We’re slowly heading into a somewhat dystopian summer, dreaming about adventurous globetrotting and majestic festivals. While festival-goers seem to be ready to roll, putting on shows is definitely problematic. This week we look into the post-pandemic livestream era and check out how community and creativity are flourishing these days. We also got you covered with the latest updates from the music streaming services and bring some extremely important music-related sociopolitical headlines.
Over 110,000 music fans from the UK and Europe have been surveyed by Festicket. Results show that 82% of responders would feel confident attending a live concert within 1-6 months after lockdown, while 31% would be happy to attend a festival “immediately”.
The Road Rave organizers are hosting “the ultimate middle finger to COVID-19” this weekend. The two-night festival is a socially distanced drive-in experience limited to 500 cars. Wearing masks is recommended, and there will be no alcohol served.
MIDiA is working on a music industry forecast for the upcoming post-pandemic times, with a special focus on how the coming recession will impact revenue growth. Five emerging revenue sectors look promising for the future: contextual experiences, creator tools, virtual events, fandom, and social music.
Four festivals and two NGOs, supported by a grant from the European Commission, have joined forces to work on making live events more sustainable in the future. In the coming three-and-a-half years, they will test innovations in scenography and food.
It’s not about size or popularity anymore. The magic word is scarcity. The harder it is to obtain something and the more limited availability it has, the more people are willing to pay for it. This is nothing new under the sun but not many have tapped into this way of thinking during the rise of the livestream era.
A super useful article by artist manager Melissa Garcia on how to tackle all the recent changes in the music industry, how to deal with all the uncertainties, and how to find solutions. Discover great opportunities within livestreaming while making money and attracting new fans.
Canada is (again) one step ahead of everyone else. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) created an initiative called ‘Encore!’ to help deliver royalties to performers during the pandemic – even retroactively!
Here’s an ambitious and detailed plan from the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation for the independent artists of the future. The suggestions include blanket licensing, creating better collecting societies, fair deals for smaller artists, and free expression. Do you find these ideas feasible?
The new documentary ‘On the Record’ – by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering – is stirring some serious controversy. The film examines the sexual assault allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. An important change-making work for a healthier music industry climate.
It’s been a while since Brexit made it to the headlines but that doesn’t mean that the worst is over. UK’s Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that artists wanting to play in the post-Brexit UK must not only pay for visas for each member of a band (£240 / person) but must also prove they have savings (around £1000) before they’re allowed into the country.
The Quietus’ Ed Gillett shares a thought-provoking and important piece about the ongoing creeping class issue of underground dance music in 2020. The clash of cultural and financial identities blur the line between the underground and the mainstream. And here’s why this matters.
“The charts” have always indicated whatever’s trending or steaming hot. However, these charts are not quite democratic and nowadays are dictated by heavy listeners on on-demand streaming services. But that’s just quite a small segment of music lovers, right? So what numbers are we missing? Here are some great stats from MusicWatch.
Collab promises a new approach to collaborative music-making. The platform will allow users to create short music videos using other people’s posts. Users can also record their own musical arrangements or browse arrangements to build a composition.
Instagram’s new feature Badges will begin testing next month, and if all goes well it will be a great tool for creators to monetize their live videos. The music industry needed the quick reaction of the big tech platforms to help creators to make up for the lost income.
The tech giants are getting a sweet taste of the music biz by rolling out some user-centric marketing initiatives. Amazon’s voice-activated Echo, Instagram’s Spark AR studio app and Facebook’s above-mentioned Collab app show some fascinating possibilities for the future.
Digital music service eMusic has launched a digital token (eMU) based on blockchain technology. The token would help in building a sustainable music ecosystem that benefits everyone at the same time – artists, fans, and music services.
Inspiring collaboration between YouTube Music and global female music network shesaid.so! she.grows France & Italy is a virtual mentoring programme designed to support the careers of women and gender minorities in the music business. Check out the programme if you live in France or Italy, applications are open until June 7!
Germany performing rights organization GEMA have just published their financial results for 2019. The revenue generated was €1.069bn ($1.2bn) in 2019, an increase of €50.2m (5%) compared to 2018. This higher revenue can also provide a “crisis airbag” for the members.
The founders of Cash Money Records, Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams, have donated over $225,000 to the non-profit organization Forward Together New Orleans. The contribution will be covering the rent for hundreds of tenants in the areas where the pair grew up.
The Nashville music community has been extremely resourceful during the pandemic and here’s another inspiring story from Music City. Stephanie Quayle and her team are attempting the impossible, sticking to their original recording plans during the lockdown.
Here’s an interesting and inspiring interview with musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland. He talks about moving slowly and steadily towards your goals, listening closely to what a song is telling you, and reaching out to others with kindness.