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02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Marathon Music Group Appoints Ophelia Conheady as Head of A&R for Marathon Artists imprint

Marathon Music Group has announced the appointment of Ophelia Conheady as Head of A&R for its main label imprint, Marathon Artists. Highly regarded by both the artist community and her music industry peers, Ophelia joins the company from her previous position...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group appoints John Leahy as SVP Marketing and Strategy

The role is the first created since Chrysalis Records returned to releasing new music   Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group today further strengthened their senior team with the appointment of John Leahy in the newly created position of SVP Marketing and Strategy. Leahy...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Jaguar announces a new home for undiscovered electronic music on BBC Radio 1: BBC Introducing Dance

  BBC Radio 1 are set to launch a brand new home for undiscovered dance music this Sunday night, designed solely to showcase the next wave of emerging electronic talent. At the helm is rising star and trusted tastemaker and DJ, Jaguar.Following on...more

02 Apr 2020 | Press release

Music sector joins together to call for EU and national investment to address current crisis and promote diversity

Music is one of the first sectors hit by the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. It will also be one of the last. As borders close, venues as well as festivals suspend their activities, performances are cancelled, group activity is stopped, shops close,...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Supporting music collectives during COVID-19: Ballantine's x Boiler Room

An update from Boiler Room x Ballantine's True Music projectAs I'm sure you've experienced first-hand the worsening situation of COVID-19 has exposed the real fragility of underground music. From mass cancellations, to restricted access to resources, with artists and other members...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Introducing... LiveFrom Events

Your Streaming as a Service Provider LiveFrom Events is our simple-to-use Streaming as a Service platform. We wanted to make it easyfor creators, producers and artists to run small intimate shows and yet connect and engage with all their fans worldwide.And...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

ARA, A2IM, MAC, NMPA, NSAI, Recording Academy, RIAA, and Sona join forces on website offering guidance, resources for music community

  Leading artist rights organizations including the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the Music Artists Coalition (MAC), National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Recording Academy, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

British Landlords Unite with Tenants for a Collective Response to Prevent Major Loss of Business

It is fantastic news that so many Landlords from across the UK have joined with us at this very difficult time. We are of course, all in this together which is why The NTIA and many British Landlords are asking...more

01 Apr 2020 | Press release

Jason Mraz signs new global multi-recordings deal with BMG

As announced this morning on Jason Mraz's newly launched weekly livestreamed series, "La La La Livestream," Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum artist Jason Mraz has signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG. The multi-album deal encompasses three full-length studio recordings with...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

BBC's Bob Harris OBE and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett join the Americana Music Association UK Board

  The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) has today announced that the BBC's "Whispering Bob" Harris and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett will join the organisation's Board.  The two long-term supporters of the genre join British singer-songwriter and Americana trailblazer Billy Bragg,...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

AIM hosts first music business conference adapted to virtual format in response to Covid-19

  OVER 4,000 DELEGATES FROM 27 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ATTENDED AIM SYNC 2020 NEWLY UPDATED VERSION OF AIM SYNC GUIDE LAUNCHED WINNERS OF THE FIRST EVER AIM INDEPENDENT SYNC AWARDS ANNOUNCED   How does the Association of Independent Music (AIM) respond to a global pandemic? By...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

One Media iP Group plc reports strong set of FY19 results

One Media iP (AIM:OMIP), the digital media content provider which exploits intellectual digital property rights around music, video and copyright technology, announces its Full Year Results for the 12-month period ended 31 October 2019.   Financial Highlights Revenue increased 30% to £3,508,891 (2018: £2,702,374) EBITDA...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

Beatport Presents: ReConnect, A Global Music Event

8.5 million people tuned in to watch Beatport's 34-hour live stream marathon with DJs from around the globe, raising over $180,000 for the AFEM (Association for Electronic Music) and WHO COVID-19 Funds   Beatport, the world's leading destination for electronic music, today announced that its...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

SyncFloor Partners with Motor Music, Launches Motor Music SyncSite

  SyncFloor, the commercial music marketplace, is announcing its partnership with Motor Music, bringing the label's catalog to more potential sync buyers via its newly launched Motor Music SyncSite. SyncFloor's SyncSites allow its rights holder partners to surface a sync-oriented website...more

31 Mar 2020 | Press release

BMG appoints Dan Pounder as Co-Head of BMG Production Music

BMG has further strengthened the leadership of its fast-growing BMG Production Music (BMGPM) business unit with the appointment of Dan Pounder to head finance, operations and systems. He will jointly run BMGPM with EVP & Global Managing Director John Clifford. BMG...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Music Industry Rallies To Support Independent Music Retail With #recordstoreoftheday Campaign

Share your support for your local independent retailer using the hashtag #recordstoreoftheday to win vouchers of up to £150   OVERVIEW: In light of the unprecedented challenge currently faced by independent retailers, the UK record business has launched the #recordstoreoftheday campaign to help...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Hipgnosis acquires music catalogue of Richie Sambora

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (“Hipgnosis” or the “Company”) Acquisition of Music Catalogue The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music catalogue of Songwriters Hall...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Stay at home with 3 months free HiFi and Family from Deezer

Right now, most of us are home with our families. Deezer wants to make sure you have the right tunes and podcasts to pass the time. So we've kicked off a new offer that lets you try Deezer Family and...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

UK Music appoints Tom Watson as new UK Music Chair

UK Music has appointed former Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson as the new chair of UK Music. He succeeds outgoing chair Andy Heath CBE and will start in April at UK Music, the umbrella body for the whole of the commercial...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Grassroots music venues in crisis – Music Venue Trust call to action

  Music Venue Trust is calling on the music industry, cultural sector and the UK’s most successful musicians to come together to create a £1 million fighting fund to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of Grassroots Music Venues across the UK. Despite Government action, over 550 Grassroots Music Venues remain...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

IMPEL expands to Latin America

Deal with LatinAutor will allow IMPEL to license and collect across Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and moreIMPEL has expanded its services to Latin America after signing a licensing and administration agreement with LatinAutor.LatinAutor (also known as One Stop Shop) is a...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Sentric makes Business Affairs and Data Science hires

Loren McShane joins as Head of Legal and Business AffairsDr. Joe Watson takes Data Scientist roleSentric Music Group has made two important additions to its team with the hiring of Loren McShane as Head of Legal and Business Affairs, and...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Midem 2020 reboots as Midem Digital Edition

MIDEM IN CANNES RETURNS IN 2021 Reed MIDEM announces that Midem 2020, which was due to take place June 2-5 in Cannes, is cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus. The next edition of Midem will take place June 1-4, 2021,...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Official Charts and Era support independent retailers through home delivery reporting system

Official Charts and Era partner to support indie record shops Indies moving to home delivery offered new reporting system Initiative designed to bolster indendendent retail reporting during COVID-19 crisis The Official Charts Company and the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), organisers of Record Store...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

New Deezer data suggests global audio streaming will recover

Streaming on smart TVs and speakers is on the rise during coronavirus isolation period Deezer sees sports, meditation and kids podcast content spike   Today we’re revealing the world’s new audio consumption habits that are emerging during the covid-19 pandemic. While on-the-move...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Universal Music Group’s response to Covid-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re making a global commitment, offering our support in a variety of ways, including:   Supporting UMG’s People We have implemented programs to protect workers’ pay and enhanced benefits and we will be launching the UMG All Together...more

30 Mar 2020 | Press release

Music Publishers Association COVID-19 Statements from Paul Clements CEO and Chair Roberto Neri

  From the smallest independents to multinational companies, music publishers nurture and protect songwriter and composer talent at all stages of their creative careers. Music Publishers are often the first partners for songwriters and composers; they invest in raw talent and...more

27 Mar 2020 | Press release

BPI comment on payments to the self-employed

Reacting to the Chancellor's announcement on COVID-19 related payments to the self-employed, Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said:   "A large number of the creatives and those who work across the music community are self-employed. We applaud the Chancellor for...more

27 Mar 2020 | Press release

UK Music chief welcomes lifeline for self-employed - but calls on Government to act now and offer 'urgent help' as interim move

  UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has welcomed the Government's new support today for the self-employed as a "vital lifeline" for thousands in the UK music industry.  Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined the measures that will include a taxable grant worth 80%...more

27 Mar 2020 | Press release

South African superstar Nasty C – the most-streamed rapper in Africa - signs to Def Jam Recordings

Nasty C, the #1 most-streamed South African artist on Apple Music for four years in a row, has signed an exclusive contract with Def Jam Recordings through a joint venture with Universal Music Africa.  Nasty C makes his official U.S. debut with "There They...more

02 Apr 2020

  • Spotify and Warner Music Group announce renewed global licensing partnership (see Business)

  • Blue Raincoat appoints John Leahy; Marathon appoints Ophelia Conheady (see Business)

01 Apr 2020

  • Kobalt reports increased losses but strong revenue growth (see Business)

  • Vivendi closes sale of stake in Universal Music Group to Tencent consortium (see Business)

  • TikTok strikes short-term licensing deals with majors (see Digital)

  • Eurovision Song Contest to be broadcast in live, non-competitive format (see Media)

31 Mar 2020

  • Tom Watson appointed Chair of UK Music (see Business)

  • OCC and ERA working to expand the number of independent retailers reporting home delivery sales to the Official Charts (see News)

30 Mar 2020

  • Hipgnosis acquires Richie Sambora catalogue (see Deals)

  • PPL announces £87.6m Q1 distribution, plus additional measures to help the music community (see News)

  • MMF and FAC survey suggests £50m has been lost to the wider music economy (see Analysis)

27 Mar 2020

  • Music industry welcomes 'vital lifeline' for self-employed, but warns two month wait too long (see News)

  • Download and Isle of Wight festivals cancelled (see News)