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September 22, 2021 – Music Biz Member Catch Point Is Hiring — Royalties Manager
Music rights and royalties investment firm, Catch Point is hiring a Royalties Manager. This position manages the company’s music royalty administration, revenue assurance and analysis functions, working both across the team and with outside administrators. This role is also responsible for onboarding new assets and tracking, analyzing, and processing music publishing and sound recording royalties from multiple sources. Professionals experienced in sound recording and/or publishing administration are encouraged to apply. Ideally, the role will be based in New York City;... Read More
September 22, 2021 – Music Biz Member The MLC Is Hiring
The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), the recently established U.S. music licensing nonprofit organization, is building out their team and hiring for talented professionals who are passionate about shaping the future of the music industry. Currently open roles include Customer Experience Associates, a Publisher Service Manager, and Software Engineers. The MLC is also calling for Academic Educators to participate in their MLC Educator Ambassador program. Learn more about the MLC and these job openings via the MLC’s website.... Read More
September 21, 2021 – Music Biz Member GoDigital Media Group Acquires Sound Royalties
GoDigital Media Group (GDMG) has acquired Sound Royalties, a music financing platform that pays out advances to artists and rightsholders based on predicted future royalty income. Sound Royalties can service transactions ranging from $5,000 to tens of millions of dollars, and creators retain their copyrights and ongoing royalty cash flow beyond the amount which they finance. “Our mission at GoDigital is to inspire happiness through sharing creativity,” said GoDigital’s CEO, Jason Peterson. “Sound Royalties is a logical investment for GDMG and MEP,... Read More
September 20, 2021 – Music Biz Member Clio Music Opens Entries for 2022 Clio Music Awards
Music Biz member Clio Music has announced the call for entries for the 2022 Clio Music Awards. The annual awards program celebrates achievement in artist self-promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations, student projects, and the use of music in advertising. The first deadline to enter submissions is Saturday, November 6, after which prices to enter will increase. Click here to learn more about the Clio Music awards program and entry details.... Read More
September 20, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Xperi
Welcome Xperi to the Music Biz member community! Xperi delivers many data-driven technologies through their brands DTS, HD Radio, IMAX Enhanced, Invensas, and startup Perceive; thanks to the recent merger between Xperi and TiVo, Xperi is now also the home of TiVo Music Metadata. The TiVo toolset offers enhanced digital music experiences in the home, on mobile, and via connected car thanks to full slate of services including: expert-written editorial content & ratings; verified music credits; personalization, discovery,... Read More
September 16, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Planning to Release New “Enhance” Feature For Playlists
Audio streaming platform Spotify is in the process of releasing a new, algorithm-based “Enhance” feature that automatically adds recommended songs to user playlists. The platform will analyze users’ playlists and base recommendations off of styles and themes of selected songs. Enhance will add a maximum of 30 songs per playlist and will not replace existing songs. The new feature will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers within the next month. Click here to read more from The Verge.... Read More
September 16, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Appoints Roberto Neri as COO
Music tech company Utopia Music has appointed Roberto Neri, Downtown Music Holdings’ former EVP of Business Development, as its Chief Operating Officer. Based in London, Neri will oversee Utopia’s commercial & business operations, and expand the firm’s international office footprint. He will report to Utopia’s CEO, Markku Mäkeläinen. Prior to joining Utopia, Neri joined Downtown in 2015 after it acquired his own company, Eagle-i Music. In 2019, he was named Downtown’s EVP, U.K., and Head of European Business Development.... Read More
September 15, 2021 – Music Biz Member Apple Music Creates New Process To ID & Pay Rightsholders For Songs Used in DJ Mixes
Apple Music is using Shazam’s music recognition technology to power a new process of identifying songs used in DJ mixes, in order to directly compensate song rightsholders, DJs and mix suppliers. Additionally, Apple Music has reserved funds to pay DJs and mix suppliers quarterly royalties based on the percentage of streams they accrue out of the total streams all mixes accrue on the service. “For a lot of dance music and DJs who make music, the music never really found it to streaming services because there just wasn’t a great process for how labels could clear the music that’s in a DJ mix,... Read More
September 15, 2021 – Music Biz Member Spotify Recruits Julie McNamara As Head Of U.S. Studios & Video
Spotify has named Julie McNamara as the company’s Head of U.S. Studios & Video, a role that will find her overseeing key partnerships for Spotify Originals and setting the creative vision for its studios. She will report to the company’s Chief Content Officer and Advertising Business Officer, Dawn Ostroff. Before joining Spotify, McNamara served as the EVP and Head of Programming for Paramount+ until exiting that role this past May. Click here to learn more from Deadline.... Read More
September 14, 2021 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Announces Bobby Ju As New Managing Director in Korea
Sony Music Entertainment Korea (SMEK) has named Bobby (Youngchan) Ju as the company’s new Managing Director. In this role, he will oversee SMEK’s operations in the country by building & strengthening strategic partnerships and growing SMEK’s local roster. Ju joined SMEK’s A&R team in 2012 as the A&R, distribution and label relations manager. Last year, he was promoted to lead the A&R, distribution, label relations, artist management and outbound marketing departments. “Korea is a fast-growing market and continues to deliver global hit after hit,... Read More