Meditation app Headspace raises another $47.7m in funding
If there’s one startup category that’s booming during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s meditation and mindfulness – particularly when it comes to raising money from investors. Headspace, one of the biggest...
June 12, 2020
BBC Sounds app expands its wellbeing and workout mixes section
Spotify and other streaming services have been luring talent away from radio for a long time now, with British public-service broadcaster the BBC suffering particularly from the brain drain. However, it’s also making...
June 8, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (23 April)
Start today with YouTube’s announcement of a slate of Covid-19 related original shows, with several involving music. Stay Home With: Yungblud will explore the UK artist’s quarantine life, with viewers encouraged...
April 23, 2020
Safe In Our World launches mental health hub for Covid-19
We haven’t written about Safe In Our World before, but it’s essentially the British games industry’s equivalent of Help Musicians: a charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing for people in that industry. Like...
April 8, 2020
Calm and Headspace lead list of top meditation apps in the US
Meditation apps is a space that we’ve been following for a while now, as more of those apps license music and form partnerships with the music industry in other ways. Given the current global situation, it should come as...
April 2, 2020
Record Union launches music-focused ‘Wellness Starter Pack’
Last year, we reported on a study by distributor Record Union into mental health and wellbeing for independent musicians. The results made for concerning reading. Now the company is launching something new as a result:...
March 31, 2020
Struggling with isolation? An astronaut might be able to help
Some people have been working from home regularly for years, and others take to it like ducks to water. But others may struggle, especially if they’re cooped up alone (or with housemates / family) for what’s looking...
March 23, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related music industry news (23 March)
Music Ally is trying to write a story every working day, rounding up the good, practical things happening in and around our industry: focusing on relief efforts and other initiatives from the music industry and music / tech...
March 23, 2020
I Heart Songwriting Club interview: ‘There is no ceiling to this!’
“I was having panic attacks. I was completely anxious and stuck, because I wasn’t doing the thing I wanted to do. I struggled to write songs: I judged every idea as boring and not good enough, and that stopped me writing...
March 10, 2020
Maggie Collins warns of a ‘crisis point’ for artist managers
Australian manager Maggie Collins, of Morning Belle, has published a social-media post (which The Industry Observer has reported on) warning of a “crisis point” for modern artist managers. “We are not super humans....
March 9, 2020
UMG, EMI Trust and The eXceL Project back Secret Studio
As part of a collaboration between UMG, the EMI Trust and youth-community charity The eXceL Project, the three-day education programme Secret Studio has resulted in the release of two new original tracks. The eXceL Project’s...
December 11, 2019
SoundCloud-Rap deaths spark renewed debate about wellbeing
The death of artist Juice WRLD earlier this week is still raw in the minds of his fans, friends and the teams that worked with him. It’s important, as in any case like this, to avoid jumping to conclusions and assigning...
December 11, 2019