Festival day one: Copyright, Brexit and more
Authenticity, Copyright law, and - oh yes - Brexit were all on the agenda during the first day of conference sessions at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. In an era where perceived authenticity counts for so much, songwriters...
September 20, 2019
New music revenues in India, from sync to digital merch
On the first day of the All About Music conference in Mumbai, IMI boss Blaise Fernandes cited an “underexploited” public performance market as one of the drivers of growth that will help steer India in its quest to become...
August 30, 2019
SyncPower sees bright future for synced lyrics and music recognition
SyncPower is the Japanese company whose business includes providing ‘synced lyrics’ content, as well as (through its status as the agent in Japan for ACRCloud) music-recognition technology. The first part of that business...
July 16, 2019