Mois : mars 2018

Spotify Says They ‘Created a Marketplace’ for Musicians. An Artist With 1.1 Million Spotify Followers Responds.

When Spotify starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, I’m sure it will be hugely profitable for the venture capitalists, Spotify shareholders, and major record labels that have backed it over the years. However, you won’t find much celebration from artists themselves, who once again find themselves at the back of the line for payment of their work after the music industry monopolies have cashed in. It’s madness.

Spotify has always been run for the benefit of the major record labels – all of which are shareholders – whilst artists get crumbs from the table.

The whole system is cloaked in secrecy, nobody knows how much they’re going to get paid or when. It can take over a year to get paid for a stream, and up to two years. Even with over a million listeners, and tens of millions of streams, I couldn’t rely on Spotify for an income — so it blows my mind how smaller artists are supposed to manage?

Facebook inks pan-European licensing deals with Wixen, Sacem and Socan

Facebook has signed pan-European licensing deals with French PRO SACEM, Canadian society SOCAN and US-based independent publisher Wixen.

The multi-year agreements, all handled by Sacem on behalf of the trio, cover more than 180 territories across Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, and will enable users to create and share videos including music from Sacem, Wixen and SOCAN’s repertoire.

Wixen, which represents rights from the likes of Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and The Doors, is currently suing Spotify for $1.6bn, alleging that the streaming service is guilty of illegally under-paying songwriters while handing “outrageous annual salaries to its executives”.

Believe considers European IPO – with a $500m annual turnover

Believe (formerly Believe Digital) could be set to float on the European stock exchange, having achieved an annual turnover of around $500m.

The French-born digital distribution and services company now employs more than 500 people worldwide, and has raised $60m to date, buying the likes of Tunecore and Naive.

It has now been honored with a ‘Future Unicorn’ trophy by French publication Challenges – a gong which forecasts that Believe will one day be worth more than a billion Euros.

Future creative cities – Why culture is a smart investment for cities

This report takes stock of the experience of Culture for Cities and Regions, a €1M initiative funded by the Creative Europe programme between 2015 and 2017. 150 cities and regions took part in the three-year programme of peer-learning activities.

Our report presents concrete examples aiming to tackle key cultural challenges at local level. These include: facing the demographic challenge; empowering audience; and developing better partnerships between local administrations and cultural and creative spaces.
While investment in culture is perceived as inherently risky, Culture for Cities and Regions debunked that myth, building ample evidence that investing in culture pays off.

La Maison Qui Chante : appel à candidatures pour résidences de création

Appel à candidatures pour des résidences de création
à La Maison Qui Chante lors de la saison 2018/2019
La Maison Qui Chante est située à Ixelles (Rue du Viaduc, 122), et est un lieu dédié à la Chanson jeune public. Ses deux missions principales sont l’accueil en résidences de création, et des ateliers de découverte sensorielle des Chants du Monde grâce à des artistes venus de tous les horizons.

Grâce au Tax shelter, 9 millions d’euros ont vitaminé nos scènes en 2017

n Belgique francophone, 128 projets ont été agréés en 2017. Grâce à l’incitant fiscal, les entreprises y ont injecté 8.961.195 euros. « Seulement un avant-goût », sourient le secteur et la ministre de la Culture, Alda Greoli.
La ministre s’est fixée d’autres priorités pour étoffer le système. « Je suis heureuse que la musique classique se taille 22% des agréments et de belles sommes mais, avec mon homologue flamand Sven Gatz, nous voulons aussi obtenir du Fédéral l’accès au Tax shelter pour les spectacles de musique non-classique. Cette exception bannit les festivals, les opérateurs qui pourraient lever des fonds intéressants. Si on juge qu’en classique, une interprétation en public est une création, il doit en être de même pour la chanson et les musiques pop-rock-jazz. Cet élargissement du secteur et des projets me semble plus essentiel que d’essayer de rendre de nouveaux frais éligibles. »

New Google Feature Lets Artists Post Messages to Search Results 

Google has launched a new way for artists to communicate directly with fans. Starting last Friday, artists can now post videos, GIFs, images and text to a space inside their search results’ Knowledge Panel, the area containing photos, biography and links to sites such as YouTube and Spotify.
Artists can control the content once they become verified using this dedicated site. The blue checkmark next to the artists name will let fans know it’s a legit update from the artist.