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Weekly Industry News Update – 19/06/2016

Photograph of the blog post author, Mary Woodcock

Mary Woodcock


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This week in the industry…

Apple Music Reaches 15 million Subscribers via Music Business Worldwide

It’s clear that streaming is beginning to take over the industry. This week Apple Music announced that they’d reached the 15m subscribers point – whoa. While this sounds like a lot, it’s around half of Spotify’s subscribers, according to their most recent figures.

A lot of artists have had their say on the topic of streaming, most famously Taylor Swift disagreeing with Apple Music’s free trial. However, Apple claim that almost a billion ($964m) dollars from their revenue goes to the rights holders every year. This might be the case if everyone was paying the standard $9.99/month, but there are many offers and differing prices across all the territories that they operate in, so in actual fact this figure is much lower. Spotify’s equivalent figure is $1.5bn/year so Apple have got some catching up to do! You can read more here

LA Sync Mission

Seems like yesterday that our CEO Jon was out in LA… Well this week he’s back out there working his socks off to get you guys more amazing opportunities.

Everyday he’s meeting with music supervisors and getting briefs for you guys to pitch to. You will have seen a load of high-level projects popping up in the last few days – that’s where they came from! The Sync Mission is a great event, you can read more about it here.

Below – what a pretty bunch – the UK Delegates at LA Sync Mission

If you want to become a sync expert, we’ve got an exclusive member-only discount code for  adbreak anthems right here

News from our partners…

MBW Present The A&R Awards via Music Business Worldwide

The A&R awards is a new ceremony launching in 2016 and our friends Music Business Worldwide are the official media partners of the event. The awards will recognise UK-based A&R achievements across individual, team and project categories and multiple different genres.

“A&R is the nucleus of everything great about the music business. It’s exciting to see it recognised and celebrated in this way.” Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK

You can check out all the award categories and read more about the event here

Worldwidemusicontest Web Radio Open to DJs for Streaming Their Compilations

WWMC is a website dedicated to unsigned musicians from all over the world. WWMC Radio is now open to DJs who want to stream their compilations. Send it to them and they will stream it at the time you choose. Visit their website or drop them an email for more info.

IndieHitMaker’s Bram Bressoff Interview

Our friends over at IndieHitMaker provide hands on help with releases. You can listen to an interview with Bram Bressof, Founder, discussing fan to fan marketing and how IndieHitMaker can help unsigned artists here

If you like what you hear, MG members recieve an exclusive discount on their services! Find it here.

MPA Presents in partnership with PRS Foundation

Three of us from the team headed into London on Thursday last week to attend the MPA Presents event. It was a great evening, showcasing three awesome up-and-coming acts – Immy Williams, L U M E N and Shields. These are the events you guys should all be trying to get to, networking is one of the best ways to get ahead in the industry.

Give these a read…

How Does Music Improve Life in Your Home? 

Our guest blogger Sam Brinson has written a very interesting blog about how music effects us in our homes. It’s got some findings of a really fascinating study recently conducted and is definitely worth a read. Check it out here

Audiosparx – Interview

We recently caught up with Audiosparx, a leading music library. We chatted about the challenges they’ve faced, about the MG platform and there’s even some advice in there for you to take a look it. You can find it here


Virtual Reality & Implications for the Music Industry – BPI MEMBERS ONLY

If you’re a BPI Member, you can attend their latest event at the end of June all about Virtual Reality for free. While this new tech is amazing, what implications is it going to have on the music industry? This event aims to make that very topic a bit clearer.

If you’re not a BPI member, you can get an exclusive discount as an MG member! Click here to claim it

BASCA presents: Songwriting Camp – 14th – 17th July

BASCA will once again be hosting a four day songwriter’s camp at the magnificent Monnow Valley Studios in Wales.  This is a great opportunity to improve your craft and collaborate with new people in the stunning grounds of one of the finest residential recording studios in the UK. You can find more info about the event and how to attend here

Don’t forget about these…

Steve Reid Innovation Award – Applications Open

Our partners PRS for Music have teamed up with the Steve Reid Foundation to provide an incredible opportunity for emerging artists. They’re offering support in the form of a grant of up to £1,500 to help with their creative goals and receive mentoring from an experienced working artist. They’re looking for unsigned and unmanaged artists who are writing and performing their own music and pushing musical boundaries to apply.

“It is so exciting to be involved in a project that encourages and develops new talent and gives opportunities to artists who might otherwise never get a break. Steve Reid would be smiling!” Gilles Peterson- Steve Reid Foundation Founder

You can read all about eligibility and how to apply here

Laika Network Launch Original Song Contest

Our friends over at Laika Network have launched a pretty wicked competition. All you need to do is submit a video of you performing an original song. Yes that’s it! The only rule is no covers. The competition closes on 26th June 2016 so you’ve got plenty of time to get things perfect. You can find more details here

Do you need a vocalist to bring your original track to life? Do you need an instrumentalist to accompany you? You wouldn’t want this to be the reason you miss out on the contest, so create a project to find the people you need!

*Project of the Week*

Every week we’ll be choosing a project that we think is not only a great opportunity, but also a good example of a textbook project e.g. full bio & description, reference tracks (if applicable), photos, full personal profile etc.

This week it’s EDM/Hip Hop Fusion Songs with Fun, Synthy Sound for Korean Artist ANDA This one’s got a big budget… Get pitching!


Acoustic Soul Ballad Required 

Producer Wanted For Underground House Vocalit

Commisioning Remixes for new ‘Adaptive’ music tech called Weav.

Looking for a producer to work on licensing projects

Hardcore Hip Hop/Rap Needed For Family Comedy TV Show

Upbeat Commercial Indie Pop Tracks Needed for Major Reality TV Show

A final note from the team…

The legend that is Jonathan Bond, our A&R Manager has a message for you all this week…

“You know what? I want to hear from you as one of our valued members. Why? Because one of the best feelings I get is when a member of MG tells me how our platform has worked well for them. To know that the work we put in day in and out is of real benefit to our members, however small or big it may be. This personally gives me a big sense of pride and I’ll want to shout about your success. So I guess what I’m saying is, get in touch with us (email, call, Skype). We love to hear from you and we may even spread your good news further!” N’aw isn’t he lovely!

That’s all for this week – check back next week for more news & updates!

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