Day: 5 juin 2018

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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