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Weekly Industry Update – 26/06/2016

Photograph of the blog post author, Mary Woodcock

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Welcome to our weekly round up! 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…

Only 1 Track in UK Radio Radio’s Top 20 Songs of 2016 Was Originally Released This Year via Music Business Worldwide

According to RadioMonitor, an airplay tracking service, only one song in the Top 20 biggest tracks on UK Radio so far this year was originally released in 2016. Every other song was released in 2015 and/or has had a remixed version released this year. Not a great message to send out to new artists! People thought the addition of streaming figures into the charts would make a huge difference to the tracks played on UK Radio, however it seems this is not the case. If you’d like to read more you can find the article here

Spotify hits 100m via Music Week

Spotify have confirmed that they’ve passed the 100m users a month mark. That seems like an outrageous number, which compared to any other streaming service it is. However, according to new research only 14% of the UK actually subscribe to a streaming service. The report found that 23% of the population are still purchasing CDs. If you’d like to read more you can do so here and if you love what you see you can get a discounted Music Week subscription just for being a Music Gateway member here

News from our partners…

AIM Awards – Cast Your Vote for the Best Live Act

The Aim Awards are coming on the 6th September! They’ve teamed up with Songkick for this award, which you can cast your vote for here

Music Gateway Partner with MusicMatch UK

MusicMatch UK are now partners with MG, and are the newest additions to our Members Pack. You can access hundreds of industry jobs and receive a discount on your subscription here


Give these a read…

Questions to ask yourself before approaching an A&R agent

Have you got a finished demo that you think is perfect for today’s market? A lot of people do, but struggle with not knowing what to do next. We’ve written a great blog which answers a lot of the most common questions on this subject. Check it out here

Why are we different to a Sync Agent?

Publishers ask why we are different to a sync agent. Writers will ask why we are different to a publisher. It’s a question that we have been asked many times when people are trying to understand exactly what it is that we do and what they get out of the open marketplace concept. We’ve explained exactly what we do and why we’re different here.

Why do publishers want cover versions of songs?

You hear an awful lot of covers these days on adverts, in TV shows etc etc. This isn’t just a new trend, there’s valid reasons behind why covers are used. You can read our blog here to find out exactly why


Notting Hill/BMI Summer Ball Networking Event – 30th June

Wow that’s a mouthful. Get yourselves down to this awesome event next Thursday. There’ll be tonnes of industry professionals there, and when you mix this with booze and BBQ you know you’re in for a great night. The event takes place at Tileyard Studios, N7 9AH. See you there!

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 Songwriters / top line writers and vocalists needed for expanding music publisher. Enhanced Music have strong ties with certain genres of the industry so it’s a great opportunity! Get pitching…


Lots more great stuff posted this week guys, check it out…

OPEN BUDGET – Remix Work For Motown/Capitol Records Artist!

Indie Rock/Shoegaze/Punk Songs Needed for US Drama TV Series

Pop-Rock/Pop-Punk Needed for Well-Known Fantasy/Family-Action US TV Series

Dark Sad Melancholic Tracks Needed for Major Television Series

$2K-$5K: Dark Moody Emotional Songs with Male Vocals Needed for Major Media Company

Vintage Soul/R&B Music Needed for US Horror TV Series

Traditional Argentinian Tango Needed for New US TV Series

Looking for Vocalist to Feature on Retro themed Track

Vocalists required for Deep House Production

Looking for Vocalist for My Latest Track

Looking for a composer for a spy TV show at University

Acoustic Soul Ballad Required

Producer Wanted for Underground, House Vocalist

A final note from the team…

Last week the lovely Annalise went to see Coldplay at Wembley, one of the most anticipated gigs of the Summer. “I was lucky enough to go to Wembley and watch Coldplay on their Head Full Of Dreams Tour last week. It really was a dream come true to see them live and the atmosphere was unreal!” Coldplay Gig .jpg

Love this picture – Coldplay really know how to put on a show!

Come back next week for more industry news and updates

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