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Music fans would buy more records if made more sustainably, vinyl production broker reveals

Research conducted by Key Production, the UKs largest broker for physical music production, has shed light on the increasing demand for environmentally friendly vinyl among music consumers, saying the findings signal a shift in consumer preferences towards more sustainable options.

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LOVELOST release 3rd single on Year Of The Rat Records

In their short time as a band, LOVELOST have seen support from Kerrang, Amazing Radio, RTE2XM, Primordial Radio, Distorted Sound Magazine, Dreambound, TotalRock, Idioteq.com, Independent Music Insider, Already Heard, Riot Vision, ASBO Magazine and many other top publications. Following on from their debut singles ‘Burnbright’ and ‘Pour The Salt In’ the band will now release ‘Pulling At Threads’ on 17th May 2024 on label Year Of The Rat Records.

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Live Music Society awards $710,000 to 24 Small Music Venues With 2nd Annual Music In Action Grant

Live Music Society, the nonprofit that has given $3 million to 155 small music venues in the U.S. since it formed in 2020, has announced the recipients of their 2024 Music In Action (MiA) grant. The grant totals $710,000 and is being awarded to 24 small venues across the U.S.

Business

PMY Group and Audoo announce global partnership, Audio Meter integration enhances public performance reporting at large-scale events

Audoo—the music technology company revolutionising public performance royalties—has partnered with PMY Group (PMY), with the rollout of Audoo Audio Meter™ technology into tech stacks at large-scale events to enhance the reporting of music usage worldwide. This collaboration marks a new era in live event technology and royalty management, enhancing public performance reporting in this area of the business.

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Bathory biography book to be published for the first time in English

Pagan Records and Monomaniax will release the English-language edition of “From Hades to Valhalla... BATHORY - The Epic Story” by José Luis Cano Barron. It is the unofficial but definitive biography of one of the most influential metal bands of all time, Bathory.

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TRAIL OF TEARS unveil next single and lyric video “Blood Red Halo”

Esteemed gothic/symphonic metal band Trail of Tears are back after a decade-long silence. The new single, "Blood Red Halo", follows the release of the title track, "Winds of Disdain", from their forthcoming EP of the same name, arriving on 24 May 2024 via The Circle Music.

Business

IMRO partners with music tech company Audoo to amplify public performance royalty distributions in Ireland

The unique Audoo Audio Meter™, backed by the likes of Sir Elton John and ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, will initially be implemented in a selection of public spaces such as cafés, bars, restaurants, and retail locations across urban areas in Ireland with plans to expand the rollout of the Audoo technology across Ireland in all business types.

Business

6 new publishers elected to IMPF Board

The IMPF has today elected new members to its Board at the organisation’s 2024 General Assemblies in Dublin.

Business

IMPF launches 4th edition of Global Market View for Independent Music Publishing

IMPF has launched the fourth edition of the Global Market View for Independent Music Publishing.

Business

Absolue inks deal with Capitol Records Italy for Jack Savoretti album

Absolute Label Services has agreed a deal with Universal/Capitol Records Italy for the release of Jack Savoretti’s first ever Italian language album.

Business

Fairground Attraction partners with Absolute for first album in 35 years

Eighties neo-skiffle band Fairground Attraction have partnered with Absolute Label Services after reuniting for the first time in 35 years.

Business

Homes for rough sleepers funded by DHP Family’s Beat The Streets officially opened

The eight purpose-built flats in Nottingham have been officially named Akins House after brothers George and Sean Akins – the directors of Nottingham-based live music promoter DHP Family. Beat The Streets – the annual one-day music festival dedicated to raising funds to support work with local rough sleepers by the charity Framework - launched in 2018 and has taken place in January each year. Funds raised from tickets, bar sales and merchandising at each festival have been used in a variety of ways to house and support rough sleepers.

Business

AIM and the BPI appoint Creative Zero’s Roxy Erickson to lead next phase of Music Climate Pact

AIM (The Association of Independent Music) and the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) have appointed Roxy Erickson, co-founder of sustainability consultancy Creative Zero, as Project Manager to lead on the next phase of the Music Climate Pact.

Business

AIM statement on IPO’s Creator Remuneration Working Group meeting

Gee Davy, Interim CEO and Chief Policy Officer for AIM, said: "The independent music community has fairness at its heart, setting AIM up more than 20 years ago to work on levelling the playing field for all. This is reflected in the Global Independent Values recently reasserted by our Worldwide Independent Network. Independent music businesses respect the issues raised by creators and share in frustrations around market disparities and revenue squeeze, such as the concerns we have raised about unintended negative consequences of recent streaming changes on independently released and emerging artists and those from diverse communities.

Business

Merlin & Audiomack announce strategic partnership to amplify independent music

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Audiomack, the artist-first music streaming platform that empowers artists to reach and engage with fans worldwide. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in enhancing the presence and impact of independent music around the globe.

Business

The Blues Project Founder, Simi Agbaje named ‘Music Entrepreneur of the Year’ 2024 by YMB Awards in association with AIM

Simi Agbaje has today been awarded ‘Music Entrepreneur of the Year’ – the Young Music Boss Awards’ (YMBA) flagship title – presented in partnership with The Association of Independent Music (AIM).

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LOVELOST release 2nd single on Year Of The Rat Records

LOVELOST are a quartet from the South West, UK. LOVELOST intertwines the nostalgic essence of old-school emo music with a modern twist, carving a unique space within the alternative rock scene by creating a refreshing yet emotive experience. 

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Karta pushes the boundaries of music game innovation with ‘Built Builder’ on Fortnite - reaching 100k players

Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing, continues to push the boundaries of music game innovation as its latest project, Beat Builder, reaches 100,000 players. Partnering with the record label NoCopyrightSounds for the music library, Beat Builder is an interactive music rhythm game and the first build-based rhythm game on Fortnite.

Music

Lake of Tears’ Daniel Brennare Sets Sail on Solo Voyage with “The Secrets of the Rain”

Daniel Brennare, known for his work with the renowned gothic metal act Lake of Tears, has released his first solo classical composition.

Business

Silvia Montello steps down as head of AIM, Gee Davy named Interim CEO

Silvia Montello has resigned for personal reasons from her position as CEO of the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the not-for-profit organisation championing the UK’s independent music community. COO Gee Davy takes on the role of interim CEO, and has also been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Policy Officer.

Business

Licensable music marketplace Wavetick launches with industry-leading sales shares for creators and instant payouts

The online marketplace empowering music sellers and buyers with the simplest customisable licensing process and fastest industry-leading payments is founded by renowned music tech entrepreneur Sharooz Raoofi, is disrupting traditional models in this space by providing a minimum 87.5% creator-seller sales income and super-simplified licensing capabilities, also benefiting music users/buyers.

Business

AIF statement on Shindig Festival closure

A comment from AIF CEO John Rostron on Shindig Festival's announcement that its 2024 edition will be its last.

Business

Merlin and Deezer renew partnership around new streaming model to ensure continuous growth for indie music 

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, and Deezer, one of the world’s leading music experience platforms, are excited to announce their renewed partnership. This new collaboration will protect the way independent music is experienced and valued by integrating Deezer’s artist centric royalty model across Merlin’s dynamic membership of independent record labels, distributors, and other rights holders who represent high-quality music from around the world.

Business

Shaznay Lewis partners with Absolute Label Services for first solo album in 20 years

Shaznay Lewis has partnered with Absolute Label Services for the release of her first solo album in 20 years.

Music

Furze blasts new album "Caw Entrance" in early pre-release stream

Experience "Caw Entrance" from Norwegian psych metal force Furze - the project from mastermind Woe J. Reaper. This will be Furze's eighth studio album and a continuation of the signature "Furze penetration" — a relentless assault of black metal fury intertwined with psychedelic exploration.

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Turn on, tune in, rock out: introducing the UK's newest music television destination - Staccs TV

Swedish tech startup Staccs - a free ad-supported television (FAST) technology company has announced it is launching its popular TV channel, Staccs TV, in the UK. Previously only available in the Nordics, Staccs TV will now offer UK viewers round the clock high-quality music videos, concert clips, exclusive recordings, music documentaries and much more - all available to watch for free on Samsung TV Plus. Viewers can enjoy carefully curated programming such as legendary live performances, modern country, the best of 2023, iconic music videos, classic love songs, and much more. It's the latest FAST channel to emerge in the UK, continuing the growing trend of the FAST popularity. Staccs TV will be available in the UK on Samsung TV Plus from 24th April, before coming available in Spain and Italy in June.

Business

AIM partners with Tileyard North to support growing independent sector in the North of England

AIM will have a dedicated space at Tileyard North, which opened in 2023 with plans to become the UK’s largest creative community outside London. AIM’s Director of Business Development & Partnerships, Ben Wynter, who orchestrated the partnership, will split his time between London and Wakefield as he continues to oversee the organisation’s “Regions and Nations” programme in the area. 

Music

BLOODSTOCK and Rock City announce special LEMMY FOREVER memorial

Lemmy's Ashes To Rest at Rock City with an annual pilgrimage to Bloodstock festival every August.

Business

UK festival cancellations pass 20 milestone

21 UK festivals have now announced a postponement, cancellation or complete closure in 2024.

Business

Merlin announces a series of 2024 promotions to celebrate their development

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is pleased to announce a series of promotions and role evolutions across the company to acknowledge the growth, dedication, and innovative mindset of the Merlin team. This recognition reflects the organization’s dedication to creating a growth environment for everyone at the company, as well as Merlin's commitment to driving value to its members.

Business

Absolute Label Services makes 3 new hires

Absolute Label Services, one of the most established independent companies in the services sector, has added three new key members to its London-based team.

Business

Merlin Engage program launches second cohort to foster the next generation of female music leaders

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, proudly announces the launch of the second cohort of its Merlin Engage mentorship program, set to kick off on March 20, 2024.

Music

Warner plans bid to acquire Believe: Comment from AIM's Silvia Montello

AIM CEO Silvia Montello comments: "The potential acquisition of Believe by Warner Music is gravely concerning.

Music

UK Budget: Comment from AIM CEO Silvia Montello

Silvia Montello, CEO at AIM: "Music contributes over £6 billion to the UK economy a year. However, further support will be required from the government in order to maintain our position in the global market and continue to develop world-leading artists. 

Music

LOVELOST sign to Year Of The Rat Records

LOVELOST release debut single BURNBRIGHT and sign to UK label Year Of The Rat Records. They have plenty more music to come over the next few months!

Business

AIF statement on The UK Chancellor's Spring Budget 2024

CEO John Rostron: "We're disappointed that our calls for support for the UK music festival sector have not been met."

Business

Reactional Music partners with Hopeless Records and Cherry Red, opens opportunities for independent rightsholders in gaming

Reactional Music, the company pioneering the convergence of games and music, has agreed two new partnerships with Cherry Red Records and Hopeless Records.

Business

AIF statement on Spring Classic cancellation

"Soaring costs for a third consecutive year since the pandemic have meant this popular, well run event can no longer go ahead..."

Music

East London music festival Shake The High Road returns to Leytonstone in May 2024

The line-up boasts 20+ live artists and DJs, plus a series of talks and interviews - all-day live music and more, across five venues within a few minutes walk from each other. The line-up so far includes Nathan Fake, Deptford Northern Soul Club, Daudi Matsiko, Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins, Donna Thompson, and more to be announced and local partner-hosted stages from Dreamhouse Records, Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, Uplands, Underdog, plus a stage of Waltham Forest-based artists.

Business

IDOL inks two North American deals, appoints US Label Manager

Independent digital distributor and A&L services company, IDOL has strengthened its North American division by striking new deals with Le Plan Recordings and Old Soul Music, as well as hiring a US Label & Project Manager.

Business

Steve Heap sets retirement date, hands AFO operation to AIF

Steve Heap will retire from his position as General Secretary of the Association of Festival Organisers on April 2 2024, handing over the operation to John Rostron and the team at the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

Business

The late Alan Watts joins the songwriter roster of independent publishing powerhouse Third Side Music via a new worldwide creative publishing deal

Through a new creative partnership with Alan Watts Organization, Third Side Music is fostering unique music opportunities that expose new audiences to the genius of the legendary philosopher, speaker, writer, and radio host who is more popular today than ever!

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UK’s leading agency for bespoke vinyl packaging, Key Production, eyes EU markets with expansion

Key Production, the UK’s leading bespoke packaging agency for vinyl, CD, cassette and DVD, is expanding its operations by opening a brand new division in the EU. The London-based company - best known for providing vinyl design and manufacturing for artists such as Radiohead, Nick Cave, Alt-J, Idles, Little Simz, Ezra Collective and many more - will operate its industry-renowned physical music services out of a new EU base in Germany.

Business

Believe UK signs global partnership with Bella Union

The UK office of Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies, has signed a long-term, global label solutions deal with Bella Union.

Business

Bucks Music Group forms JV with veteran Eddie Levy for Chelsea Songs

Music publishing veteran Eddie Levy has launched new independent company Chelsea Songs as a joint venture with Bucks Music Group.

Business

Bucks Music Group forms JV with veteran Eddie Levy for Chelsea Songs

Music publishing veteran Eddie Levy has launched new independent company Chelsea Songs as a joint venture with Bucks Music Group.

Business

National accolade for DHP Family’s live event talent

DHP’s production manager Maddy Chamberlain is one of the Access All Areas 30 under 30 Class of 2024, which are drawn from all corners of the UK music industry. From humble beginnings working behind the bar at The Bodega in 2017, Maddy has risen through the ranks to become production manager delivering more than 250 shows a year across multiple venues.

Business

Richard Antwi Scholarship opens for 7th and final round

Alec Boateng and Taponeswa Mavunga congratulate the scholarship for its impact

Business

Tomorrow’s Warriors welcomes alumna and saxophonist Camilla George as new Trustee

Janine Irons OBE, Co-founder & CEO of Tomorrow’s Warriors said “It’s a huge pleasure to finally announce Camilla has joined Tomorrow’s Warriors as a Trustee. It’s a full circle moment for Camilla, who came through our Young Artist Development Programme. She has been on an incredible artistic journey with Tomorrow’s Warriors and beyond, developing her craft into the artistry we see today. Camilla’s passion and insight into the needs of our young people will be a great asset to the board. We all will value her contribution as a major player in the UK jazz scene and an alumna of our programme in guiding the charity towards opportunities for development, growth and collaboration. Welcome Camilla!”

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Metaverse studio Karta launches brand new studio for immersive social universe ZEPETO

Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing, has launched its own studio dedicated to creating bespoke in-game experiences in ZEPETO - Asia’s largest metaverse platform. This comes after Karta launched its own Fortnite studio six months ago, headed up by gaming personality Leven2K.

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Europe’s leading music and bespoke packaging manufacturing agency, Key Production Group, establishes an Employee Ownership Trust

Key Production Group, Europe’s leading bespoke physical music and packaging manufacturing agency, has today announced it has set up an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) - transferring the ownership from founder and CEO Karen Emanuel to the newly set up Trust, on behalf of the employees.

Business

Merlin welcomes new talent in 2024 to enhance serving its members

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner valued for its member-first philosophy, is proud to announce a series of strategic hires over the last several months.

Business

Tramlines and We Out Here to host Music Support Safe Hubs on site in 2024

Tramlines and We Out Here have been announced as the beneficiaries of fully-funded Safe Hubs provided by Music Support during their 2024 events.

Business

AIF sounds the alarm, calling for critical VAT reduction on festival tickets

The Association of Independent Festivals has launched a new campaign for a VAT reduction on festival tickets that would save many event promoters from closures in 2024.

Business

ESNS and Soundcharts announce EMERGE: AI-powered platform for European sync market

ESNS and Soundcharts proudly announce EMERGE, a ground-breaking AI project for the European music industry. The project was publicly announced today at the annual music conference and showcase festival ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the platform for emerging European music talent.

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ICMP and AIM to support next generation of talent with Music Business partnership

Commencing in 2024, the partnership will cover ICMP’s core music business courses, the BA (Hons) Music Business and Entrepreneurship, the BA (Hons) Music Marketing and the BA (Hons) Live Event and Festival Management.

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RnB royalty Boyz II Men announce 2nd London date - 1st London date sold out!

TCO announce that the world’s most loved and successful RnB boy band Boyz II Men have sold out their London date on 20th April at OVO Wembley, and have now added a 2nd London date to their UK tour on Friday 19th April, with celebrated UK boy band Damage now added as support for the whole four date whole tour.

Business

Logcast secures investment from Japan's "Silicon Valley"

Logcast, an entertainment technology company, proudly announces an investment from Shibuya Startups KK. The investment solidifies Logcast's position as a pioneer in the entertainment technology space, and the fresh capital will be used to expand its new virtual character platform Oshi throughout Japan. 

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Perfect Havoc signs Stephani B to management roster

There’s palpable excitement amongst staff at Perfect Havoc on the appointment of Stephani B to both management and label rosters; a unique LIPA-trained talent who incorporates live drumming and sampling into her DJ sets and now makes her foray into production.

Business

Merlin announces its new 2024 Board and welcomes 6 new Board members

Merlin, the independents’ digital music licensing partner, kicks off 2024 by announcing its new Board. The new Board lineup brings leaders from the independent music industry in 12 different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Oceania.

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Trail Of Tears return after over 10 years with Winds Of Disdain EP

Norwegian gothic and symphonic metal pioneers Trail of Tears have signed to Greek record label The Circle Music for a multifaceted deal. The label will release the first new music by the band in over a decade, starting with the EP "Winds of Disdain", followed by a new full-length album. The Circle Music will also issue all seven previous albums by the band on vinyl for the first time, starting with 1998`s iconic debut "Disclosure in Red".

Business

Record-breaking year for award winning DHP Family

It’s been a milestone year for live music company DHP Family flying the flag for the independents. The company welcomed more than 1.5 million people through their doors in 2023 across its portfolio of venues, shows, tours, club nights and festivals, as well as being crowned National Festival Promoter of the Year.

Business

World's first social platform for virtual characters, Oshi, launches globally

Oshi, the social platform tailored for the creators of virtual characters, is delighted to announce its global launch, ushering in a new era of entertainment for iconic IP such as anime figures and game characters. 

Music

Double Joy for DHP Family Winning Promoter of the Year and Best Metropolitan Festival for Dot To Dot

Dot To Dot has won Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards underlining the festival’s reputation for new music discovery across its two city editions. Dot To Dot is part of DHP Family’s expanding festival portfolio, which all contributed to the live music company also taking home Festival Promoter of the Year at this week’s industry awards.

Business

IMPF statement on EU AI Act

"IMPF welcomes this groundbreaking agreement and looks forward to working with the legislators on the technical details to ensure that the copyright and transparency obligations are adequately and fully addressed in the final legislation..."

Business

AIF statement on the closure of Nozstock The Hidden Valley

"It's incredibly sad to see Nozstock The Hidden Valley forced to close its gates for good as a direct result of the financial strain faced by many following significant Covid losses and an ongoing cost of living crisis..."

Business

Sub Pop Publishing joins IMPEL

Sub Pop Publishing is the publishing division of the iconic Sub Pop Records. Founded 15 years ago, the publishing operation was originally launched to serve artists on the label. 

Business

Full Time Hobby signs Pale Blue Eyes under Bucks sponsorship deal

Full Time Hobby has signed Pale Blue Eyes to its publishing roster under its sponsorship agreement with Bucks Music Group.

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Furze & Woe J. Reaper celebrate 25 years with Necromanzee double tape box set

Norwegian black psych metal act Furze and the sole member behind the project, Woe J. Reaper, is celebrating Furze and Woe J Reaper’s 25th anniversary with the release of a limited and special edition cassette box set via Devoted Art Propaganda. A new album “Caw Entrance” is also planned for early 2024.

Business

Music tech company Audoo partners with ESMAA to revolutionise public performance royalties in the Middle East

Combining Audoo's advanced technology with ESMAA's licensee network and unique multi-rights regional repertoire database will enable more accurate and transparent data collection and payment distribution through ‘smart’ reporting of music usage across various platforms - ultimately improving payments to artists and rights holders.

Business

Festival Congress returns to Bristol in February

Festival Congress will return to Bristol’s Beacon on February 1st 2024. Produced by AIF, Festival Congress is the UK’s gathering of independent music festival organisers, promoters and key staff.

Music

Legendary KAT tribute album “Czarne Zastępy” first time on vinyl

Pagan Records will release the legendary tribute album “V/A Czarne Zastępy – w Hołdzie Kat”, for the first time on vinyl on 20 December 2023. Originally released in 1996, the album features 15 bands paying homage to the influential band KAT, originally formed in 1979 and also known as the godfathers of black/thrash metal in Poland.

Business

The Production Music Awards reveals 2023 winners: the best music libraries, composers and syncs in the business

The ceremony, hosted at London’s Here Outernet venue, marked the biggest year in the history of the awards, showcasing modern production music's depth and quality to the wider sync and media industries.

Business

Beggars’ Ruth Barlow named Chair of AIM and new board members revealed at 2023 AGM

17 November 2023 — The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has named Ruth Barlow, Director of Live Licensing at Beggars’ Group, as its new Chair at its 2023 annual general meeting today. 

Business

Championing the next generation of afrobeats industry leaders: Mavin unveils second cohort of Mavin Future Five

The biggest and most influential independent Afrobeats label Mavin Records announced today the second cohort of its Mavin Future Five talent programme

Business

Canva launches popular music library to supercharge content creation in partnership with Warner Music Group, Merlin and more

For the first time, Canva is providing access to sixty-second clips of commercially-released songs for personal use in videos, social media posts, presentations, education materials, and beyond through partnerships with Warner Music Group (including Warner Chappell Music and Warner Recorded Music), Merlin and over a dozen other labels and publishers.

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Tickets For Good announces appointment of senior music executives Don Orris and WIll Mills to its Advisory Board

Tickets For Good—the leading platform providing free and heavily discounted tickets for the UK’s top live events to NHS, charity sector workers and recipients of cost-of-living benefits—announces the appointment of senior music industry executives Don Orris and Will Mills to its Advisory Board.

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Tomorrow’s Warriors announces #IAMWARRIOR Appeal to raise £100k to keep award winning Talent Development Programme £Free

Pioneering talent development organisation and charity Tomorrow’s Warriors has launched its appeal #IAMWARRIOR, with the aim to ‘Support The Next Jazz Generation’ and raise £100k in much needed funds to help sustain its £Free to access Young Artist Development Programme and Emerging Artist Programme.

Business

AIM launches strategic partnership with EY to accelerate independent sector growth

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is entering a strategic partnership with professional services firm, EY to accelerate growth in the UK's thriving independent music sector.

Business

Grammy-winning Sam Harper to deliver masterclass at Miloco Gear Pro Audio Showcase

Grammy Award-winning engineer and mixer Sam Harper will deliver a special masterclass at this year’s Miloco Gear Pro Audio Showcase.

Business

DCMS Select Committee announces review, hearing & report into grassroots music venues crisis

The cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which scrutinizes the work of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and its associated public bodies has announced a hearing and review into the current crisis facing grassroots music venues (GMVS) and will produce a full report of its findings in 2024.

Business

Reservoir announces publishing deal with James Gang and Eagles member Joe Walsh

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a global publishing deal with 5x Grammy-winning artist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, legendary guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Joe Walsh. The deal includes hits from his catalog as a solo artist and as a member of groups like the Eagles and the James Gang, as well as future works.

Business

Merlin Engage: Executive mentoring for the next generation of female music leaders

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its inaugural Merlin Engage mentorship program. Launched this past spring, Merlin Engage was crafted specifically for Merlin members – it paired executive-level mentors with talented mentees to help shape the next generation of female leaders in the independent music space.

Business

Music tech company Audoo hits $22m funding with new investment led by Elton John

Audoo has secured $5m (£4.1m) investment in its latest funding round, taking its total raised to $22m. Global music and business icons Elton John and David Furnish join Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA/CISAC) and MPL Ventures as investors, alongside Tileyard and Edinv, in their support to improve the challenge of accurate royalty payments for musicians worldwide.

Music

FURIA reveal long-awaited new album “Huta Luna”

Furia's long-awaited sixth studio album is out now via Pagan Records. Features 10 brand new tracks and was premiered by respected metal blog, Invisible Oranges. Furia are set to return to the UK in June 2024 for a UK exclusive show at Fortress Festival.

Business

Independent music publishers propose ethical guidelines to AI developers

IMPF (Independent Music Publishers International Forum), which represents 200 of the world’s leading independent music publishing companies, have today proposed a set of ethical guidelines for the development and use of generative AI as it pertains to the music industry.

Business

Curve becomes Friend and Supporter of IMPF

Built by music royalties specialists, Curve’s platform is a powerful and complete solution for managing rights and calculating royalties related to both publishing and recorded rights.

Business

IMPF partners with EarthPercent to donate publishing revenues from Palma Songwriting Camp Earth Day sessions

IMPF has partnered with Earth Percent during this year’s Global Music Entrepreneurial and Creative Industry Summit Songwriting Camp to produce a number of  original songs that will see 50% of resultant publishing revenues being donated to the charity.

Business

MMF unveil updated edition of the Essentials of Music Management

Written by the MMF and aimed at all levels of music manager, the Essentials takes the reader on a step-by-step journey from grassroots to international success - offering clear practical advice on getting a management company started, developing a team, and building partnerships across core sectors such as live, recording, music publishing and brands.

Music

Electronic and melodic house producer Sanoi releases Mountain Pass from upcoming album Echoes Of Home

The cinematic track features Sanoi's uniquely crafted a drum groove with subtle layers of found sounds well suited for the dancefloor.

Business

AMRA joins IMPF Friends and Supporters category

AMRA takes a global, direct approach to digital licensing, collection, and administration, driven by the KTech rights management platform, which provides a streamlined model allowing AMRA to increase efficiencies.

Business

NexTone joins Friends and Supporters of IMPF

NexTone is the only private-sector company in the music copyright administration business in Japan.

Business

Backbeat Solutions joins Friends and Supporters of IMPF

Music royalty software provider Backbeat Solutions has joined the Independent Music Publishers International Forum’s (IMPF) Friends and Supporters category.

Business

Music tech company Audoo appoints Melanie Johnson as Chief Commercial Officer during continued international expansion

Adding to the company’s growing team of international industry experts, the esteemed executive brings over 20 years of experience in the music industry to Audoo in areas of business development, strategy, partnerships, licensing, and sales, and previously worked at EMI Music Publishing, Facebook, and Sony ATV Music Publishing. Her appointment bolsters a team, and board of senior experts from APRA AMCOS, BMG, Bowers and Wilkins, PRS For Music, Sony Music Publishing and more.

Business

AIM Awards 2023: Hospital Records, Rough Bones, Caius Pawson & Resident Music Victorious

AIM celebrated an electrifying evening at this year's Independent Music Awards, with success for Avelino with 'Best Independent Album', RAYE and 070 Shake for 'Best Independent Track' & Shygirl for 'UK Independent Breakthrough'.

Business

Jewel John announced as 6th Richard Antwi Scholar

The Richard Antwi Scholarship announced today that Jewel John is its sixth scholar, who will be awarded a full scholarship for a place on University of Westminster’s highly regarded Music Business Management MA course, commencing later this month.

Business

Boutique publisher OTM signs DJ & producer, Sub Focus, and expands US office with new hire

London and LA-based independent music publisher, OTM, has announced the signing of DJ and producer, Sub Focus, as well as the expansion of its US office with a brand new hire. Melissa Maskan joins as Head of North America and SVP of Creative at OTM.

Business

BDi Music signs JERUB to worldwide deal

BDi Music has signed artist and songwriter JERUB to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. 

Business

Soundplate Launches New Tool for Artists - MusicTickers.com

Established music technology company Soundplate have today officially announced their newest product, Music Tickers, designed to support music creators to share and celebrate their successes.

Music

Aleighcia Scott's debut album, Windrush Baby produced by RoryStoneLove hits No.1

Welsh-Jamaican singer and media personality Aleighcia Scott releases her landmark debut album Windrush Baby, produced by sound system and production legend RoryStoneLove.  Windrush Baby went straight to number one, pipping UB40, Bob Marley and Gyptian to the top spot. Over half a decade in the making, Windrush Baby is a lovingly sculpted, deeply personal project that celebrates the JA-to-UK heritage of both Aleighcia and Rory, taking a musical journey from the blues dances and shubeens of Cardiff and London to the modern age.

Business

Third Side Music signs rapper, DJ, stand-up comedian, and Abbott Elementary star Zack Fox to an exclusive, worldwide administration deal

On the heels of releasing his new single and video for “dummy,” hilarious multi-hyphenate Zack Fox, the comedic rapper/DJ behind the viral hits “Jesus Is The One (I Got Depression)”and “fafo,” has inked with creative music publishing powerhouse Third Side Music to help fuel his exciting next chapter!

Business

AMR Songs acquires songwriting catalog of Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer and Fitz And The Tantrums keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna

AMR Songs Acquires Songwriting Catalog of Grammy-Nominated Songwriter/Producer and Fitz and the Tantrums Keyboardist Jeremy Ruzumna

Business

Believe partners with Darkoo and Tion Wayne on new single 'Shayo'

The UK office of Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, has entered into a new partnership with breakout Afroswing artist Darkoo and UK rap titan Tion Wayne for new single 'Shayo'. 

Business

FreshTracks Music UK announces expansion with new hires and new Smart Search AI technology

FreshTracks Music UK today announces the expansion of its recently launched UK division with the hire of three new executives in addition to the launch of its Smart Search technology, revolutionising music search by harnessing the power of AI prompts and combatting the challenge of describing music when searching for a match for your media projects.

Music

Staccs recruits former MTV presenter Vanessa Warwick, to host brand new programme - Heavy Metal HeyDaze

Swedish streaming startup Staccs, has announced the recruitment of a former MTV host to head up a brand new music programme on its platform. Vanessa Warwick, known for hosting the legendary ‘Headbangers Ball’ on MTV during the 1990s, will host ‘Heavy Metal HeyDaze’ - an original series on Staccs TV dedicated to showcasing the best of metal and rock music videos.

Business

Soulwax & Dan Carey to be honoured at AIM Awards, live performers unveiled

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has revealed the winners of the Innovator and Outstanding Contribution to Music Awards alongside performers for the upcoming ceremony.

Business

Tomorrow's Warriors x Decca announce career mentoring scheme

In the first year of the partnership Decca delivered mentoring to 13 Tomorrow’s Warriors artists. This year, Decca has increased their funding support, and 15 artists are receiving mentoring including Akin Soul, Allexa Nava, Anoushka Nanguay, Cara Crosby-Irons, Cassius Cobbson, Francisco Garcia de Paredes, Grifton Forbes-Amos, Harry Ling, Joseph Oti, Kianja Harvey-Elliott, Luke Bacchus, Maddy Coombs, Menelik Claffey, Nadav Schneerson and Sultan Stevenson.

Business

Music Venue Trust announces Venues Day speakers

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced that tickets for its annual Venues Day event, which will take place at The Fireworks Factory in London on Tuesday 17th October, are now on general sale.  Hundreds of delegates from across the UK’s grassroots music venue (GMV) sector, representing venues throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, have already booked their places at the event.

Business

Exceleration Music expands operations through acquisition of Redeye

Exceleration Music, the prominent global independent music company dedicated to advancing the future of independent music, has announced a substantial expansion of its operational reach with the acquisition of Redeye, a leading worldwide digital and physical distribution and music services company. The acquisition also encompasses Redeye's in-house labels Yep Roc and Sundazed, and its publishing company Riff City Sounds.

Business

The Production Music Awards announces 2023 nominations, celebrates biggest year in a decade

The Production Music Awards—celebrating exceptional production music libraries and composers—today announces its nominations list for 2023. The nominees span categories across Composition and Sync, and will be honoured at a ceremony at Here Outernet in London, on November 20.

Business

Exceleration forms strategic partnership with pioneering Indian independent label Azadi Records

Exceleration Music, the global venture dedicated to enhancing the future of independent labels and artists, is forming a strategic partnership with Azadi Records.

Business

Absolute team pays tribute to Dianne Bonney

Absolute Label Services is mourning the loss of a valued member of the Absolute family, Dianne Bonney, who passed away on Tuesday 22 August 2023 after a period of illness. She was 39 years old.

Business

Björk Triumphs at AIM Awards as Final Nominees Revealed

As anticipation grows for the UK's biggest night in independent music, the Association of Independent Music (AIM) has crowned Björk with the coveted Best Live Performer award and revealed the Awards' final nominees.

Business

WIN annual report celebrates milestone year for global independent sector

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the international body bringing together the independent recorded music sector, has published its 2022/23 Annual Report, declaring a landmark year for independent music. 

Music

BLACKPINK opens an immersive BLACKPINK THE PALACE experience on Roblox for fans

K-pop megastars BLACKPINK opens an immersive experience on Roblox for fans. BLACKPINK THE PALACE will be available to play on the platform from 25th August. Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio from London, built the experience, after partnering with management company YG PLUS and Roblox.

Music

Furia announces new album and headlining Polish tour

"Huta Luna" will be the band's long-awaited fifth studio album. The tour promoting the new material starts on 2nd November with an eclectic line-up of Zamilska, Owls Woods Graves & Krzta.

Business

Sound City celebrates 10 years of Launch Training

Sound City is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its revered Launch Training programme, which supports 16 - 24 year olds with an ambition to work in the music business as an artist or industry leader.

Business

Metaverse studio Karta launches new Fortnite studio headed by gaming personality Leven2k

Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing, has launched its own studio dedicated to creating bespoke in-game experiences in Fortnite. Karta's Fortnite studio has been set up to partner with rights holders and popular IP owners from music, entertainment and sports talent to create innovative takes on Fortnite experiences within the platform - opening up new revenue streams for rights holders.

Business

Biggest independent Afrobeats label MAVIN marks 11th year with launch of new artist LIFESIZE TEDDY & global success of REMA and AYRA STARR

MAVIN, the biggest and most influential independent label in Afrobeats, celebrates its 11th year of developing some of the genre’s best talent by unveiling new artist LIFESIZE TEDDY and sharing the staggering global success of its superstar roster that includes REMA and AYRA STARR - two of Afrobeats’ biggest exports.

Music

Kite Thief sign to Year Of The Rat Records

Fresh from blistering performances at 2000 Trees Festival and Wildfire Festival and sharing stages with the likes of RXPTRS, Of Virtue, and InMe, Kite Thief will release their new single ‘The Tide’ on the 11th August 2023. The band also announce signing to Year Of The Rat Records. The single starts the next phase for the band which promises to grab your attention!

Business

PRS and PPL partner with music tech company Audoo to enhance public performance royalty distributions

Audoo—the music technology company revolutionising public performance royalties—has partnered with PRS For Music and PPL with the aim to improve music royalty distribution for over 300,000 artists, recording rightsholders, music publishers, writers and composers, with the installation of Audoo Audio Meters™ in businesses across Great Britain.

Music

Live Music Society announces $100,000 ‘Toolbox’ grant to 13 small performance venues to fund sustained growth

Live Music Society has announced its latest grant initiative, the Toolbox Grant. Totaling just over $100,000 this grant aims to support 13 small music venues with critical practical support, ensuring sustained growth and prosperity. Distinct from the Music In Action Grant, which was created to support community development, the Toolbox grant focuses solely on aiding music venues for practical needs. It offers $5,000 to $10,000 to each selected venue for essentials like regulatory compliance, accessibility improvements, and ticketing system upgrades. With the addition of the Toolbox grant, Live Music Society has now awarded $3 million across four grant cycles to 156 venues, with this year's grants amounting to $600,000.

Business

Music Venue Trust and Coca-Cola announce partnership

Music Venue Trust and Coca Cola have announced a new partnership that will see the drinks brand support the grassroots music community from August 2023.

Business

UK's Biggest Music & Home Entertainment Warehouse To Open End August

Utopia Distribution Services (UDS), and DP World, a leading provider of global end-to-end supply-chain solutions, will open the UK's biggest distribution warehouse for physical music and video at the end of August.

Business

Dequency expands on-chain music licensing to a broad range of digital media - advertising, corporate videos, podcasts, and games

Dequency has expanded its blockchain-based music licensing marketplace to cater for more digital media types, meaning that music rights-holders on the platform can now capitalize on sync opportunities across podcast, student film, digital advertising, corporate videos, live events, and video games.

Music

Reggae songstress Aleighcia Scott goes ska on her new single In My Shoes

Produced by sound system legend RoryStoneLove, In My Shoes is a bouncy, horn-driven reflection on irresistible attraction – that recalls the ska-to-rocksteady transition of the early to mid-1960s. It’s particularly fitting as the third single from Aleighcia and Rory’s exciting, imminent album Windrush Baby, because it pays tribute to the music that soundtracked Britain’s first Caribbean communities’ lives.

Music

SAVE US sign to Year Of The Rat Records

SAVE US sign to Year Of The Rat Records and release their debut single 'New Light'

Music

Polish Subcarpathian black metallers Kalt Vindur sign with The Circle Music

As part of the deal with the Greek record label, the band will release its third full-length album, “Magna Mater”, in early 2024. The first single "Bless Us" will be available on all digital platforms on 1st September.

Business

AMR Songs launches christian music division and acquires rights in catalogs of Phil Wickham, Sanctus Real, Christy Nockels and Nathan Nockels, KB, and Ryan Stevenson

AMR Songs (AMR), a full-service, global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company founded by music industry veteran Tamara Conniff, has launched a new Christian division and acquired a breadth of interests in hundreds of songs by top artists and songwriters in the genre, including GMA Dove Award-winner and Grammy-nominated Christian rock band Sanctus Real, GMA Dove Award-winner and Grammy-nominated artist Phil Wickham, GMA Dove Award-nominated contemporary Christian artists Christy Nockels and Nathan Nockels, and chart-topping GMA Dove Award-winning hip-hop artist and songwriter Kevin “KB” Burgess.

Business

IDOL signs Afro B and Yemi Alade, hires new international A&R

Independent digital distributor, IDOL has agreed global artist services deals for two key signings that span diverse African genres, whilst Christophe Mauberqué joins to head up the company's international business development.

Business

RAYE and Shygirl lead the pack as AIM Awards reveal nominations

The AIM Independent Music Awards have revealed its first set of 2023 nominees, celebrating the vibrant and innovative breadth of talent across the UK's independent sector. 

Business

Paraguay and India trade associations join the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)

WIN (Worldwide Independent Network), the international body representing the independent recorded music sector, has welcomed new members from two key regions — Asociación de la Música Independiente del Paraguay (AMI Paraguay) and the South India Music Companies Association (SIMCA).

Business

Absolute Label Services reacquired by original leadership team

Absolute Label Services' leadership team is excited to announce that it has regained ownership of the company.

Business

Sentric signs Sean Silverman to admin agreement

Sentric Music Group, recently acquired by Believe, one of the world’s leading digital music companies, has signed LA-based writer and producer Sean Silverman to an exclusive administration agreement.

Business

Bucks signs Jamie McCool and Simon Pogson

Bucks Music Group has signed Jamie McCool and Simon Pogson to individual, exclusive, worldwide songwriting agreements.

Music

T-Live Festival adds MA$E to replace Jeremih on star-studded list of RnB royalty headliners

T-Live Festival announced today that BAD BOY Records superstar MA$E has been added to the star-studded list of R&B royalty headliners, to replace Jeremih, who due to unforeseen logistical and scheduling issues, can no longer perform at the festival.

Music

Metaverse studio Karta secures investment from pioneers across music, gaming and sports industries

Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing, has secured investment from industry pioneers across the music, gaming, sports and finance worlds after a successful funding round. The recent funding round was led by venture capital firm GameTech Ventures and includes names from the music sector including Amy Thomson as well as drawing support from a range of other high-profile investors including global entertainment company Toikido, CEO of Sports Loft Charlie Greenwood, Chairman of UK Finance Robert Wigley, Powster Founder and CEO Ste Thompson and venture studio Big Ideas Group. The new investment now provides a springboard for Karta, enabling it to service the booming demand for these virtual worlds.

Business

IDOL signs US hip-hop trailblazer Erick the Architect, confirms 2024 debut solo album

IDOL, the independent digital distributor, has agreed a global artist services deal with Erick the Architect; rapper, producer and founding member of Brooklyn hip-hop trio Flatbush Zombies.

Business

AIF partners with Galop and Stamp Out Spiking to bolster Safer Spaces campaign

AIF has partnered with LGBT+ anti-abuse charity Galop and anti-spiking charity Stamp Out Spiking to bolster its Safer Spaces Charter.

Business

Canva announces partnerships with Warner Music Group and Merlin to bring music hits to Canva

Today, Canva, the world’s first all-in-one visual communication platform, announced partnerships with Warner Music Group (including Warner Recorded Music and Warner Chappell Music) and Merlin, which for the first time will grant paid and education Canva customers in many countries unprecedented access to use music clips from some of the world’s biggest artists in their designs.

Business

CMRRA and SX Works become Friends and Supporters of IMPF

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and SX Works have joined Independent Music Publishers International Forum’s (IMPF) Friends and Supporters category.

Business

Glasswerk adds The Venue and The Citadel to its portfolio

UK concert promoter and venue operator, Glasswerk has made two new additions to its curated venue portfolio - LSE Student Union’s The Venue and St Helen’s historic Citadel.

Music

Live Music Society announces recipients of their 2023 Music In Action grant

The Music in Action grant, totalling $500,000 and distributed to 17 for profit and non-profit small venues, is to help venue owners and managers in developing and implementing creative ideas to engage their communities, expand audiences, and generate new revenue sources.

Music

THE BOYZ, MAMAMOO+, Kep1er and CIX announced for KPOP Nation line-up

THE BOYZ, MAMAMOO+, Kep1er and CIX are the first acts to be announced for Poland’s first ever K-Pop festival, KPOP Nation. Taking place at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw on September 23, KPOP Nation is expected to be the largest K-Pop event in Europe.

Business

Bucks Music Group & Mushroom Music sign Manchester-based artist/producer joshua epithet

Bucks Music Group (UK) and Mushroom Music (Australia) have signed Manchester-based artist and producer joshua epithet to a joint venture exclusive publishing deal for the world. 

Business

1 in 6 festivals came to an end as a result of Covid

One in six UK festivals came to an end during and in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, new data from the Association of Independent Festivals suggests.

Music

Standing Tall – The new album and single from Paul Fox

Experimental and prolific singer songwriter Paul Fox releases his new album Standing Tall, on June 16th. It’s an ambitious, socially conscious work, packed with guest collaborations sourced from across the globe. From his beginnings in UK sound system Roots Reggae, Fox has become a genre-fluid artist, while staying true to his ethical and musical roots. Standing Tall moves seamlessly between reggae, dancehall, rock, pop, rap and other styles. It’s the continuation of a journey that began four years ago.

Business

The Production Music Awards announces 2023 call for entries, reveals upgraded ceremony

The Production Music Awards—celebrating exceptional production music libraries and Composers—announces its 2023 call for entries, and details of its upgraded ceremony at new London venue Here at Outernet on November 20, 2023.

Business

Tunecore partners with CreateSafe using Grimes' Elf.Tech to facilitate collaboration between AI and self-releasing artists

TuneCore, the leading development partner for self-releasing artists (owned by Paris-based Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies), has partnered with category-defining AI development studio CreateSafe and Grimes. The initiative is part of Believe's wider AI strategy, and enables TuneCore artists to distribute collaborations created through Grimes' Elf.Tech AI to all major streaming platforms. The partnership sprang from conversations during Beatport's International Music Summit in Ibiza in late April 2023.

Business

TuneCore's Gleeson & Papoose tip bright future for indies at AIM's Future Independents Conference

Future Independents', the free online conference from The Association of Independent Music (AIM) that democratises access to industry knowledge, attracted over 900 viewers from across the UK, as well as 40 countries worldwide.

Business

AIF launches First Festival Campaign

The Association of Independent Festivals has today launched a pioneering new campaign and fund that will enable access to festivals for hundreds of thousands of people aged 18+ across the UK.

Business

Revelator welcomes new hires following rapid and sustained growth in 2022

Capitalizing on the recent growth and investing in the future of the music market, B2B music IP solution Revelator is promoting experts from within and hiring new talent.

Business

Bella Figura joins IMPEL

Independent music rights management company Bella Figura has joined IMPEL.

Music

T-Live Festival announces full lineup with RnB Royalty headliners Trey Songz, Jacquees, Fabolous, Jeremih, Sunshine Anderson & 112

T-Live Festival is proud to unveil six stages of the hottest black music, with over 70 artists and DJs from RnB, Hip Hop, Grime, Desi, Afrobeats to Old Skool 90s and more, with an incredible line-up of much-loved, stellar RnB Royalty US headliners.

Business

IMPF statement on UK's Industry Agreement on Music Streaming Metadata

The IMPF has release the following statement on the UK Intellectual Property Office's recently published 'Industry Agreement on Music Streaming Metadata.

Business

Believe UK and Cr2 Records Enjoy Partnership Success with Long-Term, Global Signing of Matt Sassari

Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, today celebrates a milestone in its partnership with respected dance label Cr2 Records, which has signed an exclusive long-term artist deal with Platinum-selling artist and producer Matt Sassari. The global signing follows Cr2's close collaboration with Believe's UK office with which it signed a global distribution deal in 2021.

Music

Nozstock The Hidden Valley partners with charity Attitude is Everything for 2023

Since 2000 Attitude is Everything has supported industry professionals and organisations to understand and improve access, with their UK-government endorsed Live Events Access Charter, training, consultancy, resources and industry campaigns.

Business

AIM comment on UK Government's Music Metadata Agreement and remuneration working group

The new Metadata Agreement sets out a commitment for the UK music streaming industry to improve metadata in new recordings.

Music

Macka B and Jazzwad team up for Jah Shaka tribute

Macka B was working on a project with Jazzwad, and one of the tracks was a tribute to Jah Shaka, written while he was alive and intended to be a living tribute.  Sadly Jah Shaka passed away before their song was finished. Jazzwad and Macka B decided to complete the piece posthumously as a tribute.

Business

Reservoir acquires rights to catalog of Miami Sound Machine co-founder & lead songwriter Enrique 'Kiki' Garcia

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR), an award-winning independent music company, today announced a new deal with songwriter Enrique “Kiki” Garcia to acquire rights to his full catalog, including the international hit song “Conga” performed by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.

Music

Boutique publisher OTM expands its roster with multiple signings including Slinger and The Heavy

Independent music publisher signs Ashnikko producer Slinger, The Heavy, Poter Elvinger, Flyte and moa moa. OTM aims to create new opportunities for artists through sync placements

Music

The Equator’s latest single, Hippopotamus, revisits Desmond Dekker’s song

The Equator’s latest single, Hippopotamus, revisits Desmond Dekker’s song originally recorded with the Birmingham band for his Stiff Records album back 1980 and captures the energy of The Equators’ live shows.

Business

Utopia Music commits to physical with 25k sqm new warehouse

To meet growing demand for physical music and video across the UK, Utopia Music has entered into a long-term contract to provide warehousing and logistics with DP World, a leading provider of supply-chain solutions. The move highlights the ongoing resilience in the UK's physical music and video market, worth £1/2bn in 2022.

Business

BDi Music signs Ben Lythe to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

BDi Music has signed multi-instrumentalist, music director, composer, producer and songwriter Ben Lythe to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

Business

Exceleration appoints Label Development Manager and Fan Engagement & Commerce Lead

Exceleration Music, the global venture dedicated to enhancing the future of independent music, has named former Spotify exec David Ecker as its new Label Development Manager. Rachel Cunningham, previously of Gimme Radio, also joins to lead Fan Engagement and Commerce.

Business

AMR Songs partners with country superstar Kimberly Perry and acquires her songwriter interest in the CMA Award-winning No.1 hit "If I Die Young"

AMR Songs, a full-service, global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company founded by music industry veteran Tamara Conniff, has partnered with country superstar Kimberly Perry and acquired her songwriting interests in the No.1 multi-platinum hit, “If I Die Young,” which won The Band Perry the CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 2011. As she embarks on her solo career, Perry released on May 5 her first new single, “If I Die Young Pt. 2” (RECORDS Nashville/Columbia), which uniquely interpolates the original song.

Business

Richard Antwi Scholarship opens for 6th round with doubled fund including additional ‘London Living Wage’ stipend

The Richard Antwi Scholarship has opened for its 6th round today, with a call out for applications from future music industry leaders from underrepresented communities with the passion, drive and commitment to make a contribution to the music industry and who already hold an offer of a place on the Music Business Management MA course at University of Westminster. This year, through generous funding from Universal Music UK, Universal Publishing UK, Sony Music UK and Sony Music Publishing UK, it offers an additional a new ‘London Living Wage Stipend’ to cover the higher current cost of living and studying in London. This will include a bursary and stipend that totals £22,000, plus mentorship and assistance with work placement that will be aligned with the scholar’s professional focus and aspirations. The 2023 scholarship pot is more than double the value of the 2022 scholarship, which was a bursary of £10,500.

Business

SoundCloud and Merlin announce global licensing deal

SoundCloud and Merlin today announced a global licensing deal enabling Merlin members and their artists to participate in SoundCloud’s Fan-Powered Royalties (FPR) model.

Business

Because Music UK & London Records appoint Managing Directors to strengthen senior teams

The UK office of independent record company Because Music and London Records have both made senior appointments, including new Managing Directors, to continue driving growth across their respective rosters.

Music

Paul Fox featuring Ann Ominous A Better Tomorrow

Paul Fox releases new single A Better Tomorrow – featuring guest vocals from Jamaican singer Ann Ominous. It’s a conscious yet hopeful song, encouraging humanity to consider the world we are leaving for the people who come after us.

Business

Dequency partners with AI tagging engine Cyanite

Dequency has partnered with AI music tagging and recommendation engine Cyanite, with a view to enhancing discovery on its own decentralized music licensing marketplace.

Business

Reservoir announces joint venture with American Idol producer 19 Entertainment

Reservoir Media, Inc. today announced a new joint venture with American Idol producer, 19 Entertainment. Through the relationship, Reservoir and 19 Entertainment, a part of Sony Pictures Television, will aim to sign new publishing deals with the talented contestants featured on the longstanding series, with Reservoir committing to developing their songwriting with robust support from the Company’s creative and marketing teams. The companies will also work alongside 19 Entertainment’s label partner, BMG.

Business

Believe UK and Rinse agree global label solutions partnership

The UK office of Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, has formed a partnership with Rinse, pioneers within London's underground dance scene, to handle distribution and label services for its Rinse Recordings and Bad Music imprints.

Business

Runway hires Zac Peters

Beginning his music industry career in 1999 as HMV’s Head Vinyl Buyer, Peters built up a varied CV with roles at Somerset Music Hub, Bristol Music Foundation and Glastonbury before establishing himself as a booking agent.

Business

London Theatre Consortium announced fourth cohort of Executive Fellows In Partnership with MOBO Organisation

The London Theatre Consortium (LTC), in partnership with the MOBO organisation, have appointed a fourth cohort of five LTC MOBO Executive Fellows to address the lack of diversity at executive level in UK theatre buildings. The Fellows began in February 2023 for an attachment of up to a year.

Music

Tomorrow's Warriors announce Nu Civilisation Orchestra & Nubya Garcia perform Stan Getz's 1961 masterpiece 'Focus'

Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today that its illustrious multi award-winning alumna and tenor saxophonist Nubya Garcia will perform alongside the shapeshifting Nu Civilisation Orchestra (NCO) for an exploration of Stan Getz’s ‘Focus’. An exciting concert marking over 60 years of the seminal jazz masterpiece from a true great, ‘Focus’ will take place at Royal Festival Hall, the Southbank Centre on 15th September

Business

Icons Creating Evil Art celebrates recent UK company launch with London showcase

Leading UK/Swedish independent label Icons Creating Evil Art (ICEA) announced today a London showcase at the Sebright Arms on the 9th of May that will include artists from the companies Label and Management rosters.

Business

IMPF launches 3rd edition of the Independent Music Publishing Global Market View

IMPF, representing independent music publishers internationally, has launched the third edition of its Independent Music Publishing Global Market View.

Business

MOBO UnSung enters exciting new chapter with new partner TikTok SoundOn to discover & support unsigned emerging talent

MOBO is proud to announce an exciting new chapter for MOBO UnSung, the industry-leading nationwide emerging talent competition and talent development programme for the country’s best unsigned emerging artists producing original work. MOBO and TikTok’s SoundOn unveil a gamechanging new partnership that will open up entries for the first time to TikTok creators. With the continued backing from partner Marshall and support from PRS Foundation and the MOBO Help Musicians Fund, 2023 will bring through a wider and broader pool of artistic excellence and future superstars. As the digital partner of MOBO UnSung, TikTok will introduce an exciting new gateway for artists to enter this year’s competition via their app, and once the final ten UnSung Class of 2023 are selected, TikTok’s SoundOn will provide its specialist support to promote the ten finalists.

Business

Public Pressure announce London based music division and appoint Stephen King as Managing Director

Public Pressure, the international Web3 media company, has announced a new London based division, Public Pressure Music, which will be headed up by Stephen King who has been appointed Managing Director of the new initiative.

Business

IDOL promotes Thomas Sharp Maxwell to General Manager, USA to drive North American expansion

IDOL, the global artist and label services company, has appointed Nashville-based Thomas Sharp Maxwell as General Manager, USA, to lead the growth of its operations across North America.

Business

IMPF celebrates 10th anniversary

IMPF celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, with a series of occasions planned throughout 2023 to mark the milestone.

Business

Reservoir acquires catalog of multi-platinum hip-hop producer-artist Mannie Fresh

Reservoir Media, Inc. (NASDAQ: RSVR) ("Reservoir" or the "Company"), an award-winning independent music company, today announced the acquisition of the catalog of multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated hip-hop producer, and artist Byron Thomas, professionally known as Mannie Fresh. The deal includes both publishing and recorded music rights.

Business

AEI Music launches AEI Ventures – to invest in industry outsiders & next gen founders

AEI Music, the engine behind leading electronic music brands and labels including Drum&BassArena, UKF and NCS, has unveiled AEI Ventures, a dedicated investment arm to support the next generation of founders in the music and hospitality industries.

Business

Music industry veteran Jonathan McHugh Joins AMR Songs as Senior Advisor Creative and Sync and Board Member

Music industry veteran Jonathan McHugh has joined global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company AMR Songs (AMR) as Senior Advisor Creative and Sync. He will also serve on the company's board.

Music

Tomorrow's Warriors announce Jazz Jamaica All Stars & Brinsley Forde: CATCH A FIRE

“Jazz Jamaica All Stars…Britain now has its own rival to the Buena Vista Social Club.” The Guardian “The sheer energy and high spirits that the Jazz Jamaica All Stars generates is quite overwhelming.” The Observer “Jazz Jamaica should be permanent ambassadors to the United Nations of Good Times.” Cheltenham Jazz Festival “Britain’s finest big band.” The Times

Business

Believe UK reinforces senior management team with raft of promotions

The UK office of Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, has made a string of senior promotions to power future growth and support its burgeoning local team.

Music

Championing emerging jazz talent: Tomorrow's Warriors launches LDN Rising

Award winning talent incubator and charity Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today it will go on tour with its exciting new talent development project LDN Rising, which takes the hottest, rising jazz talent to four venues across all four corners of the capital every month. LDN Rising is part of Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Programme. The programme sees the organisation work with industry partners, promoters, venues and international festivals to deliver a diverse array of performance opportunities to the musicians aged 25+, who have come through its free to access Young Artist Development Programme (YADP) aimed at young musicians aged 11-18. The Tomorrow’s Warriors Emerging Artist Programme also delivers mentoring, training, traineeships, talks, masterclasses, and bursaries to support artists into professional careers, with a number of exceptional musicians securing a place at a Music Conservatoire following their time on the talent programmes.

Business

FreshTracks Music announces launch of UK business, helmed by seasoned production music executive John Clifford

FreshTracks Music UK—a new MCPS Production Music publisher—today announces the launch of its business helmed by former Global Head of BMG PM and Universal PM UK chief John Clifford. As Managing Director, Clifford is tasked with building the UK team and label partners. Alongside its own repertoire, FreshTracks Music UK will sub-publish select quality Production Music from international labels, expanding the offering of the wider FreshTracks Music network that already operates in 10 European countries 

Business

[PIAS] announce Tom Keil as Global Head of Dance and Electronic & Executive VP of A&R

[PIAS], one of the world’s leading music companies, has announced the appointment of Tom Keil as Global Head of Dance and Electronic & Executive Vice President of A&R.

Music

Norse-inspired post death metal stalwarts Pandrador sign with Pagan Records

Pandrador is the latest signing by Pagan Records. The label will release the group's second full-length album, entitled "Seiðr". It is both a continuation of the well-received debut album "Ov Rituals, Ov Ancestors, Ov Destiny" (self-released) and the opening of a completely new chapter for the post-death metal band.

Business

Brighton feminist electro-punks CLT DRP sign to Venn Records for new album

Their new single 'NEW BOY' is taken from their forthcoming new album and comes ahead of an extensive run of Spring 2023 UK/EU headline dates and festival appearances from the band including a support slot with fellow label-mates Tokky Horror and appearances at Takedown Festival and The Great Escape, where the band play an official showcase at The Hope & Ruin (see below for listings).

Business

Six labels join AIM's Amplify apprenticeship scheme, applications now open

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) is opening applications for its new Amplify apprenticeship programme, launched in partnership with Amazon Music, Women in CTRL, and All Things People & Talent.

Business

IMPF welcomes Vistex to Friends and Supporters category

Vistex solutions help businesses take control of their mission-critical processes. The company’s enterprise software provides a high-volume, easily configured solution poised for traditional, current and future music business trends. Contracts, metadata and all royalty activity are captured in a single system, which is used for registration, licensing, sales, royalty reporting, analytics and more. This enables music companies to manage all aspects of their industry in a single solution.

Music

All-star reggae artists Rayvon, Luciano and Sugar Bear unite for epic new single Peace, Love & Understanding

ALL-STAR REGGAE ARTISTS RAYVON, LUCIANO AND SUGAR BEAR UNITE FOR EPIC NEW SINGLE ‘PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING’ Inspiring new release encourages a better understanding of the human experience Multi-platinum recording artist Rayvon has teamed up with the reigning ‘King of Conscious Reggae’ Luciano and international dancehall artist Sugar Bear.

Business

AIM unveils final speakers for its flagship conference, AIM Connected

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has revealed final speakers and panel topics for AIM Connected, its flagship conference and networking event that brings together business owners, strategists and senior execs across the independent music and technology industries.

Business

Melanie C joins Various Artists

International artist management company Various Artists has announced that Melanie Chisholm, also known as Melanie C, has joined its roster for exclusive global representation.

Business

AMR Songs launches full-service independent music publishing, rights management, and frontline company

AMR Songs (AMR), a global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company, has launched with backing from private capital for catalog acquisitions and frontline operations, including artist and songwriter development, label distribution, film and TV licensing, digital marketing, and more. Founded by music industry veteran, Tamara Conniff, AMR CEO, and private equity professional Steve Reinstadlter, AMR CFO, the full-service, Los Angeles and New York-based company has been strategically building its diversified portfolio, acquiring rights in a vast array of music catalogs across multiple genres - most recently the catalogs of folk-rock legend John Sebastian and his interest in The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Grammy-winning reggae group SOJA.  

Business

AIM unveils final speakers for its flagship conference, AIM Connected

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has revealed final speakers and panel topics for AIM Connected, its flagship conference and networking event that brings together business owners, strategists and senior execs across the independent music and technology industries.

Business

Labelcamp signs global delivery services deal with Republic of Music

Independent sales, marketing and distribution company Republic of Music has signed a deal with world-leading distribution management platform Labelcamp.

Music

Paul Fox and FireVerse team up for World We Living In

UK singer-songwriter and producer Paul Fox announces his forthcoming album and shows his versatility with new single, World We Living In. He’s teamed up with rising Jamaican singer FireVerse for a propulsive, socially-aware, conscious dancehall track, addressing social injustices across the globe.

Business

Believe UK and Hospital Records form long-term global label solutions partnership

The UK office of Believe, one of the world's leading digital music companies, has signed a long-term label solutions partnership with legendary drum and bass label Hospital Records. 

Music

Aux Awards 2023 winners revealed

Aux.app founder Ben Bowler comments, “At the core of our company is a desire to support independent musicians. I’m humbled to see industry and fans alike come together with true excitement for this year’s voting, it definitely exceeded our expectations."

Business

IMPF welcomes ICE to Friends and Supporters category

ICE is a music technology company created by rightsholders, for rightsholders. It is a joint venture between PRS, STIM and GEMA, and actively encourages collaboration between other CMOs, music publishers and digital service providers to ensure composers and songwriters are compensated accurately and fairly for the use of their works internationally.

Business

Various Artists Management announce Joe Etchells as Head of A&R and Artist Development

Various Artists Management whose roster of clients includes, Ashnikko, Tom Grennan, La Roux, Sad Night Dynamite, Yonaka, The Libertines, Supergrass, Cassyette and others has announced the appointment of Joe Etchells as Head of A&R and Artist Development.

Business

Music industry veteran Tony Barnes announced as co-founder of metaverse studio, Karta

Karta, a fast-growing metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing for musicians, brands and sports teams, has announced ex-Virgin EMI Records senior director and music industry veteran Tony Barnes as its co-founder.

Business

Former Burberry Music Director launches LSTNR consultancy

Find LSTNR online at www.LSTNR.co and on Instagram as @LSTNR.co.

Business

Diesel and Public Pressure announce four ‘Discovery Drops’

Diesel and Public Pressure, the international Web3 media company, have unveiled the first commercial campaign since recently announcing a wide ranging partnership between the brands last year, with the aim of celebrating the fabric and future of underground music by promoting breakthrough artists, Web3 culture and technology.

Business

‘Bullying tactics will not work’: IMPF condemns Meta’s exclusion of Italian songwriters and publishers

IMPF condemns in the strongest possible terms Meta’s decision to exclude The Italian Society of Authors and Publishers’ (SIAE) repertoire from its platforms. The move is nothing short of a bullying tactic used to force SIAE to accept a one-sided proposal that disregards any reasonable, shared evaluation of the value of music.

Business

UK budget: Association of Independent Music calls for support for UK music industry

Following today's Spring Budget announcement, a comment from the Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents the UK's independent music community.

Business

Music Venue Trust's UK Spring Budget response

Music Venue Trust (MVT) recently presented to Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and HM Treasury details of the negative impacts that failure to extend the enhanced business energy relief scheme would have on Grassroots Music Venues (GMVs) from April1st 2023. Already in 2023 one GMV is closing every week. The budget was an opportunity to ensure that this number of closures did not explode from the April 1st when GMV’s will be hit by excessive and unaffordable energy bills. The Chancellor has failed to respond to the evidence we submitted. There is no additional support for music venues and the inevitable result will be mass closures of venues. 

Business

Various Artists & Stellar Songs launch Alternative Songs partnership

International artist management company Various Artists has announced the launch of a new, joint-venture music publishing company.

Music

Aleighcia Scott scores her third consecutive release day number one with Rory Stonelove produced single, Do You

Soulful reggae powerhouse Aleighcia Scott drops Do You, the long awaited first single from her forthcoming album with legendary producer Rory Stonelove, Windrush Baby. Supported by a David Rodigan BBC Radio 1xtra world premiere and a Reggaeville video premiere, the new single went straight to number one on the Itunes Reggae Single Chart.

Business

Miloco adds 5 London studios to its roster

Miloco Studios has added five London studios to its roster, which now includes 169 facilities around the world in total.

Business

Merlin celebrates 15 years of charting a better future for independents

Merlin, the independents’ digital music licensing partner, is thrilled to announce 2023 as “15 Years of Merlin” to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Music

Brooklyn Funk Essentials new single - Rollin’ (Love Will Be Here) out today

(March 10th 2023) Brooklyn Funk Essentials are on a roll as they release their feelgood, rollerskating jam ‘Rollin’ (Love Will Be Here)’ today on Dorado Records. ‘Rollin’ (Love Will Be Here)’ is the 4th single from ‘Intuition’, Brooklyn Funk Essentials' seventh album of stellar, master-crafted R&B, discofunk, poly-riddims and pop-laced hooks, which will drop on 5th May, ahead of two UK shows at Jazz Café London May 10th and Blues Kitchen Manchester May 11th.

Business

First Artists Management announces expansion with two new agents and talent roster boost

First Artists Management (FAM) has announced its expansion with two new agents - Zoe Hart (London) and Hailey Flame (Los Angeles), and the strengthening of its talent roster with a number of new signings providing a full music department.

Business

The Cat's Mother Network welcomes first ambassador ENNY; presents inaugural ‘Cat’s Mother of the Year’ award to Emma Banks

Transformational mentoring platform The Cat’s Mother Network held an exclusive event last night to thank an illustrious group of luminaries from across the UK music and creative industries on the eve of International Women’s Day. Hosted by luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet at their beautiful AP House in London, the cocktail party saw The Cat’s Mother Network welcome artist ENNY as its inaugural Ambassador and Claudia Winkleman present the first ‘Cat’s Mother of the Year’ award to Emma Banks (Head of CAA), who has fully embraced the network and invested many hours of her time.

Business

Sentric to administer Rough Trade Publishing in global deal

Sentric Music Group has agreed to a global administration deal with Rough Trade Publishing.

Music

King Dude joins forces with The Magus on new album “Βυσσοδομώντας”

King Dude - the blue-eyed Mephistopheles with an acoustic guitar - will feature as a guest vocalist on “Βυσσοδομώντας”, the new album from The Magus, a veteran Greek musician known for his work with the likes of Necromantia, Rotting Christ and Yoth Iria among others.

Business

Music tech company Audoo appoints music publishing veteran Nigel Elderton as Chairman

The music publisher and former performing right organisation (PRO) executive adds to Audoo’s growing team of international industry experts - joining Audoo’s global expansion and mission to revolutionise public performance royalties for music creators, licensees and businesses worldwide.

Business

BDi Music signs Lemonade Shoelace to exclusive deal

BDi Music has signed bedroom producer and songwriter Lemonade Shoelace to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

Business

TK & SK of Finesse Foreva named 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' 2023 by YMB Awards

London-based independent record label and management company, Finesse Foreva (FF) have been awarded 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' – the Young Music Boss Awards' (YMBA) flagship title, presented in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM).

Business

Mojo Music & Media acquires trove of classic catalogs

Mojo Music & Media has announced new catalog acquisitions which collectively represent 30 chart hits spanning seven decades, from the 1950’s through the 2010’s. The deals, done with 2022 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Warren Cuccurullo, Teddy Sky, Bruce Belland, Omar Lyefook, Anthony Improgo and Blake Healy, include rights to such era and genre defining songs as Missing Persons’ “Destination Unknown,” Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World,” Jennifer Lopez’ “On The Floor,” The Four Preps’ “26 Miles (Santa Catalina),” Omar’s “There’s Nothing Like This” and Metro Station’s “Shake It.”

Business

Minds On Fire announce Tom Currie as A&R Manager

Currie has been tasked with signing new talent and bringing creative and promotional opportunities to the company’s existing roster of writers.

Business

Music Venue Trust closes in on £2.5m target for ‘Own Our Venues’ initiative

‘Own Our Venues’ the campaign launched by Music Venue Trust (MVT) to make a radical intervention into the ownership of the UK’s grassroots music venues (GMVs), is nearing its £2.5m fundraise target and has set a final deadline of March 30th to secure the remaining investment needed to commence the purchase of properties.

Music

Tomorrow's Warriors' Nu Civilisation Orchestra leads 50th anniversary reimagining of Bowie's iconic Aladdin Sane

Tomorrow’s Warriors announced today that Nu Civilisation Orchestra will lead Aladdin Sane Live – an ambitious concert reimagining Bowie’s masterpiece ‘Aladdin Sane’ on the album’s 50th anniversary year, as part of Southbank Centre’s Aladdin Sane: 50 Years.

Business

Perfect Havoc signs new distribution deal with The Orchard

Managing Director of The Orchard UK Ian Dutt:“We are delighted to welcome Adam, Rob and the Perfect Havoc team to The Orchard. They have built an incredible business over the past few years and we very much look forward to helping them on their exciting journey."

Music

The Aux Awards returns for 2023

Across 9 categories, the shortlist has been thoughtfully selected by the visionary team at Aux - led by founder, tech entrepreneur Ben Bowler - together with reputable industry partners: MusicAlly, Lady of The House and DataTransmission. And anyone can vote in the Awards be they fans or industry alike.

Business

Ocha Media Inc. launches underground house music publisher

“House music has traditionally been underrepresented in film, television and commercials and we aim to change that by getting the music we represent into the hands of those decision makers...” Carlos Mena, CEO of Ocha Publishing.

Business

Kartel Music Group announces new Head Of Dance and Electronic Promotions

Independent Music Services company Kartel Music Group announces the appointment of Abi White as Head of Dance and Electronic Promotions within its expanding marketing and media promotions agency, Kartel Marketing Agency. The role will see Abi leading on promotions for all dance and electronic agency clients, plus Kartel’s own electronic label, EMK.

Business

Phrased Differently joins IMPEL

Today, Phrased Differently includes Budde Music UK after the London-based boutique publisher and the German-based independent powerhouse formed a joint venture in 2020.

Business

YMU Music announces Dani Chavez as Senior Marketing Manager

The US Music division of international artist management company YMU, has announced the promotion of Dani Chavez to the position of Senior Marketing Manager.

Business

Minds On Fire announce global alliance with BMG

Independent publisher Minds on Fire have announced a global admin deal and co-publishing agreement with BMG.

Business

WIN names new board, Partisan Records' Zena White elected chair

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), which represents the global independent music sector, has appointed its board of directors for 2023, with Zena White, chief operating officer of Partisan Records (New York, USA) as its new chair.

Music

Arinola releases her long-awaited debut 'Love Story'

Jamaican/Nigerian independent artist, Arinola, releases her debut single 'Love Story', showcasing her love of Black British dance music through R&B, with a riveting upbeat track infused with guitar and drum and bass rhythms.

Music

Angelina makes 2023 comeback with 'Silent Moon'

Italian and English artist Angelina Luzi returns, releasing her first song of the year ‘Silent Moon’, an alt-pop/soft rock indie track - imagine a utopian collaboration between The Cranberries and Jeff Buckley with infectious synth lines, a strong hook at 1.08 and appealing lyrics. Angelina’s sentiment and trademark stylings feature throughout a vibrant composition, epic melodies and magnificent sound produced by frequent collaborator Nick Burns.

Business

New Music Format VAULT Announces $4 Million Series A Following FLETCHER’s Breakthrough Drop

The mobile-friendly Digital Music Collectible (DMC) format, VAULT, created by the co-founders of sports betting market leader FanDuel announces $4M funding round following FLETCHER’s breakthrough drop. The fundraise will further scale the company’s DMC format and launch the VAULT Protocol, an open and fully decentralized network for purchasing, playing, and sharing music on third-party websites, apps, and music players.

Music

OUTSIDE Matt Cooper releases cinematic new single ‘Then It Hits You’ today on Dorado Records

“An incredible pianist, drummer, writer, producer and artist, Matt has been leading the way with British Jazz Funk for the last 30 years” – Gilles Peterson

Business

Daft Punk co-founder Thomas Bangalter signs agreement with Boosey & Hawkes to publish the music from his ballet score Mythologies

Boosey & Hawkes is pleased to announce that Thomas Bangalter, co-founder of Daft Punk, has signed a new agreement to publish the music from his ballet score Mythologies. The full evening ballet, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj, has been touring France and Italy and its first recording is released by Erato in April. Individual tableaux from the 90-minute orchestral score are now available for concert performance.

Music

“Sour Hearts Valentine’s Day Streamtacular” presented by Twitch and Merlin on February 14th, exclusively on Twitch

Twitch and Merlin are celebrating Valentine's Day by raising money for a great cause through a livestreamed charity “relay raid” on February 14 starting at 11:30 am ET. The “Sour Hearts Valentine’s Day Streamtacular” will feature back-to-back performances from artists represented by Merlin members and Twitch streamers. Throughout the event, viewers will be automatically directed to each performance and can donate to MusiCares®, the leading music charity, by clicking the link provided in the livestream. 

Business

Sentric signs Mason to exclusive admin deal

Sentric Music, has signed Dutch producer and DJ Iason Chronis, aka Mason, to an exclusive administration deal.

Business

AIF hits 100-member milestone

The Association of Independent Festivals has reached 100 members.

Business

Music Venue Trust launch annual report

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.

Business

2x Grammy-nominated Electro Pop act SOFI TUKKER extends exclusive, worldwide deal with Third Side Music

On the Heels of a nomination for iHeartRadio Dance Artist of the Year and a recent #1 Album, 2X Grammy-nominated electro pop sensation SOFI TUKKER has extended its exclusive, worldwide deal with Third Side Music.

Business

+1 Records and Exceleration Music forge strategic partnership

Visionary independent label +1 Records has announced a strategic, global partnership with Exceleration Music, the global venture dedicated to enhancing the future of independent music. 

Business

Concord Music Publishing appoints Adam Gardiner as Senior Vice President, International Sync

Concord Music Publishing today announces the appointment of Adam Gardiner as Senior Vice President, International Sync

Business

Ultra International Music Publishing announces acquisiton of Zaytoven catalogue & new futures deal

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.

Business

AIM Sync 2023 reveals speaker lineup

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has unveiled the lineup for AIM Sync 2023, the UK's leading global sync conference and marketplace.

Music

NECROMANTIA first official biography book available for pre-order

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”).

Business

Festival Congress returns to Bristol in February

This year will see Festival Congress move to Bristol Beacon – a larger venue following 2022’s sell-out event.

Music

BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS ‘How Happy’ New single & video out today

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.

Business

Open Letter to the BBC from Music Industry Trade Bodies

We are writing to you as a group of organisations that represent key stakeholders in the live music industry.

Music

Winky D teams up with Shingai to salute culture and tackle pressing social and political issues

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.

Music

New Missouri Recording Artist BADHABITS555 first God Speed Records Co-sign

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.

Business

AIM Responds to DCMS Select Committee streaming inquiry follow-up report

"AIM welcomes recommendations for transparency, a proactive strategy and inclusive working groups to look collaboratively at practical positive outcomes in streaming."

Business

Spotify voted most popular DSP by producers & musicians in 2022

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.

Music

SONO Music announces butterfly sans, the new single by Salads

"KID ON THE RADAR, pop punk! A 20-year-old musician released a follow-up single after the success of "Drug Dealer!".

Music

SONO Music announces The Song, the new Single by Huess

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'.

Business

British artists in a historic clean sweep of 2022’s Official Top 10 singles… while 150 billion audio streams are surpassed in a calendar year for the first time

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.

Business

Reservoir brings De La Soul’s iconic catalog to streaming platforms

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.

Business

Merlin Announces New Partnership with STYNGR

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.

Business

IMPEL strikes strategic partnership with Blokur

IMPEL, the independent music publishing digital licensing body has announced a strategic partnership with Blokur, which will be key in creating the conditions for its future growth.

Business

Full Time Hobby signs Ghost Woman under Bucks sponsorship deal

Full Time Hobby has signed Ghost Woman to its publishing roster under its sponsorship agreement with Bucks Music Group.

Business

Public Pressure announces $6m in new funding

Public Pressure, the Web3 music specialist, which officially launched in August, has announced a new round of funding.

Music

In Fear sign to Year Of The Rat Records, release Abyss.

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. 

Business

Visual Architects recommissioned for Kendal Calling 2023

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.

Business

Reservoir announces publishing deal with award-winning songwriter-producer Leroy Clampitt

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".

Business

Merlin inks deal with fitness app Supernatural

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.

Business

Spinefarm partnership announced as first repertoire initiative under new alliance between [PIAS] & Universal Music Group

[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.

Business

AIM appoints Silvia Montello as CEO

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.

Music

L.A.B announce new single and 2023 Live Dates

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

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Yahael Camara-Onono to exclusive deal

Bucks Music Group has signed an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Yahael Camara-Onono, the creator and leader of West African collective Balimaya Project.

Business

Nina Radojewski appointed AIM's Head of Membership

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.

Business

[PIAS] and Universal Music Group expand partnership

[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.

Business

Logcast partners with Spotify to give artists a new way to earn money on talk content

Voice streaming platform Logcast has announced its new integration with Spotify – providing a new way for music artists to earn money on talk content.

Business

AIM comment on CMA streaming market study report

"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."

Business

Concord Music Publishing sync event returns for 5th year delving into World's largest classical music catalogue Boosey & Hawkes

From Copland to Shostakovich, Gorecki to Prokofiev - these incredible pieces have been given a new lease by the likes of Alice Ivy, Tobie Tripp, Hale Zero, Ed Critchley, Petrels and others.

Business

Bucks Music Group hires Jen Moss as Senior Sync executive

Bucks Music Group has hired Jen Moss as a Senior Sync executive. Moss has 15 years’ experience in the sync industry.

Business

UK Music Reveals 2022 Workforce Diversity Survey And Unveils New Plan To Boost Diversity And Inclusion

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.

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Tom Webber to exclusive deal

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.

Business

AIM AGM: New Board Members, Angel Investment Syndicate and Amazon Music-backed Apprenticeship Programme

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."

Business

Economics of Music Streaming inquiry evidence: Comment from AIM

Comment from the Association of Independent Music (AIM) on UK Parliament's evidence session today looking at progress since the DCMS Select Committee's inquiry into the economics of music streaming.

Business

Independent music sector on course to grow market share for fifth consecutive year in the UK

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.

Music

L.A.B take home four 2022 Aotearoa Music Awards including the three big ones

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.

Music

MOBO platforms ten emerging artists with album release in partnership with Marshall Amplification album out now

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.

Business

Curve Royalty Systems announce Curve Lite

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.

Business

John Rostron announced as new AIF CEO at 2022 AGM

The appointment was announced today during AIF’s 2022 AGM, with Rostron officially beginning his tenure on November 18 following a two-week handover period with current CEO Paul Reed.

Business

Merlin announces Adam Wright as new Chief Financial Officer

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.

Business

Miloco Gear Pro Audio Showcase returns

Miloco Studios will open the doors to its legendary London HQ for an industry evening of studio tours, gear demos and talks from a range of world-class engineers on November 24.

Business

YMU Music announce Sophia Margerison as Global Business Development Director

International artist management company, YMU, has announced the appointment of Sophia Margerison to the position of Global Business Development Director.

Music

Matt Cooper recording again as Outside releases new EP ‘A New Beginning’ Out today on Dorado Records

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.

Business

Howard Price appointed Head of Media at Bucks Music Group

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.

Business

Townsend Music signs Kaiser Chiefs to its D2C+ release model in partnership with Absolute/Utopia, V2 and The Orchard

The album has been produced by Rudimental’s Amir Amor and features other production collaborators including Nile Rodgers, Fryars and Lewis Thompson.

Business

WIN launches two new projects to strengthen and connect the independent sector worldwide

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.

Music

Autumn Tears teases new album with As If We Were Never There music video

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.

Business

Aux desktop app launches for professional audio producers

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.

Business

Key music industry figures support ‘Own Our Venues’ campaign

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.

Business

Exceleration Music appoints David Gorman as Creative Director

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.

Music

Swedish tech startup, Staccs, strikes deal to offer Samsung TV Plus users free access to new Staccs TV channel

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.

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Beat The Streets Festival 2023 line-up revealed

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.

Business

Merlin strikes multi-territory licensing deal with social platform Kuaishou

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.

Business

IMPF partners with Music Publishers Canada to promote international songwriter and publisher relations

IMPF has formed a partnership with Music Publishers Canada to host an in-person co-writing camp promoting publisher and songwriter collaboration between Canada and the Nordic territories.

Music

Multi award winning, platinum selling New Zealand Roots Band, L.A.B meet Italian Dub Maestro Paolo Baldini

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.

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More winners and breakthrough shortlists revealed for the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

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.

Music

MMF announce final call for Accelerator 2023 applications

Initial applications - which must be submitted before midday Monday 24th October - should take less than 30-minutes to complete. For full details go to: www.themmf.net/accelerator/

Business

Reservoir acquires the catalog of swing icon Louis Prima

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.

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Perfect Havoc signs 'Fake Friends' producer PS1 to management roster

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.

Business

Music tech company Audoo announces hire of former APRA and SOCAN execs in boost to global business

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.

Music

Paul Fox – Warzone Part Two – Refugees

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.

Business

British on-demand vinyl platform, elasticStage, reveals its London HQ - a new hub for production and R&D

The new 10,000 sq. ft. facility in north west London, along with its esteemed advisory board of industry pros and investors will help kick-start the on-demand vinyl revolution.

Business

International publishing community gathers for first IMPF Summit and Songwriting Camp

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.

Business

ATC Management expand with key manager hires and artist signings

Dan McEvoy (Black Country, New Road) and Bertie Gibbon (Sorry, The Goa Express) join ATC Management, while Matt Greer adds the The Hives to ATC’s client roster.

Business

Winners of the 2022 Drake YolanDa Awards for emerging young musicians

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.

Business

FAC & MMF reveal more winners for the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

Four more winners are revealed for the November 17th ceremony

Music

Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice & Friends - Glass Fish

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.

Business

A pathway into the industry for diverse future leaders: Janelle Mitchell announced as 5th Richard Antwi Scholar

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.

Business

Reservoir hires Russell Hunt to expand global creative team

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.

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[PIAS] founders Kenny Gates & Michel Lambot honoured as ‘indie champions’ at AIM Awards 2022 & unveil first 40th Anniversary plans

[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.

Business

BDi Music signs FJ Law to exclusive worldwide deal

BDi Music has signed emerging songwriter, artist and producer FJ Law to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

Music

Tomorrow’s Warriors celebrates 30th anniversary with release of live recordings of specially commissioned work

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.

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Gorycz announce new album “Kamienie” and reveal first single

Polish post-black metal act Gorycz have announced that they will release their second full-length album “Kamienie” via Pagan Records on 4 November 2022. The single ”Chcę inne oczy" is streaming now.

Business

Wet Leg, Nova Twins Victorious At AIM Independent Music Awards 2022

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.

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Mord’A’Stigmata unveil new album “Like Ants And Snakes” details

Highly anticipated new album from Mord'A'Stigmata will be released on 4 November 2022 via Pagan Records. New single "Blood of the Angles" is available to listen now.

Music

Nottingham’s home to dance music Stealth begins new chapter after major upgrade

The award-winning club that regularly features in DJ Mag’s ‘Top 100 Clubs in the World’ is returning with top of the range production to deliver a fully immersive clubbing experience.

Business

Sentric Music Group makes key A&R hires across US

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.

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L.A.B return with ‘Fashion Dread Dub’ a dubbed out version of their original track 'Fashion Dread' which arrives alongside a live mixdown video

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.

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Brooklyn Funk Essentials release new track ‘AA Side Single’ & Ronnie Scott's show

The cult funk ensemble Brooklyn Funk Essentials release their infectious new jazz-funk jam ‘AA Side Single’ today on Dorado Records, to follow up the critically acclaimed recent single ‘Scream!’.

Business

Music Venue Trust responds to the UK Government’s plan to tackle energy crisis affecting grassroots music venues

"Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this intervention by the Government, which appears at face value to comprehensively tackle the immediate short term energy crisis for Grassroots Music Venues."

Business

Music Venue Trust announces Ticketmaster as headline sponsor for Venues Day 2022

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. 

Business

Stormzy & Rina Sawayama win big at AIM Awards 2022

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.

Business

YMU expands into gaming and sports marketing as Digital Sports Mgmt joins the group

Digital Sports MGMT represents leading brands such as Warner Bros and Xbox, and influencers such as Danny Aarons, ShaunaGames and AJ3

Music

Tomorrow’s Warriors presents Nu Civilisation Orchestra: Hejira & Mingus

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.

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One-woman neofolk project Ols releases new music video; new album in October

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.

Business

Public Pressure announces partnership with Diesel to promote emerging artists with Web3 culture & technology

Public Pressure, a Web3 media company with a carbon-neutral NFT music marketplace, is joining forces with fashion brand, Diesel, to celebrate the fabric and future of underground music.

Business

Becky Hill and Martin Hall to be recognised at the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

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

Music

Neoclassical veterans ATARAXIA unveil “Aura Magi” lyric video

Italian neoclassical band unveils the third single from its upcoming 28th studio album, “Pomegranate - The Chant Of The Elementals”

Business

Domino, Chess Club, Jamie Oborne in running for AIM Awards wins

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.

Music

KAWIR to release classic material on vinyl & digipak formats

The reissues from the legendary Greek black metal band will include never released tracks and for the first time on vinyl, celebrating the band's 30-year history.

Business

Reservoir and PopArabia acquire Lebanese music company Voice Of Beirut

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.

Business

MMF and YouTube Music open applications for the FIFTH Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

Talented UK-based music managers are being urged to apply before the October 24th deadline

Business

Aux App launches free music industry guide

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.

Business

AIF statement on the appointment of Michelle Donelan as UK Culture Secretary

"Congratulations to Michelle Donelan MP on her appointment as Secretary of State at DCMS. It remains a uniquely challenging time for festivals as we look to the 2023 season."

Business

IMPEL, SX Works, and CMRRA finalize strategic partnership extending member licensing opportunities in North America, Europe

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.

Music

L.A.B meets Paolo Baldini Dubfiles – Shadows Dub

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.

Business

Strange Fruits Re-Brands as Fruits Music

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.

Music

Apache Indian and Paul Fox share the Same Blood

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.

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Multi platinum New Zealand/Maori Band, L.A.B win at RollingStone Awards

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. 

Music

Applications Open For The 2022 Drake YolanDa Awards For Emerging Young Artists

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.

Business

Public Pressure launches Web3 platform

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.

Business

Paul Reed to step down as CEO of AIF

Paul Reed will step down as CEO of The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in November, after nine years at the trade body.

Business

UK Music chief warns music venues and studios face closure without urgent action to tackle crippling energy bills

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has warned music venues, studios and other music businesses face closure without swift action to combat soaring energy bills.

Business

Crunch Digital launches beta version of Tempo, a groundbreaking online tool for instantly identifying tracks available under existing music licenses

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.

Business

The Libertines and Lethal Bizzle To Perform At AIM Awards 2022

Cult British rockers The Libertines will be taking to The Roundhouse stage on 28th September, as the AIM Independent Music Awards returns for a star-studded, in-person event.

Music

St. Louis hip-hop artist Save Ferris to release new single 'Shine'

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.

Business

Reservoir announces new deal with Grammy-nominated writer-producer Nick Lee

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.

Business

The Ranch Production House announces ‘Pay What You Can’ autumn sessions

The Home Of Breakout Records From Creeper, Boston Manor, Milk Teeth, Conjurer, Employed To Serve, Cold Years, Puppy and many more.

Business

AIM's Paul Pacifico to Step Down as CEO After Six Years

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.

Business

Exceleration Music appoints Jennifer Newman Sharpe as Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel

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.

Music

On-demand vinyl platform, elasticStage, raises £3.5m in total with the latest closing of its seed round

On-demand vinyl platform elasticStage raises £3.5m

Music

The Hempolics meets Macka B - One Law Fi Dem

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”.

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Jamie Lenman reveals video for new single ‘Talk Hard’

The first hint at a leaner and more mainstream leaning sound to come from his new material, coming ahead of Lenman’s performance on the Yokhai Stage at ArcTanGent Festival on Friday 19th August 2022.

Business

Twitch Indies Raid: Hip Hop presented by Twitch and Merlin August 17th, exclusively on Twitch

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. 

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Bucks Music Group signs Marvee Woods in exclusive worldwide deal

Bucks Music Group has signed double platinum selling songwriter Marvee Woods to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

Business

Perfect Havoc release 5th year anniversary NFT collection

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.

Business

Distiller Music Group announces launch of dedicated VR division

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.

Business

BPI & BRITs chief announces departure in 2023, in BPI’s 50th anniversary year

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.

Business

Merlin expands leadership team with People & Culture Lead

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.

Business

YMU Music US announce Elena Awbrey as Executive Manager

The US Music division of international artist management company YMU, has announced the appointment of Elena Awbrey to the position of Executive Manager.

Business

Web3 marketplace Serenade launches new chart eligible music format

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.

Business

Curve Royalty Systems announce two key hires

Curve Royalty Systems, the London-based music technology company, has announced two key hires in its North American and UK divisions.

Business

Exceleration Music acquires Heroic Music Group catalogue

Exceleration Music, a company formed to enhance the future of independent labels and artists, has acquired the catalogue of innovative Dutch independent Heroic Music Group.

Business

AIM responds to CMA streaming market study decision

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."

Business

BPI response to CMA interim report on music & streaming market study

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."

Business

Concord Music Publishing sign new global publishing deal with Nathan Dawe and Mabel hit maker Tre Jean-Marie

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.

Business

Wet Leg, FKA Twigs and Dave receive double-nods as AIM Awards reveal first nominees

The AIM Independent Music Awards nominees have been revealed, as the event is set to return in-person at London's iconic Roundhouse on 28 September. 

Business

YMU announce Matt Rowsell as artist manager

International artist management company YMU has announced the appointment of Matt Rowsell to the position of Artist Manager.

Business

The new headline sponsor of The Mercury Prize to underwrite gigs by future Mercury Prize hopefuls at grassroots music venues in association with Music Venue Trust

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.

Music

The Subways announce details of fifth album Uncertain Joys

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).

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Black & White is a captivating take on mental health with hard hitting lyrics and sweet, soulful melodies.

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.

Business

Marta Zgrzywa and Damian Słonina elected to ZAiKS Board, Magdalena Cuprzyńska joins Auditing Committee

IMPF welcomes the election of publishing representatives to the Board and Audit Committee of the Polish Society of Authors and Composers (ZAiKS) after 20-years of campaigning.

Music

New Nude Tuesday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) includes hilarious gibberish songs by Jemaine Clement, Elly-May Barnes, Kirin J Callinan, Moniker (aka The Phoenix Foundation), Reb Fountain, and composer Cam Ballantyne

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). 

Business

Talent agency First Artists Management launches UK composer assistant and mentor programme

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.

Business

Kartel Music Group announces marketing agency expansion with the appointment of Heather Swaine as Managing Director, Agency

Independent Music Services company Kartel Music Group announces the appointment of Heather Swaine as Managing Director of its expanding marketing and media promotions agency.

Business

YolanDa Brown appointed Chair of the BPI

The BPI – the representative voice for independent and major record labels across the UK – is delighted to announce that its new Chair is acclaimed musician, composer and broadcaster YolanDa Brown.

Business

Irish Avant Garde Punk Producer Meryl Streek Signs To Venn Records

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.

Business

Record industry extends blocking of pirate websites to mobile networks

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.

Business

Ultra Music Publishing launches new studio complex in Liverpool

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.

Business

Dequency launches music rights portal to create the first open, two-sided sync licensing marketplace

Dequency has today launched its web3-powered music licensing marketplace, opening its portal to music rightsholders everywhere, having completed a 4-month restricted beta phase.

Business

Music industry chiefs urge culture secretary to ditch 'dangerous and damaging' plan to allow artificial intelligence firms to data mine the music of UK creators

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.

Business

Portsmouth indie surf rockers Dutch Criminal Record sign to Alcopop! Records

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.

Business

Middlesex University London and the Association of Independent Music partner on pioneering Music Business MA for industry professionals

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.

Business

Serenade announce UK advisory board

Serenade, the eco-friendly music NFT marketplace whose mission is to support artists by creating new revenue streams from unique fan experiences, has announced the members of its UK advisory board.

Business

ACM agrees global strategic partnership with The Music Federation

ACM and The Music Federation (TMF) have come together to bring the professional music services of the business direct to students across the creative industries spectrum on programme at ACM.

Business

Critically-acclaimed superstar artist, songwriter, model, and actress Sky Ferreira signs with Third Side Music

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.  

Music

Long-running London music venue The Garage to party all year for 30th Anniversary

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.

Business

Notting Hill Carnival CEO Matthew Phillip announced as new AIF Chair

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.

Music

Cult funk group BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS Release new single ‘Scream!’ 13th July

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.

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Chrysalis and Tommy Boy Records ink world ex Americas distribution deal with leading distributor Proper, part of the Utopia family

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.

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Perfect Havoc sign Just Kiddin to management roster

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.

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Years & Years announce homecoming show at OVO Arena London will be available to stream in partnership with On Air

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.

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Reservoir announces publishing deal with multi-platinum hip-hop producer Marley Marl

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.

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Downtown Music Services announces publishing and label services agreement with Geejam Music

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.

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DAACI AI tech sets out to revolutionise music composition

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.

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Bucks signs Mercury-nominated Kathryn Williams to worldwide deal

Bucks Music Group has signed Kathryn Williams to a worldwide administration agreement. Williams has released 14 albums to date including Little Black Numbers, which was Mercury nominated in 2000.

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Social audio platform Logcast launches Non-Fungible Memories, world's first spoken audio NFTs

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”. 

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L.A.B release live at Massey Studios

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.

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BPI analysis of year’s biggest albums reveals breadth of music creativity across UK

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. 

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Concord Music Publishing sign global deal with dance music pioneer Carl Cox

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.

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GigRealm announces partnership with Ask For Clive

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.

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Madlib, Arlo Parks, Japanese Breakfast among winners at 2022 A2IM Libera Awards presented by Merlin 

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.

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Soothsayers and Victor Rice drop powerful new track ‘Last Days’

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’.

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Concord Music Publishing partner with music supervision agency Native Music to launch The Scoring Sessions

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).

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Cooking Vinyl signs Don Letts for his first solo album

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 

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Downtown Music Services expands Latin America footprint

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.

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Swedish tech startup, Staccs, strikes licensing deal with Cherry Red Records for its premium streaming service for concert video and music documentaries

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.

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Beneil Miller invites you to ‘Spread Your Wings’

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.

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Aux App receives £50,000 award from Innovate UK

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.

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JHELISA hugely respected maverick returns with career opus Oxygen

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.

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Proper inks logistics deal with Naxos UK

Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family, and Naxos UK, part of Naxos Music Group, the global classical music specialist, have unveiled a new logistics deal.

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Partisan Records announce signing of Ezra Collective

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.

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IMPF to host brand new music business conference

IMPF is delighted to announce a brand-new annual music business conference and writing camp that will bring together music publishers and the wider industry from around the world.

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Angry Mob Music Group signs Australian electronic artist Just A Gent to worldwide administration deal

“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. 

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St. Louis Native Save Ferris to Release New Single 'Suburbia'

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.

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AIM releases final wave of speakers and sessions for Future Independents 2022

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.

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Skanita releases debut album Common Ground

‘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’. 

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Proper clinches global supply chain deal with classical label Hyperion

Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family, and Hyperion, one of Britain's leading classical music labels, have agreed a logistics and supply chain deal.

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Social audio platform Logcast rolls out $UPERLOGS, new monetization tool for creators

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.

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A2IM announces Lineup for 2022 A2IM Libera Awards presented by Merlin, Madlib to be honored with Independent Icon Award

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.

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Music Venue Trust announces launch of Music Venue Properties

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.

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Louisiana Hip-Hop Artist Feedbackotw Release New Single 'Moving On'

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.

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We come in peace! SONO announces the debut single by CAVA

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.

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Return of DHP Family’s Charity Music Festival Beat the Streets Raises Another £76,000 for Framework

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.

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The Floor is funding creators' projects

The Floor has increased its Creator Fund. Creators can request up to £5000 to get the most out of their upcoming project.

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Reservoir announces publishing deal with Roxy Music's lead guitarist, Phil Manzanera

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.

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BDi Music signs Ellysse Mason to exclusive deal

Independent publisher BDi Music has signed emerging artist and songwriter Ellysse Mason to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.

Business

NFT marketplace Serenade announces $6m fundraise and expansion plans following breakthrough first six months

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.

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Over 100 UK festivals commit to tackling sexual violence

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.

Music

Calyx & TeeBee Drop Their Plates LP on RAM Records

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.

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mom+pop music and Exceleration Music agree to strategic financial alliance

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.

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Macka B teams up with members of Steel Pulse and Birmingham based production team, My Boyz Beatz

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)

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Distiller Music Group announces publishing agreement with Downtown Music Services

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.

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The Green Planet Original Television Soundtrack by Benji Merrison and Will Slater is streaming now, special 2CD available to pre-order

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. 

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Reservoir continues to execute against emerging markets growth strategy

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.

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Downtown's found.ee launches landmark premium video advertising tool

found.ee, the first-party data and digital marketing platform acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2021, has launched its landmark self-service Premium Video Ad Buying tool.

Music

A History of the Jamaican Recording Industry: Vol 2 – Out Now

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.

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Paul Bonham promoted by MMF to the role of Professional Development Director and Anneliese Harmon announced as GM

The Music Managers Forum expands resources of its UK office to bolster the range of professional development training offered to its 1,200+ members

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Reservoir expands relationship with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Dan The Automator via new publishing deal

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.

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AIM's 'Future Independents' conference to return for second year

Future Independents, the Association of Independent Music (AIM)'s digital conference empowering DIY artists, labels, managers and entrepreneurs, is set to return on Wednesday 8th June. 

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Macka B & Goldie to appear alongside Slade & Robert Plant in "Black Country Beats" exhibition

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.

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The Music Federation launches TMF Advances & TMF Merch

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’.

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Talenthouse has acquired Creative Commission, the leading platform for creative jobs in the music industry

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.

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FUGA joins forces with Swedish label, YEAR0001 and makes significant first hire in Nordic region

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.

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BPI "All About the Music" 2022 yearbook reveals more artists and tracks succeed on streaming than ever before

New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – reveals that a record number of tracks are now hitting eight-figure UK streaming totals.

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New releases' share of UK's vinyl LP market leapt by more than 40% in 2021, BPI analysis reveals

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.

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Norwegian experimental festival Punkt 2022 re-connects 1-3 September for 18th edition, launch of new label Punkt Editions

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.

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IMPF statement on Poland C-401/19 Art 17

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.

Business

Eventual wins the Innovation Award at PRO Gaala 2022

Eventual is the winner of the Innovation category at PRO Gaala 2022, an award ceremony that spotlights the most promising projects and professionals in the hospitality industry in Finland.

Business

Cooking Vinyl announce long-term deal with acclaimed 90s indie band Symposium

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.

Music

Veterans and Young Lions of Reggae unite on the Generation Gap Riddim, mixed by six-time Grammy award winning engineer, James “Bonzai” Caruso

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.

Business

Proper Music Distribution receives Queen's Award for Enterprise

Part of the Utopia Music family, Proper Music Group's distribution arm, Proper Music Distribution (PMD), has been awarded the UK's most prestigious business award, The Queen's Award for Enterprise.

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ASCAP Experience unveils spring sessions with mega songwriter/producer Poo Bear and hit streaming series composers

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.

Music

Italian neo-cabaret legend AIT! announces vinyl release

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.

Business

Merlin Partners with South Korean Streaming Giant FLO

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. 

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Voly announce Ryan Williams-Reid as Client Relationship Manager

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.

Business

Young M.A NFT Capsule announced

NYC-based entertainer, Young M.A, has teamed up with eco-friendly NFT platform Serenade to release an exclusive NFT capsule focused on milestones from a 6 x platinum artist career.

Business

Indie music surge continues with fourth consecutive year of growth

New analysis from the BPI – the UK association of independent and major record labels – shows that independently released music is thriving and in 2021 enjoyed its fourth consecutive year of growth.

Business

James Cattermole and Kate Hendry take on new roles at Absolute Label Services

Kate Hendry and James Cattermole have been offered exciting new roles at Absolute Label Services.

Music

Nu Civilisation Orchestra presents: Duke Ellington’s The Queen’s Suite

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.

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St. Louis Hip-Hop Artist Save Ferris to Release New Single 'Lemonade'

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.

Business

Aux Awards winners revealed

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).

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L.A.B release new single, 'Real Ones' ft Aotearoa based artist 'Kings' and an energetic trap remix by 'QUIX'

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.

Business

Sentric signs Boston Manor

Sentric Music Group has signed British rock band Boston Manor to a publishing deal that includes their back catalogue and a number of future works.

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Rob Wheeler in exclusive worldwide deal

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).

Music

Merlin congratulates its member Grammy winners for 2022

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.

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Chords Drops New EP on RAM Records

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.

Business

Partisan Records launches Left Music

Partisan Records, the Brooklyn-headquartered independent music group with offices in London, has announced the launch of a new music publishing division, Left Music.

Business

AIM Awards returns as live Roundhouse ceremony with new categories

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.

Business

Reservoir announces new deal for catalog of lyricist Larry Kusik

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.

Business

Synchtank appoints Janet Kirker as Chief Product Officer

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.

Business

Round Hill Music Nashville appoint Mike Whelan as Senior Vice President and General Manager

Round Hill Music Nashville has announced the appointment of industry veteran Mike Whelan to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Business

AIM hires Esta Rae as Senior Events Manager

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.

Business

Patrick Moxey announces new label group

Patrick Moxey has announced details of his new label group and has signed a new, worldwide deal for two key record labels with Warner Recorded Music.

Business

YMU US Music Announce Taren Smith as Senior Manager

The US Music division of international artist management company YMU has announced the promotion of Taren Smith to the position of Senior Manager.

Music

A2IM unveils list of nominees for the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards presented by Merlin

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.

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AIF CEO Paul Reed on Rishi Sunak's Spring Statement

“We are disappointed that the Chancellor has not responded to our repeated calls to grant an extension to the 12.5% VAT rate on festival tickets beyond the end of March."

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Music Venue Trust responds to the UK government’s Spring Statement

"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."

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Reservoir acquires rights in the catalog of award-winning film score composer Henry Jackman

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.

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Calyx & TeeBee drop final album single before 'Plates' is released

‘Warehouse Days’ is the final release before Calyx & TeeBee introduce their full-length album which aims to take listeners back to the original ethos of releasing music.

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Artist performances announced for inaugural Aux Awards ceremony

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.

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UK recorded music revenues continue recovery in 2021

The BPI, the association of independent and major record labels, today reports that UK recorded music revenue rose by 12.8% in 2021 to reach £1.262 billion.

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Reservoir announces publishing deal with Grammy-winning artist and songwriter Killer Mike

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.

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Introducing Beneil Miller

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.

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Downtown Music Services promotes Dan Miller to Director of Client Services

Dan Miller has been promoted to Director of Client Services at Downtown Music Services, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Ben Patterson.

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Absolute suspends content delivery to Russian platforms Yandex and VKontakte

Absolute Label Services has today told clients that it will suspend the delivery of content to Russia’s Yandex and VKontakte (via UMA) effective immediately.

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The Music Federation announces the creation of ‘The Killing Moon Academy’ as their new artist development accelerator

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.

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Macka B and Top Secret ask "Can Your Wife Answer Your Phone?"

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.

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Rock City Manager Recognised in National Industry Awards To Find the Next Generation of Stars

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

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Music NFT specialists Serenade announce high profile industry investors

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.

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Reservoir extends deal with award-winning hit songwriter Ali Tamposi

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.

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IMPF calls on music and licensing industry to sever economic, business, political and socio-cultural ties with all Russian counterparts

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.

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Christine Pepe joins Utopia as VP, Business And Legal Affairs

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.

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YMU announce launch of AmperSounds

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.

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NEW SINGLE from Chainska Brassika – Down the Barge – OUT 25th FEB 2022

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.

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Ultra Music Publishing announces strategic alliance with Warner Chappell Music

Ultra Music Publishing (‘Ultra’), the leading independent publishers of Electronic Dance Music, Pop, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Reggae has announced a strategic alliance with Warner Chappell Music.

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IMPF receives EU grant to build capacity of independent publishers

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.

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Music Venue Trust Board of Trustees prepare for “next phase”

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.

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Bucks Music Group signs Grammy nominated James Dring

Bucks Music Group has signed songwriter, producer and mixer James Dring to an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement.

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A2IM Announces 2022 Black Independent Music Accelerator Fellows

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.

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Ged Doherty to step down as BPI Chair

UK record labels association the BPI today announces that Ged Doherty has given notice of his intention to step down as its Chair after seven years in the role.

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Utopia grows Distribution Services with acquisition of Absolute Label Services

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.

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Ex-Spotify Chief Economist Will Page to give keynote on streaming at AIM Connected 2022

The former Chief Economist of Spotify and PRS for Music, Will Page, has been announced as a keynote speaker at AIM Connected 2022, as the final line-up of speakers and sessions is revealed.

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The Kooks partner with eco-friendly platform Serenade to release first NFT

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 

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YMU announce Anthony Rodol as Managing Director – US Music

International artist management company YMU has announced the promotion of Anthony Rodol to the position of Managing Director - US Music.

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Downtown Music Services sign global music publishing agreement with Arca

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.

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ClicknClear partners with Warner Music

ClicknClear, the world’s only specialist music rights tech and licensing company for performance sports, has secured a new blanket deal with Warner Music, spanning their entire global catalogue.

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Downtown Music Services expands label services footprint in the UK

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.

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RAM Announces XOYO Residency

Kicking off the year long birthday celebrations, this April RAM Records returns to one of London’s most iconic venues for a club series that will showcase 30 years of a label that has led the game.

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Alcopop! Records launch film distribution arm with 'Hollywood Bulldogs' documentary

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.

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Proper and Bertus team up to offer combined European sales and distribution

Proper Music Group, part of the Utopia family, and Bertus, two of Europe's leading physical distributors, have agreed a new sales and distribution deal.

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The Young Music Boss Awards 2022 winners revealed

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.

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A Statement from AIM's Paul Pacifico on the CMA's ruling on Sony's acquisition of AWAL

Paul Pacifico, CEO of the UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM), has made the following comment on the CMA's provisional conclusions in its investigation into Sony's acquisition of AWAL.

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MatchTune launches AI-driven tool TuneBlades that automatically edits music selections for any media

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.

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Dequency raises $4.5M to build decentralised music licensing platform on Algorand

Dequency, the world's first Web3 music synchronisation licensing marketplace, has raised $4.5 million through an investment round led by Borderless Capital.

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Calling the next generation of diverse industry leaders: 5th round of Richard Antwi Scholarship opens

“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)

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Steve Markland joins Utopia as VP for Nashville

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.

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AIF to recruit new Chair with Jim Mawdsley stepping down after 7 years

Jim Mawdsley is to step down as Chair of The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) in May 2022, after seven years in the role.

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AIF chief warns of ‘perfect storm’ heading for UK festival season

A live entertainment supply chain crisis, workforce shortages, and the effects of Brexit could create a ‘perfect storm’ as the 2022 festival season approaches.

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Music Tech Start Up Announces Inaugural Aux Awards

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.

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FooR, Mollie Collins and Emma Cannon Release 'Too Bad'

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.

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Europe's Biggest Ever K-pop Festival Unveils Second Day Due to Unprecedented Demand

Europe's biggest ever K-pop festival KPOP.FLEX is adding a second day at Deutsche Bank Park Stadium, Frankfurt.

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Tomás Releases New Single ‘Não Tenhas Medo’ and Official VEVO Video

As soon as the song was released, it gained direct entry into the #3 position on the official iTunes Portugal charts.

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Rock City buys into Bearded Theory

The owners of the legendary Rock City in Nottingham have announced a partnership with leading alternative independent music festival Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering.

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Young and Emmy-nominated 'Killing Eve' supervisor celebrated as AIM Sync Award winners at global sync conference

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.

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Ulf Zick joins Utopia Music as Chief Marketing Officer

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.

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MMF reveals the next wave of talented music managers to join the Accelerator Programme 2022

YouTube Music, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association continue to support the groundbreaking grants and training initiative for a fourth successive year

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Round Hill Music Royalty Fund acquires the Alice In Chains catalogue

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.

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Runway Artists expands team with 4 new hires, launches In Transit industry showcase

Independent booking agency Runway Artists has expanded its team with four new hires and launched a new live showcase event for the music industry.

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AMG/MaDigital joins IMPEL

AMG/MaDigital is the first music publishing company in West Africa and was established with the goal of educating African artists about publishing income and its opportunities.

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Mulika Sannie appointed Deputy Chair of The BRIT Trust

Tony Wadsworth CBE, Chair of The BRIT Trust music charity, is today delighted to announce that he has appointed Mulika Sannie to the newly created role of Deputy Chair.

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Utopia Music establishes Royalty Management Services and welcomes Sentric Music Group

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.

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The Music Federation Partners With The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance

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.

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WIN appoints new board, AIR's Maria Amato becomes first female chair

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has appointed its board for 2022, with Maria Amato, CEO of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) as chair.

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Downtown Music Holdings announces new appointments to legal team

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.

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Twitch and Merlin Announce Strategic Partnership

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.

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Top promoter Harvey Goldsmith to appear before MPs' inquiry into EU touring crisis facing musicians and crew

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.

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Exceleration Music partners with and acquires catalog of progressive US independent label Kill Rock Stars

Exceleration Music, a company formed to enhance the future of independent labels and artists, is forming a strategic partnership with the groundbreaking US independent label Kill Rock Stars.

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Reservoir announces publishing deal with award-winning, multi-platinum and #1 hit writer-producer Oak Felder, expanding on existing joint venture

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.

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FUGA partners with Mascot Label Group, begins delivery of immersive audio to TIDAL

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.

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Eventual is one of the nominated finalists of Pro Gaala 2022

“Eventual connects the event industry - venues, restaurants, clubs, hotels or cafes - with performers and audiences in a whole new way”

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Various Artists Management announce US expansion plans

Various Artists Management have announced ambitious plans for an increased presence in the USA with a new office in Los Angeles, which will serve as a base for its growing roster of artists.

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Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown have released their lead single “Planet Zero''

Multi-platinum rock band Shinedown have released their lead single “Planet Zero,” the title track from their newly announced seventh studio album out April 22 on Atlantic Records.

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Michael Adex named 'Music Entrepreneur of the Year' by YMB Awards

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).

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Final speakers and sessions announced for AIM Sync 2022

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.

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Rosa Asciolla joins Utopia as VP, Global Artist and Creator Community

- 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

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Application deadline approaches for A2IM's BIMA, the Black Independent Music Accelerator to amplify black businesses in the independent music community

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.

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AIF announces full Festival Congress 2022 programme

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has revealed the full programme for its Festival Congress 2022, taking place in Bristol on February 15.

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Exceleration Music marks first anniversary of partnership with raft of new hires

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.

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Sean O’Malley’s Regard Music joins IMPEL

US-based music publishing administrator Regard Music has officially joined IMPEL for pan-European licensing of its represented works.

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Utopia acquires Proper Music Group

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.

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GigRealm announces partnership with TuneCore

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.

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TMF Live launches ‘Safe Spaces’ policy across all live shows

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

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FEAT launches guide on how to find and remove touted tickets

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

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Rosa Martínez joins Utopia as Director, Spain

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

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

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

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Round Hill Music announces acquisition of David Coverdale catalogue

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

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Round Hill Music announces agreement with Nancy Wilson

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

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Merlin partners with Lickd to make independent music accessible to creators

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

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

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

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Line-up revealed for 20 years of Vitalic

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

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The Music Federation Live Rebrand

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.

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AIM Sync Award nominees announced

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

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Merlin Announces Its Next Board; Welcomes Nine New Board Members

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

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

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

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Music Venue Trust launches #golocal campaign

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced a new campaign to encourage music fans to enjoy live music in safe environments by supporting their local grassroots music venues.

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Exceleration Music launches strategic partnership with landmark US indie label SideOneDummy Records

Exceleration Music, a company formed to enhance the future of independent labels and artists, is launching a strategic partnership with influential Los Angeles-based indie label SideOneDummy Records.

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Dr. Richard James Burgess - EDM Pioneer and President and CEO of A2IM - awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in New Year’s Honours List

Dr. Richard James Burgess steps into 2022 as an MBE honoree for his services to music, having been announced on Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s Honours List.

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More artists succeed as streaming drives music growth, fuelled by record label investment

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.

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Fans loving physical albums: vinyl & cassettes continue surge; CD decline slows

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.

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L.A.B Take Home Four New Zealand Music Awards (Aotearoa Music Awards)

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. 

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Dequency executes first-ever music synchronization license smart contract on the Algorand Blockchain

"Late Night People" by Goldfish ft. Soweto Kinch was licensed through Dequency's SmartSync contract for use in Algorand's Decipher conference, held November 29 - 30, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

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Boomplay and Merlin extend licensing agreement to cover 47 countries across Africa

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.

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Independent Music Promoters on verge of collapse as Omnicron variant rips through UK

"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."

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Rising Irish artist Elaine Mai strikes publishing deal with Nick Halkes as part of JV with Sentric Music Group

Rising Irish talent Elaine Mai has signed an exclusive publishing deal with respected industry pioneer Nick Halkes and his joint venture with Sentric Music Group.

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Utopia launches new Financial Services business unit

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.

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KINDA Promotes Samir Batista To Director Of Business Development

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.

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Wardlaw Music joins IMPEL

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.

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IMPF launches Independent Music Publishing Global Market View 2021

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.

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Multi-platinum Maori/New Zealand Band, L.A.B release new album for Christmas

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.

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Downtown Music Services announces four senior US promotions

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.

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Absolute to distribute new albums by Sea Power and Feeder as label services partner for Townsend Music’s D2C+ releases

Feeder and Sea Power (formerly British Sea Power) will both release new albums in the first quarter of 2022 via Townsend Music’s D2C+ offering, with Absolute providing label services.

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Grassroots music venue sector on brink of collapse

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.

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Reservoir acquires rights to the catalog of Fred Parris, founder of The Five Satins

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.”

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Music Leaders Launch Climate Pact

A group of leading music companies have signed a wide-ranging commitment to 'decarbonise' the global music business in alignment with the latest climate science.

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Tony Latham joins Utopia Music as Head of Investor Services

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

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Brix Smith to headline AIF Festival Congress in conversation with Laura Snapes

Musician Brix Smith will be interviewed in the headline session at AIF’s 2022 Festival Congress, which will take place at Bristol’s M Shed Museum on February 15.

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MMF publish Managing Expectations: Producer And Songwriter Manager Edition

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.

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Utopia Music kicks off Creator Services with two key acquisitions

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.

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Artist First announces alliance with Various Artists Management

Italian distribution company and record label Artist First has announced a wide-ranging new agreement with international artist management specialists Various Artists Management.

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Gary Crosby OBE to receive Honorary Doctorate from University of London Institute in Paris

Gary Crosby OBE, the co-founder and Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors today receives an Honorary Doctorate, entitled ‘Doctor of Music honoris causa’ at the University of London.

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First speakers and sessions announced for flagship independent music conference, AIM Connected 2022

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.

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A Statement from Music Venue Trust on new Covid restrictions

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...

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Round Hill Music confirms global agreement with Jellybean Benitez

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.

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Thomas Steinbrueck joins Utopia Music as Chief of Brand and Design

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

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WIN celebrates 15th anniversary, completes strategic restructure

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the global coordination and support body for the independent music sector, is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

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Del Amitri, Carl Barât and more are added to The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, announces exciting additions to The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour taking place in January 2022.

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Paul Pacifico: An open letter to Parliamentarians  

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.

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New speakers, sessions and 'sync primer' workshop announced for AIM Sync 2022

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.

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A2IM re-ups Dr. Richard James Burgess as organization’s President and CEO

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced that Dr. Richard James Burgess’ contract as President and CEO has been renewed for a third term.

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Sound Royalties now offering tour advances to help relaunch live performances and tours

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.

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Downtown Music Services signs MELO-X to global publishing deal

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.

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A2IM reveals new panels, additional speakers for Let’s Get Digital Tech Summit

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.

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Line-up announced for return of The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour

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.

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Proper sign distribution deal with Independent Venue Week

The UK's leading physical distributor, Proper Music Group, has signed a three year sales and distribution deal for the UK & ROI with Independent Venue Week.

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Multi-platinum band, L.A.B release "Mr Reggae", the first single from their forthcoming album, L.A.B V

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.

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Distiller Music Group announces new hires and promotions across team

London based independent music company Distiller Music Group has announced a number of staff changes within its UK team.

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Absolute Label Services signs deal with Reef

Absolute Label Services has signed a services deal with Reef for the British rock band’s next album.

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UK-based Music Tech Startup Aux Goes Lives In Beta Format

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.

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The Finnish crowdfunding platform, Eventual, aims to revolutionise the live event industry

"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"

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Music leaders' drive to tackle racism and boost inclusion wins backing from football legend and diversity champion Rio Ferdinand

UK Music and UK Music's Diversity Taskforce is calling for greater transparency in the battle to boost diversity and inclusion across the music business and creative industries.

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Leon Neville to join BPI in new Director of Insight role

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.

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The National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour returns

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.

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Downtown Music Services announce global publishing agreement for Johnny Clegg catalogue

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).

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Aleighcia Scott pips Marley and Koffee to Number One

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."

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Levantine Music joins IMPEL

Levantine Music – an independent publisher focused on music from the Middle East and North Africa – has joined IMPEL.

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Composer Emily Rice releases debut artist album on First Artists Recordings / MNRK

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.

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BDi Music signs Roo Panes in exclusive worldwide deal

BDi Music has signed Roo Panes to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal for future works.

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Exceleration Music strikes long-term alliance with the estate of Justin Townes Earle

Exceleration Music has struck a long-term agreement with the estate of the late celebrated singer and songwriter Justin Townes Earle. 

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Social Network For Audio Creators, Logcast, To Launch Globally

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).

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Music Venue Trust announce new patrons

Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has announced a number of new patrons across the artist community and wider music industry.

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Reservoir acquires hit songs by platinum-selling writer-producer Dallas Austin

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.

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20 British Indie Artists Share £300,000 Music Exports Boost

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.

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Downtown Music Services sign global music publishing agreement with AIR

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.

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Curve Royalty Systems announce new US plans

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.

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Midgar release 'Behind The Music feature'

Midgar have just released a ‘Behind The Music’ feature which explains the creative process behind their new EP ‘Warrens’

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Tomorrow’s Warriors unveils A Great Day In London – Celebrating 30 Years – A Jazz Happening A unique fundraising event to sustain the future of UK jazz

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.

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AIF AGM: Membership up 34%, six new Board members, Festival Congress set to return in Bristol next February

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.

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'Creator Rights' unlock new revenue sources for long-term growth

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.

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Downtown Music Services announces raft of US senior promotions

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.

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Trauma to re-release iconic long sold out “Suffocated in Slumber”

Polish death metal veterans Trauma will re-release their second full-length album “Suffocated in Slumber” on 17 November via Pagan Records.

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A2IM’s Let’s Get Digital Tech Summit Returns for Second Year December 9-10, 2021

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.

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Rachel Kelly joins Utopia Music as Head of Australia

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

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Macka B's Secret To Free Your Mind

“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.

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Perfect Havoc Management Signs Singer-Songwriter Aya Anne

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.

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Winners of the 2021 Drake YolanDa Award for emerging young musicians announced

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. 

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AIM Sync - the UK's global sync conference and marketplace - returns for 2022

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.

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Vitalic Announces '20 Years of Vitalic' Live Show at Electric Brixton

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.

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MPs Join Forces To Demand "Urgent Action" From PM Boris Johnson Over EU Touring Crisis Facing Musicians And Crew

A letter has been sent to PM Boris Johnson on behalf of cross-party MPs demanding "urgent action" over the crisis facing musicians and crew touring the EU.

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Various Artists Management announce John Dawkins as UK Managing Director

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.

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A2IM Announces New Executive Committee for Its Board of Directors

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.

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IMPEL adds four new US members

Four new US-based publishers have joined IMPEL – Fonico, LLC, Tompkins Farm Music and James Auspitz’s Auspitz and HaLevi Music.

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Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited long-term administration deal for members of Supertramp

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”).

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FUGA inks global delivery platform services deal with Beggars Group

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.

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Tempo Music acquires a majority stake in master recordings & compositions of seminal Korn albums See You On The Other Side & Untitled

Tempo Music has acquired a majority stake in the master recordings and compositions of albums See You On The Other Side and Untitled by alternative metal legends Korn.

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Music Venue Trust and Ticketmaster announce improved commercial deal for grassroots music venues

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.

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Utopia Music acquisition of Lyric Financial

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.

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SINFONIASUBLIME Music Distribution Announces Membership with Merlin Network

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.

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Sound Royalties Joins 2021 Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival as Premier Partner

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.

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Merlin Strikes Strategic Partnership with Global Streaming Music App TREBEL

Merlin, the independent’s digital music licensing partner, has announced a deal with TREBEL, the maker of a licensed music app with on-demand and offline play sponsored by brand advertisers.

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Artist & Manager Awards 2021, in association with Soundcloud: Mogwai to receive Pioneer Award

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) are delighted to reveal that Mogwai and Karma Artists have been added to the winners roll call at the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards.

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Midgar release new EP 'Warrens'

Midgar release their new EP 'Warrens' which features a new single, and 3 re-imagined tracks from the album Unity.

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UK Music responds to budget by urging Government to back three-point plan to boost music industry

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Government to “strike the right note” by helping drive jobs and growth in the UK’s world-leading music industry. 

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AIM responds to Budget and Spending Review

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.

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Match of the Day: The Intersection of Music & Professional Sport

There are just under two weeks to the BPI's third and final Insight Session of the year – which for this latest edition will look at the intersection of music and professional sports.

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Exceleration Music strikes deal to acquire legendary Chicago indie label, Bloodshot Records

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.

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AIM announces new Board members, education partnerships and 'Distribution Switch Code'

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.

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Reservoir signs singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin to a worldwide admin deal

Reservoir today announced the signing of singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin to a worldwide publishing deal that includes her entire catalog and future works.

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Yvan Boudillet joins Utopia Music as Head of Policy

 Yvan Boudillet, who has over 15 years’ experience in digital entertainment, has joined fast-growing music tech company Utopia Music as Head of Policy.

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The BPI welcomes the CMA's study into the music streaming market

"The BPI welcomes the CMA's study into the music streaming market. We look forward to seeing the scope of the project in due course and engaging with the CMA to inform its work."

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AIM CEO Paul Pacifico responds to CMA study into major label dominance

"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."

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UK Music Calls For Government Action To Boost Recovery As New Report Reveals Covid Wiped Out One In Three Music Jobs

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.

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The Annual BPI Classical Committee / PPL quiz in aid of Nordoff Robbins returns

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.

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Reservoir announces global publishing deal with #1 and platinum-selling singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé

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.

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Wise UP: Upcomers x Veterans

“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.”

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Reservoir invests in audio entertainment company Audio UP, Inc.

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.

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Two new recipients announced for the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards, in association with Soundcloud

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. 

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Bucks signs Baby Strange frontman Johnny Madden

Bucks Music Group has signed Baby Strange frontman, producer and songwriter Johnny Madden to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

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Eugy drops Your Touch NFT Via Eco-Friendly NFT Platform Serenade

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.

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Small Pond Records Announce Arts Council England Funded 'Emerging: Part 2' Artist Development Program

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.

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New Zurich-based open-source music and tech gathering announces inaugural outing: IPx to co-design the future of the music industry

The inaugural edition of IPx will go live on August 11th and 12th 2022 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Business

UK Music calls on Government to support moves for 'swifter and greater progress' to end gender pay gap

UK Music has called on the Government to help remove the barriers that stand in the way of closing the gender pay gap.

Music

J • A • Seazer’s “Nuhikun – Directions to Servants” Streaming at InlanDimensions International Arts Festival

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.

Business

BPI Equality Sessions: Celebrating Black History Month

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.

Music

Memorist release new single Kijo

‘Kijo’ is the final single the band will release on the 8th October, ahead of the EP release ‘ONI//KIJO’ on the 12th November 2021.

Business

Opulous Unlocks Music Royalty Investing For The Masses Through Republic

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.

Business

Bucks signs legendary house DJ Lenny Fontana

Bucks Music Group has signed legendary house DJ Lenny Fontana to a worldwide exclusive songwriting agreement.

Business

Pulled Apart By Horses Sign To Alcopop! Records For Fifth Album Released Spring 2022

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.

Business

Elton John and David Furnish to receive joint honour at the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards

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. 

Business

Caitie Sarnie Joins Merlin as Technical Operations Manager

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.

Business

SyncVault Launches First Music Promo Platform for YouTube Shorts

SyncVault, a music promotion platform which offers influencers the first means to monetise YouTube Shorts, is launching this weekend at Liverpool Sound City.

Business

Tomorrow’s Warriors welcomes former label boss Nicky O’Donnell as new Trustee

Tomorrow’s Warriors have great pleasure in announcing that former label boss and music industry consultant Nicky O’Donnell will be joining the Tomorrow’s Warriors board of Trustees.