Nurturing the Creation of Music through the Blockchain

According to a recent report from the Financial Times, music streaming is set to overtake CD and vinyl as the largest generator of income for British record labels in 2017. The report states that as more people opt for subscriptions to streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, revenues in the sector were pushed to a five-year high last year. Total income generated by the U.K. music industry increased by 5 percent to £925 million ($11.6 million) in 2016, from £881 million ($11.1 million).

Yet despite the popularity of the music industry, musicians often find themselves unfairly compensated.

To rectify this problem, the Open Music Initiative (OMI) and Ujo Music, among others, are attempting to change outdated modes in the music industry to ensure long-term sustainability, with the intent to use blockchain technology to support the creation of music.

Read Article: Bitcoin Magazine

Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels

Spotify and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, today announced a new multi-year license agreement – ensuring the world’s leading independent record labels and their artists will remain at the core of Spotify’s offering to music fans.

Continuing a successful nine-year partnership, the agreement is structured to reflect and promote the value of Merlin’s collective offering of its members’ repertoire, while offering improved marketing and advertising opportunities and enhanced access to data.

Merlin member labels can also participate in Spotify’s recently announced flexible release policy. Continue reading Spotify, Merlin Ink Global License Agreement for the World’s Leading Independent Record Labels

The Future of Smart Contracts in the Music Industry

What if we could replace antiquated physical contracts execution to fit with the new digital music age and real-time commerce? Well, today we can, and the technology is known as smart contracts. Just as the blockchain has emerged to claim its place as the up and coming financial instrument of the future, smart contracts have become an equally hot topic.

Electronic contracts, or smart contracts, between labels, distributors, and artists, can reshape the industry to ensure transaction and payment efficiency as well as increased transparency. Smart contracts are primarily a computer program whereby all parties can agree to the contract electronically, and it can also be enforced electronically.

This can be achieved through the introduction of blockchain technology. In the case of an executed smart contract, the blockchain would keep track of the ownership rights ensuring that the proper parties are paid in accordance with their smart contact. The more sophisticated the code, the more automated, self-executing, and “smarter” the contract.

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Audiotube Delivers ‘Fairtrade’ Digital Music Distribution

In the context of the fast developing self distributed Artists market, Scott de Mercado (Audiotube Founder and CEO) has sought to address the growing demand for more transparent Artist centric digital services.

In 2015 Audiotube joined forces with Media tech executive and investor Xen Lategan, product developer and serial entrepreneur, Ted Nash and London based digital product design agency – Made by Fire. Together they set out to architect and develop a new Cloud-based Platform that delivers affordable, accountable, efficient and transparent solutions for digital distribution, marketing and monetisation for the music industry.

Following support from Google Cloud for Startups program and the European Commission, Audiotube has spent the past 2 years in R&D mode working closely with Artists, Managers and Record Labels, further developing the platform which is now being released Globally focusing on both mainstream and emerging markets.

Audiotube has its roots firmly planted in the Independent sector and has always championed the Independent Artist. Continue reading Audiotube Delivers ‘Fairtrade’ Digital Music Distribution

Streaming vs. Pay-Per-Song: The Ethical Implications

With the rising popularity of music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play, there are now fewer reasons to purchase songs and albums individually. This is to the dismay of several artists who claim they are being robbed of the total revenue they deserve for their work. Their argument is similar to the following analogy: you do not go into a clothing store and pay an entrance fee to then collect all of the items you want. This is what they feel listeners are doing when they pay a monthly fee to use services like Spotify Premium and Apple Music. They also think it is not fair to other fans who go out and buy their CDs when others just wait to listen to it for free online.

Source: Fordham Observer

Lefsetz Letter: Instant Releases

42116960_lSure, the instant release is losing its special character, it’s not the revelation it once was. But instant availability is a treasure. We live in the era of instant gratification. To promote that which we cannot consume is to leave money on the table. If you can get someone’s attention, let them click, let them experience, let them listen!Which is why exclusives are to the detriment of artists.

There’s a movie on Apple Music and the press does a story and then the rest of the world forgets about it. If you’re bothering to sell, let people partake.But the music business has become about the short money. If you pay me now, I’ll forget about tomorrow.

Source: Lefsetz Letter