TUESDAY 12 MAY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Pending investigations by the US Department Of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission, it's really just rumour that Apple has been piling on the pressure big time trying to persuade the majors to force Spotify to cut back on freemium; so to create a less tricky marketplace for those new streaming services not willing to haemorrhage cash on a free-to-use level, like, say... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Hey! It's CMU's favourite Finnish pop duo back again. And it's with a new single that features guest vocals from CMU's favourite Finnish rapper. All of which wasn't supposed to sound sarcastic, even if it mistakenly ended up that way, because we really do like both of LCMDF and Noah Kin very much. How about we just start again? LCMDF, aka Emma and Mia Kemppainen... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Warner boss cautious over abandoning freemium
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LEGAL Tech giants sign anti-piracy commitment in Denmark
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DEALS Kobalt does deal with Good Soldier
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS BPI welcomes government appointments
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LIVE BUSINESS T In The Park give go-ahead for new site
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MANAGEMENT & FUNDING Applications open for Gilles Peterson's artist development programme
BBC winding down Performing Arts Fund
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MEDIA No more American Idols thank you very much
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THE GREAT ESCAPE A few networking slots still available at Great Escape Convention
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GIGS & FESTIVALS National Gallery to put original sounds to its paintings
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AND FINALLY... Danae Stratou could be subject of Pulp's 'Common People', says Greek finance minister
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MAMA & COMPANY - E-MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
MAMA & Company is a live music and lifestyle entertainment company which was founded in 2005 and owns and operates a number of live music venues and festivals in the United Kingdom including The Forum, The Ritz, The Jazz Café and Lovebox, Wilderness, Somersault and The Great Escape festivals. The company requires an E-Marketing Co-ordinator to oversee email marketing campaigns.

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HOUSE OF 27 – SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP (PAID) (LONDON)
House of 27 is a UK digital PR company representing both development and established artists across unsigned, independent label and major record label setups. We require an intern to support our small, friendly team in our daily work environment. An additional interest in A&R and scouting new bands would be ideal, but passion for new music and enthusiasm for digital is a must.

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DOMINO RECORDING CO - DIGITAL OPERATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino Recording Co is seeking a high calibre individual to oversee its digital operations processes, based in the London office. This full-time position will be responsible for managing direct global operations relationships across digital music partners (eg iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Millward Brown), and ongoing management of the digital catalogue across the label.

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LIVE NATION - EVENT TICKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Live Nation requires an Event Ticketing Manager to maximise ticket sales for Live Nation events by providing effective ticketing information and advice; and proactively managing inventory, ticket agents and allocations.

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[PIAS] - BUSINESS AFFAIRS MANAGER (LONDON)
[PIAS] Entertainment Group is looking for an experienced lawyer to join their UK legal team at their head office in Bermondsey. The role will take primary responsibility for [PIAS] Artist and Label Services division, but will also have significant involvement in all other legal areas of the business to include [PIAS] Co-operative and its roster of partner labels and its own Play It Again Sam label.

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KOBALT LABEL SERVICES - MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR (LONDON)
Kobalt Label Services requires a Marketing Co-ordinator to assist the UK and International Marketing teams at KLS, as well as support the MD for KLS in the running of day to day activities within the KLS marketing team. The candidate will report to KLS MD but will get direction day to day from the VP, International Marketing, as well as the Head of UK Marketing for KLS.

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MAMA & COMPANY - GENERAL MANAGER, LIVERPOOL ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of the UK’s most established venues. To manage the venue both efficiently and effectively ensuring that the diary is commercially maximised and all statutory duties are discharged. To effectively manage the kitchen and restaurant operation, ensuring GP is maintained and customer satisfaction is the primary focus.

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SJM CONCERTS - DEPUTY MARKETING MANAGER (MANCHESTER)
SJM Concerts seeks a Deputy Marketing Manager to support our marketing team to maximise exposure of events promoted by the company, and to implement marketing campaigns to generate sales for new tours and events via various platforms including press, radio, TV, digital and print.

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SUPAPASS - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE (LONDON OR NORWICH)
SupaPass is an exciting new digital music platform connecting superfans with their favourite bands. SupaPass gives labels and artists a smart way to monetise their digital content, unlocking new revenue streams and amplifying superfan loyalty by bringing everything essential from social to streaming in one place. We are seeking an ambitious and driven business development executive with a deep understanding and strong network across music, entertainment and music-tech.

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DOMINO - WAREHOUSE MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a bright, energetic warehouse manager with plenty of enthusiasm to supervise our warehouse operation.

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MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Experienced Management Assistant required for established London based artist management company. Candidates must have relevant experience in all areas of artist management and must demonstrate their knowledge and experience in assisting with a global release and live campaign. Role will include providing support to artist managers, co-ordinating day to day activities for artists including general administrative duties and personal assistant duties.

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DOMINO - UK DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Domino is seeking a UK Digital Manager to work alongside our Digital and Project Management departments. The ideal candidate will take full responsibility for defining and implementing digital marketing strategy and will evaluate and communicate ongoing campaign effectiveness. Extending the reach and engagement of our marketing campaigns with creative ideas is key.

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THE STATE51 CONSPIRACY - SUPPORT TEAM ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The state51 Conspiracy is looking for a bright, enthusiastic, collaborative and well-organised person to join its support team. Support Team Assistants provide critical support to our partners (labels, artists), customers, music services, suppliers and to the rest of the business, as needed.

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Warner boss cautious over abandoning freemium
Pending investigations by the US Department Of Justice and Securities & Exchange Commission, it's really just rumour that Apple has been piling on the pressure big time trying to persuade the majors to force Spotify to cut back on freemium; so to create a less tricky marketplace for those new streaming services not willing to haemorrhage cash on a free-to-use level, like, say, the all new iBeats. But let's all agree to assume it's true. Bloody Apple.

But hey, Warner Music boss Stephen Cooper ain't going to make any snap decisions, however many rotten Apples are thrown in his general direction. "Before people conclude that freemium should be burnt at the stake", he said yesterday during an earnings call, "the music industry needs to think very carefully about the consequences".

Cooper's input on the topic-du-jour in the recorded music game came as Warner revealed that in the last quarter, for the first time, streaming income surpassed download revenue at the mini-major. Revenues for the quarter were up 4% to $677 million, with a net profit of $19 million compared to a $59 million loss in the same quarter last year.

Cooper admitted that Warner is as keen as anyone to move as many consumers as possible over to subscription-paying services, but agreed with Spotify's line on the role freemium plays in the wider mix: axe it over night and you'll drive people to piracy services where there is no ad revenue and no chance of converting people into paying users.

Though, he added, he is interested in finding ways to "turbo-charge" the shift from freemium to premium, which some reckon will ultimately require cutting back some of the functionality offered on the free platforms so to enable the evolution of middle-market subscription packages that cost a few pounds a month rather than a tenner.

Tech giants sign anti-piracy commitment in Denmark
Google and Microsoft have signed up to a new 'memorandum of understanding' in Denmark making a commitment to work with content owners, internet service providers and payment processing firms on anti-piracy initiatives, and to promote legitimate content services. Though presumably Google doesn't interpret that signature as a commitment to exiling piracy sites from its search engine, the one big fat thing the copyright industries would really like it to do.

The new anti-piracy initiative in Denmark has been led by the country's Ministry Of Culture, and consists of a bunch of much less specific commitments on the part of the signatories. According to Torrentfreak, the five main aims are as follows:

1. To help make the internet a safe and legal platform for consumers and businesses.
2. To stress that copyright is an important cornerstone for growth and innovation.
3. To work together to reduce financial crime, based on copyright violations.
4. To work together to promote the dissemination of legal products.
5. To contribute to efficient processes that can help to reduce copyright violations and associated crimes.

While developing some kind of three-strikes system or a more efficient web-blocking process might help the net sector achieve point five, it seems likely that the initiative will do more on point three, adopting the 'follow the money' approach to piracy whereby payment processors and ad sellers commit to ensure they aren't taking payments or selling ads on behalf of websites that primarily exist to encourage or enable copyright infringement.

The Danish cultural ministry said in a statement: "This code reflects a common desire to make a determined effort to ensure that the internet is a safe and economically sustainable marketplace. It will help to create better conditions for growth and innovation for legitimate businesses, and security and transparency for the users".

Kobalt does deal with Good Soldier
As the "saviour of the music business", Kobalt probably needs a few soldiers to help it fight the good fight for clarity and joy, so hurrah for its deal with the good soldiers. That is to say, former Warner UK boss Christian Tattersfield's publishing company Good Soldier Songs.

Under the new alliance, Kobalt will provide administration services to Good Soldier in every single country you would care to mention (unless you happen to mention France, Australia or New Zealand). Tattersfield is "thrilled" about the tie up, obviously. Why wouldn't he be? "I look forward to sharing many hit records together", he added.

Meanwhile Kobalt's Sas Metcalfe said: "We are delighted to be working with Christian. He has a fantastic reputation in the industry with a real eye for spotting talent, so it's very exciting to be working with the roster at Good Soldier Songs".

BPI welcomes government appointments
Record industry trade group the BPI has welcomed the appointment of MPs John Whittingdale and Sajid Javid to the respective roles of Culture and Business Secretary in David Cameron's all new government.

As previously reported, ticket tout fan Javid has shifted from the culture brief to the business role in Cameron's post-election reshuffle, while Whittingdale, a long term chair of Parliament's Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee, joins the government in the top culture role. Meaning he has the fun job of distributing tissues to every member of the entire cultural community, who are still sobbing over last week's election result.

Except the BPI, of course, which would never blub. And which needs to be upbeat for the good of future lobbying efforts. Instead of tears, it had words this morning, along the lines of: "John Whittingdale has been a strong supporter of intellectual property and, having been Chair of the Culture, Media And Sport Select Committee, has an enormous wealth of knowledge of the key issues facing the music sector to draw on as the new Culture Secretary".

And: "The appointment of Sajid Javid as Secretary of State For Business, Innovation And Skills is equally welcome, given his previous work with the music industry as Culture Secretary. He has, in his new post, responsibility for the Intellectual Property Office and the Government's policy on the Digital Single Market, and, having him shown himself a Secretary Of State that really understands business, we hope we can work with him on measures to support the music industry's investment in creating ever greater choice and content for its consumers".

Boom. And look out for TGE co-founder Martin Elbourne, Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt, Yellowbrick Music's Meredith Cork and artist Dan Le Sac each delivering their own message to the new government as part of CMU Insights @ The Great Escape on Friday morning.

T In The Park give go-ahead for new site
It'll take more than two ospreys to take down T In The Park. The Scottish music festival has just got planning approval for its move to a new site at Strathallan Castle.

As previously reported, some locals opposed the T festivities moving to their neighbourhood, while others expressed concerns over the impact the event would have on two osprey who nest near the Strathallan Estate (the site may have to include an exclusion zone around the nest).

But Perth & Kinross Council has now given the event permission to proceed at the Castle. Geoff Ellis, boss of T maker DF, told reporters: "We're happy that the committee has approved our application and our team can get on with the plans for a fantastic first year of T In The Park at Strathallan Castle".

He went on: "We'd like to thank the business and tourism sector who recognise the value of the event as one of Scotland's national treasures and offered tremendous support throughout the process. Most importantly, massive thanks go to the local communities surrounding Strathallan who spent a huge amount of their own precious time to show the country that they warmly welcome T In The Park. We will deliver a festival to make them proud and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship, just like the one we had in Kinross and Milnathort for the last eighteen years".

Addressing those who opposed the event taking place at its new site, the DF boss went on: "We do also understand that not everyone wanted the event at Strathallan but we would hope that these people now accept the decision following what has undoubtedly been the most rigorous and intensive process for staging an event in Scotland's history. It is our intention to work closely with all residents to ensure that we are excellent neighbours and minimise any disruption to local life. We also hope they will appreciate that it is our intention to continue to work with the relevant authorities and organisations to ensure the long-term protection and safe-guarding of the local environment surrounding Strathallan".

Concluding, he said: "We're now excited about welcoming an outstanding line-up and the best audience in the world to the most beautiful festival site in the country this July!"

T In The Park takes place from 10-12 Jul.

Applications open for Gilles Peterson's artist development programme
Gilles Peterson and his Brownswood Music company have launched an application process for their Future Bubblers artist development programme.

Funded by Arts Council England, Future Bubblers is a three year project to provide mentoring and support to a selection of upcoming musicians. Year one will be devoted to finding the ten candidates from applicants around the UK.

To ensure the maximum number of applicants, the project has announced four ways for artists to put their music forward. There's the proper way (sending YouTube and SoundCloud links), the modest way (getting someone else to recommend you), the old school way (handing in a CD or USB stick), or the super old school way (getting the Brownswood team to come and see you play live).

Focus cities are Nottingham and Salford, with a third to be nominated by the public, though applications are welcome from all over the UK. Even London.

Find out more about the project and how to apply here.

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BBC winding down Performing Arts Fund
The BBC announced last week that it is winding up its Performing Arts Fund, which is good news for haters of the performing arts, and of funds that support the performing arts, and of good things in general.

The fund was created in 2003, mainly to do something worthwhile with the money generated when people phoned in to vote on the Beeb's short-lived music talent show 'Fame Academy'. Subsequently phone vote monies from other shows like 'Strictly Come Dancing' and 'The Voice' were pumped into the fund, which in turn provided bursaries totalling £5 million to 1200 aspiring performers.

But with people increasingly voting for 'Strictly' et al via non-phone based routes where no money changes hands, a lot less money is rolling in, which is why the initiative is being wound up. A remaining £156,100 will be split between seventeen alumni before shutdown.

No more American Idols thank you very much
'American Idol' is dead. Dead dead dead. Well, dying. Almost dead. It'll be dead soon. Well, next year. What I'm saying is, Fox has announced that the show will be cancelled after its fifteenth season in 2016.

The announcement that the show is now a millstone around Fox's neck, haemorrhaging both money and viewers, and something that the network wants to get shot of, comes just ahead of the final of this year's series, which will air in the US tomorrow. Because nothing says 'Congratulations on your win' like a vote of no confidence in the platform that got you there.

Nigel Lythgoe, who acted as Executive Producer on ten seasons of the show, told Billboard: "It's the right thing to do. I'm a huge fan of boxing, and it's like when you're watching a real heavyweight boxer getting to the end of their career, and all these young whippersnappers are coming up: You've got to know when to retire".

He added that the hiring of Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey as judges in 2012 was probably the death knell for the already flagging show: "Mariah and Nicki was just crazy, and then it really started becoming about the judges and took away from the contestants altogether. I think that was a major failing on the part of casting to have those two together. On their own, either one may have been successful".

Meanwhile, that Simon Cowell said on Twitter: "Looking back at my time on 'American Idol' we had a great time. We found great artists. Had fun. And to America. Thank you. It was a blast".

Confusing full stop use. See me.

A few networking slots still available at Great Escape Convention
In addition to our obviously magnificent CMU Insights programme taking place at The Great Escape later this week, there's also a new look networking programme for industry delegates attending the event.

And while the deadline for applying for meetings has now officially passed, TGE HQ has told us that there are a few late spots still available. This year the networking sessions consist of bespoke ten minute meetings between delegates and buyers and sellers from across the UK and beyond.

A very small number of spots are available to meet with: leading direct-to-fan company Music Glue, music video exchange Radar, entertainment law firm New Media Law and innovative US-based marketing agency DigSin (who will be speaking in the CMU Insights marketing strand on how they influence playlist owners online).

Meetings are available between 11am and 1pm on Thursday and Friday (mainly Friday), and if you are a delegate and would like a slot, email alice.crocker@mamaco.com including in your message who you would like to meet with and on what day.

UK delegates can also apply for late-availability networking meetings with representatives from the Egyptian and Lebanon music industries. International networking takes place from 2.30pm-4.30pm, and again email alice.crocker@mamaco.com if you are interested. Places will be distributed on a first come first service basis through to midday tomorrow.

The Great Escape kicks off at 10.30am on Thursday morning in Brighton. Click here to read up on the full CMU programme this year.

  Approved: LCMDF - Fooled
Hey! It's CMU's favourite Finnish pop duo back again. And it's with a new single that features guest vocals from CMU's favourite Finnish rapper. All of which wasn't supposed to sound sarcastic, even if it mistakenly ended up that way, because we really do like both of LCMDF and Noah Kin very much.

How about we just start again? LCMDF, aka Emma and Mia Kemppainen, released their debut album 'Love & Nature' in 2011, and then first hit the Approved column in 2012 with the first track from a series of mental health-themed EPs.

Latest single 'Fooled' sees them move further away from the 90s dance influence of their early work for something a bit more 21st Century, but it maintains the hyperactive, overcooked sound that makes their music such a joy to blast into your ears. The track features rapper Noah Kin, whose 2014 album 'Now You See' is well worth checking out. I know that's not really relevant to this, but I just wanted to point it out.

Listen to 'Fooled' here.
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National Gallery to put original sounds to its paintings
The National Gallery in London has announced a season of soundscapes, which will see musicians and sound artists create audio to accompany a painting in the museum's collection. Punters will then be able to enter a sound proofed room in the gallery where the chosen painting with be displayed and the accompanying soundscape will play. Audio-makers involved include Nico Muhly, Susan Philipsz, Gabriel Yared, Jamie xx, Chris Watson, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

Announcing the scheme, a first for the National Gallery, a spokesman said: "Ambitious in its approach, this cross-disciplinary exhibition aims to celebrate the National Gallery's collection and demonstrate how masterpieces from the collection continue to inspire living artists today. By allowing familiar paintings to be encountered and contemplated from a new angle, visitors will be encouraged to rethink their perception of the selected paintings and explore wider conversations about how we experience art and the affinities that exist between music and painting".

Meanwhile the gallery's Director, Dr Nicholas Penny, added: "When sounds have been composed in response to a work of art, they can encourage - even compel - concentration. Furthermore, it can combine with an image to captivate and transport us. Silence, afterwards, is not the same!"

The soundscapes will play between 8 Jul and 6 Sep.

Danae Stratou could be subject of Pulp's 'Common People', says Greek finance minister
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said that it is possible, maybe even likely, that his wife, Danae Stratou, is the subject of Pulp's 'Common People'.

Earlier this year, Greek newspaper Athens Voice published an article proposing Stratou as the girl from Greece who wants to live with common people. The evidence is all there:

• Came from Greece? Big tick.
• Thirst for knowledge? Sure, I guess.
• Studied sculpture at St Martin's College? Yup. Well, Athens Voice says Fine Art, but there seems to be some confusion over this.
• Dad was loaded? Yeah, her father's pretty wealthy.

Speaking to the BBC about the claims, Varoufakis said: "Well, I wouldn't have known her back then. But I do know that she was the only Greek student of sculpture at St Martin's College at that time. And, from personal experience, she is a very fascinating person".

Stratou herself hasn't commented, and Jarvis Cocker has always seemed a bit sketchy on the identity of the woman in the song. Plus, there's the matter of Cypriot artist Katerina Kana previously claiming that she had once told Cocker that she wanted to live like common people while she was studying at St Martin's College.

But, really, aren't we all the woman from 'Common People' in our own way?

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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CHRIS COOKE | MD & Business Editor
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SAM TAYLOR | Commercial Manager & Insights Associate
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