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.

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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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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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