We reported on a $1m pre-seed funding round for startup SymphonyOS in August. Now it has signed a deal with UnitedMasters.
Streaming manipulation is well and truly on the music industry’s radar in 2023. ‘Music Fights Fraud’ is the latest initiative tackling it.
Distributor UnitedMasters is the latest music industry company hoping to sign more artists from across Africa.
We reported yesterday on the launch of subscription-based service Beatopia, but now distributor UnitedMasters wants in on the action.
Twitch settled its legal dispute with publishing body the NMPA in September to create space to sign licensing deals with individual members. Now it is launching a “livestreaming music incubator program” that will work with emerging artists.
It’s called ‘The Collective’ and will see those artists given education in Twitch’s ‘livestream playbook for music’ then, once they graduate from the scheme, given investment and support by the Amazon subsidiary.
Amazon Music, Discord, DistroKid, Rolling Stone, TuneCore and UnitedMasters are among the partners for The Collective, with an open applications process – although DistroKid and TuneCore will also be helping to choose artists for the program.
It’s not that long since some (although by no means all) music industry people were wondering whether digital music distribution was being commoditised…
It’s usually the domain of blockchain startups, with the twist usually being that there’s no immediate way for the artists to convert that cryptocurrency into ‘fiat’ cash.
The boundary between user-generated content and sponsored or branded content is important for music rightsholders, who feel strongly that if a video on a social app or video service is being paid for by a brand, it should be a proper sync.
But what about brands who want to use original music for their own content? One of those services, TikTok, is trying to help with its new ‘Sound Partners’ program.
Clients include UnitedMasters, Symphonic Distribution and Horus Music, who are all using its ‘chordCashAI’ system for automated advances options.
Remember when Spotify invested in distributor DistroKid back in October 2018? Now its biggest rival is making a similar move. Yesterday, Apple led a $50m Series B funding round for UnitedMasters, alongside […]
Livestreaming platform Twitch is launching a new feature, Soundtrack by Twitch, with a catalogue of licensed music for its community of creators to use in their streams.
The Amazon-owned company has licensed more than 1m tracks from more than 30 independent labels and distributors for the beta launch, in what’s its second attempt at an in-house music library.
Labels on board include Anjunabeats, Chillhop, Empire, Monstercat, Nuclear Blast and Alpha Pup. The initial distributor partners are DistroKid, UnitedMasters and SoundCloud.
TikTok has already shown its potential as a talent pool of young musicians, who can show off their skills, build an audience and then parlay this into label deals – […]