TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The future of more festivals should depend on where an osprey chooses to nest, it would make the whole sector a lot more exciting. Campaigners opposed to T In The Park taking place at the Strathallan Estate in Perthshire reckon that they have won the debate over whether or not the music festival can indeed move to the site because of where an osprey landed this weekend... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: A rare 'band variety' signing to Glasgow's mainly electronic LuckyMe label, Naked - aka Mykki Blanco's least likely 'Moshin In The Front' collaborators Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell - this week release their first EP 'Youth Mode'. From it, lead track 'Void' is all a-glimmer with hints of the trio's Scots rock kin Cocteau Twins' ultra-fine pop translucency... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Has the osprey landed? T site squabble continues
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LEGAL LA court considers whether to allow latest Michael Jackson molestation case to proceed
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Universal owner bids for Dailymotion, as Chairman increases his stake
EU investigating major labels' digital deals
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LIVE BUSINESS Vision Nine secures new investment to fuel expansion
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Universal partners with Brazilian bank on new streaming service
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ARTIST NEWS Garbage respond to photographer's refusal to grant use of pictures for free in new book
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AWARDS GIT Award presented to All We Are, Deltasonic founder Alan Wills remembered
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AND FINALLY... Simon Cowell finally comments on 'X-Factor' New Zealand debacle
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16EIGHT - ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
16eight is a creative design and marketing studio located in East London. We are looking for a full time Account Manager to join the team from May 2015. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in working as part of a new and dynamic yet small team, managing multiple projects covering the arts and music, travel and tourism, NGO, charity, fashion and events sectors.

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AWAL/KOBALT LABEL SERVICES - SENIOR CLIENT & LABEL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for an experienced Client/Label Manager to be based at the Kobalt office in London. The Client/Label Manager is the main point of contact for our clients into the company, and will be responsible for the co-ordination of releases, client support and product development.

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POLLSTAR UK - SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
The current opening for an Sales Account Executive offers a dynamic career opportunity in the live music industry. Applicants should have a minimum of five years sales experience, preferably including sales management experience, sales training experience, strong references and solid computer skills.

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DOMINO - DIGITAL ACCOUNT MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino is seeking a confident individual to oversee its digital account and sales initiatives, based in the London office. The position will manage key partnerships and initiatives across digital music and video service providers (such as iTunes, Spotify, VEVO and Amazon MP3) with a particular focus on the UK and European markets.

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SOLD OUT - DIGITAL DESIGNER (LONDON)
Sold Out is an independent full service advertising agency, specialising in arts and entertainment for 20 years. We love what we do, driven by a passion for creating innovative and inspiring campaigns that create a buzz and deliver results. You will be working as part of the creative studio, working closely with the design team to roll out campaigns to tight deadlines.

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HART MEDIA - PLUGGER (LONDON)
Hart Media is one of the UK's leading Radio PR agencies. Our clients have included Passenger, The Prodigy, Public Service Broadcasting, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Motorhead, Deaf Havana, Broncho, Lucy Spraggan, Madness, Darlia, Ward Thomas, Alison Moyet to name a few. We're looking for a passionate and enthusiastic music lover with at least one year's previous experience in radio promotions or similar role.

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ISOLATION NETWORK INC - ASSOCIATE, CLIENT OPERATIONS (LONDON)
Isolation Network, Inc. ("IN") is the parent company of INgrooves Music Group and INscribe Digital. IN's technology powers media distribution for INgrooves Music Group, INscribe Digital, as well as a number of corporate enterprise media clients. Operations Associate will be client facing, responsible for content ingestion, catalogue change requests and other operational activities.

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YES PLEASE - PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Yes Please is a dynamic music publicity agency based in Brick Lane. We are looking for a press and online officer to join the team. We are currently working with some of the industry’s best labels in the indie and major world and some fantastic artists including; Karen O, elbow, Conor Oberst, Speedy Ortiz, Fat White Family and The Districts amongst many others.

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PREMIER AVIATION UK - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT (CRAWLEY)
Premier Aviation UK Ltd, a member of the Hunt & Palmer group, are specialist brokers to the music and entertainment industries and have worked with many of the world's top acts since 1996. With so many exciting new opportunities on the horizon for 2015, we are looking to appoint a dedicated Business Development Manager to help us grow our business and enhance Premier Aviation's position as Europe's foremost provider of aircraft charter to the music and entertainment industry.

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MINISTRY OF SOUND - MARKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Ministry Of Sound Recordings is seeking an experienced Marketing Assistant. The Marketing Assistant will be a key support role to the Marketing team with day-to-day departmental administration and co-ordination of promotional and marketing activities. The position is with a view to developing the Marketing Assistant into a Junior Product Manager over time.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join the Marketing & Promotions team to assist with the opening of their new venue. The role will involve an extensive working week which will require exceptional time management.

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YOUR ARMY - SENIOR PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Your Army is seeking a dynamic Senior Press Officer to join its busy Press Department and Promotions Team. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience working across both print and online media alongside an adept understanding of both new and established artist campaigns. Knowledge of dance music is preferable and a good understanding of social media a bonus.

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BELIEVE DIGITAL - UK SALES MANAGER (LONDON)
Believe Digital is looking for a sales manager to join its label management team in the UK. A deep knowledge of the independent music industry and key labels, as well as the experience and knowledge to sign content is essential as Believe continues to drive its label acquisition strategy in the UK and internationally.

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DOMINO - DIGITAL CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co. is looking for an enthusiastic, tech-conscious individual to join the digital department of the label. This full-time position will be based in the London office and will assist the day-to-day work of the department, supporting the content, marketing, sales and operations functions.

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THE ROUNDHOUSE - HEAD OF MUSIC (LONDON)
The main purpose of this role is to create and lead the Roundhouse's internationally renowned music programme. The Head of Music leads on nurturing and maintaining our relationships with promoters and leading players in the music industry and developing the Roundhouse's own music programme, including opportunities for 11-25 year olds. As a member of the Senior Management Team, the successful candidate joins a strong and proactive team that ensures the organisation and all its activities flourish.

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Has the osprey landed? T site squabble continues
The future of more festivals should depend on where an osprey chooses to nest, it would make the whole sector a lot more exciting.

Campaigners opposed to T In The Park taking place at the Strathallan Estate in Perthshire reckon that they have won the debate over whether or not the music festival can indeed move to the site because of where an osprey landed this weekend.

As previously reported, T promoter DF announced last year that the event was leaving its long-term home at Balado, Kinross, subsequently confirming Strathallan Castle as the new site for the festival. But some locals, and conservation groups like The Woodland Trust and the RSPB, have raised concerns about the environmental impact of hosting T on the Strathallan Estate. The local authority is still considering arguments on both sides, so is yet to issue a licence for the festival, which is due to take place from 10-12 Jul.

A key concern for the RSPB is the ospreys that traditionally nest near the Estate. Ospreys enjoy a high level of a protection under the Wildlife And Countryside Act, and as a result it is a criminal offence to disturb them during the breeding season. Although the ospreys' long-term roosting spot is not on the Strathallan Estate itself, a 2500 foot 'buffer zone' would be required around the nest if T went ahead there, and that would significantly cut into the planned festival site.

DF has reportedly hired experts to try to persuade the ospreys to nest in a more convenient location for their plans, which, according to STV, involves constructing an alternative nesting space and then using kites, balloons and an extended cherry-picker near the old nest to try to divert the birds. Such activity is legal, though the RSPB has dubbed these attempts "unethical and unacceptable".

Either way, according to local media it seems that the osprey have now returned to the Estate and, despite the great new alternative nest set up by DF, not to mention the prospect of being able to party with Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds come July, the pesky birds of prey have allegedly set up home in their usual spot.

James Reynolds of RSPB Scotland told reporters: "We are aware that the ospreys have been reported at the nest site and indeed we have some video footage that shows one of them alighting on the nest with a stick".

He went on: "This blatantly means this is now an active nest and is protected from disturbance, so the cherry picker should have been removed immediately. I was informed that that did not take place and contacted Police Scotland to make them aware of that. As this nest is closer to the main festival activity, the risk that the birds will be disturbed by the festival has increased and that will be reflected in our response to the planning application".

But a spokesperson for DF said that the RSPB's video "does not correspond with the ongoing monitoring from our ornithologist on site", meaning that the promoter is not yet convinced the ospreys have indeed set up home in their original nest.

The spokesperson added: "We are fully aware of and compliant with the legal protocol and as such, we have asked the police and RSPB to seek further information so that the video's authenticity can be fully examined. We have removed the cherry picker while we wait for this information".

So there you go, it remains unclear, have the osprey landed or not? And if they have, does that mean T will have to find another Park to take place in? CMU Springwatch will continue to monitor the situation.

LA court considers whether to allow latest Michael Jackson molestation case to proceed
A court in LA has been considering whether to allow a civil case against the Michael Jackson Estate to proceed in which claimant James Safechuck alleges that the late king of pop molested him when he was younger.

As previously reported, Safechuck, now 36, was a child when he met Jackson on the set of a 1987 Pepsi commercial. It emerged last year that he is now making claims of sexual abuse against the late singer, filing a lawsuit last May similar to that already being pursued against the Jackson Estate by choreographer Wade Robson.

According to the Times, among the allegations made in Safechuck's lawsuit is that, when the claimant was nine, the singer held a secret mock wedding ceremony in which the boy played the bride. Jackson then allegedly paid Safechuck's father a million dollars to ensure the family never spoke of the incident.

As for why the claimant had waited until last year to sue, lawyers working for Safechuck wrote in their litigation: "Jackson was successful in his efforts to the point that my client endured repeated acts of sexual abuse of a heinous nature and was brainwashed ... into believing they were acts of love and instigated by James himself".

If the Safechuck and Robson cases are allowed to proceed, it will likely result in a number of other claims being made about Jackson's conduct around small boys, including the submission of evidence deemed inadmissible in the unsuccessful criminal case against the singer on child abuse charges back in 2005.

Elsewhere in Jackson news, property site Domain reports that the singer's former ranch Neverland is finally up for sale with a $75 million asking price.

Universal owner bids for Dailymotion, as Chairman increases his stake
Universal Music Group owner Vivendi has confirmed it is bidding for YouTube rival Dailymotion, currently owned by Orange, after Hong Kong-based telecoms group PCCW withdrew its offer for the video site, seemingly in protest at interference by the French government.

Orange acquired half of Dailymotion in 2011, taking complete ownership of the French video site in 2013. The proposed PCCW deal would have seen the Hong Kong company take a 49% stake, but last week the French government, which owns about a third of Orange, said the company should "explore all offers" before doing a deal that took even part ownership of Dailymotion outside of Europe.

PCCW didn't respond well to that interference, and withdrew its offer yesterday saying in a statement: "An environment where policies appear to favour a French or European solution is discouraging for international business participation. We will therefore withdraw from our discussions with Dailymotion and its current owners".

Also France-based Vivendi, of course, has been busy offloading various business units for a few years now, with current management seemingly keen to use the profits of that activity to expand the group's interests in the entertainment space.

Rumours it would now bid for Dailymotion began circulating overnight, and the firm confirmed it was indeed bidding this morning. It is thought Vivendi is seeking a majority share in the video site of up to 80% in a deal worth about 250 million euros.

If successful, it would put Universal Music in common ownership with a key-if-much-smaller YouTube rival, which might put an interesting spin on the mega-major's future negotiations with the Google-owned video site.

Elsewhere in Vivendi news, the group's Chairman Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in the company, buying 24.6 million shares to take his overall shareholding to just over 12%. The move comes amidst the previously reported squabble between the Vivendi board and P Schoenfeld Asset Management, which controls nearly 1% of the firm.

PSAM has expressed concerns about the current strategy of Vivendi management and has suggested it should consider selling the Universal Music Group. Though you sense PSAM's increasingly vocal dissatisfaction is in no small part linked to a resentment over Bolloré boosting his influence at Vivendi over the last couple of years.

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EU investigating major labels' digital deals
The European Commission is probing the deals done between the major record companies and streaming music services, it emerged last week, as sources told financial media that questionnaires had been sent to the majors by EU officials.

The precise nature of the investigation isn't clear, though it is thought it is looking at all the big digital deals done in music, rather than focusing on the arrangements between the record companies and any one digital service provider.

The questionnaires have been sent as debate around the so called 'digital single market' - discussed here by IMPALA chief Helen Smith - becomes increasingly vocal in Brussels, putting the policies of both tech firms and content owners in Europe under the spotlight.

Given it's almost impossible to launch a mass-market streaming service without both Sony Music and Universal Music on board, EU officials may be considering whether the majors are exploiting their market dominance by making big upfront demands of new players in the streaming space.

Though the labels will almost certainly point to the high number of platforms they have licensed in recent years and that they increasingly licence on a multi-territory basis, territorial restrictions on copyright material within the European Union being a key consideration in the digital single market debate.

Vision Nine secures new investment to fuel expansion
Live music firm Vision Nine, probably best known for promoting the Boardmasters and NASS festivals, last week announced it had raised £5 million in finance, which it will use to create new festivals and to grow its events internationally.

Entertainment investment group Ingenious led the round of funding, and its Senior Investment Director Paul Bedford will advise the live firm on an ongoing basis as its Group Finance Director. He joins Vision Nine co-founders Julian and Andrew Topham on the company's management team, alongside MAMA & Company co-founders Adam Driscoll and Phillip Murphy, who are Vision Nine's Co-CEO and MD respectively.

Commenting on his firm's role in raising finance for Vision Nine, Bedford told reporters: "Vision Nine represents a very exciting opportunity for investors - a great brand and an impressive team with massive potential. We are delighted to add our proven experience of structuring, promoting and managing investment opportunities across the entertainment industry".

Universal partners with Brazilian bank on new streaming service
You know what users of credit cards issued by Brazilian bank Bradesco clearly need? Their own streaming service, that's what.

Of course, they could use their credit cards to subscribe to Spotify, Rdio or Deezer, all available in Brazil, but why bother when they could instead opt in to a less good streaming service for less money?

So hurrah for Bradesco Music, a joint venture between the bank and Universal Music which provides access to half a million songs and 50,000 of those pop videos the kids love so much, all lovingly yanked from the Universal catalogues, for a mere $2 (approx) a month.

Hailing this "pioneering partnership" last week, Universal Music Brazil President Jose Antonio Eboli said: "We have a vast and eclectic music catalogue and always seek new ways of bringing art to the Brazilians. I'm sure that this new service will be very well appreciated by the holders of Bradesco Music cards and we insist that they have the best experiences the music universe can provide them".

 

Approved: Naked
A rare 'band variety' signing to Glasgow's mainly electronic LuckyMe label, Naked - aka Mykki Blanco's least likely 'Moshin In The Front' collaborators Agnes Gryczkowska, Alex Johnston and Grant Campbell - this week release their first EP 'Youth Mode'.

From it, lead track 'Void' is all a-glimmer with hints of the trio's Scots rock kin Cocteau Twins' ultra-fine pop translucency, also tying in sonically with bands like America's Beach House and Tamaryn and, maybe less intentionally, David Sylvan and Ryuichi Sakamoto's clandestine 1980s hit 'Forbidden Colours'.

Now working on a first album with LuckyMe's in-house producer guy Jacques Greene, please now catch on to the above-titled 'Void', and/or click on this link to visit the band's official website, if only to save Googling 'Naked'.

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Garbage respond to photographer's refusal to grant use of pictures for free in new book
Garbage have responded to an open letter to the band from photographer Pat Pope, who questioned why he was being asked for permission to use his work in a book marking the band's 20th anniversary for free.

In his letter last week, Pope wrote: "Today I received an email from your management company Big Picture Music Co. It's a very nice email, and in it they announce that you're working on a book about the band which you plan to self-release next year. The email says that you really like some of the photos I took of you and would like to use them in your book. It also says that in return for the use of my photos you will give me a 'proper credit' but that given it is planned to be a self release the budget is 'financially limited', by which your management company mean 'we're not going to pay you'".

Admitting that going public with his gripes about all this could be "professional suicide", he added: "Obviously that worries me, but it worries me more that musicians and others are saying one thing publicly about the needs for artists to be paid for their work whilst privately people working for them are doing exactly the opposite".

He concluded: "No, you don't have my permission to use my work for free. I'm proud of my work and I think it has a value. If you don't think it has any value, don't use it. I'm saying no to a budget that says you can take my work for free and make money out of it".

In response, the band wrote on their official Facebook page: "HAVING ALREADY paid you in 1995 for the entire shoot from which these images were selected, we really didn't expect such a hostile reception to our enquiry".

Despite this apparent claim that they don't need to pay for further use of the photographs when the costs of the original shoot were covered (what that says about copyright ownership in the pictures isn't clear), the band added that the book is "not intended as a profit generating venture" and that "without a book publisher to help offset costs, we are not in the financial position to afford to pay for the usage of every photograph we were hoping to include in the book".

Continuing, they explained: "Before we scrapped the idea of producing the book entirely, we decided instead that we would take a leaf out of Amanda Palmer's book 'The Power of Asking' and simply ask the photographers themselves whether they wanted to be included in our book or not. Any refusal of permission would be respectfully accepted and no further questions asked".

They concluded: "Collectively as a band and as individuals, we have often provided our services and our music for no financial compensation in the spirit of artistic collaboration. Obviously we assess every request based on its own individual merits but we would never publicly admonish or begrudge a fellow artist for merely asking".

Though, of course, if they'd given this explanation in the first place, they might not have been publicly admonished at all.

GIT Award presented to All We Are, Deltasonic founder Alan Wills remembered
The GIT Award ceremony took place in Liverpool on Saturday night, naming All We Are's debut album the most exciting release to come out of the city in the last twelve months.

Currently on tour with The Vaccines, the band sent Stealing Sheep's Becky Hawley to collect the award along with a video acceptable speech, with drummer Richard O'Flynn saying: "Thanks so much guys, we're really, really blown away. Thanks for making us part of the family".

As well as the main prize, and the previously announced One To Watch award, which went to Louis Berry, a new Inspiration Award was presented posthumously to Deltasonic founder Alan Wills, who was killed in a traffic accident last year.

Liverpool Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi gave a speech about his late friend's importance to the Liverpool music scene. Deltasonic's Ann Heston and a number of bands involved with the label then came up to accept the award. Heston said from the stage: "It's been a long, really tough year. But there have been some positives and we're going to carry on helping young musicians".

Simon Cowell finally comments on 'X-Factor' New Zealand debacle
Finally! Well, it had to happen eventually. No walls, no doors, no security men of steel could prevent this inevitable eventuality from occurring. I knew it was going to happen. You knew it was going to happen. We all knew it was going to happen. Every single person. And not just every single person living today. But every single person who ever existed.

So yes, Simon Cowell has finally - fiiiiiiiiiiinaaaaaaaaallllly - got his arse into gear and commented on the outrage of the year, the offence of the decade, the scandal of the millennium, the horror of all pop history, an incident so immense that VH1 will have to make an entire Top 50 list just dedicated to it.

Yes, Cowell has finally - fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllly - commented on the moment Natalia Kills and Willy Moon made a mockery of his life's work, and of the entire sacred movement that is 'The X-Factor', by being unnecessarily rude to Joe Irvine, an innocent contender on the New Zealand version of the show. Kills didn't like his suit. Moon didn't like his hair. And then the sky came falling in.

But what does Cowell - who has fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllly spoken - think about the unnecessary rudeness on his television franchise which, as you all know, was clearly built on an ethos of unrudeness? "It was hateful", the 'X' man has declared to the Daily Mail. And you know what? "It didn't even make sense". Too right Cowell. Too right. Kills the Moon I say, such unforgivable rudeness has no place in your religion.

Though thinking about it, "Hateful... doesn't even make sense". That's actually a good strapline for the whole 'X-Factor' enterprise. Hurray, now the show has a strapline it can use. Phew, I do like a happy ending.

 
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