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Analysing vital music business topics in detail, as they emerge: Joe Sparrow breaks down important stories with expert guests in about 25 minutes. It'll keep you on the cutting edge, and it'll take about the same time as making and eating a good sandwich! (We recommend doing both simultaneously for maximum deliciousness.) ? Music Ally provides analysis and context for the global music business: musically.com ?? Music Ally's industry-leading subscription service: https://musically.com/subscribe ? Music Ally?s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: https://musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo

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"The music industry's approach to mental health was disastrous?

Episode 151: We're joined by music industry psychologist and therapist Anne Löhr to get a snapshot of the state of mental health within the music industry, and her interpretation of how well the industry has supported the mental health of the people in it. SPOILER: uh-oh, it?s not been great ? but it?s getting better.

The music industry has, according to Anne, stuck to one approach when dealing with mental health: and the results have been disastrous. So we talked about the damage that has been done and whether now, in 2024, things are changing ? and are they changing fast enough?

We also ask Anne if the big players, like major labels, have a duty of care to look after the mental health of the people it is making money from.

Anne Löhr: http://www.anneloehr.de/

MITC: https://musicindustrytherapists.com

Bjork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x1icKp4MNc

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2024-04-19
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How to make disabled people?s access to live events environmentally sustainable ? with Suzanne Bull, founder of Attitude is Everything & Dr Teresa Moore, Director at A Greener Future

Episode 150(!): Suzanne Bull, founder of Attitude is Everything ? which connects disabled people with music and live event industries to improve access ? and Dr Teresa Moore, Director at A Greener Future ? which helps organisations, events, festivals and venues be more environmentally sustainable ? join Music Ally's editor Joe Sparrow.

They spoke about how the twin issues of sustainability at music festivals and access for people with disabilities connect, and why they?re opening up a conversation about how the sustainability challenge can incorporate the needs of people with disabilities.

Despite the live music industry taking steps to improve the individual issues, sustainability and accessibility have generally been two siloed activities. Suzanne and Teresa are aiming to change that.

They spoke about the toolkit their two organisations have put together, which is designed to help festival organisers make their sustainability ambitions work in step with their accessibility goals, and we also chatted about the challenges that disabled people face in the face of climate-change-related actions.

And if you?re are interested in making a difference, we chatted about what you can do (besides downloading the toolkit!) to make simple but effective progress to sustainable accessibility.

The toolkit: https://attitudeiseverything.org.uk/no-climate-action-without-us-toolkit/

AGF: https://www.agreenerfuture.com/about

AIE: https://attitudeiseverything.org.uk/about/

Hair/candles: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-candles-extinguished-with-a-pigtail-(platted-ponytail)-in-one-minute

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2024-04-11
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Local, independent artists want to play gigs ? but it's increasingly hard to make money or find a venue. Sofar Sounds CEO Jim Lucchese, talks about the economics of live music ? and what should change

Ep 149: Sofar Sounds CEO Jim Lucchese joins Music Ally editor Joe Sparrow to talk about the current economics of live music and its impact on local, independent artists. Live music is a hard business at the best of times, but for smaller and emerging artists, it can be brutally tough. A good number of artists now get their start playing Sofar Sounds shows, so we ask Jim to explain what artists and people working in the local live industry are experiencing, and what are the main economic and infrastructure pressures on them at the moment.

Joe also asks Jim what the solutions might be ? at a local grassroots level, but also the responsibilty of bigger players in the live space.

Sofar Sounds: https://www.sofarsounds.com

?Most bananas peeled and eaten in one minute?: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-bananas-peeled-and-eaten-in-one-minute

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2024-04-05
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Marketing music to Gen Z: hyper-authentic, and always online ? how do you connect with this elusive audience? Keturah Cummings of Forward Slash explains

Ep 148: Gen Z music fans are able to immediately sense when an artist?s communications with fans feel inauthentic. But marketing has in its nature an element of inauthenticity ? so how do you maintain a feeling of authenticity when marketing to this young, online-only generation? And how can artists and teams market effectively directly to these younger fans or potential fans?

Keturah Cummings is founder/CEO of Forward Slash, a social media agency and content production studio that specialises in connecting with youth audiences ? and she explains where marketing efforts should be focused in an increasingly D2C environment.

Forward Slash: https://forwardslashinc.co

Keturah's DJ mix with the Sade remix she mentions: https://youtu.be/hKjZ6jXxRro

So Future: http://linktr.ee/sofutureclub

Ice cubes: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/103883-most-ice-cubes-moved-by-mouth-in-one-minute

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2024-03-28
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The biggest questions that music streaming platforms face in 2024 ? Music Ally's Head of Insight, Stuart Dredge, answers them.

Ep. 147: Stuart Dredge, Music Ally?s Head of Insight, joins Editor Joe Sparrow to answer some of the biggest and most complex questions in the DSP space in 2024.

This podcast is aligned with Music Ally?s new quarterly report and the Big Questions they chat about include:

? Who are the winners and losers from artist-centric payment systems ? and will creators and labels be satisfied?
? How often and by how much should subscription prices change  ? and are we now in an era of incremental increases?
? What are the industry?s needs (or demands) around marketing from DSPs ? and will a bold platform finally go all-in on fan communities?

So if you need to quickly get up to speed with the issues that DSPs are facing and the changes that are coming this year, it?s the most informative way to spend the next 30 minutes!

Music Ally?s Quarterly Reports: https://musically.com/category/reports/ 

Pencils in beard: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/673649-most-pencils-put-into-a-beard-in-one-minute

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2024-03-25
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How do people search for music ? and what do they really want in their results?

Ep. 146: In this episode we ask: how do people search for music today and what do people really want in their results? We welcome Einar Helde, AIMS API co-founder and CCO, to the Focus podcast to answer that question, as well as to explain how technology is allowing people to search in novel and nuanced ways ? and what that means for people who make music.

The needs of people who make, share and use music have changed dramatically. Artists scramble to be discovered amongst the supposed 100,000+ new tracks uploaded each day, and equally, the people seeking music scramble to find what they really want. In this Music Ally Focus Extra episode, made in partnership with AIMS API, we discuss the future of this discovery quandary, and how being able to search for music in a way that allows those searchers ? whether professional music supervisors or simply fans of music ? to get what they want, and perhaps even get what they didn?t know they wanted in the first place.

AIMS API: https://www.aimsapi.com/

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2024-03-21
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How will AI-generated music be used in virtual spaces like metaverses and video games? And do we lose a communal experience if we all hear different music? Verses' Sean Lee & Kyungtae Kim explain.

Ep 145: Joe Sparrow is joined by Sean Lee, CEO/co-founder and Kyungtae Kim, co-founder and Audio & AI Specialist, of Verses, an AI music platform that powers music generation in virtual spaces. We wanted to talk about the use of dynamic AI-created music in the metaverse, and how that music then connects to virtual items. Essentially: where three of recent years? most hypebeast products ? AI created music, NFTs and metaverses ? all come together.

Verses has recently been nominated for a 2024 CES Award for its ?Beat-based AI music video generator?, aespa world, a tool that ?automatically creates music videos when users touch the screen in sync with the beat.? We spoke about how AI generated music will fit into virtual spaces, who owns the music generated in this way, and whether human communities will miss out on communal experiences if they are not united by a consistent musical presence

Verses: https://www.verses.kr/

Transcript provided by Sean Lee and Kyungtae Kim: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U2p7hODk1LJj2wvaBCUJ45lUCAHuPDE-1JSahayYlKA/edit?usp=sharing 

Cow tricks: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/730746-most-tricks-performed-by-a-cow-in-one-minute

Roni Size & Reprazent ? Brown Paper Bag: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwI0gbGEyuI

SHINee - View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF53cptEE5k

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2024-03-14
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Should music streaming platforms charge to store music? Con Raso of Tuned Global explains the potential impacts on indie and major rightsholders.

Ep. 144: Tuned Global's CEO Con Raso joins Joe Sparrow to talk about something that sounds a bit intangible and distant: the cost of storing all the music that gets streamed. If it?s essentially free for owners of huge catalogues of music to upload their files to someone else?s server, then they will ? and smaller rightsholders like DIY artists and labels will be under increasing competition against an ever-increasing volume.

Con and Joe chatted about whether DSPs should charge for storage and what the effects of that may look like for large and small rightsholders - and they also talked about a hypothetical future with small indie streaming platforms ? just like small indie labels.

Tuned Global: https://www.tunedglobal.com

The Fall ? Totally Wired: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R26AwWdQyHU

Balloons: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-time-to-blow-up-a-balloon-with-the-eye

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2024-03-07
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Marie Clausen, Merlin's Managing Board Director, on mentoring women to help them rise to senior positions in the music industry

Ep 143: Marie Clausen worked hard to rise to a senior position in the music industry, only to find that she was often the only woman in the room. So she?s now driven to change that ? and she explains to Joe Sparrow how she initiated Merlin?s Engage mentorship program, designed to boost the representation of women in the top ranks of the music industry.

Marie is U.S. Managing Director at Ninja Tune, and is also Managing Board Director for Merlin, the digital rights music licensing partner organisation for independent rightsholders. We talk about her own career, how Merlin?s mentorship program works, the importance of finding strong allyship and support, what changes she is already seeing ? and what you can do to be part of the change.

Marie Clausen: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marieccclausen

Merlin Engage: https://merlinnetwork.org/merlin-engage-executive-mentoring-for-the-next-generation-of-female-music-leaders/

Merlin Engage alumni interviews: https://merlinnetwork.org/merlin-engage-alumni-interviews-katie-alberts

Friday I?m in Love - The Cure: https://youtu.be/mGgMZpGYiy8

Scones: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/705985-most-scones-assembled-in-one-minute
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2024-02-29
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The enshittification of music ? Cory Doctorow explains how a monopolistic music industry's rush to claw back value might also kill it. PLUS! An exclusive extract from Cory's new audiobook

Ep 142: Cory Docorow is a highly regarded sci-fi author, activist and journalist who is in favour of the liberalisation and modernisation of copyright laws. He recently coined the concept of "enshittification", which is when monopolistic digital platforms offer increasingly worse services to continue making money... and then they die. We talk about how the music industry is enshittifying itself, and how copyright could be used better. You may find his views provocative and/or counter to your own beliefs ? which of course is all the more reason to listen to them! PLUS, stay tuned until the end of the podcast for an exclusive extract from the audiobook of Cory?s new book The Bezzle, read by Wil Wheaton, and which deals with music copyright theft.

More on Cory: he is also a special advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (?eff.org?), the non-profit digital rights group, and he has published a number of fiction and non-fiction books. "Enshittification" was the American Dialect Society's 2023 Word of the Year. His newest novel is The Bezzle.

Cory Doctorow: https://pluralistic.net

The Bezzle ? UK: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/bezzle-9781804547793/

The Bezzle ? US: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250865878/thebezzle

Enshittification: ?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enshittification?

Remain in Light covered by Angelique Kidjo: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mbIYOh0HJq4wi9oYI-SjACbkSJHC_u7Ng&si=gk1GbRbtkJExJzqI

Munchmills: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/105683-most-munchmills-in-one-minute-breakdance

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2024-02-22
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How can you unlock more value from music catalogues using AI? Harmix CTO Dmytro Lopushanskyy explains how this AI tech works ? and how artists should be able to opt music out of AI model training

Ep 141: Dmytro Lopushanskyy, CTO of AI-powered song analysis and discovery tool Harmix, joins Joe to explain how tools like his actually work, and how they can find overlooked songs that are buried deep in catalogues. Dmytro also talks about what life in the music industry may be like when we have useful AI assistants, and how artists and rightsholders should be able to opt their music out of training AI models. 

Harmix uses AI to sift through giant catalogues of music with the intention of helping people ? like music supervisors ? find music they can use in video film and TV. It lets users search with words, images, videos and other music to find music that best matches what?s in their heads. In this Music Ally Extra episode, made in partnership with Harmix, Dmytro explains where technology like this is headed, what benefits it will bring, and why taking an ethical approach to training AI models is so important.

Try Harmix Search: https://web.harmix.ai
Interested in evaluating using Harmix with your own catalogue? Email [email protected] to request a free test and in-depth discoverability report.

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2024-02-15
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Will this idea disrupt the record label model? Sherry Saeedi says that her company Verswire ? ?a venture capital model alternative for signing musicians? ? is the future of music. We ask how and why.

Ep. 140: Joe is joined by Sherry Saeedi, founder & CEO of Verswire. Sherry says that Verswire is a new alternative to record labels ? or ?a venture capital model alternative for signing musicians? as she puts it. We ask her why she believes it is ?the future of music? and Sherry talks with the passion and language of a tech founder. She thinks that the Verswire model of investing in artists in a similar way to how startups are funded will have a major disruptive effect on the long-standing record label model. Verswire is now signing bands, has pulled in $12.3M in seed and series A investment, and is opening a publishing arm in partnership with Kobalt ? so we ask her to explain how it is disruptive.

LINKS:

Verswire Website

Verswire Instagram

Sherry Saeedi's Instagram

Blink 182 ? Enema of the State: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ku1eCIHSQXftkjdy1pDCmCHYLyHza-agY&si=px29N2GpY1YDO-cb

Rob Thomas - Someday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6pODq8_FxE

Drill bits: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/609662-most-times-to-insert-a-power-drill-bit-into-the-nose-in-30-seconds

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2024-02-08
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What's it like to manage the Black Eyed Peas? Co-manager Rachel Strassberger explains the challenges of managing a household name artist, and how managers will need to change in the coming years

Ep. 139: The Black Eyed Peas have sold an estimated 80 million records, are one of only a handful of artists to have simultaneously held the number-one and number-two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and have headlined the Super Bowl half-time show. We were very happy to talk to Rachel Strassberger, one third of the Black Eyed Peas' management team. She speaks to Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow about what it's like to co-manage one of the world?s best-selling and well-known groups, and what she has learned along the way.

Rachel also talks about how the team balances promoting a mix of classic hits and front line releases, and what the modern requirements are from managers for artists ? of all sizes. She also talks from her personal perspective about the skills managers will need to adopt in the next ten years as the industry undergoes another cycle of rapid change.

Rachel Strassberger: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-strassberger-1434141b/

Where is the Love? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc

Dice/feet https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/716798-most-dice-stacked-with-one-foot-in-one-minute

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2024-02-01
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What next for song lyrics? From autonomous cars to AI chats, we discuss lyrics' future with Darryl Ballantyne of LyricFind

Ep. 138: Lyrics are now everywhere - in our streaming apps, on short form social media, and in the now ubiquitous lyric video. So how might lyrics be used in the future in ways we may not have thought of? Joe Sparrow is joined by Darryl Ballantyne, founder & CEO of LyricFind, one of the oldest companies to license lyrics on behalf of rightsholders to various digital services, who chats about the how lyrics will be used in autonomous vehicles ? and by various generative AI tools. Are these platforms licensing them and what are the wider legal implications if someone, for instance, asks an AI to create a new set of lyrics in the style of U2 or "Penny Lane"? (He also explains how Hanson?s ?Mmm-Bop? is actually a very tragic song if you think about the lyrics...)

LyricFind: https://www.lyricfind.com/

Don Henley - The Boys Of Summer: youtube.com/watch?v=6RUIeX6UCT8

Pancakes https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-tosses-of-a-pancake-in-one-minute

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2024-01-18
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Gender representation in the music industry, and how to undertake a "total restructure" ? with Marie Fol, of the Keychange initiative

Ep. 137: Marie Fol, Lead of the Keychange initiative, joins Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow and they takes stock of gender representation in the music industry in 2024. Keychange is a global network and movement with a wide ranging remit to works towards what it calls ?a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality.?

Joe and Marie discuss Keychange?s ambitions for the year ahead and talk in depth across a number of areas in the music business ? as well as the challenges that Keychange faces, and the pushback and common counter-arguments she faces. Marie and Joe and also dig into the more complex issues, including the "pipeline problem", and her advice on how you can make tangible and actionable differences.

Keychange: https://www.keychange.eu/about-us

Keychange US: https://www.keychangeus.com/

Kimmortal https://kimmortalportal.com/aboutme

Burgers:https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/612186-most-hamburgers-assembled-in-one-minute

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2024-01-11
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AI and music marketing ? how will artificial intelligence help marketers reach new fans and grow audiences? Music tech expert Virginie Berger makes some predictions...

Ep. 136: AI is promising fundamental changes to the business of music and its creation. But what about the part where music is connected to the fans? Virginie Berger is a long-established music-tech industry expert and like many people working in innovative areas of the music industry, she?s been doing deep research into the role AI will play now, and in the future. In this episode, Music Ally's Editor Joe Sparrow picks Virginie's brains on the role that AI will play in music marketing and fan engagement. 

Virginie explained how AI tools are already streamlining community building, creating unique fan experiences, and generating content.

Virginie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/virginieberger/

- AI-driven platforms "Endel" create personalized soundscapes based on the listener's environment and mood, 

- "TheWaveVR," transforms how fans experience music by offering interactive and immersive virtual reality concerts. 

- ?Landmrk? uses AI to unlock exclusive content for music fans based on their geographical location. 

- Arsenal London's chatbot, "Robot Pires"

- Character.AI's Chatbots: Character.AI offers chatbots that fans can customize based on their interpretation of a character. These chatbots can simulate conversations with the character, providing a unique, personalized fan experience

- ?Cortex? and ?Pattern89? analyze historical performance data to predict the success of future content, optimizing posting schedules and content types for maximum engagement.

- Socialbakers (emplifi): An AI-driven social media management platform that provides advanced audience insights, content creation, and posting optimization for social media management.

- Predis.ai: An AI-powered social media marketing platform that can assist in content creation and optimization for various social media platforms.

- Symphony: An automated marketing platform that can help artists streamline fan development and engagement, providing AI-powered tools for content creation and audience analysis.

- FeedHive offer advanced audience insights, content generation, and posting optimization for social media management. 


In Rainbows From The Basement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWqDIZxO-nU


Flipping omelettes: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-flips-of-an-omelette-in-one-minute

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2024-01-05
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YouTube's Artist & Label Development team for Europe, Middle East & Africa: what does it do, and how do they choose which artists to support? YouTube's Nur Ozdamar explains all.

Ep. 135: YouTube's Nur Ozdamar joins Music Ally's editor Joe Sparrow to explain how her Artist & Label Development team for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) supports the careers of artists and its label partners. She describes the help that they provide, how they choose which emerging artists they eventually partner with ? and how her team consider the changing face of music consumption on YouTube.

YouTube for Artists: https://artists.youtube/

Jeff Buckley :?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MMXjunSx80

Unicycle skips: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-skips-on-a-unicycle-in-one-minute

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2023-12-14
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Lior Tibon, co-founder of Duetti, and former COO of TIDAL, talks  artist-centric payment systems and Duetti's music financing platform

Ep. 134: Lior Tibon is former COO of TIDAL, and now co-founder of music financing platform Duetti, which aims to let smaller and mid-range artists sell part or all of their catalogue. He?s got experience in both the investment and streaming sides of the industry and so we talk about two things that are distantly, yet directly, connected: the recently mooted artist-centric payment systems that divide up money to artists from streaming platforms in new ways ? and the service that Duetti provides, giving artists another route to the money that their songs will make.

Lior talks about who would benefit the most if an artist-centric system was widely rolled out ? and whether it would please artist who have been calling for a fairer remuneration model. He also talks about Duetti?s work, who they target, and how artists may use services like this to unlock value from songs alongside streaming income.

Duetti ? https://duetti.co

Paul Oakenfold ? https://www.youtube.com/@PaulOakenfoldVEVO

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2023-12-07
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Licensed music: what YouTubers and TikTokers really need, according to Lickd's Paul Sampson (Plus: will generative AI music take a slice out of his business?)

Ep. 133: we?re joined by Paul Sampson, CEO and founder of Lickd, the licensing startup that supplies music to creators on YouTube and other platforms. We seem to be shifting into an era where a new and widespread use of music is emerging ? where music is a component of a wider experience: for instance in the background of short/long videos, live streams of gaming, or as part of users building interactive experiences - almost ?music as Lego?. We chat to Paul about the future of music usage and whether the current system of licensing is up to the task of recovering the correct money for music creators.

Creators of online content are eager to use recognisable hit songs in what they make. And Paul Samson has an interesting perspective on these creators needs ? whether they are zillion-streaming superstars like MrBeast, or more modestly-successful creators. So we ask him about what they actually want from music, and also how they view music in terms of its use and its value, when they are perhaps only using it as a component of something bigger that they?re piecing together. Plus we ask Paul about generative AI music ? and whether this could take a slice out of his business model.

Lickd: https://lickd.co

Tearing T-shirts: Most T-shirts worn and torn in one minute

Nirvana ?  Nevermind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTWKbfoikeg&list=OLAK5uy_kEQJGO2SZ0k-vJ8b-F2AJLfKnw0cFydNg

Andrea Bocelli - Con Te Partirò - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVUHHW1tJYA

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2023-11-30
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Making vinyl records with 85% lower energy consumption ? we get hands on with Sonopress's new EcoRecord

Ep. 132: Making vinyl records requires a lot of heat and energy, and uses plastics that are bad for the environment. But vinyl records are an old technology - so how might a modern record be made? Sven Deutschmann is Managing Director of Sonopress, a company that makes vinyl records and other physical media. He showed Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow a new type of disc and spoke about a new process of making records that uses the same plastic used in plastic water bottles, and that uses significantly less energy ? and creates less waste.

It's called EcoRecord and is made by injection moulding, not pressing, and is produced using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) as its base material rather than polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They can also be produced using 100% recycled PET.  Creating the discs requires neither natural gas nor steam, and Sonopress says its test operation saw energy savings of up to 85% compared to the traditional process. The product is being launched in collaboration with Warner Music.

Video of EcoRecord process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Og3mDCeD8

Sonopress https://www.sonopress.de/en/

If you?re interested in finding out more about EcoRecord please contact: [email protected].

The Dark Side of the Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9ynZnEBtvw

Coconuts: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/101775-most-green-coconuts-smashed-in-one-minute-by-elbows

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2023-11-23
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IP Lawyer Eliane Ellbogen answers our questions on how copyright laws will apply to AI-generated music ? and the human artists whose music it sounds like.

Ep 131: We have been puzzling over the impact of AI-generated music and how it will align with the laws that have made the music business, well, the music business. Eliane Ellbogen is an intellectual property lawyer at Fasken law firm in Montreal, and has spoken at a number of conferences about the legal implications that accompany AI Music. She joined Music Ally's Editor Joe Sparrow, who lobbed some (depending on your point of view) tricky and/or stupid legal questions at Eliane ? who answered them with patience and clarity.

For instance: can an AI author music? Can humans claim ownership of AI-generated music? What happens if an AI-created piece of music sounds very similar to your own human music? What laws might be used to regulate it all? Eliane gamely got to grips with them all.

Eliane and Fasken: https://www.fasken.com/en/eliane-ellbogen

Eliane at MUTEK:  https://forum.mutek.org/en/shows/2023/workshop-art-ai-and-the-law---ip-for-digital-artists

Bach?s Goldberg Variations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4yAB37wG5s

Oneohtrix Point Never - Again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcCWAqoiSXI

Smashing watermelons: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-watermelons-smashed-with-a-punch-in-one-minute

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2023-11-16
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?It?s common to see fraud between 20-60% of all streams on multiple distributors? ? Beatdapp's Andrew Batey and Morgan Hayduk talk streaming fraud

Ep. 130: Andrew Batey and Morgan Hayduk are both co-CEOs & co-founders of Beatdapp, a platform which processes huge quantities of data to detect streaming fraud for clients like labels and streaming platforms. Editor Joe Sparrow welcomes them back to the podcast to update us on the state of streaming fraud ? and they have some truly shocking statistics to share.

They chat to Joe about the recent changes in streaming fraud, what percentage of all streaming is actually fraudulent, how many billions of dollars will be siphoned out via fraud this year, and reveal a remarkable statistic: that 40%-60% of all streams from songs distributed  via many well-known distributors are fraudulent. 

(It?s worth noting we spoke before some DSPs announced changes to their payment thresholds, which will require songs to get a certain number of streams before payout.)

Beatdapp: https://beatdapp.com/dsps-otts

Garth Brooks - Standing Outside The Fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-6Koisf7UI

2Pac - Changes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXvBjCO19QY

Ponytail / candles:  https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-candles-extinguished-with-a-pigtail-(platted-ponytail)-in-one-minute

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2023-11-08
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Dan Stein (AKA DJ Fresh) and Declan McGlynn of AI-powered platform Voice Swap on why producers and artists want to change their vocals to sound like another singer?s voice

Ep. 129: Dan Stein, AKA DJ Fresh, and Declan McGlynn are co-founders of Voice-Swap, the AI-powered service that, as the name suggests, allows you to swap your singing voice for that of one of their chart-topping singers? voices. They chat to Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow about why they think producers, artists and writers will want to use AI to transform their own voice to sound like one of their featured artists.

One of the difficulties that songwriters and songwriting producers face is using their own voice to sing lyrics on a track that is designed for someone else: perhaps their own voice is not very good, or perhaps it?s too hard to picture another artist performing the demo. This was a problem that Dan Stein, as DJ Fresh, faced ? and he and his founders are addressing this issue with the help of AI. Voice Swap allows people to sing something into their platform, and the resulting output will sound like one of the singers whose voices the AI has been trained on. Dan and Declan talk about their technology, and who will be interested in using it, and they also dig into some of the more complex concepts: like whether particular AI voices might become ubiquitous across pop music, and whether this will diminish or boost human creativity.

Voice Swap https://www.voice-swap.ai

Prince ? Sign O? The Times https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nysBR93vc_I48usiCFTnMe6nKTB6YETjo&si=PCmbJ5wVyd2zvjSv

DJ Fresh ? Gold Dust https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNuUgbUzM8U

Sliced grapes: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/575085-most-grapes-sliced-in-the-air-with-a-sword-whilst-standing-on-a-swiss-ball-in-one

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2023-11-02
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The MLC's CEO Kris Ahrend on mechanical licensing in 2023, why artists are so eager for data transparency , and the future of royalties for songwriters

Ep. 128: We?re joined by Kris Ahrend, CEO of the Mechanical Licensing Collective. He gives us an overview of the state of  mechanical licensing in 2023, the big issues from the MLC?s perspective, and the changes he?d like to see happen.

He also talks about data transparency, what he thinks artists and songwriters want (and what the MLC are doing to increase clarity for them); the recent Phonorecord III final determination; and what the streaming royalty space will look like in 5 years? time.

The MLC: https://www.themlc.com/

Phil Collins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRY1NG1P_kw

Smashing pumpkins: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-pumpkins-smashed-in-one-minute

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2023-10-30
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AI & the music business: Stuart Dredge breaks down the ambitions, possibilities ? plus the ethical & legal issues ? that AI music brings to the music business

Ep. 127: In this special episode, Music Ally?s Head of Insight, Stuart Dredge talks to our Editor Joe Sparrow, and focuses squarely on AI and music in 2023 ? a topic that has caused so much excitement, confusion, innovation, and concern all at once. 

Stuart breaks down the ambitions and possibilities ? as well as the ethical and legal issues ? that AI music is bringing to the music business: 

? AI music is human music... for better or worse ? We often talk about AI as if it were sentient already - AI is doing this, AI is doing that... but actually it?s humans behind it all ? building these AIs, deciding what to train them on, and choosing whether to create music ethically... or not. 

? A battle for control... and industry tensions ? The music industry has come together very quickly to set out its principles for how creative AI should be regulated: around permission, payment and transparency. But it?s not as simple as ?music against AI? ? there are new concepts that are being discussed around who gets to choose how music is used and by whom. 

? AI is not just about pushing a button ? AI music is seen by some as profoundly uncreative: you hit a button and a song comes out - and it?s probably not very good. But that?s not actually the direction of travel: the latest wave of musical AIs are about prompting platforms into creating good snippets of music then human musicians using their creativity to turn them into better work. 

?Johnny Cash? sings Barbie Girl ?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAFdzBTe2lg

Tach Teaches ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REqIJJLJbsc

Cathy Dennis? ?Toxic? demo ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7dk9DXFrwk

Skipping robots ? https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/462433-most-skips-by-a-robot-in-one-minute

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2023-10-25
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?I dream of a time when I can turn up at a venue and not need to call them first? ? musician Elizabeth J. Birch & Youth Music CEO Matt Griffiths talk about the experiences of disabled people in music

Ep 126: in this episode Editor Joe Sparrow is joined by musician and music education facilitator Elizabeth J. Birch, and the CEO of UK charity Youth Music Matt Griffiths. They join us to talk about the experiences of disabled musicians in the UK music industry ? and the work done by Elizabeth and Youth Music to improve it. Elizabeth is a champion of accessible music-making, and shares her knowledge with aspiring young disabled musicians. She hopes for a day when the disabled community are not so overlooked in the music industry ? and Elizabeth has now been nominated for the Inspirational Music Leader award at this year?s Youth Music Awards for her work at Midlands Art Centre as a result of her work. She and Matt talk about their work, explain how the disabled community is still quite invisible in the UK music scene, and what can be done to improve things in the music industry ? including platforming more disabled people on and off the stage.

Youth Music Awards https://youthmusic.org.uk/awards

Youth Music https://youthmusic.org.uk

Elizabeth J Birch https://elizabethjbirch.bandcamp.com/

Lock picking https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/97409-most-locks-picked-in-one-minute

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2023-10-17
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?We drove 50% of Nicki Minaj?s sales in 30 minutes? ? Stationhead?s co-founders Murray Levison and Ryan Star on pivoting to being a superfan-centric community audio platform

Ep 125: In this episode Stationhead co-founders, Murray Levison and Ryan Star speak to Editor Joe Sparrow about the platform?s role as a gathering place for superfans, and what fans are seeking in a platform that mixes music, community and commerce. Superfans are well know for their all-encompassing support of an artist, and their desire to form a community to celebrate them. Stationhead started out as a kind of live radio platform that would allow users to play music and talk around the songs, and has changed its path a little to become even more oriented around fandoms. Now, fans gather around stations to geek out about an artist?s music and chat about. them ? with some artists joining in on the broadcasts for things like release parties. Joe talked to Murray and Ryan ? who is also a successful artist in his own right ? about what fans want and what Stationhead is doing to give it to them.

Stationhead:  https://www.stationhead.com

Stationhead ? Nicki Minaj fandom: https://www.stationhead.com/p/fandom/nicki-minaj-fans-stationhead

Ryan Star: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeFzpawPad05pLIP1NGFhA

God Only Knows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NADx3-qRxek

Scratch Your Back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8US2vvG4niA

Sgt Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtXl8xAPAtA&list=PL3PhWT10BW3VDM5IcVodrdUpVIhU8f7Z-

Drumsticks https://youtu.be/4lJMjBU8fBM

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2023-10-12
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Streaming fraud whack-a-mole: how do music distributors spot ? and stop ? fraud on music streaming platforms? Christine Barnum, CD Baby?s Chief Revenue Officer, explains.

Ep. 124: in this episode we?re joined by Christine Barnum, CD Baby?s Chief Revenue Officer ? we?re talking about music streaming fraud, how the company tries to spot it, and what the fraudsters are doing to try to avoid being detected. Christine?s job is a form of fraud whack-a-mole: trying to spot suspicious streaming activity before paying rightsholders.  We talk about her efforts in ?fraud, trust & safety? from the perspective of a distributor ? including how she defines streaming fraud, how difficult it is to spot, how widespread fraud really is ? and what a distributor does to stop it. 

CD Baby: cdbaby.com

Jeff Buckley - Morning Theft youtube.com/watch?v=gxJI7hlPdnY

Mozart - Requiem youtube.com/watch?v=Dp2SJN4UiE4

Stamp licking guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-stamps-licked-in-one-minute

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2023-09-28
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"Small venues are places where magic happens" ? Cat Henry, executive director of the US-based nonprofit Live Music Society on the challenges that small venues face in 2023

Ep. 123: Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow chats to Cat Henry, executive director of the US-based nonprofit philanthropic organisation Live Music Society. Cat talks about the society?s mission, which it describes as ?to recognise and protect small venues and listening rooms across the United States so that live music can remain accessible to all.? Small venues can be one of the most enjoyable and valuable things that any local community possesses; a place where people can gather, enjoy music and grow their community. Small venues have been under the cosh in recent years: not only did the covid-19 lockdown punish them particularly hard, but a changing gigging environment, and large increases in costs has meant that, in 2023, running a small venue is hard work. Cat tells us about the state of the small venue community in the USA, the threats they and challenges they face, and why they are so important to the people who love them.

Live Music Society https://www.livemusicsociety.org/

Cat Henry: https://www.livemusicsociety.org/news/live-music-society-announces-appointment-ofcat-henry-as-executive-director

Toolbox grant https://www.livemusicsociety.org/toolboxgrant

John Coltrane ? A Love Supreme ?youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGUJd_6WZDWv_YGv6b4kd1IJbaH_Z7bGP?

Cobbler Most fruit cobbler eaten in 30 seconds

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2023-09-21
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"Mass adoption of generative music will be via content creators" ? Alex Mubert talks about how generative AI music platforms ? like his own ? will change music-making, and the concept of music itself

Ep 122: Alex Mubert, founder of the Mubert AI generative music platform talks to Editor Joe Sparrow about using AI to make music, the impact creative musical AI will have on rightsholders, and whether we will have to redefine what music itself is ? in an era where infinitely-long pieces of music can be tailor-made for each listener.

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that generating music with AI is now simply part of the music making landscape. Alex Mubert?s eponymous company was one of the early AI music platforms, and he has plenty of experience to lean on when answering our questions about how AI music will change things. He believes for instance, that mass adoption of generative music as a creative tool will be through video content creators ? who may be keen to "co-create" music for their videos with an AI trained on their favourite artist ? and he talks about how the integration of AI music into streaming platfroms could change how much money is paid out to human creators.

Mubert: https://mubert.com

RATM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWXazVhlyxQ

Mustard: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/503372-most-mustard-bottle-drunk-in-30-seconds

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2023-09-14
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Classical music on TikTok ? and how non-pop music is reaching a new audience, with TikTok's Darina Connolly, Head of Artist & Label Partnerships, and Label Partnerships Manager Lisa Skeppner

Ep. 121: We speak to two people from TikTok who have helped turn classical music into viral content. TikTok has captured the attention of people in every area of the music industry, who now look to the short-video app for A&R, marketing, music discovery, audience-building and fan-nurturing. Darina Connolly, Head of Artist & Label Partnerships, talks about TikTok?s direction and strategy, and she?s joined by Label Partnerships Manager Lisa Skeppner, who is one of the go-to TikTok people when it comes to classical music. Music Ally's Editor Joe Sparrow asks them what it is about classical music that holds users? attentions ? is it the song, the performance, the context of the song?s use, or the artists themselves? And what can non-classical artists learn for how they use TikTok?

We talk to Darina and Lisa about how classical music has connected on TikTok, and the impact on classical artists ? and also they talk more widely about what it means for users to be discovering new ?old" music this way ? and what the longer-term impacts of that are beyond short-term spikes in attention around novel genres.

TikTok Artist Handbook: newsroom.tiktok.com/en-gb/uk-artist-handbook-supporting-artists-to-get-the-most-out-of-tiktok

Sade - No Ordinary Love: youtube.com/watch?v=_WcWHZc8s2I

ABBA ? Gimme Gimme Gimme: youtube.com/watch?v=XEjLoHdbVeE

Peas: Most peas eaten using a cocktail stick in 30 seconds

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2023-09-07
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The excessive pressures placed on artists ? and how to fix it: with Grammy and Juno-nominated artist manager Piers Henwood

Ep 120: We're joined by Piers Henwood, a Grammy and Juno-nominated artist manager and musician. Artists today are under increasing pressure to do, well, lots of stuff: write, record and release music, create TikToks, collaborate, communicate with fans, go on tours, and so much more. A while ago, Piers wrote a guest post on Music Ally about ?the implications of the pressure placed on artists to succeed in a needy industry and an always-on culture? ? so we wanted to talk to him more deeply about the relationship between fans and artists, and the pressures that artists experience. Henwood says it?s time we take another look at who the customer is in this system, and help artists retreat from the always-on approach.  Music Ally Editor Joe Sparrow chatted to him about what a healthy and sustainable creative existence is for the people who, ultimately, are at the centre of everything we love about music.

Piers' guest post on Music Ally: musically.com/2023/05/09/reclaiming-fame-as-an-artist-whos-your-customer-guest-post

Harry Belafonte - Calypso: youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nL5Xd_KkpM0wzk08xIw2mksZvS7ze9JZo

Piers Henwood: piershenwood.com

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2023-08-31
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Should music streaming be treated like radio? And what does it mean if it is? Expert analysis from Stuart Dredge, Music Ally's Head of Insight, who explores the legal and philosophical consequences

Ep 119: Every time our Head of Insight appears on the podcast, people say how useful they find his analysis ? so we're bringing Stuart Dredge back again to answer a thorny question: ?is music streaming like radio??. Stuart explains why this simple-sounding question is actually quite complex and how it could raise a number of fundamental legal issues around payments to artists and rightsholders.

Streaming platforms have always provided radio-like experiences: whether something simple like "lean back" listening ? where you hit play and the platform chooses what music you hear ? or more overt concepts like Spotify's new AI DJ, creating what is a recognisable personalised radio-like experience. So at what point should streaming music be classed as "radio"? Moreover, streaming services want to compete with regular radio, to attract its listeners and advertisers. What does it mean, then, if streaming and radio's boundaries are blurring? Editor Joe Sparrow puts these questions, and more, to Stuart.

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2023-08-24
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Dequency CEO Keatly Haldeman explains what he thinks the long term impact of web3, crypto, and blockchain tech will be on the music business now that the hype has moved on

Ep. 118: In the latest Focus podcast episode we?re joined by Keatly Haldeman of the blockchain music sync licensing platform Dequency. Attention has moved away from web3 tech and shifted via the metaverse to AI; so we thought it was time to check in and see how web3 tech has progressed away from the pressure of all that hype. Keatly still thinks that web3 and blockchain tech will transform the music industry, and we talk to him about what he thinks the long term impact of web3, crypto, and blockchain tech will be on the music business now that it?s on the gentle upwards slope of the hype cycle, and how Dequency is, he believes, a good example of aligning the needs of artists, content creators, and blockchain technology.

https://dequency.io

Sublime ? 40oz. To Freedom: youtube.com/watch?v=FQJXu56fJPM&list=OLAK5uy_mts5eCCpftF-EbhwYr4f3geuQVnG6vT9s&index=2

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2023-08-17
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David Martin, CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition, on venues charging commission on merch sales, and supporting emerging artists with their Step Up funding

Ep 117: We?re joined by David Martin, CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) ? the UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists. We?re talking about two of the key needs that emerging artists have: that is to say ? a guiding hand at the right time, and making money from merch.

Artists have become increasingly vocal about one particular reality of touring, namely some venues asking for 25% (plus tax) of all the merch they sell. The FAC has decided to campaign against this via its 100% Venues campaign, which is a public database of UK and North American venues that charge zero commission on artists' merchandise sales. David also talks about the needs of emerging artists who are hitting the cusp of success ? and why the FAC is injecting cash and connections at what they see as the turning point in their careers.

The FAC's Step Up fund: thefac.org/stepup

100% Venue Directory: thefac.org/venuedirectory

Joy Division - Closer: youtube.com/watch?v=WYkA80GcnjE&list=OLAK5uy_lOlrsoFPaar3Ic4vpZb6qMCxk80tEmfnk

Most chokeslams in one minute: guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-chokeslams-in-one-minute-wrestling

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2023-08-10
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Making music events and festivals more green and sustainable ? with Claire O?Neill, CEO and cofounder of A Greener Future

Ep 116: Music Ally Editor Joe Sparrow is joined by A Greener Future CEO and cofounder Claire O?Neill. AGF created the world?s first event sustainability standards and now offers consultancy, training, certification and membership to the events industry. We talk to her about how live events can become greener and more sustainable ? and how there?s a lot more to it that simply cutting down on carbon emissions.

The events industry is a part of the music industry that can stand to make some sweeping changes to run it in a more sustainable manner. Events and festivals require moving huge amounts of people and equipment and consume a lot of resources ? often in the form of non-renewable fuel. Punters, artists, and industry workers increasingly want to be taking part in events that are not damaging the planet. And yet events are complicated, and have many stakeholders. So how do you do it? Claire O?Neill and A Greener Future say that they help you find the path through to? well, a greener future.

AGF: agreenerfuture.com

T. Rex, Left Hand Luke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ftosocPOA4


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2023-08-03
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"AI is the most consequential tool the music industry could use ? and one that could solve a number of its biggest challenges": Cliff Fluet talks AI and the music industry

Ep. 115: We?re joined by Cliff Fluet ? someone who has worked with, or advised, music-related AI platforms for a decade. He talks to Music Ally Editor Joe Sparrow about the bigger-picture possibilities and repercussions that AI could have on the music industry ? he calls it "the most consequential tool the music industry could use" and one that "could solve a number of its biggest challenges," including real-time music detection, metadata, and personalised discovery.

Cliff is a man with a lot on his plate ? he?s Joint Head of Media & Entertainment at law firm Lewis Silkin, is MD at Eleven Advisory, is Chair of the Ivors Academy Trust, and is Vice Chair of Help Musicians. He?s also got deep experience working with companies in the AI music space ? advising on all the various legal and business considerations that inevitably crop up when the music industry and AI come together. We took the chance to talk to someone who knows his AI onions and move the conversation along a bit from the basic legal implications. We asked him whether the music business is really prepared for the impact of AI, and we also picked his brains to discover some of the applications of AI in the music industry that you might not have yet considered.

Cliff Fluet on LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/clifffluet

The final side of "Abbey Road": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4Ujexj9YGs

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2023-07-27
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How education is meeting the needs of the music industry in west Africa ? with The Music Business Academy for Africa

Ep. 114: In this special episode we?re checking in on The Music Business Academy (MBA) for Africa ?  a training program geared towards developing the next generation of music industry executives in Africa. It?s developed by Creative Industries Initiative For Africa in partnership with Music Ally and Dr. Carlos Chirinos of the Music Business Department at the New York University. Having been involved with the MBA for Africa for a few years now, we thought it would be great to speak to some of the staff ? some of whom are alumni of the programme ? to check in on how education is meeting the needs of the music industry in west Africa.

So we speak to Kini-Abasi Edet, Head of Operations, Pokyes Jan, Head Of Administration, and Nissi Utho, Project Manager. (We?d also like to thank Okoro Frances, who?s Head of A&R, for taking part too ? but unfortunately a technical gremlin meant that this recording was not usable.)

Anyway - we got some great insight on the kind of skills the local music industry needs, and how the global attention on West African music is helping the local industry to develop the next generation of artists and industry professionals.

MBA For Africa: https://mbaforafrica.com/

MBA for Africa on Music Ally: https://musically.com/2022/04/11/music-business-academy-for-africa-returns-for-second-year/

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2023-07-20
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How does music shape the cities we live in and our relationship with the people in them? Shain Shapiro PhD explains how music intersects with local political policy and how we can get involved.

Episode 113: we?re joined by Shain Shapiro, PhD  ? a music and cultural policy thinker whose work focuses on the idea of music cities. Shain's upcoming new book This Must Be The Place introduces and examines music?s relationship to cities. Not the influence cities have on music, but the powerful impact music can have on how cities are developed, built, managed and governed. It?s a fascinating concept: the way that music can be used to shape culture around us and the relationship with the people and places that we live in. We ask him what music cities are, and how music intersects with a city?s cultural and political policy.


https://www.shainshapiro.com/book

Remain in Light: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_ldZpfPljmwhO4m7Eu8HUTylyh1uHT4wyY

Hammer flipping: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/593507-most-hammer-flips-in-one-minute

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2023-07-13
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Splice CEO Kakul Srivistava and VP of sounds Mark Thomas on music creation and sample digging in 2023 (and what AI has to do with it)

Episode 112: In this episode we?re joined by two people from Splice, the music-making platform and sample library: CEO Kakul Srivistava and Mark Thomas, Splice's VP of sounds. Sampling has been used by musicians for decades as a way to create music, and finding the right sounds and snippets of music is a complex and time consuming task.

We talk about music creation in the 2023 environment when everyone is making music, how important samples are to the creative process, what the impact is for musicians if platforms make finding samples a one-click affair, and how AI is being used to help producers find samples better. Splice, like a lot of music businesses, has also been embracing AI, and has just launched the public beta version of an AI-powered tool that assembles bunches of samples that fit together.

Both guests have a rich history in creative technology businesses:  Kakul was previously Vice President of Creative Cloud Experience and Engagement at Adobe and the Vice President of Product & Marketing at GitHub, and Mark is a musician who became CTO at AWAL, and founder of platform BuzzDeck, before spending a decade at Apple Services. I spoke to Kakul and Mark about the needs of musicians today and the impact of technology in helping them create the music we love. 

https://splice.com

https://splice.com/blog/coso-breakthrough-ai-tech/


Mark: Kenny Wheeler ?  Music for Small and Large Ensembles

Kakul: Stevie Wonder ? Innervisions

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2023-07-07
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Rebecca Berman, SVP of International at Concord Recorded Music, on the potential in fast-growing markets like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

Episode 111: in this episode we?re joined by Rebecca Berman, SVP of International at Concord, a large independent company that operates in music publishing, a label, and in acquisition ? and which has artists and repertoires licensed all over the world. We talk to Rebecca about how she and Concord views the potential in exploding markets like Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Her job involves building a local teams to support Concord Label Group?s repertoire around the globe, so she has an interesting view on the fast-growing, high-potential markets ? like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. We spoke to her about what the wider consequences of these rapidly-growing markets might be on the wider music business, and how the established music industry might change in terms of structure, strategy, and revenue.

?Concord?: concord.com

Boygenius: xboygeniusx.com


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2023-06-22
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What does the support of a global DSP do to your career? London songwriter Ines Dunn, featured on Spotify?s RADAR programme, explains.

Episode 110: We speak to Ines Dunn, a young songwriter from London, who has writing credits in songs like Maisie Peters? ?Not Another Rockstar?, and is one of the first songwriters to be featured by Spotify?s RADAR programme. One of the biggest fillips an artist?s career can receive is by being part of one of the major streaming platforms? artist programmes ? which at its most flashy, can result in your face being plastered across a billboard in Leicester Square in London. That?s what happened to Ines Dunn, and so we spoke to her about her nascent career, how she ended up on Spotify?s RADAR programme, and what the tangible benefits are of getting high-profile support like this, and what she sees as the benefits for DSPs in offering these kind of programmes.


Written by Ines Dunn playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1EFLbEbClSreiP

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2023-06-15
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Music streaming platforms in 2023: the challenges, questions, and issues they face ? expert analysis from Stuart Dredge, Music Ally?s Head of Insight

Episode 109: Music Ally?s Head of Insight, Stuart Dredge chats in depth with Joe Sparrow about the big picture issues that music streaming platforms, its users and economy will need to face  this year. We?ve just published our latest Quarterly Report which comprehensively breaks down each of the big global DSPs in a ?Report Card? format ? and to accompany it, Stu forecasts what might happen around various key topics: 

The Transition from ?music? to ?audio? ? music streaming services are becoming audio streaming services. Music is competing with other kinds of audio, be that podcasts or white noise, so what does that mean in terms of royalties and ear-share? Price rises ? for users and for artists ? there?s pressure from the music industry to raise the prices of streaming subscriptions: will adding a dollar or two does lead to a mass of cancellations or not? Can ? or should ?  the pie be grown? And what about changing the whole system of payment from pro-rata to something else? Direct artist support ? DSPs are providing other ways to support artists: buying merch, buying tickets, and subscriptions are appearing more widely on streaming apps. And how do artists feel about introducing tipping to DSPs?  User interfaces and AI ?  DSPs are introducing many new ways to interact with, and discover music, from TikTok-like feeds to AI DJs. So is the next leap for music discovery going to be conversations with AIs? The mid tier DSPs (and remember web3?) ?  Deezer, SoundCloud, Tidal and Napster have all positioned themselves as disruptors in different ways. They're nimbler than the big DSPs and can experiment with novel ideas like web3 music ? but what are the long-term prospects for these services?

Music Ally?s Quarterly Report: https://musically.com/category/reports/

34 dozen oysters in 8 minutes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Bertoletti#2012

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2023-06-07
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?Speculative ticketing is, essentially, fraud!? The state of secondary ticketing in the UK ? with Adam Webb of Fanfair Alliance

Episode 108: in this episode we?re joined by Adam Webb, from FanFair Alliance - a UK-based organisation campaigning against industrial-scale online ticket touting- or scalping if you prefer. I chatted to Adam about the state of ticketing in the UK, and what does FA see as the most pertinent issue that needs fixing/changing? He also talks about speculative ticketing is, why he thinks it?s harmful, and what should be done, and the difference in approach between artists in the UK and the US when it comes to dynamically priced tickets.

Supported by managers and teams for artists including Arctic Monkeys, Ed Sheeran, Biffy Clyro, Pixies, Iron Maiden, George Ezra, PJ Harvey, Niall Horan and many others, FanFair, it says, ?has successfully helped change the regulatory and legislative landscape in the UK, leading to the widespread adoption of consumer-friendly practices for ticket resale.?

FanFair Alliance: fanfairalliance.org

Adam?s guest post on dynamic pricing  for Music Ally: https://musically.com/2022/03/13/is-dynamic-pricing-containing-the-battle-against-ticket-touting-or-undermining-it-guest-column/

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Pet Sounds: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_mJN3N2XYKY6P2RpKP_-Zk20HwDSewNAYY

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2023-06-02
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Building a more representative music industry for (and with) young Black talent ? with Pamela McCormick and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE of United Development

Episode 107: We?re joined by Pamela McCormick and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE of London-based organisation United Development ? they talk to Joe Sparrow about supporting and developing young black musicians and industry talent, the state of representation in the UK industry, and what you can do to help make gradual improvements around representation in the music business. Pamela McCormick is founder and CEO of United Development (UD), and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, was recently appointed chair. UD brings communities together around Black music and Black music culture. For 20 years, UD has acted as a bridge between burgeoning talent and the music industry, through business and employment support programmes, career guidance, access to resources and showcasing, and more. They explain the issues that the young people they work with face, the hurdles that are "baked-in? to the current industry structure, explain how to build intentional change into your business, and how to disrupt the ?pipeline issue? that goes hand in hand with a lack of representation in the music industry.

UD website: https://www.udmusic.org/ 

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE: https://aimafidon.com/

UD Industry takeover event: https://www.complex.com/music/ud-industry-takeover-2023

UD on BBC Radio 4: https://www.udmusic.org/blog/artists/ud-x-bbc-radio-4/

Chronixx - COOL AS THE BREEZE/FRIDAY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsCV2LBoAG0

Miles Davis ? Kind of Blue https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_nkfBmwK2t62J1xAsfhcwj9PVQG7N5UunA

Popsicles: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/118197-most-ice-lollies-popsicles-eaten-in-one-minute


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2023-05-11
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Finesse Foreva ? building an influential music business from the ground up (and working with Drake, getting number one records, and winning awards along the way)

Episode 106:  Joe Sparrow talks to two UK music entrepreneurs who have grown a substantial and influential business from the ground up. TK and SK, co-founders of London-based independent record label and management company Finesse Foreva, which is home to artists/producers including Russ Millions, Skengdo & AM, and JB Made It. The company has received multiple Platinum certifications, worked with Drake, and had the UK?s first number one single for a Drill (or, for international listeners, a "UK Drill") track.  We talked about how Drill has grown to national and international popularity, how it was demonised in the UK press, how the genre and the scene around it has grown into a big industry through the age-old combination of hard work, ambition and talent ? and how they are working hard to share skills and educate a new generation of music business entrepreneurs as part of Finesse Foreva?s wider social focus.


Foreva: https://www.finesseforeva.co.uk/


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2023-04-27
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Pete Tong talks about A&R in the dance music world: how it has changed, how it works now, the role that good taste plays, the TikTok A&R whirlwind, and what he thinks about AI

Episode 105: For a man whose name is rhyming slang in the UK for something going wrong, most of what Pete Tong touches goes very right. He?s been enormously influential in the international electronic music scene for four decades: as a broadcaster, a jet-setting DJ who has released dozens of mix albums, at the influential FFRR and Three Six Zero labels, and now, as co-founder of the International Music Summit. We invited Pete onto the podcast to talk about A&R in the dance music world: how it has changed, how it works now, the role that good taste plays, the challenges of keeping up with the TikTok whirlwind, his thoughts on modern artistry and fandom, and what he thinks about the use of AI in future A&R approaches.



https://www.internationalmusicsummit.com/summit-schedule

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2023-04-21
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We used AI to clone the voice of one of the Music Ally team ? and used it to create an AI-powered podcast version of our Daily Bulletin newsletter: here's the result

Episode 104: A Very Special Episode this week: We?ve wanted to make our daily Bulletin newsletter into a podcast for a long time, and now, we?ve created one ? with the help of a text-to-voice AI. We're now sharing it here, so that you can hear the results too. The AI twist is that we have cloned the voice of our Learning Operations Manager, Sarah Seukeran, and it?s ?her? that you?ll hear on the Bulletin podcast. It was soft-launched a few weeks ago ? and we think the Bulletin translates really well into a sub-10 minute audio round up. In our opinion, it's an impressive confirmation of the technology's potential.

So we'd love to hear what you think ? does it sound good to you? Would you be interested in a daily (or weekly?) audio version of our News output? (In the future, this AI-powered podcast may become part of Music Ally's subscription offering.) Please do let us know all and any feedback: email our editor Joe Sparrow on [email protected].

Here's the Music Ally Bulletin podcast on Spotify, if you'd like to follow it: https://open.spotify.com/show/6tXXBfONkdUIkSIFT8TgGF?si=74e45d0ef2274438

PS: Note that the AI origins of this audio means that there may be some very occasional mispronunciations or speech glitches ? this is still in a beta phase of testing!

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2023-04-13
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How can a completely independent DIY artist get an album to #14 on the UK chart? Laura Kidd did it, and explains how

Episode 103: Laura Kidd has been a fully independent artist for a long time ? and her recent "Obey Robots" project managed to hit the UK albums chart at #14 (ahead of Artic Monkeys and Lewis Capaldi and just behind ABBA and Fleetwood Mac). It?s a hugely impressive achievement for a DIY/indie artist - so how did she do it? In this podcast she explains to Joe Sparrow how she used email, YouTube videos and Facebook ads to get chart success. She also talks about her deliberate choice to ignore fame, and how she instead looked to build a slow-burn, direct-to-fan ?nano-community" that supports her work ? and this is what she now considers ?success.? Laura also explains why someone who is not concerned with the traditional concept of success decided to aim for chart success, how being completely DIY is a ?terrifying? concept, how it can be hard to let go of the reins, and how she now considers herself a 'community artist?.It?s a fascinating conversation for anyone working in music marketing ? and especially for DIY artists looking to cut through.

The Obey Robots project: https://shop.penfriend.rocks/collections/obey-robots

Laura's Penfriend YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/penfriendrocks

Music choice: Kid A by Radiohead 

Most bananas snapped in one minute: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-bananas-snapped-in-one-minute

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2023-04-06
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Sarah Woods of UK charity Help Musicians discusses ?reverse globalisation? of UK music industry

Episode 102: we?re joined by Sarah Woods, the Deputy Chief Executive of UK charity Help Musicians, a UK charity that offers career help for musicians in the form of a number of services, including financial support. She talks to Music Ally?s Editor Joe Sparrow about what she calls ?reverse globalisation? of the music industry: a situation where UK artists become confined to touring in the UK due to it becoming increasingly hard to tour abroad.Post-Brexit, touring the rest of Europe is now a complex affair, involving visas and carnets, and accompanying rising costs. As a result, some musicians have been looking to America - and are finding complications there too, with the US planning to raise touring visa fees for foreign acts by more than 250%. We spoke to Sarah about this ?reverse globalisation? and she shared some data that shows where applicants to Help Musicians? services most need help around touring, and what the impacts will mean for artists as they seek to expand their audience at home and abroad. 

Help Musicians: helpmusicians.org.uk

Visa advice for touring artists: helpmusicians.org.uk/get-support/develop-as-a-musician/advice/visa-advice-service

The Cure ? ?Disintegration?

Jacqueline du Pre & Daniel Barenboim - Elgar Cello Concerto

Plus: Peeling and eating bananas quickly

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2023-03-30
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