Here is some stuff I did in January 2021…

Dissecting the inquiry

This week I’ve been dissecting some of the 197 submissions made to Parliament’s inquiry into the economics of streaming, initially focusing on all the different strands of the good old digital pie debate. You can access all of that – and all our other coverage of the big inquiry – on this CMU timeline. And if you want to deep digger, I hear on the grapevine there’s a great book that digs very deep indeed.

Future of live

It’s the final of our three CMU panels as part of Independent Venue Week later today at 5pm. This one is looking towards the future. Once the COVID shutdown is finally over, what will it take to get the live sector back up and running, and what will the industry look like post-pandemic. You can grab yourself free tickets here.

Live stream accessibility

Thanks to everyone who tuned into our first Independent Venue Week panel yesterday. We are back today at 5pm with a great session looking at live streaming and accessibility. How can streamed shows help with access to live music in the short term and the long term? And what accessibility challenges have come up with the explosion of streamed performances? We’ve got some great panelists joining us – find out more and grab free tickets here.

Live music ecosystem

It’s the first of our CMU panels at Independent Venue Week later today! This one is looking at how the live music community has come together during COVID-19 – and how more joined-up thinking between venues, promoters, agents, managers, ticket agents and production crews could benefit the industry beyond the pandemic. It kicks off a 5pm and tickets are free – you can grab one here.

Independent Venue Week

It’s Independent Venue Week next week! We are presenting three online panel discussions as part of the proceedings, exploring how the wider live community has come together during the pandemic, how to ensure online concerts and live streamed events are as accessible as possible, and an in depth debate on the future of the live music business. Tickets are free to all of them – to find out more about the brilliant speakers we have lined up, go here.

Quick Fire Webinar

Tomorrow is the first of our monthly One Step Ahead Quick Fire Webinars with IMPALA. We’ll have updates on our recent playlist report and upcoming marketing report, plus we’ll run through the biggest developments of the last month in the music business, and be taking questions and viewpoints to inform future research. If you are an IMPALA member – or a member of an IMPALA affiliated national trade body – you can book in for free.

Setlist update

For people who have asked, the Setlist Christmas break has extended a little because of some lockdown-related logistics, but we’re hoping to have some mini-episodes for you at some point, before a full-on return. That said, this week’s edition would be all about tomorrow’s select committee hearing on streaming royalties anyway, and we’ve probably already covered pretty much everything that’s going to be discussed in those special editions we put out last year.

Digital Dollar basics

Thanks to Eurosonic and ECSA for inviting me to take part in a great Creator Talks panel earlier today putting the spotlight on the streaming business model, the issues and the solutions. I gave a very speedy speed briefing on the Digital Dollar Basics and I’ve uploaded my slides to the CMU Library for anyone who tuned in and would like them. You can access them here.

It’s Eurosonic week!

It’s Eurosonic week! I am thinking of moving my desk so it’s six feet closer to the Netherlands to celebrate. Though I’ve just put up a load of acoustic absorption panels around my desk to help with recording stuff, so that probably isn’t sensible. Anyway, point is, I’m looking forward to taking part in the ‘Making The Music Value Chain Fair’ panel at the digital Eurosonic conference later this week. Info here.

Copyright webinars

Our new copyright webinar series kicks off next week and to celebrate I downloaded a new stock image. Last time I downloaded a stock image to illustrate a copyright thing it turned out someone had illegally uploaded the picture to the stock photo website, meaning it was actually infringing copyright. Which was kind of ironic. I used a different stock photo site this time, so I’m sure it will all be fine. To find out if we actually get sued – sign up for the webinars! Info here.

State Of Play

Yes, it’s my first plug of the year! For our first event of the year. This Thursday is the first IMPALA Digital Hour of 2021. This one is a ‘state of play’ webinar providing a speedy overview and discussion of the digital music market right now. How will digital services, digital distribution and digital marketing evolve this year and what do labels need to do to prepare? It’s a free session for any IMPALA members – or members of IMPALA-affiliated associations.