Synchtank, the SaaS platform for managing entertainment assets, metadata and royalties, has hired several new executives to bolster its royalty accounting platform, IRIS. Los Angeles-based Janet Landrum joins as Royalties Specialist, while London-based engineers Dr. Nick Beitner and Carlos da Costa join as Lead Architect and Senior Developer. Continue reading Synchtank Taps 20th Century Fox Royalty Executive, Leading Developers to Bolster Royalty Accounting Platform IRIS
Craft Brewed Music is a Nashville-based music streaming service designed to stream ‘better music for serious listeners.’
Launched in 2018 by Brian Horner, a professional saxophonist and artist manager, Craft Brewed Music is laser-focused on connecting serious music listeners with great new music discovered on the outskirts of the industry. Continue reading Craft Brewed Music Attracts Serious Music Listeners to Artist-Friendly Streaming Service
Music Partner introduced its online subscription service, an easy way for filmmakers and other video content creators to not only acquire licensed music and scoring services for their projects but also earn income from royalty revenues. Members receive access to all tracks in the library and to services including scoring and music editing. Continue reading Music Partner Debuts Innovative Model for Music Scoring, Licensing in the Post-COVID-19 Era
Remote audio collaboration platform Soundwhale is announcing an exclusive partnership with Media Integration, Japan’s largest distributor of professional production software and equipment. Japanese professionals can now enjoy lifetime Soundwhale licensing and combined customer care as they continue to adjust to remote collaboration. Continue reading Soundwhale, Media Integration Partner for Japan Distribution
Soundrop has begun distributing all of its artists’ active catalog to several major music services in key new markets, expanding their potential audience by more than a billion listeners. Continue reading Soundrop Expands Distribution to New Music Services in China, Russia
LiveXLive Media announced that its content will be available via the Samsung XR platform. The two companies will collaborate to bring music and technology projects to all Samsung devices and SamsungVR.com. Continue reading LiveXLive, Samsung Announce Production, Distribution Partnership
Rights holders with large catalogs of entertainment assets face the daunting prospect of asset management, revenue maximization, and collecting fully on royalties, often measured in penny fractions. The scale is huge, the data messy, the payments complex.
Rights users, on the other hand, face enormous compliance challenges when licensing content for use in production. Challenges that are further exacerbated by the ever-growing content landscape and the sheer volume of licenses required, pushing many major systems to breaking point. Synchtank has spent the past decade creating cloud-based software to tackle the specific needs of entertainment companies, untangling the threads of metadata and money. Continue reading Synchtank Brings Powerful Solutions to Large Companies Grappling with Metadata, Royalties, Asset Management
Avid has introduced AvidPlay, a new music distribution service for its Avid Link app that enables artists, producers and music labels to easily and affordably get their music heard on the world’s most popular streaming services.
With AvidPlay, artists can distribute their music tracks and albums to hundreds of streaming services worldwide, including Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, NetEase, Gaana, Anghami, Deezer, iHeartRadio, and many more, and keep 100 percent of the rights and earnings. Continue reading Avid Brings Music Distribution to a Quarter Million Avid Link App Users
“To offer our artists the greatest exposure for their music, whether in the states or worldwide, it is vital to align ourselves with highly qualified people delivering the highest quality product and results,” said Intercept Music Chairman Ralph Tashjian. “With their years of experience and proven track record, it is the greatest honor to partner with Ingrooves for global distribution.” Continue reading Intercept Music Announces Global Distribution Deal with Ingrooves
MusiComms, the leading organization dedicated to the future of music distribution, announced today the results of its latest industry research. The survey, which was conducted in Q4 2017, polled 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions across the United States.
How much will consumers pay for music? Will they ever pay more? How will this type of information impact music business strategy? Those are the types of questions MusiComms posed to consumers in their latest survey. Here’s what they learned: Continue reading Consumers Surprise Industry with New Information About Music Spend
Apple Reaches Music Deal With Warner, Eyes Sony Pact — www.bloomberg.com
Apple Inc. has secured a deal for songs from Warner Music Group, the technology giant’s first agreement with a major label since introducing its on-demand music service two years ago, according to people familiar with the matter.
Facebook Offers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Music Rights — www.bloomberg.com
Facebook Inc. is offering major record labels and music publishers hundreds of millions of dollars so the users of its social network can legally include songs in videos they upload, according to people familiar with the matter.
While licensing fees can easily eat up the bulk of revenues, Tencent knows that in the long run, a firm control over copyright will give it an edge over competitors.
Stream Ripping Carries On Despite YouTube-MP3's Demise — www.billboard.com
The pesky world of stream ripping took a big hit this week with the demise of one of its leading purveyors, YouTube-mp3.org, but that doesn’t mean the practice of pirating MP3s from YouTube (and other services) is going anywhere.
Will.i.am Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry' — www.billboard.com
will.i.am is betting big on data to drive the future of the music industry, as the Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday his joining Swedish tech company Amuse as a co-founder.
Spotify Snags Courtney Holt From Disney for Top Content Job — variety.com
Spotify has lured digital-media veteran Courtney Holt over from Disney to lead its efforts around original video and podcast programming, Variety has learned exclusively.
Paul Wilson wonders what the future of Lifestyle Audio might be…
A new campaign from music industry coalition musicFIRST has accused Google of hiding behind its legal ‘safe harbour’ to make millions at the expense of music artist.
The problem with compressed digital files (like but not limited to MP3s) is that they all sound like crap. A lot of dynamic range is gone, the high end can sound harsh and the bass can sound undefined.
Songtradr, the fastest-growing music licensing platform in the world, is expanding its product offering to include secure music file-sharing for its 100,000+ free and paid subscribers worldwide, and branded music curation for its network of partners.
“We’re growing Songtradr to become the one destination where artists can control, manage, share and monetize their music across all verticals,” said Paul Wiltshire, founder and CEO of Songtradr.
Along with these updates, Songtradr today announced a new partnership with Mood Media, the global leader in elevating Customer Experiences and largest provider of overhead music in the world.
“By working with partners like Mood Media, we can provide our artists with significant exposure and additional revenue opportunities collected from thousands of participating retail clients,” continued Wiltshire. “We look forward to growing our network of partners across many different verticals and supplying them with cutting edge music from Songtradr’s artists.” Continue reading Songtradr Expands into Secure Music File-Sharing, Branded Radio Across Hundreds of Countries