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Paul Stuart, former General Counsel and Head Of Business Affairs of Soundtrack Your Brand and Spotify Business, joins Utopia Music as Chief Legal Officer

Utopia Music has announced the appointment of Paul Stuart as Chief Legal Officer. Located in Stockholm, he reports to Utopia Chief Executive Officer Markku Mäkeläinen.

Music

Before Zero Records Mixes Marimba With Dub In Genre Bending Release

Whilst touring in Bogota, Colombia with El Gran Latido, Kibir La Amlak recorded Iber Jose Gomez, a renowned Marimba player from the Colombian Pacific Coast. Together they created this genre bending piece of music 'Mother of Song (Queen Marimba)'. A blend of Afro-Colombian melody with a UK style digi-dub drum and bassline.

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Cherry Red Records announce new stadium sponsorship of AFC Wimbledon's Plough Lane

Cherry Red are delighted to announce they are the stadium sponsors of AFC Wimbledon’s new ground at Plough Lane. One of the longest-running ground partnerships in British football, Cherry Red sponsored the team’s old ground at Kingsmeadow and are delighted be taking the partnership to another level.

Business

IMPF backs Credits Due campaign

IMPF has backed the Credits Due campaign and pledges to actively promote the initiative among its global membership of some 100 independent music publishers.

Business

Bucks Music Group signs exclusive publishing and admin deal with Ash Howes

Bucks Music Group has signed prolific songwriter and producer Ash Howes to an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement, alongside an administration agreement for his back catalogue.

Business

Music publishers made members of ZAiKS after 20-year battle

IMPF is very pleased to confirm that music publishers will now be included in the membership of the Polish Society of Authors and Composers – ZAiKS.

Business

Los Angeles Indie Rock Trio CHEEKFACE Sign To Alcopop! Records

Following hot on the heels of their critically-acclaimed debut album Emphatically No. released in January 2021 on New Professor Records, the new EP is a collection of extra previously-unreleased material from the album writing sessions.

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Greer Announce Happy People EP Released 5th November 2021 via Epitaph Records

Produced by John Congelton (Wallows, St. Vincent, Angel Olsen), the 4-track collection is packed with killer riffs and air-tight songwriting that suggest a band well beyond their years, while also possessing an unmistakable youthful exuberance.

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EARLY EYES Announce Debut Album 'Look Alive!' Released 25th February 2022 Via Epitaph Records

Produced by Caleb Hinz (Hippo Campus, Samia) and Jake Luppen of Minnesota indie rock outfit Hippo Campus, Look Alive! looks ahead to a post-genre future where emo, post-hardcore, Japanese city pop, and musical theater can coexist peacefully on one album.

Business

First Artists Management launches record label with ‘Back To Life’ season two soundtrack

First Artists Management (FAM)—the international talent agency representing composers and music supervisors—has announced the launch of its interdisciplinary record label First Artists Recordings (FAR). Its debut releases this autumn, by FAM agency clients Joe Wilson and Emily Rice, mark the expansion of the US-based agency with the label spearheaded by its UK based office. Alongside global distribution partner eOne Music, FAR will release soundtracks and other album projects with a focus on composers working in visual media. The first FAR release is the soundtrack by Joe Wilson to the second season of Emmy-nominated television series Back To Life.

Business

Music Venue Trust announce details for Venues Day Live & Venues Day Online

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents over 900 UK grassroots music venues, has announced details of two major events during the next month, Venues Day Live and Venues Day Online, which will see the largest gathering of grassroots music venue operators and staff teams in the world.

Business

Music Execs Back Social Audio Network Logcast as Company Eyes US Launch

Social audio network Logcast today announces that it has received new investment from American entertainment stars and music executives ahead of its launch into the US market next month. 

Business

Ditto Music wraps up 'Ditto X: Meet The Industry' at The O2 Arena London

Today Ditto X: Meet The Industry, the music conference from global independent distributor and label service provider Ditto Music, completed its biggest day yet to a sold-out crowd at the Indigo in The O2 Arena. With an unrivalled line up of music industry experts and live music from the most exciting new talent, Ditto X provided attendees a chance to learn more about the latest developments and trends in music.

Music

Angelina Luzi explores the addiction of a toxic relationship on new single ‘Beast’

Independent female artist Angelina Luzi launches a haunting new project ‘Beast’ drawing her listener in with captivating and emotive vocals in this striking alt-pop ballad.

Business

FUGA becomes first B2B distributor to offer immersive audio delivery & analytics

FUGA has announced comprehensive spatial audio support and automated delivery to Apple Music – the first B2B distributor to do so.  Acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2020, FUGA works with more than 800 music businesses across fifty countries.

Music

Electric Group Announce NX Newcastle Venue

Former O2 Newcastle Academy joins Electric Group venues including Electric Brixton in London, and SWX in Bristol.

Business

Åsa Carild, former CEO Of Polaris Hub, joins Utopia Music

Utopia Music has announced the appointment of Åsa Carild as Head of Platform. Located in Stockholm, she reports to Utopia Chief Data Officer Paul Gathercole.

Business

Richard Antwi Scholarship announces second award in partnership with Universal Music UK

The Richard Antwi Scholarship, in conjunction with the University of Westminster, announced today that it has partnered with Universal Music UK to make an additional award for 2021, increasing its scope in supporting diverse future industry leaders with a second award that will go to Idris Green-Holder.

Business

Merlin and JioSaavn Sign Enhanced Global Music Licensing Partnership

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has extended and enhanced its existing music licensing partnership with JioSaavn, a leading music and audio streaming service for South Asians. 

Business

Direct-to-Fan, Music-Focused Crowdfunding Platform Sonicly Launches in Beta

Sonicly, a music-only project funding and fan engagement platform that puts the creator in complete control, has launched in invitation-only beta. The solution is uniquely designed for the music creator looking to build a sustainable career by creating a series of projects of varying sizes on their own schedule, thereby generating steady revenue and identifying and cultivating super fans. Sonicly provides a completely frictionless experience for the creator and the supporter in a safe and trusted environment.

Business

Round Hill Acquire Tim Palmer Rights

The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired recorded music income and publishing rights to 30 songs from Tim Palmer, an English record producer, guitarist and songwriter of rock and alternative music.

Business

Sentric and Tileyard sign Ross Hamilton to exclusive songwriting agreement

The first deal to be announced under Sentric Music Group and Tileyard Music’s recently formed JV is the signing of Ross Hamilton to an exclusive songwriting agreement.

Music

London Cosmic Punks WACO Reveal John Carpenter’s They Live Inspired Video For New Single ‘Elevation’

London punks signed to Gallows' label Venn Records team up with director Paul Blue at True Media for new music video in an homage to John Carpenter’s 1988 sci-fi action film They Live, starring Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Music

A2IM Opens Submissions for 2022 Libera Awards; Highlights Independents with New Categories

On September 13, 2021, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) kicks off the Libera Awards season by opening the submissions process for the annual event. The A2IM Libera Awards bring together the music community each summer to honor the extraordinary talent of independent artists, labels, and music industry leaders. People will be able to submit nominees for each awards category until submissions close on December 6. 

Business

Reservoir announces global deal with music icon Joni Mitchell

Reservoir Media announces a new deal with music icon Joni Mitchell, which sees the company become the worldwide administrator of her illustrious publishing catalog.

Business

MVT statement on the Scottish Government’s decision to introduce vaccine certification as a requirement for entry into venues

The new Scottish government policy announcement on the requirement for double vaccination for entry to some premises is unclear, lacking in detail and liable to provoke confusion among both the public and venue operators. 

Business

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund acquires Dennis Elliott Foreigner master income

The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the master royalty income of Dennis Elliott, a British musician and artist, who was the original drummer of the rock group Foreigner.

Music

Memorist release new single ‘Slither’ and announce EP release details

UK alt-metal band Memorist have announced they will release their debut EP entitled 'ONI//KIJO' via Year Of The Rat Records on the 12th November 2021.

Business

Tileyard partners with The Association Of Independent Music

The Tileyard Group joins The Association of Independent Music (AIM) as a Friend of AIM in a move to bring together the two communities of independent businesses and support the UK's independent music sector.

Business

Tomorrow’s Warriors announces #IAMWARRIOR gig at Jazz Café premiering new commission - to mark 30th anniversary during Black History Month

Pioneering talent development organisation Tomorrow’s Warriors is proud to announce the return of #IAMWARRIOR on Friday 15th October at London’s Jazz Café.

Business

Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum publish new White Paper in anticipation of Government’s response to calls for streaming reform

The aim of the document is to provide artists and managers with a condensed yet comprehensive overview of the key discussion points of the Committee’s work, and to outline the FAC and MMF’s shared positions on three key areas.

Business

Perfect Havoc Announces New Addition To Talent Roster

London-based artist management company, Perfect Havoc has signed breakout Manchester singer-songwriter, Lusaint to its talent roster. It's founders are clear that the company is not switching direction from its work with producers Joel Corry and PS1, but instead, growing its services to work with the type of artists who already complement the scene where it's had much success to date.

Business

Previous Head Of Analytics, Amazon Prime Video, Paul Gathercole, joins Utopia Music

Gathercole is a proven data leader with a strong background at the intersection of technology, media and analytics. He has vast experience building multi-functional teams in both blue-chip companies and start-ups.

Business

Music NFT specialists Serenade announce Mike Walsh as UK Head of Strategic Partnerships

Music tech company Serenade, which launched its groundbreaking new artist/fan-centric NFT platform earlier this month has announced its first senior executive hire in the UK.

Business

SPACE SHOWER FUGA Inc. Opens for Business

SPACE SHOWER FUGA – the joint venture between FUGA and Japanese music and media company Space Shower Networks – has opened for business.

Business

AIM partners with SonicData to deliver SonicKey, free European broadcast monitoring and live data to independent music rights holders

AIM (the Association of Independent Music) today announced a far reaching partnership to enable independent music companies to use the latest SonicKey digital watermark technology, with realtime monitoring, live broadcast and data collection across 500 broadcasters for all new music.

Business

Richard Antwi Scholarship announces 2021 scholar - future industry leader Shanice Edwards receives award

The Richard Antwi Scholarship, in conjunction with the University of Westminster, is proud to announce that its 2021 recipient will be Shanice Edwards, who will be awarded a full scholarship for a place on the university’s prestigious Music Business Management MA course.

Business

Super Furry Animals launch SFA TV for one night only and release first NFT artwork collection to mark the reissue of Rings Around The World

A ‘pop-up’ SFA TV television station will celebrate the reissue of Super Furry Animals’ ‘maximalist’ classic album, Rings Around The World for one night only in a bumper, fan-focused week, which also brings the band’s first NFT collection release. Four, limited-edition, digital artworks, reimagining the album’s original sleeve design will be delivered via a new, fan-centric and eco-friendly platform.

Music

Lockjaw Records Announce Black Lives Matter: Punk Compilation Album

The aim of the compilation is to shine a spotlight on bands with members of colour, and aims to raise funds for  Black Minds Matter Charity (UK) and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (US) to help battle racism and inequality.

Business

FUGA continues Germany expansion with ONE Sights Music deal, hires Curt Keplin as Biz Dev lead

FUGA, the world's largest full service B2B distributor, has continued its international expansion with a label and distribution partnership with German hip-hop label and distribution business ONE Sights Music. It has also appointed Curt Keplin as Business Development & Marketing Manager, Germany.

Business

Reservoir strikes deal with country supergroup Alabama

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir”), an award-winning independent music company, has struck a deal with country supergroup Alabama for the group’s interest in its recorded music rights catalog. The prolific group is among the world’s best-selling bands of all time and is the most awarded band in the history of Country music, with over 200 honors from the entertainment industry’s top organizations. Alabama also set and holds an incredible streak of 21 straight #1s, a record they have held for over 30 years.

Business

Arlo Parks, Enny win big, Joan Armatrading CBE clinches outstanding contribution at AIM Awards 2021

Bringing together an array of music legends and rapidly rising new talent, the AIM Awards 2021 saw yet another brilliant display of the independent community's remarkable strength and ingenuity.

Business

Latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme funding opens 24th August

Applications for the next round (20) of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will open at 10.00am on 24th August and close at midnight on 27th September 2021.

Music

Marshall Records and Nova Twins enter into music partnership

Today, genre bending duo Nova Twins have announced their partnership with Marshall Records.  In a forward-thinking deal that favours the artist and includes opportunities with Marshall Amplification,  Marshall intends to drive positive change within the music industry, helping to break the mould of expectations when it comes to artist-label relationships.

Business

What do Live Music Fans think about the first month of the return of live music?

Music Venue Trust has conducted a series of surveys and data collection exercises during the first month of the full capacity reopening of grassroots music venues.

Business

Sentric Music Group signs William Orbit to exclusive administration agreement

Orbit has sold 200 million recordings worldwide across his own catalogue of work, and his production and songwriting career.

Business

Serenade Aims to ‘Simplify & Demystify’ the NFT Sector for Artists & Fans

Serenade Launches with NFT Offerings from: Jungle, ArrDee, Kaiser Chiefs, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, The Game, Strawberries & Creem festival, Young MA, Ride, Gary Powell of The Libertines, Scouting For Girls, Super Furry Animals, Ash, Ladyhawke, State Champs, S1mba, Muki and more.

Business

CLEAN CUT KID Sign to Alcopop! Records (UK) + Team Love (US) For Fourth Album Hiss

Newly independent lo-fi indie-folk quartet announce triumphant return with new album, single and winter 2021 UK tour dates.

Business

Exceleration Music announces the addition of new executives, including Darin Soler as Head of Global Marketing & Commercial Partnerships

Exceleration Music, the global music venture founded by leading indie sector executives Glen Barros, John Burk, Charles Caldas, Amy Dietz, and Dave Hansen for the purpose of investing in independent labels and developing their legacies, today announced the appointment of Darin Soler as its Head of Global Marketing & Commercial Partnerships.

Business

AIP publishes Promoter Jargon Buster

The Association of Independent Promoters has published 'The AIP Promoter Jargon Buster' - a list of commonly used promoting terms to help support new and emerging promoters into the sector.

Music

Colin Doran and Jason Bowld release They Fell From The Sky debut album via Say Something Records

Jason Bowld (Bullet For My Valentine, Pitchshifter, Killing Joke), began writing songs with Colin Doran (Hundred Reasons). The pair brought producer and guitarist into the fold before completing the lineup with Lee Erinmez (Snuff) and Oly Edkins.

Business

Bucks Music Group signs hit songwriter Sacha Skarbek to worldwide admin deal

Skarbek is a two-time Ivor Novello Award winner and a Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, film scorer and multi-instrumentalist.

Business

PopArabia launches ESMAA, a music rights entity to facilitate licensing in UAE and Gulf

Abu Dhabi-based independent music company PopArabia announces the launch of ESMAA, a new UAE-based music Rights Management Entity (“RME”) to facilitate music licensing in the Gulf region. ESMAA works broadly with both global rights holders and regional businesses to provide Gulf markets with the ability to license music domestically for the first time.

Music

Laura Dre releases new single 'Beautiful Summer'

Today, ascendant electro pop singer songwriter and producer Laura Dre drops a brand-new single “Beautiful Summer”. It follows the phenomenal Bandcamp success of her debut album Moving Spaces released just over a month ago.

Business

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited announces acquisition of Trevor Rabin Catalogue

The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired an interest in a music publishing catalogue from Yes guitarist and prolific film score composer, Trevor Rabin.

Business

Indie label community comes together to announce creation of The Music Federation

London-based artist and music business development company, Killing Moon Group, are proud to launch The Music Federation in partnership with Believe, as well as a number of domestic and international music companies due to come on board as members in the coming year. 

Business

Josh Gruss gifts $1m to Berklee College to create scholarship fund

Berklee College of Music alumnus and Berklee trustee Josh Gruss B.M. ‘97 gifted the College $1 million dollars to establish the Josh Gruss/Round Hill Music Endowed Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will support financially and academically deserving students majoring in Music Business and Management.

Business

AIF statement on announcement of Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals

“AIF has campaigned for a Government-backed insurance scheme for festivals for over a year, from raising it as a headline issue with the DCMS Select Committee to working with DCMS colleagues and presenting detailed evidence and data to support the case."

Music

Love Record Stores returns on September 4th

#loverecordstores, the campaign originally launched in 2020 to raise awareness of the challenges faced by record stores during the COVID-19 pandemic has announced details of its second Love Record Stores event, supported by AIM, which will take place on Saturday 4th September.

Music

MEMORIST release 2nd single 'Second Sequence' on Year Of The Rat Records

Memorist have released a new single with visualiser via Dreambound and Metal Injection and the track will be out on all streaming platforms on the 6th August.

Business

Adaptr, Feed Media Group's All-In-One Music Solution for Startups, Inks Deal with Merlin

Feed Media Group, the leading B2B music licensing subscription service, announced today that it has signed a music licensing deal with Merlin, the independent's digital music licensing partner, for its Adaptr product. Adaptr is a subscription-based platform that makes it easy for startups to use music, and this deal provides access to an enormous catalog of licensed music from Merlin member labels, distributors, and their artists.

Business

LyricFind and Musixmatch named as first ‘Friends and Supporters of IMPF’

IMPF has launched a new ‘Friends and Supporters’ category for companies wishing to work with independent music publishers – with LyricFind and Musixmatch the first to join.

Business

Liverpool’s The Peach Fuzz sign to Modern Sky UK

Hotly-tipped Liverpool indie/alt-pop band The Peach Fuzz sign to Modern Sky UK and release their new single ‘Never Wanna See The Light’, building on the success of their early run of singles through The Coral's Skeleton Key Records.

Business

Music Industry Leaders Unveil Partner Organisations In Bid To Step Up Diversity & Inclusion Work

Music industry leaders have joined forces with a host of organisations to boost the sector’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion. UK Music, the collective voice of the music industry, and its members are spearheading the move following the call from the UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce.

Business

Metropolis Studios opens new state-of-the-art 3D audio recording facility

Metropolis Studios, Europe’s leading independent recording studio, has opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art 3D audio recording facility at the heart of its sprawling West London complex. Coinciding with the launch, Amazon Music has agreed a content deal with the studio, which will become the streaming services’ UK-based HQ for immersive mixing, strengthening their offering to artists.

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ATC Management opens creative horizons for composers via a new partnership with Spitfire Audio

Effective immediately, the partnership will give ATC’s award-winning composers, including Alex Epton, Aska Matsumiya, Christian Balvig, Ben Frost, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Keaton Henson, PJ Harvey and Tim Hecker unparalleled access to Spitfire’s state-of-the-art studios, software, tools and services, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on new products and initiatives with Spitfire’s team of developers

Business

Reservoir invests in China based rights and marketing services agency Outdustry, expanding its emerging market strategy

Reservoir has announced the expansion of its relationship with Outdustry, China’s leading music rights and marketing services company. The deal sees Reservoir investing as a minority partner in Outdustry to build on its successes in China and India and extend its strategy to other emerging music markets. The companies have also formed a joint venture to sign and develop Chinese artists and songwriters, plus acquire local music catalogs.

Business

West End star Aimie Atkinson partners with Absolute for debut solo single and EP

In the last few years, Atkinson has achieved great success in the world of musical theatre, with roles in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, Legally Blonde and the blockbusting SIX, to name a few.

Business

The 2021 Artist & Manager Awards returns to London's Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 18th November

With the Bloomsbury Big Top providing a fully-ventilated and secure environment, the FAC and MMF look forward once again to welcoming guests from across the industry

Business

IMPF and IMPEL launch Digital Licensing Handbook for members

IMPF and IMPEL are set to jointly publish a Digital Licensing Handbook, which will be available exclusively for the independent publisher members of the two organisations.

Business

Music Venue Trust Launches #takeatest Initiative

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced a new campaign to encourage live music fans to take a voluntary lateral flow test ahead of attending gigs.

Music

Lastelle perform live at St Mary's Church and announce new tour dates

Lastelle perform live at St Mary's Church and announce new tour dates. The live video was premiered with the Youtube channel Dreambound and is now available to watch back.

Business

AIM response to the DCMS Economics of Streaming report

"The Select Committee has impressively zeroed-in on some of the key issues in music and many of the report's findings endorse and vindicate the ethical practices of the independent music community."

Business

Joint response from FAC & MMF to the DCMS committee "Economics Of Streaming" Report

"We welcome today’s landmark report from Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee calling for artists, composers and musicians to benefit more equally from the boom in online streaming."

Business

Revealed: Music helped Britain survive lockdown as public throw support behind return of live music - new survey shows

UK Music, the collective voice of the music industry, today (Wednesday 14th July) publishes a major new survey that reveals the crucial role music played in helping people through Covid-19 lockdowns - and how the public are craving the return of live music.

Music

iLEVEL Announces New Summer Release - YBSA (Your Beauty Stands Alone).

This Alternative R&B catchy tune is sure to lift us all out of our lockdown blues and get our summer groove on the dance floor!

Business

Reservoir signs BTS’ “Butter” co-writer Rufio Hooks to a worldwide publishing deal

Reservoir has announced the signing of artist, songwriter, and producer Rufio Hooks to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal includes Rufio’s current global hit co-write “Butter” by the hugely successful K-Pop group BTS, plus future works.

Business

Italian Music Company Artist First offers public access to Le Vibrazioni’s live performance rights for the first time, as industry rises from global lockdown

Artist First, the leading Italian record label, event manager and music distributor, is pleased to announce it is partnering with ANote Music, one of Europe’s leading marketplaces for investing in music royalties, to list what will be the first public offering of an image rights catalogue.

Business

Sentric Music Group and Nick Halkes sign PBH & JACK to exclusive songwriting agreement

Sentric Music Group’s rapidly expanding electronic division has today announced the signing of PBH & JACK in partnership with Nick Halkes.

Business

Sentric Music Group and Nick Halkes sign PBH & JACK to exclusive songwriting agreement

Sentric Music Group’s rapidly expanding electronic division has today announced the signing of PBH & JACK in partnership with Nick Halkes. Sentric announced a long-term joint venture with pioneering music executive Nick Halkes to bolster its electronic offering earlier this year. 

Business

AIF statement on confirmation of progressing to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap

"We welcome the Health Secretary’s confirmation of progressing to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap. Government has repeatedly stated that once we are at this stage, it will examine if insurance is still an issue for events and intervene if necessary. We are now one week away from this date and the sector needs a long overdue resolution to this problem."

Music

Laura Dre Releases Music Video + Debut Album Moving Spaces, An Effortless Electronic Pop Ode To The 80s And Unrequited Love

Co-produced by Robert Harder (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Neneh Cherry, Sohodolls, Babyshambles), ‘Moving Spaces’ is the exquisite, upcoming 10-track album from LGBTQ+ icon Laura Dre. Hitting over 50,000 views on YouTube in a week, this songstress is destined to have her name in lights.

Business

BRITs Apprentice Scheme returns to boost more young talent looking to forge a career in the music industry

The BRITs Apprentice Scheme is back for a third round and is now recruiting for ten apprentices to take up fifteen-month paid placements with independent record labels and music companies.

Business

The National Lottery and Music Venue Trust Announce Ground-Breaking Partnership to Help Revive Grassroots Live Music

In an unprecedented collaboration, The National Lottery – one of the biggest funders of culture in the UK - will contribute £1M to directly underwrite the touring and production costs of over 300 live performances this summer, enabling the grassroots live music industry to start promoting shows again in the knowledge that the upfront costs associated with touring are covered.

Business

30 Years of Key Production

This year, Key Production has been busy creating an evocative online magazine (hosted on ISSUU) which features historical highlights, nostalgic images and filmed interviews with current and past employees, some of whom will be familiar to the music industry community. The content is proof of the firm’s dedication to nurturing relationships - with both clients and its own team. In fact, most of Key’s staff of around 60 have worked there for over 20 years! 

Business

Black Rock co-publishing partnership with Electric Ibiza hits the ground running

Black Rock has finalised a co-publishing partnership with Electric Ibiza – one of Ibiza’s biggest events, label and artist management companies.

Business

UK Music Chief Warns Government-backed Insurance Scheme Is "Final Piece Of Jigsaw" Needed To Pave Way For Live Music Events

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has warned that a Government-backed insurance scheme is the "final piece of the jigsaw" needed to help save live music events.

Business

A Statement from Music Venue Trust on UK Govt. Plans to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

"This is obviously extremely welcome news for millions of music fans, for artists, crew, venues and local communities who have been deprived of live music for so long."

Business

AIM publishes first whole-of-market research into alternative streaming model together with 'How to Fix Streaming' debate

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has published the first research into an alternative streaming proposal which has been modelled on the whole UK market. The research into its Artist Growth Model was presented by Will Page and David Safir during AIM's 'How to Fix Streaming' debate, the recording of which has now also been published.

Music

MEMORIST to release first single on Year Of The Rat Records

MEMORIST will release their first single on Year Of The Rat Records on July 9.  Titled "The Empiric", the single is influenced by the likes of Deftones, Northlane and Hans Zimmer, and is a calling card to the industrial, synthesiser-laced sound that they have strived to achieve since the roaring success of their initial three singles. 

Business

AIF statement on the Government's announcement around lifting Covid restrictions

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s statement and that large events including festivals are expected to be able take place from July 19. It is positive for organisers, fans and artists alike that there will be some activity this year, though clearly it is too late for the estimated 56% of UK festivals that have already been forced to cancel and are still awaiting details of emergency funding and the next round of the Culture Recovery Fund."

Business

New music streaming platform Go To Hear is ready to change the music industry

Go To Hear’s international team - including music and tech industry professionals and a Silicon Valley veteran - has created a new ethical music streaming platform that aims to change the streaming landscape and put profits back into the hands of musicians and artists all over the world. With a unique pay-as-you-go streaming system and direct to artist payments for streaming and downloads, Go To Hear gives artists a platform that pays 4x more per stream than Spotify with 100% of profits going to its members.

Business

Politicians from main parties join forces to urge Government to tackle 'profound challenge' facing Covid-hit UK music industry

MPs from across the political divide have joined forces to call on PM Boris Johnson and the Government to back plans to help the UK music industry get back on its feet.

Business

shesaid.so Connects With Independents Through New Partnership With AIM

shesaid.so and the Association of Independent Music (AIM) have formalised their longstanding relationship with a new partnership, bringing together the two communities they represent - independent music businesses and women and gender minorities around the world working in the music industry.

Business

Reservoir acquires the producer catalog of legendary rock producer Tom Werman

Reservoir has announced the acquisition of the producer catalog of legendary Rock producer Tom Werman. The deal includes 100% of Werman’s producer rights for all of his works including the #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison.

Business

Lusitanian Music Publishing joins IMPEL

Lusitanian Music Publishing has become the first Portuguese publisher to sign with IMPEL for multi-territorial digital rights licensing.

Business

Bucks signs pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to admin deal

Although his reputation was forged in jazz, Mitchell defies genre and crosses over into a full spectrum of musical and literary expression.

Music

MEMORIST sign to Year Of The Rat Records

MEMORIST - so named due to frontman Jon's inability to forget - are a six-piece alternative metal outfit that craft powerful emotional journeys for the listener, through Jon's personal experiences and perceived injustices.

Music

Synthwave duo Shades of Thunder stun with cover of legendary Russian song 'Na Zare'.

The 80s Soviet rock band Alyans' track Na Zare/На заре meaning 'At Dawn' became a viral hit in 2019.

Business

UK Music Chief Welcomes Government Publication Of Data On Pilot Events As "Critical First Step" To Mass Live Music Events

Responding to the Government's publication today (Friday 25th June) of data regarding the Events Research Programme, UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin said: "It's welcome that the Government has responded to our calls to publish this vital data on the pilot events.

Business

AIF statement on publication of Events Research Programme Phase 1 findings

“We welcome the Government finally publishing the findings of the ERP Phase 1 pilot events. Although wide ranging, in many respects the report tells us what we already know: Most significantly, that there were no substantial outbreaks at these events, with 28 cases across nine events and 58,000 attendees..."

Business

More than half of UK festivals have now cancelled in 2021

The unfortunate milestone has been reached following the delay of Step 4 of the UK Government’s lockdown roadmap and its failure to intervene on insurance for festival businesses, coupled with the uncertainty around the publication of the Events Research Programme (ERP) pilot results and subsequent guidance for events this summer.

Music

Midgar release album 'Unity' on Year Of The Rat Records

Midgar became the third band to join Year Of The Rat Records last year, joining Lastelle and The Young Hearts on the labels roster. Previous singles ‘We Don’t Make The Rules’ ‘Sunburn’, ‘Nemesis’, and ‘Paradise’ all picked up a plethora of coverage with Kerrang Radio as ‘Featured Artist Of The Week’, RTE2XM, Amazing Radio, Alyx Plays Punk, Endeavour FM, BT TV, Moshville Times, ERB Magazine, Gig Radar, Crowd Salat, ARFM, Hardbeat and Total Rock Radio, as well as landing official playlisting with Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer and Pandora. The album is out 25th June 2021 with the focus track ‘Isle Of Glass’ - Isle Of Glass is a much softer ballad type track and shows the band’s more vulnerable side. 

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A Statement from Music Venue Trust on the UK Government’s refusal to release Events Research Programme results

"Last week we called upon the government to release the results of the Events Research Programme. Without the data and evidence from this programme it is not possible to plan safe events that respond to the latest government position of creating Covid secure venues and gigs..."

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Tileyard Connected: Let's Talk About Sync Webinar

Tileyard Presents the Third Tileyard Connected Digital Event Hitmakers Series: Let’s Talk About Sync

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New mentoring guide launched in drive to help emerging talent forge a music industry career

Led by recording artist Frank Hamilton, UK Music's Futures Group have created a comprehensive mentoring guide to offer support and advice to anyone seeking a career in the music industry.

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Sumit Bothra named Managing Director of ATC Management, Europe

In this newly-created role Sumit becomes the primary contact for ATC’s growing community of over 15 European-based managers and support staff, with responsibility for optimising their individual businesses, nurturing new artist and management partnerships, driving growth, and developing the company’s community outreach initiatives.

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BPI announces next BPI equality session to conclude Pride Month

The BPI are delighted to announce the second event in its BPI Equality Sessions series, 'Celebrating Pride', on June 30th at 4pm. The free online session will hear from a range of diverse voices drawn from across the music industry and the wider LGBTQIA+ community. We are now pleased to announce two more acclaimed trans activists have joined our discussions - please see details below.

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AntiFragile Music expands global endeavours opens UK office in London

Independent label AntiFragile Music founded by Tom Sarig announces opening of UK office in June 2021, which will be headed by international music industry executive Wally van Middendorp.

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Bucks Music Group signs YouTuber musician Emma Blackery in worldwide admin deal

Bucks Music Group has signed musician and YouTuber Emma Blackery to a worldwide administration deal.

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Thundercat wins best R&B record at A2IM Libera Awards; Ninja Tune announce new records from TSHA, DJ Seinfeld & more

Thundercat’s 2020 album “It Is What It Is” took home the Best R&B Record at last night’s A2IM Libera Awards presented by Merlin. Produced by Flying Lotus and released on his Brainfeeder label via Ninja Tune’s longstanding partnership to release, promote, and distribute their incredible and ever-expanding catalogue worldwide, the record also won the award for Best Progressive R&B Album at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards in March. 

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Voters Want Government To Do More To Help British Musicians Tour Abroad - New Poll Reveals

The public think Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Government are not doing enough to help musicians overcome post-Brexit barriers to touring abroad and need to do more, a major new poll reveals today.

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Leading Japanese music rights admin & distribution company NexTone launches independent, artist-focused division “ArtLed”

NexTone announce the launch of ‘ArtLed’, a new digital-first, global-facing Japanese music division targeted at the new generation of artists and independent rights owners.

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Ditto Music Launches New Publishing Division

Ditto Music, the award-winning global music distribution and record label services company, has today announced the launch of a brand-new publishing division, Ditto Music Publishing.

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Music Venue Trust Issue Six Point Plan

Music Venue Trust has today  issued a six point plan for government intervention to manage the impact of extended restrictions on grassroots music venues.

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Täpp Collective release debut album, ‘i like what i do // i do what i like’

Täpp Collective release their debut album, ‘i like what i do // i do what i like’, led by the compelling classical/jazz violinist Rebekah Reid, where the violin rather than vocals is at the forefront of many of the album’s tracks.

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Festivals call for urgent intervention following lockdown delay

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is calling for urgent intervention from Government for festivals following the announcement of a four-week delay to Step 4 of the lockdown roadmap today. Without Government action, most of the UK’s remaining 2021 festivals will be cancelled.

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A statement from Music Venue Trust in response to the UK government’s decision to delay the lifting of restrictions

"The announcement of a delay to the reopening at full capacity of grassroots music venues is obviously a crippling blow to the sector. Over 4000 shows will be cancelled, losing tens of thousands of people, many of them unable to earn for over 15 months, the chance to get back to work."

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UK Music Chief Warns 'Catastrophic' Delay Over Covid Restrictions Easing Means Continued Economic Support And Insurance Scheme 'More Vital Than Ever'

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin warned today (Monday 14th June) that delaying the easing of Covid-19 restrictions marked a "catastrophic blow" for the live music industry.

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A Statement From Music Venue Trust: “Don't Fail Us Now”

On Monday the Prime Minister will give a statement outlining how we move forward with the government roadmap on lifting restrictions.

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Fans flocking to UK independent labels' music across streaming and physical formats

More than a quarter of all music consumed in the UK in 2020 was by artists from the independent music community, the BPI and AIM reported today. Between them, record label associations AIM and the BPI represent the spectrum of recorded music rightsholder businesses in the UK.

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Synthwave meets Trance House with Shades of Thunder's new single “How Loud Is Your Love (with Jan Johnston)”

The legendary voice of 90’s trance house Jan Johnston features in this upbeat and positive foot-tapping number.

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Arlo Parks & Working Men’s Club Head Up AIM Awards Nominations As First Names Revealed

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and poet Arlo Parks leads the AIM Independent Music Awards nominations with four nods while Yorkshire synthpop band Working Men’s Club are shortlisted for three awards. The virtual ceremony will take place as a global livestream on 25 August with hosts 1Xtra & 6 Music’s Jamz Supernova and Radio 1 & 1Xtra’s Tiffany Calver joining forces to host the most anticipated night in independent music. 

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Perfect Havoc Sign Pink Panda For Multi-Single Deal

London's hit-making independent label, Perfect Havoc continues on in its mission to sign and break producers in the commercial dance music sphere, this time, it's tipping the mysterious house music producer, Pink Panda with a three-single release deal.

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[PIAS] And Universal Music Group Announce Strategic Alliance

[PIAS] one of the world’s leading independent music companies and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, have announced a strategic global alliance.

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Polarface & Dstnct Space launch a 6 part series of events titled The Neighbourhood Watch

Independent record label Polarface and music PR company Dstnct Space have announced that they are to host a new 6-shows series, titled The Neighbourhood Watch (TNW), across June - November 2021 at the Folklore, London. 

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Reservoir acquires legendary independent hip-hop and electronic label Tommy Boy Music

Reservoir has acquired legendary independent Hip-Hop and Electronic record label Tommy Boy Music. The deal comprises 6,000+ masters including Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” and Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock”.

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Amusica Songs Management joins IMPEL

Amusica was founded in 2015 as the song management division of Aroma. It consists of Amusica Song Management, acquisition company Tzon Barzel and Aroma Neighbouring Rights.

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Bucks Music Group renews exclusive songwriting agreement with producers, The HeavyTrackerz

Hailing from Walthamstow, East London, The HeavyTrackerz have become one of the most in demand producer names in the UK.

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AIM publishes first ever Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Audit

On the anniversary of Blackout Tuesday, The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents the UK's independent music sector, has published its first ever Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit and committed to follow it up every year to measure its progress in creating real and positive change. 

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Black Rock Publishing signs ANNA, Felix Da Housecat and Archie Hamilton to exclusive deals

Sentric’s concierge electronic music publishing service, Black Rock, has added three more high profile electronic music producers to its roster, under exclusive songwriting agreements.

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ODESZA’S Foreign Family Collective and Ninja Tune Announce New Partnership

Independent record companies Ninja Tune and Foreign Family Collective (FFC) have today announced an exciting new partnership that will see Ninja Tune begin to release, promote and distribute Foreign Family Collective’s incredible and ever-expanding catalogue worldwide

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AIF statement on on the DCMS Committee – The Future Of UK Music Festivals Report

“AIF welcomes the findings of the committee and appreciates its efforts over the past few months. We are pleased that MPs have again echoed our repeated calls for Government-backed insurance for festivals."

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Lyor Cohen, Nadia Khan and Emmanuel De Buretel join AIM's Future Independents conference for keynote discussion

Three industry disruptors at the cutting edge of music business and culture are coming together for an in-depth keynote discussion on the Future of Independent Music, with YouTube and Google's Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, Founder of Women in CTRL & Chair of AIM, Nadia Khan and Founder of Because Music, Emmanuel de Buretel. 

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Reservoir Extends Jamie Hartman Publishing Agreement

Reservoir has announced a new global deal with Ivor Novello Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Jamie Hartman. The company has worked with Hartman for nearly a decade, since 2012, and will continue to represent his entire catalog under the new deal.

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Bucks Music Group signs Gold Spectacles

Bucks Music Group has signed songwriter, producer and artist duo Gold Spectacles to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

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AIM launches Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Level-Up Programme

AIM is supporting its membership and the thousands of people working in its community by launching a full Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Training Programme named ‘EDI Level-Up', led by expert diversity consultants Arit Eminue and Vick Bain. 

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Artlist joins IMPEL

Fast-growing Israeli audiovisual content provider, Artlist, has joined IMPEL. IMPEL will represent the digital rights for Artlist’s music catalogue of high-quality ‘Artlist Originals’.

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Bucks Music Group signs Ivory Layne

Bucks Music Group has signed Ivory Layne to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

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Perfect Havoc's Label Showcase At WMC Kicks Off 5 Year Celebrations

In celebration of its 5th year anniversary and in association with VRJAM and the Winter Music Conference, London’s hit making label Perfect Havoc will showcase a selection of talent that have helped shape its sound over the past 5 years.

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IMPEL and IMPF agree ground-breaking digital Charter of Co-operation

IMPEL Collective Management (IMPEL) and the Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) have agreed a ground-breaking Charter of Co-operation to share experiences and best practices in the digital music marketplace. Their shared goal is to drive streamlining and innovation in digital licensing, as well as increased choice, flexibility, and transparency for independent publishers and their songwriters.

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Proper Sign Physical Distribution Deal With Reggae-Pioneers VP Records

Proper Music Group, the UK’s leading physical distributor, has signed a deal with pioneering reggae label VP Records to distribute their catalogue in the UK & ROI.

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Sentric hires Bridget O’Gara Bloom, promotes Patrick Cloherty in key global sync roles

Sentric Music Group has appointed long-time publishing and recording executive Bridget O’Gara Bloom as Head of Sync, North America, as well as promoting Patrick Cloherty to Head of Sync, Europe.

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Killing Moon Live partners with Native.fm for artist bookings

Independent London-based music company Killing Moon announce the renewal of their partnership with Native following a remarkably successful 2020. Bookings taken so far within the Native and Killing Moon partnership include the showcase of numerous artists, the breath-taking Lunacincos festival and specialist events such as a visual podcast from Seann Walsh.

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Mavin celebrates 9th anniversary by sharing results & plans for ‘Mavin Future Five’ leadership programme

Don Jazzy said “What we have done in nine years is establish beyond doubt that the music business can thrive here in Africa and globally as a business and industry. I’m honoured and proud to launch the Mavin Future Five now to show our deep commitment to nurturing next-generation music industry talent. This is what our 9th Anniversary celebrates - the limitless potential of the future of Afrobeat.’’

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UK Music Responds to Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Our evidence and findings in the Diversity Report were clear - we have issues around systemic racism in the music industry and our Ten-point plan hopes to address some of these issues with metrics, but also with respect and values.” - Ammo Talwar MBE - Chair of The UK Music Diversity Taskforce

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Sentric Music Group renews co-publishing deal with Joe Hammill in partnership with Strictly Confidential

Hammill has accumulated over 30 million Spotify streams (including numerous New Music Friday playlists) via his co-write cuts, as well as international chart success and extensive air play from the likes of BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1.

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Over a quarter of UK festivals cancelled – many more on the cusp without Government action

Over a quarter of UK festivals over 5,000 capacity have been cancelled due to Government inaction on insurance. The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) is issuing a Red Alert warning to Government, projecting that up to 76% of the remaining festivals (i.e. those that are scheduled to take place in July and August) could quickly cancel if immediate action is not taken.

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Maya Delilah signs to Amadeus Publishing in co-pub deal with Bucks Music Group

Amadeus Publishing was founded by A-list songwriter Sacha Skarbek and artist manager Michael Dixon at Sodarock Music. Skarbek has a long-standing relationship with Bucks Music Group and has co-written a number of global smashes including James Blunt’s You’re Beautiful and Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball.

Music

Tomorrow’s Warriors launches 30th anniversary with major return to live music

“The power behind London’s jazz revival” – Evening Standard

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Liverpool Sound City will return to city centre in 2021, Beabadoobee announced among more than 50 additions to line-up

Sound City will take place in venues across Liverpool’s city centre this year, marking a return to the festival’s spiritual home. The 2021 event will bring music fans and industry executives alike to venues such as the city’s Grand Central Hall, Arts Club and Jimmy’s as the city’s famous music scene opens back up following the Covid-19 lockdown.

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IMPF members named on Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players list

IMPF President Annette Barrett has been named on Billboard’s 2021 International Power Players list alongside a number of high-profile IMPF members.

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AIM launches ‘Future Independents’

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced ‘Future Independents’ - a brand new digital conference empowering the next generation of DIY artists, labels, managers and entrepreneurs.

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Gen and the Degenerates release debut single 'Underwear'

Underground rockers, Gen and the Degenerates strut into place as they release exuberant debut single 'Underwear. A track that represents the bands refusal to conform, a voice for the unheard and a statement that represents everything they have to offer; it’s fast paced, gritty and everything you need to listen to right now.

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AIF statement following the cancellation of Boomtown Fair in 2021

“Governments across the rest of Europe have already acted to support festivals, sharing the risk with organisers so that they may reopen safely. If this Government doesn’t intervene in some way on insurance and back its own roadmap, I’m afraid that, despite the rhetoric, it won’t be a great British summer for events - it will be an extremely selective one despite the clear demand and huge amount of customer confidence that the roadmap has injected.”

Music

Sound City Digital returns for second edition

Sound City Digital will return for its second year at the end of April, with six consecutive days of headline artists, new music showcases, cutting-edge industry panels and inspiring In Conversations.

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Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

The document builds upon planning considerations published last year on the Purple Guide website and is again produced by leading practitioners from the festival industry, who continue to work in collaboration with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England (PHE) to determine how music festivals could safely reopen with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place.

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EPM - 20 Years in Music

2021 sees EPM hit a new milestone as the Digital Distribution, Rights Management, PR company and record label celebrates 20 years of electronic music. To start the celebrations EPM will release 3 multi artist EPs between May and July. Each one focuses on a different genre - Techno, Electro and House music, with new and exclusive tracks from artists including Robert Hood, Eddie Fowlkes Ben Sims, James Ruskin, The Advent, Jon Dixon, Carl Finlow and more. Then after the summer will be a special anniversary EPM 20 compilation.

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AIM Awards reveals details of judging panel and moves date forward

The AIM Independent Music Awards has announced an eclectic list of broadcasters and tastemakers making up the judging panel for its 2021 event, and moved forward to a new date on Wednesday 25 August, for what is gearing up to be the event’s most dazzling ceremony yet.

Business

Heavyweight publicist Simon Jones and G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph partner with Absolute for new label with Drag Race roster

Absolute has been chosen as the label services partner for new label, Intention Records, founded by leading UK publicist Simon Jones and G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph. Intention launches with three stars from Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK on its roster: series one winner The Vivienne, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green.

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Perfect Havoc Signs Producer Parx For Multi-Single Deal

This deal follows two tracks already released by Perfect Havoc by Parx; ‘Finally’ - a cover of the well-known classic by CeCe Peniston (2019) and the g-house outing, ‘Two Step’ (2020).

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Tileyard Presents Tileyard Connected Digital Event Series

Tileyard Connected is a platform for thought leaders, tastemakers, gamechangers and hitmakers within the creative industries to share topical discussions based on their contribution and experience across a wide range of carefully curated themes.

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AIF statement on the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund

70% of AIF members who applied for a grant in the second round of the Government's Culture Recovery Fund have been offered funding. This amounts to over £5.5m in this round with an average grant of almost £126,000.

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Modern Sky UK to receive £101,000 from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Modern Sky UK has received a grant of £101,000 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. The grant will go towards further developing and supporting Modern Sky UK’s artists across both its label and management operations.

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The Richard Antwi Scholarship opens applications – Supporting diversity, opportunity and excellence

University of Westminster, Music Business Management Masters course virtual open days 24th March 5.30pm-7pm May 8th 11am-1pm June 12th at 11am-1pm Sign-up here

Music

Outtallectuals - Liminal Lore (V/A)

10 years on from the conception of Outtallectuals in the form of a Facebook community, we're delighted to still be here, finetuning the label's signature sound in a never-ending global creative soup.

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Laura Dre returns with official lyric video for new single “All Day, All Night”

Today, alternative synth pop singer and songwriter Laura Dre shares a brand new single “All Day, All Night” via Outland Recordings, one of the world’s leading synth and retrowave music companies.

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Sound City partners with scotts Menswear for Bandzai battle of the bands

Sound City has partnered with scotts Menswear for Bandzai – a new battle of the bands that will be broadcast around the world on Sound City’s own Guesthouse streaming platform, sponsored by TuneCore.

Business

Sentric signs Tom Speight to exclusive songwriting agreement

Signed to Nettwerk Music Group for records, Speight has amassed more than 160 million streams across all DSPs, with more than a million monthly listeners on Spotify alone.

Business

Reach Music enters into publishing agreement with Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton

Reach Music Publishing has acquired a 50% interest, as well as worldwide administration rights, to the Glenn Tipton song catalog.

Business

National Album Day returns for 2021, with its theme 'Celebrating Women In Music'

National Album Day will return for its fourth edition on Saturday, 16th October and this year will take as its theme Celebrating Women in Music, shining a light on the huge contribution made by women and female-identifying artists to our music and culture through the art form of the album.

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IMPF signs Keychange pledge

IMPF President Annette Barrett said: “IMPF has sought, since its inception, to reflect the broad diversity and values of the global independent music publishing sector."

Music

Sound City celebrates International Women’s Day with special Guesthouse schedule

Sound City presents a special schedule of programming on its Guesthouse streaming platform and Facebook page today and for the rest of this week, celebrating International Women’s Day.

Business

A statement from AIF CEO Paul Reed on today's Budget announcement

“We warmly welcome the extension to the reduced VAT rate on tickets, which will really help festivals during the 2021 sales cycle. For many AIF members, this is the first period in which they are selling tickets since the outset of the pandemic..."

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AIF issues ‘final countdown’ warning for Government insurance and VAT support to kickstart festival planning

Two days before the 2021 budget, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) warns the Chancellor: this is the final countdown for many festival organisers, who will need to decide whether to commit significant costs by the end of the month if they are to stage events this year.

Music

Sound City 2021 moves to October

The organisers of Sound City have made the decision to move the 2021 edition of Liverpool’s famous showcase festival and conference to October 1 – 3.

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AIF statement following the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown

"We are rapidly approaching the decision cut off point for the vast majority of festivals at the end of March. If a complete picture is not given by this time, it will be too late for many to stage events later in the year."

Business

Roger Sanchez signs to Sentric’s Black Rock division

A pioneer and mainstay of House music, Sanchez is widely known for his global No.1 record, Another Chance. He was also awarded a Grammy in 2003 for Best Remixed Recording with the track Hella Good.

Business

£1 Billion Exports Opportunity Beckons for British Music

The global growth in music streaming and Britain’s exceptional talent as a music nation is poised to push UK music exports to more than £1 billion a year by 2030, a new report by independent and major labels association the BPI reveals today.

Business

Ditto Music launches Industry Access initiative to support BLM movement

Ditto Music has launched an education initiative, Industry Access, designed to encourage minority and working class young people to embark on careers in the music industry.

Business

Sentric signs Danny Dearden to Black Rock, hires Shino Parker as Creative Manager, Sentric Electronic

The two moves represent an expansion of Sentric´s vocal and songwriting talent, complimenting the company’s already enviable roster of writers, producers and labels within the genre.

Music

10 diverse indie artists to benefit from £100,000 music exports boost in the latest round of the Music Export Growth Scheme

Over £4 million invested in supporting over 280 diverse, independent artists since the scheme’s launch; generating over £46.5 million in music exports for the UK and a return of £12 for every £1 invested.

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Bucks signs Erland Cooper in exclusive publishing deal

Bucks Music Group has signed Scottish multi-instrumentalist and contemporary composer Erland Cooper to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

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Ditto announces Opulous: a decentralised finance solution for artists

Ditto, the award-winning global music distribution and record label services company, which has processed more than $1 billion in royalties to date, has today announced Opulous: a pioneering peer-to-peer platform to help increase artists’ access to capital without the need for traditional institutions such as banks.

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Riptide and Repost by SoundCloud Team Up To Offer Full-Service Marketing Support for Artists and Releases on Riptide’s New Record Label

The deal will see Repost provide a tiered menu of label services and tools including industry-leading distribution, creative marketing, and monetization services tailored for specific Riptide artists and releases.

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AIF gives evidence to DCMS Select Committee, calls for Government intervention to assist recovery and safe return of festival industry

CEO Paul Reed stressed that festivals are rapidly approaching the point where a concrete decision on whether they can go ahead with plans for 2021 will have to be made. With that being the case, urgent action is needed in the above areas.

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Marshall Records signs sub-pub deal with Sentric

The agreement will mean that Marshall’s publishing roster will benefit from Sentric’s industry-leading administration infrastructure, team and technology. The deal will also give Sentric’s award-winning sync team access to the Marhsall roster for creative opportunties.

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John Telfer’s Rocking Gorillas joins IMPEL

IMPEL has added the first Brazil-based publisher to its ranks, with John Telfer’s Rocking Gorillas joining the independent collective.

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IMPEL expands into Japan as NexTone joins

NexTone works with a wide variety of rights-holders including the publishing arms of global video games companies and animation studios, major and independent music publishers, and individual songwriters.

Business

Sound City Korea going online for 2020

Sound City Korea is a pioneering programme for musicians and industry professionals based in England with a view to creating opportunities in South Korea.

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Sentric signs Don Broco to exclusive songwriting agreement

The British rock band released their debut album, Priorities, in 2012. The follow-up, Automatic (2015), was a Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at No.6, and their latest LP, Technology (2018), hit No.5.

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BDi Music signs AJ Wander

BDi Music has signed pop singer/songwriter AJ Wander to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

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Black Rock Publishing signs Mark Knight, Rodriquez Jr. and more

Sentric’s concierge electronic music publishing service, Black Rock, has signed seven high profile electronic music producers to exclusive songwriting agreements.

Business

Mojo Music & Media joins IMPEL

Global independent publishing and legacy marketing company Mojo Music & Media has joined IMPEL - the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights.

Business

New Covid-19 planning guidance published for UK festivals

Newly published festival guidance around Covid-19 will assist festival organisers, safety advisory group members, local directors of public health and other industry parties in assessing risk levels and planning festivals based on a flexible, pragmatic and realistic approach to the current pandemic.

Business

AIF statement on today's Culture Recovery Fund results

“We warmly welcome this intervention from Government and the results of the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund."

Business

Sound City receives £75k lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Sound City (Liverpool) Ltd has been awarded £75,000 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future.

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Sound City to host music business masterclasses with BBC’s VITAL

Sound City is set to launch a series of music business masterclasses with rapper and BBC presenter VITAL, starting this coming Monday (October 12).

Business

AIF response to Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan

"While the extension to the VAT cut is welcome, these measures are not even a band aid for a sector that remains severely wounded."

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Prolifica and Sentric announce publishing JV

Expanding on an existing relationship between the two companies, the JV sees Sentric power Prolifica’s publishing arm - including full administration and creative services - facilitating opportunities for a number of artists on Prolifica’s roster. Prolifica’s publishing division sits alongside its management and label operations.

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Troy Miller announced as Diana Ross producer after ‘Giant’ Ivors win

Troy Miller has been revealed as producer for a multitude of upcoming studio releases from Motown legend Diana Ross.

Business

Absolute partners with Bob Harris OBE for Under The Apple Tree Records

Legendary music broadcaster “Whispering” Bob Harris OBE has partnered with Absolute Label Services for a new record label as part of his Under The Apple Tree brand.

Business

Modern Sky inks sub-pub deal with Royalty Network for Chinese catalogue in North America

The catalogue will be overseen and managed by Modern Sky UK, headed by the company’s UK & North America CEO David Pichilingi.

Business

Sound City 2020 cancelled, date set for 2021 comeback

Originally scheduled for May, Sound City 2020 was postponed until September as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Business

Indie festivals welcome emergency fund eligibility

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) welcomes the Government’s confirmation that UK festivals will share in the recently announced £1.57 billion cultural emergency fund.

Business

Sentric signs Lanterns On The Lake in exclusive songwriting agreement

The deal encompasses the band’s latest album, Spook The Herd (released in February on Bella Union), its predecessor Beings (2015), and future works over the next three years.

Business

Riptide Music Group acquires Hidden Track Music

As part of the deal, Hidden Track founder Justin Bumper Reeve will lead TV, film, video game and advertising creative sync for Riptide.

Business

Bucks inks admin agreement for Gene catalogue

The entire catalogue is due to be reissued by Demon Records on July 24 as an eight LP Deluxe Edition.

Business

AIF seeks urgent clarity on Government’s £1.57bn fund for the arts

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) calls for urgent clarity on the eligibility of the UK’s festival sector for the Government’s recently announced financial support package for the arts.

Business

Jack Russell Music joins IMPEL

Jack Russell Music has joined IMPEL. It is the second independent publisher to do so in the last month.

Business

E2 Music signs admin agreement with Sentric

Founded in 2018, E2 Music is the publishing off-shoot of Edition Records, a jazz record label that, over the last 12 years, has been a creative force in identifying global artists with an uncompromising vision and world-class musicianship.

Business

Reach Music Publishing and Sierra Hull enter into worldwide administration deal

Reach Music Publishing (Reach) has entered into an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Sierra Hull, covering the Nashville-based, singer/songwriter and mandolinist’s full catalog.

Business

UK faces independent festival wasteland in 2021 without urgent Government action

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has warned that the UK could face an independent festival wasteland in 2021 and beyond if decisive Government action is not taken to support the sector.

Business

Sentric doubles Academy Fund

Sentric Music Group is doubling the number of acts that will benefit from its Sentric Academy Fund this year, in response to the current climate and the difficulties many artists are facing.

Business

Bucks agrees sub-publishing deal with Velvetica for France

Bucks Music Group has agreed a sub-publishing deal with Velvetica Music in France, that sees both companies represent each other in their respective territories.

Business

Bucks signs Sokari in exclusive deal

Bucks Music Group has signed producer and songwriter Sokari to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

Business

Reach Music Publishing and Romanthony estate ink worldwide admin deal

Reach Music Publishing (Reach) has entered into an exclusive worldwide administration deal with the estate of Romanthony (aka Anthony Moore) covering the DJ, producer and singer’s full catalog of over 100 songs, and most notably including his share of the global hit One More Time by Daft Punk.

Business

Matt Lucas partners with Absolute for NHS Baked Potato Song

Actor, comedian and writer Matt Lucas has partnered with Absolute Label Services for the release of a reworked version of his famous ‘Baked Potato Song’ as a single with all proceeds going to FeedNHS.

Business

Sentric makes Business Affairs and Data Science hires

McShane joins Sentric after holding Business Affairs roles at Sony/ATV, Vevo and the BBC. Meanwhile, Dr Joe Watson has taken on a Data Scientist role at Sentric, having successfully completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership at the independent publisher.

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IMPEL expands to Latin America

Deal with LatinAutor will allow IMPEL to license and collect across Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and more

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Sound City Guest House: First line-up confirmed

Five acts have been confirmed for the first edition of Sound City’s new streaming programme, Guest House, which kicks off at 6pm on April 2.

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BDi Music signs Robert Primrose to exclusive publishing deal

BDi Music has signed multi-talented producer, composer and songwriter Robert Primrose to a worldwide, exclusive publishing deal.

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Reach joins IMPEL

Reach Music Publishing has signed a deal that will see IMPEL represent the digital rights for some of the most well-known copyrights in its catalogue.

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Sentric signs Coco in exclusive songwriting deal

The Sheffield-born grime MC, producer and songwriter has a long-term relationship with the independent publisher having previously been on its flexible, 28-day deal.

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Sound City secures CAPLL Ltd investment for talent development programmes

Sound City has partnered with fundraising agency CAPLL Ltd in a deal that will see increased investment in its suite of artist and business development programmes over three years.

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IMPEL strikes deal with Amazon

IMPEL has inked a licensing deal with Amazon for its music streaming services in Europe.

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Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn sign with Absolute

Rap and production duo Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn have signed a deal with Absolute Label Services for their next album, titled Breathing Exercises.

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Sentric acquires Big World Publishing

Founded by Patrick Meads in 2000, Big World Publishing is an independent publisher representing a wide range of funk, soul, jazz, Latin jazz, electronica, afro funk, ambient, blues and reggae music.

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Sentric launches fund for emerging artists

Sentric Music Group has launched a fund for artists based on the company’s popular recurring blog post that asks some of the music industry’s brightest minds what they would do with a £1,000 budget as an emerging artist.

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BDi Music signs Marina Elderton in exclusive deal

Based in London, Elderton is an award-winning composer for film, TV, media and theatre.

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Bucks signs Soumik Datta to exclusive publishing deal

Bucks Music Group has signed composer Soumik Datta to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. Datta is a composer and virtuoso player of the Sarod – a 19-stringed, classical Indian instrument – as well as being a television presenter.

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AIF to offer members mental health first aid training through Music Support partnership

The Association of Independent Festivals has partnered with Music Support – a peer-led music industry charity that provides confidential mental health and addiction services – to offer its members discounted training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

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AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

The Association of Independent Festivals has today launched an updated festival ownership map at its annual Festival Congress event in Sheffield.

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Hache signs to Sian Anderson’s Saint Music

Grime and rap artist Hache has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Sian Anderson’s Saint Music. BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Anderson formed Saint Music (originally Floor Sixx) in 2017 and, in the same year, signed a sponsorship agreement with Bucks Music Group for the company’s publishing arm.

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Mute Song joins IMPEL

London-based publisher represents music by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Max Richter, Nadine Shah and more

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Bucks signs Seton Daunt in exclusive publishing deal

Writer and producer Seton Daunt has signed to Bucks Music Group in an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

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Bucks does admin deal with Gaga Music

Gaga Music is an Australian music company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Sound City Korea acts chosen for Zandari Festa

The Sherlocks, Wooze, Too Many T’s, TXT, The Tea Street Band, Scarlet and Two Weeks In Nashville have all been chosen to make the trip to the Korean festival, which takes place between 26 – 29 September.

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Faber Music joins IMPEL

Faber Music - one of the most influential publishers of contemporary classical music in the world – has joined IMPEL.

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Dave Pichilingi expands role to head Modern Sky US

With the new title of CEO UK & North America, Pichilingi will divide his time between Modern Sky’s Liverpool and London-based UK offices and the company’s LA home in the US.

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Sentric launches Songwriter Accelerator Programme

The first iteration of the programme will start on August 28 and see five artists take part in hands-on masterclasses and guidance sessions, as well as receiving continued mentored support.

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Razorlight partner with Absolute for new album

Iconic indie rock outfit Razorlight have partnered with Absolute Label Services to power the campaign for their next studio album, due for release in 2020.

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Bucks Music Group makes first signing in Scandinavia

The deal is the first artist signing for Bucks Scandinavia, which was set up in 2017 and is run out of Stockholm by Daniel Sly-Platz.

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Sound City Ipswich tickets on sale, initial line-up revealed

Sound City will land in Ipswich on Friday 4 October for a one-day music industry conference and multi-venue festival – the first of its kind for the town.

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First Sound City Ipswich set for October

Sound City will land in Ipswich on Friday 4 October for a one-day music industry conference and multi-venue festival – the first of its kind for the town.

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Absolute partners with Salute The Sun for Barney Artist and Chloe Martini

Absolute Label Services has been enlisted by management company Salute The Sun for album campaigns from two of its acts: Barney Artist and Chloe Martini.

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Warner Music Denmark partners with Absolute for new Alphabeat album

Warner Music Denmark has partnered with Absolute Label Services for the release of a new album from Danish hitmakers Alphabeat in the UK.

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Bucks adds two to sync team

Robyn Kennedy has joined Bucks Music Group’s award-winning sync team.

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Bucks signs Zand to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

The Blackpool-born artist (real name Zander Sweeney, pronouns they/them) coined the term ‘ugly pop’ as they seek to redefine the pop label and tackle subjects such as feminism, gender, rape culture, transphobia, homophobia, sex work and mental illness in their songwriting.

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Sound City Manchester to launch on July 19

The first ever Sound City Manchester will launch on July 19 as a one-day conference and music showcase as part of this year’s Distractions summit.

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First speakers announced for AIF Festival Congress 2019

Initial speakers and details have been revealed for the 2019 edition of the Association of Independent Festivals’ flagship Festival Congress.

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An Update On The AIF’s Safer Spaces Campaign

In May 2017, the Association of Independent Festivals launched its Safer Spaces campaign.

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Absolute licenses Africa’s largest streaming platform Boomplay

Absolute Label Services has inked a direct licensing deal with Boomplay, Africa’s largest music streaming and download service.

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Independent festivals say no to single-use tents

Organisers of more than 60 independent festivals across the UK have issued a call to retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling ‘festival tents’ as single-use items, which result in almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

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Fierce Panda signs Desperate Journalist for publishing as part of Bucks Music Group JV

The JV between Bucks and Fierce Panda means that Bucks provides upfront investment, creative sync services and back end administration for Fierce Panda Songs as well as ongoing support, advice and expertise.

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IMPEL names Sarah Williams as CEO

Music and entertainment lawyer joins newly independent organisation

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AIF adds 3 new Board members at AGM

The Association of Independent Festivals added three new Board members at its 2019 AGM today.

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Bananarama choose Absolute for first album in 10 years

Bananarama (Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward) have signed with Absolute Label Services to release their first studio album in a decade.

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Absolute named Spotify recommended label distributor

Absolute Label Services has been named as one of only a handful of recommended digital distributors by Spotify.

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Sentric Music Group and Strictly Confidential renew exclusive songwriting agreement with Joe Hammill

An award-winning, British songwriter, Hammill landed his first No.1 record in 2016 after co-writing Alice On The Roof’s debut album Higher (Sony/PIAS), which topped the album charts in Alice’s native Belgium.

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AIF partners with RAW Bottles following Drastic On Plastic campaign

RAW Bottles has become the exclusive reusable bottle supplier to the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

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BDi Music signs Æ MAK to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

Æ MAK and collaborator Lullahush have had support from BBC 6 Music and will play Eurosonic 2019

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Sentric and Riptide Music Group form Strategic Partnership

The deal sees leading indie publisher Sentric and creative music company Riptide join forces on either side of the pond to share staff, resources and infrastructure across territories to the benefit of their catalogues, catalogue owners, artists and writers.

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Bucks inks sub publishing agreement with Mushroom

The deal will commence on January 1 2019 and will see the two companies represent each other’s catalogues in their respective home territories of the UK and Australia/New Zealand.

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Bucks signs DJ and producer Max Chapman to worldwide songwriting agreement

Bucks Music Group has signed producer and DJ Max Chapman to a worldwide, exclusive songwriting agreement.

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AIF Announces winners of Independent Festival Awards 2018

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced the winners of the Independent Festival Awards 2018 at a packed-out event in Sheffield.

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Independent festivals contributed over £1bn to UK economy in last 3 years

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) publishes a special 10-year report today confirming that its members contributed an estimated £1 billion in revenue to the UK economy in the three-year period between 2014 and 2017.

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Jake Gosling signs with Absolute for Goldun Egg label

Respected producer and songwriter Jake Gosling has signed a digital services deal with Absolute for his Goldun Egg label.

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New IMPEL elects Board at first AGM

Ryan Farley, Simon Harris, Mary Jo Mannella and Paul Tunkin added to original management team to complete organisation’s first Board of Directors

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The Overtones to release 6th studio album via Absolute

UK vocal harmony group The Overtones have chosen Absolute Label Services to release their sixth studio album in a worldwide deal.

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Bucks inks deal with This Is Music’s new publishing company

Bucks Music Group has signed an administration agreement with These Are Songs Ltd – the new publishing company from This Is Music Ltd’s Oli Isaacs, Lisa Marxen and Simon Gold.

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Bucks signs indie punk rock four-piece LIFE to worldwide deal

Bucks Music Group has signed indie punk rock quartet LIFE to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. LIFE’s debut album, Popular Music, was produced and mixed by Grammy award winner Ian Dowling at The Fish Factory in London, and self-released in 2017.

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Bucks Music Group signs Sick Joy to exclusive publishing deal

Bucks Music Group has signed Brighton-based heavy pop trio Sick Joy to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. The deal follows an administration agreement already in place between Bucks and the band.

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Modern Sky UK inks JV with DJ Yousef’s Circus Recordings

The UK division of China’s largest independent record label and promoter, Modern Sky Entertainment, has formed a joint venture with DJ Yousef’s Circus Recordings.

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Bucks Music Group signs 19-year-old composer Shane Thomas

Bucks Music Group has signed composer Shane Thomas to an exclusive songwriting agreement via Rick Blaskey at The Music & Media Partnership.

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AIF reveals core Festival Congress programme and speakers

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has announced further details for its flagship Festival Congress event in Sheffield on 6th and 7th November, featuring a two-day conference and the Independent Festival Awards.

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AIF publishes UK festival ownership map and ‘stamp’ of Independence, renews call for competition investigation.

The Association of Independent Festivals has published a festival ownership map that highlights the continued dominance of a single major promoter in the sector, with Live Nation now controlling over a quarter of UK festivals over 5,000 capacity.

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Bucks Music Group signs singer/songwriter Tom Joshua

Bucks Music Group has signed Teeside-born singer/songwriter Tom Joshua to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

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Bucks Music Group hires Adam Soffe to sync team

Bucks Music Group has appointed Adam Soffe to its award-winning sync team as Creative & Bespoke Sync Executive.

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AIF Festival Congress 2018 hits Sheffield on 6 – 7 November

AIF’s annual flagship Festival Congress will take place in Sheffield on November 6 and 7 this year. The move to Sheffield follows four consecutive sold-out years in Cardiff.

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Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears to release debut solo album via Absolute

Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears will release his self-titled debut solo album on August 10 through his own label, Freida Jean Records, via Absolute Label Services.

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Decibel Songs signs Nosa Apollo under Bucks Music Group sponsorship agreement

Decibel Songs has signed songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nosa Apollo to its roster under its sponsorship agreement with Bucks Music Group.

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AIF welcomes reduced PRS rate for festivals

The Association of Independent Festivals is celebrating a hard-fought victory for its members today, after PRS for Music announced a new Tariff LP today with changes that will see reduced rates for festivals.

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Modern Sky to ship British producers to state of the art Beijing studio

A brand new, state of the art music studio complex has been opened in Beijing by Modern Sky Entertainment – and the independent company has partnered with Stephen Budd Music to bring talented British producers to China.

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The Beat starring Dave Wakeling to release new LP via Absolute

The Beat starring Dave Wakeling is set to release an album of brand new music via Absolute Label Services.

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BDi Music signs Joshua Burnside to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

Mixing alternative folk with South American rhythms, Burnside’s debut album, Ephrata, was critically acclaimed and won the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2017. The LP has gone on to earn more than 3.5 million plays on Spotify and 250,000 views on YouTube.

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Independent festivals commit to eliminating single use plastic by 2021

Organisers of more than 60 independent festival across the UK have committed to banning the use of plastic straws on-site this season as a minimum first step - and eliminating all single-use plastic at their events by 2021.

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Casey signs to Full Time Hobby Publishing under Bucks Music Group joint venture

Full Time Hobby Publishing has signed Welsh emotional hardcore band Casey to its publishing arm, which operates as a joint venture with Bucks Music Group.

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AIF to break from AIM in its 10th anniversary year

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will break away from its parent company AIM and operate as a separate company in April this year.

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The Magic Numbers partner with Absolute for new album

The Magic Numbers and Riverman Management have partnered with Absolute Label Services for the band’s upcoming new album Outsiders.

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Nude Music Publishing signs Wovoka Gentle under Bucks sponsorship deal

Nude Music Publishing operates under a sponsorship deal with Bucks Music Group, which means that Bucks provides upfront investment, exclusive creative sync services and back end administration for Nude Music Publishing as well as ongoing support, advice and expertise.

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Bucks signs Kefaya to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

Led by UK-based musicians and producers Giuliano Modarelli and Al MacSween, Kefaya are an eclectic group of immigrants, travellers and international artists.

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Absolute does worldwide deal with Cherry Red for Warner divested catalogues

Absolute Label Services has signed a worldwide digital distribution deal with Cherry Red Records for catalogues obtained by Cherry Red through the Warner Music Group divestment process.

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Absolute and Bucks combine for neighbouring rights JV

Absolute Label Services and Bucks Music Group have formed a joint venture to provide neighbouring rights collection for independent artists and labels.

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Toddla T signs exclusive songwriting deal with Sentric Music

The deal covers Toddla T’s third full length album, Foreign Light, set for release on July 28, as well as previously unpublished work. It represents the latest in a number of traditional publishing deals inked by Sentric in recent months.

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New Modern Sky UK label to launch maiden EP sampler

China’s independent music titan Modern Sky Entertainment will unveil the first four signings to its new UK label with the release of a 10” vinyl sampler on May 26.

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Modern Sky UK inks deal with Sentric Music

The new agreement will see Sentric perform administration duties for artists signed to Modern Sky UK for publishing, as well as commercialising Modern Sky songwriters as far as sync and other opportunities are concerned.

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Modern Sky UK inks deal with Sentric Music

Both a label and publishing operation, Modern Sky UK is a new division of Chinese independent music titan Modern Sky Entertainment, which was founded by LiHui Shen in 1996.

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Rising grime star Cadet signs to Absolute Label Services

Absolute Label Services has signed a label services deal with grime artist Cadet and his management company J Star Entertainment.

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Absolute Label Services signs YouTube star Hannah Trigwell

Hannah Trigwell is the latest YouTube star to sign a deal with Absolute Label Services with a view to furthering her music career, having already built a massive following on the Google-owned video platform.