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Utopia Music has announced the appointment of Åsa Carild as Head of Platform. Located in Stockholm, she reports to Utopia Chief Data Officer Paul Gathercole.

Carild will be heading the Utopia platform unit that provides consumption analytics and economics data for the company’s service offering. She has previously set up and worked with several online licensing hubs, including ICE — the international collaboration between GEMA, STIM and PRS — and most recently was CEO at the Nordic licensing hub Polaris. She also worked as Manager Nordics for Nokia’s music venture, ran her own record label and spent nearly four years as COO for game tech company MuchDifferent. Carild has a background in academia and authored an extensive study about the impact of digitalization on the music business. She started her career in the music industry as a singer and is still active as a singer and songwriter.

Carild said: “As a songwriter and singer, I’ve seen the music industry problems first-hand that really need to be fixed. Utopia is all about helping the business by creating and spearheading technologies that improve trust and efficiency. It is exciting to join this group of technology and music professionals on a joint mission to achieve Fair Pay For Every Play. I’m particularly excited to be using my years of experience in music licensing and copyrights to address and solve the biggest problems in the business in order to make a lasting difference for Creators around the world.“

Utopia CEO Markku Mäkeläinen said: “Åsa strengthens Utopia’s already strong lineup of music professionals and cutting-edge technologists. With her stellar background and vast experience in licensing, especially in the collection society space, she is an absolutely perfect fit for our team! It was really difficult to find the right person for this multi-faceted, high-intensity role as we did not want to compromise on what we deem an absolutely key position for our continued growth and success. We are proud to be able to create solutions for the music industry’s short and long term needs.”

Carild joins a growing team of more than 100 Utopia employees in offices located in Zug, London, Helsinki and Stockholm. Other recently announced hires include respected British executive Roberto Neri as Chief Operating Officer and Amazon and Universal alumni Paul Gathercole as Chief Data Officer.

For more information about Utopia, please visit http://utopiamusic.com

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28 Oct 2021 | Press release

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28 Oct 2021 | Press release

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28 Oct 2021 | Press release

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27 Oct 2021 | Press release

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27 Oct 2021 | Press release

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27 Oct 2021 | Press release

Spotify Reports Q3 2021 Earnings Results

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27 Oct 2021 | Press release

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27 Oct 2021 | Press release

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22 Oct 2021 | Press release

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28 Oct 2021

  • Industry has mixed reactions to the Budget (see News)

  • Universal, Spotify post strong results (see Business)

  • Rajar results return (see Media)

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks CISAC report and the ‘immoral’ treatment of songwriters (see Features)

27 Oct 2021

  • Private equity sees longterm value in catalogues (see Analysis)

  • CISAC report highlights drop in worldwide royalty collections in 2020 (see Analysis)

  • European creative industry organisations express concern over Digital Services Act (see Opinion)

26 Oct 2021

  • The fandom dilemma: What defines 'popularity'? (see Opinion)

  • It’s not politics that make the UK rubbish at Eurovision (see Opinion)

25 Oct 2021

  • Adele breaks records with 'Easy On Me' (see News)

  • Streaming services ‘should start paying musicians properly’, say MPs (see News)

  • Black music artists should call out racism within our industry (see Comment)

  • Big money is pouring into music - where do we go from here? (see Comment)

22 Oct 2021

  • Spotify promotes Sulinna Ong; launches Song Start, plus video podcasts (see Digital)

  • UK music industry faces ‘slow, steady decline’ because of Brexit barriers (see Comment)

21 Oct 2021

  • Concord said to be exploring a sale (see Business)

  • Spotify to enable artists to sell merchandise directly (see Digital)

20 Oct 2021

  • Industry welcomes CMA's plans to launch a market study into music streaming (see News)

  • Kobalt sells Fund II to KKR venture for $1.1bn (see Business)

  • How much are artists really making on Twitch? (see Analysis)

19 Oct 2021

  • UK Music report highlights economic impact of pandemic (see News)

18 Oct 2021

  • Adele's 'Easy On Me' breaks streaming records (see News)

15 Oct 2021

  • Publishers ask US Royalty Board for 32% rate increase from streaming services (see News)