WEDNESDAY 16 MAY 2018 COMPLETEMUSICUPDATE.COM
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The Great Escape is upon us once more. The TGE Convention kicks off today with the CMU Insights Education Conference. And we've made a special magazine to celebrate... [READ MORE]
Available to premium subscribers, CMU Trends digs deeper into the inner workings of the music business, explaining how things work and reviewing all the recent trends.
   
SPOTIFY - PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
As Spotify finally lists on the New York Stock Exchange, CMU Trends reviews Spotify's business to date, considers what its SEC filing might tell us about its current direction, and speculates what a Spotify of the future might look like. [READ MORE]
   
CHINA, AI AND MUSIC EDUCATION - SETTING THE AGENDA
As CMU Insights publishes agendas for each of the conferences that it will present at The Great Escape later this year, CMU Trends outlines the background to each theme being explored: music education, AI and the Chinese music market. [READ MORE]
   
AI - THE NEXT REVOLUTION IN MUSIC?
Midem recently published a brand new white paper from our consultancy unit CMU Insights reviewing the potential impact various AI technologies will have on the music industry in the next decade. CMU Trends presents some highlights. [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES Great Escape Convention is underway - education, AI and China in the spotlight
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LABELS & PUBLISHERS Merlin has sold off all its Spotify stock
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LIVE BUSINESS New PRS live performance licence gets Copyright Tribunal approval
Entertainment Agents' Association warns promoters of fake agent scams
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RELEASES Freddie Mercury biopic set for release at last, first trailer unveiled
Travis documentary to attempt to unravel why people even like the band
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ONE LINERS Years & Years, Tune-Yards, Teleman, more
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AND FINALLY... Janelle Monáe launches app to replace your playlists with her album
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COOKING VINYL - OFFICE SPACE TO RENT (WEST LONDON)
Cooking Vinyl is pleased to offer a newly refurbished office space in Acton, West London. Ideal to share with other likeminded creatives in a hot desk environment, or alternatively to rent the space as a whole, comfortably fitting 30+ desks.

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UEA(SU) - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (NORWICH)
The students' union's Assistant Director of Social Enterprise (Venues) will be at the centre of developing and managing the union’s Venues operations, including the operation of the largest music venue in the region, multiple bars and student club nights alongside a unique and renowned venue in Norwich city centre.

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UEA(SU) - COMMERCIAL SALES & MARKETING MANAGER (NORWICH)
The Students’ Union’s Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager will be at the centre of leading a freshly redeveloped team in the union aimed at maximising internal and external revenue and creating meaningful partnerships both locally and nationally, ensuring our members remain at the forefront of our marketing activity.

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MODEST! MANAGEMENT - ARTIST DIGITAL MANAGER (LONDON)
Modest! Management seek an Artist Digital Manager to work across an exciting, international artist roster in their busy London office. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and passionate music loving individual to deliver innovative and creative digital marketing campaigns for a truly global roster.

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THE COLUMBO GROUP - PROMOTIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
The Columbo Group is seeking a Promotions Manager to join our events team. You will be responsible for the marketing and promotion of all club nights at one of our key venues, working alongside a team of very passionate people.

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NINJA TUNE - SYNC CREATIVE (LONDON)
Ninja Tune is looking for a sync creative working in its new production music arm. The position will sit within the wider label, publisher and bespoke sync team, focusing on the newly launched production music catalogue.

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STREAMING STARTUP - MARKETING EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
We are a new music streaming platform aimed at the world of independent music set for launch later in 2018 and are looking for a Marketing Executive to join our team.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - EVENT MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Joining a growing, global marketing team in our first ever events focused role, you will help us create a better music industry as well as bring it into the digital age by taking complete ownership of Kobalt and AWAL’s UK and Europe events schedule supporting emerging artists from all over the world.

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NUCLEAR BLAST - SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (LONDON)
Nuclear Blast is looking for a young, dynamic and creative Social Media Communications Manager to handle online promotion and new media for its rapidly diversifying roster.

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP - RELEASE MANAGER (CATALOGUE) (LONDON)
As part of Kobalt’s significant expansion of AWAL - our recorded music division - the Release Manager (Catalogue) will support the growing operations team by ensuring accurate and timely build of all catalogue acquisition releases for digital and physical distribution.

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MELODIC RECORDS - LABEL ASSISTANT/PRESS OFFICER (MANCHESTER)
Melodic Records / Melodic European Labels is looking to hire a Label Assistant & Press Officer to work at our office in Manchester city centre.

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ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING - ARTIST DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (LONDON)
Attitude Is Everything is excited to announce an opportunity to join our growing team and lead on a new area of work for our organisation.

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PITCH & SYNC - SENIOR MUSIC SUPERVISOR (LONDON)
Pitch & Sync is looking for a dynamic and inspiring Senior Music Supervisor who will join its growing music synchronisation business operating across advertising and brand sectors.

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ONE LITTLE INDIAN - DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
One Little Indian is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager to develop and manage the digital campaign strategy for the record label and its diverse roster.

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CMU Insights will present three full-day conferences as part of The Great Escape's convention programme this week. Get your tickets here.
   
CMU INSIGHTS PRESENTS THE EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Wednesday 16 May | Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
This full-day conference will put the spotlight on music education, and discuss how business and entrepreneurial skills could and should be integrated into the music curriculum. [READ MORE]
   
CMU INSIGHTS PRESENTS THE AI CONFERENCE
Thursday 17 May | Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
This full-day conference will look at how big data and AI will impact on music, including audio-recognition, fan-messaging, data-driven recommendations and music composition tools. [READ MORE]
   
CMU INSIGHTS PRESENTS THE CHINA CONFERENCE
Friday 18 May | Dukes at Komedia, Brighton
The full day conference will provide a beginner's guide to the Chinese music market, looking at copyright, streaming services, media and social media, and the touring circuit. [READ MORE]

Great Escape Convention is underway - education, AI and China in the spotlight
The Great Escape is upon us once more. The TGE Convention kicks off today with the CMU Insights Education Conference. And we've made a special magazine to celebrate - which you can download here.

CMU Insights will present three conferences at TGE this year. Today's Education Conference, with Urban Development and BIMM, will investigate how music education and the music industry can be more closely aligned. Tomorrow's AI Conference will assess the technologies most likely to revolutionise the music industry in the next decade. And Friday's China Conference, with the BPI, will provide a one-stop beginners guide to the rapidly expanding Chinese music market.

All three conferences take place at Dukes at Komedia, packed with talks, interviews, discussions and debate. Alongside those sessions, CMU's music business podcast Setlist will be in Dukes 2 interviewing key panelists for a special series of podcasts that we will publish later this year.

Being interviewed today are Peter Chivers from Brighton & Hove Music & Arts, Vanessa Wilson from Value Added Kids, Jane Beese from The Roundhouse, Adam Joolia from Audioactive, Mark Irwin from BIMM, Matt Griffiths from Youth Music, Oli Morris from UK Music and Silvia Gargiolo from BIY People & Talent.

CMU will celebrate its 20th birthday in the middle of this year's Great Escape. To mark that occasion we've picked the 20 biggest stories we've covered over the last two decades, each of which are summarised in the aforementioned CMU Great Escape Special magazine, which will be handed out to all of this year's TGE delegates.

As well as all this, CMU will also host an in conversation with Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz and launch a new research project with AIM that will map the digital supply chain.

All this sits alongside a programme of other panels and sessions presented by TGE's industry partners at The Old Courtroom, the Brighton Dome and AIM House. And, of course, parties and networking sessions galore, and the whole bloody TGE festival presenting hundreds of bands in venues large and small across the city.

Check out CMU's guide to Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the TGE Convention online. And see you in Brighton!

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Merlin has sold off all its Spotify stock
If, like me, you have a white board on your wall monitoring the record industry's offloading of its Spotify equity, get your board rubber out, wipe away the words "0% sold" from next to the word "Merlin", and get ready to make an amend.

This means you're going to need to locate the favourite of all your white board pens. A nice independently-minded pen, mind. Not some horrible smudgy polluting pen that harks from the big bad corporate regime. No, an ethical pen. A groovy pen. A cool dude pen. An indie label pen. And with that pen write up, next to "Merlin", the words "100% sold".

Yes, indie-label repping digital dealmaker Merlin has sold off all of the Spotify stock it secured as part of its original licensing deals with the streaming firm. And that money has already been passed on to the Merlin membership, who now have to work out how to make good on the previous commitments most indie labels made to share their Spotify equity profits with their artists.

Speaking to Music Week earlier this week, Merlin chief Charles Caldas confirmed that the organisation had sold on its Spotify stock, explaining: "Merlin is an organisation that exists solely to maximise the value of our members' rights and keeps only the monies that it needs to operate. It is outside of Merlin's remit to hold a long-term equity position in a publicly-listed company where there is a liquid and transparent market for that equity. We therefore worked quickly to liquidate our interest in Spotify and have passed the proceeds to our eligible members".

Sony Music and Warner Music have both also sold on significant portions of their Spotify shareholdings (50% and 75% respectively at last count). We await word on Universal's moves in this domain, although it looks like the entire record industry could have sold on all its Spotify shares in the not too distant future. Which means we'll need another use for that white board. Maybe, a "which streaming firm will go bust next" chart?

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New PRS live performance licence gets Copyright Tribunal approval
PRS For Music has received Copyright Tribunal approval of new terms for one of its main live performance licences, what the rights body calls its 'Tariff LP' licence. The new terms will now become effective at the beginning of next month.

Concert promoters need public performance licences from whoever owns the copyright in any songs performed at the shows they promote. These licences are usually issued via the collective licensing system, which means PRS in the UK. Under its current 'Tariff LP' system, PRS takes 3% of ticket monies from any gig or festival in the UK where its members songs are performed, which is most gigs and festivals in the UK.

That system has been in place since 1988, though PRS has instigated two reviews in recent years, mainly because the live sector boomed in the 2000s. After its first review, the society announced in 2011 that it would keep things as they were. But when a second review came along just four years later in 2015, it seemed certain this time changes would be proposed. This prompted two years of negotiations with the live industry, before new terms were finally agreed last year.

The proposed overhaul was then sent to the Copyright Tribunal, the court that can intervene and set rates in the collective licensing domain when licensees and licensors can't agree on terms. Its approval was required for this revamp.

Although PRS went to Tribunal with most music industry stakeholders endorsing its proposal, there was a delay because the new licence didn't accommodate the recent trend for some artists to license their songs to promoters directly when they are performing them themselves. PACE, a company that assists artists who have opted to go that route, objected, resulting in a final amend to introduce a little flexibility into the PRS licence where direct licensing occurs. Though quite how that will work remains to be seen.

"By working together with our colleagues across the live sector we have successfully negotiated an agreed outcome for all parties and I'm very pleased that the Copyright Tribunal has now approved the terms, as agreed between PRS and the live sector representatives", says PRS For Music's Executive Director of Membership, International & Licensing, Paul Clements.

"We have reached an agreement which not only recognises and rewards the huge contribution made by our songwriter and composer members to the live industry", he continues, "but, as importantly, recognises the different needs and strengths of the thousands of venues and events across the UK that are critical to the ongoing sustainability and diversity of the UK live music scene".

The outcome of the review is basically that rates go up slightly at the top of the live sector, and down at the bottom, with the previous minimum charge removed entirely. When the new terms come into effect on 1 Jun, the royalty rate for concerts, and all other live music events within the scope of Tariff LP, will increase from 3% to 4%. However, a new rate will also be introduced to the tariff for festivals that meet certain criteria. These festivals will see the rate drop to 2.5%.

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Entertainment Agents' Association warns promoters of fake agent scams
The Entertainment Agents' Association has published a checklist for promoters, following an increase in email scams involving fake agents.

The trade body for booking agents says that, in recent months, fraudsters have attempted to convince promoters that they are the official representatives of artists including Adele, Justin Timberlake, Dire Straits, Beyonce, System Of A Down and Eminem, when they most definitely are not.

"We're seeing a worrying increase in this style of email scam", says Association president Neil Tomlinson. "Before agreeing any show and sending deposits, promoters must be 100% sure that they are dealing with the real booking agent for that artist".

Emma Banks of booking agency CAA adds: "Please be very careful if you get mails that don't quite look right. Follow the common sense steps that the Agents Association have suggested and don't send any money until you have double checked that the 'agent' is indeed who they say they are. Please get on the phone to the agents you are doing business with - everything on email makes these scams so much easier for people to instigate".

Those common sense steps there mentioned are as follows:

1. Check the email address is correct, in particular the email domain, and if in any doubt call the agency to confirm it (do not use the telephone number on the email).
2. Check the artist's website for any conflicting touring plans.
3. Make sure you have full contact details of the agent you are working with and speak to them on the phone at least once.
4. Before sending a deposit, call the agency to confirm the booking and check their account details.
5. Check with promoters in other markets to verify the artist is touring in that region at that time.
6. If an offer is accepted and seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Approved: Kllo
Following a series of EP releases, Kllo - aka Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam - released their debut album, 'Backwater', in October last year. Wasting no time, they're back again with new music in the form of a new single, 'Potential'.

"We said all we needed to say in the last album", says Kaul, of the fresh start that this new single marks. "It's important that we capture these moments in time instead of staying in the past and living up to expectations".

Built from a chord progression worked out on a piano backstage before a show, the track takes the duo more downbeat than usual, accentuated by Kaul's bittersweet lyrics.

They're set to play ArchSpace in London on 4 Oct. While you wait for that, check out the video for 'Potential' here.

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Freddie Mercury biopic set for release at last, first trailer unveiled
In production since roughly the middle of the Bronze Age, it appears that Freddie Mercury biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' will be out later this year. A release date has been announced - 24 Oct - and a trailer pushed out onto the internet.

The troubled production has churned through various directors and lead actors over the years. In December last year, Dexter Fletcher returned to direct the film (having previously dropped out in 2014), after Bryan Singer left the project on acrimonious terms.

With old Fletch back on board, things finally seem to have got on track, allowing 'Mr Robot' star Rami Malek to take on the role of Mercury. Although being cast in that role didn't 100% fill Malek himself with confidence.

"One thing I will say is, when I got this role, I thought, 'Oh my God, this could be a career-defining performance'", he said at the recent CinemaCon. "And about two minutes later, I go, 'This could be a career killer'. I'm not kidding. You don't get this right, and it's trouble. [Mercury] is, without a doubt in my mind, the greatest performer that has existed".

So this is make or break for Malek! It's always good to throw a little jeopardy into the proceedings. Will he ever work again after this? Well, see what you can deduce from this quick cut trailer.

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Travis documentary to attempt to unravel why people even like the band
Travis have announced that they will premiere new documentary, 'Almost Fashionable - A Film About Travis', at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.

Journalist Wyndham Wallace fronts the film. He interviewed fans of the band at shows in Mexico in 2016, with cameraman Cristian Pirjol in tow. And his questions were genuinely curious about why people like the band.

Travis frontman Fran Healey explains: "Wyndham is a very charming man and a very good writer but, mostly the reason he was there covering our trip was because he wasn't the biggest fan of the band. I thought a documentary from this unusual angle would be a lot more interesting than one from a journalist who was a fan. As it turns out, I was right".

There will be two screenings of the film at EIFF in June. Find out more and watch the trailer here.

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Years & Years, Tune-Yards, Teleman, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Years & Years have released the video for new single, 'If You're Over Me'. "This is a song about trying to stay friends with an ex", says frontman Olly Alexander. "Spoiler alert - it doesn't often work".

• Tune-Yards have released a video for 'Honesty', from their latest album, 'I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life'. You can also watch a short documentary about the making of the video here.

• Teleman are back with new single, 'Cactus'. "In youth, most preoccupations are base and wasteful - what to wear, what party to go to, who said what to whom", says vocalist Tom Saunders of the idea behind the song. "If you carry these on into later life you might be deeply unfulfilled".

• Connie Constance has released new single, 'Yesterday'. With various UK festival dates upcoming, she's also announced a headline show at Omeara in London 17 Jul

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily - updated every Friday.

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Janelle Monáe launches app to replace your playlists with her album
By now you should have discovered that Janelle Monáe's new album, 'Dirty Computer', is excellent. It really is.

In fact, I'm not sure you need to listen to anything else ever again. And to help you on your way to that, she's just launched a new app that will 'clean' all of your Spotify playlists, replacing all tracks with her album.

"Feel what it's liked to be cleaned, and update your playlists with me", Monáe announced in a tweet.

If that seems like something you'd want (and I see no reason why you wouldn't), click here to try it out.

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ANDY MALT | Editor
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