Merlin’s mission to bring more indie music to YouTube

New Lickd agreement is an opportunity for indie rightsholders to surface and monetise more in the creator marketplace, says Merlin COO Lexton…

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Round Hill Music announces acquisition of David Coverdale catalogue

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighbouring rights income from, the catalogue of David Coverdale.

Round Hill Music 14th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Round Hill Music announces agreement with Nancy Wilson

Round Hill Music, via Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Ltd, has acquired a significant share of the master artist royalties and entered into a long-term agreement to administer the neighbouring rights income of the catalogue of Nancy Wilson, acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Heart.

Round Hill Music 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Merlin partners with Lickd to make independent music accessible to creators

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a multi-year deal with Lickd, the platform helping YouTube content creators legally use the music they love. The partnership injects music from tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists across the globe into the flow of usable content, granting Merlin members access to the creator boom, opening up robust revenue streams, and offering prime marketplace exposure for artists.

Merlin 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Reservoir acquires prolific catalog of late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister

Reservoir has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog of the late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister, including several collaborations with his internationally acclaimed creative partner David Guetta. Together, Fred Rister and David Guetta helped define the genres of Dance, Pop, and Electronic throughout the 2000s, including contributing to the most downloaded song of all time in the U.S., “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

Reservoir Media 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS
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Christmas Wishes: IMI members look back on 2021 and forward to the new year

We speak to executives from indie music companies across the world about their challenges and achievements this year, and what they're hoping to see from the business in 2022...

'We sign writers as people – not as assets to be traded or to boost stock value'

Following a cautious 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bucks Music Group ramped up activity in 2021. The family-run indie publisher signed 15 songwriters to exclusive deals this year, as well as capitalising on a more confident sync market...

Lex Records at 20: 'I’m still running off those old rules of thumb - sign artists you believe in and invest in long-term deals'

Beginning life as an imprint at Warp, Lex Records became a fully independent indie in 2005, thanks in no small part to the rising star of Danger Mouse. Here, Lex founder Tom Brown looks back on the two decades that have passed since the label's first release, and talks about the old school principles that have led to Lex’s success…

‘The industry can be an unhealthy place to work. But there is a balance between great work and wellbeing’

Good Neighbours is a series brought to The IMI by The Music Federation’s Achal Dhillon. It's designed to highlight individuals in the music industry who embody that unique sense of indie community and are changing the biz for the better. This time, Dhillon sits down with Equilibrium co-founder Marni Wandner...

'If big companies are serious about helping composers, they need to give them creative control of their releases'

Composer talent agency First Artists Management has launched a label. Hamish Duff, Head of the company’s European office, says that First Artists Recordings is in part a response to a reluctance from big corporations to release soundtracks that could boost composers’ careers…

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Round Hill Music announces acquisition of David Coverdale catalogue

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighbouring rights income from, the catalogue of David Coverdale.

Round Hill Music 14th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Round Hill Music announces agreement with Nancy Wilson

Round Hill Music, via Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Ltd, has acquired a significant share of the master artist royalties and entered into a long-term agreement to administer the neighbouring rights income of the catalogue of Nancy Wilson, acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Heart.

Round Hill Music 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Merlin partners with Lickd to make independent music accessible to creators

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a multi-year deal with Lickd, the platform helping YouTube content creators legally use the music they love. The partnership injects music from tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists across the globe into the flow of usable content, granting Merlin members access to the creator boom, opening up robust revenue streams, and offering prime marketplace exposure for artists.

Merlin 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Reservoir acquires prolific catalog of late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister

Reservoir has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog of the late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister, including several collaborations with his internationally acclaimed creative partner David Guetta. Together, Fred Rister and David Guetta helped define the genres of Dance, Pop, and Electronic throughout the 2000s, including contributing to the most downloaded song of all time in the U.S., “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.

Reservoir Media 13th Jan 2022 BUSINESS
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TMF Live launches ‘Safe Spaces’ policy across all live shows

On 19th January, The Music Federation Live launch their new Safe Spaces Policy as a response to the recent surge in spiking women across the UK within the live sector. In partnership with The F-List, Strut Safe and Girls Against, the policy is something TMF Live will be implementing across all their live shows.

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FEAT launches guide on how to find and remove touted tickets

The Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) — the organisation formed to promote better ticket resale practices across Europe — will today launch a guide for FEAT members and European promoters on how to deal with suspected touted tickets.

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Rosa Martínez joins Utopia as Director, Spain

- Martinez will join Utopia Music as Director, Spain and reports directly to COO Roberto Neri. She will be based out of Barcelona, Spain - She brings more than 20 years of Music Industry experience in the areas of licensing, publishing, brand partnerships and digital marketing. - Her ticketing experience stands out having left her imprint at the big three: Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim and AXS - For the past 10 years, Martinez has been an active advocate of using technology to enhance Music fan experiences through personalised data-enabled entertainment services

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Tate Britain features Tann-i Brown track “Worries & Troubles” as the soundtrack to their exhibition celebrating 70 years of Caribbean-British art

Tannoi’s 1985 smash hit ‘Worries And Troubles’, recorded for Greensleeves UK Bubblers imprint has been chosen by the Tate Britain as the soundtrack to Between The Islands, the recently opened acclaimed exhibition that traces over 70 years of Caribbean art.

DVIBES 14th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Line-up revealed for 20 years of Vitalic

One of the first major highlights in the UK’s 2022 live electronic music calendar, Vitalic’s ‘20 Years Of Vitalic’ live show takes place at London’s Electric Brixton on 1 April. The all-night event runs from 21:00 to 05:00, and will see the French electronic music artist perform a “best of” live set drawing on his substantial discography; the unique live show will feature exclusive tracks, and nod to past concerts and tours.

Electric Group 13th Jan 2022 MUSIC

AIM Sync Award nominees announced

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the nominees for the AIM Sync Awards, shining a spotlight on the ever-increasing use of independent music in the sync landscape.

AIM 12th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

Merlin Announces Its Next Board; Welcomes Nine New Board Members

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, starts the new year announcing its newly-elected Board. The organization’s Board includes representatives from twelve different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. This diverse expertise will provide strategic guidance to Merlin in better serving its membership as it strikes premium deals with partners such as Apple, Facebook, Peloton, Snap, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube, and more.

Merlin 11th Jan 2022 BUSINESS

A2IM Returns in 2022 with BIMA, the Black Independent Music Accelerator to Amplify Black Businesses in the Independent Music Community

A2IM is kicking off 2022 by launching the second year of BIMA, its Black Independent Music Accelerator, a fellowship initiative designed to amplify Black voices in the independent music community. Applications for A2IM’s 2022 BIMA Program open on January 10, 2022 and close on January 24, 2022.

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'We sign writers as people – not as assets to be traded or to boost stock value'

Following a cautious 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bucks Music Group ramped up activity in 2021. The family-run indie publisher signed 15 songwriters to exclusive deals this year, as well as capitalising on a more confident sync market...

Lex Records at 20: 'I’m still running off those old rules of thumb - sign artists you believe in and invest in long-term deals'

Beginning life as an imprint at Warp, Lex Records became a fully independent indie in 2005, thanks in no small part to the rising star of Danger Mouse. Here, Lex founder Tom Brown looks back on the two decades that have passed since the label's first release, and talks about the old school principles that have led to Lex’s success…

‘The industry can be an unhealthy place to work. But there is a balance between great work and wellbeing’

Good Neighbours is a series brought to The IMI by The Music Federation’s Achal Dhillon. It's designed to highlight individuals in the music industry who embody that unique sense of indie community and are changing the biz for the better. This time, Dhillon sits down with Equilibrium co-founder Marni Wandner...

'If big companies are serious about helping composers, they need to give them creative control of their releases'

Composer talent agency First Artists Management has launched a label. Hamish Duff, Head of the company’s European office, says that First Artists Recordings is in part a response to a reluctance from big corporations to release soundtracks that could boost composers’ careers…