12:00 pm-6:00 pm (ET), May 19 - 20, 2020

Schedule and Speakers (as they are confirmed) at
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This two-day Zoom forum explores how the music tech and music industries are responding to the worldwide crisis of isolation and remote work. "Isolate or Innovate" will cover the big picture patterns and trends and tactical ideas for moving companies and goals forward while we all anticipate a return to normal.

"Isolate or Innovate" makes space for music and tech entrepreneurs to focus on pivoting, adjusting, and doubling down during a crisis rather than freezing progress. Music tech startup founders, executives at established companies, investors, labels, artist managers, and music marketers are invited to join the conversation on weathering challenges and preparing for the new post-COVID terrain at sessions like:

The New Starting Line: Trends and What's Next

Navigating Music Releases Through a Worldwide Shutdown

Investment: What to Do While on Hold

Music Tech Pivots: Now or Never

Music Tech PR: What's Your Narrative?

Music Tectonics knows all about adjustments: their debut conference in October 2019 forged ahead in a new location after a major Los Angeles wildfire shut down the planned venue less than 24 hours before kick-off. So when a Music Tectonics meetup at SXSW 2020 had to be cancelled, it was second nature for the team to pivot and double down. Instead of one in-person event in Austin, Music Tectonics has been hosting weekly music tech meetups online throughout the crisis. Like all these Music Tectonics events, "Isolate or Innovate" focuses on building community across all music tech sectors, with opportunities for attendees to grow their networks and forge deep connections even under self-isolation.

PR firm rock paper scissors, inc. explores the new terrain at the epicenter of music and technology through their blog, podcast, media services, and the annual Music Tectonics Conference. The rps team has a wealth of experience in responding creatively to crisis and amplifying their clients' compelling stories.

26 Oct 2020 | Press release

Harry Styles to invest in new Co-op Live arena in Manchester

  Multi-award winning and multi-million selling global artist and musician Harry Styles has made his first big move into the business world with an investment in Co-op Live, Oak View Group’s new venue in Manchester. The arena, which will be the...more

26 Oct 2020 | Press release

Vevo scales its offering by partnering with Foxxum for global distribution on Smart TVs

  Vevo, the leading all-premium music video platform, today announced a partnership with Foxxum, an innovator in cutting-edge Smart TV solutions for TV manufacturers and content providers. The agreement will make Vevo’s unparalleled premium music video content catalog available on over...more

26 Oct 2020 | Press release

Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” Reaches 1 Billion Views on YouTube

  GRAMMY Award-Winning Hit from “The Bodyguard” Becomes the First Solo Artist Entry and Fourth Video Overall from the ‘90s to Join the Billion Views Club   Whitney Houston’s GRAMMY Award-winning hit “I Will Always Love You” has officially crossed 1 billion views...more

25 Oct 2020 | Press release

Commercial radio sector calls on Government for support as Covid crisis continues

  As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, Radiocentre has written to the Government requesting additional support measures as new tiered restrictions introduced across the country impact local economies and businesses. Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, has today (23 October) written to...more

25 Oct 2020 | Press release

Sony/ATV Nashville Signs After Midtown to Global Deal

  Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville announces it has signed singer-songwriter duo After Midtown to a worldwide publishing agreement.Adam Ernst and Michael Rotundo are After Midtown. Their genre-bending sound is quickly creating a buzz in the Nashville music scene with their self-written...more

23 Oct 2020 | Press release

The 18th edition of South Asian culture-fest, London Mela will be held online and virtually for the first time ever on 7-8 November 2020

The 18th edition of South Asian culture-fest, London Mela will be held online and virtually for the first time ever on 7-8 November 2020. Founders Ajay Chhabra and Julian Rudd reinvent the much-loved festival as a digital and virtual reality...more

23 Oct 2020 | Press release

Baby Strange announce partnership with Rob McGee at The Empire Agency

  Ahead of their forthcoming single More! More! More! Glaswegian 3-piece Baby Strange announce their partnership with Rob McGee of The Empire Agency, who will represent the band in Europe & the UK. Speaking on behalf of the band, Baby Strange manager Gavin Harry of Eighty4 Music says: “Despite, the...more

23 Oct 2020 | Press release

Vick Bain joins Attitude is Everything as Interim Director of Strategy

Interim post strengthens crucial industry accessibility organisation to face the future, building on 20 years of positive change   Attitude is Everything is pleased to announce the recruitment of Vick Bain as Interim Director of Strategy. Starting immediately, Vick will be assisting the charity’s team...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Marathon Music Group Announces Three Key Artist Partnerships

Theon Cross, Lava La Rue and Friedberg “New Partnerships with Groundbreaking Artists” Cements A&R vision & Commitment to Building a Truly Diverse Roster of Artist Partnerships Marathon Music Group has announced three new artist partnerships, signalling a bold new A&R philosophy...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

YouTube Music announces #FoundryFest


22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Quincy Jones Makes Strategic Investment In AI Startup Musimap

- Legendary 28-time Grammy winner will act as special adviser to the startup transforming the personalised recommendations space- Investment is being made via Jones’ media & artist management company Quincy Jones Productions- Former President of Dolby International Andreas Spechtler also...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Sam Smith invites fans to join them and Holly H live on TikTok

A unique chance to see Sam before their only concert of 2020   Ahead of Sam's only UK performance of 2020, they will be speaking live to the UK's most popular TikTok star HollyH.  The pair will be taking part in the 30-minute preview to discuss...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

UK Music Diversity Taskforce calls on music industry to ditch "outdated and offensive" BAME acronym

  UK Music's Diversity Taskforce is calling on the music industry to dump the "outdated and offensive" term BAME as part of its drive to boost diversity and inclusion in the music industry. The demand comes ahead of the publication later this...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

GeeWizz announces extraordinary charity auction

Raising funds and creating a lasting legacy for  children and young adults with disabilities and life limiting illness in Suffolk   AUCTION LIVE FROM 22 OCTOBER – 8 NOVEMBER 2020   Supported by John and Imogen Sheeran for GeeWizz and Zest charities Includes priceless Ed Sheeran items...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Specsavers Scottish Music Awards return for 2020 with Amy Macdonald, Kitti and Luke La Volpe first names announced for virtual event

Scotland’s biggest music stars will celebrate St. Andrew’s Day in style with virtual event on 28th November raising urgent funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity #SCOTTISHMUSICAWARDS   Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity have today announced that the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will return in 2020...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Cultural industries unite to tackle ticketing touting via new EU initiative

  Demands include clear liability for secondary ticketing marketplaces, ticket and seller verification obligations, increased transparency, efficient reporting of tickets listed illegally Call for rigorous enforcement by a dedicated EU agency, giving performance ratings to keep advertising networks in the know In response...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Reservoir grows global creative team and announces raft of key promotions

  Reservoir has announced the expansion of its Creative team, with key promotions and additions to its staff globally. Donna Caseine has been promoted to EVP – Global Creative Director. Since Caseine joined Reservoir in 2016, the company launched official offices in...more

22 Oct 2020 | Press release

Sony/ATV Names Russell Emanuel President & CEO of its Newly Centralized Production Music Division

  Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced it has centralized its two production music divisions – Extreme Music and EMI Production Music – as one global operation and named Russell Emanuel as its President & CEO. The appointment gives Emanuel oversight of Sony/ATV’s global...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

IMPALA adopts charter to promote diversity and inclusion in the European independent music sector

  IMPALA has adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Charter setting out a series of twelve commitments for the organisation, which it will report on annually.  Guidance for members, training programmes, surveys to measure diversity and a range of other measures will be put in...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

Sony Music India (SMI) has announced an exclusive recording agreement with India’s young and successful music composer, Amaal Mallik.

Sony Music India (SMI) announced today an exclusive recording agreement with India’s young and successful music composer, Amaal Mallik.  Composer, singer and lyricist, Amaal Mallik has delivered some of Bollywood’s biggest chartbusters, for such films as Kabir Singh, M S Dhoni The...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

George Michael’s music comes to TikTok

As part of the 30th anniversary of Freedom! ‘90, Sony Music UK has partnered with TikTok to bring George Michael's iconic music to a new generation of global fans.   For the first time, TikTokers will be able to use George Michael’s...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

First ever virtual ASCAP London music awards take place on social media

“Happier” Receives Triple Gongs with Song of the Year, Top EDM Song and Top Streaming Song for Steve Mac Along with Bastille’s Dan Smith “Someone You Loved” wins Hot 100 Song and Winning Streaming Song for Lewis Capaldi CHVRCHES and Steve Mac-penned...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

Lavida Loca, Sarathy Korwar, Magugu and Fatherson among the latest artists to receive support from PRS Foundation's PPL Momentum Music Fund

First targeted Yorkshire based PPL Momentum Accelerator grantees announced Applications for the next round are open now – deadline for submissions is 16th November 2020 at 6pm   PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, together with PPL, Creative...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

170,000 jobs lost in live music industry before end of 2020 as revenue falls by 80%

 Full report here. New research published today shows that over 26,000 permanent jobs will be lost in the live music industry before the end of the year if Government support is withdrawn. In addition, 144,000 FTE roles, including self-employed and freelance...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

Deezer powers ADE with exclusive partnership

Being cooped up at home is hard enough. But for the dance community, there’s no question about it, we thrive on the dance floor. But don’t put away your club gear just yet. Global music streaming service Deezer is ready...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

BBC Radio 1Xtra announces Richie Brave as the new 1Xtra Talks host

Richie Brave will be joining 1Xtra as the new host of 1Xtra Talks (Sundays, 9-10pm). Richie will take over the reins from Reece Parkinson who will continue to host 1Xtra’s Drivetime Show.  From Sunday 1 November Richie will present 1Xtra Talks,...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

BMG expands into live music in Germany

  BMG is entering the live music business for the first time, with a plan to offer artists a new alternative to the established live promotion industry. The company has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in independent German live...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2020 unveils schedule and broadcast plans

BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2020 has unveiled the schedule and broadcast plans for this year’s event, which will take place digitally for the first time from Saturday 24 October - Saturday 31 October 2020. The week-long programme will bring audiences an...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

An open letter from Skiddle to the industry

CC: Ben Wallace MPCC: Boris, Number 10 Downing StreetCC: Preston City CouncilCC: Oliver Dowden, Culture Minister.21st October 2020It’s been a tough year for lots of people and it’s certainly no exception at Skiddle. The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated the industry...more

21 Oct 2020 | Press release

New artist agency Frills enters the electronic music scene

From their newly established headquarters in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, Frills launches operations with a promise to shake up the landscape of today’s House, Techno & Electronic scene with a bold approach to artist development. The new agency project brings together...more

27 Oct 2020

26 Oct 2020

  • Culture Recovery Fund: third round grants go to Fabric nightclub and others (see News)

  • BBC Director of Radio James Purnell to leave the corporation (see Media)

23 Oct 2020

  • Viagogo takeover of StubHub in the UK provisionally blocked (see News)

  • BBC investigation found racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic content on streaming services (see Digital)

  • Vine Alternative Investments acquires Calvin Harris catalogue (see Deals)

22 Oct 2020

  • BMG acquires stake in German live music company Undercover (see Business)

21 Oct 2020

  • Live industry report foresees 170,000 job losses (see Analysis)

  • Vivendi confirms plans to take Universal public in 2022; UMG revenue up 5.1% in 2020 (see Business)

  • ASCAP London Music Awards - winners announced (see News)

20 Oct 2020

  • Music Venue Trust reports 89% success rate for grassroots venues applying to Culture Recovery Fund (see News)

  • Warner Music raises $250m; set to acquire two catalogues (see Business)

19 Oct 2020

  • Second round of Culture Recovery Fund recipients announced (see News)

  • Discord over song royalties sours American trade talks (see News)

16 Oct 2020

  • MPs to examine the economic impact of streaming on the music industry (see News)

15 Oct 2020

  • Sony forms partnership with music and technology entrepreneur Rob Ronaldson (see Business)

  • Big Hit Entertainment IPO proves a success (see Business)

  • Spotify launches feature that allows music in podcasts (see Digital)

14 Oct 2020

  • L.A. Reid signs to Hipgnosis Songs Fund; appointed to Board (see Deals)