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State Of Independence: Small Broadcasters Make Themselves Heard

The quarterly survey on Official Rajar (Radio Joint Audio Research) shows that 88% of people living in the UK still listen to the radio...

Spotify’s New Streaming Policy: How It Will Affect Artists And Listeners

Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service, has announced a new policy that will make many artists cry and laugh at the same...

Bandcamp And Songtradr: Foot In Wrong Camp

Bandcamp has been famous as a rare platform offering unlimited streaming as well as the possibility to promote and sell not just your music but also merchandise. Unlike streaming platforms like Spotify who pay peanuts, Bandcamp provides artists with a fair pay of 82% from the purchase of their music. According to Pitchfork, artists on Bandcamp collectively earned $193 million in the last year alone, while Bandcamp has paid out $1.19 billion since its founding in 2007.

October Round-Up: Five Music Industry Events to Attend

As October begins, it is getting harder to choose events for our monthly column – so many good ones. Here are a few that...

Independent Music Awards 2023: Teenage Kicks

Björk at the AIM Awards (photo by Santiago Felipe). Pacemakers of the independent music sector gathered at London’s Roundhouse for the annual Independent Music Awards....

Deezer’s Musical Makeover: The Good, The Bad, And The Head-Scratching

The recent Universal Music Group-brokered deal with the French music streaming service, Deezer, has been the subject of much debate. Martin Mills of Beggars Group, Darius Van Arman of Secretly Distribution, Stephan Bourdoiseau of Wagram Stories, and Emmanuel de Buretel of Because Music joined forces in a post in Music Ally that confronts the pros and cons of the user-centric versus pro-rata streaming models.

Player Piano: AI and Independent Music

Digital music company Believe and streaming platform TuneCore shared the results of their survey on generative AI. About 1600 self-releasing artists were interviewed and asked to express their opinions on the potential benefits of the technology.

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