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August 11, 2022 – Music Biz Member Warner Records Promotes Miles Gersh To VP, A&R

Warner Records has promoted Miles Gersh as the company’s new VP, A&R. Since joining the company in 2019 as the Director, A&R, he has helped develop artists such as Zach Bryan and CJ. He will report directly to label CEO and co-chairman, Aaron Bay-Schuck.  “Working with the incredible talent and team at Warner Records has been a dream come true,” said Gersh. “A huge thank you to Aaron for his amazing support and for giving me this wonderful opportunity.... Read More

August 11, 2022 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Entertainment Promotes Jacob Fowler To EVP And CPO

Sony Music Entertainment has announced the promotion of Jacob Fowler to the roles of EVP and CPO, based in their New York office. Fowler will lead the company’s global product strategy, working closely with leadership from Sony Music’s Global Digital Business group and The Orchard to oversee a newly combined division of their product technology and engineering teams. “The product and engineering teams at Sony Music Entertainment, including The Orchard, have built great applications with forward-looking mindsets,” said Fowler.... Read More

August 11, 2022 – Music Biz Member YouTube Launches New ‘Shorts’ Tool

Online video sharing platform, YouTube has launched a new tool allowing users to create and publish 60-second “Shorts” from their existing videos. The feature will include familiar editing tools found on the app, and users can add photos from their gallery to create additional content. The new “Shorts” toolset is now available on the mobile app for both iOS and Android.  Click here to read more from TechCrunch.... Read More

August 11, 2022 – Music Biz Member TikTok Launches Pre-Release Tool On SoundOn

TikTok has announced a new Pre-Release feature on their all-in-one platform for music creators, SoundOn. The new tool will allow artists to provide exclusive audio clips of their songs to TikTok listeners, as this can help create early momentum for viral songs and moments. Users can now access this tool in the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and in markets where SoundOn operates.  “Pre-releasing a song is a great way to test a track before its full launch,” said TikTok in a statement.... Read More

August 10, 2022 – Music Biz Member SoundExchange Promotes Luis Bonilla To CTO

SoundExchange has promoted Luis Bonilla as the company’s new CTO. In his new role, he will be responsible for the technology systems and infrastructure at the company, in addition to overseeing creation and scaling of the company’s royalties tools. Since joining the company in 2011 as the Sr. Director of Distribution Services, he has played a vital role in leading the transition from quarterly to monthly royalty distribution, reconstructed the royalty distribution process, and overhauled the company’s internal collection and distribution services. ... Read More

August 10, 2022 – Music Biz Member UMG Signs DJ Afrojack And His Label For Europe’s New Dance & Electronic Music Hub

Universal Music Group has announced a new collaborative partnership with Virgin Records Germany, in the signing of DJ Afrojack and his label, Wall Recordings. The new alliance will launch a Dance and Electronic hub in the European region, aimed to support and amplify independent Electronic artists and labels. The first single under the partnership, “Day & Night” by Afrojack & Black V-Neck ft. Muni Long, will be released on August 12.  “I’m overjoyed to be able to welcome Afrojack back to the label,” said Universal Music Benelux CEO,... Read More

August 9, 2022 – Music Biz Members Jaxsta Inks Data Sharing Agreement With DistroKid

The world’s largest database of official music credits, Jaxsta has inked a data sharing agreement with leading indie music distributor, DistroKid. Per the terms of this partnership, DistroKid will now provide Jaxsta with over 2 million music credits from its database of more than 15 million global artists. DistroKid artists will now be able to use their Jaxsta profile as their resume for career opportunities, as well as update their profile to access Jaxsta features such as Chart Alerts and Credit Alerts by creating an embeddable music CV. ... Read More

August 9, 2022 – Music Biz Member Symphonic Distribution Acquires Streaming Promotions

Symphonic Distribution has acquired Nashville-based marketing agency, Streaming Promotions. Founded in 2015, the company has worked with over 3,000 clients, including artists such as Baha Men, Enrique Iglesias, For Kings & Country, Tim McGraw and many more. Symphonic has stated that Streaming Promotions will continue to remain its own entity while utilizing Symphonic’s infrastructure to grow its artists and labels worldwide.  “I am so pleased to welcome Streaming Promotions to the Symphonic family,” said Symphonic Distribution CCO and GM,... Read More

August 8, 2022 – Music Biz Member YouTube Announces Partnership With Shopify

Online video sharing platform, YouTube has announced a new partnership with Canadian multinational e-commerce company, Shopify, launching new features for viewers and creators. In this new partnership, creators can now sell their products by linking their e-commerce stores to their channels and tagging products to a live stream via Live Control Room. This will allow creators to manage how their products will appear in their channels with YouTube’s new tool, the “Shopping” tab. The company has also introduced shopping destinations for viewers in the U.S.,... Read More

August 8, 2022 – Music Biz Member Facebook Launches Music Revenue Sharing Program

Facebook has launched a Music Revenue Sharing program that will allow video creators to add 60 seconds or longer of licensed music to their content, allowing them to earn a 20% share of in-stream advertising income. The program will allow creators to track and monitor their expected earnings via Creator Studio.  “This feature is the first of its kind within the music industry,” said Meta in a statement. “No other platform offers creators this type of revenue model at this scale.” Click here to read more from Music Week.... Read More