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In addition to the two, upcoming, just announced, trade missions to Singapore & Toronto, Luciana Pegorer of our sister organization in Brazil, ABMI, will again invite A2IM members to attend their conference, Rio Music Buzz, from September 24 – 26 in downtown Rio. Last year’s trade mission to Brazil was both a business and social success, more about the upcoming trade mission to come soon …
Contacts from the 1st mission to Brazil can be found HERE.
Earlier this year the International Trade Administration hosted a webinar titled: Distribution & Licensing in Brazil. Luciana Pegorer of ABMI was one of the guest speakers. Watch the webinar HERE.
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We thought our music label members might want to read Ed Christman’s lead article in today’s Billboard Bulletin titled “Amazon Lowballs Labels With “Insane”-ly Puny Offer” in which Ed highlights what his research tells him about the deals being proposed by Amazon related to a music streaming service Amazon is launching. In the article Ed highlights the large disparity in the amounts being offered the majors versus the Indies (despite the Indies having the largest market share per Billboard). In addition to that disparity the article also highlights the differences between what Amazon will be paying versus what other digital on-demand streaming services are paying music labels and their artists.
A2IM was created to ensure both access and equitable treatment for our members, which per Ed’s critique, this Amazon proposal does not appear to offer. In addition over time we have noted that interactive on-demand services like 7digital, Beats, eMusic, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, and many others are treating all creators equitably and are fairly compensating creators for their music, regardless of size. To accept discounted rates would create an unlevel unfair playing field for the services just mentioned, services who compete with the services proposing these “lowball” offers. In the digital space there needs to be overall equity for all participants, music labels and service providers.
The above is just sharing public information and each member should do their own research. A2IM reminds every member label that at the end of the day each music label must determine for themselves their own promotional and commerce plans and we respect that entrepreneurial spirit. Each label must have its own business plan and must make their own individual decisions as to what is best for their label. We’re just suggesting to you that before agreeing to any direct licenses please consider all factors and their effects on your music label’s results, now and in the future, and make an educated decision. If you have any general generic business questions please always feel free to contact us at A2IM.
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We hope you can join us for a casual A2IM member meet-up on Thursday, March 20 from 5PM – 7PM at Tin Roof, 1516 Demonbreun St, Nashville, map.
Happy hour specials: $1 PBR, $2 domestic drafts, $3 premium drafts, $4 wells and $5 chicken quesadillas.
RSVP to A2IM’s Nashville Chapter Chair, Randall Foster of Naxos HERE
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Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward?
Billboard’s annual Power Players special feature “40 Under 40″ will identify these individuals — Billboard invites their readers to offer their nominations online HERE.
Individuals in all aspects of the music industry are eligible if they were born After May 1, 1974. (The final cut-off birth date for honorees will be determined by the publication date of this special feature).
Individuals recognized in a previous Billboard Power Players report are eligible for consideration.
Individuals who make their living primarily as artists and/or songwriters are not eligible unless they own their recordings or songs and act in a business or executive capacity to market them.
Billboard editors will choose among the nominees by considering their achievements, both within their company and the broader industry, with an emphasis on recent, measurable accomplishment, as described in their nomination.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21, 2014
A2IM congratulates Daniel Ek (Spotify), Benjy Grinberg (Rostrum Records), Robb McDaniels (INgrooves) and Benji Rogers (PledgeMusic) for being named to Billboard’s 2013 40 Under 40 List.
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A2IM invites label members (only) to send A2IM your priority records at commercial radio for this month. We’ll be sharing our members’ biggest priorities with senior programming executives at the largest radio broadcaster groups as part of our on-going advocacy efforts on behalf of the best independent labels in the country. To submit your radio priorities please use THIS FORM. The deadline for this round is Friday, March 21st.
Keep in mind this won’t be effective at all if we overwhelm the programmers who’ve committed to us that they’ll look at our members’ priorities. While each of our members are not limited to sending just one priority record (if you have 5 records exploding, send us 5 submissions), we are looking for the BEST stories – the records that our label members are working that are succeeding on numerous levels (eg. sales, airplay, video, synch placements, tours, etc.) – that A2IM can shine an extra spotlight onto as a member service while also being a resource to our the radio programmers who’ve expressed an interest in working more closely with our members.
A2IM will also use these submitted priority tracks to create the invitation list for upcoming radio programming summits with radio groups throughout 2014.
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