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
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