Marrying art and science: the challenges and opportunities of curation for the music industry today (Guest column)

In light of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Alex Kisch, EVP, Business Development & Affairs, General Counsel at Vevo – sponsor of the event’s “Changing nature of music formats” track – to share with us  some insight on the exciting opportunities he sees ahead in 2023. In today’s competitive attention economy, Kisch says, we cannot afford to lose the […]

Streaming services need to do better by listeners and artists — HiFi is the way (Guest column)

This is a guest post by Nigel Harding, VP Artist Relations at Deezer. He argues that hi-fi audio shouldn’t be a luxury extra – but instead should be a fundamental part of the music experience. The act of creating music is intense, personal and emotional. Artists pour their heart and soul into each song and aim […]

Eight friendly meditations for the industry formerly known as music in 2023 (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Matt Urmy, co-founder & CEO of collaboration platform Artist Growth – which is co-sponsor of the event’s Innovation and Startups track – to share with us the exciting opportunities he sees ahead in 2023. Urmy lays out eight clear messages designed to help readers navigate an industry which has been subject to a “pretty hostile takeover”, but […]

A pep talk for the independent artist in 2023 (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Amuse – which is co-sponsor of the event’s Artist Manager track – to share with us the exciting opportunities they see ahead in 2023. Aimed at indie artists, this “pep talk” takes stock of the music business landscape as seen from Amuse’s perspective, and offers some advice, perspective, and positive encouragement in the face […]

Fan-focused strategy still the best catalyst for success (Guest post)

In advance of NY:LON CONNECT 2023, we asked Vasja Veber, co-founder of music data analytics platform Viberate – and one of the co-headline sponsors of the event – to share some key insights for readers to take into the new year. Veber looks into the underlying data, and explains how building immersive artist strategies that cultivate fandom […]

Will music streaming finally hit maturity in 2023? (Guest post)

This is a guest post by Phil Bird, head of sales, rights and royalties, (media) at Vistex. He looks ahead to what may happen in with regards to rights and income for rights holders in 2023. Phil wonders when music streaming business maturity could happen, and argues that it’s already arrived for rightsholders – plus, he sees the return of big catalogue purchases, albeit for more moderate sums. It […]

“22 million songs a year, and only 12 notes available” – pursuing a copyright claim in the music industry today (Guest column)

This is a guest post on music copyright law by Oliver Lock, and Owen O’Rorke, who, respectively, work in Reputation Management and Intellectual Property & Commercial, at UK law firm Farrer & Co. They wrote this column in response to Ed Sheeran’s recent plagiarism case court victory, and in it they discuss when – and when not to – […]

Juxtapose With You: How artists and their labels balance art and commerce over the long-term (guest column)

Keith reflects on the artists who have weathered the storm and created a lifelong career of making music – and tries to define what ‘success’ is in that longer-term context. The post Juxtapose With You: How artists and their labels balance art and commerce over the long-term (guest column) appeared first on Music Ally. Source: Music […]

From the margins to the spotlight: an AI-powered deep dive into Afrobeats (guest column)

This is a guest post written by Dr. Ari Katorza, senior researcher and Doron Gabbay, content manager at MyPart, which uses AI music analysis for A&R and other purposes. We asked MyPart – which is also part of the Abbey Road Red incubator (pictured above) – if they’d like to use their technology to explore music in an international context. In […]

An independent artist’s view on NFTs: providing fans with a stake in their future success (guest post)

The Brooklyn-based VÉRITÉ is a very modern artist, with multiple threads running through her career that connect with audiences and generate income. She’s not only an independent singer-songwriter, but is also a podcast host, and is experimenting with selling parts of her master recordings via NFT auctions. We asked VÉRITÉ to write about the value […]

Martin Goldschmidt: ‘Why I have come round to the user-centric model’ (guest column)

User-centric payouts has been bubbling on the fringes of the music industry for years as an issue. The first time I took it seriously was at an industry board meeting last year – no names! – where we got two presentations on the topic. The big question everyone in the room wanted answered, including me, was: would […]

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