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Kobalt buys Fintage House's music division

Kobalt buys Fintage House's music division

The Kobalt gang have bought up the neighbouring rights and music publishing units of rights management firm Fintage House and yes, I know what you thinking, that deal "matches Kobalt's ongoing commitment to more efficiency and transparency in the industry with Fintage House's renowned business ethic in enriching basic collection models with high-end service, innovation and operational excellence". And you're right. That's exactly what this deal does. Well done. Have a penny chew to celebrate.

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from CMU Online

Sadiq Khan to protect venues with introduction of 'agent of change' principle

Sadiq Khan to protect venues with introduction of 'agent of change' principle

London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to introduce the 'agent of change' principle in the capital to help protect cultural venues from the licensing woes that can be caused by property developers plonking new residential properties alongside their buildings.

As previously discussed, the introduction of this rule would mean that when new flats are built near a venue, the responsibility to protect against noise bleeding into the new properties would fall to the developer, rather than the venue....

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from CMU Online

Pandora hires former Apple exec Nick Bartle for marketing role

Pandora hires former Apple exec Nick Bartle for marketing role

As Pandora attempts to convince more people to pay for its personalised radio service and soon-to-launch on-demand streaming platform, the company has hired former Apple marketing exec Nick Bartle.

Announcing the news, Pandora CEO Tim Westergren said yesterday: "From the moment I met Nick, his ability to make a substantial and immediate impact on Pandora was clear. Nick brings a deep understanding of consumer marketing and strategic communications from years of experience with the world's...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from CMU Online

Early D2F player MusicToday files for bankruptcy, hopes to find buyer

Early D2F player MusicToday files for bankruptcy, hopes to find buyer

The operator of MusicToday, the US merch-focused direct-to-fan company, has filed for chapter eleven bankruptcy protection, because that's what all the cool kids are doing these days.

"This is a very positive development for our company and our customers", reckons the boss of MusicToday's parent company Delivery Agent, Mike Fitzsimmons, who sees the bankruptcy process as an opportunity to restructure the company to enable it to move forward.

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from CMU Online

Florence Welch, Brian Wilson and more channel The Beatles to paint for Youth Music

Florence Welch, Brian Wilson and more channel The Beatles to paint for Youth Music

The Youth Music charity will open an art exhibition in London this week under the title 'Art In The Corner' showing original works by musicians, including Florence Welch, Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello, The Specials' Jerry Dammers and more.

All the artworks being exhibited were created for the show, which was inspired by the 50th anniversary of 'Images Of A Woman', the only known painting produced collectively by The Beatles. All the exhibited works were made using the same materials available...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from CMU Online

BELGIUM - Performance royalty tariff rise 'an attack' on industry

BELGIUM - Performance royalty tariff rise 'an attack' on industry

The decision by performance rights organisation Societe d'Auteurs Belge Auteurs Maatschappij (SABAM) to increase the tariff for festivals and concerts has been met with anger by industry figures.

SABAM has laid out plans to implement a tariff rise, which will see festivals generating more than €3.2 million ($3.6m) moving from a 2.5 per cent rate to 3.5 per cent, from 1 January. Concerts bringing in over €400,000 ($450,000) will also have to pay 5.75 per cent, instead of the current...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from Audience Magazine

AUSTRALIA - McManus faces up to 14 years in prison after guilty plea

AUSTRALIA - McManus faces up to 14 years in prison after guilty plea

Promoter Andrew McManus could face a lengthy jail term after pleading guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to a suitcase containing A$702,000 ($539,107), which was seized by police.

McManus, founder of One World Entertainment based in Richmond, has been embroiled in an investigation involving the money since 2011, when the suitcase was found by police in a Hilton Hotel room in Sydney, following an anonymous tip-off.

He claimed the cash was part of a...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from Audience Magazine

GERMANY - Festival crime gang arrests

GERMANY - Festival crime gang arrests

Three men believed to be part of a crime ring which targeted festivals across Europe have been arrested.
The men, two aged 32 and one 21, were arrested at the 35,000-capacity Highfield Festival in Leipzig on 20 August, after being found with 20 smartphones and several thousand euros.

It is thought the trio were involved in a gang responsible for the theft of nearly 100 phones and 25 wallets during a Slipknot concert at Leipziger Messe (cap. 15,000) in January.

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from Audience Magazine

UNITED STATES - Live Nation and artistes sued over railing collapse

UNITED STATES - Live Nation and artistes sued over railing collapse

Lawsuits are starting to be filed over the sudden collapse of a metal railing at a 5 August concert in New Jersey's 25,000-capacity BB&T Pavilion in Camden.

The venue's operator and show promoter Live Nation Entertainment, along with headline artistes Calvin Broadus, Jr. (aka Snoop Dogg) and Cameron Thomaz (aka Wiz Khalifa), are named in the filing at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
Fourteen audience members and three staff, including one who suffered a fractured spine,...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from Audience Magazine

DENMARK - CTS and Nordisk to run new KB Hallen

DENMARK - CTS and Nordisk to run new KB Hallen

The new 4,900-capacity KB Hallen in Copenhagen will be operated in a joint venture by Nordisk Film, a subsidiary of the country's largest media firm Egmont, and German pan-Europe ticketing company CTS Eventim.

The venue is due to open in 2018 and the partners intend to re-establish itself as one of the area's leading concert destinations.
The original KB Hallen was destroyed by fire in 2011. It had hosted shows featuring artistes such as the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, and more...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016Categories: News from Audience Magazine

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