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Ancien Directeur de Wallonie-Bruxelles Musiques, bureau export et secrétaire de l'association internationale des experts culturels francophones. conseiller indépendant.

Vevo is moving into ‘long-form programming’ – and looking for stars 

No-one knows exactly what to expect from Vevo’s upcoming subscription tier – but now we have a better idea.

A new Vevo job ad spotted by MBW for a Head of Creative Commissioning & Acquisitions in New York gives us some clues about how the music video company is set to move far beyond standard promo media.

The role will see the successful candidate green-light, license or acquire programmes that fit with Vevo’s future direction.

In particular: “Diversifying Vevo’s content offer beyond the official music video into long form programming.”


Medianet, SOCAN, YouTube And The Kobalt Effect

Since the demise of the long-running-but-never-launched Global Repertoire Database (GRD) there has been a lot of debate over what comes next for digital rights reporting. The songwriter class action suits in the US against Spotify are the natural outcome of more than one and a half decades of failing to deal with the forsaken mess that is compositional rights in the digital era. The music industry needs a solution and now just like busses that never come, two arrive at once: Google’s Open Source Validation Tool for DDEX Standard (doesn’t sound too sexy I know, but bear with me on this one) and Canadian PRO (Performing Rights Organization) SOCAN has acquired Medianet essentially as a digital rights reporting play. So just what is going on in the world of digital rights reporting?


Que se passe-t-il dans le monde des droits digitaux et de leur reporting ? Intéressant point de vue.

Play at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017 – appel à candidatures

Eurosonic Noorderslag is the European Music Platform. Play in front of  a high level mix of agents, promotors, bookers, venues and representatives of more than 400 music festivals. Submit now if you want a chance to show your act to an audience of professionals and other music lovers. Eurosonic Noorderslag has been responsible for kick-starting the careers of European acts like Ásgeir, Aurora, Bastille, Dotan, Ibeyi, James Blake, Jett Rebel, Hozier, Milky Chance, Royal Blood, Seinabo Sey and Vök.


Afrique du Sud : la SABC va désormais diffuser 90% de musique locale sur ses 18 chaînes de radio

En Afrique du Sud, les 18 chaînes de radio de la SABC vont désormais consacrer 90% de leur programmation musicale aux productions locales. La décision prise par le groupe audiovisuel public sera effective dès le 18 mai 2016. La SABC donne ainsi la priorité aux contenus locaux qui reflètent la diversité culturelle de l’Afrique du Sud.


Canada: résultats des 1er Live Music Awards

Le Festival d’été de Québec a été décoré samedi à Toronto, lors des premiers Live Music Industry Awards, remportant le prix du Meilleur festival à but non lucratif de l’année au Canada. Il a été préféré au Festival Luminato (Toronto), au City Folk (Ottawa), au Festival de jazz de Vancouver et au Festival folk de Calgary. Osheaga a été proclamé Festival de l’année, prix pour lequel étaient aussi candidates les organisations suivantes: Boots & Hearts (Oro Medonte), RBC Bluesfest (Ottawa), Squamish Valley Music Festival et Wayhome Music and Arts Festival (Oro Medonte). Montréal a remporté le titre de Ville musicale de l’année devant Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto et Vancouver.


Top 10 des festivals européens à faire cet été – MyBandNews

Nous avons volontairement écarter de gros festivals déjà très populaires comme Glastonbury, T in The Park, Tomorrowland ou Primavera qui sont rapidement sold out et dont les programmations sont de plus en plus uniformes. En Europe, de nombreux festivals atypiques vous invitent à explorer des terres inconnues. Voici un top 10 des festivals encore peu connus dont vous devriez entendre vite parler.


Règlement Concours Circuit Alternatif 2016

Le Concours Circuit est un concours dédié aux groupes émergents et aux musiques actuelles en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Depuis 2014, le Concours Circuit a laissé tomber l’appellation Pop Rock pour s’ouvrir davantage aux musiques actuelles alternatives : pop, rock, folk, indé, garage, psyché, post rock, math rock, noise, experimental, slowcore, shoegaze, synthpop, lo-fi, hip hop…

Les inscriptions sont ouvertes du 12 mai au 21 juillet 2016.


It pays out more than Spotify and is growing fast. Neighbouring rights: the music biz’s unsung hero. 

The world of neighbouring rights has a little bit of an image problem.

For some reason, people tend to see it as a tad old-world – especially compared to the future-making world of streaming.

Yet this oft-ignored segment of the music business is something every performer, manager and label should be paying very close attention to right now.

Because according to the latest stats, it’s paying out more money than the likes of Spotify to recorded music rights-holders – and growing fast.


SOCAN predicts dramatic YouTube revenue uplift as it acquires Medianet 

Canada-based collection society SOCAN has acquired B2B music tech provider Medianet – in a bid to ‘ensure that creators and music publishers, including artists and all relevant rights owners, are properly compensated for their work’.

Seattle-based MediaNet has previously powered services including Beats Music, CÜR Music and Songza and boasts a database of more than 51 million recordings – each containing a unique audio identifier with robust master rights information.

SOCAN says the buyout will make it ‘the leader in accurate matching of music data’ and ‘will especially increase revenue streams for all whose music is played on digital platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and other services relying on uploads’.


Belgium blocks ticket resale sites

A Belgian judge has ordered the country’s internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to three secondary ticket outlets in response to widespread fraud by resellers.
Touts used Topticketshop, and Tickets België to sell €400,000 worth of fraudulent tickets to concerts by artists including Adele and girl band K3 which were duplicated on a number of other, primarily Dutch, websites. Consumer affairs minister Kris Peeters (pictured), who led the investigation, says the deception was “striking and undeniable”.


Apple Terminating Music Downloads ‘Within 2 Years

Apple is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store, with an aggressive, two-year termination timetable actively being considered and gaining favor.  According to sources to Digital Music News with close and active business relationships with Apple, discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.


Beatport quits music streaming as it suspends sale process

Beatport, owned by troubled SFX Entertainment, is quitting the streaming game – and says it’s in no rush to sell.

SFX acquired Beatport for $50m in 2013.

From there, in an attempt to increase revenues and progress its technology, Beatport built a streaming music service, a mobile app, a video livestreaming platform and a dance music news channel.

And today, just as anticipation was building for news of a sale, Beatport made a very different announcement.

“[In] our effort to be so many different things, we lost focus on bringing the best possible service and capabilities to our most loyal customers: the DJ community,” it said in a blog post.

“As such, we have determined to invest in what is most important to our business and our customers, rather than adding yet another choice to a sea of streaming services.