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Sometimes we have something useful or exciting to say. Not always, we admit, but when we do, this is the place to find it.
Sometimes we have something useful or exciting to say. Not always, we admit, but when we do, this is the place to find it.
We are pleased to welcome Simon Birkumshaw as our Head Of Label Acquisitions & A&R. Simon previously worked at Defected as A&R, Champion Records, Madtech & Madhouse as Label Manager and currently runs his own label and events in London under the brand 'Sense Traxx'. Simon will be working alongside our senior team to acquire new business for Label Worx and to manage existing and new relationships with stores and other outlets for your music. Welcome to the team, Simon!
YouTube has claimed that it paid out over $1.8bn to music rights-holders in the 12 months to the end of September this year, in advertising revenues alone. The figure is revealed in Google's new 'How Google Fights Piracy' report, in which it's also claimed that YouTube has paid out more than $6bn to the music industry to date - $3bn of which has come from the monetized use of music in videos via Content ID. These numbers get extra interesting when we turn back the clock a little bit - and, naturally, when we also look into how they compare to Spotify's industry payouts. YouTube's $1.8bn claim suggests that it's been paying out circa $150m per month to the music business in ad money over the past year.
What would it really take for DJs to consider changing their rider to Denon DJ gear? How about a massive, $900 off price drop? Starting this week, Denon DJ has dropped the price of the SC5000 players to just $999 for the rest of the year (they're usually $1,899 each). What does this price drop mean, and should DJs switch? Keep reading for our thoughts inside.
We understand that people move home or business frequently and it's important that you always keep your address up to date in your settings. Firstly, we legally need your address as your distributor and secondly, if your address is out of date, you won't receive a Christmas card from us. for those who have, you will know that each year we go to extra effort and have something special designed for us. The last couple of years have seen a Simpsons theme, Grand Theft Auto theme and more... What will we be doing this year?
Spotify has revealed its latest paying subscriber numbers as part of its Q3 2018 earnings announcement. The company ended September with a global subscriber base of 87m people, it has confirmed.
Lime Blue Music is a rapidly growing London-based company that specialises in the worldwide management, collection and distribution of Neighbouring Rights, one of the fastest growing revenue streams in music. Working primarily within the electronic and urban scenes, our goal is to maximise Neighbouring Rights income for our clients through our direct relationships with collection societies, detailed data through our bespoke online portal, and rapid accounting. Below is the detailed job specification and if you think its for you, please send your CV and covering letter via email to email@example.com Company: Lime Blue Music Position: Artist & Label Acquisitions Location: London, United Kingdom Salary: Competitive CLIENT ACQUISITION -Market research for new potential clients -Meeting, emailing and calling new potential clients -Drafting agreements & negotiation of contracts -Client repertoire analysis and capture -Client on-boarding -Strategic development for client retention -Travel in UK and sometimes international to meet business needs WHAT WILL YOU DO -Maintain an effective sales pipeline ensuring that it is developed, researched and built through a combination of self-sourcing and following up on prospect sales leads. -Proactively identify potential clients through a variety of methods (e.g. social media, radio play, charts, etc.) and to convert these into clients. -Ensure client's repertoire is being correctly identified and claimed through a variety of methods. -Identify and build relationships with managers, decision makers, and influencers within the music business. -Attend networking and other events to sell, create opportunities, and build relationships. -Maintain updated & accurate notes in the CRM system for all prospects & leads. -Educate and advise customers about neighbouring rights, their sources and income. -Regular meetings and reports to management. SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS -A minimum of 3, ideally 5 year's experience in the music industry -Experienced with digital platforms and new technologies -Excellent knowledge of record labels and artists -Excellent written and oral communication skills -Proficient with Mac, Microsoft Word and Excel, Salesforce, Keynote
Play Deep School is holding its inaugural Open Day on the 3rd and 4th of November at Play Deep Studios in Kings Cross, London. Swing by the studio for an informative panel, free workshops, a hardware tour, and our inauguration party. Play Deep School offers a unique learning experience and personalized tutoring from professional, working electronic music producers in a world-class, state-of-the-art production, recording, and mixing facility in the heart of London. Among the courses offered are basic & advanced electronic music production, analogue synthesis & sound design, mixing, mastering, soundtracking, as well as online courses.
SoundCloud have announced a partnership with Native Instruments, Serato, Hercules, Mixvibes and DEX3, revealing that you can now stream SoundCloud's catalogue directly into the DJing software. SoundCloud are offering high-quality AAC 256kbps streaming for anyone who has a SoundCloud Go+ subscription. 'Until recently, digital workflows for DJs were limited to downloads and physical media, but streaming workflows are the future,' said Kerry Trainor, Chief Executive Officer, SoundCloud. Details of how the streaming infrastructure will actually work are yet to be announced - we assume the files will cache to avoid any dropouts. It will be interesting to see how SoundCloud integrate the 190m tracks on its platform into DJ software GUI. Whether or not creators and artists will be notified when and where their music is being streamed, and if the analytics will reflect it, is another bit question. DJ Mag predicted this earlier this year with our 'Streaming is Coming to the Booth' feature, but what's interesting here is that rekordbox dj and Pioneer DJ are not on the list of collaborators. Could they be working on their own bespoke streaming service that bridges hardware and software? As the consumer streaming wars step up among Spotify, TiDAL, Apple Music et al, it seems the DJ streaming wars are only just beginning.
At 11 pm on the 29th March next year, the Article 50 clock runs out and the UK will leave the European Union (EU). A quick recap for those of you who haven't been paying attention: in 1973, the UK joined the European Economic Community, which would later become the EU. It was a grouping of European countries, initially set up after the horrors of World War II as an attempt to pool resources, promote trade and maintain peace between the member states. In June 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU. In the two years since then, the UK government has not managed to put together a comprehensive and workable Brexit deal, leaving both the details and the bigger picture for industries in post-Brexit UK uncertain. This is certainly true for the music industry in general and dance music in particular, where the impact of Brexit on DJs and performers currently making a considerable part of their living in Europe is unclear. Many of the bigger DJs and acts also have production staff, lighting crews, sound engineers, road crews, drivers, agents, artist liaisons, promoters and managers, all of whom will be affected by Brexit.
On a daily basis, tonnes of Label Worx clients ask us how they can grow their Spotify artist profiles, how to use the data they receive in their Spotify for Artists account, how to understand their audience and lots more complicated questions. This week, Spotify has launched 'The Game Plan'. This is a powerful suite of videos explaining how to use Spotify for Artists correctly and maximise your chances on the platform. over the coming months, this library of information will grow into the ultimate go-to place, if you want to excel at growing your Spotify.
Every year the near entirety of the dance music industry descends on Amsterdam to attend ADE. With networking opportunities aplenty, ADE is sure to play a major part in laying the landscape for your upcoming year. We have put together a few key pointers to make sure you're prepared. Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned ADE veteran, we have put together a list of our key pointers to make sure you make the most of your time in the city.
It's been a landmark year so far for Label Worx, Spektrum Talent and Lime Blue. With this year's ADE just around the corner, and with thousands of music industry professionals poised to infiltrate every canal-crossed corner of Amsterdam once again, here at Label Worx we wanted to take this opportunity to round up a few highlights from the year to date, as well as give anyone interested in finding out more about our services an opportunity to meet up for a chat. On the Label Worx side, the growth of our Accelerate service has been remarkable, with an ever-growing number of labels trusting our team to manage their labels day-to-day operations, looking after everything from release scheduling to playlist pitching. Recent additions include No Face, No Art, FARMACY & Freakin' 909/303, while Circus Recordings, Viper Recordings, Runemark, Woah Dad & Comeme are new Royalty Worx Accelerate clients. Our distribution too has gone from strength to strength: we've now worked with over 10,000 labels and paid out over $35m in royalties across the board, one of the highest in the industry. Spektrum Talent continues to grow at an extraordinary rate, with further expansion planned after ADE. 2018 has seen us book and promote sold-out debut US tours for several of our artists, significantly increasing their global profile. We now represent Sam Divine, GAWP, Rene Amesz and more world-class talents, handling all logistical and promotional aspects for the artist and leaving them in a creative frame of mind to further develop their sound and brand. Finally, our latest initiative, Lime Blue, focuses on one of the least understood - but arguably most lucrative - aspects of music accounting: neighbouring rights. Lime Blue Music specializes in the worldwide management, collection and distribution of neighbouring rights, one of the fastest growing revenue streams in music. So if your recordings have been broadcast on radio, TV, in a public place such as a bar or restaurant, or on new media somewhere in the world, then there is revenue waiting for you, and we can help you get it. Clients include Fedde Le Grand, Tritonal, Fatman Scoop, Chillhop Music, Tommie Sunshine and Glasgow Underground, all of whom we have helped explore and exploit a previously untapped revenue stream. Business aside, we're also involved in a number of parties at ADE 2018, chief among them the Farris Wheel X Stashed Showcase. With Gene Farris's legendary Farris Wheel label celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2018, they've teamed up with DJ SKT's cutting-edge Stashed Music, so if you're into quality house music, we highly recommend making an appearance! If you would be interested in discussing whether any of our services could help your label evolve to the next level, we'd love to hear from you.
The 23rd edition of ADE takes place from October 17th to the 21st, with one of the industries biggest music conferences happening each day and over 2500 DJ's appearing at a breathtaking 500+ events over 5 days. The Amsterdam Dance Event has now grown into the worlds favourite dance music conference with heads from every corner of the globe making an annual pilgrimage to the city. This year we're highlighting the best parties in town that you may or may not heard of. Consisting of some hot events put together by labels who are currently #Accelerated by Label Worx.
The passing of the bipartisan bill, which was co-sponsored by more than 80 Senators, sets into motion an overhaul of music licensing legislation in the US. The comprehensive bill includes the CLASSICS Act, legislation that guarantees artists and labels who recorded music before 1972 a federal right to be paid for those recordings when played by digital radio outlets. The Senate-passed bill now awaits reconsideration by the House and signature by the President. Today's news follows the unanimous passing of the bill in the US House of Representatives in April. NMPA President and CEO David Israelite said: 'Today is a momentous day for songwriters, artists, composers, producers, engineers and the entire industry that revolves around them. The Senate vote marks a true step forward towards fairness for the people at the heart of music who have long been undervalued due to outdated laws. 'This was a long and complex process but ultimately the music industry has come out stronger and more united than ever. We commend Senators Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander, Chuck Grassley and Senate Leadership for swiftly moving this bill to the floor. Now we anxiously await the House's final approval of the MMA and seeing it signed into law.' Mitch Glazier, President, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said: 'As legendary band the Grateful Dead once said in an iconic pre-1972 song, 'what a long strange trip it's been.' It's been an epic odyssey, and we're thrilled to almost be at our destination.
Cologne born house influencer Sharam Jey catches up with Inflyte+ to discuss his brand new album, Invisible