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Friday, May 7, 2021

Live Nation Weathers Rough Quarter as Concert Business Slowly Rumbles Back to Life by Jem Aswad

UPDATED: While tours and festivals for later this year are being announced every day and Live Nation’s stock recently reached an all-time high based on the concert industry’s anticipated…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Songs for Screens: How Foo Fighters’ Ram Trucks Commercial Came to Be by Jem Aswad

In February, Stellantis’ Global Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois fulfilled a decade-long pursuit of working with Bruce Springsteen with a Super Bowl spot for Jeep, marking the firs…

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Indie Venues Grow Desperate as #SaveOurStages Grant Applications Move Slowly Through SBA by Jem Aswad

The struggle that independent music venues have been undergoing for the past 14 months has gone on for so long that even supporters have begun to grow numb to it — but the reality is that …

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Grammy Awards Eliminate ‘Secret’ Nominating Committees by Jem Aswad

The Recording Academy announced today that it has made significant changes to the Grammy Awards process — including the elimination of nearly all of the controversial “secret” nomina…

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino Gave Up His Salary For Less Than Two Months in 2020, Earned $1.89 Million by Jem Aswad

While multiple outlets, including Variety, reported last April that Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino was foregoing his $3 million salary for all of 2020 due to the pandemic and its devastating…

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Downtown Sells All Copyrights to Concord in $300 Million-Plus Deal, Will Focus on Music Services by Jem Aswad

In the latest blockbuster music-catalog deal, Downtown has sold its 145,000 owned and co-published copyrights to an affiliate of the Concord music company. Included in the deal are songs pop…

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Music Industry Moves: The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Signs With Concord Publishing; SoundCloud Names Drew Wilson COO-CFO by Jem Aswad

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Concord Music Publishing, covering his past and future solo works (including his 2013 song with Daft Pun…

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Downtown Lays Off Unspecified Number of Nashville Staffers After Concord Acquisition by Jem Aswad

Just days after Downtown Music sold nearly 150,000 publishing copyrights to Concord, the company has laid off an unspecified number of staffers in its Nashville office.  Among the affected …

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

SBA Venue-Relief Website Receives More Than 17,000 Applications in First 24 Hours by Jem Aswad

We’ve been reluctant to jinx it, but after a disastrous non-launch earlier this month, the website for the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Relief Grant (SVOG) was up and …

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Benjamin Blank Named President of Warner Music’s New Advertising and Creative Content Division by Jem Aswad

WEA, the Label and Artist Services division of Warner Music Group, today announced that Benjamin Blank has been named president of media, a newly created position. In this role, Blank will l…

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Friday, April 23, 2021

SBA’s Shuttered Venue Website Reopening Moved to Monday by Jem Aswad

UPDATED: More than four months after the $16 billion #SignOurStages act was signed into law, and more than two weeks after the website through which venues could apply for federal aid launch…

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NFT Raises $200,000 for ‘Save Our Stages’ With Support From Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo; Next Round Starts Friday by Jem Aswad

After an NFT fundraiser for independent venues raised more than $200,000 last week, Goldflyer and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have announced the second round. Top NFT m…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Live Nation and Veeps to Set Up 60+ Major Venues for Livestreaming by Jem Aswad

In a move that shows livestreaming will be a part of the concert experience even in a post-pandemic word, Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live-entertainment company, and Vee…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

New York’s SummerStage Announces Return to In-Person Concerts This Summer by Jem Aswad

New York’s SummerStage concert series has announced plans to return to live, in-person concerts and performances at outdoor venues this summer. According to the announcement, “Pending ad…

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Songwriter Fund for Pandemic Relief Accepting Applications April 28 by Jem Aswad

Over the past pandemic-stricken year, multiple charities and assistance programs have stepped forward for segments of the music industry, from MusiCares to Save Our Stages and Crew Nation. W…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

UnitedMasters Announces $50 Million Series B Investment Led by Apple by Jem Aswad

UnitedMasters, a music distribution platform for independent artists founded by industry veteran Steve Stoute, announced a $50 million Series B investment led by Apple with follow-on investm…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Senator Chuck Schumer Details Federal Relief Plan for Independent Venues by Jem Aswad

For the second time in just over six months, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer stood at a nightclub in his home borough of Brooklyn and stumped for independent music venues. Where last …

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Giorgio Moroder Sign Open Letter to Record Labels to ‘Pay Songwriters’ a More Fair Share by Jem Aswad

Hundreds of members of the international music industry have signed an open letter to record labels titled “Pay Songwriters,” calling for better financial treatment from the record label…

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Live Nation’s ‘Crew Nation’ Fund Raises $18 Million for COVID-Impacted Touring Staffers (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

Just under a year ago, Live Nation, the world’s largest live-entertainment company, launched Crew Nation, a charitable fund to which it contributed an initial $5 million donation, to hel…

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

At Tonight’s Grammy Awards, We Celebrate — Then, as the Weeknd Snub Shows, It’s Time to Fix Them by Jem Aswad

Tonight, we come together — virtually — for the Grammy Awards, “Music’s Biggest Night,” and do our best to celebrate the music of the worst year of so many people’s lives. It’s…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Grammy Awards Considered 800 People for 2021 ‘In Memoriam’ Segment by Jem Aswad

The Grammy Awards considered some 800 people for the “In Memoriam” segment of the 2021 show, first-time executive producer Ben Winston tells Variety. While it was not unexpected that a l…

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Live Nation CEO Says U.S. Music Festivals Could Reopen by ‘Mid-Summer’ by Jem Aswad

Live Nation has taken a timeline provided by the British government as an all-clear for the summer festival season, selling some 170,000 tickets this week to three major U.K. summer festival…

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Despite Huge Drop in Revenue, Live Nation 2020 Earnings Report Shows Optimism for Concerts’ Return by Jem Aswad

In its earnings reports for the last quarter and full year of 2020, the year of the pandemic, Live Nation shows remarkable optimism for the projected return of live entertainment. Despite a …

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

BMI Names Sandye Taylor Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer by Jem Aswad

BMI has announced that Sandye Taylor is joining the company as Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.  She will report to the performing rights organization’s President & …

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Universal Music Launches Virgin Label and Artist Services Division by Jem Aswad

Universal Music Group has announced the launch of Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, a “new global network delivering premium and flexible artist and label services to the industry…

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Kiss’ Paul Stanley on How Musicians Can Stay Fit for When Touring Returns by Jem Aswad

As the pandemic raged on last fall, it was no surprise when veteran folk singer Arlo Guthrie called off his plans for future live performances. After suffering a series of strokes over the p…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Diana Ross Pays Tribute to Supremes Co-Founder Mary Wilson by Jem Aswad

Diana Ross, who cofounded the Supremes with Mary Wilson when both were in their early teens, paid tribute to her friend and longtime bandmate in a brief Twitter post on Tuesday. “I just wo…

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Monday, February 8, 2021

TikTok and Universal Music Unveil ‘Expanded Global Alliance’ by Jem Aswad

Just days after Triller and Universal Music Group essentially declared war on each other, UMG has unveiled a global agreement with TikTok “that delivers equitable compensation for recordin…

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Songs for Screens: Drake, Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton Lead Super Bowl Ads as Brands Lean Into Familiarity by Jem Aswad

As expected, Bruce Springsteen’s rumored Jeep commercial was the big highlight of this year’s Super Bowl ad haul, with The Boss making his first-ever appearance in a commercial. His musi…

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Reminisce With Clive Davis at Virtual Pre-Grammy Gala by Jem Aswad

Clive Davis… talk show host? Well, not exactly. But this year’s version of his annual exclusive pre-Grammy party — now taking place virtually and in two parts, the first of which was S…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Live-Event Industry Offers COVID-19 Vaccination Infrastructure, Venues and Staff in Letter to President Biden by Jem Aswad

In a letter to President Biden on Tuesday, major live-entertainment organizations — AEG, Bandit Lites, Broadway League, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Inter…

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