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
Musicians star in ‘Seize the Awkward’ mental-health campaign
Four musicians are taking part in a new mental-health campaign aimed at teenagers and young adults. Lindsey Stirling, Hayley Kiyoko, Aminé, and Christina Perri are the stars of the latest ‘Seize the Awkward’ campaign,...
September 6, 2019
Music’n’meditation app Wave raises $5.7m for its launch
We’ve been writing about the monster funding rounds and music activities (e.g. an exclusive Moby album) for mindfulness startup Calm recently, while rival Headspace was one of the first companies to partner with Spotify...
July 18, 2019
Instagram flags up its efforts to crack down on bullying
With 153 million followers, Selena Gomez is one of the most popular stars on Instagram – only Ariana Grande and Cristiano Ronaldo are ahead of her, plus Instagram’s own official account. Yet in June 2019, Gomez revealed that...
July 9, 2019
Elevate Music Podcast to focus on wellbeing for musicians
There’s a new music-focused podcast in town, and it wants to help musicians safeguard their wellbeing and health. The podcast is called Elevate Music Podcast, and it’s the result of a partnership between production firm...
July 2, 2019
Social media’s impact on the life satisfaction of teenagers is “tiny”
Every generation has its folk devil – the one thing that is apparently going to corrupt and destroy “the young people”. The hula hoop, radio, Hollywood, TV, rock ’n’ roll, Cabbage Patch Kids (maybe), acid house,...
May 8, 2019
Wellbeing survey of independent musicians finds worrying results
Music distributor Record Union has joined the debate around mental health within the music industry, with a survey of nearly 1,500 independent musicians conducted in late March and early April this year. It’s the latest...
April 29, 2019