Songtradr raises $12m funding round for global expansion
Music-licensing firm Songtradr has announced its latest funding round: a $12m Series B round led by Australian entrepreneur Richard White. It takes Songtradr to $21.5m of total funding so far, following its $4m round in January...
March 22, 2019
Sandbox Issue 222: SYNC IN. Music Synchronisation Gets Smarter
Lead: as synchronisation grows in importance, a new wave of tools is emerging to make that whole process work seamlessly and smarter, covering both micro-licensing and pitch management. We look at the key players here, what...
February 20, 2019
Songtradr buys music-licensing agency Big Sync Music
There is more consolidation afoot in the music-licensing world, with Songtradr announcing yesterday that it has acquired British firm Big Sync Music. The latter company focuses on sourcing music for brand campaigns, and counts...
February 20, 2019
Independent labels optimistic about sync opportunities in 2019
The UK’s independent-music trade body AIM is preparing for its first AIM Sync global sync-licensing conference, which takes place in London on 28 January. Ahead of the event, some of the speakers told Music Ally about their...
January 18, 2019
Hookd rebrands as Lickd and adds Hospital Records catalogue
We reported on the launch of Hookd in September: the British startup is launching a ‘pre-cleared, commercial music licensing solution for online video creators’. Basically a way for YouTubers to license labels’ tracks...
October 31, 2017
NMPA boss on production music: ‘The licensing system is broken’
The National Music Publishers Association’s boss has criticised something in public. No, not Spotify this time. David Israelite has been casting his eye over the way publishing works with the production-music sector, and...
October 9, 2017
Sandbox Issue 187: Live and Direct
Our lead feature this week looks at some of the most inventive and successful recent campaigns using live video on Facebook – an increasingly prominent part of the social network’s featureset. Our Tools page looks...
September 29, 2017
AI-composed music is here, but will it shake up the sync market?
The first market being targeted by artificial-intelligence music startups like Jukedeck and Amper Music is production music, with AI systems capable of generating music to be used in online videos, mobile games and other...
September 1, 2017
Jukedeck hopes artificial intelligence can ‘democratise music’
British AI-music startup Jukedeck has been on the music industry’s radar for three years now, since TechCrunch’s August 2014 report on its “responsive music software” that could write music like a human would, for...
August 9, 2017
sonaBlast Records boss: ‘Copyright needs to be blown up and rethought’
SonaBlast Records was set up by Gill Holland in 2002 in New York and is now based in Kentucky. Holland came from the film business, having worked in and around indie films since the 1990s, serving a stint at the French Film...
June 12, 2017
Epidemic Sound talks YouTube: ‘We’re a music company that really understands the platform’
In recent years, most of the discussion around YouTube and music has focused on rightsholders’ desire for greater royalties and less safe-harbour protection for Google’s video service. YouTube’s potential as a sync...
May 22, 2017
Artists making money from music: sync, brands… and gin!
Sync and brand partnerships are increasingly important sources of income for musicians, but there remains some tension around brands working with artists directly, rather than arguing over fees with their labels. That...
February 23, 2017