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Weekly Industry Update – 05/06/16

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Welcome to our shiny new weekly round up! In here you’ll find the latest industry news, events, updates from our partners, what’s been going on at MG HQ and our pick of the week’s projects – enjoy!

This week in the industry…

Secondary Ticketing – the ongoing debate via Music Week

It’s heartbreaking when you can’t get tickets to see your favourite band on their latest tour. Sadly, there are people out there who take advantage of this and sell the tickets on for an outrageous fee.

There have been multiple petitions signed by managers and members of some of the biggest bands and acts in the industry, all calling for the government to take action and tackle this problem. Economist Professor Michael Waterson has published a 226-page report on the matter, which you can read all about here (via Music Week)

If you want to hear what those in the industry have to say on Waterson’s report, check out this article. Now that clear suggestions have been outlined and proposed, will the government take action on the matter?


The industry is boarding planes, trains & boats and heading to Cannes for the 50th MIDEM event. Three of the Music Gateway team are heading there including our CEO Jon Skinner, who is also speaking on a panel. Very exciting!

There’s going to be hundreds of key industry players, from the biggest companies alongside innovative new companies with huge potential.

Our bloggers have written some really great stuff which MIDEM have featured on their site, but it’s too good not to share it directly with you as well. Take a look below.

Four Failproof Ways to Get a Music Supervisors’ Attention

5 Tips for Artists Looking to Expand & Develop

3 Ways to Impress Label A&Rs… And Get Signed!

Help Musicians UK asks – Can Music Make You Sick? via Music Week

Help Musicians UK is an independent charity that aims to get musicians of all ages & backgrounds back on their feet after crisis.

Mental health isn’t something most would associate with the music industry.  Most might see it as attending gigs, playing in a band, parties, networking, travelling the world on tour etc, however some experience the darker side.

The MAD (Music and Depression) campaign was launched earlier this year at The Great Escape. It aims to bring the issues some professionals face to light and get people talking and more importantly, listening. They’ve commissioned research into mental health in the music industry and it starts with a survey that they are urging anyone working in music to complete, which you can find here

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 PetersonSteve Reid Foundation Founder

You can read all about eligibility and how to apply here

What’s been going on at Music Gateway?

Dave Stewart Heads New Music Gateway Advisory Board

We’re very excited to tell you about our newly launched advisory board.

Dave Stewart is renowned for, well…everything. An unquestionable entrepreneur, producer, author, director, photographer filmmaker and philanthropist, Dave has announced his newest venture as the lead figure of our Advisory Board. The board consists of 11 other industry professionals, including Rob Nunn – CEO of Future Group and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Andy McQueen – Chairman of Notting Hill Music Publishing, Daniel Jackson – CEO of CORDWW and Robert Singerman – VP of International Publishing at LyricFind to name a few.

There’ll be more information about this new venture over the coming weeks and what it means for you, our wonderful members, so keep your eyes peeled!


News from our partners and friends…

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!


BASCA presents: Composers in Conversation – 6th June 2016 – London – Seven Dials Club

BASCA’s jazz Executive Committee have organised a great event featuring a fantastic panel of composers and songwriters for an evening of discussion and insight into creative processes and making a career in music.

Guy Barker, Colin Towns and Zara McFarlane will all take part in interviews, which will be followed by drinks & networking.

We’ve secured discounted tickets for you guys, our members. You can buy tickets and find more information on the interviewees here.

Adbreak Anthems – Exclusive Member Discount

Adbreak Anthems is an online information system dedicated to to TV advert Sync. They give users the opportunity to examine the UK sync sector to increase the chance of securing a valuable Sync placement. Find out more here

*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.

New EDM Label Looking for Fresh Ibiza Type Artists to Submit Tracks


Music Plant Group Looking for New Dance/House songs for Release

Radio Plugger Needed for New Single

Looking for a female singer/lyricist for online collaboration

UK Cover Artist Needed for New TV Programme

UK Rapper Needed for New TV Programme

UK Musical Theatre Singers Needed for New TV Programme

Major Production Library Looking For Soul and Rhythm&Blues $500 per track

Looking For A Strong Vocalist For My Song

Looking for a vocalist for Vocals/Hooks etc

A final note from the team…

To finish our blog, each week we’re going to share something from a member of our beautiful team. This might be their favourite new release, a random thought or observation, anything goes.

This week Monica, our glamorous A&R assistant has shared with us a track that she can’t stop listening to – Bright by Ecosmith

“It’s cute and catchy and a great song to start the morning. I discovered it on Spotify through an Acoustic Morning Playlist”

Check back next week for more news & updates!

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