19 Mar 2018 | Press release

New 2am club night opens on London’s South Bank

Southbank Centre today announces its new regular club night programme, Concrete Lates, showcasing live electronic music until 2am, for the first time in the arts centre’s history.   Concrete Lates is a new monthly late-night club night launched as Southbank Centre’s...more

19 Mar 2018 | Press release

MQA Live launches in Austin with exclusive Jake Isaac livestream

An invite-only audience in Austin experienced the debut of “MQA Live”, a new way for fans to connect to musicians.  Jake Isaac and his band performed from London's Rocket Studios – the first time a live performance has been streamed...more

19 Mar 2018 | Press release

BASCA campaign calls on music publishers to share the revenue they have generated from recent Facebook and Spotify deals with songwriters and composers

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) has unveiled a new campaign #soldforasong.BASCA applauds the recent commitments by major labels to share in any financial benefits from Spotify’s forthcoming direct listing with their artists and associated indie labels,...more

19 Mar 2018 | Press release

Because Ramps Up Award Winning UK Team with Trio of Top Hires

Includes Adele A&R Nick Huggett joining as Chief Creative Officer In a significant expansion of its UK operation, the Because Music Group has made three key senior staff additions to its award-winning team. Nick Huggett joins as CCO (Because Music UK),...more

19 Mar 2018 | Press release

SXSW announces 2018 Grulke Prize winners

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the winners for this year's Grulke Prize.The award, now in its sixth year, was developed in honor of our friend and colleague Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August...more

17 Mar 2018 | Press release

BPI hosts its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Forum

Attitudes and issues around diversity in the workplace and harassment explored and discussed The BPI, yesterday hosted its inaugural BPI Diversity & Inclusion Forum, which saw speakers drawn from a range of sectors across the music industry explore and discuss workplace...more

16 Mar 2018 | Press release

Merlin sets a new path in China

Landmark non-exclusive partnerships with NetEase, Alibaba and Tencent lay long-term foundations for the world’s most important independent record labelsMerlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector has today announced its first participation in the fast-evolving Chinese music...more

16 Mar 2018 |

Producer Jake Gosling discusses his label, Goldun Egg

Jake Gosling’s illustrious career as a producer has been well documented; not just by the music press but by a long list of BRIT and Grammy nominations, broken records on Spotify and in the Charts, and acts such as Ed...more

15 Mar 2018 | Press release

Dave Berry announced as the new host of Absolute Radio’s Breakfast Show

Dave Berry is set to take the reins of the Absolute Radio Breakfast show, it has been announced today (15th March). Joining the Absolute Radio family in October 2017, Berry currently hosts the Hometime show (weekdays 4-7pm) – interviewing the...more

15 Mar 2018 | Press release

SXSW 2018: Merlin to reveal global consumption boom for independent record labels

Merlin’s 2017 Latin American earnings increase five-fold in three years – US member labels see streaming revenues from LATAM territories almost double as a percentage of their businessBrazil is now the 6th biggest-earning territory for Merlin’s independent label members –...more

15 Mar 2018 | Press release

Sony/ATV promotes Jacob Fain to SVP A&R, Head of Research & Analytics

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Jacob Fain to SVP A&R, Head of Research & Analytics, based in the company’s New York head office.  Alongside his senior role in Sony/ATV’s market-leading A&R team, Fain oversees the Research & Analytics department, which serves...more

14 Mar 2018 | Press release

UK Music calls on Chancellor to “press fast forward” to tackle big rate rises for studios and venues

 UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher urged the Chancellor to “press fast forward” over his review of business rates. Delivering his Spring Statement today, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a planned revaluation of business rates would be brought forward a year to...more

14 Mar 2018 | Press release

Concord Music announces new JV publishing partnership with Disciples’ Gavin Koolman, Simplicity Is Key Publishing

Concord Music, worldwide independent leader in music publishing today announces a new joint venture publishing agreement with Disciples’ Gavin Koolman.Simplicity Is Key Publishing (SIKP) is a new venture headed by Gavin Koolman, one third of production trio Disciples. With a...more

14 Mar 2018 | Press release

Sony/ATV signs Yungen to worldwide publishing deal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed rising UK rapper Yungen to a worldwide deal. The South Londoner made his Top 10 breakthrough last year with “Bestie”, which has now surpassed 600,000 equivalent UK sales, and he is currently charting with the hit...more

13 Mar 2018 | Press release

First Access Entertainment announce an investement partnership with Futurekind

First Access Entertainment announce an investment partnership with music and entertainment company, Futurekind. "I am very happy for First Access Entertainment to partner with Futurekind.”, says First Access Entertainment CEO, Sarah Stennett. “I have known Laurence for years, through his great work...more

13 Mar 2018 | Press release

AIM announces Music Connected 2018

The UK’s Leading Digital Music Conference returns on Friday 20 AprilThe Association of independent Music (AIM), the organisation representing the interests of over 800 independent music companies in the UK, has announced that tickets are now available for Music Connected...more

12 Mar 2018 | Press release

Disruptive startup Clickamix opens a new $670+ million revenue stream for music industry rightsholders

Disruptive startup Clickamix opens a new $670+ million revenue stream for music industry rightsholders  - By licensing music that is currently mixed and used illegally in sports    The disruptive tech startup Clickamix launched an industry wide call today to publishers, artist managers and trade bodies to take advantage of a currently untapped...more

12 Mar 2018 | Press release

Vivo Management Buyout

The live touring activities of Vivo Concerti have been transferred to its Managing Director Clemente Zard from parent company Warner Music Italy.Vivo was established in 2011 as a division of Warner Music Italy and has been managed by Clemente Zard...more

12 Mar 2018 | Press release

BMG appoints Albert Slendebroek to run Benelux repertoire operation

BMG has appointed record-executive-turned-tech-entrepreneur Albert Slendebroek to run its Benelux repertoire operation, BMG Talpa Music, effective immediately.After a successful career in major record companies, Slendebroek was CEO of digital music distribution software company FUGA, before becoming general manager of legendary...more

12 Mar 2018 | Press release

The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard raises over £1million to support the work of The BRIT Trust

The BRIT Awards 2018 with Mastercard today reveals that it has already raised over £1 million from this year’s show to support the work of The BRIT Trust – the music industry charity set up by UK labels association the...more

12 Mar 2018 | Press release

FUGA Opens New Offices, Signs New Clients, Including ReverbNation

- New London premises, new promotions manager hires in New York and London- Raft of new international clients, including ReverbNation, Mom + Pop- Opens first office in Italy FUGA, the industry-leading technology and services company for international rightsholders, is kicking off...more

09 Mar 2018 | Press release

Warner Music Group and Facebook Team Up So You Can Add Music to Your Memories and Moments

Warner Music Group (WMG) and Facebook today announced a holistic partnership that includes licensing agreements covering the music company’s recorded music and music publishing catalogs for use in social experiences such as videos and messages. The deal paves the way...more

09 Mar 2018 | Press release

Stronger planning protections for music venues edge closer to reality

UK Music has welcomed the publication of the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and called on the Government to fulfil commitments to introduce a legally binding agent of change principle to protect under threat music venues. The draft...more

09 Mar 2018 | Press release

PRS for Music and European sister societies back #MakeInternetFair in final push for creators' rights in the first copyright overhaul in 17 years

-  Proposals for most significant change in copyright law since 2001 -  PRS for Music and BASCA call on EU law makers for new rules to create a fair digital world -  Songwriter delegation met with European Commissioner for Digital Economy and...more

08 Mar 2018 | Press release

Smirnoff parters with Global, Spotify, Deltic and Live Nation on Equalising Music 2018


08 Mar 2018 | Press release

Skiddle announce partnership with Safe Gigs For Women

Skiddle, the UK’s biggest and busiest event guide and ticketing outlet, have today announced that they will be partnering with Safe Gigs For Women; working together to combat sexual harassment and assault at live music events. The partnership will see Skiddle...more

08 Mar 2018 | Press release

UK Independent Music Retailers launch Record Tokens to cater for a new generation of vinyl lovers

Entertainment Retailers Association’s Independent Record Shops have announced that they are bringing back Record Tokens this year to cater for a new generation of vinyl collectors. At their peak in the early 90s, the original Record Token market was worth...more

08 Mar 2018 | Press release

New initiative from Music Planet Live and Music Venue Trust

Exciting new initiative from Music Planet Live and Music Venue Trust 100 new young female promoters - 100 new shows - 100 grassroots music venues Music Venue Trust and Music Planet Live are delighted to announce a major new partnership...more

08 Mar 2018 | Press release

Kobalt Boosts AWAL To Transform Recording Industry

AWAL to Invest $150 Million Into Artists and Independent Labels, Hire Another 100 Employees, and Introduce New Lineup of Tech Products at SXSW 2018 Kobalt Also Combines All Recording Business Under AWAL  Kobalt today announced it has significantly boosted AWAL’s resources to...more

08 Mar 2018 | Press release

Irv Gotti signs deal with Warner/Chappell Music

Legendary Music Entrepreneur/Producer/Songwriter Joins Award-Winning Music Publisher   Irv Gotti has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell will administer all of the legendary music executive/producer/songwriter’s future material. In addition,...more

20 Mar 2018

  • BASCA calls for publishing companies to "share the spoils" of licensing windfalls. (see News)

  • Because Music Group makes key appointments. (see Business)

19 Mar 2018

  • Facebook strikes deals with SACEM, SOCAN and Wixen. (see Business)

  • Spotify removes third-party playlisting service SpotLister. (see Digital)

16 Mar 2018

  • Spotify livestreams presentation for investors ahead of direct listing. (see Analysis)

  • Merlin strikes deals with Chinese streaming services. (see Business)

  • Linkfire announces partnership with Pandora. (see Digital)

15 Mar 2018

  • Lyor Cohen talks YouTube breaking the ‘two-horse race’ of Apple and Spotify. (see News)

14 Mar 2018

  • Spotify: Can it make money?; plus, the black market for playlists. (see Analysis)

13 Mar 2018

  • Spotify: Listing week set; launches in four more countries; launches tools for connecting social media accounts; seeks metadata from users. (see Digital)

12 Mar 2018

  • Mubadala to sell its majority holding in EMI Music Publishing. (see Business)

  • Warner strikes licensing agreement with Facebook. (see Digital)

09 Mar 2018

  • Kobalt to invest $150m in AWAL. (See Business)

08 Mar 2018

  • NME to cease in print; continue online. (see Publishing, Features)

07 Mar 2018

  • The Advertising Standards Authority places restrictions on secondary ticketing sites from using misleading pricing. (see News)

  • WIN wants major-distributed indies to be compensated from Spotify’s public offering; Sony confirms it will. (see News)

  • Musicqubed closes down. (see Digital)

  • Vevo videos could debut on Facebook this year. (see Digital)