Month: juin 2018

St. Vincent talks live music: ‘People want transcendence’

This year’s Cannes Lions conference has featured a succession of artists talking about their creative processes and the wider culture. After earlier sessions featuring Vic Mensa and Jax Jones, this afternoon’s program closed with St. Vincent, on a panel about live music hosted by Live Nation.
Live Nation’s global president of media and sponsorship Russell Wallach also spoke, as did Cisco’s chief marketing officer Karen Walker, in a session moderated by Vox Media’s chief commercial officer Lindsay Nelson.
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Source: Music ally

Jax Jones: ‘Creativity is a constant exercise. It’s a muscle that you train’

Universal Music Group’s global head of new business Olivier Robert-Murphy was joined by artist Jax Jones at the Cannes Lions conference today, for a session titled ‘Re-humanising the Creative Process’ focused on how brands and artists can collaborate.
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Source: Music ally

Vic Mensa on hip hop and brands: ‘Nobody likes those #ad posts on Instagram!’

Streaming has helped to make hip-hop the most popular recorded-music genre in the US, according to industry-tracker Nielsen. A panel at the Cannes Lions conference today explored what this means for brands, who are mulling how best to work with established and emerging artists in the field.
Artist and producer Vic Mensa was joined by Havas US chief creative officer Jason Peterson for the discussion, which was moderated by Annex strategy director Michael Fair.
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Source: Music ally

LDH talks music, brands and artists: ‘They sell 2.4m tickets just in Japan…’

LDH – it stands for Love + Dream + Happiness, since you ask – is a Japanese creative artist management group, which has been striking some interesting deals with brands.
At the Cannes Lions conference today, some of its key figures – including artists Afrojack and Verbal as well as chief creative officer ‘Hiro’ and Beats Electronics president Luke Wood – talked about its strategy.
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Source: Music ally

Report 415: Starting Pistols

It is a rich and exciting time for tech startups in music – with new services arriving regularly and promising to do all manner of thrilling new things. While only a handful of them will ever “make” it, it’s still a full-time job just keeping up to date with the runners and riders. But that […]
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Esports are booming: so how can music brands get involved?

Whenever Music Ally has to define esports for someone who hasn’t followed the sector, we tend to say it’s ‘competitive gaming with an audience’, citing tournaments using games from League of Legends to FIFA, and the tens of millions of people who watch them online on platforms from Twitch to YouTube.
One thing we’ve picked up this week at the Cannes Lions, though, is a desire – in some quarters of the esports world at least – to reframe it as ‘competitive entertainment’. Not least because that’s something that may help win over some of the brands who haven’t yet explored the space.
(One speaker earlier this week even referred to existing sports like football and baseball as ’t-sports’ – for ‘traditional sports’ – although we’re not sure how serious they were.)
Anyway, there are a growing number of teams, tournaments and professional gamers in the esports world, and a growing number of brands involved. Could music companies join them? This afternoon in Cannes, Music Ally went to a session convened by esports firm ESL titled ‘Telling Your Brand Story Authentically in Esports’ in the hopes of finding out.
On its panel: ESL’s chief marketing officer Rodrigo Samwell; Daimler AG’s manager of fashion sponsoring and product placement Caroline Pilz; and branding agency Superunion’s UK CEO Alex Clegg.
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Labrinth talks creativity and music: ‘You have to be calm amongst the storm’

Artist and producer Labrinth is preparing to release his second studio album. Today he talked about some of the creative processes behind the record, in a Cannes Lions conference session hosted by Sony Music.
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Spotify on political resistance: ‘You have to choose what side of history you want to be on’

When Spotify launched its ‘I’m With The Banned’ campaign in July 2017, it was a surprising sign that the music-streaming service was willing to take political stands – in this case, against the Trump administration’s efforts to introduce a travel ban covering six predominantly-Muslim countries.
Spotify’s chief marketing officer Seth Farbman hosted a panel at the Cannes Lions conference this afternoon, titled ‘Creativity in the Age of Resistance’, which included two of the artists who’d collaborated as part of that project: Methal Hamadi and Sam Harris. Paola Mendoza, co-founder of The Soze Agency, moderated.
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Lyor Cohen on YouTube and the music biz: ‘We have a new love affair’

Fresh from a series of media interviews to promote the launch of YouTube Music Premium – including a chat with Music Ally – YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen gave a keynote speech at the Cannes Lions conference today.
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Lyor Cohen on YouTube Music: ‘How do we actually grow the business?’

“This is about where we are – not we, YouTube, but where the industry is – and how do we move forward? And to me that’s the key: how do we elegantly move forward as we are transitioning from 18 years of decline, where artist development may have gone a little thin?”
Lyor Cohen was fresh off a flight from New York when he met Music Ally this weekend ahead of YouTube Music’s launch in 17 countries. And despite the jet-lag, he had plenty of passion for the potential of YouTube’s new move in to music subscription, as well as some sharp rejoinders for questions about YouTube, safe harbour and the ‘value gap’.
“Now, since the industry is starting to bounce, how do we improve the conditions? How do we actually grow the business and have many more artists and songwriters being able to make a living?” came at the end of the interview, after some spirited exchanges over those historic tensions with the industry.
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YouTube Music rolls out: ‘Leading with audio is the key for us’

YouTube Music Premium, the new subscription tier for Google’s video service, is launching fully in 17 countries today, including 12 additional markets to the five that were announced in May.
The UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Finland, Norway and Sweden are among the countries joining the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea in getting the new service, with fans able to sign up to a three-month free trial before deciding whether to pay $9.99 a month for an individual subscription or $14.99 a month for a family plan.
Music Ally met up with YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen and its director of product management for music products T. Jay Fowler ahead of the launch, to talk about the new service; the impact they hope it will have on the industry; and the longstanding tensions around YouTube’s safe harbour protection and the ‘value gap’.
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Sales, Marketing & PR Manager – Chandos Records – London

Role / Title: Sales, Marketing & PR Manager Reporting to: Managing Director Managing: Sales Co-ordinator, Marketing Assistant, Digital Marketing Co-ordinator Contract: Full-time Location: London (two thirds) and Colchester (one third), UK Salary: Depending on experience OVERVIEW Chandos Records is one of the world’s premier classical music record companies, best known for its groundbreaking search for neglected musical […]
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Sandbox Issue 206: Appetite for Consumption

Lead: The album exclusive is pretty much dead. But in its place has come the growing demand from DSPs for bespoke and unique content. They all want to be serviced with something their rivals don’t have – but this is a huge time (and cost) drain on artists and labels. On top of this are […]
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Facebook makes its case for not being a social monopoly

US Senate and House committees recently sent Facebook more than 2,000 questions about how it operates its business, as part of the fallout from the recent Cambridge Analytics revelations. Overnight, the social network provided its answers, with the full document well worth a read (alright: a scan, if you’re busy).
One answer is particularly interesting: Facebook making its case for why it’s not a monopoly. “The average American uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends and stay in touch with people. There is a lot of choice, innovation, and activity in this space, with new competitors arising all the time,” suggested its answer.
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Deezer launches Football Fever playlist takeover for World Cup

Football’s World Cup kicks off later this week, with 32 countries hoping for glory (or, in England’s case, hoping at least for something better than abject embarrassment and penalties ineptitude).
Deezer is on the bandwagon, launching a promotion called ‘Football Fever’ with playlists curated by local artists in each of the 32 participating nations. Kasabian are at the helm for England; Zara Larsson for Sweden; Davido for Nigeria and Mc Kevinho for Brazil, among others.
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The Glitch Mob turn album into a VR show with TheWaveVR

Musical VR startup TheWaveVR has revealed its latest partnership with an artist: electronica group The Glitch Mob. It’s turning their album ‘See Without Eyes’ into… well, something you see with your eyes.
“A VR odyssey of shifting dreamscapes choreographed to a 20-minute custom mix of the album” as the startup puts it, which will be released this week through TheWaveVR’s app for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets, as well as made available as a live broadcast from the company’s Facebook page.
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Deutsche Grammophon and Google to digitise archive tracks

Happy 120th birthday, classical-music label Deutsche Grammophon. The celebrations will include an interesting partnership with Google Arts & Culture to digitise a stash of rediscovered and previously-unreleased tracks from the label’s archives.
The recordings were made from the early 1900s, and include “a reading from one of his novels by iconic Russian author Leo Tolstoy, early recordings by legendary American jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong, leading Russian bass Feodor Chaliapin and Austrian-born violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler”.
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Sirius XM to pay $150m to SoundExchange to settle lawsuits

Could peace and love be returning to the US digital-music ecosystem? Don’t answer that question… But there is a new rapprochement of sorts in the relationship between satellite-radio firm Sirius XM and royalty-collector SoundExchange.
Sirius XM has agreed to pay SoundExchange a lump sum of $150m to settle a pair of lawsuits that had accused it of underpaying for performance royalties. “We have agreed to pay SoundExchange a one-time lump sum payment of $150 million on or before July 7, 2018,” noted Sirius XM’s filing with financial regulator the SEC.
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Marathon Artists LABs 2018: startups target music monetisation (sponsored feature)

Independent music company Marathon Artists launched its LABs accelerator in 2016, bringing together a group of six music/tech startups to work with its label, management and publishing arms, as well as a group of external mentors.
This year, LABs has returned, with partners including Domino, Audiotube, Tileyard Studios and Music Ally, and a theme of ‘monetisation’. Its latest cohort of startups are gathering in London for a week a month to meet around 80 mentors.
By having the accelerator sitting within an independent music company (Courtney Barnett, Jamie Isaac) Marathon’s ambition is that the startups will benefit from a unique perspective on the industry, whilst making sure Marathon Artists is always seated at the forefront of innovation in the music landscape.
Music Ally interviewed four of the startups – Mahogany, Musimap, InPlayer and Dummy – to find out what they’re doing and how they see the music industry’s current trends.
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Indie labels and tech: ‘We’re not going to start building our own blockchain…’

How can independent labels make the most of disruptive new technologies, from blockchain and AI to virtual and augmented reality? A session at the Midem conference last week explored the issue.
The panel included Jason Reed, head of digital at Domino; Becky Brook, business development consultant at Jaak; and Luke Dzierzek, CEO at Scored. The moderator was Music Ally’s Chiara Michieletto. Reed started by talking about the importance for indies of taking time out to track tech trends.
“First and foremost, it’s ensuring we remain ahead of the curve as a sector, and remain competitive,” said Reed. “Making sure that we are aware of new technologies and how they can create tangible impact. It can be a bit of a minefield in terms of keeping up with new startups and various ways of working. But for us it’s about finding those solutions that can deliver something tangible.”
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PwC predicts video-streaming will be a $30.6bn market by 2022

The global ‘over-the-top’ video market will grow from $22.6bn in 2018 to $30.6bn in 2022, according to the latest prediction from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Its Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2018-2022 report suggests that 79.6% of OTT revenues – over-the-top means video delivered outside the traditional cable/satellite/terrestrial broadcasting networks – last year came from subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
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Dice rolls with Kanye West album-launch ticketing partnership

Kanye West’s listening events in Brooklyn, Miami and Chicago for his new album ‘Ye’ were understandably focused on the music. But there was a tech aspect too: West’s team and marketing agency 1AM worked with British ticketing firm Dice on the events, making tickets available through its app.
1AM’s Julieanna Goddard tweeted about the plans for the events: “Ye wants people to experience the album the same way the 400 people in Wyoming did. Open air, around a fire, with stadium quality sound,” she wrote.
Dice’s involvement was partly to enforce a ban on touts getting hold of tickets for the events. “Warning: tickets for the kanye west events are totally non-transferable. some chancers are attempting to sell their tix but they can’t. if you try and buy them you’ll lose your money and won’t get in,” tweeted Dice ahead of the events last week.
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Midem to launch music awards in 2019 based on Soundcharts data

The Midem 2018 conference only finished on Friday, but organiser Reed Midem has already announced one of the key planks in next year’s event: the Midem Music Awards.
The twist: “Entirely based on platform-enabled fan data and verified by an independent adjudicator, this innovative concept will introduce a completely new way to measure and reward outstanding success, bypassing the usual methods of discerning awards by jury or a voting system”.
French startup Soundcharts will be responsible for collecting and qualifying the data from audio and video-streaming services; audio-identification platforms (i.e. Shazam); social media services and live-music data sources. UK production firm Whizz Kid Entertainment will produce the awards, which will take place during Midem 2019.
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Indian firm Saregama sees growing music and video streams

Indian music and film company Saregama has been talking about the strong growth it’s seeing from audio music-streaming services, as well as from YouTube. By the end of 2017, the company’s music catalogue was generating 724m quarterly streams on audio services like Saavn, Gaana and Wynk Music according to local site Medianama.
That’s up from 503m in the final quarter of 2016, representing 44% year-on-year growth. As for YouTube, in March 2018 Saregama’s channel generated 186m views, up from 88m in March 2017 – 111% year-on-year growth. Overall: “3.1 billion times a Saregama music IP was consumed by someone in some part of the world in 28 days,” said the company. “And we know which song got played for each of these 3.1 billion instances.”
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SeatGeek can now sell tickets from within Snapchat stories

We reported last week on Snapchat parent company Snap, Inc’s pitch to the music industry for the power of its AR lenses. The day after its Midem keynote, the company unveiled a new partnership in a different area relevant to our industry: ticketing. Snap is working with SeatGeek on a feature that will see musicians and sports teams selling tickets from their Snapchat stories.
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Amazon Premier League deal could be a boost for music-streaming

This story may sound somewhat parochial, but bear with us. Amazon has paid an undisclosed amount for the rights to stream 20 English Premier League (football) matches for each of the three seasons starting in 2019. The games will be streamed to fans as part of the Amazon Prime Video service in the UK – this isn’t a global deal – and sees Amazon sitting alongside broadcasters Sky and BT Sport for the first time.
What have sports rights got to do with music? In the UK, Amazon will now be able to use football as yet another part of its pitch to people to pay £79 a year for an Amazon Prime membership. Which, in turn, may widen the funnel of new listeners to its Prime Music streaming service, and in turn, the number who choose to upgrade to a full Music Unlimited subscription. Although we’ll stress the ‘may’ as for now, this is all about potential (and Amazon is unlikely to ever release data on music-subscription conversion rates for new Prime members who turn out to be heavy football streamers).
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Apple Music quietly launches “pre-adds” for albums

If you browse the Apple Music app this morning, you’ll notice it has quietly added a pre-save mechanic for upcoming albums. Except they are not called pre-saves; they’re termed “pre-adds”. You do, however, have to do a little bit of digging to find it. Tap on the “Browse” tab and scroll down – all the […]
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Senior Manager, Content Operations – AWAL – London

We’re looking for an experienced Content Operations Manager to join the expanding AWAL team. Reporting to the Senior Director, Digital Operations, the successful candidate will be responsible for leading the global Content Operations function, ensuring the continued quality of our release deliveries and maintaining excellent relationships with priority partners. Deep expertise with digital music metadata […]
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Coordinator, Digital Supply Chain – AWAL – London

We’re looking for a Digital Supply Chain Coordinator to join the close-knit and rapidly growing AWAL team supporting the Digital Supply Chain Managers in their day to day work. Your role will help ensure the trains run on time, acting as a key interface between the global business and our partners on release setup/rights issues […]
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Mind State compilation raises awareness for mental health support

Mind State Vol 1 (out today – 8th June) is a new compilation from the drum & bass world, compiled and arranged by Ben Verse, former MC in Pendulum.
Released by Getahead Records/AEI Media, it is designed to raise money for, an awareness of, Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and get the dance community to eradicate the stigma around mental health issues as well as offer help, support and advice for those in need.
Alongside the 17-track compilation – featuring new material from major acts such as Chase & Status, Prodigy and Sub Focus, with all royalties waived to ensure all revenues go straight to the cause – there is the linked Getahead Festival (described as “the first ever 24-hour festival on mental health, wellbeing & music”) at Omera in London on 13th June.
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Napster boss: ‘Even a 20% slice of a $20bn market is a $4bn market…’

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube may hog many of the streaming headlines, but Rhapsody International / Napster is still going as a global streaming service too.
Its president and CEO Bill Patrizio outlined the company’s strategy, in a keynote session at the Midem conference today. He was interviewed by Midia Research MD Mark Mulligan.
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Tackling the gender gap: from tech staff to streaming playlists

From man-heavy diversity statistics for music companies to fears that women artists are losing out in the recommendation algorithms of music-streaming services, there are a number of challenges facing the music industry around the gender gap.
A panel at the Midem conference this morning explored some of them. Moderated by Vanessa Reed of PRS Foundation, it featured Songtrust’s global head of business development Molly Neuman; MusicTech Germany founder and VP Claudia Schwarz; and Resonate industry relationship manager Jim Hatch.
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Snapchat and music: ‘We ultimately want artists to be compensated for their work’

How is Snap, Inc working with artists and labels on music campaigns? The parent company of Snapchat hasn’t talked publicly often about its music strategy, but its VP of partnerships Ben Schwerin gave a keynote at the Midem conference in Cannes today, accompanied by Geffen Records president Neil Jacobsen. The pair were interviewed by Billboard and Forbes journalist Cherie Hu.
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Concord Music: ‘If a sizeable opportunity comes along we’ll be ready to think it through’

Concord Music Group has quietly become one of the most interesting rightsholders in the recordings, publishing and theatrical performance rights world. At the Midem conference in Cannes today, three of its executives – CEO Scott Pascucci, chief business development officer Steven Salm, and chief publishing executive Jake Wisely – talked about the company’s evolution so far.
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Midemlab 2018 pitches: Experiential music technology startups

20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This afternoon’s last session saw the experiential technologies startups showing off their products and platforms.
The judging panel included Danielle Kayembe, CEO at Greyfire Impact; Ismail Elshareef, SVP of fan experience and open platform at Ticketmaster; Marwan Elfitesse, startup relations director at Station F; Joakim Dal, partner at GP Bullhound Asset Management; Christian Behrendt, creative lead ZOO EMEA at Google; and Chris O’Brien, European correspondent at VentureBeat.
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Midemlab 2018 pitches: Marketing and data / analytics startups

20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This afternoon’s second session saw the marketing and data/analytics startups pitching their wares.
The judging panel included Eleonore Oudea, venture capital associate at Kima Ventures; Kate Russell, technology journalist from the BBC; David Weiszfeld, CEO of Soundcharts; and Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley.
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Midemlab 2018 pitches: Music discovery and distribution

20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This morning’s first session saw the music discovery and distribution startups showing off their products and platforms.
The judging panel included Colleen Theis, COO at The Orchard; Christina Cassala; freelance business journalist; Scott Sellwood; head of commercial music publishing partnerships at Facebook; Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa; and Martin Duval, president of Bluenove.
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Midemlab 2018 pitches: Music creation and education startups

20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This morning’s first session saw the music creation and education startups pitching their wares.
The judging panel included Joanna Kirk, MD of Starther and co-founder of Startup Sesame; Robb McDaniels, CEO of Beatport; Sirena Bergman, freelance journalist; Guillaume Quelet, senior director of global business development and digital strategy at Sony Music; and Marjorie Paillon from France 24.
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BMG boss Hartwig Masuch: ‘Our ambition is that we are a major’

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch was the closing keynote speaker for the first day of the Midem conference in Cannes today, and he stayed true to his reputation for plain-speaking about the established companies in the industry that he is trying to disrupt.
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Africa’s music opportunity: ‘One thing you have to have is resilience’

Africa isn’t one music market: it’s a collection of them. And most of them aren’t that well understood by the music industry elsewhere in the world. That’s why the day-long Midem African Forum is such an interesting strand at this year’s Midem conference in Cannes.
Music Ally sat in on some of the main sessions today to find out more. It started with an exploration of “connectivity, access and music distribution” across Africa, including a heavy focus on mobile-first listening.
Speakers included Dayo Olopade, who handles content partnerships for YouTube in Africa; Ben Oldfield, VP of France, Benelux and West Africa for distributor The Orchard; Akotchayé Okio, international development officer for Africa at collecting society Sacem; Martin Nielsen, CEO of Kenya-headquartered music service Mdundo; and Yoel Kenan, CEO of distributor Africori. The moderator was Alain Bidjeck, CEO of consultancy firm Bejika.
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Citi CMO Jennifer Breithaupt: ‘We work with over 1,500 artists, and we sell a ton of stuff’

There’s an ignoble history of dodgy ‘brands and music’ sessions at industry conferences: long on ‘it’s not just about a big cheque’ and ‘it’s all about authenticity’ babble, but rather shorter on genuine insight.
Happily, Citi’s global consumer CMO Jennifer Breithaupt swerved the platitudes in her keynote at the Midem conference in Cannes today, instead offering views on the intersection between brands, music and technology. She was interviewed by Bill Werde, director of the Bandier Program at Syracuse University.
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Music-streaming trends, from A&R to global/local evolution

At today’s Midem conference in Cannes, a pair of afternoon sessions at the event’s ‘Streaming Summit’ focused on some of the evolving trends around the music-streaming world.
The first explored the question of whether streaming services are “the new A&Rs”, with a sparky (if, unfortunately, all-male) panel including Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Hoglund; Playground Music Scandinavia A&R / label manager Patrik Larsson; 7digital deputy CEO Pete Downton and Mom + Pop Music co-president Thaddeus Rudd.
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Fair Ticketing Alliance co-founder defends secondary ticketing

The UK recently got a new body to campaign in support of secondary ticketing: the Fair Ticketing Alliance. It’s thus in direct opposition to the FanFair Alliance, which campaigns against what it sees as abusive practices in the secondary market.
Now one of the FTA’s co-founders, Scot Tobias of secondary service Worldwide Tickets, has been defending the market he operates in.
“The explosion of the secondary market in the last two years has caused a lot of this backlash and kneejerk reaction. But the bottom line is that the public enjoys and loves the secondary market,” he told Billboard.
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Music-hardware startup Roli takes investment from Sony

British instrument-maker Roli has received new investment from tech giant Sony, through the latter’s VC arm Sony Innovation Fund. CEO Roland Lamb told Bloomberg that the deal is a “significant investment and relationship for us”.
While Roli isn’t saying how much Sony invested, TechCrunch notes that before this deal, Roli was listed on investment site PitchBook as having raised $46m, but now that figure is more than $50m. 
Lamb has been talking about how Sony’s investment plays in to Roli’s wider plans. “We’re developing new music-making tools across hardware and software. It’s part of our long-term plan to create the first totally integrated hardware-software platform for music creation. The funding from SIF accelerates this, and positions us to continue focusing on innovative research and development as we scale,” he said.
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