Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2021

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October 21, 2021 – Music Biz Member BMI Is Hiring

Celebrating over 80 years of service to songwriters, composers, music publishers and businesses, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is a global leader in music rights management, serving as an advocate for the value of music. BMI represents the public performance rights in 18.7 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.2 million songwriters, composers,… Read More

October 21, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Acquires Emotional AI Startup, Musimap

Music-minded financial tech company, Utopia Music has acquired Musimap, a metadata enrichment startup that uses proprietary AI to generate “emotional” data for clients. This new data can be used to match playlists with personality profiles; search for similar songs; and create playlists based on certain genres, moods, and beyond.. “The acquisition of Musimap represents yet… Read More

October 21, 2021 – Music Biz Member Def Jam Names Lena Franklin as VP of Marketing

Def Jam has recruited Lena Franklin as the label’s new VP of Marketing. Franklin’s recent projects include Alessia Cara’s newest album, In the Meantime, and Ludacris’ Netflix children’s show, Karma’s World. Prior to joining the company, Franklin worked in Interscope Records’ marketing department for five years. “Def Jam has a rich history of breaking incredible… Read More

October 19, 2021 – Music Biz Members MRC Data and Soundtrack Your Brand Share Study On Impact of Background Music In Retail, Hospitality Environments

MRC Data and Soundtrack Your Brand have partnered to conduct a study on U.S. consumers’ music listening habits while visiting brick-and-mortar businesses such as grocery stores and fitness centers. As U.S. consumers collectively make 90.9 billion business visits each year, the study reports that background music has the potential to reach 95% of U.S. adults.… Read More

October 19, 2021 – Music Biz Member HIFI Acquires The Music Fund To Power Artist Funding

Business and financial management platform, HIFI has acquired AI-powered artist funding startup, The Music Fund, which provides artists with funding solutions based on the performance of their music on digital streaming services. The Music Fund utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to offer artists up-front cash within 24 hours for a portion of their royalty income for… Read More

October 18, 2021 – Music Biz Member UnitedMasters Teams With Coinbase to Allow Cryptocurrency Payments

Distribution and music services company, UnitedMasters has announced a new partnership with Coinbase, making the cryptocurrency platform’s payroll product and allowing its independent artists to be paid in crypto. Artists also now have access to Coinbase’s full slate of spending, earning, trading and borrowing tools as well. “Working with Coinbase to give independent artists the… Read More

October 18, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Session

This week, we welcome Session to the Music Biz Member community! Formed by Swedish music creators Björn Ulvaeus, Max Martin and Niclas Molinder, Session envisions a more transparent and fair music industry for creators all over the world. Through innovative technology and collaboration with industry partners, Session aims to create a trusted reference point, open… Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member RCA Records Promotes Jamie Abzug to Senior Vice President & Head of Publicity

RCA Records has announced the appointment of Jamie Abzug to the roles of Senior Vice President & Head of Publicity. Abzug started her career with RCA in 2004 as an assistant in the company’s publicity department; most recently, she served as RCA’s VP of Publicity. Abzug has led publicity campaigns in television, print and web… Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member Qobuz Acquires e-onkyo Music To Expand Into the Asian Music Market

Hi-res music streaming & download platform, Qobuz has acquired Japanese music download platform, e-onkyo music, as part of the company’s plan to expand into the Asian music market. Since the launch of Qobuz in several European countries as well as in Australia and New Zealand, the acquisition is a major step in Qobuz’s strategy for… Read More

October 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Creates Artist Assistance Program To Promote Wellness Among Signed Talent

Sony Music has launched the ‘Artist Assistance’ wellness program, an extension of the company’s Artist Forward initiative. Through the program, Sony’s artists can access free and confidential counseling services related to mental & emotional wellbeing and family & relationship matters. In addition, many artists signed in the U.S. are also eligible for qualifying health care… Read More