Member Updates

Music Biz broadcasts the latest announcements from around our community on our social feeds as our member companies continue to push the industry forward. If you are launching a new product, have been featured in an industry trade publication, or have a major announcement coming soon, we’d love to help spread the word — share it with Henryk Bik, Music Biz’s Communications & Content Manager, at henryk.bik@musicbiz.org.

NEW FOR 2024 Music Biz’s member news will be shared exclusively on our social channels, as the Member Updates section of our website is set to go offline later this year.

November 10, 2021 – BMI Is Hiring — Customer Service Associate (Nashville)

BMI is searching for a Customer Service Associate that will be responsible for performing various administrative tasks, resolving counterclaims, administering departmental mailboxes and fulfilling various ad hoc requests in order to achieve departmental goals and provide excellent customer service to internal and external customers. LOCATION: Nashville, TN office. Effective November 1, this position will report to the office (2) days per week and work remotely for (3) days a week for the remainder of 2021. Effective January 1,... Read More

November 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Linkfire Acquires Smart Link Pioneer, smartURL

Music-minded smart linking platform Linkfire has signed an agreement to acquire smartURL. Founded by Gogi Gupta and Jason Frank in 2011, smartURL was the first service to provide a smart-link solution for the global music industry. The acquisition will allow Linkfire to offer its unique features and monetization capabilities to users across the global music business via smartURL’s established operating foundation. “The acquisition of smartURL further solidifies Linkfire’s position as one of the leading marketing platforms for music and entertainment and strengthens our position as a trusted and reliable partner for entertainment and music discovery worldwide,”... Read More

November 9, 2021 – Music Biz Member SoundCloud Partners With Splice To Launch Nova Emerging Artist Program

SoundCloud and Splice have partnered to launch Nova, a contest series for emerging artists. Select Nova artists will have their music promoted on SoundCloud’s Distribution Network, while the top four “SuperNovas” selected by teams at Splice and SoundCloud will get “enhanced marketing and distribution services,” which include distribution support, investment, amplification from SoundCloud on their next project, and $20,000 for marketing. “As leaders in new music discovery and creator empowerment, SoundCloud and Splice share the same DIY ethos to elevate the emerging artists and thriving communities found on our platforms who are driving music culture forward,” said Jeff Ponchick,... Read More

November 9, 2021 – Music Biz Member Pex Launches Platform Guarantee To Provide Insurance-Like Coverage For UGC Platforms

Digital rights technology company Pex has introduced Platform Guarantee, a first-of-its-kind service providing “insurance-like” coverage for user-generated content (UGC) platforms. Pex’s Platform Guarantee will cover up to $50 million of copyright-related damages and legal fees under the European Union’s Copyright Directive (EUCD) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The service will ensure that platforms are safe from copyright-related claims, allowing them to focus on building the core of their product and servicing their users, instead of dedicating resources to liability management.... Read More

November 8, 2021 – Music Biz Member Songtrust Is Hiring – Business Data Analyst Intern (Sp. 2022)

Songtrust is the world’s largest technology solution for global music publishing royalty collection and administration. The company was founded to simplify music rights management and remove the complexity of the publishing landscape. Songtrust’s core mission is to help musicians, publishers, labels, and distributors easily track and collect global publishing royalties for their music catalogs. Songtrust maintains the most extensive, accessible publishing network in the music industry by having relationships across more than sixty pay sources around the world covering more than 245 countries and territories.... Read More

November 7, 2021 – Music Biz Member Utopia Music Acquires Lyric Financial

Music-minded financial tech company, Utopia Music has acquired Nashville-based Lyric Financial, helping the company expand the reach of its services into the United States. The move also assists Utopia’s mission to build a platform that, “brings a completely new approach to serving all music industry needs and to enable accounting, transparency and efficiency, repairing the fragmented industry along the way.” Lyric will continue to serve its current client base as part of the acquisition. “The acquisition of Lyric Financial represents yet another milestone on our journey of becoming the leading financial services provider and growth partner in music,”... Read More

November 4, 2021 – Music Biz Members TuneCore and Peloton Partner, Adding Indie Music To Fitness Platform

DIY music distribution platform, TuneCore and interactive fitness platform, Peloton have entered a new partnership that will allow artists using TuneCore to distribute their music to push their songs to the Peloton platform. This opens up TuneCore’s artists to a new audience of more than 5.9 million users, helping to power their workouts as they discover new music. “There is a deep connection between music and fitness, with the right music improving the quality of workouts by increasing stamina,... Read More

November 4, 2021 – Music Biz Member Vevo Announces 2022 DSCVR Artists To Watch

This week, Vevo unveiled the 21 young global artists it has named to the 2022 edition of its DSCVR Artists to Watch list. Each of this year’s honorees will benefit from the opportunity to work with Vevo to develop live performance content to help boost their audience worldwide, and will be profiled by Music Business Worldwide throughout the month of November. “This annual taste-making program is the pride of Vevo’s in-house editorial team of music lovers,”... Read More

November 3, 2021 – Music Biz Member Vydia Partners With Dre London To Launch New Label

Music technology platform, Vydia has partnered with Post Malone’s manager, Dre London, to launch and power the industry executive’s new label, London Music Group. As part of the partnership, Vydia will supply the label’s team with a full suite of A/V supply chain, global distribution, analytics, copyright management, and revenue reporting tools. “Dre has an innate ability to discover talent and create superstars on a global level,” said Vydia CEO & Co-Founder, Roy LaManna. “We’re excited to work with him and provide him the tools he needs across the board to run this new label.”... Read More

November 2, 2021 – Music Biz Member Warner Music Group Launches Asiatic Records To Support Rap and Hip-Hop Artists In Asia

Warner Music Group has launched Asiatic Records, a new label to support Rap and Hip-Hop artists based in Asia. The label will offer its roster “an integrated array of marketing and promotional services” through combined resources and experiences from the company’s regional affiliates. While the label plans to support talent across the continent regardless of gender, Asiatic will lean heavily into supporting female artists to combat the underrepresentation of female Rap and Hip-Hop talent in recorded music from Asia. ... Read More