How would user-centric payouts affect the music-streaming world?

‘User-centric’ licensing is where the royalties from a streaming subscription only go to the artists who that subscriber listens to, rather than into a bigger pool split by overall share of all the streams on the platform. There have been calls for streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to switch to user-centric systems, partly […]

‘By definition the creative industry is not scaleable’ – but is this a problem?

Silicon Valley is always keen to understand how scaleable a startup’s business model is: what will make them the next billion-dollar unicorn and beyond? But in music, is that line of thinking problematic? A panel run by Music Ally at the by:Larm conference in Oslo today explored the question of whether the search for the […]

City Slang boss calls for governments to close the ‘value gap’

Christof Ellinghaus, founder of Berlin-based indie label City Slang, is keen for governments to take action to remove YouTube’s safe harbours, and thus address the ‘value gap’. “We’re all stopping to sell records at this moment. Our bands are getting bigger and bigger, but we are selling less and less of their music,” said Ellinghaus, […]

Music journalism: ‘It’s not dying. Actually, it’s changing…’

There’s been a lot of public worrying about the future for magazine journalism in recent times, with magazines and blogs shutting down, freelance journalists scratching around for work, and tensions around issues like clickbait and sponsored content. The panel was moderated by Roisin O’Connor from The Independent, and included Tshepo Mokoena from Noisey in the […]

How can blockchain make a real impact on music?

Today’s by:Larm conference in Oslo included a panel on blockchain technology and the music industry. No wait, stop! Don’t click away! Come back! In fact, there have been so many blockchain panels at music-industry conferences in the last two years, we’ve probably used that intro joke before. It’s true, though, that there’s a bit of […]

AI creating music: can we learn to love the algorithms?

Are the new wave of artificial-intelligence startups here to eat musicians’ lunch, or to help them become even more creative? A panel run by Music Ally at the by:Larm conference in Oslo today explored the sometimes-sensitive issues around AI and music. The panel included Scott Cohen from The Orchard, Sophie Goossens from Reed Smith and […]

Check out the Music Ally digital sessions at by:Larm 2018

The by:Larm festival and conference is always a highlight of the year for Music Ally, and we’re delighted to be heading back to Oslo this week for the 2018 event. We’re also running five panel sessions and a couple of insights talks during the conference, covering some of the digital topics close to our heart […]

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