Thursday, 20 July 2017

PPL and PRS for Music launch Music Recognition Technology pilot


PPL and PRS for Music have launched a pilot designed to evaluate the use of Music Recognition Technology (MRT) in identifying music publicly performed by DJs in clubs, bars, pubs and hotels licensed by PPL and PRS. It is hoped that the pilot, carried out by MRT provider DJ Monitor, will result in the accurate identification of music performance information, which when collected from a wide variety of licensed premises can be incorporated into a ‘best practice’ policy for distributing royalties to PPL and PRS members.  Participating venues will monitor music played by DJs using an MRT device and send the data to a secure database to be matched, analysed and reported back to PPL and PRS for Music. The pilot, which started in late 2016, has since been rolled out to venues across the UK including iconic nightclubs such as Ministry of Sound and Fabric and major club chain, The Deltic Group. It will run throughout 2017 with potential to be extended further.

Monday, 17 July 2017

THE REVOLVING DOOR

RFID specialist Intellitix has hired Carlo Chiarello as its new CEO. Chiarello has a background in developing high-growth global tech companies and  joins the firm from the Lazaridis Institute (LI) at Wilfred Laurier University, which offers support and advice to Canadian tech start-ups. He previously spent over a decade at Blackberry, launching 50 smartphones globally and scaling many aspects of the business. Chiarello steps into the shoes of former CEO and founder Serge Grimaux, who remains with the company as chairman of the board and will continue with international business development.

The General Manager of the Sheffield Arena, Rob O'Shea, has announced that he is leaving the venue to focus on his event promotions company, Manifesto Events. Former deputy general manager Joe Waldron steps up to replace O'Shea.

Jason Carter, the former BBC Introducing boss recently appointed to head up Amazon’s Prime Live Events, has stepped down. Carter who joined Amazon in May as director of Prime Live Events for Amazon Tickets, is taking a career break for personal reasons, an Amazon spokesperson told IQ. 

Really Useful Theatres Group has appointed Vanessa Andreis to the newly created role of commercial partnerships director.

Warner Music Group has appointed Jeff Bronikowski as SVP, Global Business Development/Head Of New Technology & Innovation, and promoted racy Gardner to SVP Global Business Development & Strategy.


The UK's Music Managers Fourm has five new members for its borad who will each serve for three years: These first five appointments are Claire Southwick from Primitive Management, Ellie Giles from Various Artists, Paul Crockford from Paul Crockford Management, Steven Braines from The Weird & Wonderful and Tom Burris from ie:music. The new set up is in part designed to enable a more diverse board to better represent the organisation's membership with the rotating board desged to reflect a growing membership which has grown considerably in recent years. MMF CEO Annabella Coldrick commented: "The constant challenge for all trade bodies is to balance continuity with relevancy - to ensure you can deliver the services and lobbying demanded by your existing membership, while providing the pathways and encouragement for a new generation to get involved". The AGM also approved a new group called the MMF Custodians, which will consist of industry veterans who will be available to advise the organisation. Those board members who stood down under the new rotation system are among the first members of this new committee, which includes Carol Crabtree (Solar Management), Gary McClarnan (Sparklestreet), Ian McAndrew (Wildlife Entertainment), Scott Rodger (Quest Management) and Tim Clarke (ie:music). Elsewhere, Diane Wagg of Deluxxe Management was re-elected as Chair of the MMF, while Paul Craig from Nostromo Management was elected to the new role of Vice Chair. Meanwhile Stephen Budd stood down as co-Chair, but will remain on the board.

Reed Smith LLP has hired Ingrid Silver as a partner in the firm's growing global Entertainment & Media Industry Group. Based in London, Silver joins after nearly 12 years at the UKMEA Media and Entertainment division of global law firm Dentons. (MBW)

Pandora's Tim Westergren is set to step down as the company's CEO. That's according to Recode, which reports the exec will likely stay in the position until a replacement is found. Westergren, Pandora's co-founder, succeeded Brian McAndrews as the firm's CEO in March last year.

Universal Music Group has appointed experienced digital music entrepreneur Tuhin Roy to a newly-created position - VP of New Digital Business. Roy will operate out of Santa Monica and will work closely with digital music startups in the early stage of growth. Universal's Capitol Music Group has appointed renowned hip-hop and R&B producer Dion 'No I.D' Wilson as Executive Vice President. His remit will include A&R and production, and he will report into CMG President Ashley Newton. He was previously at Def Jam

Soundtrack & Score, the Universal Music division set up a year ago to "maximise the artistic and commercial impact of music in film and TV", has a brand new Managing Director, Ross Sellwood.

And Universal Music Publishing has promoted Kevin Cady to Head of Finance for the Americas and Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy, where he will be tasked with driving strategic growth. Cady joined UMPG in 2005. 

Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted Gary Kelly to EVP and Chief Revenue Officer. He will lead functions including revenue and digital marketing. His team will also oversee playlisting activities including a newly-created position for a Director of Playlisting. 

Warner Music is giving a new lease of life to Sire Records in its 50th year. The company has hired ex-Island, Arista and RCA A&R star Rani Hancock as President of the label, where co-founder Seymour Stein is Chairman. 

MBW reports that SoundCloud's outgoing Chief Content Officer, Stephen Bryan, is joining Lyor Cohen at YouTube. Bryan closed licensing deals with all three major labels during his three years at SoundCloud.  The Berlin-based SoundCloud has laid off 173 staff, while announcing that it was shuttering both its London and San Francisco offices. This, said co-founder Alexander Ljung, was in a bid to gain "control of SoundCloud's independent future" while steering the firm back on a "path to profitability".

The UK's Association of Independent Music (AIM) has elected Transgressive Records co-founder Tim Dellow to the position of Chairperson. A Management Group has also been formed, featuring reps from Beggars, Because, Secretly Group and Ninja Tune.

SVP of A&R and Marketing at UK indie Because Music, Jane Third, is stepping down after ten years to join [PIAS] as Global Chief Creative Officer. As part of her new role, which begins in October, Third will run her own label through [PIAS]'s Co-op division (MBW). 

The acting headd of Epic Records, Sylvia Rhone, has promoted Sandra Afloarei to SVP of Top 40 radio promotions. The news comes after Todd Glassman, Epic's EVP of Promotions, left the company last week after four years at the Sony venture.

Bråvalla cancelled after sexual assault reports

The 2018 edition of Sweden's Bråvalla festival has been cancelled, following numerous allegations and reports of rape and sexual assault at the 2016 and 2017 editions. In the aftermath of the cancellation, Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare announced plans to hold a women-only music festival next year tweeting  "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome until ALL men have learned how to behave?"