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One Liners: BPI, Apple Music, Tom Morello, Griff

By | Published on Tuesday 11 August 2020



Record label trade body the BPI has announced another £270,000 of funding to help the music community weather the ongoing COVID-19 storm. Donations have been made by the majors, Cherry Red, Demon Music Group, The BRIT Awards, Amazon Music, YouTube Music and collecting society PPL as part of the BPI-led COVID support scheme. This round of monies will be shared out between Help Musicians, Nordoff Robbins, the Music Venue Trust, Music Support and the Music Managers Forum’s ReBuild project.



Apple Music has announced that Dotty Charles will join the streaming service as Lead Cultural Curator for Black Music in the UK. “This really is my dream job!”, she says. “I started in this business as an artist myself, so to be taking on a role that allows me to empower musicians is incredible”.



Trade groups BPI and ERA have published a new report, produced by Music Ally and Kids Insights, looking at how younger consumers interact with digital devices and services, and the music that is available on said devices and services. It’s called ‘New Kids On The Block’ and you can download a copy here.



Tom Morello’s “remarkable life as a guitarist, songwriter, singer and political activist” will be captured in a new ‘photo memoir’ being published this October called ‘Whatever It Takes’. The book will feature a stack of photographs, handwritten notes and set-lists, along with commentary from Morello himself.

Glasvegas have promised that some new music is coming “very soon”. It will be their first new music in seven years, the delay – it seems – the result of frontman James Allan deciding that he wanted to record, engineer and produce the next record entirely on his own. “I’m sorry it took this long”, he wrote on Instagram, “I know I’m a bit daft sometimes… oblivious to my limitations. Always have been, always will be a dreamer”.



Griff has posted a video for new song ‘Say It Again’ which “explores a world where [she] embraces a dream-like state of reality”.

Hayley Williams has posted a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Fake Plastic Trees’. Such a cover initially seemed like “sacrilege”, she says, but then she “realised that the band themselves have never once regarded what they do as precious or never-to-be-toyed with – they are never beholden to any one version of their expression”.



Having done a series of livestreamed shows from her home, in partnership with venues and promoters around the country, singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion has announced another livestreamed gig, though this one will be filmed at London venue the Moth Club and streamed on 6 Sep. Tickets – on sale here – will be capped at 250, ie the capacity of the venue.

Elbow, Everything Everything, Public Service Broadcasting and The Slow Readers Club have all confirmed their involvement in the Passport: Back To Our Roots programme, which will stage a series of shows once social distancing rules are lifted in order to raise money for grassroots venues. Tickets to see these bands perform in much smaller venues than they would normally play will be distributed via a prize draw which fans can enter for a minimum donation of £5.

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