Veille 2020 – Semaine #15

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Voici la veille pour la période du 6 au 12 avril 2020.

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10 avril

YouTube’s Desktop Site Is Now More Touchscreen-Friendly
The update also makes tweaks to organizing ‘Watch History’ and ‘Playlists’.

Apple, Google Plan Software to Slow Virus, Joining Global Debate on Tracking
Apple and Google said on Friday that they will work together to create contact tracing technology that aims to slow the spread of the coronavirus by allowing users to opt into logging other phones they have been near.

Universal Music Publishing Goes on Signing Spree, Via Zoom
Universal Music Publishing Group has announced multiple songwriter signings, all of which took place in the past few weeks over Zoom.

9 avril

SoundExchange Hits $7 Billion in Royalty Distributions
This significant distribution threshold was passed during the first quarter of 2020.

IMPALA Launches COVID-19 Site to Map Support for European Independent Music Companies
Following the adoption of IMPALA’s ten point crisis plan, the organisation’s Covid-19 task force has launched a mapping tool to measure results for the independent music sector in Europe.

Instagram Has Plans to Help Artists Monetise Livestreams
Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, tweeted the following: “We have some plans in the works to support creators and artists using Live. Stay tuned.”

Spotify Ad Studio Expands Into New Global Markets, Moves out of Beta
Ad Studio marks the start of a new chapter that will bring simple, self-serve audio advertising on Spotify to more markets around the world.

TikTok Pledges $375m in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts
TikTok has announced a series of relief funds and initiatives to support those fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and to help other individuals and organizations struggling with its impact.

What the UK Streamed in 2019
In advance of the publication of its annual yearbook All About the Music 2020 to its members next week, record labels association, the BPI, can today reveal the rich diversity of songs going back 60 years that the nation’s music consumers streamed in 2019 – and some of the reasons behind this. (h/t Music Ally)

MusiCares’ Coronavirus Relief Fund Passes $10 Million in Donations
The Recording Academy and MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund has passed $10 million in donations, the organizations announced yesterday.

8 avril

BandPay: Milestone-Based Payment Platform Guarantees Trust Between Collaborators
BandPay is a fully customizable payment platform that allows two parties to establish milestones in a project, assign payments to each milestone, and guarantee that funds are available to complete a transaction.

PRS for Music Announces Historic April Royalty Distribution to Members
PRS for Music has announced a record £174m royalty distribution to members, marking the highest ever April payment in its history. The payment is a 15% year-on-year increase on April 2019.

Twitter Notifies Users That It’s Now Sharing More Data With Advertisers
Twitter has removed a privacy feature that allowed all users to stop sharing some private information with advertisers. The setting prevented Twitter from sharing information like the ads you saw or interacted with and the tracking identifier for your phone.

Stageit, the Music Live-Stream Platform, Finally Comes Into Its Own
After 11 little-noticed years, the platform is being discovered by more musicians as a way to play and get paid, from home.

Sacem: répartition d’avril 2020 assurée
La Sacem, avec toutes ses équipes, est totalement mobilisée depuis le début de la crise pour rester opérationnelle et accompagner ses membres dans cette crise sans précédent.

Jack Dorsey Says He’s Moving 28% of His Wealth to Fund COVID-19 Relief and Other Causes
The dual CEO of Twitter and Square announced he is transferring an equivalent of $1 billion, or “28% of my wealth,” to an LLC called Start Small.

Why $12m-Backed Stem Dumped DIY Distribution – and Why Its Founder Worries About the Music Industry ‘Making Aggressive Bets and Being Wrong’
“The level of spending that existed in the last two to three years is not sustainable, especially in a market that doesn’t have a tolerance for risk,Ii just can’t see it continuing.”

7 avril

Paradigm Establishes $1.1m Employee Relief Fund After Layoffs, Lawsuit
Two weeks after implementing layoffs and paycuts in a companywide call and five days after former Paradigm agent Debbee Klein filed a $2 million wrongful termination suit against the agency, chairman and CEO Sam Gores has addressed his employees again.

Apple Music Launches $50m Advance Fund for Independent Labels Hit by COVID-19 Impact
Apple Music is quietly making a $50m advance fund available for independent labels and distributors, to support the indie sector with vital cashflow during the uncertainty of global COVID-19 lockdown.

Pour plus de «musique bleue»
Des musiciens, des personnalités et des organismes du monde musical aimeraient que l’idée du « Panier bleu » mis sur pied par Québec pour encourager la consommation locale soit transposée en musique.

ASCAP Delays Next Royalty Payouts and Warns of COVID-19 Impact
US collecting society ASCAP has been explaining to its members why its next set of royalty distributions will be delayed, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

6 avril

AIM Launches £1m Immediate Access Crisis Fund for Independent Music Contractors
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ex YouTube Head of Publishing Victoria Campoamor Joins Spotify as Senior Director, Content Operations & Services
YouTube’s former Head of Publishing Victoria Campoamor has joined Spotify as Senior Director, Content Operations & Services, based in New York.

TikTok Has Label Licences, but Publishers Are Threatening to Sue
ByteDance’s social app still has some licensing headaches on the publishing side, and US body the National Music Publishers Association is threatening to make them worse.

Global Online Music Streaming Grew 32% YoY to Cross 350 Million Subscriptions in 2019
Global online music streaming subscriptions grew 32% year-on-year (YoY) reaching 358 million subscriptions in 2019, according to the latest findings from Counterpoint Research. (h/t Music Ally)


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