09 Jul 2013
Creativity in music and the arts is what makes our lives worth living…immersive public experiences, daringly and passionately curated, will make our lives more liveable in a more enjoyable future.
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...
22 Jun 2013
Positively Music provides training in entrepreneurship and digital business to the music industry.
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?”
12 Apr 2013
At serious risk of showing my age, I recall that the first record I ever bought was “She Loves You”, back in 1963. In the intervening fifty years, the world of music has changed beyond recognition. One thing remains, however, compellingly true – that Britain plays a hugely significant global role in the making and playing and enjoying of music...
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?
28 Feb 2013
Simon and I started the End of the Road Festival from scratch in 2006. Neither of us had any background in music, but we had a lot of passion, enthusiasm and belief in what we were creating and for our first year we managed to confirm a few big names. Looking back, it's obvious to us that...
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...
17 Jan 2013
Response to "Newsletter #94 January: 2013 - I Hope I Chart Before I Go Cold".
15 Jan 2013
Somehow it seems entirely appropriate that the latest Music Week’s front cover is dominated by a wrap-around advertorial for Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, an album released 35 years ago. So striking is the odd-but-iconic image of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood as Blackadder, that you’re immediately drawn to the magazine’s top corner to check the date...
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...
14 Jan 2013
Post regarding the suggestion of a new type of hybrid concert...
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