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

  • Spotlight on… MaiJazz Festival 

    Helleik Kvinnesland is Managing Director of Maijazz Festival in Stavanger, Norway. The festival is now at its 28th edition and, as the name suggest, takes place at the start of May. It develops throughout one week with 50 concerts in 8 venues around the city and a focus on Norwegian and international contemporary jazz.


  • 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.

  • CONCOURS DE CHANSON – VIIes Jeux de la Francophonie


    Les VIIIes Jeux de la Francophonie se dérouleront du 21 au 30 juillet 2017 à Abidjan. Organisés tous les quatre ans, dans l’année post-olympique, les Jeux de la Francophonie invitent, sous la bannière de l’amitié, la jeunesse de l’espace francophone à se rencontrer au travers d’épreuves sportives et de concours culturels. Au-delà de ces rencontres, les jeux permettent à des jeunes artistes de voir leur talent reconnu sur la scène internationale.

    En 2017, la chanson a été choisie comme épreuve culturelle des Jeux. Un comité d’experts des Jeux de la Francophonie débutera la sélection parmi les artistes proposés par les pays ou gouvernements participants à partir du 31 juillet 2016.

    Envie de participer à cet événement unique ? Nous vous invitons à lire attentivement les conditions de participation.