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Alison Lamb: Smart Data - Labels, Artists, Brands & Fans

27 Feb 2015

Ahead of Music Tank’s upcoming event ‘Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R’ this blog looks to explore the varying roles that big data plays in the music industry. Big data often refers to ‘the very large and highly complex data sets thrown off by global online consumer activity, particularly arising from social media activity such as on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or from page-views of sits such as Wikipedia’

Brian Message: The “Real Value” Relationship Between Managers and Retailers

25 Feb 2015

Brian Message's ERA Manifesto launch speech, focusing on transparency, NDA's and the broken economic cycle between artist, label and consumer.

VIDEO - Prithwijit Mukerji: Moneyballing Music

19 Feb 2015

Prithwijit's video introduces you to our March 10th think tank. This event will consider how the recorded music industry is currently collecting and using data to support a historically subjective process of signing new artists, and will go on to look at the potential of smart data for the wider industry...

Newsletter #114: 2015 -The Road Ahead...

15 Jan 2015

With a New Year upon us, there can be no doubt that the pace of innovation and change so evident across large swathes of the music industry landscape in 2014 will continue apace, and necessarily so. With innovation in mind, it’s perhaps fitting for this first MusicTank newsletter of 2015 to highlight plenty of new MusicTank activity scheduled over the next few months...

The Method Behind The Madness Of Creative Recycling At Glastonbury

21 Nov 2014

Environmental sustainability is a major factor in hosting any music festival or major event. Whether it is ensuring that waste is recycled, stages are using the minimal amount of power or carbon footprints are decreased; a lot of energy goes in to making sure that the environment comes first on the list of priorities...

Music Production Evolution: The Rise Of Digital vs. The Vinyl Revival

28 Oct 2014

The unexpected sales success of music formatting last year has been labelled ‘The Vinyl Revival’. Laura Creed, Superfi has delved into how and why the cult following for vinyl has resurfaced in this booming digital age. Alongside this, she questions the popularity of digital and what this could mean for the music industry (includes info graphic)...

Newsletter #111: 'E' Is For Energy - The Elephant In The Room

09 Oct 2014

Whilst the environmental debate regarding global warming ebbs and flows on a near-daily basis, the issue of energy consumption of the storage, transmission and consumption of data – itself exacerbated by the explosion in cloud storage and cloud computing – appears to be more conclusive...

LIVE SCRIBE: Is Technology The New Beatles?

19 Sep 2014

Rich graphical summaries of MusicTank's music and technology event - 'Is Technology The New Beatles', 16 Sept 2014.

Jazz Services: Onwards And Upwards

23 Jul 2014

Jazz Services are willing and able to keep providing for and supporting the UK’s jazz scene. Instead of despairing, the support from the people at the heart of the jazz scene has helped inspire us to come back better than ever, and we’re eager to live up to the faith they’ve shown in us. Onwards and upwards…

Guest Editorial #107: The Digital Age And The Myth Of Free Content, Paul Pacifico

15 May 2014

There is a seductive myth in the online world that some content is free. There are large commercial interests in perpetuating this myth and much misunderstanding stems from it...

VLOGS: How To Fund Your Music Project, by Remi Harris

14 May 2014

Remi Harris introduces each of the six main chapters of her recent guide, 'Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects'. Building on her extensive knowledge of creative industries’ funding Remi Harris considers the six main sources of money: Grants, Friends & Family, Crowdfunding, Sponsorship, Debt and Investment – and the five-stage process essential to securing music business funding.

Keith Harris: Play Will Pay...

09 Apr 2014

The UK music survey last year, showing that the value of the creative industries to the UK economy was £3.5 billion a year, should at the very least register and hopefully make people more wary about building a society on the basis of automatic regimentation of children into traditional jobs...

Streaming Debate: Billy Bragg's Response To Byrne's 'How Will The Wolf Survive…'

08 Apr 2014

Byrne’s recent post, ‘How Will The Wolf Survive: Can Musicians Make A Living In The Streaming Era’ is a very welcome intervention in the streaming debate. He not only takes time to respond to critics of his earlier comments, he also makes some helpful suggestions as to how we might move forward. And his comments couldn’t be timelier...

Crispin Hunt - Creators’ Rights In A Digital World

17 Mar 2014

The opportunities for musical innovation in the digital environment are countless...the digital world is our oyster…the only downside is that you seem have to do it all ‘on spec’..."The Internet somehow confused the right to the free movement of ideas (a concept which I adhere to strongly) with the free movement of work."

Musical Pathways: The Impact Of Music Making Opportunities on Young Offenders

10 Feb 2014

Musical Pathways was a project funded by the Big Lottery research programme that assessed the impact which music can have on the identity of young offenders. Here project leader, Patsy Lang of Superact gives us an insight to Musical Pathways and its conclusions...

Jenn Five: Breaking Into Music Photography

15 Jan 2014

NME photographer Jenn Five has worked at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading, and SXSW; as well as photographing a countless roster of bands and artist. Jenn talks about her experiences of getting into the business, and gives some tips on how a budding music photographer should go about getting their foot in the door.

Keith Harris: The Future Of The BBC

17 Dec 2013

So the BBC is under scrutiny again. The House of Commons Select Committee on The Future of the BBC is meeting to answer questions, which include “what should the BBC be for, and what should be the purpose of public service broadcasting?”...

David Emery - The Music Industry Didn't Die

26 Sep 2013

I've been watching books. Or rather, not. For the last week or so on my daily zig-zag across the capital I've been trying to spot people reading books. I think for the purposes of informal but informative data collection..

Easy Money? The Definitive UK Guide To Funding Music Projects by Remi Harris, 2013

25 Sep 2013

NOW ON SALE, this 'must-read' funding guide puts the finance topic firmly under the spotlight, providing musicians, entrepreneurs, micro-businesses & SMEs with a hands-on answer to the question "how can I get funding for my music project?"

Remi Harris: Why The Music Industry Needs To Be Fluent in Funder-Speak

09 Jul 2013

Getting funding for music seems to be an obsession at the moment, with the launch of several new schemes this year alone to provide loans, investment and grants to music companies for artist development, most recently Momentum Music.

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