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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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). 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Business

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.

Business

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. 

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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. 

Business

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.

Music

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.

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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).

Music

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.

Music

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.

Business

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."

Business

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."

Business

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.

Music

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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 

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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)

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Music

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Music

'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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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”).

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Music

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.

Business

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. 

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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."

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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. 

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

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.

Business

BPI announces its latest free Insight Session for 4th November 2021

The BPI is pleased to announce the next edition in its regular series of BPI Insight Sessions – Match of the Day: The Intersection of Music & Professional Sport, which will take place on Thursday, 4th November from 4.00pm.

Business

Utopia Music acquires Quincy Jones-backed emotional artificial intelligence company, Musimap

Utopia Music has acquired industry-leading emotional data enrichment company, Musimap. The acquisition, which brings Utopia's workforce to nearly 150 employees, will strengthen Utopia in building the next-generation infrastructure that will advance creator rights and enable new opportunities for the recordings business. 

Business

GigRealm launches groundbreaking live music platform

London based music company GigRealm has announced the launch of a groundbreaking new online platform that provides an end-to-end solution for organising gigs. Artists will have direct access to venues, independent promoters and one-off event organisers across the UK.

Business

Voly announces groundbreaking platform for the music industry

Manchester based Voly has announced the soft launch of a ground-breaking, integrated financial management software & payment platform for the music industry, aimed at simplifying and streamlining budgeting, accounting processes and reporting for artists, managers and business managers.

Business

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

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

Business

Round Hill Royalty Fund acquires O'Jays master income

The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired 100% of the master royalty income of 532 original recordings from the iconic American classic R&B group, The O’Jays.

Music

Before Zero Records Mixes Marimba With Dub In Genre Bending Release

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

Business

Sound Royalties Continues Its Growth as the Premier Provider of Music Financing for Creatives; Announces Elisha Hoffman as Industry Relations Ambassador

Music royalty financing firm Sound Royalties continues its unprecedented growth by engaging well-known producer, engineer, and songwriter Elisha Hoffman to support the company as an industry relations ambassador based in Nashville. Hoffman is one of the newest music industry alums to team up with Sound Royalties to help represent the company through direct community outreach and exclusively curated events in Music City.

Business

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

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

Business

IMPF backs Credits Due campaign

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

Business

Afrofuturist Musicmaker Yuni Wa Releases ‘Shimmer’ Following Round of Funding from Sound Royalties

On September 24, self-described “Afrofuturist” Yuni Wa unveils Shimmer, his inspirational new electronic EP. The Little Rock, Arkansas-based artist is known for breaking boundaries with his high-end concepts and experimental sounds, and Shimmer finds him exploring how to ‘be the light’ even when surrounded by darkness.

Business

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

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

Business

Music publishers made members of ZAiKS after 20-year battle

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

Business

Los Angeles Indie Rock Trio CHEEKFACE Sign To Alcopop! Records

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

Music

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

Electric Group Announce NX Newcastle Venue

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Merlin and JioSaavn Sign Enhanced Global Music Licensing Partnership

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

Business

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

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

Business

Round Hill Acquire Tim Palmer Rights

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

Business

Sentric and Tileyard sign Ross Hamilton to exclusive songwriting agreement

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

Music

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

Reservoir announces global deal with music icon Joni Mitchell

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

Business

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

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

Business

Round Hill Music Royalty Fund acquires Dennis Elliott Foreigner master income

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

Music

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

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

Business

Tileyard partners with The Association Of Independent Music

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Perfect Havoc Announces New Addition To Talent Roster

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

SPACE SHOWER FUGA Inc. Opens for Business

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

Lockjaw Records Announce Black Lives Matter: Punk Compilation Album

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

Business

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

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

Business

Reservoir strikes deal with country supergroup Alabama

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

Marshall Records and Nova Twins enter into music partnership

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

Business

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

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

Business

Sentric Music Group signs William Orbit to exclusive administration agreement

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

Business

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

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

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIP publishes Promoter Jargon Buster

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

Laura Dre releases new single 'Beautiful Summer'

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

Love Record Stores returns on September 4th

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Liverpool’s The Peach Fuzz sign to Modern Sky UK

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

IMPF and IMPEL launch Digital Licensing Handbook for members

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

Business

Music Venue Trust Launches #takeatest Initiative

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

Music

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

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

Business

AIM response to the DCMS Economics of Streaming report

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

30 Years of Key Production

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

MEMORIST to release first single on Year Of The Rat Records

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

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

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

Business

shesaid.so Connects With Independents Through New Partnership With AIM

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

Business

Reservoir acquires the producer catalog of legendary rock producer Tom Werman

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

Business

Lusitanian Music Publishing joins IMPEL

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

Business

Bucks signs pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to admin deal

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

Music

MEMORIST sign to Year Of The Rat Records

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

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AIF statement on publication of Events Research Programme Phase 1 findings

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

Business

More than half of UK festivals have now cancelled in 2021

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

Music

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

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

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

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

Business

Tileyard Connected: Let's Talk About Sync Webinar

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

Business

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

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

Business

Sumit Bothra named Managing Director of ATC Management, Europe

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

Business

BPI announces next BPI equality session to conclude Pride Month

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

Business

AntiFragile Music expands global endeavours opens UK office in London

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

Business

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Ditto Music Launches New Publishing Division

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

Business

Music Venue Trust Issue Six Point Plan

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

Music

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

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

Business

Festivals call for urgent intervention following lockdown delay

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

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

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

Music

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

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

Business

Perfect Havoc Sign Pink Panda For Multi-Single Deal

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

Business

[PIAS] And Universal Music Group Announce Strategic Alliance

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Amusica Songs Management joins IMPEL

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIM publishes first ever Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Audit

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Reservoir Extends Jamie Hartman Publishing Agreement

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

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Gold Spectacles

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

Business

AIM launches Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Level-Up Programme

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

Business

Artlist joins IMPEL

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

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Ivory Layne

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

Music

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Proper Sign Physical Distribution Deal With Reggae-Pioneers VP Records

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

Business

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

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

Business

Killing Moon Live partners with Native.fm for artist bookings

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Music

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

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

Music

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

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

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

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

Business

AIM launches ‘Future Independents’

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

Music

Gen and the Degenerates release debut single 'Underwear'

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

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AIF statement following the cancellation of Boomtown Fair in 2021

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

Music

Sound City Digital returns for second edition

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

Business

Interim updated Covid-19 guidance published for festival organisers

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

Music

EPM - 20 Years in Music

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

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AIM Awards reveals details of judging panel and moves date forward

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

Business

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

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

Business

Perfect Havoc Signs Producer Parx For Multi-Single Deal

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

Business

Tileyard Presents Tileyard Connected Digital Event Series

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

Business

AIF statement on the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund

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

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

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

Business

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

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

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Outtallectuals - Liminal Lore (V/A)

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

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

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

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

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

Business

Sentric signs Tom Speight to exclusive songwriting agreement

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

IMPF signs Keychange pledge

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

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

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

Business

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

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

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

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

Music

Sound City 2021 moves to October

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

Business

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

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

Business

Roger Sanchez signs to Sentric’s Black Rock division

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

Business

£1 Billion Exports Opportunity Beckons for British Music

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

Business

Ditto Music launches Industry Access initiative to support BLM movement

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

Business

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

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

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

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

Business

Bucks signs Erland Cooper in exclusive publishing deal

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

Business

Ditto announces Opulous: a decentralised finance solution for artists

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

Business

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

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

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

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

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Marshall Records signs sub-pub deal with Sentric

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

Business

John Telfer’s Rocking Gorillas joins IMPEL

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

Business

IMPEL expands into Japan as NexTone joins

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

Business

Sound City Korea going online for 2020

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

Business

Sentric signs Don Broco to exclusive songwriting agreement

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

Business

BDi Music signs AJ Wander

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

Business

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

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

Business

Mojo Music & Media joins IMPEL

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

Business

New Covid-19 planning guidance published for UK festivals

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

Business

AIF statement on today's Culture Recovery Fund results

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIF response to Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan

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

Business

Prolifica and Sentric announce publishing JV

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

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Sound City 2020 cancelled, date set for 2021 comeback

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

Business

Indie festivals welcome emergency fund eligibility

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

Business

Sentric signs Lanterns On The Lake in exclusive songwriting agreement

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

Business

Riptide Music Group acquires Hidden Track Music

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

Business

Bucks inks admin agreement for Gene catalogue

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

Business

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

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

Business

Jack Russell Music joins IMPEL

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

Business

E2 Music signs admin agreement with Sentric

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

Business

Reach Music Publishing and Sierra Hull enter into worldwide administration deal

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

Business

UK faces independent festival wasteland in 2021 without urgent Government action

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

Business

Sentric doubles Academy Fund

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

Business

Bucks agrees sub-publishing deal with Velvetica for France

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

Business

Bucks signs Sokari in exclusive deal

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

Business

Reach Music Publishing and Romanthony estate ink worldwide admin deal

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

Business

Matt Lucas partners with Absolute for NHS Baked Potato Song

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

Business

Sentric makes Business Affairs and Data Science hires

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

Business

IMPEL expands to Latin America

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

Business

Sound City Guest House: First line-up confirmed

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

Business

BDi Music signs Robert Primrose to exclusive publishing deal

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

Business

Reach joins IMPEL

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

Business

Sentric signs Coco in exclusive songwriting deal

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

Business

Sound City secures CAPLL Ltd investment for talent development programmes

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

Business

IMPEL strikes deal with Amazon

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

Business

Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn sign with Absolute

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

Business

Sentric acquires Big World Publishing

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

Business

Sentric launches fund for emerging artists

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

Business

BDi Music signs Marina Elderton in exclusive deal

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

Business

Bucks signs Soumik Datta to exclusive publishing deal

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIF publishes updated UK festival ownership map for 2019

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

Business

Hache signs to Sian Anderson’s Saint Music

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

Business

Mute Song joins IMPEL

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

Business

Bucks signs Seton Daunt in exclusive publishing deal

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

Business

Bucks does admin deal with Gaga Music

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

Business

Sound City Korea acts chosen for Zandari Festa

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

Business

Faber Music joins IMPEL

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

Business

Dave Pichilingi expands role to head Modern Sky US

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

Business

Sentric launches Songwriter Accelerator Programme

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

Business

Razorlight partner with Absolute for new album

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

Business

Bucks Music Group makes first signing in Scandinavia

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

Business

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

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

Business

First Sound City Ipswich set for October

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

Business

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

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

Business

Warner Music Denmark partners with Absolute for new Alphabeat album

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

Business

Bucks adds two to sync team

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

Business

Bucks signs Zand to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

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

Business

Sound City Manchester to launch on July 19

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

Business

First speakers announced for AIF Festival Congress 2019

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

Business

An Update On The AIF’s Safer Spaces Campaign

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

Business

Absolute licenses Africa’s largest streaming platform Boomplay

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

Business

Independent festivals say no to single-use tents

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

Business

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

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

Business

IMPEL names Sarah Williams as CEO

Music and entertainment lawyer joins newly independent organisation

Business

AIF adds 3 new Board members at AGM

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

Business

Bananarama choose Absolute for first album in 10 years

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

Business

Absolute named Spotify recommended label distributor

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIF partners with RAW Bottles following Drastic On Plastic campaign

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

Business

BDi Music signs Æ MAK to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

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

Business

Sentric and Riptide Music Group form Strategic Partnership

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

Business

Bucks inks sub publishing agreement with Mushroom

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

Business

Bucks signs DJ and producer Max Chapman to worldwide songwriting agreement

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

Business

AIF Announces winners of Independent Festival Awards 2018

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

Business

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

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

Business

Jake Gosling signs with Absolute for Goldun Egg label

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

Business

New IMPEL elects Board at first AGM

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

Business

The Overtones to release 6th studio album via Absolute

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

Bucks Music Group signs Sick Joy to exclusive publishing deal

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

Business

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

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIF reveals core Festival Congress programme and speakers

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

Business

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

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

Business

Bucks Music Group signs singer/songwriter Tom Joshua

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

Business

Bucks Music Group hires Adam Soffe to sync team

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

Business

AIF Festival Congress 2018 hits Sheffield on 6 – 7 November

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

Business

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

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

Business

Decibel Songs signs Nosa Apollo under Bucks Music Group sponsorship agreement

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

Business

AIF welcomes reduced PRS rate for festivals

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

Business

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

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

Business

The Beat starring Dave Wakeling to release new LP via Absolute

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

Business

BDi Music signs Joshua Burnside to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

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

Business

Independent festivals commit to eliminating single use plastic by 2021

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

Business

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

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

Business

AIF to break from AIM in its 10th anniversary year

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

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The Magic Numbers partner with Absolute for new album

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

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Nude Music Publishing signs Wovoka Gentle under Bucks sponsorship deal

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

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Bucks signs Kefaya to exclusive worldwide publishing deal

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

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Absolute does worldwide deal with Cherry Red for Warner divested catalogues

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

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Absolute and Bucks combine for neighbouring rights JV

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

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Toddla T signs exclusive songwriting deal with Sentric Music

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

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New Modern Sky UK label to launch maiden EP sampler

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

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Modern Sky UK inks deal with Sentric Music

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

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Modern Sky UK inks deal with Sentric Music

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

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Rising grime star Cadet signs to Absolute Label Services

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

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Absolute Label Services signs YouTube star Hannah Trigwell

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