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Mixcloud offers over 15 million radio shows, DJ mixes and podcasts produced and uploaded by over 1.3 million tastemakers and curators According to Mixcloud, Select uses a 'flexible channel-based' subscription model that allows creators to set their own price, starting at 2.99 per month in local currencies US Dollar, Sterling Pound and Euro. Creators receive a share of profits from their subscriptions, while the artists, labels and publishers played in their shows receive royalty revenue. Mixcloud's proprietary content ID system identifies individual tracks and associated rights holders. The platform has recently announced direct licensing deals with the likes of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, Merlin, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and ICE (a joint initiative between PRS, GEMA, and STIM). The first phase of Select has gone live today (December 4) with 47 Mixcloud creators, ranging from DJs including Afrojack, Nicole Moudaber, Lefto and John Digweed to Mixcloud stars such as DJ Blighty and Low Light Mixes. Channels created by independent radio stations Brooklyn Radio, Soho Radio and Red Light Radio, record labels Defected Records and Axtone Records and curators Clash Magazine and Stamp the Wax are also available. Mixcloud says that it will be rolling out additional features, such as exclusive content and direct messaging with subscribers. Nikhil Shah, Co-Founder at Mixcloud said: 'There's a lot of creative energy that goes into crafting a DJ mix, radio show or podcast in order to inspire listeners, and until now, these creators have been left out of the revenue mix. 'We've been working hard to design a model alongside the industry that recognizes the value these creators bring to the music ecosystem, and today we're excited to share this with the world.' Nico Perez, Co-Founder at Mixcloud added: 'Mixcloud Select is our pioneering move toward building a fair and sustainable ecosystem that works for audio creators, artists and listeners. 'We want to enable fans to get closer to the culture and communities they care about while ensuring that everyone involved in the creative process is recognized and rewarded accordingly. 'Through building the Mixcloud community, we've identified a strong trend around loyalty and depth of engagement between listeners and their favourite audio creators. These fans can now take the next step by directly supporting creators' livelihoods. 'In turn, this leads to increased discovery and more income for artists, who are at the core of Mixcloud. We're excited to continue bringing creators and fans closer.'
Royalty calculations are perhaps one of the most misunderstood aspects of running a label, but it's one of those tedious tasks that need to be done. As a label owner, especially if you're doing everything yourself, your focus is understandably on signing and promoting music, and if your anything like the vast majority of labels, finding the time to get your head around all the many aspects of royalty accounting can be nigh-on impossible. If you're one of the many labels that don't have a royalty accounting system in place, Royalty Worx is exactly what you need. It allows you to generate statements branded to your label and pay artists quickly and easily, all at a super-affordable price that even the most fledgeling labels should find attractive. With Royalty Worx already built specifically for dance and electronic music, we've launched a new service, Royalty Worx Accelerate. This takes all of the admin work completely off your hands - including statement imports, currency conversions, third-party licensing, physical sales imports, statement generation and invoice management - leaving you more time to do what you love about running a record label. One of our biggest Royalty Worx Accelerate clients are Amine Edge & DANCE's CUFF label. Hailing from Southern France, Amine Edge & DANCE have built their own musical empire, drawing inspiration from early house, Phili Soul, hip-hop and everything in between. The men from Marseille have set about developing their own signature sound and have over the last few years made an indelible mark on the dance music landscape as a result of their raw talent and versatility as producers. Their label, CUFF, has now been going strong for 4 years and has released more than 60 singles and EPs from artists including Shiba San, Chris Lorenzo, Nathan Barato and of course Amine Edge and Dance themselves. CUFF is one of the many label's that use Label Worx's industry-leading distribution and royalty accounting services; something that Amine says has been invaluable in the label's development. 'We've been with Label Worx for about three years now, and it's been one of the best decisions we made from a business perspective' says Amine. 'As a label boss and a busy worldwide touring DJ I never have enough time for the organisational side of running a label, so having Label Worx on board has saved me a huge amount of time, which is absolutely invaluable. 'Before we started working with them I never really had a handle on all the different revenue streams, but the Label Worx service really streamlines the process. Their inside software is very smart and lets you deliver really professional statements for our artists. ' 'Not only is the service affordable, it also streamlines the process of collecting royalties from different avenues of catalogue exploitation. I think there will be a lot of artists missing out on a lot of potential revenue, and Label Worx can definitely help labels get on top of it. But for me, the most important thing is that the Label Worx crew is not only a system that is extremely efficient, but it's also run by a group of people who are incredibly passionate about music. It really feels as if they care: they helped us at CUFF in so many ways, so I really can't thank them enough!'
The music industry is forever evolving, whether that be technological, social or legislation based, opportunities to exploit new and existing revenue streams constantly present themselves. Over the last few years, you are probably hearing more and more about Neighbouring Rights and with good reason. Neighbouring Rights is one of the fastest growing revenue streams in the music industry today. In 2016 alone, revenue from Neighbouring Rights topped $2.1 billion which was up 4.4% from the year before and is still growing strong. Neighbouring Rights are in no way the new kid on the block, in fact, they have been around since the Rome Convention was signed in 1961 and in the USA when the WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty was signed in 1996. We won't bore you with the details here but feel free to dig into this at your leisure. So what are Neighbouring Rights? Well, these are rights related to the public performance and broadcast of sound recordings. Not to be confused with publishing or 'mechanical' rights though, there is an important distinction here. Mechanical rights are rights associated with the reproduction of recorded music whereas Neighbouring Rights relate to the public performance and broadcast of music. Why now though? This revenue stream has been around for years, why only now are we exploiting Neighbouring Rights? Well, there are multiple reasons, mainly the fact that many countries that signed the Rome Convention haven't had the infrastructure in place to pay rights holders. Advancements in technology combined with communication and cooperation between countries growing have also helped pave the way to build that infrastructure. And with certain revenue streams such as CD and Downloads declining, the industries hand has been forced to adapt. Now for the burning question on everyone's lips', who is owed royalties? These royalties are generally split 50/50 between the performing artists and the master rights holders (who in most cases are the record labels). So, if you are a performing artist or a record label who has had your music broadcast on radio, TV, in a public place such as a bar or restaurant or on new media somewhere in the world, then there will be money owed to you. That's great, isn't it? There's money available that we didn't even know was there. Now where's my money and how do I get it? There are a few companies out there that will be able to claim Neighbouring Rights royalties on your behalf and they will usually take a small fee for doing so. On the flip side, you can try going to each territory directly, but who has time for that and most of the time you will be banging your head against a brick wall of bureaucracy. Companies like our sister company 'Lime Blue' have systems, contacts and direct agreements in place with over 60 countries worldwide that will save you buckets of time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.