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‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Prepares to Launch

In 2015, entrepreneur Matthew Cockerill, publisher Jon Croft, and writer Nadia Arumugam launched the 1,000 Cookbooks project, which aimed to compile the best and most essential cookbooks of all time. The project has since evolved into a digital subscription service, called CKBK, which bills itself as the “Spotify for Cookbooks.”

Source: ‘Spotify for Cookbooks’ Prepares to Launch

Facebook signs music licensing deal for Australia and New Zealand with APRA AMCOS

APRA AMCOS’ deal with Facebook licenses the use of the millions of songs it represents in Australia and New Zealand including the songs of its 95,000 songwriter and publisher members. The news comes after Facebook confirmed multi-territory deals with the likes of Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV, Kobalt, [PIAS], Beggars Group and Merlin.

Source: Facebook signs music licensing deal for Australia and New Zealand with APRA AMCOS

Spotify is on a collision course with the major record companies. Here’s why.

Spotify has a number of tricky issues to face down during its 2019 negotiations with the biggest labels. One very senior US-based source at a major record company tells MBW: “If Spotify comes in here and asks for any sort of margin improvement, we’re going to laugh them out of the room.

Source: Spotify is on a collision course with the major record companies. Here’s why.

Universal Music Publishing Group’s Jody Gerson: Streaming Royalties ‘Not Where We Want Them To Be’

According to analysis from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, only six cents of every dollar of Spotify’s revenue ends up going to publishers and songwriters via mechanical royalties. These extremely low margins imply that only those who can achieve massive mainstream scale can generate any meaningful income from streaming alone.

Source: Universal Music Publishing Group’s Jody Gerson on Songwriter Streaming Royalties: ‘The Fees Are Not Where We Want Them To Be’

A Civil primer: The benefits, and pitfalls, of a new media ecosystem

Civil founder Matthew Iles is trying to invent a global platform for independent journalism, powered by blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, governed by an open-source constitution—including an advisory council that will act as a kind of Supreme Court to adjudicate ethical disputes—and run as a non-profit foundation.

Source: A Civil primer: The benefits, and pitfalls, of a new media ecosystem

Spotify rolls out songwriter and producer credits on mobile for iOS users

Subscribers using iOS can now view credits to songs within the Spotify app, as long as the information has been provided by record labels. On mobile, credits are accessed through the button with three dots that appears next to each song and by clicking on ’Song credits’ at the end of the list.

Source: Spotify rolls out songwriter and producer credits on mobile for iOS users

Artificial Intelligence: Ready to add more value to your content

As the quantity of content available online is exploding, metadata is now the key to offering better user experience and securing better exposure of your news and sport content. Properly indexed, footage can be found, navigated through and reused more easily. It is still the same content, but it is far more valuable.

Source: Artificial Intelligence: Ready to add more value to your content

Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as ‘Inconsistent,’ ‘Inaccurate’

Investors are become increasingly interested in music, but as analysts race to meet investor demand for music-industry knowhow, direct input and perspectives from the industry itself are often left out, leading to potential data inaccuracies and misunderstandings.

Source: Music Biz Slams Citi Report on Industry & Artist Revenue as ‘Inconsistent,’ ‘Inaccurate’: Analysis

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