Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2023

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June 1, 2023 – Music Biz Member Concord Names Jen Hubbard Director Of Sync A&R

Concord Music Publishing has appointed Jen Hubbard to the newly formed role of Director of Sync A&R, where she’ll be responsible for developing and managing the company’s US songwriter roster for the purpose of sync activity. She will support Concord’s strategy to streamline sync-forward initiatives and provide opportunities for writers across film, TV, ads and… Read More

June 1, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Publishing UK Promotes Andrew Spence To General Counsel

Sony Music Publishing UK has promoted Andrew Spence to General Counsel. In his role, Spence will be responsible for managing business and legal affairs strategies & initiatives on behalf of SMP UK and its roster. Additionally, he will offer guidance and counsel for the company’s legal and operational matters. Spence will continue to report to… Read More

May 31, 2023 – Music Biz Member CD Baby Ends Distribution Of Vinyl And CDs To Focus On Streaming

Independent music distributor, CD Baby has announced its intention to cease  distribution of CDs and vinyl in efforts to realign its focus on the increasingly important digital  streaming market. Effective June 22, the company will discontinue the sale and fulfillment of physical products, as well as warehousing, shipping and distribution activities associated with physical music… Read More

May 31, 2023 – Music Biz Member RIAA Honors Willow With First NFT Plaque

The RIAA has presented singer/songwriter, Willow with its first-ever NFT accolades plaque. The one-of-one NFT recognizes her most popular hits including 3x Platinum “Whip My Hair,” 2x Platinum “Wait A Minute,” 2x Platinum “Meet Me At Our Spot” and Platinum “transparentsoul” featuring Travis Barker. The plaque features artwork by Willow, Roc Nation and Infinite Objects. … Read More

May 31, 2023 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: May 2023

The Music Biz member community is home to more than 400 global companies, all working to collaborate to support the financial growth of our industry at large and create a more equitable, inclusive place to work! See below for a list of companies who have join our Association in the last month: Hitskope Music GroupLocation:… Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music UK Ups Amber Davis To SVP

Warner Chappell Music UK has named Amber Davis the company’s next SVP. In addition to continuing as the publisher’s UK Head of A&R, she will be responsible for shaping overall UK strategy. Since joining WCM UK in 2014, Davis has signed and developed songwriters including CeeBeats, Celeste, Dave, Fraser T Smith, J Hus, Legnendury Beatz,… Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Partners With Generative AI Startup Endel

Universal Music Group has struck “a first-of-its kind” partnership with generative AI sound wellness startup, Endel to create “AI-powered, artist-driven functional music.” Per the agreement, UMG artists will be able to use Endel’s proprietary AI technology to “reimagine” both new tracks and music from their catalog as “science-backed soundscapes designed to enhance listeners’ wellness.” UMG… Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member RoyFi Partners With Unchained Music Team To Fund Royalty Advances

Music financing service, RoyFi has partnered with artist services company, Unchained Music to provide artist royalty advances for artists distributing their music through Unchained.  “Our mission is to give more power to creatives by giving them access to affordable capital, at terms that make business sense,” said Peter Harvey of RoyFi. “Access to capital means… Read More

May 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Masterworks Acquired Majority Investment In Proactiv Entertainment

Sony Music Masterworks has acquired a majority investment in Barcelona-based events company, Proactiv Entertainment, who works with talent and brands to produce live music and experiential events around the world. Under the agreement, SMM President Mark Cavell will work alongside Proactiv’s Managing Director, Nicolas Renna and Sony Music Spain & Portugal President, Jose-Maria Barbat to… Read More

May 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music Signs Producer & Songwriter whY Jay

Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with UK based producer and songwriter, whY Jay, a prominent figure in UK Hip-Hop due to his collabs with the country’s biggest artists like Arrdee, Central Cee and Tion Wayne. Over the course of his career, whY Jay has landed numerous Top 10 singles and has… Read More