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5th Mar 2014
  • Birmingham band act JAWS has been announced as the winner of the first Momentum Deezer Award of £2,500. As previously announced, the award is a bonus addition to PRSF’s Momentum Music Fund, which is supported by National Lottery money through Arts Council England (ACE).
26th Feb 2014
  • The value of streaming revenue to artists, in particular Spotify has become the big industry debate but has thus far largely consisted of Thom Yorke and others shouting about how evil and damaging it all is, The Gen was therefore pleased to cross over to the other side of the stream this week and discover some of the positives.
  • The Great Escape has announced details of a new convention strand focusing on Global Digital Markets, also adding over 150 artists to the live line-up, including Dome shows from Wild Beasts and These New Puritans.
  • The Music Export Growth Scheme launched by UK Trade & Investment and The BPI last year has announced artists that will benefit from its first round of funding, including Drenge and Beth Jeans Houghton (pictured). 14 artists (not to be confused with Booking Agency 13 Artists) signed to small to medium sized UK labels will receive a grant to promote their music overseas.
  • Warner Music Group has partnered up with music discovery service Shazam to launch a new label. The new label will be imaginatively titled ‘Shazam’ and will obviously have a big focus on collecting data through its apps, which will then inform marketing campaigns. It is all a bit ‘Skynet’ but The Gen can just about stomach it provided there is no talk of ‘big data’ or ‘crowdsourcing‘.
25th Feb 2014
  • The annual music industry awards ceremony that everyone loves to hate returned to London last week- but that’s enough said about the BBC Folk Awards -This article, in no way sponsored by Barclaycard and or subject to its #PricelessSurprises enforced tweets, will instead focus on the BRITS- the winners, the live streaming, the California dreaming and Bowie’s
  • The BPI has published new figures revealing that the annual revenue from recorded music in the UK actually grew in 2013 for the first time in four years, despite overall album and single sales dropping. Presumably released to coincide with a slightly easier to stomach than usual BRIT Awards, the figures show that cash generated by physical and download purchases alongside streaming jumped 1.9% from £716m in 2012 to £730.4m last year.
24th Feb 2014
  • The UK chart landscape could see a major shift this year, with the revelation that the inclusion of streaming in the Official Single’s Chart could happen by summer; that is, according to Head of Music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, George Ergatoudis, (pictured here in the style of a golden era pre-tortoise and the hare controversy Blue Peter Presenter).
  • Public Enemy main man Chuck D has been named as the official ambassador for Record Store Day, which will take place on April 19th this year. Surely a safer pair of hands than fellow Public Enemy Flavour Flav, Chuck D has scored three multi-platinum albums and over 80 tours across a thirty-year career.
23rd Feb 2014
  • Generator returned to Roundhouse Rising for our Artist Development Masterclass Day and Tipping Point Showcase. Guests included Jazz Summers (Big Life Managent) and representatives of Radio 1, Spotify, Sentric Music, Amazing Radio, Island Records, ITB Agency and PRS for Music Foundation, with Blessa, Sophie Jamieson, Prides and Fé rounding out the night with stunning performances for The Tipping Point.
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