Day: 15 février 2018

Diversity in the music industry: ‘We are all part of the solution’

From the recent open letters from women working in the Swedish and Australian music industries condemning harassment to the ‘step up’ storm currently engulfing Grammys organiser the Recording Academy, diversity is a huge topic for our industry in 2018.
The term covers a number of related issues, from harassment to equal opportunities to enter and advance up the industry for women, people of colour and other groups. So how well are music companies tackling these challenges, and how can they improve?
Live Nation Entertainment’s director of diversity and inclusion, Genevieve O’Neil, offered her assessment of the progress being made and the barriers still standing, in a speech at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
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How NoCopyrightSounds went from YouTube channel to indie label with 1.2bn streams

NoCopyrightSounds first came to the attention of many people in the music industry for its role as the launchpad for Norwegian artist Alan Walker’s track ‘Faded’.
How could a YouTube channel devoted to making tracks available royalty-free for gaming channels on that service to use as their backing music spawn a global hit?
It’s a fascinating story that has continued, with NCS now having more than 14 million subscribers to its channel, and having sold a million tracks as it evolved into an independent label.
Label manager Daniel Lee outlined some of the lessons of this journey in a speech at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
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Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get ‘bored with blockchain’

There is, to put it mildly, a lot of hype and misinformation around the world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including their potential for the music industry.
Music Ally has already noted a blockchain backlash within many rightsholders, who question whether the tech and its fresh-faced startups can ever deliver on the promises that have been made.
One of those startups is British firm Jaak, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie-Landell thinks that there’s a danger of any real progress being stymied amid this backlash.
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Debating the future for music merch and direct-to-fan sales

From merchandise and ticketing to crowdfunding, modern music artists have more options than ever to go ‘direct to fan’ and build a sustainable income to complement their recordings.
But how can they make the most of those options? A panel at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today debated how the D2F (or D2C) world is evolving, and how artists can capitalise.
It included PledgeMusic’s Chloe Johnson; artist Dan le Sac; AEI Group’s Leanne Joseph; and D2F consultant Russel Coultart. Wicksteed Works’ Jessie Scoullar moderated.
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Music streaming is booming… So what happens next?

The music industry is understandably excited about its streaming-fuelled return to growth over the past couple of years, but there’s also a widespread awareness that this isn’t the time for resting on laurels.
The challenges and opportunities around how streaming should evolve were a topic up for discussion in a panel at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam today.
FUGA’s Anne Jenniskens; Nichestreem’s Catherine Lückhoff; and musician Jeremy Pritchard (from British band Everything Everything) were the panelists, while Columbia Records UK’s Sam Potts – also the founder of BuzzJam – moderated.
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ShaoDow talks artist entrepreneurs: merch, manga and more

Music Ally first encountered British artist ShaoDow earlier this month at AIM’s Indie-Con event in London. Less than a fortnight later, he was holding court at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam.
The topic: ‘The Artist Entrepreneur’ – an exploration of how this particular musician has built his fanbase and income not just from his tracks, but from merchandise and other creative projects. He was interviewed by The Rattle’s community manager Jess McCarten.
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