The Music Ally Podcast podcast

The Music Ally Podcast

Music Ally

👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: https://musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Music Ally's podcasts analyse vital music business topics in detail, as they emerge. In our short-form Music Ally Focus podcasts, Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow break down important stories in about 15 minutes. And our longer-form podcasts are discussions with industry experts sharing their cutting-edge knowledge – taken from our Music Ally TV shows. Together, they'll keep you and your team on the cutting edge! Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard service: https://musically.com/subscribe

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    Music Ally Focus #35: want to understand the Indian music markets in 2021? Start here: Amit Gurbaxani, music industry journalist, gives us his expert insight

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    Special guest Amit Gurbaxani recently wrote an article for us on the Indian All About Music music industry conference, and here, he gives us his expert insight into the Indian music markets. He chatted to Joe Sparrow about three of the key topics, and answered some questions submitted via social media. He spoke about how there is appetite – and money – for international touring acts in India, but not a live venue infrastructure yet; how Indian music is not just about Bollywood and that regional pop is enormous – and can be truly measured for the first time; and much more. It's a fascinating insight into India's multi-faceted music markets. Here are the articles written by Amit that were mentioned in the podcast: How a Canadian Punjabi hip-hop song became Spotify India’s biggest hit: musically.com/2021/08/02/big-bang-reads-how-a-canadian-punjabi-hip-hop-song-became-spotify-indias-biggest-hit Spotlight on India: the rapid growth of regional Indian language music: musically.com/2021/08/02/spotlight-on-india-the-rapid-growth-of-regional-indian-language-music Independent music, not Bollywood, may be India’s global crossover: musically.com/2021/03/08/independent-music-not-bollywood-may-be-indias-global-crossover 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo 🧐 You can find our Q3 report here: musically.com/reports Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #34: what coming music/tech is most exciting and how will it change the music business? VC investors Rishi Patel and John Acquaviva of Plus Eight Equity Partners share their

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    Music Ally has just published its Q3 2021 report, which focused on music/tech startups. For the report, we spoke to Rishi Patel and John Acquaviva of music/tech investors Plus Eight Equity about how they see the future of the industry, and they kindly agreed to dig deeper into their thoughts in this podcast. Rishi and John explain to Music Ally's Joe Sparrow how the creator economy is a huge focus for them; how the incumbent music business companies “have a gun to their heads” and will be forced to adapt quickly to rapidly-evolving technology; how realistic uses of NFTs in music will likely be for digitised collector editions of music and merch; and how the “wildcard” is the metaverse – and how that may in turn drive up the value of NFTs. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo 🧐 You can find our Q3 report here: musically.com/reports Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #33: is music metadata really "broken"? Special guest Richard Gooch, CTO of the IFPI (and who is in charge of ISRC codes!) explains how the system delivers data around the world

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    In this episode, CTO of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (which represents the interests of the global recording industry)  Richard Gooch joins us to talk about metadata. He says that the idea that “music metadata is broken” is a misconception. He explains the new systems that he says form the infrastructure for a fairer music industry – for everyone from superstars to new artists in existing territories in sub-Saharan Africa, where the IFPI has a particular current focus. He also talks about improvements that could be made, how performing rights reporting can change, and the changes he hopes music metadata will bring. Suffolk Braves Wheelchair Basketball Club's world record: https://youtu.be/OvuBbMBuXh4?t=195 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #32: TikTok has more than 1bn monthly active users – and it's also the music industry's social media platform du jour... so what does this mean for music and artists?

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    TikTok has officially reached the milestone of one billion monthly active users (MAUs). The short-form videos app revealed the news in a short announcement blog post, although it did not give any other stats. In July 2020, TikTok had 689.2 million monthly active users and it only took 14 months to hit the one billion MAUs mark –  which suggests that TikTok has been adding around 22.2 million users a month during that period. Joe and Stu discuss what this means for artists and the music industry – and whether it means music is becoming simply a component of the burgeoning "creator economy". 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #31: The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) publishes a huge report on music creators' earnings in the digital era... Stu & Joe wade through all 225 pages to try to understand it

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    It's all happening in the UK right now: there are some big and meaningful investigations into the music industry going on, which will almost certainly have big repercussions around the world when they conclude. This week, the UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has published a hefty report on music creators' earnings in the digital era. It has a huge amount of data, and aims to inform discussion in the ever-heated debate about artists and streaming royalties. It's a very long report – 224 pages to be exact – so if you feel overwhelmed just thinking about reading it, listen to Stuart Dredge (who has heroically read it all) explain the important bits to Joe Sparrow in this podcast. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #30: the (many) hidden legal complications when you sell a music NFT – with special guest Adrian Perry, partner and co-chair of Covington & Burling LLP's Music Industry practice

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    Some musicians are finding NFTs irresistible, seeing them as a new way to connect with fans, make money – and sell slices of their music rights. It seems very easy to sell a small percentage of, for instance, your master recording copyright – with potentially huge rewards. But, warns this week's special guest, there are many ways you could get caught in a tricky situation that you may not have considered – including anti-money laundering laws, securities laws, international tax issues, and the highly volatile nature of cryptocurrency itself. Adrian Perry is partner and co-chair of Covington & Burling LLP's Music Industry practice, and is eager to help musicians and rights owners understand these hidden legal risks.  He's no NFT-sceptic, and is enthusiastic about the space – so he helped Music Ally's editor Joe Sparrow  understand the associated risks, and how to navigate them.  Here's more info on Adrian: https://www.cov.com/en/professionals/p/adrian-perry 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #29: UK’s competition regulator is concerned by Sony Music / AWAL merger – is the government firing a warning shot at major labels?

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    Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow talk over the shock news that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that Sony Music’s $430m acquisition of distributor AWAL from Kobalt “raises competition concerns”, and gave the major label a five-day deadline to respond. If those responses do not satisfy the regulator, it will launch a deeper ‘phase two’ investigation of the deal. Stu and Joe discuss why this has happened, what the responses of various connected parties were – and if this, combined with the UK's recent parliamentary inquiry into music streaming, means that major labels are facing an unprecedented period of probing and pressure. (For more context, we analysed this story in depth here.) 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #28: Apple buys classical music streaming platform Primephonic & plans 'dedicated' classical experience – what features could move to mainstream streaming? [music free version]

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    Music Ally's Stuart Dredge and Joe Sparrow talk over the possibilities (and accidentally insult both golfers and jazz fans) in Apple's purchase of Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, which they promise will be reborn as a better experience, with more features. Classical music has proved famously tricky for the big streaming services to get right, thanks to the specific challenges around metadata and catalogue navigation, but in other ways it’s been very simple: peaceful piano instrumentals, for example, are a staple of the DSPs’ mood playlists, and they fall under the banner of ‘classical’ as much as the famous symphonies do. [NOTE: we added music to another version of this episode, but it will only appear on certain platforms, hence this music-free version, which is otherwise identical. It was "Blue In Green" by Miles Davis, FYI.] 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo LINKS: For more context on what Apple is buying, you can read our article, based on a roundtable hosted by Primephonic to discuss trends around classical and streaming. You can also watch the recent classical-focused episode from the BPI and Music Ally’s Music & Tech Springboard Programme, which saw classical labels talking about the trends they see. Here's LA Beast eating an advent calendar very fast. -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybizTwitter: https://twitter.com/musicallyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #27: How do you turn TikTok virality into streams, follows and fans? Special guest Rebecca Versteegh of Creed Media explains all...

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    Rebecca Versteegh, Head of Music Partnerships at the “Gen-Z Marketing Agency” Creed Media is our special guest this week. Creed has only been around for three years but has become well known for its success at TikTok marketing and works with all three major labels. While TikTok success is highly sought after by many marketers, it’s the next step that holds interest for a lot of them: translating that attention across to streaming platforms in the forms of plays, follows and fandom elsewhere in the music industry ecosystem. So how do you do it? Joe Sparrow talks to Rebecca to find out...  👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb
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    Music Ally Focus #26: Special Guest Tim Westergren, former founder of Pandora, talks about his new platform Sessions – and the effect of Spotify's Discovery Mode on artists' careers

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    Tim Westergren was the former founder and CEO of Pandora, and helped build the current digital music landscape. He left the company in 2017, frustrated by “the music industrial complex vortex”, and last year launched a new startup called Sessions –  a live-streaming platform for emerging and established artists. He says Sessions does something unique: it spends its own money to bring in viewers for performing artists, and gives artists a direct connection, and all the data, on their fans. Tim talks to Music Ally editor Joe Sparrow about how he hopes the music industry can work differently, and how the business model of the big streaming platforms, he believes, is not the right path for artists. He also discusses Spotify's controversial Discovery Mode – where artists receive a lower per-stream rate in exchange for exposure. 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo -------- Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicallybiz Twitter: https://twitter.com/musically Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicallyfb

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