Deezer blows hot with its sails filled full of breezing funds………

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From the Guardian 25/03/13 by Stuart Dredge:

In 2013, the world of streaming music is becoming increasingly crowded. There are the grizzled US veterans (Pandora, Rhapsody), newer upstarts (Spotify, Deezer, Rdio), consumer electronics giants (Xbox Music, Sony’s Music Unlimited, Samsung’s Music Hub) and regional players keen to expand (WiMP, Simfy).

Oh, and then there is the looming threat of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon – who are all reportedly in negotiations with music labels and publishers to launch streaming services – as well as headphone-maker Beats, which is promising its own Daisy offering by the end of the year.

It’s not a battleground for the faint-hearted, or for the poorly-funded. Of all the services above, Deezer has been the most aggressive in its global expansion, fuelled most recently by a $130m funding round in October 2012 from Access Industries, the parent company of major label Warner Music Group.

From its beginnings in France as a controversial (for rightsholders) streaming site named Blogmusik, Deezer has grown steadily to the point where it now claims more than 3m paying subscribers who listen to 60 hours a week each on average.

It was also one of the first streaming services to benefit from a tight partnership with a mobile operator – Orange in France in its case – to bundle the cost of a premium subscription into people’s monthly mobile tariffs.

I sat down with chief executive Axel Dauchez at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona to talk specifically about the mobile element to Deezer’s business, although the conversation ranged onto streaming music’s cannibalisation of download sales; criticism from music artists; and the potential for streaming services to help people discover more music.

Dauchez said mobile has been important for Deezer and its rivals – “it became the way to monetise the music” compared to their free web-based services – but he added that the company tries not to merely think of mobile as meaning mobile phones.

“We restrict too much the mobile to mobility,” says Dauchez. “If people pay 10 Euros a month, it’s for having access on every device: PC, tablet, mobile, car, TV… In any kind of location, you can find a way to listen to music.”

Dauchez is also keen on the notion that people assign different “missions” to the various music-playing devices that they own. For example, he said playing music on a TV or car stereo is often not just one person listening: “It’s social sharing within that space. You are playing music to other people.”

The implication being that the way a streaming music service is presented on/in these spaces has to reflect the likely usage. But what does that mean for mobile and tablet apps?

“Of course, one mission is mobility: listening to music wherever you are. But at Deezer we think there is something else that’s something to do with spare time,” said Dauchez.

That means people’s habit of taking their phone out when they have a spare minute or two, whether it’s to text friends, check social networks or play games. Deezer wants more people to see these idle moments also as a way “to enrich their music experience”.

How so? “Mobile can be a place for active discovery. You are in the tube, stuck in a waiting line… It’s the perfect moment to discover music, build your playlists, to share. We are trying to elaborate around that.”

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Evolution Emerging – Submission Deadline 20th Feb

APPLY TO PLAY 2013’s BIGGEST EVENT FOR EMERGING MUSIC

NORTH EAST BANDS AND SOLO ARTISTS APPLY NOW!

DEADLINE WEDNESDAY 20TH FEB (11.59pm)

Generator are once again looking for the best emerging North East talent to play this year’s Evolution Emerging – our takeover of the best venues in the Ouseburn Valley across the Evolution Festival Weekend.

Evolution Emerging takes place on Saturday 25th May and will see more than 25 emerging artists playing alongside big headliners. We’re asking regional bands and solo artists (from any genre) to apply to play this year’s event.

And for the first time, one lucky artist will also be offered the chance to open the main stage at this year’s Evolution Festival, which takes place on NewcastleGateshead Quayside from Sunday 26th to Monday 27th May. Last year’s event featured artist such as Dizzee Rascal, Deadmau5, Maximo Park, Rizzle Kicks, Miles Kane and more so this is a fantastic opportunity for local talent.

If you have already applied please make sure you have completed all three steps!

Full weekend tickets for Evolution are available now here

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Louder Than War & Music South West Suppoer Club

Join them at the very first Pop & Politics Supper Club, to be held on Tues 5th March upstairs at the Coach & Horses, Greek St, London.

John Robb from Louder Than War, Kerry McCarthy MP and Matt Booth from BMF have worked together to create a bi-monthly event for a maximum of 30 people, including guest speakers, to discuss a range of issues and links between music and the world of politics, funding, piracy, global movements, education, finance and much more.

Book NOW

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Evolution Emerging – Apply to Play

APPLY TO PLAY 2013’s BIGGEST EVENT FOR EMERGING MUSIC

NORTH EAST BANDS AND SOLO ARTISTS APPLY NOW!

Generator are once again looking for the best emerging North East talent to play this year’s Evolution Emerging – our takeover of the best venues in the Ouseburn Valley across the Evolution Festival Weekend.

Evolution Emerging takes place on Saturday 25th May and will see more than 25 emerging artists playing alongside big headliners. We’re asking regional bands and solo artists (from any genre) to apply to play this year’s event.

And for the first time, one lucky artist will also be offered the chance to open the main stage at this year’s Evolution Festival, which takes place on NewcastleGateshead Quayside from Sunday 26th to Monday 27th May. Last year’s event featured artist such as Dizzee Rascal, Deadmau5, Maximo Park, Rizzle Kicks, Miles Kane and more so this is a fantastic opportunity for local talent.

Full weekend tickets for Evolution are available now here

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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Artists have from Thursday 31st January – Wednesday 20th February (11.59pm) to apply using our 3 Step Application Process:

STEP 1
Complete Generator’s Application Form Here STEP 2
Submit 1 Track via SoundCloud

STEP 3
Share Your Track

For the first time this year, we’re encouraging artists to share their tracks with fans and friends to generate interaction, gain feedback and help us to choose our artists.

Once you have submitted your track through STEP share your SoundCloud track’s URL on the Official Evolution Emerging Facebook Event Page.

Ask your friends and fans to like and engage with your post and see what everyone else thinks at the same time. Artists who impress us with the most engagement will be considered for slots at Evolution Emerging and to open the main stage at Evolution Festival.

GET STARTED!

Once the application deadline of February 20th (11.59pm) has expired, Generator and Evolution Festival will invite a panel of North East music tastemakers and Evolutionaries to listen to all submissions and vote for their favourites. Successful artists will be informed from the end of February and Generator will announce the full Evolution Emerging lineup in March.

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FREE BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music Technology for Young People

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FREE Diploma in Music Technology

Higher Rhythm are launching a new BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Music Tech equivalent to 4 GCSE’s and

it’s FREE to 16-18 year olds!

This 24 week course is just 2 days per week and offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in the area of Sound Recording & Music Technology, also looking at areas such as music business, recording studios and producing music
with an opportunity to complete a real radio production project.

For more info click here! Places are going quickly!

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Welsh speaking Radio Cymru forced to play English songs

Radio Cymru’s daily output has been reduced by two hours under the new schedule after talks over royalty payments stalled.

A Welsh-language radio station has been forced to broadcast English-speaking music because of a dispute about royalty payments.

Talks between the BBC and Eos, the body representing more than 300 Welsh-speaking artists, have stalled, and from New Year’s Day Radio Cymru no longer has the right to play more than 30,000 songs.

The station has subsequently reduced its airtime and its output will include more English-language songs.

The BBC said: "It is … disappointing that Radio Cymru programming will be now be affected by the dispute and we will obviously do everything possible to minimise the impact on the daily service we provide to thousands of listeners across Wales."

Discussions between the BBC and Eos – the new collecting society for Welsh language composers and artists – are expected to continue. Under the new schedule, daily output on Radio Cymru will be reduced by two hours and a number of English language and international artists will be broadcast.

Sian Gwynedd, head of Welsh language programmes and services at BBC Cymru Wales, said: "While Welsh language music will continue to be the bedrock of our output, the current dispute will prevent us from playing most of our usual repertoire. This will clearly have a noticeable impact on the service we can deliver, but I would like to emphasise to our listeners that we are doing everything possible to protect the quality of our programming despite the difficult circumstances."

The BBC Trust, which oversees the BBC, has warned the dispute risked damaging an "essential service" for listeners. "I am profoundly worried at the harm any substantial change may cause for our audience," said the BBC trustee for Wales, Elan Closs Stephens.

"I understand the financial pressure on Welsh musicians but there are also huge financial pressures on the BBC, too, like all public bodies. Nobody wins from this action, least of all the Radio Cymru audience. I would urge you to continue in your efforts to ensure that this matter can be brought to a satisfactory conclusion."

Courtesy: Matthew Taylor – The Guardian – 01/01/13

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MU bash poor pay – Music Week bash Government – BPI bash Pirates – MPA Christmas Bash

MU report: all work and no pay
The Musicians’ Union has this week published new research revealing “chronic levels of low pay” amongst professional musicians. Although the term ‘struggling musician’ is a frequently employed cliché, some of the stats are pretty shocking- more than half of professional musicians are paid less than £20,000 per year and 60% have worked for free during the past year.

The ‘Working Musician’ report follows ‘Work not play’, an MU campaign launched in November highlighting the extent to which musicians are frequently not paid for their services. Of course, many musicians have undergone years of training, tuition, self funded rehearsals and gigs to reach a professional level- a factor that applies to everything from classical to pop.

General Secretary of the MU John Smith said: “So many of the MU’s members are SMEs battling against a tide of arts cuts and reduced income due to piracy. Small but significant investment by Government could make all the difference in the struggle to survive”. An important point- Of course, the Government chose to ignore the music sector completely when announcing a £6m investment in the ‘Creative Industries’ last week.

Smith continued: “What’s also interesting is that of the musicians surveyed who receive royalty payments; over half said that they represented an important additional source of income for them. This finally puts paid to the argument that ordinary musicians do not benefit from copyright”.

To download the complete report, go here.

Musicians and music businesses seeking to extend their range of revenue streams, need look no further than the Music Futures Conference page featuring newly uploaded video of industry luminaries including Mike Smith (Mercury), Martin Goldschmidt (Cooking Vinyl) and Steve Levine discussing Business Models, Label Funding and songwriting opportunities from last month’s Music Futures Conference.

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The Tipping Point at Roundhouse Rising

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We’re extremely excited to announce that Generator is partnering with the Roundhouse and The Sage Gateshead for the first time to bring an explosion of new music to Roundhouse Rising Festival.

Renowned for fast-tracking the careers of musicians and music businesses across the UK, Generator takes over The Roundhouse on Saturday 16th February with The Tipping Point Masterclass Day, bringing together high profile music industry guests to discuss issues facing emerging artists.

This will be followed by The Tipping Point at Roundhouse Rising, featuring 4 of the bestemerging artists in the UK, unearthed through The Tipping Point, Generator’s innovative new music blog: Jetta, Death At Sea, The Lake Poets & Eliza and the Bear.

Then on Sunday 17th February, The Tipping Point at The Sage Gateshead brings the best of Roundhouse Rising to the North East for the first time, including Eliza and the Bear, Death At Sea & Amy Holford.

Click here for more information

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Inspiring Enterprise in the north east

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Cast your vote for north east business
There are only four days left to vote in the RBS Inspiring Enterprise funding programme and YOUR vote will make a serious contribution to bringing £50,000 into the region to support young people with creative ideas.

In order for that to happen, we need you to take 2 minutes out of your day to click this link and pledge your support (name and email only).

Generator are the only north east entry in the competition and Ladders is our enterprise support and development project that will address the skills deficit amongst young people with creative ideas and interests.

Winning the competition will enable young people to get access to specialised business advice and support for their entrepreneurial ‘light-bulb’ moments.

Ladders will offer something distinctly different to mainstream education and Generator have the track record, expertise and industry contacts to ensure that those brilliant new ideas can be well supported.

YOUR vote will make the difference and could help young people develop their talent and creative ideas.

Voting closes on Tuesday 13th November.

Click here to vote

Thank you.

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Ladders
Generator is recognised as the UK’s leading music development agency and currently has a full remit to prepare, support and develop creative enterprise and the raw talent to feed it.

Ladders will fuse creative ideas with business skills, it will:

• Develop entrepreneurial know how / develop and retain creative talent

• Help young people navigate the North East creative business ecology

• Give young people a foothold in the creative industries

• Link industry expertise to a fresh talent pool

Ladders will set-up 6 ‘live’ businesses and funding will create bursaries to support their growth; the wider programme will engage with up to 575 beneficiaries and funding will pay for programme content and delivery that will link industry experts to bright ideas.

Ladders will provide young people with what they need to secure their advantage in the business environment, showing them how to develop sound creative business propositions, protect and exploit their creative and business intellectual property.

Ladders will deliver the intelligence and expertise to show young people how to take a creative idea and translate that into a viable creative business proposition.

Click here to vote

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Please help save Sidmouth Drill Hall – Urgent deadline 12th Nov

The Drill Hall in Sidmouth was built in 1894 and has since the two wars been used as a mixed use space for the community, the home of Sidmouth Folk Week, and a live music venue.

Those that have played there include Mercury Music Prize nominee Sam Lee and Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) who played his first gig there aged 16.

It is the last building on the seafront at Sidmouth and the last site that can be renovated for the community, for education, for live music and much else, or it can be knocked down and ultimately turned into expensive apartments.

In Nov 2011, East Devon District Council (EDDC) approved a motion to demolish the building and replace it with a car park. After much pressure, they added to their recent Local Plan that the site would ultimately go to developers to build 30 dwellings on the site.

They have now submitted a planning application (to themselves) to demolish the building.

The deadline for comments and objections to be received by EDDC is 12th November 2012. Monday.

Please email planning

One quick email to that address expressing your objection and the lack of proper process will count.

Visit www.sidmouthdrillhall.org

or http://planning.eastdevon.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MBXVKEGH09100

Please help. Please act quickly, and please forward this email.

We are asking that;

A hold on any plans for demolition is made for a minimum period of 6 months
That we are allowed access to the building so that an independent surveyor can carry out an inspection
That they provide evidence of ownership of the site on which the building was built. We understand the site was given to the people of Sidmouth by its original owner and they therefore have no right to touch it.
That the future of the building is put to the community, and not decided by EDDC council officers that do not live in Sidmouth but know the value of that site to themselves and developers

It will destroy years of history and local businesses such as Sidmouth Trawlers situated immediately behind it that have fished the area for many generations.

This is part of Save Our Sidmouth (SOS) which has brought people together in the town to stop EDDC selling land to developers to build in the town and on areas of outstanding natural beauty around it. SOS can be viewed at http://saveoursidmouth.com/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/9654131/Town-takes-to-streets-over-beauty-spot-threat-as-council-faces-scrutiny.html

Matt Booth
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Twitter: @mattbooth1

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