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Month - January, 2014

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29th Jan 2014
  • It may not be able to boast its own Kanye / Swift Taylor moment but the 2014 Grammys did feature 33 same-sex and hetrosexual couples getting married onstage to the strains of Madonna, Macklemore and Lewis. The awards ceremony also featured a total of five prizes for Daft Punk, including album and record of the year for the suave suited silver helmeted duo. It must be difficult to maintain mystique when you’re blaring out of every possible orifice of the country all summer long.
  • According to a report launched this week, venues and festivals across the UK are losing out on £66m in annual revenues by not offering online booking to disabled customers. The latest ‘State of Access Report’ published by Attitude is Everything reveals that 83% of mystery shoppers were discouraged from buying tickets by current booking systems.
  • So, Independent Venue Week is underway and what better reason is there to head out and support your local Colin Greenwood stamped and approved authentic toilet venue? Of course, like buying records and Record Store Day, you should be doing this year round if paying for music and supporting emerging artists and small venues are important to you.
  • Following a reported $60 million investment, SoundCloud is apparently courting big labels for licensing deals and this week launched a new “visual” version of its player.
22nd Jan 2014
  • The Great Escape has today announced the first 100 acts confirmed for 2014, including a Dome show from Kelis (pictured). Now in its ninth year, the MAMA produced festival will showcase 400 emerging artists across three days and 35 venues in Brighton from 8th-10th May to an expected 18,000 fans an industry delegates.
  • Not wanting to have the streaming spotlight stolen by a swaggering Beats Music as it goes live in the US, Spotify has lifted all restrictions on its ad-supported service on all platforms. As revealed in this blog post, the company revealed that it just couldn’t bear the Beats coverage accompanied by pictures of a grinning, permatanned Jimmy Iovine any longer.
  • The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced that Thomas Golubic, music supervisor on TV shows such as Breaking Bad, The Killing and The Walking Dead will deliver a keynote at their sync licensing master class next month. Taking place at Proud Camden in London 24th February from 5.30-10pm, the annual event will feature prominent speakers from TV, film, advertising and games.
  • New figures from the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) reveal that the creative industries are now worth an astonishing £71.4 billion to the UK economy annually. In addition, jobs in the sector grew by 8.6% across 2011 and 2012, dramatically higher than the rate for the UK Economy as a whole at 0.7%.
16th Jan 2014
  • Not to have its thunder stolen by a bunch of lukewarm BRITS announcements, NME has also announced the nominations for its 2014 awards, with Arctic Monkeys leading the way. The Sheffield band, who released fifth album AM last year have been nominated in eight categories including British band, best live band and best album.
  • Liverpool Sound City has announced Thurston Moore (pictured) and John Cale as keynote speakers at this year’s conference. The former Sonic Youth main man and ex-Velvet Underground member Cale will discuss their careers to date including influences and relationships with other artists alongside revealing what the future holds, followed by Q & A sessions.
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