Mois : mars 2018

MaMA Festival & Convention : appel à candidatures

MaMA offre aux producteurs de spectacles, managers, agents, labels… l’opportunité de présenter des artistes français et internationaux. Plus d’une centaine d’entre eux pourront se produire devant les professionnels français et internationaux et le public parisien dans une dizaine de salles du quartier Pigalle-Montmartre, de 70 à 1 400 places (La Cigale, La Boule Noire, La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Backstage by the Mill, Les Trois Baudets, Le Bus Palladium, Le Carmen…).

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 31 Mai.

Despite arrival of Spotify, streaming revenue growth slowed considerably in Japan last year

Subscription streaming revenues in Japan last year hit 24.4bn Yen ($230m) across video and audio – the smallest annual revenue rise in the category since 2013.

The figure represents slightly alarming news for the industry in recorded music’s second-biggest global territory, which saw total sales last year across physical and digital formats (including music video) of 289bn Yen ($2.7bn) – down 3% year-on-year.

Digital sales made up 57.3bn Yen ($538m) of that total, or close to 20%, and were up 8% year-on-year.

Physical music sales across CD, DVD, Blu-ray and other formats hit 232bn Yen ($2.2bn), down 6% year-on-year.

Concord Music invests in digital marketing platform

Concord Music has made a strategic investment in, a marketing technology platform said to be ‘designed specifically for the promotional challenges that are unique to the record business’.

Created by digital marketing agency the Found Group, allows artists and labels to create a sophisticated online campaign based on fan data.

Once the data is gathered based on consumer activity (clicking a buy link or watching a video), feeds that information into a robust ad engine that enables targeted ads on leading ad networks, as well as audio ads on Spotify, with Pandora and coming soon.

Fate of Apple and Shazam deal to be decided in April

EU regulators will decide whether to clear Apple’s acquisition of Shazam by April 23rd.

The European Commission will either clear the $400m deal with or without conditions, or open a four-month investigation, according to Reuters.

European antitrust regulators started looking into the acquisition following requests from seven countries.

It started with Austria, with other similar submissions coming from France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Spotify’s home of Sweden.

Midem 2018 : Where does it start in 2018: Africa

Where does it start in 2018: Africa

Despite their incredible influence over lots of music styles all over the world African countries only represent 2% of the world music market.
However, with the highest youth population and a rapid adoption of mobile media, the digital revolution has give a new opportunity to export more local artists.
The African markets, with their diversity and cultural wealth, possess a huge potential.
With its long-term program, Midem’s ambition is to accelerate this transition by creating bridges between African and international territories to develop sustainable business models and structure the African music industry.

Yourope: Direct licensing ‘needs more work’

Although it wasn’t as big a deal as feared last summer, direct licensing is on the agenda for members of European festival association Yourope as the organisation reaches its 20th anniversary year.
This season, some Yourope festival members got invoices from acts that bypassed collecting societies, opting to collect the songwriting fees themselves. The problem is, say festivals, while this is a reasonable thing to do, there isn’t a smooth direct licensing process yet.
Collecting societies still claim to offer blanket licences that cover 100% of songwriting fees, which is no longer true. Certain artists take their live performance rights and license it themselves, and the collecting societies need to come up with a mechanism that allows them to adjust their own invoices, which don’t cover 100% of rights.

Spanish live business up 21% in 2017

Last year brought good news for the live music industry in Spain: the fourth consecutive year of growth for the live music market, with €223.2 million generated – an increase of 20.6% on 2016.
One of the explanations for the improvement of the health of the live sector is the reduction of cultural VAT from 21% to 10%, and 2017’s figures are above those of 2012, the year in which VAT was increased. The latest statistics reflect the attractiveness of Spain as a destination for major international tours, with millions of tickets sold to shows by the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2 and Maluma.
Also key to the market’s strength are the recent legal victory against collection society SGAE over tariffs, Google’s new restrictions on secondary ticketing sites and the admission of the Association of Music Promoters (APM) to the European Live Music Association.

Prix Découvertes RFI appel à candidatures

L’appel à candidatures pour la 38e édition du Prix Découvertes RFI est ouvert dès aujourd’hui à tous les artistes ou groupes musicaux professionnels d’Afrique, de l’Océan Indien et des Caraïbes. Le lauréat bénéficiera d’un prix de 10 000 euros, d’une tournée en Afrique et d’un concert à Paris.

What « Entrepreneurship » Really Means For Musicians, Part 3: Looking Towards The Future 

In this final installment of the series, I am going to begin to discuss how we can apply this rethinking to our planning for the future, and why looking towards the future is one of our fundamental responsibilities as artists and arts leaders. This discussion will open from two major viewpoints—the artistic, and the business—then culminate in a synthesis of how these two viewpoints relate to one another, through the principles of the new economy.

 Independent Label Market Brussels – 7 & 8 April

Les 7 & 8 avril 2018, la première édition du Independent Label Market arrive au WIELS.

Deux jours durant, de nombreux labels belges et européens de musique indépendante se réuniront au WIELS pour présenter leurs artistes, leurs disques et rencontrer collectionneurs, curieux et mélomanes.

A travers cet événement gratuit et ouvert à tous, le public pourra découvrir les acteurs qui font les labels – ces personnes qui mettent toute leur énergie pour soutenir et promouvoir la création musicale indépendante.