Last week, technology news site The Verge published a partial leaked copy of a 2011 contract between major label Sony and leading interactive streaming service Spotify. The contract has since been taken down at the request of the copyright owner, but the reporting, which includes details of the deal, remains.
The Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program.
Spotify, One Hit Wonders, Music and Fashion and Piracy past and present all were given great consideration during this very active week in music commentary. Perhaps you have something to share here our on our sister blog MusicThinkTank?
The question of just how to distribute the royalty dollars from music services has moved from a back-office thought exercise to an out-in-the-open debate. Moving forward in this debate is the argument that it would be fairer—particularly to emerging, independent, or less “popular” artists—to distribute royalties on an each pair of ears basis (i.e., per subscriber) rather than on an all pairs of ears basis (i.s., all subscribers).
Have you ever experienced a positive feeling or sensation when listening to a particular genre of music? If so, you are certainly not alone as research into the psychology of music has shown that melody can have a huge impact on our mood, outlook and even the level of confidence we project on a short-term basis.
Jay-Z’s ambitions for TIDAL has triggered a lot of discussion about how streaming models can evolve. One focus has been exclusives with a number of references to TIDAL ‘doing a Netflix’ by commissioning exclusives. Netflix can attribute much of its growth over the last couple of years to its flagship ‘Netflix Originals’ such as ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’. It is an appealing model, but...
Less than 48 hours after launching on patronage platform Patreon, 2100 supporters of Amanda Palmer have pledged more than $20,000 "per thing" - an ongoing stream of songs, videos, writings and other creations.
UPDATED: Fan patronage platform Patreon has been helping creators - musicians, YouTube stars, podcasters, artists and others - monetize their relationship with their fans since launching in 2013. Today, founder Jack Conte's startup launches what will likely be its biggest ongoing patronage campaign yet for Amanda Palmer.
Guest Post by Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech
I travel internationally a handful of times a year, and each trip usually has a few “the world is flat” moments. I talked baseball with a cab driver in Japan! I flew to Africa and wound up in a hipster motorcycle shop/coffee bar just like the one three blocks from my house! I watched a movie, starring French people, about young artists in Brooklyn, in Paris. Basically, every trip I have a handful of those moments where I think “we’re all connected. Deep down, we’re just humans! Borders are just social constructs (drawn by British men after wars, sometimes).”
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Guest Post by Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech
An update on last week’s post: there were some pretty good discussions on Twitter and elsewhere, most of which were civil and interesting. Over at Billboard, Andrew Flanagan dug deeper and reported that, according to YouTube, artists who choose not to be part of Music Key would still have right to use Content ID and pull down any or all of their music, should they choose to. Assuming YouTube doesn’t reverse course, it all seems pretty cut and dry — artists have the right to stay and be part of Music Key, or pull their content and go elsewhere.
Austin based startup ehcoTM has launched itself as "the giving channel" for artists. With hopes of establishing themselves as the "TOMS" of the music industry, ehco empowers artists to establish a single channel where fans can learn about, engage in, and give to their philanthropic & charitable efforts by way of offering exclusive content through their marketplace. Through transparent giving to 501(c)(3) non-profits of the artist's choice, t-shirts, vinyl records, and other merchandise can become a water well or a warm plate of food for someone who needs it.
Thanks to the fine folks at The Music Business Association (MusicBiz.org), this Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 PM (EST) we are able to offer free entry into a webinar that will explore solutions for music liscening and royalty collections with Royalty Solutions and take a look inside the annual State Of The Industry report produced by music anaytyics provider Next Big Sound.
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On Friday evening, a YouTube spokesperson called "payently false" claims by indie artist Zoe Keating's claim that she was being forced off the video service if she did not agree to all the terms of a new contract adding Google's paid Music Key service. Keating rebutted by releasing a rough transcript of her call with her representative at YouTube.
(UPDATED) Apple has acquired UK music analytics firm Musicmetric and it's parent company Semetric. Musicmetric pulls data from social, the web and music services to provide analytics and forecasting for the music industry and other media companies. Apple will reportedly use the technology to add analytics to Beats Music when it relaunches later this year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In many ways, the music industry is much more accessible to independent artists than it ever was before. You can write a song, record it, distribute it, and promote it online, all by yourself, and be very successful. Despite this, the music industry can still be complicated, especially if you're facing it without the help of an experienced manager, lawyer, or mentor – and even today, there are so many misconceptions that musicians still believe. In this article, we'll bust three of the most common myths in the music industry and shed light on the facts.