Wednesday is the new Friday! Starting this week, we will publish the most important music industry news in the middle of the week. What else is new? We’re introducing a special Black Lives Matter section in our roundups to keep raising awareness and to inform you about the latest developments in the fight against racial injustice in the music industry. We also bring the latest and (not so?) greatest from the post-lockdown era, taking a look at the resuscitation efforts of the live music scene. Is live music in a zombie state? Not dead but not alive either…
Oh, the wonderful things that can happen when someone steps up and the music community comes to the rescue! Acid house pioneer Adonis has apparently not received a single cent in royalties in 34 years from his label Trax Records. DJ Steve Morgan set up a fund to help out the legend, and instead of the initial £1,000 managed to raise almost ten times as much. Well done!
Here’s a positive and informative article about Jordan’s independent music scene. They have been hit hard by the pandemic as well, but they are looking for ways to carry on. Read about Al Balad Theater and other seminal groups who are spearheading the independent movement in Jordan.
NIVA revealed some devastating numbers after conducting a poll among its nearly 2,000 members. 90% of independent concert venue owners in the US said they expect to shut down permanently in a few months if no federal funding will be available.
Things are looking totally different in Germany than in the US. The 12-month €1bn ‘Restart Culture’ programme is supplying €150m to the German live music sector, with a special €50m focus for grassroots venues and small festivals.
In this really important post, Water & Music’s insightful Cherie Hu writes about the severe lack of public measurements of internal diversity in music, the notion of “budgets as moral documents” with respect to black artists, and equity in online events. She also shares some disturbing numbers that are worth to keep thinking about.
Instead of staying silent, Guernsey-born electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist Mura Masa wants to be proactive in organizing something that can change the lives of black women in the music industry. This 12-week weekend course he’s launching seems to be an impressive start.
As you probably know by now, there would be no electronic music without black and gay artists who built the foundations of the genres adored by millions today. House, techno, electro – here are some amazing documentaries you should binge-watch to learn more about dance music’s history and get to know some of the key figures.
Los Angeles-based independent record label 10K Projects is establishing 10K Together to fight for racial injustice. The label will donate to charities fighting against racism, establish an intern program to empower black youth and support black-owned businesses in LA.
Here’s a summary of what the music industry has accomplished as a result of #TheShowMustBePaused so far. There’s also a new seven-day social-media campaign, #ArtistsForBlackLives, aimed at artists who are “not sure what to post right now”. Check it out if you’re one of them!
What’s the soundtrack of protests? Here’s a great article on all the various music styles that unite people across the globe and bring them together to fight against systemic racism and police brutality. Brass bands, techno float, pickup trucks with hardcore – got’em all!
K-pop titans BTS not only stated their solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement on social media but the group and their Korean record label made a further commitment of $1m. Shortly after, the generous sum was matched by the BTS ARMY, the group’s legion of fans.
Republic Records (home to artists such as Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift) announced the removal of the term ‘urban’ when it comes to describing departments, employee titles, and genres. A small step for racial justice but a big step for the music industry!