Day: 31 mars 2020

Record Union launches music-focused ‘Wellness Starter Pack’

Last year, we reported on a study by distributor Record Union into mental health and wellbeing for independent musicians. The results made for concerning reading.
Now the company is launching something new as a result: a ‘wellness starter pack’ which it describes as a “toolbox for wellbeing” aimed at musicians. It’s a collection of videos focusing on five topics: sleep, positivity, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition, roping in a variety of experts for each category to offer musicians their tips on staying healthy.
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Hips my Life: Hipgnosis buys catalogue of Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora is best known as the guitarist in Bon Jovi and co-writer of some of their biggest hits (such as ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ and ‘It’s My Life’) which, three decades on from their release, still do decent business on streaming services. Those three songs along have combined streams of more than 1.2bn.
Now the world’s keenest catalogue shopper, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, has snapped up 186 of Sambora’s compositions and co-writes for its rapidly expanding collection.
Besides all his writing credits on Bon Jovi’s 12 studio albums, the deal also covers Sambora’s three solo albums (although his most popular solo tracks (‘Father Time’, ‘Hard Times Come Easy’ and ‘In It For Love’ have barely passed 1m streams each on Spotify.)
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StubHub is offering credit, not refunds, for cancelled events

The next big controversy around secondary ticketing has arrived, and it concerns whether buyers will get refunds for events that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If they bought through StubHub, the answer is now ‘no’ in the US and Canada – unless they were bought in areas where such refunds are legally required.
“We were the first in our industry to begin offering customers 120% credit for the canceled purchases as a thank you for remaining patient in a very challenging period,” wrote president Sukhinder Singh Cassidy in a post online.
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Midem 2020 conference cancelled, replaced by ‘digital edition’

Conference organiser Reed Midem has confirmed that its Midem event, which was due to take place on 2-5 June, has been cancelled – in its physical form, at least. The next Midem will be in June 2021.
“The situation related to the coronavirus is changing daily, as are government announcements and restrictions… Given the uncertainty surrounding the virus and companies’ concerns for the safety of their people, it is not possible to hold Midem in June in Cannes,” said Midem director Alexandre Deniot in a statement.
There will be a replacement for this year’s event however: the ‘Midem Digital Edition’ online, with live-streamed keynotes and talks, as well as online networking. A full programme for that will be announced in the coming weeks. Based on yesterday’s entirely-online AIM Sync, which seemed to go swimmingly, digital conferences can work well, so we’ll be interested to see what Midem comes up with.
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Music-making app Endlesss officially launches its iOS app

We wrote about music-making app startup (and extra-sibilant scourge of auto-correct systems) Endlesss several times in 2019: for example when the company pitched at and co-won the Midemlab startups contest last June, then when we interviewed CEO Tim Exile the following month.
The company’s app has been available on an invitation-only basis since then, but today sees its official commercial launch for iOS, open to all. The tagline for the app is “multiplayer music” with a focus on its ability to get people creating electronic music together, remotely and over the internet (which right now feels accidentally timely).
We’ve been playing with it for a while, and the app’s ‘loop-by-loop’ method of building songs works well, with a decent balance between being accessible to non-musicians, and powerful for people who already know what they’re doing. The app is free to download, and will make money from a £4.49 monthly subscription offering more ‘soundpacks’ and digital effects.
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