Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents almost 1000 UK grassroots music venues (GMVs) has launched its 2022 Annual Report, which highlights the important contribution that its members make to the UK economy while delivering sobering news about the challenges facing many in the sector.
Ultra International Music Publishing (‘UIMP’), the leading independent publishers of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Electronic Dance Music, Pop, and Reggae has announced a new agreement with acclaimed, Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Zaytoven.
One of the most influential bands of the black metal genre, Necromantia, will release its first official and complete biography book in English in March 2023 via Pagan Records. Entitled “The Serpent and the Pentagram: The Official Chronicles of Necromantia”, the book was written by The Magus (Necromantia’s co-founder) and Aris Shock (author of “Rites of the Abyss”).
The cult funk ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials have returned to chase the January blues away with the release today of joyous, new R&B-disco-funk jam ‘How Happy’, to follow up on the success of last year’s singles ‘Scream!’ and ‘AA Side Single’.
The single once again features the legendary, inimitable Alison Limerick and comes ahead of the release of hotly anticipated seventh studio album ‘Intuition’, which will come out in Spring 2023 on Dorado Records, and two UK live dates at Jazz Café London on May 10, and Blues Kitchen Manchester on May 11, tickets on sale now here.
MMC patron and CICAS® member Shingai features on Zimbabwean artist Winky D's new single 'Dzimbe Dzemabwe', paying homage to their Motherland and expressing concerns of poverty, wealth inequality and climate change.
St. Louis based alternative recording artist Roman Richey, (professionally known as (Badhabits555) creates music that is comforting to the masses with intriguing tones that allow for one of the most interesting listening experiences in the underground scene today.
The survey conducted by audio collaboration platform, Aux.app, reveals more in its annual survey including the most popular DAW amongst professional audio makers, which revenue streams generated the most income, and to what extent producers have been affected by The Economic Crisis.
Huess announces a new single coming in February 2023. 'The Song' comes hot on the heels of his debut album 'While I Was Waiting', inducing a thoughtful mood via characteristic electronic experimentation and rhythms - think Harmonia remixed by Metro Boomin'.
Record labels association the BPI today reports that UK artists have made history by claiming a clean sweep of the year’s Top 10 singles for the first time ever, according to its analysis of Official Charts Company data1.
As announced by the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio De La Soul today, the group’s iconic catalog will be released on digital streaming services for the first time ever on March 3rd , 2023, with support from Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”) and distributed by Reservoir-owned Chrysalis Records.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, today has announced a dynamic new agreement with STYNGR, a B2B technology platform that provides a turnkey music licensing solution for video games and the metaverse. This partnership provides game developers access to the wide-ranging music released by Merlin members, creates a new revenue source for Merlin members, and generates exposure for independent artists around the world. It also brings the two companies together in a commitment to protecting the value of copyright and ensuring that rightsholders are properly compensated for use of their work.
In Fear have signed to UK label Year Of the Rat Records, and the new single ‘Abyss’ is released on the 9th December 2022. The single kickstarts the next phase for the band. Over the single cycle the band have already had support from Rock Sound, Metal Hammer, Kerrang Radio, Prison Radio, Moshville Times and many other respected publications.
Event décor and installation specialists, Visual Architects has been recommissioned for services at Kendal Calling 2023 taking place at Lowther Deer Park in the Lake District from 27th – 30th July, following a successful, full transformation of the festival in 2022.
Clampitt has consistently garnered industry recognition for his impressive collaborations. His co-write “Company” by Justin Bieber landed him on Australasian Performing Right Association’s (APRA) prestigious “The 1,000,000,000 List".
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, and Supernatural, the popular VR fitness app for Meta Quest headsets, today announce an exciting new partnership. The deal will bring the music of independent artists via Merlin members to soundtrack workouts on the virtual service.
[PIAS] one of the world’s leading independent music companies and Universal Music Group (UMG), the global leader in music-based entertainment, have announced the first significant repertoire partnership under their recently announced global alliance.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Silvia Montello as its new CEO. Montello brings thirty years of experience in marketing, commercial and strategic operations. She replaces Paul Pacifico in leading AIM's overarching operations and strategy, as it continues to support the UK's growing independent music sector, which now comprises 29% of the market.
Off the back of this new single the band will head out for three headline shows at home, before heading abroad for tours in Australia, the USA, Europe & the UK throughout 2023.
L.A.B will perform at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 12 October 2023
The new Head of Membership role brings together AIM's membership, events, and marketing and communications functions. Radojewski will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members' Knowledge Base.
[PIAS] one of the world’s leading independent music companies, and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, announced today that UMG has invested in a minority share of the [PIAS] Group.
"While consumers have clearly benefited enormously from greater access to music at decreasing cost, we must take care to ensure music is not undervalued and that we balance that with the opportunity for more creators to benefit from a sustainable digital ecosystem."
UK Music today reveals the findings of its 2022 Workforce Diversity Survey, as part of its UK Music Diversity Report. It also unveils a radical action plan with 15 key recommendations to improve diversity across the music industry.
Bucks Music Group has signed artist and songwriter Tom Webber to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Webber’s debut 4-track EP, Stop And Think About It, with its standout track Martha, earned the title of Best Demo Of The Year at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) announced two new initiatives to support entrepreneurship in the independent music sector at its Annual General Meeting in Manchester. Held at YES live music venue, and also livestreamed, AIM's first AGM outside London was themed "Taking Independents to the Next Level."
Independent record labels' share of the UK recorded music market is on course to grow for a fifth consecutive year in 2022, according to new analysis from the BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels across the UK.
L.A.B Take Home Four 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards Including the Three Big Ones!
Repeating their 2021 haul, L.A.B has secured their spot in award history as the major winner at the Aotearoa Music Awards for the second year running.
Their success story continues, with the group taking home Album of The Year for L.A.B V, Single of the Year for ‘Mr Reggae’, Best Group and Best Roots Artist.
L.A.B are now the first band in New Zealand music history to win all four awards in two consecutive years, and are only the second act to ever win Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Group in back-to-back years.
Following a year long campaign between Marshall Amplification and MOBO UnSung, today Marshall Records are proud to release ‘MOBO UnSung: Class of 2022’. The album features thirteen tracks with a total of ten artists that are part of this year’s MOBO UnSung finalists. Each artist brings their individual flavour alongside on their respective tracks as well as collaborations between the extended MOBO UnSung family. These artists consist of A3O, Zitah, JClarke, Crae Wolf, Sarah Ikumu, Natalie Lindi, Mace the Great, Adreyn Cash, Genesis Elijah and Jordan Adetunji.
Curve Royalty Systems, the London-based music technology company, has unveiled a ground-breaking new version of its industry acclaimed platform that will provide royalty processing expertise to any music industry company regardless of its size.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is proud to welcome Adam Wright as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Wright comes to Merlin after three years as director of finance for Creative Artists Agency (CAA) overseeing its brand licensing business in Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Matt Cooper, recording again as Outside, makes a surprise return following a 20-year creative hiatus to release stunningly beautiful four-track EP ‘A New Beginning’, which comes out today on Dorado Records.
Studio mastermind and prodigiously gifted multi-instrumentalist, writer and arranger Matt Cooper, aka Outside, has been a creative powerhouse from the time he founded Outside in 1993, to now where he has been Musical Director of Jazz-Funk pioneers Incognito and collaborated on the STR4TA project with Incognito’s Bluey and Gilles Peterson as co-writer/producer/performer on four new tracks from the forthcoming album, including current STR4TA track ‘Lazy Days’ featuring Emma-Jean Thackray.
Reporting directly to Bucks MD Simon Platz in his new role, Price will be responsible for maintaining and developing the company’s relationships with composers, broadcasters and production companies, as well as managing publishing interests in music composed for film, TV and media.
The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) is launching two new projects to develop new associations and foster cross-regional collaboration in key music markets. These will also help members of existing independent music trade associations build and maintain international connections and bridge gaps between markets.
Neoclassical act Autumn Tears has announced its return with the band’s biggest and most ambitious work to date, a double album entitled "Guardian of the Pale". The album will be released in multiple formats via The Circle Music in March 2023.
The Aux desktop app lets remote-working creators collaborate unlike any existing tool. Two Ableton Live or Logic Pro X users can work on the same project, utilise file syncing across all devices and bring real-time chat directly into the DAW. With intelligent version history of all file uploads, timestamped commenting on waveforms, and an in-built DAW stems player; producers’ audio workflow and the collaborative process are simplified and streamlined like never before.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has attracted widespread investment, endorsements and support from across the music industry for its ‘Own Our Venues’ initiative.
Exceleration Music has appointed David Gorman as its Creative Director, based in Los Angeles. Reporting to the company's partnership group, Gorman will play a leading role across all creative aspects of Exceleration's business. He will help to craft the direction and execution of consumer-facing digital and physical art, as well as packaging and video projects for the company's various label and artist partners, which span a wide variety of music genres and styles.
Swedish tech startup, Staccs, has agreed a deal with Samsung TV Plus for its new TV channel for concert video and music documentaries. Launched in the Nordics and the Baltic states last year, Staccs provides fans the opportunity to relive their favourite concerts, on demand, advert free - and in the highest quality possible. Following the success of the platform, the company has recently launched Staccs TV to provide music fans a glimpse into the vast and unique music content that is available from its streaming service. The new deal means that Samsung TV Plus users in Sweden now have free access to Staccs TV for an unlimited time.
DHP Family has today revealed the first wave of artists for charity fundraiser festival Beat The Streets, renowned locally for the vital funds it has raised in support of Framework Housing Association and awareness it has brought to the rising homelessness crisis in Nottingham.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, and China-based short-form video platform Kuaishou have signed a broad new partnership. This arrangement will make Merlin members’ expansive variety of music available across Kuaishou’s products around the world, including Kwai and SnackVideo.
L.A.B IN DUB has been lovingly crafted by Baldini at his Alambic Conspiracy Studio in San Foca, Italy. Each dub has been created live in the studio, with Baldini working live on the stems of each track. These new versions are all created in one take with no overdubs or edits, creating entirely new versions.
The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) are delighted to reveal our much-anticipated shortlists for Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Manager for the Artist & Manager Awards in association with artist funding platform beatBread. We also reveal that Red Light Management and Music Declares Emergency will join our incredible roll call of winners.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced the acquisition of the catalog of songwriter and recording artist Louis Prima from the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. The deal includes rights to both Prima’s publishing and recorded music catalogs.
Leading independent commercial dance label and artist management agency, Perfect Havoc, has announced the signing of New York producer and DJ, PS1 to its management roster. It follows a string of hit records for PS1 on Perfect Havoc, which saw his debut ‘Fake Friends feat. Alex Hosking’ reach No.19 in the UK Official Charts.
Matthew Fackrell and Eric Nguyen will serve as SVP & GM in APAC and North America, respectively. The former performing right organisation (PRO) executives add to Audoo’s growing team of international industry experts. Continuing Audoo’s global expansion and mission to revolutionise public performance royalties for music creators, licensees and businesses worldwide.
UK roots reggae singer and producer Paul Fox focuses on the horrors of war and displacement for his track Warzone Part Two – Refugees. Taken from Fox's current album, Same Blood, Warzone Part Two revisits a topic he first examined on a track of the same name in 1993.
IMPF successfully hosted a first of its kind music business summit and writing camp for creators and publishers this week, bringing together the independent music publishing community and the wider industry from around the world.
The annual Drake YolanDa Awards are a series of cash prizes presented to emerging young musicians aged between 16-30, enabling them to showcase their talent and assist them in taking their careers to the next level.
Glass Fish is inspired by memories of prized retro ornaments from Sunday afternoons spent with friends and their families' living rooms, it’s a warm and gentle swim through the hidden waters of the soul. Brazilian guitarist João Erbertta’s woozy slide guitar melts into Idris Rahman and Robin Hopcraft’s brass – blown softly and carefully as glass.
Glass Fish/Glass Fish Dub are out today digitally with limited 7" vinyl available via Bandcamp and Soothsayers’ website.
The Richard Antwi Scholarship has announced that, after a highly competitive round of applications, it will continue its support to diverse, future industry leaders with the announcement that Janelle Mitchell is its fifth scholar. She will be awarded a full scholarship for a place this year on University of Westminster’s highly regarded Music Business Management MA course, commencing later this month.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced the hiring of Russell Hunt as a Senior Creative Manager. Hunt will be based in Reservoir’s London office, working closely with Reservoir’s U.K. Head of Creative Charlie Pinder to help expand the Company’s global presence. Hunt will report to Donna Caseine, Executive Vice President and Global Creative Director of Reservoir.
[PIAS], one of the world’s leading independent music companies, has announced details of its 40th anniversary celebrations in the wake of its two founders receiving the prestigious ‘Indie Champion’ award at last week’s AIM Awards 2022 in London last week.
Pioneering talent development organisation and charity Tomorrow’s Warriors today announced the release of ‘I AM WARRIOR’, a single out today featuring Zara McFarlane, and album of the same name coming out 28 October, in celebration of three illustrious decades of the organisation.
After bringing down the curtain on riotous performances from The Libertines, Lethal Bizzle and Pixey, the AIM Independent Music Awards celebrates another glorious year of the independent sector and the talented artists, labels and outstanding individuals at the forefront of its success.
Sentric Music Group, part of Utopia Music, has made four key A&R hires in the United States, bringing experienced executives Matt DuFour, Carlos Escalona Cruz, Kebu Commissiong and Lou Plaia to the company. The hires follow Sentric’s move into North America and establish a presence in all the major markets within the territory.
Following last week's win at the Maori Music Awards, New Zealand Roots Band, L.A.B release their 2nd single, Fashion Dread Dub, from the forthcoming album, L.A.B in DUB, a collaboration with Italian sonic visionary Paolo Baldini and legendary dub label, Echo Beach.
L.A.B are a multi-award winning and platinum selling band, they play a seamless mix of reggae, rock, blues, electronica and funk. Their last album, L.A.B V enjoyed 20 million streams on Spotify as well as more than 10,000 radio spins worldwide from over 100 stations including the BBC.
L.A.B are selling out stadiums across the Pacific and heading to the UK in 2023.
Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced Ticketmaster as the headline sponsor for its forthcoming Venues Day annual networking event, which takes place on Tuesday 18th October at Hackney Church (formerly known as St John at Hackney Church), London.
Stormzy and Rina Sawayama will be recognised for their outstanding achievements and ground-breaking work at this year's Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards. The final list of nominees are also unveiled ahead of the star-studded ceremony on 28 September at London's Roundhouse, with rising star Pixey completing the line up of the live show.
The Nu Civilisation Orchestra: Hejira and Mingus UK tour will feature the acclaimed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist and Tomorrow’s Warriors alumna ESKA. The tour will explore the music of two legends: Joni Mitchell, through her classic, jazz-influenced album ‘Hejira’, and Mitchell’s work with the great Charles Mingus, that was recorded shortly before his death.
One-woman dark neofolk project from Poland, Ols, returns with darker & bolder music on new album “Pustkowia”, scheduled for a 20 October 2022 release via Pagan Records. Ahead of the album's release, Ols releases a music video to the single "Pustacie". The new album will be available in digipak and digital formats and pre-orders are open now.
Becky Hill will receive our Artist of the Year Award for her outstanding achievements in 2022
The MMF & FAC recognise Martin Hall’s 30+ year career in artist management representing clients including Manic Street Preachers, The Script and Wet Leg
beatBread confirmed as the A&MAs headline sponsor for the November 17th ceremony
As the AIM Independent Music Awards prepares to return in-person at the Roundhouse on September 28, labels and teams behind some of 2022's most exciting acts are set to receive well-deserved recognition.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, in conjunction with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), announced the acquisition of iconic Lebanese label and music publisher, Voice of Beirut. This acquisition builds on Reservoir’s emerging markets strategy, further diversifying the Company’s music rights in the fast-growing MENA region.
Available in print across five UK cities, each tailored copy of The Aux Guide features hundreds of local artist managers, label services, rehearsal spaces and more. This comprehensive guide is to be an indispensable tool for budding musicians to kick start careers and get networking in all the right places.
IMPEL, SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works), and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) have announced the completion of a strategic partnership that expands North American and international mutual licensing and back-office administration opportunities, ensuring music publishers are accurately and fairly compensated.
Eclectic New Zealand reggae-influenced band L.A.B have teamed up with Italian producer engineer Paolo Baldini for their new single Shadows Dub.
It’s the first release from their forthcoming full-length project L.A.B In Dub – where Baldini reshapes choice cuts from the band’s back catalogue in dubbed out style.
Strange Fruits, the hugely successful Netherlands based music and tech company specializing in music playlist promotion via creative marketing with a variety of proprietary, in-house tech products, has announced that it is re-branding as Fruits Music.
Veteran UK roots reggae singer Paul Fox and legendary UK dancehall deejay Apache Indian have joined forces for the song Same Blood. The title track from Fox's current album, Same Blood is a call for unity in these fragmented times, reminding us that inside, we are all one.
L.A.B win best record at the Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards.
The first-ever edition of the awards saw the band taking home Best Record for the chart-topping album L.A.B V.
The band took home the award over fellow nominees including BENEE, Aldous Harding & Crowded House.
The recently appointed chair of British Phonographic Industry (BPI), broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist YolanDa Brown and entrepreneur James ‘JP’ Drake are delighted to announce that applications for the annual Drake YolanDa Awards are now open. The Drake YolanDa Awards are a series of cash prizes presented to emerging young musicians aged between 16-30 enabling them to showcase their talent and assist them in taking their careers to the next level.
Headquartered in London but with offices and team members in Europe, Hong Kong and the United States, Public Pressure was originally launched in 2015 as an online community and magazine dedicated to giving a voice to emerging artists and labels.
Crunch Digital's patent-pending online platform Tempo is an industry game-changer, providing the first one-stop solution to a litany of problems that plague companies and services who have catalog licensing deals in place, yet have trouble determining which tracks they can or cannot use.
Born Ethan Healey, Ferris began releasing music online under the alias Save Ferris, inspired by the classic 1986 John Hughes hit film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. While his initial love from music stemmed from all kinds of genres it wasn’t until he was 16 when he discovered passion Hip-hop. Influenced by the 90’s classic Boom-Bap sound, Ferris began as a local beat maker in St. Louis.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new publishing deal with Grammy-nominated writer-producer Nick Lee for his future works.
Paul Pacifico will leave the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022. His decision marks the end of his second three-year term as CEO and the delivery of several long-term strategic goals.
Exceleration Music has appointed Jennifer Newman Sharpe as its Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel, based in New York. Utilising her broad legal and commercial experience, Newman Sharpe will oversee the company's activities in developing agreements and negotiating contracts across all areas of Exceleration's fast-growing business.
The Hempolics gear up for their forthcoming album with the release of single ‘One Law Fi Dem’, a team-up with soundsystem veteran Macka B. The collaboration captures a tale of the time, indeed a tale of the ages, as Macka B spits “One law fi dem, One law fi you, Do as I say but no do as I do”.
Twitch and Merlin will come together to present a livestreamed charity “relay raid.” The relay raid will feature back-to-back performances from some of today’s hottest independent hip hop artists. Throughout the event, viewers will be automatically directed to each performance and can donate to MusiCares® by clicking the link provided in the livestream.
Perfect Havoc has today launched a new NFT project on leading NFT marketplace OpenSea that celebrates its anniversary and five years of the leading UK dance music label. In collaboration with music industry creative lab Synthetic Artists, the collection sees the initial release of 366 unique artworks based on themed iterations of Perfect Havoc’s graphical logo, originally designed by Pure Evil.
London based independent music company Distiller Music Group (Distiller) has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new division, which will focus on developing music based TV opportunities in the Virtual Reality (VR) space.
Geoff Taylor, the Chief Executive Officer of record label trade body the BPI, who also oversees the BRIT Awards and the Mercury Prize, has announced his intention to move on in 2023 to a more directly commercial role, after 25 years working for label associations, including more than 15 years leading the BPI.
Merlin, the independent's digital music licensing partner, has appointed Kyle Elwin in a newly-established role of People & Culture Lead. Elwin’s hire is the organization’s first of this type. She will report directly to Merlin’s CEO, Jeremy Sirota, to help develop the company’s culture and support team growth. With her leadership, Merlin will continue to foster an environment of creativity and collaboration, two key traits in the fast-paced world of music and technology.
Serenade, the eco-friendly music web3 marketplace, has partnered with Warner Records UK to launch the world’s first Digital Pressing; a brand new, limited edition and collectible music format that will produce the first UK and Australian chart eligible music format since album streams in 2015.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico: "We welcome the CMA's update report which reinforces what we know – that building success in music is hard – and underlines the need for organisations across music to work together to secure positive outcomes for the sector."
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI said: "We welcome the CMA's preliminary findings, which have concluded that the streaming market is competitive, providing artists with more ways to release their music, and fans with more choice and value than ever before."
Concord Music Publishing are delighted to announce a new global publishing deal with hitmaker Tre Jean-Marie. The British songwriter and producer is currently enjoying success with Mabel’s latest album About Last Night… which debuted at No.2 in the UK Album Chart, which Tre co-wrote and/or produced six songs on.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced a new partnership with Mobility Super App, FREE NOW. The new headline sponsor of the Mercury Prize, FREE NOW is supporting grassroots music venues in the UK by underwriting the costs of 120 shows by future Mercury Prize hopefuls in 60 grassroots music venues.
Forthcoming new album Uncertain Joys was recorded and produced by front man and producer in his own right Billy Lunn, mixed by the Grammy Award-winning Adrian Bushby (Muse, Foo Fighters, Everything Everything), and mastered by Katie Tavini (Mykki Blanco, Arlo Parks, Nadine Shah).
Black & White describes the colour sweetly sliding away from the world and the worries around what it means. In the frame of mental health, Black & White combines indie and neo soul to lull the listener into a captivating new sound world, with you stuck inside it. This is the second single from their upcoming EP, which will be released on 30th September.
The outrageous new comedy film Nude Tuesday (Nûde Tuęsdäy) starring Jemaine Clement, Jackie van Beek, and Damon Herriman, has released the first-ever gibberish soundtrack featuring songs by Clement and indie darlings Elly-May Barnes, Kirin J Callinan, Reb Fountain, and Moniker (aka The Phoenix Foundation).
Aspiring young film and TV composers from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply for the mentoring scheme and opportunity for a full-time paid placement. Composer Mentors for the programme from the First Artists Management roster include David Arnold, Ré Olunuga, and Gazelle Twin. In partnership with Youth Music, C.A.M.P. aims to help increase diversity in the Music for Screen industry.
His forthcoming album is an emotionally volatile and heart-wrenching collection of cutting edge punk that pushes genre boundaries whilst traversing extremely challenging political subject matter with aplomb and vitriol.
The BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels, has today confirmed that High Court website blocking of pirate music sites and apps – which previously applied only to users of fixed line broadband networks – is being extended to users of mobile networks, starting with EE, part of the BT group.
Ultra Music Publishing (‘Ultra’), the leading independent publishers of Electronic Dance Music, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Reggae has announced the launch of a new studio complex in Liverpool, which will serve the songwriters and musicians it represents as well as those signed to its sister labels Helix and Payday Records.
UK Music, the collective voice of the UK Music industry, has urged Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries to dump "dangerous and damaging" plans to allow artificial intelligence companies to "launder" music to generate new content.
Sensational live, the band’s recent skyrocketing notoriety on Tik Tok (currently running at 2 million views a month) has seen attendances rise throughout a sold out March UK tour and excitement around them intensify, as the inherently DIY band take their summer sounds to the next level.
Middlesex University London (MDX) and leading music industry body the Association of Independent Music (AIM) are proud to announce an exciting collaboration on an MA Music Business programme by distance education.
Sky Ferreira was signed to the exclusive global publishing administration deal by Brontë Jane, Third Side Music's VP Creative/Director of A&R based in Los Angeles. She joins the company’s diverse and eclectic roster, a cadre of rising stars and GRAMMY-nominated artists, songwriters and composers such as SOFI TUKKER, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blonde Redhead, Colin Stetson, and BADBADNOTGOOD, who Brontë Jane recently re-signed to the company.
The Garage - without a doubt one of London’s landmark live music venues - is marking its 30th anniversary year with a series of shows from artists who have graced its stage over three decades at the heart of live music.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has appointed Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip as its new Chair. Phillip is the CEO of Carnival Village Trust, London's leading Carnival development agency, which is dedicated to supporting and delivering an integrated programme of Carnival arts.
The cult funk ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials have announced their exciting new single ‘Scream!’ will be released on 13th July, and their hotly anticipated seventh studio album ‘Intuition’ will come out in November 2022 on Dorado Records, the original label who first signed the band in 1994.
Legendary labels Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records have signed a world ex. Americas distribution deal with Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family. Both independent labels are part of the Reservoir group of companies.
The announcement comes after Just Kiddin were signed to Perfect Havoc for a global single deal in November 2021 and ahead of their forthcoming single ‘Moonshine River’ which is released later summer alongside DiRTY Radio. They join a roster including the double platinum selling Swedish artist producer Tobtok, Oliver Nelson and further one-to-watch talent, Alfie Cridland.
Fresh from a performance on The Other Stage at Glastonbury last night, this morning Years & Years and On Air announce that fans around the globe will be able to experience Years & Years homecoming London show from OVO Arena, London.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a deal for a stake in the catalog of multi-Platinum hip-hop producer Marlon Williams, professionally known as Marley Marl. The deal includes the iconic, 2x-Platinum album Mama Said Knock You Out and its Grammy-winning title track performed by LL Cool J.
Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners has announced a new agreement with international music company Geejam Music which incorporates Geejam Studios in Port Antonio, Jamaica.
Award-winning DAACI has developed and filed a series of patents for its ground-breaking AI core tech which is set to revolutionise the creative process of music composition, democratising music creation for the metaverse masses.
The new feature allows anyone with a smartphone to create voice-based NFTs with just one-click; you simply record your voice, add a picture and title, set a price and list them for sale as limited-edition digital collectibles, coined by Logcast as “NFMs” or “Non-Fungible Memories”.
L.A.B return with two live renditions of ‘Proud Man’ & ‘Mr Reggae’ taken from their album L.A.B V. Filmed & recorded live at Massey Studios, Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, the live rendition of the tracks showcase L.A.B’s electric live sound which has seen them sell out multiple events & tours across Aotearoa & Australia.
Following on from multiple number one singles & albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales & awards across New Zealand & Australia, this is the band's first ever release featuring a small collection of live tracks.
Nearly two-thirds of the past year’s most successful UK albums came from domestic artists who either grew up or formed their bands in the nations and regions outside of London, with the North West leading the way1, according to a new report from the BPI, the representative voice for independent and major record labels.
Effective immediately, the new deal covers his catalogue including his seminal 1991 hit “I Want You Forever,” collaborations and co-writes with the likes of Nile Rogers, Nicole Moudaber, Fatboy Slim, Juan Atkins, Josh Wink, Franky Wah and Sofi Tukker, alongside all new material including his forthcoming new album, Electronic Generations, his first to be released in over a decade.
London based music company GigRealm, the groundbreaking online platform that provides an end-to-end solution for organizing live music performances, has announced a new partnership during Pride Month with Ask for Clive, a charity that works with venues to promote inclusion and to create welcoming spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
Last night, A2IM celebrated the strength of the independent music community at their annual Libera Awards, gathering artists, labels and industry players in New York City and online. Presented by Merlin, the A2IM Libera Awards provided a platform for Independent artists to honor the work of their peers.
London collective Soothsayers have teamed up for an exciting new project with New York-born, São Paulo-based producer-engineer-bassist, Victor Rice, and some of Brazil’s top musicians. The result is ‘Last Days’, the powerful new single from their forthcoming album together – ‘Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice and Friends’.
Concord Music Publishing has hosted the first in an innovative series for their writers exploring music composition for moving images – The Scoring Sessions. Held last month, the inaugural session focused on advertising and was held in partnership with leading music supervision agency Native Music at their studios in Soho and included Concord songwriters Darryl Reid (Dopamine, Iggy Azalea), Rob Turner (Go Go Penguin) and Ben Garrett/Fryars (Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, Rae Morris).
Don Letts is currently working on his first solo record with Cooking Vinyl, due for release Spring 2023, and will be appearing at multiple festivals across the UK this summer.
Upon signing to Cooking Vinyl, Don said “It’s taken a bit of time to create this soundtrack to my mind but with the help of a few friends, some heavy bass lines and a record label with taste the dread stands firm” - Don Letts
Downtown Music Services (DMS), which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a major expansion of its operations in Spanish speaking Latin America.
Swedish tech startup, Staccs, has agreed a licensing deal with Cherry Red Records - a London-based independent record label - for its streaming service for concert video and music documentaries. Launched in the Nordics and the Baltic states last year, Staccs provides fans the opportunity to relive their favourite concerts, on demand, advert free - and in the highest quality possible. Built upon a user-centric model, this new deal provides Staccs the rights to stream in the UK, Scandinavia and the Baltic states. The new home for concerts on demand, Staccs presents a fresh commercial opportunity for the music industry.
Humble but prodigiously talented singer/multi-instrumentalist Beneil Miller releases his new song ‘Spread Your Wings’. It’s a serene and breezy meditation on the importance of finding your own path, set to a cool, soulful jazzy reggae beat. Miller’s rich, wide-ranging voice and easy-going message are the perfect remedy to these stressful times.
Aux App (www.aux.app) the collaboration and file sharing platform for producers, musicians and podcasters, has received £50,000 funding from Innovate UK’s Young Innovators Next Steps Award. The grant recognises trailblazing young entrepreneurs, giving them financial support to accelerate their business growth. For serial tech entrepreneur and Aux founder, Ben Bowler, this crucial support will go towards the development and launch of the platform’s ground-breaking AI technology, designed to support the next generation of music and content creators.
Through the course of 4 solo albums, Mississippi-born Jhelisa has journeyed through soul, trip hop, jazz, avant-garde, gospel and more recently, esoteric sonic experimentation. She’s been the go-to vocalist for the likes of Bjork, Massive Attack and The Shamen and Chaka Khan has covered one of her songs. But one thing has remained constant; her unwavering, uncompromising artistic vision. Her thrillingly genre-smashing approach to music subverts her sweet, sensual voice with emotionally raw, often dark, yet spiritually resonant lyrics and a musical sophistication seen nowhere else. It comes as no surprise then, that Jhelisa’s remarkable new project, ‘Oxygen’ is a breath-taking, expansive, unapologetic 11-minute opus. Released on Dorado Records on June 15, it paves the way for her forthcoming album, ‘Wild Orbits’, but is also a stand-alone piece.
Partisan Records, the Brooklyn-headquartered independent music group with offices in London and home to Fela Kuti, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Laura Marling and others, has announced the signing of Ezra Collective and details of their debut single for the label.
“We’re obviously thrilled for the opportunity to work with Just A Gent’s catalog, and equally excited to explore prospective collaborations with Jacob as part of our Admin+ music services offering. This signing is an exciting entrée into the EDM market as we look to expand and diversify our creative roster,” added Sean Harrison, Angry Mob Music Co-Founder and Creative Director.
Saint Louis born rapper / producer "Save Ferris" creates songs that are often driven by his mellow flow & classic production. Born Ethan Healey, Ferris began releasing music online under the alias Save Ferris, inspired by the classic 1986 John Hughes hit film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. While his initial love from music stemmed from all kinds of genres it wasn’t until he was 16 when he discovered passion Hip-hop. Influenced by the 90’s classic Boom-Bap sound, Ferris began as a local beat maker in St. Louis.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the final wave of speakers for 'Future Independents,' its free virtual conference aimed at giving artists, labels, managers and other music entrepreneurs access to the knowledge they need to level up in music.
‘Common Ground’ is the debut album from Skantia and it's a timeline of the producer's ascent following his exclusive signing to RAM Records in 2019. Already spearheading a takeover slot on BBC Radio 1 Dance Presents, as well as boasting a range of tastemaker support, ‘Common Ground’ further solidifies the foundations he has built over a short but explosive period of time. Representing RAM on the global stage during its 30 year anniversary, Skantia has shown that he’s here to continually innovate and as he moves through his early twenties he has helped to change the game when it comes to production style. Something which is a resounding fact which features throughout ‘Common Ground’.
Social audio platform Logcast has launched its first monetization tool for creators, giving them the ability to charge fans directly for access to exclusive content on the app. The payment feature, called $UPERLOGS, allows Logcast creators to share paid-only audio content with their community, charging listeners directly to access exclusive clips like news and announcements, educational tutorials, early previews, and private conversations.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is thrilled to announce the lineup for the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards Presented by Merlin. The largest global independent music awards show, this year's event is two fold: an in-person, ticketed gala focused on industry and advocacy awards held at Webster Hall in New York City, and a separate, free-to-watch broadcast of consumer-facing awards and performances from top artists in the independent space.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced an ambitious new initiative, #ownourvenues, that will help grassroots music venues (GMVs) secure their long-term futures.
Feedbackotw was raised on the Hip-Hop music scene to & swayed by the Neo soul culture. Even at the young age of 17 his passion began to take over when he started joining in on cyphers in high-school. Surrounded by musical culture his Father (a musician/vocalist), encouraged him to pursue his dreams. With years of musical experimentation behind him, Feedbackotw remains a strong force in today’s Hip-Hop culture.
CAVA, we come in peace! Their debut single's sound draws from and mashes together indie, electronica, world music, primitive rhythmics and electro-pop through electro-acoustic manipulations into catchy futuristic tunes.
Charity music festival all dayer Beat the Streets made a welcome return this year to raise vital funds to help the homeless in Nottingham.
Back with a bang with an in-person event this year after being forced online in 2021, the festival raised £76,000 to provide housing and specialist support to rough sleepers in and around Nottingham.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a worldwide publishing deal with Roxy Music’s lead guitarist, musician and songwriter-producer, Phil Manzanera. The deal includes works from Manzanera’s catalog, which features songs by Roxy Music, as well as Pink Floyd, Tim Finn, and Brian Eno amongst others, plus future works.
Serenade, the eco-friendly music NFT marketplace whose mission is to support artists by creating new revenue streams from unique fan experiences, has announced significant new investment and plans to expand its global operations following a breakthrough first six months.
103 UK festivals have committed to The Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF) Safer Spaces At Festivals campaign, which is aimed at tackling sexual violence at festivals and has been relaunched today to address the issue in 2022 and beyond.
Years in the making, and with tracks in the spotlight across the DJ circuit throughout this time, Calyx & TeeBee’s brand new ‘Plates’ project has finally hit stores. The standard which was set for ‘Plates’ remained clear; not just through the album’s art, but also in the return to dubplate culture which was the primary ethos behind its release. Calyx & TeeBee wanted to strip back the way in which people consumed their music through ‘Plates’, especially within the new digital age. And despite a global pandemic, they persevered in delivering their cuts across clubs, through DJ sets and online through live streams for RAM Records as well as music festivals around the world. So each individual release featured music which had already done damage, but with a less disposable feel to every single; something which has resonated with the pair's deep history within drum & bass.
Leading independent record label mom+pop music and Exceleration Music, the venture led by industry leaders for investing in the future of independent labels and artists, have agreed to a strategic financial alliance. This provides mom+pop with the ability to rapidly expand its scope of operations, including new signings.
After many hours of fun and games in the studio, My Boyz Beatz proudly presents a massive Macka B track, ‘The Youth Are Being Hypnotised’. The track inspires us to be our best selves reminding us that despite all the surrounding influences, there is infinite potential within us all.
GT’s production has expertly lifted the track to higher levels, putting together a band of master musicians including members of Steel Pulse, Selwyn Brown (keyboards) and Amlak Tafari (bass) alongside Gary Moore (guitar), James Crosdale (synth’s) and David Skins (drums)
London based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced a new agreement for its music publishing division with Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners.
Silva Screen Records presents Benji Merrison and Will Slater’s lush and atmospheric soundtrack to BBC Earth’s five-episode TV series, The Green Planet narrated by David Attenborough, available as a special 2CD album on pre-order for release on May 13th. This follows the OST release on streaming platforms in April.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, in conjunction with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa, announced two new deals as the Company continues to execute on its emerging markets growth strategy. The deals include the signing of Egyptian rapper and singer Mohamed Ramadan to a worldwide publishing deal, which includes hits from his catalog and future releases. Reservoir and PopArabia separately announced the acquisition of Egyptian label 100COPIES, as well as a joint venture with the company to sign and develop Egyptian talent.
The growth of the Jamaican recording industry…
Records have played an integral part in the history of Jamaican music and the importance of making records, as opposed to making music, can never be overstated. These are the stories, told through first-hand accounts wherever possible, of the men and women… manufacturers, musicians, singers, deejays, arrangers and record producers… who made the records and who made the sound of reggae available worldwide.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a worldwide publishing deal with Dan Nakamura, professionally known as Dan the Automator, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter. The new deal includes Nakamura’s catalog and future works expanding the scope of an existing publishing relationship between Reservoir and Nakamura, first established in 2012.
Black Country Beats celebrates the diverse musical genres that emerged from the Black Country between the 1970s and 2000s. It spotlights a selection of iconic artists whose styles were influenced by the unique heritage of the region and by the social and political change that happened here during their formative years.
As the Independent Music Insider explains, ‘with the announcement of TMF Advances, independent operators that want to invest in artists or any part of their catalogues and music rights generally, have a tool that allows them to ascertain the current value of an asset, estimate ROI and offer an advance accordingly’.
Talenthouse AG (SIX THAG) expands its music industry vertical through the acquisition of Creative Commission, adding a loyal user base of subscribers and a vast roster of world-renowned record companies and music artists to its community. Creative Commission has facilitated over $12 million in work to creatives through their platform since inception, and are now bringing over 800 job-opportunities per year, effectively more than doubling Talenthouse client bespoke briefs.
Downtown-owned FUGA, the world's leading full-service B2B distributor, today announces a global distribution and marketing services deal with independent Stockholm-based label and creative studio, YEAR0001; who count acclaimed post-punk band, Viagra Boys and pioneering Swedish rapper, Yung Lean, as part of its esteemed roster.
New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – unveils that new albums increased their share of the UK's vinyl LP market by more than 40% in 2021. Nearly 43% of LP sales last year were for albums released during the calendar year, compared to 30% in 2020.
The ‘Festival of the Live Remix’, Punkt announced today it will re-connect with its international family in 2022 for the 18th edition. Following a Norway only festival in 2020 and 2021, Punkt Festival will take place 1 – 3 September at its home in Kristiansand, Norway.
IMPF welcomes the judgement of the European Court of Justice in the long-awaited decision brought about by Poland’s challenge to Article 17 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Long established UK indie label Cooking Vinyl have announced that they have concluded a deal with the 90s indie band Symposium that will see their recordings released on streaming services for the first time.
Red A Red Music Group and Maroon Productions present an exciting rebirth of a foundation riddim: The Generation Gap. This era-spanning project features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians, with vocal cuts by veterans Mutabaruka and Lutan Fyah, as well as emerging talents Imeru Tafari and Autarchii.
Co-produced by Jermaine Joseph, Linton Hinds Jr and Donovan Joseph, the Generation Gap Riddim takes us back in time and provides a clear look to the future.
The riddim is an up-tempo reimagining of the 1983 classic, ‘2000 Years’, originally recorded by the harmony group Time Unlimited.
True to the Generation Gap concept, two of the co-producers are father and son. Original Time Unlimited lead singer Donovan Joseph hands the mantle to his son Jermaine ‘Autarchii’ Joseph, who reinterprets his father’s ‘2000 Years’ on the riddim.
Further continuity is added by the presence of legendary guitarist Earl Chinna Smith - whose High Times band played the original cut.
ASCAP Experience, ASCAP’s signature event created to inspire, educate and connect aspiring songwriters and composers everywhere, has announced its next wave of spring programming. On April 27, together with The ASCAP Lab, it will host a conversation with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Usher, Chris Brown) about the potential of NFTs for music creators. On May 5, wrapping up ASCAP Screen Music Awards, it will present a panel discussion between the ASCAP composers of some of the past year's biggest hit streaming series.
One of the most important neo-cabaret projects to come out of Italy, AIT! will release “Romanticismo Oltranzista” on vinyl for the first time ever. Originally released in CD format via Punch Records in 2007, this dark experimental masterpiece will receive vinyl treatment via Devoted Art Propaganda.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is expanding global access for independent artists through its broad new partnership with FLO, one of South Korea’s biggest music streaming apps. With over 8.5 million listeners in South Korea on digital music services, Merlin members now have the potential to increase their artists’ fan bases by connecting with more international music lovers than ever.
Voly, the integrated financial management software & payment platform for the music industry, aimed at simplifying and streamlining budgeting, accounting processes and reporting for artists, managers and business managers, has announced the appointment of Ryan Williams-Reid to the position of Client Relationship Manager.
Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today a highlight of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations - the acclaimed Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents: Duke Ellington’s The Queen’s Suite, which will take place at Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 3 June, with tickets on sale tomorrow 13 April to Southbank Centre members, with general sale on Thursday 14 April.
Saint Louis born Hip-Hop artist & producer Save Ferris creates songs that are often driven by his mellow flow & classic production. Born Ethan Healey, Ferris began releasing music online under the alias Save Ferris. While his initial love from music stemmed from all kinds of genres it wasn’t until he was 16 when he discovered passion Hip-hop. Influenced by the 90’s classic Boom-Bap sound, Ferris began as a local beat maker in St. Louis.
Held on Thursday 30th March, the Aux Awards commended the brightest artists and brands making innovative steps in the independent music industry. Winners across 10 categories took home the gold including singer-songwriter Emma Mae (Best New Single), Audience Republic (Best New Music Software), Pool Valley (Best Live Music Business), CLOUD (Best Album) and Sub-Label Recordings (Best Independent Label).
Globally, more countries are beginning to take notice of L.A.B. The past months have seen radio airplay across stations such as BBC Radio 1xtra & 6 Music, Jazz FM & Reggae.fr (France’s largest reggae radio station), plus glowing reviews in Vive Le Rock! & Blues & Soul Magazine. ‘Real Ones’ is set to show off a different side of the L.A.B sound as the world starts to listen.
Having received critical acclaim for his 2018 debut Little Ghost Full Of Songs, Wheeler followed up with 2021’s Ten Embers, which was recorded with virtuoso guitarist Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer/Paul McCartney), award-winning drummer Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow/Willie Nelson), and bassist David Troke (Beverley Knight/Josh Groban), and mastered by Pete Maher (U2/The 1975).
Merlin, the independent's digital music licensing partner, extends a heartfelt congratulations to its members who are celebrating their artist wins at the 2022 Grammys. 16 categories saw awards go to artists who work with Merlin members. Merlin applauds all of this year’s nominees and would like to highlight its members’ winners.
As an artist on 30 year strong RAM Records, Chords has gradually established himself as an integral part of the roster. With the success of his ‘Arrhythmia EP’ sitting in its backdrop, he now emerges with a brand new selection, another package which exemplifies how he bridges the gap between his classically trained sound design and his dancefloor prowess.
The AIM Independent Music Awards, the most anticipated night in independent music, is back on Wednesday 28th September, returning as an in-person event at London's iconic Roundhouse with an exciting array of new and updated categories.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new deal for the catalog of the late lyricist Larry Kusik, best known for his collaborations on theme songs from blockbuster films like The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet.
With more than 20 years of experience in creative and administrative systems delivery at companies including Warner Music Group, EMI Music Publishing, and The Walt Disney Company, Kirker will lead Synchtank’s product roadmap and play a key role in broadening and focusing the company’s solutions.
The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Esta Rae as its new Senior Events Manager to drive vision and strategy across its programme of events, conferences and the AIM Independent Music Awards.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is proud to announce the nominees for the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards Presented by Merlin, continuing its 17-year tradition of supporting and honoring the extraordinary talent of the independent music sector. Nominees in the 33 categories range from the experimental pop of Japanese Breakfast (the most-nominated artists of the year with 7 nominations) and Jason Isbell’s celebration of the music of Georgia to the soulful cross-genre sound of returning Libera Awards winner Arlo Parks.
"Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes the Business Rates discount. However, with no action for businesses on energy bills, or NI liability, and the missed opportunity of action on VAT that would support the sector to recover from the Covid crisis, the outcome of the budget is that none of the extraordinary financial pressures being placed on venues have been mitigated or alleviated."
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced the acquisition of rights in the catalog of award-winning film score composer Henry Jackman. The deal includes rights in Jackman’s entire catalog, including scores for blockbuster feature films like the Captain America franchise, Wreck-It Ralph, Jumanji, and many more.
Breaking talents Emma Mae, CLOUD and Anna Wolf are set to perform at the livestreamed Aux Awards on Thursday 30th March. Launched by music tech start up app, Aux, the event will award the scene’s most exciting independent music creators and innovative brands shortlisted by Aux and partners, Access All Areas, Music Ally, The Independent Music Insider, HotVox and Far Out Magazine, and voted for by the general public.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a global publishing deal with Grammy-winning artist and songwriter Michael Render aka Killer Mike, who is part of the popular hip-hop super duo, Run The Jewels. The deal includes his entire catalog and future works.
Hearing this soulful release it’s difficult to believe that Beneil Miller was “not considering singing as an option” but “was more into piano… listening to Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo”.
Beneil Miller’s music transcends categorisation and transports us all to kinder, calmer places… and there’s much more to follow.
The Music Federation is pleased to announce the creation of Killing Moon Academy as a solution to procure the best opportunities for their members and remit of artists. Created with one simple objective, to let creative people create, KMA has the success of its artists as its core objective. With a sole-purpose of developing these emerging artists and helping them fulfill their full potential, KMA puts the artist and their talent first.
Macka B has the ability to take any topic and turn it into a song. My wife can answer my phone is no exception. Macka B always brings a positive message to any given situation always dealing with reality.
Produced by one of Jamaica's top producers, Top Secret Music, the track is set over a heavy pulsating reggae rhythm mixed in true Jamaican style with an authentic 70's feel.
The manager of DHP Family’s flagship Rock City venue has been announced as one of the 30 most talented young live industry professionals in a national award scheme. Will Richardson (29) has been revealed as one of the winners of the Access All Areas 30 under 30 live event professionals designed to recognise and reward excellence of the younger generation in the live event industry
Music tech company Serenade, which launched its acclaimed artist/fan-centric NFT platform in 2021 has announced a number of high profile new investors from the music and associated creative industries.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new deal with award-winning hit songwriter, Ali Tamposi, who has been represented by the Company since 2017. The deal demonstrates Reservoir’s ongoing commitment to developing its talented roster of active songwriters. Under the extended partnership, Reservoir will continue to publish Tamposi’s hit-driven catalog, as well as her future works.
Full Statement of IMPF on Ukraine; calls on all those within the music and licensing industry to immediately sever economic, business, political and socio-cultural ties with all Russian counterparts, members, companies, affiliates, and organisations.
Utopia Music, the Swiss Music fintech company, announced that Christine Pepe will join the company as VP, Business and Legal Affairs, reporting directly to Paul Stuart, Chief Legal Officer. Pepe will be based in the New York Metro area.
International artist management company YMU have announced plans for the launch of new label, AmperSounds that will be a home for new and emerging talent from its own roster of management clients and beyond.
Chainska Brassika return from lockdown armed with their first single ‘Down the Barge’ from their forthcoming album ‘Tales of a Londoner’, recorded, produced, and mixed by Grippa Laybourne from the infamous Hempolics, and mastered in Canada by Jesse King aka Dubmatix.
IMPF has received a substantial grant from the European Union as part of the Creative Europe Programme, which will fund a new project designed to support IMPF’s members across Europe, as well as benefitting independent music publishers more widely around the world.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), the UK charity which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced several changes to its Board of Trustees including the appointment of new Co-Chairs and a Treasurer.
Black entrepreneurs have been integral to the music industry throughout its storied history, yet they remain underrepresented in boardrooms and executive positions. The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization that represents nearly 700 independent music labels, strongly believes in the necessity of a diversity of voices in the music business. With the ultimate goal of fostering a more equitable industry, the Black Independent Music Accelerator (BIMA) is a fellowship initiative designed to amplify Black voices in the independent music community. Today, A2IM is pleased to announce the 14 outstanding fellows chosen for its second annual BIMA program.
Utopia Music, the Swiss Music fintech company, has acquired Absolute Label Services (Absolute) a UK-based distribution and services provider to independent artists and record labels. Included in the acquisition is neighbouring rights company Absolute Rights Management. Absolute’s current offering will be integrated into Utopia’s Distribution Services business unit, which launched in January with the acquisition of Proper Music Group.
Serenade, the eco-friendly platform for music NFTs, has partnered with The Kooks to release the band’s debut NFT. Created to mark the 15th anniversary of the British indie-pop trailblazers’ acclaimed debut album Inside In / Inside Out, the NFT will be priced at an affordable £30 and is released at 9am GMT on Thursday February 24 from serenade.co
Downtown Music Services ,which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a global music publishing administration agreement with producer, singer, writer, DJ and visual artist Alejandra Ghersi Rodriguez known professionally as Arca.
Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced two new label services hires within its UK operation as part of a broader expansion in the territory.
Narrated by award-winning actor Ray Winstone (Nil by Mouth, Sexy Beast), the documentary tells the rough-and-tumble story of the small community of British stunt performers who came to dominate Hollywood in the 1970s and 80s.
The music industry came out in numbers for the return of the Young Music Boss (YMB) Awards in its second year, with more than 400 industry executives, artists and other professionals in attendance. The awards took place in partnership with the likes of MMF (Music Managers Forum), AIM (The Association of Independent Music), PPL and The Music Federation at the iconic EartH Theatre in Hackney.
MatchTune, the music technology company that simplifies music-to-media integration, today announces the launch of AI-powered app TuneBlades. The smart music editing tool resizes, remixes and adjusts any song automatically according to the desired duration while preserving melody fundamentals and vocals, giving content creators access to tailored music in a matter of seconds. MatchTune has partnerships with the likes of BMG Production Music, Universal Music Publishing Group and other music publishers, and is dedicated to creating smarter music and video tools that are easier for everyone to use while respecting the hard work that goes into music creation.
“My connection with Richard Antwi was deep. When somebody goes through your life, they leave a mark. Thankful to him for all that he has given me, and so many other people. I love that his legacy is still felt and it’s a privilege to support the Richard Antwi Scholarship and its vision of increasing representation for our next generation of music industry leaders. This is a call to get involved and grab the opportunity now.” Alec Boateng (co-President, 0207 Def Jam)
Utopia Music, the Swiss Music fintech company, announced that Steve Markland will join the company as Vice President for Nashville, helping the company expand its US presence in one of the world’s most exciting Music Cities.
Launched by music tech start up app, Aux, voting is now open for the Aux Awards. In celebration of the scene’s most exciting independent music creators and innovative brands, nominations come handpicked by such forward thinking industry organisations as Access All Areas, Music Ally, HotVox, Far Out Magazine, and us at The IMI. 11 Awards will be given out at the livestreamed event on 30th March alongside a number of exclusive performances.
FooR x Mollie Collins x Emma Cannon ‘Too Bad’ is the new single from FooR’s forthcoming collaboration album, which is set for release later this year. A peaktime drum & bass cut from FooR and UK star Mollie Collins, the killer vocal from Emma Cannon makes this a rave favourite with heavy crossover potential. Premiered by UKF’s legendary YouTube channel, and already added to the Kiss Dance Playlist, ‘Too Bad’ drops on 28 January on Yosh. This single follows the Warner Music-signed FooR x Majestic X Dread MC’s ‘Fresh’, which earned huge support from Radio 1, Kiss, Capital Dance, and beyond, and was chosen for the Coors Light TV ad campaign.
Today, AIM Sync 2022, the UK's global sync conference and marketplace from the Association of Independent Music (UK), took place virtually with over 70 music supervisors and sync specialists sharing their insights and taking part in panel discussions, Listening Sessions, workshops, online networking, and one-to-one meetings.
Zick joins Utopia Music as Chief Marketing Officer, reporting directly to Utopia’s CEO Markku Mäkeläinen, he will be responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction of Utopia’s marketing, positioning, communications, content strategy, and execution of the brand direction. He joins from Universal Music Germany where he was Managing Director, International, responsible for overseeing and leading the strategic development and marketing for the Music company’s diverse international talent roster.
The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is proud to announce that the Company has acquired a significant majority of the rights to the legendary and influential American rock band, Alice In Chains. The acquisition covers the publishing, masters and neighbouring rights of the band.
With its vision of “Fair Pay for Every Play”, Utopia Music establishes a Royalty Management Services business unit, which will enable the processing, allocation, distribution, and licence management required by songwriters, publishers, collection societies, performers, and labels. The foundation of this new business unit is Liverpool-based Sentric Music Group, led by CEO, Chris Meehan, who joins Utopia as Vice President of Royalty Management Services.
The Music Federation is thrilled to share the news of its recent partnership with ICMP. The Industry Mentoring Scheme is designed to match final year degree students at ICMP with industry professionals working in their areas of interest to provide mentoring during their final Semester. Successful applicants to the programme would receive expert guidance and feedback from industry professionals as well as a chance to build their professional networks – a chance to ‘kickstart’ their careers.
Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown℠), the leading music services provider to the global music industry, has announced a further round of senior executive promotions as it expands its Legal and Business Affairs team.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, today announced a dynamic new agreement with Twitch, the interactive live streaming service for content spanning gaming, entertainment, sports, music, and more. Through its creator-first culture, Twitch has served as a powerful service for fan engagement and new music discovery. This partnership recognizes the power of independent artists and their impact in the Twitch community, creates revenue earning opportunities for Merlin members and their artists, and leans into Twitch’s increased focus on music-centric programming.
Senior Parliamentarians from the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music will host the next stage of their inquiry into the barriers facing UK artists touring the EU by taking evidence from legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a worldwide publishing deal with #1 hit writer-producer Warren “Oak” Felder. The deal includes all of Felder’s future works and expands on a joint venture established with Felder in 2017, through which Reservoir signed his accomplished songwriting and producing collective The Orphanage, initially comprised of Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, and later including Keith “Ten4” Sorrells.
FUGA, the world's leading full-service B2B distributor, has signed a deal with Mascot Label Group, the independent label family home to artists such as Black Stone Cherry, Beth Hart, Shaman's Harvest, Vola and Dragged Under.
he winner of the YMB Awards flagship title has been announced today: Michael Adex, founder and CEO of 360 entertainment company NQ, is Music Entrepreneur of the Year 2022, presented in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM).
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the final wave of speakers and sessions for its global sync licensing conference AIM Sync, as well as the full details of panels, listening sessions, and networking taking place virtually on 10th February 2022.
- Asciolla will join Utopia Music as Vice President, Global Artist and Creator Community and reports directly to the CMO. She will be based out of Los Angeles, California
- Asciolla is a Spotify veteran where she most recently held the position of Head of North America, Artist & Label Partnerships. She led the team working directly with global artists, managers, labels, and distributor executives by supporting, empowering, and educating the creative community about maximizing opportunities on Spotify
- Prior to that she was part of the Spotify Artist Services and Artist Marketing teams and integral in building and nurturing relationships with artists and their teams by advocating transparency on streaming economics, data and on-platform-tools for artists to express themselves and reaching a global audience to connect them with their fans
- Her work resulted in recognition from prominent publications such as Billboard Women in Music Edition, Variety Rising Leaders List, and Billboard's 40 Under 40
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) kicked off 2022 by launching the second year of BIMA, its Black Independent Music Accelerator, a fellowship initiative designed to amplify Black voices in the independent music community. Applications for A2IM’s 2022 BIMA Program will close on January 24, 2022.
Hot on the heels of its recent partnership with LA label SideOneDummy, Exceleration Music, the fast-growing company formed to enhance the future of independent labels and artists, is set to mark the first year anniversary of its partnership with a number of key new executive hires.
With its vision of “Fair Pay for Every Play”, Utopia Music bought Proper Music Group to supercharge their song economics, accelerate Royalty payouts for Creators as well as bring their massive data repository and opportunities to digitise operations and processes to Proper Music Group’s services.
The acquisition will launch a new Distribution Services business unit that will service the entire industry including major and independent labels by facilitating both physical and digital b2b and d2c distribution as well as dropship fulfilment services. It will provide labels access to new and exciting technology and provide managed services such as administration, sales, and distribution, both physical and digital with digital retail marketing, reporting and additional services. Distribution Services will equally include digital distribution services.
London based music company GigRealm, the groundbreaking online platform that provides an end-to-end solution for organizing live music performances, has announced a wide-ranging new partnership with leading DIY distribution platform TuneCore, part of Paris-based global digital music company Believe, who provide independent musicians with the tools they need to send their music out to the world, connect with fans, and stay 100% in control of their careers.
On 19th January, The Music Federation Live launch their new Safe Spaces Policy as a response to the recent surge in spiking women across the UK within the live sector. In partnership with The F-List, Strut Safe and Girls Against, the policy is something TMF Live will be implementing across all their live shows.
The Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT) — the organisation formed to promote better ticket resale practices across Europe — will today launch a guide for FEAT members and European promoters on how to deal with suspected touted tickets.
- Martinez will join Utopia Music as Director, Spain and reports directly to COO Roberto Neri. She will be based out of Barcelona, Spain
- She brings more than 20 years of Music Industry experience in the areas of licensing, publishing, brand partnerships and digital marketing.
- Her ticketing experience stands out having left her imprint at the big three: Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim and AXS
- For the past 10 years, Martinez has been an active advocate of using technology to enhance Music fan experiences through personalised data-enabled entertainment services
Tannoi’s 1985 smash hit ‘Worries And Troubles’, recorded for Greensleeves UK Bubblers imprint has been chosen by the Tate Britain as the soundtrack to Between The Islands, the recently opened acclaimed exhibition that traces over 70 years of Caribbean art.
Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music publishing, master rights and master rights royalties for, and entered into a long-term administration agreement for the neighbouring rights income from, the catalogue of David Coverdale.
Round Hill Music, via Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Ltd, has acquired a significant share of the master artist royalties and entered into a long-term agreement to administer the neighbouring rights income of the catalogue of Nancy Wilson, acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band Heart.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a multi-year deal with Lickd, the platform helping YouTube content creators legally use the music they love. The partnership injects music from tens of thousands of labels and hundreds of thousands of artists across the globe into the flow of usable content, granting Merlin members access to the creator boom, opening up robust revenue streams, and offering prime marketplace exposure for artists.
Reservoir has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalog of the late Grammy-winning DJ, songwriter, and producer Fred Rister, including several collaborations with his internationally acclaimed creative partner David Guetta. Together, Fred Rister and David Guetta helped define the genres of Dance, Pop, and Electronic throughout the 2000s, including contributing to the most downloaded song of all time in the U.S., “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas.
One of the first major highlights in the UK’s 2022 live electronic music calendar, Vitalic’s ‘20 Years Of Vitalic’ live show takes place at London’s Electric Brixton on 1 April. The all-night event runs from 21:00 to 05:00, and will see the French electronic music artist perform a “best of” live set drawing on his substantial discography; the unique live show will feature exclusive tracks, and nod to past concerts and tours.
The Music Federation Live is a london-based music promoter supplying live entertainment across the city and the UK. Giving the opportunity to gig-goers to catch their favourite artists both emerging and established, this re-brand continues to follow in the footsteps of The Music Federation and it’s ethos of equality and giving deserving musicians a chance.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, starts the new year announcing its newly-elected Board. The organization’s Board includes representatives from twelve different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. This diverse expertise will provide strategic guidance to Merlin in better serving its membership as it strikes premium deals with partners such as Apple, Facebook, Peloton, Snap, Spotify, TikTok, YouTube, and more.
A2IM is kicking off 2022 by launching the second year of BIMA, its Black Independent Music Accelerator, a fellowship initiative designed to amplify Black voices in the independent music community. Applications for A2IM’s 2022 BIMA Program open on January 10, 2022 and close on January 24, 2022.
Official figures released by record labels' association the BPI, based on Official Charts Company data1, show that recorded music consumption in the UK rose by 2.5% in 2021, with 159 million albums or their equivalent either streamed or purchased across all formats by music fans.
New figures to be released by record labels' association the BPI using Official Charts Company data will show that purchases of vinyl LPs and audio cassettes in 2021 continued their surge of recent years. Fans kept showing their love of the album on physical format while also continuing to stream in ever-growing numbers.
The band have been awarded Single Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Group & Best Roots Artist, adding to the two awarded in 2020. L.A.B are the first act since Lorde in 2017 to win both Single & Album Of The Year in the same year, and are the first Independent act since Scribe in 2003 to win Single Of The Year. This adds to the three Waiata Māori Music Awards won earlier this year.
Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming service and Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, today announced an expansion of their licensing agreement that will extend the availability of Merlin members’ music catalogue to 47 additional countries in Africa.
"This feels like March 2020 all over again" says Promoter Anna Moulson of Melting Vinyl in Brighton "Shows are collapsing every single hour. It's rapidly getting worse. Yet there's no Government support. If we are not financially supported during this time - either to operate and cover the losses, or to be closed so we can wait to safely re-open, the UK live music scene will lose hundreds of small independent promoters. Without us, there is no UK live music scene."
With its vision of “Fair Pay for Every Play”, Utopia Music is now launching a new Financial Services business unit, which will focus on accelerated Royalty Payments based on consumption analytics. Utopia Music’s technology will be able to help record labels and distributors support their Creator communities by providing them with the intel necessary to accelerate royalty payments and strengthen the Music Industry’s value chain. The Financial Services Business Unit will be led by Jörg Auf der Maur, as Vice President, a seasoned Swiss banker with an extensive career in roles as CRO, CFO, and CEO in various European banks. Utopia Music also secured a partnership with Liechtenstein-based, VP Bank, one of the top innovators in banking services in Europe and with TuneCore, which provides overarching data insights from DSPs.
KINDA, the European marketing company representing several of the world’s most important alternative rock labels in mainland Europe, has announced the promotion of Samir Batista to Director of Business Development. Based in London, Samir will report to KINDA’s headquarters in Milan, Italy, while developing the company’s London office.
Launched in 2004, Wardlaw Music is an established boutique music publisher, representing an eclectic roster of songwriters, artists and their musical works. The team is led by founders Stanley Banks and Julian Lyons, who have over 35 years’ music industry experience between them.
The International Music Publishers Forum (IMPF) has launched its second Independent Publishing Market View, which dissects the value of the independent music publishing industry, as well as the sector’s influence on the modern music ecosystem and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
L.A.B return with their new album, L.A.B V, their fifth in five years. Following on from a string of albums & singles that have reached number one at home in New Zealand, L.A.B V features a band continuing to experiment with multiple genres, while staying true to the L.A.B sound. The album sees the band combining their eclectic sound into a compelling journey that moves across reggae, soul, funk & blues.
Downtown Music Services , which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a number of senior executive promotions within its US team.
A catastrophic drop in attendance, advance ticket sales and spend per head has hit Grassroots Music Venues since the Government announced the implementation of the Plan B restrictions last Wednesday, placing the entire sector back on red alert for the risk of permanent closures.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today acquired a stake in the publishing catalog of Fred Parris, the iconic writer, lead vocalist and founder of the all-time top doo-wop group The Five Satins. Parris is best known as the writer and lead singer of “In the Still of the Night.”
Latham will join as Vice President of the Investor Services business unit and will report directly to COO Roberto Neri. Latham officially started his tenure at Utopia Music on 25 November, 2021 following a considerable career in the Music Industry and brings significant experience across the commercial, financial, and operational fields of music publishing and licensing. The Investor Services business unit will support catalogue acquisition and maximise fund lifecycle monetisation opportunities for existing and future Utopia clients
The Music Managers Forum (The MMF) has today published a new report exploring the opportunities and challenges facing managers who specialise in overseeing the careers of songwriters, composers and music producers, calling on industry partners to better recognise and support their work - and for all labels and publishers to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code. Download the report for FREE.
With its vision of “Fair Pay for Every Play”, Utopia Music is now readying its Creator Services business unit via two key acquisitions to provide creators with an analytics portfolio, an industry directory, and other marketing tools that will help them find their perfect audience and boost their growth.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the first speakers and sessions of its flagship independent music conference, AIM Connected, which returns as an in-person event at BAFTA's iconic London headquarters on Thursday 10 March 2022.
In response to the UK Government announcing further COVID restrictions in a press conference this evening (Wednesday) , Mark Dayvd, the CEO of Music Venue Trust , which represents over 900 grassroots music venues has issued the following statement...
Round Hill Music has announced that its Music Royalty Fund Two vehicle has acquired the music publishing catalog of legendary producer/writer/musician/music supervisor/music publisher and DJ Jellybean Benitez, which includes worldwide hits by Madonna, Whitney Houston, Snap, Will Smith and Nas among others.
Steinbrueck will join Utopia Music as Chief of Brand and Design Officer and report directly to CEO Markku Mäkeläinen
Steinbrueck will officially start his tenure at Utopia Music on January 1st, 2022, after more than two years as Head of Creative and Brand Director at Joyn, a German a cross channel entertainment streaming platform
His experience includes Reeboks’s rebranding efforts, Porsche Design”s foray into a luxury brand, serving as Vice President at Elie Saab, among others
This Friday, 3rd December, Labour MP Kevin Brennan brings to Parliament his Private Member's Bill which he feels will address problems in the music streaming market. Kevin Brennan is a long-time member of the Musicians' Union, and is close to campaigners who have called for changes to the way music streaming works.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced a new round of sync experts, brands and music supervisors joining its global conference and marketplace for sync licensing and brand partnerships, AIM Sync 2022 on 10 February. Also announced is 'How to Get Started in Sync', a primer AIM Academy event for those new to the area.
Sound Royalties announced today that the company is expanding their suite of services. In addition to royalty advances and interim bridge financing for musicians selling their catalogs, the company is now offering tour financing to artists and performers to help get their live performances back on the road. All interested music creatives generating more than $5,000 in annual royalty income and or with touring agreements from major promoters can contact Sound Royalties to learn more about the program and receive a free analysis and valuation of their royalty earnings.
Downtown Music Services , which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a global music publishing administration agreement with multi-media artist and musician MELO-X.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has revealed additional panels and speakers for its second annual Let’s Get Digital summit. The two-day online event takes place December 9-10 and is designed to connect the independent music community, creating opportunities between independent record labels, digital service providers, technology solutions, and other music industry professionals.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour will return in January 2022 with tours by a diverse range of artists including KEG, The Wytches, Cultdreams, Ferris & Sylvester, The Kut, Good Karma Club, BLOCS, Strange Bones, Calva Louise and LibraLibra.
Following on from multiple number one singles and albums, alongside a growing list of platinum sales and awards across New Zealand and Australia, L.A.B return with the new single, ‘Mr Reggae’, inspired by jam sessions at their hometown beaches, the track captures the feeling of summertime in New Zealand.
The app aims to pull open the gates to the music industry, providing artists with the tools to securely back up (with double WeTransfer’s upload speeds), sync and collaborate on music files, while providing access to invaluable music industry contacts and data via the hand-curated Aux Guide. The beta launch aims to shape the future of the app via Aux community feedback, contributing to an existing road map which includes AI-driven recommendations.
"We now pilot the service across Finland, but we want to be an international player. This service has tremendous potential from the perspective of performers, event producers, gig sellers as well as consumers. In our view, consumers will be even less interested in physical products in the future, so more time and money are likely to be spent on events and culture"
Leon joins on 1st December 2021 and will take over from Chris Green, who retires at the end of the year as Director of Research after 31 years with the BPI, having joined from HMV in 1990 as Research Manager.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour will return in January 2022. A new round of live shows will take place across the UK in the new year, following the overwhelming success of the tour during the summer.
Johnny Clegg may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on through his music. With a catalogue that spans more than four decades of groundbreaking music, Clegg still stands tall on the world stage. After months of trying to find the right people to administer this significant body of work, the Clegg family have finally entrusted the task to Sheer Publishing, the largest independent Music Publisher in Africa and a division of Downtown Music Services (DMS).
Aleighcia Scott celebrates her second consecutive release day number one on Apple's UK Reggae single chart with her new single, "Cry". It was a thrilling race to the top of the chart, Aleighcia's Release Day Reasonings live from Jamaica via her social platforms providing the impetus to catapult her to the number one chart position ahead of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" and Koffee's "West Indies."
From West London to West Coast US, composer and rising star Emily Rice is now at the forefront of new wave of female European composers taking on Hollywood. Usually known for her Film and TV scoring talent, Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner marks Emily’s debut artist album, released on 19th November on First Artists Recordings / MNRK Records.
Logcast launches their highly-anticipated app globally, which will reconstruct the way audio creators create, monetize and distribute their content — offering one-tap audio creation, unlockable fan experiences, and next-gen monetization tools like spoken audio NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced the acquisition of hit songs by Platinum-selling songwriter and producer Dallas Austin.
Independent & major labels trade association the BPI today announces details of its 20th round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding, with a total of £300,000 awarded in support of 20 independent UK artists as they look to grow their international profile in music markets around the world.
Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a global music publishing agreement with legendary French artists AIR.
Curve Royalty Systems, the London-based music technology company, has announced ambitious plans for an increased presence in the US with the launch of a new office in Los Angeles, which will serve as a base for its growing roster of clients.
Pioneering and award-winning talent development organization and charity Tomorrow’s Warriors has today announced ‘A Great Day In London – Celebrating 30 Years – A Jazz Happening’ on Saturday 4th December at Queen Elizabeth Hall at The Southbank Centre.
The Association of Independent Festivals announced six new additions to its Board of Directors at its 2021 AGM today, as well as confirming membership growth of 34% year-on-year and announcing the return of its flagship Festival Congress event in February 2022.
The report titled ‘Growth from Transparency: Reframing the Value of Music through Creator Rights’ identifies non-music activity in the digital world including social posts, live Q&As, and virtual meet and greets, as part of an ecosystem that could lead to a $61.7 billion Music Industry by 2028.
Current music royalty structures struggle to keep pace with opportunities in the digital landscape, which is often because licensing frameworks are not structured to maximise the return for music rights.
Downtown Music Services, which offers bespoke distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance solutions to entrepreneurial creators and their partners, has announced a number of senior executive promotions within its US marketing, A&R and operations divisions.
A2IM is excited to announce Let’s Get Digital, a two-day online summit taking place December 9-10 and aimed at creating opportunities between independent record labels, digital service providers, technology solutions, and other music industry professionals. Returning for its second year, Let’s Get Digital will connect the independent music community through a series of online workshops, executive one-on-one networking sessions, and lively discussions on trending music-tech topics, new technologies, and licensing solutions.
Rachel Kelly joins Music fintech, Utopia Music, to lead the firm’s efforts in Australasia.
Kelly has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in music publishing having held executive roles at both independent and major publishers including Downtown, BMG Rights Management, J Albert & Son among others.
Kelly was named as a Billboard International Power Player alongside Roberto Neri and Michael Gudinski
“Free your Mind” is an acoustic remake of the Joe Higgs' classic “Let Us Do Something/Journey To Freedom”. The sound evokes the spirit of Stairway To Heaven mixed with Simon and Garfunkel. Macka B always delivers music with a message.
The 22-year-old from Chichester, West Sussex has already appeared on the chart-topping label, Perfect Havoc as a feature with Pink Panda on ‘Only Love’. Now, collaborations crossing the lines between pop and dance alongside super producer James Hurr and the label’s A&R, Adam Griffin, will be the first to see official release in early 2022.
The Drake YolanDa Award has announced the winners of its 2021 prize, to be celebrated at an award ceremony taking place at North London’s Roundhouse Studio Theatre on 6th November, where all recipients of the prize will perform.
Welcoming artists from all backgrounds and musical genres ranging between ages 16-30, the music prize was founded in 2019 by the two time MOBO winner and broadcaster YolanDa Brown and the philanthropist James JP Drake, to support the careers of young artists by providing financial support to spend on touring, marketing, recording or other ways to further their careers.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the first sessions and speakers of the UK's leading global sync conference and marketplace, AIM Sync, which is returning for 2022 on 10 February.
Vitalic has revealed a special ‘20 Years Of Vitalic’ live show at London’s Electric Brixton on 1 April 2022. The all-night event runs from 21:00 to 05:00, and will see the French electronic music artist perform a “best of” live set drawing on his substantial discography; the unique live show will feature exclusive tracks, and nod to past concerts and tours.
John, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be based in London and will work closely with David Bianchi, Group CEO. As a partner at the company for five years he has helped oversee the careers of Charli XCX, The Enemy, Shed Seven and others.
A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music, Inc,) was pleased this year at the election of three new members to its Board of Directors, and is excited to announce the selection of its new Executive Committee.
The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a long-term agreement to administer 100% of the neighbouring rights income, generated from the master recordings, of three long-standing members of the highly successful British rock group, Supertramp (the “Catalogue”).
FUGA, the world's leading full-service B2B music distributor owned by Downtown Music Holdings, today announced a global delivery platform services deal with Beggars Group, the legendary independent label group home to 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young. The partnership sees extensive technical integration between Beggars' newly developed, innovative technology platform and FUGA's proprietary digital supply chain technology, to service all of Beggars' global DSP partners with the group's entire catalogue and new releases across all five labels.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues and Ticketmaster, who partner with independent promoters, venues, labels and artist management teams to work with the best emerging talent, have agreed a number of changes to their existing agreement that will result in more revenues being directed back into the grassroots music venue sector.
In its latest acquisition this year, Swiss Music fintech company Utopia Music, acquired Lyric Financial today, the industry-leading music financial services company, paving the way to becoming the de-facto global music industry growth partner.
The Portuguese-based music distribution and services company, SINFONIASUBLIME, founded by Maria Da Silva at the beginning of 2021, has announced a membership with MERLIN Network, a member-led, music-focused organization providing digital music licensing for independent record labels, distributors, and other music rights holders worldwide.
The Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival presented by Marriott Shoals is excited to announce that music royalty financing firm Sound Royalties has joined the weekend as the Premier Partner. The 2nd annual songwriters event will take place November 5-6 at the Marriott Shoals.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico has responded to the Chancellor's Budget and Spending Review, welcoming positive new measures for venues and hospitality, but stressing the importance of a tax relief scheme for music.
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, has struck an agreement with Bloodshot Records founders Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw to acquire the label.
Today the Association of Independent Music announced a raft of new initiatives to support the independent music community's business and personal development, and the election of its new Board members at its Annual General Meeting.
"AIM stands for an inclusive and open market that offers genuine opportunity for all. Concerns around hyperconcentration of power by the majors who control 75% of the market and the dynamic between music and technology companies are some of the topics that could well benefit from this CMA market study, which could help build understanding and confidence for all stakeholders in music, from creators to consumers."
UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, unveiled its This Is Music 2021 annual report. It reveals the devastating impact of Covid-19, which wiped out 69,000 jobs - one in three of the total workforce.
The BPI Classical Committee announced the Annual BPI Classical Committee / PPL Quiz in aid of Nordoff Robbins on Wednesday, 24th of November from 6pm in The Flamingo Room, upstairs at O'Neill's, 33-37 Wardour St, London W1D 6PU.
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new publishing deal with Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. The deal includes her upcoming album, plus future works.
“You’re afraid big dreams are embarrassing, you’re afraid your best work is behind you, you’re afraid you have no best work to begin with. You’re afraid of being a one-hit wonder, you’re afraid of being a no-hit wonder. There is a bottomless pit from which we can be afraid. Everything is scary, do it anyway.”
Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) (“Reservoir” or the “Company”), an award-winning independent music company, announces an investment in audio entertainment company and podcast content production studio Audio Up. As one of the key contributions in Audio Up’s $12 million Series B close, Reservoir’s investment will help Audio Up further build their ecosystem of premium entertainment content within the music and audio space. In addition, Reservoir and Audio Up are working together on collaborative audio entertainment projects using Reservoir’s catalog of copyrights.
Celebrating achievements in the artist and manager community, the ceremony returns to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 18th November. We are also delighted to announce SoundCloud as our headline sponsor. The show will be hosted by Capital FM’s Roman Kemp.
Ghanaian-British artist Eugy, alongside Marathon Music Group, has partnered with Serenade to release an NFT in relation to his hit single My Touch. The single has racked up over 11 million streams to date.
Building on the success of last year’s project, Small Pond’s ‘Emerging’ artist development project once again gives eight talented young acts (aged 16-25) from Brighton and the South of England the opportunity to rehearse, record, and release their music via Small Pond’s professional studio, label and PR set-up.
Nuhikun – Directions to Servants is Terayama Shūji’s most representative piece, which has been performed over 100 times in over 30 cities in the world. The work has been staged in huge theatres such as the Globe in Tokyo in 1989, the playhouse in the New National Theatre in 2003, Theatre 1010.
UK independent and major record labels association the BPI is delighted to announce that the latest in its series of BPI Equality Sessions will take place on Wednesday, 20th October (4pm– 6pm) and will honour Black History Month.
Opulous, the blockchain platform from the founders of award-winning distribution and record label services company Ditto Music, has teamed up with rap royalty Lil Pump and powerhouse DJ and producer KSHMR to unlock music royalty offerings for the masses through investment platform Republic.
Alcopop! Records are delighted to announce that they have signed Leeds-based rock quartet PULLED APART BY HORSES and will release their long-awaited fifth studio album in Spring 2022, with further details to be revealed over the coming months.
Celebrating a lifetime of achievements, the unique accolade will highlight Elton and David’s remarkable shared successes and their incredible ongoing impact on an upcoming generation of artists and audiences.
Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced the hire of Caitie Sarnie as Technical Operations Manager. Sarnie brings extensive experience in the digital and independent music realms, having served in various roles at Redeye Worldwide, a leading worldwide distribution and music services company.
The BPI is pleased to announce the next edition in its regular series of BPI Insight Sessions – Match of the Day: The Intersection of Music & Professional Sport, which will take place on Thursday, 4th November from 4.00pm.
Utopia Music has acquired industry-leading emotional data enrichment company, Musimap. The acquisition, which brings Utopia's workforce to nearly 150 employees, will strengthen Utopia in building the next-generation infrastructure that will advance creator rights and enable new opportunities for the recordings business.
London based music company GigRealm has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new online platform that provides an end-to-end solution for organising gigs. Artists will have direct access to venues, independent promoters and one-off event organisers across the UK.
Manchester based Voly has announced the soft launch of a ground-breaking, integrated financial management software & payment platform for the music industry, aimed at simplifying and streamlining budgeting, accounting processes and reporting for artists, managers and business managers.
The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired 100% of the master royalty income of 532 original recordings from the iconic American classic R&B group, The O’Jays.
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.
Music royalty financing firm Sound Royalties continues its unprecedented growth by engaging well-known producer, engineer, and songwriter Elisha Hoffman to support the company as an industry relations ambassador based in Nashville. Hoffman is one of the newest music industry alums to team up with Sound Royalties to help represent the company through direct community outreach and exclusively curated events in Music City.
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.
On September 24, self-described “Afrofuturist” Yuni Wa unveils Shimmer, his inspirational new electronic EP. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based artist is known for breaking boundaries with his high-end concepts and experimental sounds, and Shimmer finds him exploring how to ‘be the light’ even when surrounded by darkness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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."
#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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..."
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.
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.
"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..."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
“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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’’
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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..."
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.