BMG launches neighboring rights service; signs Roger Daltrey as one of its first clients

The expansion into neighboring rights comes just four months after BMG moved into artist management in a partnership with Carl Stubner’s Shelter Music Group. Neighboring rights – also known as performance rights – are paid in much of the world when a recording is played to a live audience or on the radio or in the US when a recording is played on a non-interactive streaming service such as Pandora.

Source: BMG launches neighboring rights service; signs up The Who’s Roger Daltrey as one of its first clients

Primary Wave Grabs Majority Stake in Ray Charles’ Pre-1964 Catalog in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Primary Wave Music Publishing has finalized a multi-million dollar deal to acquire a majority stake in the pre-1964 music publishing catalog of soul music pioneer Ray Charles. Terms of the agreement with Charles’ heirs include a majority of the publishing and writer’s share, as well as all administration rights, for some of the iconic singer, songwriter and musician’s biggest hits, including “What’d I Say,” “Ain’t That Love,” and “I Got A Woman.”

Source: Primary Wave Grabs Majority Stake in Ray Charles’ Pre-1964 Catalog in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

The Future of Live

From a value chain perspective, Lockdown came too early for live streaming; it is under-developed, under-monetised, under-licensed, under-professionalised. Unfortunately, the live-streaming surge is showing all the signs of a goldrush with a lack of clear structure and the first signs of artist backlash.

Source: The Future of Live

MLC CEO Kris Ahrend Talks Serving Songwriters, Preparing The Industry’s Next Generation 

“The MLC represents one of those changes that transforms the music business, once every generation or two,” Ahrend says. “You have to go back to the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to see the last kind of moment where our industry changed. Sound Exchange later came into being as an organization that helped to really transform an aspect of the business. The MLC will be similarly transformative.”

Source: Mechanical Licensing Collective CEO Kris Ahrend Talks Serving Songwriters, Preparing The Industry’s Next Generation [Interview]

BMG inks deal with AI music company that ‘respects the integrity of music composition’

MatchTune, formerly known as Muzeek, was founded in 2017 by composer André Manoukian and tech entrepreneur Philippe Guillaud (pictured) and claims that its AI with music-to-image synchronisation algorithms can create unique variations of professional-standard music in seconds.

Source: BMG inks deal with AI music company that ‘respects the integrity of music composition’

Let’s Hear It for Book Rights Sales People Worldwide

At times like this, when so many physical bookstores around the world are closed, when so many publishers’ and wholesalers’ warehouses are working reduced shifts or none, when the profit from selling printed books has diminished to zero or—like the West Texas Intermediate oil price moves dramatically into negative territory—the income from rights to intellectual property seems even more important.

Source: Richard Charkin: Let’s Hear It for Book Rights Sales People Worldwide

Disney’s Kevin Mayer to Become TikTok CEO

Mayer joins TikTok at a pivotal moment for the app, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate ByteDance. Less than three years old, it has been on a quick ascent that has been aided by the coronavirus pandemic. In March, the app surpassed 2 billion worldwide downloads, according to third-party measurement firm Sensor Tower. Mayer also will serve as COO of ByteDance.

Source: Disney’s Kevin Mayer to Become TikTok CEO

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