Hello there! Here is some stuff I did…

A:E Day On-Demand

Our next Artist:Entrepreneur Day is the annual folk, roots and acoustic music edition in partnership with English Folk Expo. We’re doing this one a bit differently. We pre-recorded it earlier this month, with participants from English Folk Expo’s Artist Mentoring Programme tuning in. Next month it will be available to all on-demand via the Folk Expo YouTube and Facebook profiles. You can find out some more info here.

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Streaming inquiry

Parliament’s culture select committee announcing an inquiry into the economics of music streaming is both interesting and also a great excuse to remind you about those Setlist specials we made running through ten common misunderstandings about, well, the economics of music streaming. You can check them out here. And if you want to know more, there’s definitely a book I can recommend!

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More webinars

October is always one of our busy times for CMU training with lots of seminars and lectures and such like. And this year is no different. Except that I’ll be delivering all the webinars and lectures from my desk in Leytonstone of course! That’s definitely different. This week’s sessions kick off tomorrow with the latest CMU Insights webinar. We have one of them every Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm with all these topics set to be covered in the weeks ahead – get all the info here.

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Weekend neighbours

I had a great weekend celebrating my mum’s 80th birthday, in a socially-distanced fashion, in a converted farm building situated in an otherwise deserted corner of the Peak District. I tried making conversation with the nearest neighbours but they didn’t seem very impressed. And despite me being at least two metres away at all times!

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Heading north!

First time out of London since lockdown began! Celebrated on my way to the station with my first Carluccios Chicken Milanese since lockdown began! First time on wobbly train wifi since lockdown began! First time trying to work out how to consume the complimentary cheese and biscuits through my mask since lockdown began!

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Emerging markets

It’s our next CMU webinar tomorrow putting the spotlight on digital music in emerging markets. Oh for the days when I got to actually talk about digital music IN those emerging markets! But find out what I learned on all my travels, plus lots of other stats and facts about streaming around the world, via the wonders of online learning! Get all the info here.

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A:E Day tomorrow

Tomorrow is the latest edition of the FAC+CMU Artist:Entrepreneur Day supported by Help Musicians. Eckoes, ShaoDow and Rosie Bans will host, plus we have industry experts from 23rd Precinct Music, Cantine, Help Musicians, PPL, PRS For Music, Raygun Records, Secretly Group, Sentric Music, Simkins LLP, Tape Music Company and Wicksteed Works. Find out more here.

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Publishing trends

Earlier this year I was meant to be flying to Hamburg to deliver a session for the International Music Publishing Summer School. COVID scuppered that, of course, but today I got to present my session on music publishing trends and challenges to the programme’s trainees digitally. It would have been nice to have seen a bit of Hamburg, but it was still fun to deliver the session from my desk in London. Thanks for having me!

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Webinars incoming

A new series of CMU webinars kicks off next week, with the first session looking at what rights artists and songwriters have over their music after they’ve assigned their copyrights to a label or publisher – which is somewhat newsworthy given Kanye West’s record contract ranting earlier this week. Find out more about that and all the other webinars upcoming here.

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Deals Guide

For everyone newly interested in how record contracts work – you know, for one reason or another – remember we published a guide all about the ins and outs of record deals as part of the MMF Digital Dollar project (albeit with a slight UK bias). As many have pointed out already, while there are still good deals and bad deals being done all the time, artists (and their managers) now have much more choice when it comes to monetising their recorded music, as this guide explains. You can grab a free copy here.

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Lady A v Lady A

I like the way that a grammatical quirk tells you who is suing who in these two separate lawsuits. Sort of. OK, it’s still a bit confusing, which is kind of the point of the lawsuits. That and the question as to whether common law rights over a mark can supersede a formal trademark registration under US law. Our report on the latest developments in Lady A v Lady A is here.

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A:E Day September

Two weeks today (26 sep) we are hosting another Artist:Entrepreneur Day with the FAC thanks to support from Help Musicians. This time Eckoes, ShaoDow and Rosie Bans will be opening up their individual artist businesses, I’ll present some CMU:DIY guides and we’ll be joined by a host of music industry experts. It’s a great day for any early-career and self-managed artists out there. There’s more info here.

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Autumn webinars

We announced a new season of CMU webinars this week, which kicks off later this month. Every Tuesday afternoon I’ll be delivering a one hour session, along the way covering performer rights, emerging markets, streaming playlists, fanbase building, brand partnerships, direct-to-fan, industry trends, streaming trends and copyright trends. If you are interested, all the info is here.

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