Record Union brings you the latest and most important music industry news that every independent musician should know about. We do the curating, you do the reading! This week we have collected some positive news and tremendous efforts that are being made amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have a lot of free tools to share that you can play around with during self-isolation, and we even have some optimistic news about the trends in music streaming.
Serato is one of the world’s most popular DJ and music production software companies. They have just released an update to their Serato Studio DAW, and the good news is that there’s a free edition as well. While the functions are limited compared to the paid version, you can still create, save and export your music.
You’re one click away to turn your Mac into a professional recording studio! Apple’s professional audio production software is a high-end Garageband with powerful functions. Get instant access to a massive amount of new possibilities and take your tracks to the next level.
Jon Sine is a Berlin and Düsseldorf based DJ and producer who also runs a record label and a DJ school. Being forced to temporarily close his business didn’t stop him from generously offering a free sample pack to support the community. These 500+ loops and samples should keep you busy for a while.
Ableton got you properly covered with some impressive discounts and freebies. Besides the generous offerings on all editions of Ableton Live, you can also enjoy an extended trial period of 90 days. Plus a free book, curated live streams and daily music-making challenges.
Independent music companies association IMPALA’s COVID-19 task force has launched a mapping tool. The tool measures the results of IMPALA’s crisis plan for the independent music sector in Europe. The aim is to promote the best practices and coordination.
Spotify for Artists is soon getting a new feature to help artists fundraise directly from fans. This new feature will be especially important for independent artists who depend on playing shows and touring. Artists will be able to redirect listeners to a fundraising page of their choice.
During the past month, the streaming service has witnessed a 50% increase in creators uploading tracks. The new initiative includes a direct fan-support button, $5m in free promotional support, a 10$m artist accelerator program for independent artists, and more.
On April 11, Noisey and VICE are hosting Noisey Night In, a livestream to benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Some of the performing artists include Margo Price, Open Mike Eagle, and Twin Peaks, who will be performing sets from the comfort of their own homes.
The virtual broadcast will highlight stories from the world’s health care heroes who are doing incredible work. Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the global special has raised $35 million so far. Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert, the special will be broadcast live on Saturday, April 18.
Apple is setting up a $50m advance fund for independent labels and distributors in order to support the independent sector with cash income during the uncertainty of the global epidemic. However, there are certain requirements that must be met to be eligible for support.
Good news for Eurovision aficionados! Two weeks after the cancellation of the major song contest, German production group Brainpool has come up with a replacement solution. The Free European Song Contest will air live on Saturday, May 16, and will celebrate “passion, fun and a love for music.”
“Get paid, not played” is the tagline of the new payment platform BandPay. The service allows two parties to create an agreement and set up a milestone-based payment system. This means that you get your money once you complete the goals you’ve set up together. Sounds fair!
A really inspiring read during these times when remote collaboration is more in focus than ever. Rising Nashville songwriter and producer Boon turned to the new social music collaboration app SoundStorming to find collaboration partners for his new EP.
According to a new report published by Counterpoint Research, the global number of music streaming subscriptions will exceed 450 million by the end of 2020. This means a much bigger increase than the usual yearly growth. That’s pretty great news, considering that more people will be able to access your music. Check out the full report for more info!
Science and music connect in hundreds of different ways. But what does COVID-19 and music have in common, you could ask. You’ve probably seen so many images of the virus by now that you even see it in your dreams. Well, guess what? Scientists have found a way for you to not only see the virus but also hear it! With the help of an AI system, they’ve turned the structure of the (in)famous “spike” protein into music. What’s even more fascinating is that this might help scientists to spot details about the virus that a microscope would miss. But how does it sound check it out for yourself!