09 Jul 2013
I have always been a disabled person and loved live music. In the mid ‘90s I was at a festival and in those days, there was no access. In struggling to keep my front row place facing the stage, I got my neck trapped on the barrier. My thoughts were to get out alive and find a way of making live music accessible! I began to document the experiences of other disabled people at festivals and venues...
02 Jul 2013
Crowdfunding has become incredibly high-profile in the last year. Amanda Palmer became one the most well-known names associated with it, when she raised over a million dollars from donors using the Kickstarter platform in order to produce her album, art book and tour. Writers, composers and authors can benefit from these platforms too...
13 Jun 2013
Traditional music magazines still play an important role, especially when it comes to building an audience for new talent.
13 Jun 2013
Whether you think Apple has helped or hindered the music industry, it is, of all the tech giants, the company most readily associated with music, thanks to the legacy and success of the iPod and iTunes. In its product updates, religiously watched by millions, the company continues to emphasise the value of music to its ecosystem, no less so with iTunes Radio...
14 May 2013
The future of music journalism? Ahhhh. It’s a subject I’m asked to speak about so much these days, and, to my mind, for two reasons. The first: people think music journalism is dead or soon will be, so I’m being wheeled out for the obituaries. The second, which I prefer, and isn’t unrelated to the first: people really care about it, and don’t want it to disappear.
14 May 2013
At the end of last year, when asked what was the most important issue that the streaming market had to address in 2013, Spotify’s Daniel Ek replied: “The abundance of choice. How do you make sense out of 20 million songs?”
09 Apr 2013
Whether it’s the industry-baiting ArtistsVsArtists campaign, spearheaded by US “tropical grit hop” duo Ghost Beach or the primetime-driven success of Ant and Dec, aka PJ & Duncan, rhumbling to number one on the back of their Saturday Night Takeaway performance, debates around the potency of ‘traditional’ and ‘new’ media marketing techniques have found a renewed vigour over recent weeks...
20 Mar 2013
Getting a start in employment or your first break in an industry as competitive as music is always going to be challenging. Following the dramatic hike in university tuition fees and the rising amount of youth unemployment that now exists; this problem is as great as ever...
12 Mar 2013
It’s been 10 years since MusicTank started. That might not seem to be all that long on the face of it, however when you consider that this tumultuous period has seen the arrival of Apple’s iTunes Store and creation of a licensed digital music market; EMI being sold (twice); Virgin, Our Price and Woolworths disappear from the High Street; HMV enter administration; Live Nation and AEG dominate live music; Top of the Pops pulled from...
12 Mar 2013
The unbundling of digital formats undoubtedly - & unwittingly - played a major part in contributing to a decade of devaluation in recorded music. In a world of smart devices, as well as expensive headphones, surely it’s now time to re-gather that information & bundle it back in?
14 Feb 2013
Will recorded music’s future be about access? Or will it be about ownership? That’s already a well-debated question, of course, and one that will occupy conference speakers for the immediate future, fuelled no doubt by recent trade figures from Sweden and Norway...
31 Jan 2013
A couple of years ago, I was sitting with Dominique Czopr, owner of The Boileroom, a 250 capacity venue in Guildford. One of her many areas of expertise surrounds the Health, Safety and Legislation issues in live music venues. She told me of a deadly fire in a nightclub in Rhode Island called The Station...
21 Jan 2013
I noticed this morning an article highlighting the fact out that record sales in Sweden rose last year, as they had the year before. Spotify has a remarkably high uptake in its native Sweden, with more that 1 million paying subscribers from a population of about 9 million people, with 80% of users saying that they have stopped file-sharing...
15 Jan 2013
December’s MusicTank panel debate offered a unique opportunity to get various stakeholders into a room to discuss the challenge of getting primary tickets back into the hands of fans. The ticketing market, in its current form, is not working well for consumers...
09 Jan 2013
The ticketing industry, alongside the music industry in general, is in constant flux. From the days of ticket lists on club doors, to the advent of digital tickets encased in mobile phones, innovation and creativity is always on the move. Paradoxically, despite this innovation, it is still common to see both the old entrance lists and more modern methods in use across a whole spectrum of events.
19 Dec 2012
There are many points on which I would agree with the contribution to the secondary ticketing debate from StubHub's Navin Kekane, particularly on the need for greater transparency of primary allocations – letting fans know how many tickets are available on the onsale date, and how many are channelled elsewhere.
11 Dec 2012
This week’s debate ‘Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans’ at Music Tank made it clear there is still much we can do together to identify and address the true issues within the live music industry. For StubHub, as a technology company dedicated to providing a great fan experience, there are clear opportunities to work with willing partners to progress this...
04 Dec 2012
Promoters have argued for several years that secondary ticketing needs legislation. The rampant proliferation of the secondary market has created a parasitic business for profiteers who have no investment in the music industry. This creates a huge problem for those who have long-term interests in the financial stability of the business...
27 Nov 2012
I was in Norway last week, and a chance comment made to me by one of the Kristiansand locals got me thinking. I was complaining that I had just had to buy yet another 4-way plug board at my house to accommodate the latest electrical gadget, and remarked on what the electricity must be costing me. Norway being easily the most expensive place that I have been this year, I was somewhat taken aback by his reply, “that’s not such an issue because we’ve got hydro-power”...
27 Nov 2012
The issues around ticketing are among 2012’s most contentious. This, of course, was mainly due to an edition of Channel 4’s Dispatches that brought to wider public attention what many working in the music industry knew and feared: that the primary and secondary markets for major live events are becoming inherently dysfunctional, and true music fans were being royally ripped off.
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