WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: American music community lobbying group musicFIRST has thanked artists from across the world for lending their support to the previously reported Fair Play Fair Pay Act that is currently under consideration in the US. Artists were encouraged to publicly back the proposed legislation via social media last week. The act would introduce a general performing right... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Kurt Vile has announced that he will release his new album, 'B'lieve I'm Goin Down', on 25 Sep through Matador. And for that I think we can all breath a sigh of relief. Because when it comes to psych-rock songwriters, there are few who come close to Vile. Speaking to Rolling Stone earlier this year, Vile said of the new album: "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including the latest in the Marvin Gaye's family's legal battle with Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over 'Blurred Lines', the BBC banning Neil Young and others from its radio stations, NPR's withdrawal from the MIC Coalition, and why a cartoonist was sent to a Foo Fighters show... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES FTC now properly investigating Apple tax on music apps
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LEGAL musicFIRST welcomes global support for Fair Play Fair Pay Act
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DEALS Kobalt signs deal with Ealing-based studio
Skip Marley signs to Blue Mountain Music
Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Thom Willems
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Alibaba launches music unit to oversee streaming services
7digital announces pan-African songs licence via CAPASSO
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MEDIA OfCom consulting on Bauer plans to rejig City brands in Liverpool
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ONE LINERS Azealia Banks, Hinds, Syco, Globe and more
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AND FINALLY... Nuns say selling convent to Katy Perry would break their vows to God
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REDEYE - INTERNATIONAL PRESS AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Redeye is extending its international team by hiring two positions in the UK. The International Press and Promotions Manager will coordinate and execute Redeye press and promotions campaigns in assigned territories as well as coordinate press campaigns via Redeye Territory Reps who will execute press and promotions in their assigned territories.

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REDEYE - INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ACCOUNT AND MARKETING REP (LONDON)
Redeye is hiring a digital marketing position in London, UK to extend its international team. The primary responsibility of the International Sales Representative is to be the main point of contact and expert for all Redeye Digital sales for new releases and catalog in assigned territories.

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BLUES KITCHEN - PROMOTIONS & MARKETING ROLE (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking a talented and enthusiastic individual to join the Blues Kitchen marketing and promotions team.

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WARWICK SU - PROGRAMMING AND PROMOTIONS MANAGER (COVENTRY)
We are looking for an exceptional Programming and Promotions Manager to deliver a diverse and cost effective social provision programme across Warwick SU operation’s and outlets, including both regular and one off events that exceed the expectations of the student population and other customers.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - PLAYLIST DESIGNER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a music Playlist Designer to join our small but expanding creative team. The playlist designer will develop a sound understanding of our clients’ needs, and then source, program and timetable appropriate tracks in line with the client brief.

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IQ - ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
IQ, a leading trade publication operating in the international live music industry, is seeking a dynamic, bright advertising sales executive to become an integral part of its growing team. The ideal candidate will have solid sales experience across both digital and print media.

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UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA - VENUE MANAGER (NORWICH)
Are you looking for a change in your career? A unique opportunity to run a major venue on the live circuit. You will lead and develop enthusiasm in your management team and inspire them to make highly commercial decisions whilst also delivering an unforgettable experience to each and every customer.

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RSK ENTERTAINMENT - LABEL MANAGER (NEWBURY)
RSK Entertainment is looking for a self-starting and dynamic label manager to manage a diverse roster of UK and international record labels. Based at our office outside Newbury the role would best suit someone already established in the music industry and ideally with either current or previous label management experience.

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BSI MERCH - SENIOR SALES EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
BSI Merch is looking for a skilled sales/business development person to lead our sales department in our London office. You will be an experienced and well-organised sales professional with wide ranging contacts and an excellent track record in the music industry.

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SENTRIC MUSIC - SYNC ASSISTANT (LIVERPOOL)
Sentric Music is looking to expand their award winning synchronisation department by adding an enthusiastic and passionate individual to their team. Applicants must have a sound knowledge of the sync industry and how to appropriately pitch catalogue to music supervisors, broadcasters, agencies and agents worldwide.

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7DIGITAL - MUSIC PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER - PUBLISHING (LONDON)
As Music Partnerships Manager for Publishing you will play a key role in negotiating music publishing licenses needed for 7digital to expand its services. You should be comfortable with negotiating complex content-licensing agreements with publisher partners as well as working across multiple teams to structure new business models around music publishing licenses providing 7digital and its B2B clients with the best possible user experience and support.

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13 ARTISTS - ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (BRIGHTON)
13 Artists are looking for a full time Administrative Assistant to join the team. The ideal candidate would have already worked for at least five years in an administrative / secretarial / PA type role and is highly organised with the natural ability to prioritise and multi-task. A great knowledge of MS Office, particularly Excel, is vital as is being extremely organised with meticulous attention to detail and confident and capable with data. An experience working with live music would be appreciated.

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BIRD ON THE WIRE - MARKETING AND TICKETING ASSISTANT (LONDON)
London-based independent live music promoter Bird On The Wire is offering the opportunity to join their team as their part-time Marketing and Ticketing Assistant. The right person for this position will be passionate about music and be used to attending concerts several nights a week.

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EMOTICAST - SOCIAL WIZARD WANTED FOR MUSIC + MESSAGING + COOL SHIT (LONDON)
Why do job ads try so hard to be boring? If you also genuinely wonder too, we might be on the same page and you might want to work with us. We’re looking for a multidisciplinary Marketer/Social Media manager to lead our efforts. Messaging apps are incredibly popular right now. We want to add music to the mix and we’re uniquely positioned to do so.

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FTC now properly investigating Apple tax on music apps
The Federal Trade Commission in the US has now reportedly launched a proper investigation into the Apple tax, having previously been looking into the cut the tech giant takes from app-based subscriptions on a more informal basis.

As previously reported, with mobile-based subscription services, if a user signs up to a premium package through said platform's iOS app, Apple takes a 30% cut of the money, as it would for paid-for apps sold through its store. Which is a problem for streaming music services already operating on very tight profit margins, because they can't afford to swallow Apple's 30% commission.

Users can always pay to subscribe via the streaming set-up's own website, where Apple has no right to a commission, and then use their logins to use the service via the iPhone app. But Apple's rules firstly say that in-app purchase has to be offered, and then also restrict the app maker's ability to communicate the benefits of paying via its website instead.

Because of the tight profit margins, services like Spotify have had to add Apple's 30% commission onto its subscription rates, so it is more expensive to subscribe through the app. Which was always irritating, but has become more of an issue for streaming music firms since Apple Music went live, because it means that consumers signing up to stream tunes via their iPhone will see Apple's own service is three dollars a month cheaper than most of its competitors, but won't necessarily realise that is only the case when you sign up via the phone.

Apple's rivals argue that this is unfair competition, ie the tech firm exploits its control of the iPhone ecosystem to give it an unfair advantage over its streaming music competitors. According to The Verge, FTC inquiries into this issue, likely encouraged by Spotify et al, have started to gain momentum, so that a proper investigation is now underway. The tech site says that the FTC has already issued subpoenas to various services in a bid to gather more information.

The investigation will likely focus less on the basic 30% commission Apple charges and more on the various rules that surround in-app purchases, and also other limitations the tech giant applies that restrict the offers app makers can offer.

None of these rules are specific to music, applying across the board to all apps, but Apple's dominance in the digital music space, and its much hyped move into streaming, makes the anti-competitive allegations particularly strong in this space. It remains to be seen if the FTC moves to force a change in some of Apple's app regulations.

Meanwhile Apple overlord Tim Cook has told investors "millions and millions of customers are already experiencing" the Apple Music streaming service, though of course they are all currently doing so on the three month free trial.

In an earnings call he added that 15,000 artists are now connected to Connect within the Apple Music platform, and that the Beats1 radio station has millions of listeners worldwide. So, that all good to know, isn't it? But will Apple convert tens - and preferably hundreds - of millions of customers into paying streamers come October? Oh, now there's a question.

musicFIRST welcomes global support for Fair Play Fair Pay Act
American music community lobbying group musicFIRST has thanked artists from across the world for lending their support to the previously reported Fair Play Fair Pay Act that is currently under consideration in the US.

Artists were encouraged to publicly back the proposed legislation via social media last week. The act would introduce a general performing right within the sound recording copyright in the US. Currently sound recording copyright owners in America only have a digital performing right, meaning that while satellite and online radio services need permission to use recorded music, clubs, public spaces and AM/FM radio do not. This means US artists and labels are deprived a revenue stream enjoyed by their counterparts in more or less every other country.

There have been numerous attempts over the years to bring US copyright law in line with the rest of the world on this point, but the broadcast lobby in particular is very influential in Washington, and it argues that having to pay record companies as well as music publishers for the rights to use music is unviable, and anyway artists and labels get free promotion when their tracks are played on air.

Elton John, REM, Chuck D, Annie Lennox and Imogen Heap were amongst those who took to the social networks last week to express their support for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act. And while record labels obviously want a general performing right too, this is a proposal from which artists would likely benefit directly as well, as usually 'performer equitable remuneration' is due on performing rights income, meaning 50% of revenue is shared with featured artists and session musicians oblivious of their label contracts.

musicFIRST is one of the bodies lobbying hard for the proposed act, and after last week's online campaign its Executive Dirctor, Ted Kalo, told reporters: "This movement is built on a simple principle that grabs the imagination of everyone we touch - fair play for all music on all platforms. The basic justice and fairness of this demand explains why so many are moved to speak out. The fact that the United States has aligned its system for compensating artists with regimes like Iran and North Korea is shameful. It is destructive to the future of American music and threatens the art of a new generation of artists".

Noting that last week's social campaign was global, Kalo added: "Some of the musicians supporting this bill are from countries where radio already pays a performance right and radio is still alive and well in those countries - contradicting the 'sky is falling' claims of big corporate radio in the United States. America's failure to recognise AM/FM performance rights costs our artists dearly. They receive nothing for US airplay, so the royalties they earn overseas are withheld because the United States refuses to reciprocate - over $100 million owed to US artists is stranded overseas as a result".

He concluded: "musicFIRST is grateful for the support of so many artists, musicians, managers and fans worldwide. Big corporate radio is on notice: we have our own megaphone driven by people, not money".

Kobalt signs deal with Ealing-based studio
Kobalt has entered into a publishing administration agreement with Ealing-based F Block Music Studios, which will see the music rights firm work with studio owner Hank Hughes to support up-and-coming songwriters who come through the studio complex.

Explains Miller Williams, Senior VP of Creative at Kobalt: "Hank Hughes has a fantastic track record of spotting and mentoring young songwriters and artists - many of whom are now among the top tier of writers and producers in the UK and beyond. We're excited and pleased Hank has chosen the Kobalt family as a partner in his new publishing venture".

Songwriters Hughes has previously worked with at the start of their careers include Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Mojam, among others. He told reporters: "It's important to capture and nurture writing talent early on. Most have at least one hit record in them, but a few are constantly hitting the mark as in the case with Shahid Khan [aka Naughty Boy]. It's those writers I would like to find and publish through Kobalt".

On his tie up with the buzzy, buzzy music rights company, he went on: "It was a no-brainer doing this admin deal with Kobalt. The company's track record speaks for itself, but it was the totally innovative portal system that sealed the deal for me. I have already targeted a couple of new producers and top liners I'd like to engage".

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Skip Marley signs to Blue Mountain Music
Skip Marley has signed to Blue Mountain Music, the music publishing outfit created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, famous of course for signing Skip's grandfather, the late great Bob Marley, and bringing him to worldwide attention back in the day.

The worldwide deal will cover publishing rights in all of Skip Marley's upcoming releases for Tuff Gong International, including debut single 'Cry To Me'. A second single is also planned for later this summer before Skip joins his uncles Stephen and Damian Marley on a US tour.

Confirming the deal, Blackwell said: "I am really excited to be working with Bob's grandson, Skip. He has so much to offer".

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Boosey & Hawkes signs composer Thom Willems
Classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, part of Imagem of course (pronounced Eeee-marrr-kkkkem remember, it's important your internal monologue is fully accurate on these things), has signed up composer Thom Willems, best known for his collaborations with noted choreographer William Forsythe.

The deal covers Willems' scores for over 60 of Forsythe's ballets including - for those of you knowledgeable of such things - 'In The Middle', 'Somewhat Elevated', 'The Loss Of Small Detail' and 'Herman Schmerman'. As well as looking after the administration of Willems' works, Imagem's creative services department will also look for sync opportunities.

Confirming the deal, Willems told reporters: "When I began to look for the right long-term home for my music, I was impressed by Boosey & Hawkes for its active engagement with the world of ballet and dance and its catalogue of iconic works. I know that my music is in good hands".

Meanwhile B&H MD Janis Susskind added: "With 'The Rite Of Spring' as the foundation stone of our catalogue, we have ballet music in our DNA, and it is a pleasure to add Thom Willem's innovative scores to our offering".

Alibaba launches music unit to oversee streaming services
Chinese web giant Alibaba has launched a music division called the Ali Music Group which, amongst other things, will take over the running of the tech company's two streaming apps Xiami and Tiantian.

Described as "a crucial pillar of Alibaba Group's digital entertainment strategy", the new division suggests ambitions in the music space beyond the firm's current services, and the launch announcement made much of the data the company has to mine from across its portfolio of services, and how that might be used in music.

The new music unit will be headed by singer-songwriter and 'China's Got Talent' judge Gao Xiaosong and former Warner Music exec Song Ke, who will be Chairman and CEO of the Ali Music Group respectively. They previously worked together at Taihe Rye Music, the Chinese pop label Song Ke co-founded, originally as a Warner subsidiary.

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7digital announces pan-African songs licence via CAPASSO
7digital has announced a licensing deal with South African collecting society CAPASSO that covers song rights in 40 African countries, enabling the digital music provider to power download and streaming services utilising CAPASSO members' repertoire across a big chunk of the continent. 7digital already powers a service called MiTracks in South Africa itself.

Confirming the new licence was now in place, 7digital CEO Simon Cole told reporters: "This licence agreement is a world-class deal that secures 7digital's place among the pacesetters in digital musical licensing. It's a full repertoire blanket licence for 40 countries, with a single point for reporting and invoicing - which ensures a simple procedure for managing rights. Securing this type of agreement with licensing agencies is vital to our business and our collaboration with CAPASSO is extremely valuable for our presence in Africa".

CAPASSO CEO Nothando Migogo added: "We support 7digital's mission to reduce the complexity around managing legally licensed music services. There is a huge opportunity for user engagement with music on connected devices in the African region. 7digital entering the market will allow better opportunities for local and international brands to bring music to users efficiently and legally".

OfCom consulting on Bauer plans to rejig City brands in Liverpool
Media regulator OfCom has begun a consultation on proposals by Bauer Media that it rejig its radio output in Merseyside, where it operates under the Radio City brand.

As previously reported, earlier this year Bauer dismantled its quasi-national Magic network on AM and Hits radio network on the regional DAB platforms, using those channels to create version two and three services around its regional FM radio brands instead.

So that means in Liverpool you get Radio City 1, 2 and 3, in addition to a fourth existing service called City Talk, also on FM. With that all now up and running, Bauer wants to meddle some more, basically giving Radio City 2 the FM frequency currently used by City Talk, and switching the music and news service to AM.

Once switched over, the services would also change in terms of music policy, speech-to-music split, and the amount of locally produced content aired versus programmes taken from Bauer's national network.

Ofcom's consultation on the proposals is set to run until 2 Sep.

  Approved: Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
Kurt Vile has announced that he will release his new album, 'B'lieve I'm Goin Down', on 25 Sep through Matador. And for that I think we can all breath a sigh of relief. Because when it comes to psych-rock songwriters, there are few who come close to Vile.

Speaking to Rolling Stone earlier this year, Vile said of the new album: "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch - not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable".

And maybe that's the key – while many of his contemporaries are spending hours trying to make their tracks sound like they were recorded on a 1960s tape recorder, he's concentrating on the songs and how they feel. And the success of that is shown perfectly on the first track released from 'B'lieve I'm Goin Down' - 'Pretty Pimpin' - which you can listen to here.
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Azealia Banks, Hinds, Syco, Globe and more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Azealia Banks has left Prospect Park as a management client, though will remain signed to the company's record label for the time being.

• Hinds - they formerly known as Deers - have signed to Lucky Number, and will play the label's tenth anniversary party at Village Underground in Shoreditch tomorrow. Here's a new track, 'Chili Town'.

• Syco Music has appointed Michelle Marks as its new Marketing Director. She previously worked at media services provider Red Bee. "Thrilled", says Marks.

• Universal's partnerships division Globe has rolled out an alliance with online fashion peddler ASOS which will see the e-commerce firm get video exclusives and bespoke artist content for its online channels. Like footage from a Years & Years album launch party. "Longer", says Globe's Jennifer Hills. What, longer than years and years? Big time.

• Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is not happy that Donald Trump is apparently due to introduce the band at the Iowa State Fair next month. "I really, really, really hope that there's no truth to this rumour. Def Leppard have never been a political band, and if we were, I for one wouldn't be associating my name with this clown", he wrote on Facebook.

• Bring Me The Horizon will release their fifth album, 'That's The Spirit', on 11 Sep. Here's a song from it, 'Happy Song'. Next single 'The Throne' will be premiered on Radio 1 tomorrow evening.

• Laura Marling has announced that she will play The Forum in London on 5 Sep. Tickets on sale here now.

• Songhoy Blues will be touring the UK this autumn, finishing up with a show at Koko in London on 4 Nov.

Recently approved Russian shoegazers Pinkshinyultrablast will be touring the UK in September and October. This will include a date at London's XOYO on 6 Oct. They'll release a new single, 'Kiddy Pool Dreams' on 2 Oct.

Nuns say selling convent to Katy Perry would break their vows to God
The battle over whether or not to sell a former convent to Katy Perry rages on, with new documents now showing that the nuns who were its previous occupants believe that selling up to the singer would break their holy vows.

As previously reported, The Sisters Of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary are currently in dispute with the Los Angeles Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church over who should be sold an old hilltop convent that overlooks Hollywood, and who has the right to decide. The nuns prefer local restaurateur Dana Hollister while the archdiocese wants to sell to Perry.

Documents obtained by the New York Times show that the battle has raged on for some time, and that Sister Catherine Rose Holzman wrote in an email to the archdiocese in May: "In selling to Katy Perry, we feel we are being forced to violate our canonical vows to the Catholic Church".

Further correspondence shows that the nuns feel they are being bullied into approving Perry's offer, and accuse the archdiocese of being "obsessed with their misconception of their sovereign, ecclesiastical canonical importance".

Oh, burn.

 
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