9 Ways To Get More Fans On Your Mailing List 

Email marketing is the most reliable way to communicate with your fans, strengthen your relationship with them, and get them to take action, whether you want them to stream your new single on Spotify or buy a concert ticket. And, unlike your social media pages, you own your subscriber data forever.

ASCAP and BMI are making a joint database of rights, licensing information 

ASCAP and BMI announced a collaboration that will see the two performing rights organizations create a single comprehensive database of musical works from their libraries. The database will contain an overview of shares and rights information for much of the music licensed in the United States, offering more clarity around music ownership.

Experts from the two parties have been working on this database for more than one year. The final product, expected to have an initial launch in Q4 2018, will be publicly available on both the ASCAP and BMI websites.

YouTube Red and Google Play Music to combine, but details are scarce 

YouTube Head of Music Lyor Cohen said that Google Music Play and YouTube Red will be combined into a single property. Cohen confirmed the eventual merger during a session at the New Music Seminar event in New York. He said the move would help educate consumers and increase the company’s subscriber numbers.

There have been rumors of such an action for several months, especially after the teams for those services were combined in February. Lyor did not go into more detail about the timeline for blending the properties, and did not discuss specifics around if and how names, branding, or the apps themselves might change.

Bertil David named MD of UMPG France as Jean-Philippe Allard exits 

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has appointed Bertil David as its Managing Director in France, effective immediately.

He succeeds Jean-Philippe Allard, who leaves the business after leading UMPG France since 2007.

David (pictured) joined Universal in 2013 and previously served as Head of A&R and Synch at UMPG France.

France : L’été contrasté des festivals de musique

Malgré une conjoncture économique délicate et un risque élevé d’attentat, les plus grands festivals de musique parviennent à stabiliser leur fréquentation en remodelant leur programmation, contrairement à ceux de moindre envergure.