Cultural economics

  1. A2IM's Trade Mission to Brazil - Applications for Travel Subsidy Due Tomorrow

    March 04, 2013 1:52 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music is heading to Brazil in mid-April as part of its Market Development Cooperator Program, and today is the last day to have your costs halved. This is the second trip planned by A2IM through the MDCP, wh ...

  2. A2IM Extends U.S. Commerce Dept Funding For Indies To Attend MIDEM 2013

    December 18, 2012 1:57 PM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has extended its offer of financial assistance to indie labels attending next year's MIDEM music conference, taking place in Cannes, France, Jan. 26-29. The offer was originally due to expi ...

  3. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  4. Guest Opinion: Universal/EMI Deal Would Harm Music Fans and Musicians, by Gigi Sohn and Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge

    July 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Public Knowledge President/CEO Gigi B. Sohn, who testified at the Senate hearing examining the deal last ...

  5. Label Execs Talk 'Decline of Record Business, Rise of Music Business' at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 6:29 PM EDT (L-R): Official.fm's Amaechi Uzoigwe, WMG's Stephen Bryan, Merlin's Charles Caldas, Beggars Group's Martin Mills, Epitaph/Anti's Brett Gurewitz, Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey, Sony Music's Dennis Kooker, and UMG� ...

  6. Warner U.K. Launches New Artist & Label Services Division Headed by Dan Chalmers

    June 14, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Warner Music U.K. is expanding its label offerings with the launch of a new Artists and Label Services division. Effective immediately, Warner Music Artist and Label Services will be headed by London-based Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino ...

  7. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  8. Diplo, Nile Rodgers, Twitter's Tatiana Simonian to Keynote Biggest-Ever Ibiza International Music Summit

    March 02, 2012 2:33 PM EST Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites: Dance music fans at 2011's Ibiza International Music Summitt (Photo: IMS) In line with the ever-expanding global popularity of electronic dance music, this year's Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) ...

  9. Live Nation Added Managers, Promoters, Ticketing Companies, More in 2011 Acquisition Spree

    February 24, 2012 3:00 PM EST Live Nation continued its acquisition spree in 2011 by adding to its promotion, management, ticketing and ecommerce divisions. The company's 2011 annual report offers a detailed look at how the multi-faceted music giant got bigger last year. ...

  10. ASCAP, Radio Music License Committee Announce Settlement in Principle

    December 06, 2011 8:31 AM EST American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) announced a settlement in principle concerning the fees U.S. radio stations pay to publicly perform ASCAP's more than 8.5 million plus ...

  11. TuneCore Launches Music Publishing Services for Songwriters

    November 02, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Write Songs AND Get Paid For It! TunecCre's new Songwriter Publishing Administration Service homepage. TuneCore is aiming to do for music publishing what it has done for digital distribution: make it easier for independent artists to get paid ...

  12. U.K. Study Says Private Sector Undervalues Creative Industries

    October 11, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Ed Vaizey, the U.K.'s government minister for culture, communications and creative industries, yesterday (Oct. 10) expressed his dismay at British investors' failure to appreciate the creative businesses' financial value. Speaking d ...

  13. Canadian Recording Industry Association Changes Name

    July 08, 2011 1:49 PM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which formed in 1964, has officially changed its name to Music Canada. The non-profit trade organization based in Toronto will continue to represent the interests of Canada's major labels, E ...

  14. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, Answers Six Questions

    June 22, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music is holding its sixth annual Indie Week, June 20-23, with labels flying into New York to participate in educational seminars and good-old fashion brain-storming sessions. The not-for profit trade organi ...

  15. Merlin Boasts Indie Labels' Digital Stats in Bid for Equal Terms

    May 23, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Among all the talk about the major label deals struck-and not struck-for cloud music services from Apple, Amazon and Google, it's easy to forget where the indie labels stand in all this. Typically, independent labels are the "easier" ...

  16. Better Know a Panelist, Billboard Country Music Summit Edition: Topspin's Ian Rogers

    May 18, 2011 4:58 PM EDT is a large and healthy niche. BB.biz: Is the relationship and level of cooperation between the various ...

  17. U.K. Gov't Announces Creative Industries Council To Support Music Biz

    March 23, 2011 4:39 PM EDT The U.K. government today (March 23) announced the launch of a Creative Industries Council (CIC) that is being hailed by the country's music industry. The plan was made public by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, during the ann ...

  18. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  19. Guest Post: William Velez's Open Letter to the Music Industry on Radio Performance Rights

    February 22, 2011 7:01 PM EST With respect to the proposed sound recording performance right, one can sense that things are heating up once again and, frankly, "attention must be paid" (to quote Arthur Miller) to a bit of intellectual honesty. In the interest of disc ...

  20. IODA And Sony Launch IODA Africa

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Independent Online Distribution Alliance , a digital distribution company for the independent music industry, today announced the launch of IODA Africa, which it describes as the first global digital music distribution network in Sub-Saharan A ...

  21. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  22. Hello Music Rolls Out New Dashboard Tool For Artists

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hello Music, a sort of digital DIY aggregator for unsigned artists which launched at MIDEM earlier this year, added a new dashboard tool that lets clients manage their content and information across all of the company’s partner sites. Hello Music ...

  23. A2IM Heads To Washington

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A2IM is going to Washington at the end of June to try and get export subsidies for independent labels, organization's president Rich Bengloff told Billboard at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention. While there, A2IM will m ...

  24. Mflow Launches In U.K.

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The social music discovery service mflow has officially launched in the U.K. It was has been operating a closed trial for 10,000 invited users since October 2009. From April 15, it has removed access restrictions, though it remains for U.K residen ...

  25. Buyer Beware: Why Artists Should Do A 180 On "360" Deals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT I've been very fortunate to be affiliated with artists and their managers who have collectively sold over 300 million records. Not once during my three decades in practice did I ever get a call from a record company executive who said, " ...

  26. TuneCore, UMG Ink Services Deal

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore has struck a wide-ranging deal with Universal Music Group to deliver major-label marketing services to its DIY indie clients. Under the deal, UMG labels will resell TuneCore's digital distribution services, and add their own marketin ...

  27. Future of Music Coalition Reports Grim Airplay Data

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Future of Music Coalition has released a report detailing the grim state of indie airplay on commercial radio stations. The data, drawn from Mediaguide playlists for seven specific music formats (AC, Urban AC, Active Rock, Country, CHR Pop, Tr ...

  28. Lord Lloyd Webber Leads Copyright Debate

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Andrew Lloyd Webber, owner of the Really Useful Group, has led a debate in the House of Lord on the issue of online piracy. The debate today (April 2) comes ahead of the U.K. government's Digital Britain report, which is due in early summer. ...

  29. MIDEM Unveils Publishing Summit

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST MIDEM will launch its inaugural International Publishing Summit next month, in association with the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). It will be staged Jan. 20 as part of the MIDEM international music market at the Palais des ...

  30. German Vinyl Sales Slide

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vinyl record distributors are reporting declines of up to 60% in sales, a trend which is affecting dance music labels behind vinyl releases of house, techno and hip-hop. More and more DJs are using MP3s in their work rather than expensive vinyl re ...

  31. Grainge Appointed To U.K. Govt Creative Industries Panel

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been appointed to the panel of business leaders at the U.K. government's Creativity & Business International Network in Oct. 2009. The international creative business ...

  32. Attendance Up At In The City

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s 17th annual In The City (ITC) has been hailed a "huge success" by organisers with initial figures indicating a 22% rise in delegate attendance on last year. While the final delegate figures are not yet available, the thre ...

  33. ASCAP Realigns Membership Group, Adds To Board

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) is in the midst of realigning its membership group. As a result, Jeanie Weems, senior VP/creative affairs for ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul division, has exited the performance r ...

  34. OCC Loosens U.K. Album Chart Rules

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.-based Official Charts Company (OCC) is relaxing its rules to boost album sales. It wants to enable a greater variety of special-edition albums, including reissues and those packaged with related merchandise, to qualify for the same chart ...

  35. B-Unique Bosses Support New Fan-Funded Model

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. label B-Unique's managing directors Mark Lewis and Martin Toher have signed up as consultants to a new investment scheme, Bandstocks, which allows fans to buy a stake in artists' album releases. Bandstocks has been launched by Civil ...

  36. Shirts. Hats. Key Chains. Are These The Saviors Of Music?

    July 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The mainstream music business is now finding out what many hard-touring bands have known for years: Merchandise is in many cases a far more reliable source of income than record sales. It's a new world order, where record labels desperately s ...

  37. Sexton To Oversee Global Brand Partnerships For EMI

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cynthia Sexton, former senior VP, strategic marketing and licensing for EMI Music North America, has been upped to executive VP, global brand partnership, licensing, synchronization for EMI Music, a newly created position. Sexton, who will continu ...

  38. DCMS Pushes Ahead With Creative Confab Plans

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Department for Culture, Media and Sport will see through its vision to establish a "world-class" annual conference for the creative industries, with an inaugural World Creative Business Conference in 2009. The DCMS has enl ...

  39. ASCAP Unveils 'Bill of Rights' Initiative

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP unveiled a new advocacy initiative -- "Bill of Rights for Songwriters and Composers" -- during its third annual "I Create Music" EXPO at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles (April 10-12). Targeting established ...

  40. Music & Money: Digitalization And Investing In Indies

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digitalization of the music industry plays well in the indie label sector, according to a panelist at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. Richard Bengloff, president of A2IM trade association for independent labels and distributors, sai ...

  41. Qtrax's 'Major' Misstep

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Qtrax— the free, ad-supported, "legal" P2P service that launched at MIDEM today —apparently isn't as ready for prime time as it claims. The company claimed it had licensing agreements with all four major record labels, when in fact ...

  42. Goldsmith Warns Of 'Over-Confident' Live Sector

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a week when the U.K. record business reported album sales for 2007 down almost 11%, veteran concert promoter Harvey Goldsmith says he fears an over-confident live music sector risks suffering a similar decline. Goldsmith, co-founder and co-prom ...

  43. iLike Adds Ringtones with Thumbplay

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST iLike is adding a "get ringtone" link to songs listed on the music discovery application. The iLike app allows users to post their favorite artists and songs, and share music recommendations and playlists. Users can listen to song sample ...

  44. Ricall Hires Razzano To Lead U.S. Plans

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ricall is expanding into the United States. The online music marketplace has appointed Ed Razzano to lead the new stateside operations as VP of business development. Razzano, until recently senior director of film and TV licensing for BMG Music Pu ...

  45. Sony/ATV Wins Triple Performance Crown

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing achieved a historical place among country music awards this week. After being named BMI's country publisher of the year in Nashville, Sony/ATV officially became the first publisher to sweep the award from BMI, ASCAP ...

  46. Webster Quits BPI For MMF

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jon Webster, the director of independent services at the BPI, the U.K. music-industry trade body, is leaving for the newly-created position of CEO at the Music Managers Forum (MMF). Webster will be the first CEO at the MMF, which until recently ha ...

  47. IFPI Declares Pan-Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI today unveiled what it heralds as a "major step forward" in pan-European music licensing. The international recording industry trade body says that, along with an undisclosed number of European collecting societies representing ...

  48. Indie911 Partners With APM Music

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online social network Indie911.com has partnered with APM Music, a joint venture between EMI Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing, to provide access to independent and unsigned content for television, films and video game companies. Any reven ...

  49. AAIM Endorses Net Neutrality Cause

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The American Assn. of Independent Music (AAIM) has leant its voice to the Future of Music Coalition's Rock the Net campaign in favor of net neutrality. A host of indie labels and artists, including Bloodshot, Merge, Ted Leo and El-P, have alr ...

  50. Nimbit CEO: Music Industry Should Look To Silicon Valley

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CNET has printed an opinion piece by Patrick Faucher, CEO of Nimbit , a sales, promotion and distribution company for independent and unsigned artists. Nothing really eye-opening here--the music industry has become decentralized and major labels n ...

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