MONDAY 17 AUGUST 2015
TODAY'S TOP STORY: Robert Sillerman has failed to secure enough finance to take his company, SFX Entertainment, back into private ownership, at least in accordance with Plan A. As previously reported, Sillerman announced earlier this year his intention to take the EDM powerhouse back into private ownership - having only floated it in 2013 - eventually agreeing to offer other shareholders... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: So, CMU's sister magazine ThreeWeeks is still busy busy covering the world's biggest cultural event in Edinburgh, the awe-inspiring Edinburgh Festival. And this week we will once again be picking out some of the shows and performers it has been covering to share with you here in the CMU Daily. But today, once again, something closer to home, the TW Podcast Edinburgh... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU’s Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review the week in music and the music business, including big tech accusing the MPAA of trying to resurrect the controversial SOPA web-blocking scheme in the US through the back door, Dr Luke’s breakbeat infringement case, why iTunes is no more illegal than it ever was, and Prince comparing record deals to slavery. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital... [LISTEN HERE]
TOP STORIES Sillerman fails to finance SFX buy-back bid, opening a new seven week window for alternative proposals
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LEGAL Long running legal battle between Hendrix companies settled
Meek Mill pulled Drake diss track after wrestler complaints
Elton John to pursue privacy law case against French media after health rumours
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DEALS Kobalt signs Sheppard
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MEDIA New coaches for The Voice
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INDUSTRY PEOPLE Industry mourns the legendary artist manager Jazz Summers
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ARTIST NEWS Danger Mouse set to work with Adele and Red Hot Chili Peppers
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AND FINALLY... Jay-Z's champagne company reveals new $760 a bottle product line
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ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGERS, ARTS CLUB, LIVERPOOL; HOXTON SQUARE BAR & KITCHEN AND THE BORDERLINE, LONDON (TEMPORARY CONTRACT)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic, experienced Assistant General Managers with a proven track record within a live music operation to work at Arts Club, Liverpool and at our London venues. This is a fantastic opportunity to work and grow with an exciting company that owns some of London’s most established venues.

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ASSISTANT BAR MANAGERS, LONDON VENUES
MAMA & Company is looking for Assistant Bar Managers for its London venues. You will have some experience of maximising bar, cloakroom and other revenues while minimising all relevant costs. You will have exceptional stock and staff management and must be driven to achieve the best results for the venue in support of the Bars Manager. Some experience of duty management within a live music venue would be beneficial.

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PROMOTIONAL MANAGER - ARTS CLUB (LIVERPOOL)
MAMA & Company are looking for a dynamic Promotional Manager ideally with some experience within a live music operation to work at 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.

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OUTPOST - GRADUATE TRAINEE OPPORTUNITY (PUBLISHING & DISTRIBUTION) (LONDON)
Fast growing music company is looking for a sharp graduate to join our team on our three month paid Graduate Trainee Scheme. Working in our publishing and distribution departments, you will also gain first-hand experience in our PR department, working across print, online, radio and TV. Training in general office management will also form part of the role.

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MUSIC CONCIERGE - CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER (HERTFORD)
Music Concierge, the award-winning music consultancy for boutique hotels and luxury brands, is looking for a Client Services Manager to manage our expanding creative and account management teams and oversee the smooth day-to-day operations of the business, whilst liaising at senior level with world-class brands.

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THE ORCHARD - ACCOUNT CO-ORDINATOR, VIDEO SERVICES (LONDON)
As an Account Co-ordinator in the Video Services department, you are vital in helping to scale our fast growing Video Services business in Europe; executing on a value proposition that drives client satisfaction, engagement and revenue. You are a positive, smart, creative and analytical forward-thinker, and an Orchard evangelist in and outside of the company.

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AIR ARTIST AGENCY - PERSONAL ASSISTANT (LONDON)
Air Artist Agency is an innovative live music agency. The agency represents the cream of today's jazz musicians, cutting edge innovators and mainstream established artists. With an extensive worldwide network of contacts, we book for emerging talents as well as established artists. We are looking for a personal assistant to one of our directors.

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AUDIO NETWORK - PRODUCT AND A&R MANAGER (LONDON)
Working in our London office, we are looking for a music industry professional with passion and experience to join the Audio Network Music Team, primarily as cross discipline (B2B and B2C) Product Manager but also in support of all A&R functions.

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BIMM LONDON - EVENTS & GUESTS ASSISTANT (LONDON)
The post holder will have a supporting role to the Head of Events & Guests with specific responsibility for BIMM in house and external events, gigs, artist auditions, masterclasses and supplying the marketing department with information on events, guests and student success stories.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - HEAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION & COURSE LEADER (MANCHESTER)
The post holder will be a highly experienced, dynamic professional with a strong background in music and in education who will share responsibility for the leadership, creative development and delivery of all the academic activities of BIMM Manchester.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - COURSE LEADER BA PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANSHIP (MANCHESTER)
The role requires an inspirational course leader and teacher who can also bring a high level of music industry and academic experience and demonstrate an understanding of, and affinity with, the curriculum at BIMM Institute.

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BIMM MANCHESTER - STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER X 2 (MANCHESTER)
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic experienced, dynamic professional with a background which will enable them to take on a key role in upholding all Student Support systems to ensure all students complete their studies and achieve at the highest level.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - RECEPTIONIST (TEMPORARY CONTRACT, 6.5 MONTHS) (DUBLIN)
The successful candidate will be the first point of contact for all students, tutors and visitors to BIMM Dublin. Working within the reception team, the role will involve dealing with a high volume of calls and responding to all queries in a timely and informative manner.

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BIMM DUBLIN - TEMPORARY STUDENT SUPPORT OFFICER (DUBLIN)
The Student Support Officer will have a key role in supporting the QSS Manager in ensuring that all aspects of the School’s Student Support provision, including pastoral tutorials, counselling, learning support welfare awareness programmes and student representative programme are delivered in line with the requirements of our key educational partners and in order to support all students at BIMM Dublin.

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MUSIC GLUE - HEAD OF SALES AND MARKETING (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Head of Sales and Marketing to lead our sales team. You will be an experienced and well-organised sales professional with wide ranging contacts, an excellent network in the music industry and a keen desire to make a name for yourself in a fluid, exciting role.

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MUSIC GLUE - DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Music Glue, the world’s leading D2F e-commerce platform, is looking for a Digital Communications Manager to join our team. We’re looking for an experienced communications professional who is searching for a job unlike any other in music or PR. Music Glue is a company at the forefront of the ongoing revolution in music and we want someone who is as comfortable evangelising our brilliant new features to our rapidly increasing user base as they are crafting the messaging and voice of the company as a whole.

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Sillerman fails to finance SFX buy-back bid, opening a new seven week window for alternative proposals
Robert Sillerman has failed to secure enough finance to take his company, SFX Entertainment, back into private ownership, at least in accordance with Plan A.

As previously reported, Sillerman announced earlier this year his intention to take the EDM powerhouse back into private ownership - having only floated it in 2013 - eventually agreeing to offer other shareholders $5.25 per share. But doubts then began to circulate that the SFX founder would ever be able to secure enough financial backing to buy back the more than two thirds of the company no longer in his control on those terms.

Ironically, all the insecurity that speculation created sent the SFX share price plummeting, making Sillerman's $5.25 offer all the more generous, but at the same time all the more unrealistic. Some weird goings on with additional shares being sold and then bought back, coupled with all the hoo and the haa surrounding SFX subsidiary Beatport temporarily telling labels it couldn't pay them their quarter two royalties because of Sillerman's buy back ambitions, only furthered concerns about the music firm, and ensured its share price continued to wobble.

On Friday, SFX confirmed in a statement that buy-back Plan A was now off the agenda, and that therefore the special committee of independent directors, previously set up to consider the firm's founder's proposals, would now start exploring other options for the future of the company. That includes the possibility selling some or all of the firm's assets to another party, or, indeed, an alternative buy back plan from Sillerman.

Other buyers for the company – which primarily operates EDM festivals and events, in addition to Beatport and a handful of other digital and brand partnership operations – were previously sought by the special committee after it accepted Sillerman's $5.25 per share offer, to ensure shareholders were getting the best possible deal.

No rival bidders for the entire company came forward, though there was seemingly some interest in buying some SFX assets rather than the company outright. And now the price for acquiring the whole of SFX will presumably come down, given the current share price, rival bids for the whole business could as yet appear on the horizon.

SFX said on Friday: "Our special committee of independent directors, with the concurrence of Robert FX Sillerman, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has authorised the continued exploration of strategic alternatives for the company, including the sale of all or substantially all of the company's assets in whole or in part".

It went on: "The special committee and its advisors will entertain offers for the entire company as well as assets not central to the company's core business through at least October 2, 2015. Sillerman has agreed to cooperate with the special committee to obtain the best available offer for the company's shareholders".

October has been set as a deadline for new bids, the company added, "to allow potential bidders and their financing sources to have visibility into the company's performance during its peak festival season, thus providing a full and accurate picture of the company's results and prospects". Though that extra seven week window will also allow plenty more speculation about how, exactly, Sillerman's great EDM experiment has really performed.

Long running legal battle between Hendrix companies settled
A long running dispute between the company that represents the Jimi Hendrix Estate – Experience Hendrix LLC – and another company which exploited the late guitarist's image, HendrixLicensing.com, has seemingly been settled.

This dispute was often pitched as a battle within the Hendrix family, because Jimi's bother Leon had some connection with HendrixLicensing.com, while their adopted sister Janie heads up the official Hendrix company. Though Leon's exact role in HendrixLicensing.com, and this lawsuit, isn't entirely clear.

Either way, the legal battle between the two companies had rumbled on for sometime, testing so called publicity rights under American law, as well as some constitutional issues around the rights and wrongs of specifically choosing to fight a case of this kind in states where such rights are protected posthumously.

But, according to The Seattle Times, it emerged last week that the ongoing dispute was actually settled last month. So, we'll say no more about it.

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Meek Mill pulled Drake diss track after wrestler complaints
So the Meek Mill/Drake beef, remember that? That was a thing, wasn't it? Still is I think. I've been busy. Perhaps they're best buds now. Though I'm pretty sure, even if the public dissing has stopped, there's still at least a cottage pie's worth of beef remaining.

Anyway, it's been claimed that Meek Mill had to remove a track he posting dissing Drake as part of the two rappers' ongoing feud because of a cease and desist from wrestling outfit WWE.

Meek certainly removed 'Wanna Know' from his SoundCloud page, for reasons unstated. But it seems the removal was because the wrestling company weren't impressed with Mill using the entry music of wrestler The Undertaker without permission. Even to diss Drake. Which, some might argue, is as good a reason as any to nick a wrestler's entry music.

The beef between one-time collaborators Mill and Drake began, of course, when the former accused the latter of using ghostwriters to write some of his raps. The fallout has certainly got Mill lots of attention of late, though he claimed this weekend that his management team had, for a time, locked him out of Twitter; which perhaps means they, at least, think it's the wrong sort of attention. Or perhaps they just thought he might nick a tweet off a wrestler and instigate another cease and desist.

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Elton John to pursue privacy law case against French media after health rumours
Elton John is taking legal action in France over "unfounded reports" about his and husband David Furnish's private life.

Lawyers for the singer have pledged to take action against three French media outlets after they published rumours about John's health, seemingly after he required treatment for an abscess on his thigh, which became unbearable after a game of tennis. The singer received treatment in a hospital in Monaco, nearby where he and his family were residing at the time.

A legal rep for John and Furnish said on Friday that his clients "have instructed my office to pursue through the justice system the violation of the right to respect for their private life due to the publishing by Closermag.fr, TeleStar.fr and VSD of unfounded rumours about their health".

He added that the two men "will no longer tolerate the violation of their privacy and the exploitation of their renown and their image for commercial ends in France".

Kobalt signs Sheppard
Kobalt last week announced one of those publishing deals that publishers still insist on doing, this time with Aussie band Sheppard, who have enjoyed quite a bit of success both at home and further afield.

It's one of those "worldwide deals" that press releases like to declare, before clarifying that that's worldwide excluding Australia and New Zealand, which is basically them saying "worldwide except not worldwide", but hey, it's a worldwide deal. Good times.

One of the three Sheppards in the group, George Sheppard, had this to say: "We are very honoured and excited to sign with Kobalt Music Publishing, which is on the cutting edge of working songs and writers in the 21st century. We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership and are proud to join Kobalt's impressive list of world renowned writers".

Meanwhile Kobalt's Sas Metcalfe said: "Sheppard are a very talented group on track for tremendous success. We are delighted to have them as a part of the Kobalt family". So that's nice. Though I'm becoming increasingly suspicious that 'delighted' may be the 'new thrilled'.

New coaches for The Voice
So remember 'The Voice', the talent franchise specifically designed for talented singers who aspire to a lifetime in obscurity? Well, when the damn thing returns to BBC screens next year it will have not one but two brand new judges and coaches on board, in the form of Boy George and Paloma Faith. They'll join Ricky Wilson and will.i.am for the fifth outing of the UK incarnation of the 'Voice' franchise.

George is "thrilled" about the new gig, while Faith is "excited", but what, I'm sure you're all wondering around about now, about Mr Jones? Because that there list of 'Voice' coaches did not include any mention of the mighty Tom.

"In good faith, as part of the team, I'd put the time in my schedule to be involved in series five as I've done so for the last four years" said Tom Jones on Facebook on Friday, revealing that his axing from the show had come as something of a surprise to him as well as to you.

"I've supported the show and the BBC since the beginning. But I was told yesterday, with no consultation or conversation of any kind, that I would not be returning. Having been through plenty of transformations throughout the years, I support and admire creative change. But being informed, as a matter of duty and respect, is an important part of creative relationships. This sub-standard behaviour from the executives is very disappointing".

And he's right. And I'm not sure various people associated with the show saying how much they'll miss Jones in the customary press release will make up for that "sub-standard behaviour". In fact, if I'd ever watched 'The Voice', I'd now be boycotting it in support of Tom. Though Jones himself added that he "wished the show well".

Industry mourns the legendary artist manager Jazz Summers
Following a gathering of the Manchester music community on Friday night to celebrate the life of Tony Wilson, one of British music's greatest ever mavericks and entrepreneurs, this weekend the UK music community learned it had lost another of its true greats, as legendary music manager Jazz Summers died aged seventy one, after living with lung cancer for over two years.

A statement from his company Big Life Management said: "The music industry has lost one of its most vibrant, most notorious and most brilliant characters. A champion of new music, a non-conformist and a visionary, Jazz Summers will be greatly missed. He was a master of artist development. His ability to hear a song and recognise its power and potential brought him huge success across several decades".

Amongst the artists Summers managed and worked with during his long music career were Wham!, Lisa Stansfield, Soul II Soul, The Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, Snow Patrol, Klaxons, La Roux, Scissor Sisters and London Grammar. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, he collaborated with, supported and inspired many people working in music, in the UK and beyond.

Summers was also a former Chairman of the Music Managers Forum, and the trade body said this weekend: "The management community worldwide is today mourning the death last night of Jazz Summers after a long illness. Jazz was a one-off – they broke the mould after his creation. His style was unique in a world of mavericks and individuals and was outlined in his recently published autobiography 'Big Life' named after his last management company. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched".

  From The Fringe: TW Podcast
So, CMU's sister magazine ThreeWeeks is still busy busy covering the world's biggest cultural event in Edinburgh, the awe-inspiring Edinburgh Festival. And this week we will once again be picking out some of the shows and performers it has been covering to share with you here in the CMU Daily.

But today, once again, something closer to home, the TW Podcast Edinburgh, a new edition of which went live this weekend. If you like the CMU Podcast, do tune in, though expect less copyright law and pop gossip, and more quality comedy and theatre, and this time even a magic trick. CMU Business Editor, and ThreeWeeks co-Editor Chris Cooke, hosts.
CLICK HERE for the ThreeWeeks website
 

Danger Mouse set to work with Adele and Red Hot Chili Peppers
If you, like me, whenever you type in the name Deadmau5, for a fraction of a second actually think of Danger Mouse, and then think, I wonder what the hell that Danger Mouse is up to, well, wonder no more. Danger Mouse is working with both Adele and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on brand new material.

Well, that's what Billboard has reported, with the producer – aka Brian Burton – seemingly set to take on production duties on new albums for both acts, as well as launching his own imprint with Sony label Columbia Records. So, there could well be plenty of output from Burton in the coming year or so. And once he's back in the news a bit, I wonder if it'll work in reverse and I'll be wondering what Deadmau5 is up to. No, pretty certain it won't.

Jay-Z's champagne company reveals new $760 a bottle product line
Here's something we forgot to mention last week. Having fully sorted out the streaming music market, and having made Tidal pretty much the only music service the world needs, Jay Z has moved on to his next business venture: his first champagne line, a bottle of which costs a mere $760.

As with Tidal, Jay has entered the champagne game by buying an existing player. Actually, he bought it last year. The news is that that company has now announced details of a new product line, and the $760 per bottle price point. Which might seem hefty, but remember, this champagne has much better sound quality than industry standards, and is much more grape-friendly. Even the grape formerly known as Prince approves.

 
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