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in pictures midem festival

conferences the industry speaks

business deals made in Cannes

The Ting Tings play the midem festival

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Speaking today

Blogging today

Playing today

Stuart Braithwaite, co-founder, Rock Action Records, at the Artists Speak To Artists session, 16.10

Emily White, manager, WhiteSmith Entertainment. Emily pretty much wrote the book on DIY artists

Canadian pop/folk artist, Anna Atkinson, plays at the Canadian Blast showcase tonight at Morrison’s, 20.00


people attended midem academy’s learning sessions yesterday

NBC pitch session

NBCU’s Music Pitch produces 2,000 entries of ‘amazingness’


2,538 tweets with the #midem hashtag yesterday

tweet of the day Syd Lawrence @ sydlawrence

HE MUSIC Pitch Sessions are designed to shorten the distance between creativity and business by giving the midem community the opportunity to pitch music directly to media and advertising heavyweights, with the aim of having tracks placed in global campaigns or television shows. In the run-up to midem, NBCUniversal (NBCU) announced the five winners of its online Music Pitch Session: Cry For Us Black Swans, Sweet Jane, Pixikill, Alsace Carcione and Mitch Gettman. The project drew more than 2,000 submissions, attracted by the chance to feature in

NBCUniversal’s Alicen Schneider: “Our decision came down to feasibility”

NBC’s music-intensive hit shows, such as Being Human. Alicen Schneider, NBCUniversal’s music supervisor, said her team was overwhelmed by the response. “As major music fans, we did our best to hear what we could,” she said. “But there’s an endless

Imany live in Cannes

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pool of amazingness out there that we will never be able to personally hear.” In terms of quality, Schneider said the midem community set the bar high: “The biggest challenge was having to narrow down five tracks that really stood out, when there were so many that were equally good. Our decision came down to the feasibility of being able to place songs at this time.” During midem, Euro RSCG, Ogilvy and Grey Music will be hosting live Music Pitch Sessions, evaluating music submissions for, respectively, Durex, Dove and Panadol campaigns.

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OULFUL singer Imany, French-born of Comorian descent, kicked off the inaugural midem festival yesterday evening. A buzz has built up around Imany since her first appearances on various Parisian stages, and she is

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most often compared with US singer Tracy Chapman. Her album, The Shape Of A Broken Heart, has just gone platinum, and she is due to perform at a sold-out concert at the Paris Olympia this April.

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To befriend or not to befriend?


ESTERDAY’s first panel in the Direct2Fan Camp saw singer-songwriter Michelle Phelan, fan Lorene Pillin and Google Music’s Tim Quirk welcomed onstage by Whitesmith Entertainment’s Emily White to discuss the intricacies of the direct-to-fan (D2F) approach — from an artist’s, a fan’s and a platform’s point of view. Phelan, half of Irish/French folk duo Carosel, told the audience about her experience on Hangouts, Google+’s video-conferencing service, which allowed her “to play personal concerts for some fans from the other side of the world, who I’d never even seen before”. The power of the tools on offer to artists is the real game-changer today, Quirk said. “Google Music is one of those tools, as it is one of the few major music platforms that allows artists to upload their music directly, to sell it at any price they like, or even give it away for free,” he added. But regardless of platform, Quirk said the

key to D2F is targeting your efforts to the many types of fan out there. “There are casual fans and superfans, and everything in between,” he said. So, for example, a casual fan might not go for a “KISS-emblazoned coffin”, whereas a superfan might. “But it’s in all artists’ interests to reach more people,” he added. Quirk believes that Direct2Fan and celebrity are not mutually exclusive. He gave the example of Lady Gaga, who has a strong track record of connecting with her superfans, who have even appeared as part of her stage show. And fans can help artists to raise funds too. “We’re crowdfunding right now with the new service [and midemlab contestant] Oocto, asking fans to help us raise money so we can make our first French/English song,” said the Paris-based Irish artist. “So on the site we’ve made a list of rewards for donations. I’ll even cook for people!” Phelan added: “People forget how much it costs to make music.”

D2F deconstructed: Whitesmith Entertainment’s Emily White (left) singer-songwriter Michelle Phelan, fan Lorene Pillin and Google Music’s Tim Quirk

Midemlab builds bridges between music and tech


HE MESSAGE coming out of this year’s midemlab competition for start-ups and app developers is that strength is unity when it comes to gamechanging innovation. “I’m both impressed and pleased to see the bridges that are being built between music, social media and technology,” said Martin Duval, CEO and founder of midemlab partner bluenove, France’s leading consultancy in open innovation. “Bringing in players from outside your core business is very often the best and fastest way to improve innovation.” Positioned at the intersection of music and technology, midemlab showcases the nextgeneration tools that will help executives, artists and brands to engage and monetise audiences. Duval said this year’s 30 finalists, whittled down from over 100 entries, reflect the event’s overarching mission to “reach out into non-music communities to boost and improve innovation”. Duval’s own background also bridges music and technology — he managed Orange’s mobile-music activities before leaving to launch bluenove in 2008. And he would like to see the relationship between music and technology become closer still, particularly in the current economic climate. “With fewer resources to throw at R&D, it makes sense for companies from different worlds to come together to innovate,” he said. The 30 midemlab finalists are pitching projects in three categories: Music Discovery and Recommendation; Marketing and

Social Engagement; and Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Content. This year’s event is sponsored by Vivendi.

Bluenove’s Martin Duval: innovation sans frontiers

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Counterpoint makes sense of convergence

Converse Rubber Tracks studio is a gift that keeps on giving


Counterpoint Systems’ Amos Biegun: managing rights across formats


RINGING music, media and brands together under one roof makes midem ideal for companies like exhibitor Counterpoint Systems, the UK-based music-rights management and royalties-solution company, according to CEO Amos Biegun. Gone are the days when his company’s technology served companies that were either a label or a music publisher, he said. But as the specialist areas in the industry converge via digital technology, Biegun added, Counterpoint has developed web-based software designed to manage rights in the different resulting formats. “We are trying to manage all aspects of the music business by ensuring our software is suitable for the convergence in the marketplace,” Biegun said. “Midem is the perfect place to showcase the software. You can see where the music industry is going for the rest of the year. And for those of us who also serve the merchandise and licensing industries, adding technology and brands to midem’s focus has been a wise move.”

ONVERSE has a long-standing relationship with the music industry — or more accurately, with the music industry’s feet. “We consider musicians to be our core consumers,” said Geoff Cottrill, Converse’s chief marketing officer, explaining the rationale behind the iconic US footwear brand’s decision to open a state-of-theart recording studio in Brooklyn last July, available free of charge to up-and-coming artists. “The Rubber Tracks studio is our way of saying thank you to generations of musicians for their years of support — and a great way for us to invest in unleashing the spirit of creativity,” Cottrill added. “It’s not about fame and we’re not interested in owning any rights. Our promise to musicians

is that we’ll give them an A-level recording experience at no cost.” Helping musicians to overcome what is often the biggest hurdle in their career — affording studio time — has earned Converse a place in the 10 finalists of the midem marketing campaign competition, which rewards the most innovative and creative use of music in marketing. The winner will be announced at 15.50 tomorrow in the Auditorium Debussy. “There are some great campaigns in the competition,” Cottrill said, citing American Express’ Unstaged and Vodafone’s Mein Tweet Als Lied as particularly strong contenders. For Cottrill, however, Converse is already a winner: “Rubber Tracks helps to keep the creative fires burning — and if creativity is thriving, so are we.”

MNDR The Converse Rubber Tracks studio: a thank you present to musicians

hack day launch

Stop attacking hacking! AT YESTERDAY’s midem Hack Day launch session, teams of developers and programmers started their marathon attempts to conceptualise and build a brand-new generation of apps in just 48 hours. “Hack Day was set up three years ago,” said co-organiser Dave Haynes of SoundCloud. “Since then, over 200 music and tech companies have participated and 3,000 people have been involved.” Haynes’ organising partner, Martyn Davies, CEO of Six Two Productions, said that hacking has an undeserved reputation: “These are positive hackers who use the backbone of services that already exist to build new and better apps. Here, the ethos is that whatever is being developed has to be related to music, whether it’s about music discovery, innovative ways to stream, adding social functions, or tackling specific issues. For example, the singer Zoe Keating asked for help in solving some issues that she has with her online presence.” Another artist, Imogen Heap, has also turned to hackers for help. “The work done by hackers enabled her to engage with her fans quicker and better,” Davies added.

Six Two Productions’ Martyn Davies: “positive hackers”

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The Chapiteau Croisette, venue for the inaugural midem festival, sold out last night. On the bill were Imany, Skip The Use and Selah Sue. It was also the first night for midem off, which saw venues around town packed with music fans


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1 Me @ DaDaDa 2 Chris Assaad @ Showcase Fnac 3 The Danubia Saxophone Quartet @ Sparkling 4 Chemistronic @ DaDaDa

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French culture minister launches national music centre at midem

French minister Frederic Mitterrand at midem with Francoise Canetti, Shakira and Patricia Kaas


REDERIC Mitterrand and representatives from France’s diverse music professional bodies, publically signed a ground-breaking agreement at midem on Saturday, paving the way for the creation of the new Centre national de la musique (CNM). Opening midem for the third year in succession, the French minister of culture and communication described the decision to set up the CNM as “an historic agreement.” He noted that the new body, set to come into existence later this year, will federate all the interests of the French music indus-

Music is our first love GEMA@MIDEM Riviera Hall, at stand R07.20-10

try and centralise public funding for the music sector. With the agreement signed, work now begins on creating a legal framework before the CNM becomes operational later this year. It is understood that in 2013 the CNM budget will include between €75m and €90m, drawn from existing taxes on internet service providers. Frederic Mitterrand went on to award French culture medals chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres to Shakira and producer Francoise Canetti, and officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres to Patricia Kaas.

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Berklee helps industry to rethink future of music


S CO-ORGANISER of the midem academy training and networking forum, Berklee College of Music’s logo is a familiar sight on walls and in the halls of the Palais. And this year for the first time, its students are also at large, observing the international music industry as it goes about the business of supplying the world with music. Around 30 American graduate students are in Cannes, under the guidance of programme director Allen Bargfrede. The students — described by Bargfrede as “overwhelmed and excited” by their first hard-core music-industry experience — are studying the international music business at Berklee’s newly opened satellite campus in Valencia, Spain. Bargfrede added: “Midem is the perfect op-

portunity for our students to see the global industry in action and to give them a less US-centric view of the music market.” Bargfrede is also at midem to fly the flag for the second Rethink Music conference — another midem/Berklee joint venture — which takes place in Boston, US in April. The goal of the two-day event, which features workshops, presentations and panels, is to foster solutions for tomorrow’s music industry. “We are focusing on what the industry will look like three, five and 10 years from now,” said Bargfrede, who is Rethink Music’s executive director. “We think the event has the potential to be bigger than just the Boston canvass. In time, we hope to see Rethink Music initiatives taking place in Europe.”

Berklee College of Music’s Allen Bargfrede: time to Rethink Music


School for music’s next leaders THE WORLD’s first “triple-accredited” MBA (Master of Business Administration degree) dedicated to the music industry launches at midem today. Offered by the distinguished UK-based Henley Business School and officially called MBA for the Music Industry, the new qualification is aimed at established business managers and future industry leaders. The flexible-learning course begins in September and can be taken over three to five years for a fee of £25,000. The school’s dean, Professor John Board, said the disciplines offered by an MBA are right for decision-makers in the struggling but rapidly changing global music business.

“What a good MBA does is encourage people to make the best of themselves. It helps analyse issues, is a good basis for success and produces good networks. ”The course was conceived by programme director Helen Gammons, an MBA graduate herself, entrepreneur and author of The Art Of Music Publishing, who adds: “To do this, we have experienced music industry people with a great knowledge base and understanding of the industry.” Gammons is also moderating the midem panel Publishers As An Early Ally In An Artist’s Career, in association with ICMP, on Tuesday, January 31, 12.00, at the Ideas Hothouse.

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Henley Business School’s John Broad and Helen Gammons

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NRJ Music Awards Stars on the red carpet for the 2012 Awards ceremony




1 Shakira 2 Justin Bieber 3 Shy’m 4 Redfoo of LMFAO


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MDA brings the sound of Singapore to Cannes THE MEDIA Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore comes to midem for the first time this year, accompanied by seven of the island state’s most talented artists and seven of its most dynamic music companies. Emily Ong, MDA’s deputy director of broadcast, animation, film and music, explains MDA’s decision to showcase Singapore’s vibrant music scene in Cannes WHAT brings the MDA to midem? SINGAPORE is a thriving music hub. Talent, agencies and labels from around the world have been attracted by our pro-business environment, good infrastructure and stringent IP protection. But to further develop our music sector, it’s important that our local music talent — artists such as Kit Chan, Stefanie Sun, JJ Lin, Tanya Chua, Taufik Batisah and Hady Mirza — be internationally recognised. We identified midem as the suitable platform to do that. What is MDA’s strategy for growing Singapore’s music industry? We recognise the music industry’s potential to enhance commercial and creative developments across the broadcast, film, games and animation industries. Our efforts include talent development and establishing a favourable music ecosystem to attract more artists and businesses. Among the measures we have in place for local artists are developmental grants, and providing matchmaking and marketing opportunities at markets such as midem. In terms of format, how do Singaporeans experience music? PwC is projecting a compound growth rate of 20.1% for digital recorded music in Singapore to 2015. This growth is not surprising — Singaporeans are IT-savvy people and several global music companies, such as Qtrax, have launched digital music services in Singapore. What can delegates expect from the Singapore music showcase on Sunday? Expect a night of good music in a high-energy show featuring a mix of musical styles, from pop, progressive rock and urban hip-hop, to Afro-Brazilian rhythms, funk and rock. The seven acts will perform in English, infusing Asian sounds with Asian instruments. This East-West sound is original to Singapore and we believe international audiences will find it intriguing.

MDA’s Emily Ong: international recognition

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Taiwan at midem to open doors in and out of mainland China


IDEM delegates are treated to the sounds of pop and rock music from Taiwan tonight, in a showcase (Salon des Ambassadeurs, 19.00), featuring Mayday, Yen-J and Matzka. Ed Yen is head of the Pop Music Project OďŹƒce (PMPO) of the Taiwan Government Information OďŹƒce, and the chief creative executive of a-Peer Culture & Technology (aPCT), which creates new market opportunities and reve-

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nue for international artists entering the China market and Chinese talent expanding into the world market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The PMPO has been set up to utilise the resources from a-Peer Culture & Technology (aPCT), to invite the music business experts and cross-industry professionals and executives to make suggestions for activities for the Taiwan governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pop music policy, both for current and future planning, as well as for the execution of these activities,â&#x20AC;? Yen said, adding: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal of bringing these bands is for us to show at midem that Taiwan pop music accounts for over 80% of the global Chinese music sales. We want to provide a music showcase for the international music community so they can understand what are the popular sounds in the Greater China market.â&#x20AC;? Of the three acts performing tonight, Yen said that Mayday is currently the most popular â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and biggest selling â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Â band in the Chinese-language music market.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their music is soft pop rock whose lyrics describe the creation of friendship,â&#x20AC;? he added. Matzka represents a new generation of Taiwan aboriginal bands. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Their specialty is combining aboriginal performing characters with Reggae rhythms that relate to the passion of music and life.â&#x20AC;?

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Yen-J are of “a new generation of artists who are multi-talented, and who create, perform and play their own work”, Yen said. “The band was nominated for the best newcomer award, created by the GIO at the 2011 Golden Melody Awards. “Of all the digital sales in social media sites in China, which include ring-back tones, streaming services, and physical product sales, 70% to 80% of the consumers favour artist and products made and produced in Taiwan,” he said. At midem, the PMPO aims “to help the music industry people to understand that Taiwan is a gateway to the Greater China and Asian markets. For example, Korean artists now produce and test out their work in Taiwan before they enter the China market.” He added: “We welcome all participants to come and watch the Made In Taiwan showcase.”








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New website offers all that jazz — digitally ITALIAN label CAM Jazz is using midem to launch its new, improved website, which will enable its customers to purchase full tracks and CDs in the wav and mp3 digital formats. The site will continue to offer CDs, box sets, vinyl recordings and special-offer purchases. It also serves as a modern jazz community, providing up-to-date information on the multiple Grammy Awardnominated label’s artists, releases, videos and reviews. Agostino Campi, managing director of the Rome-based label, said: “Each year, we add something exciting to our label, whether it’s an artist or an award. This year, it’s a sophisticated, integrated, userfriendly website that will make it even easier for our fans to listen to our music and visit us more often.” The URL address will remain the same:

Agostino Campi: “every year, we add something exciting”

Webdoc widget integrations rewrite rules of engagement


EBDOC, the service that allows users to share their passions online through the creation of rich-media posts, is launching embeddable widgets for SoundCloud, Songkick and Topspin. The trio of new services provides a significant boost to Webdoc’s audio and music offering, providing fans and pro-users with a range of new opportunities for self-expression, sharing and community engagement. Since it launched in December 2011, Webdoc has enjoyed impressive fan engagement. When British-Irish boy band One Direction asked their fans to wish happy birthday to group member Zayn Malik on Webdoc, more than 6,800 fans had created rich-media posts within 48 hours. UK jazz funk band Jamiroquai have experienced similar results. “As a fan-engagement site, it really surpassed my expectations,” said the band’s digital manager, Neil Cartwright. Social-sound platform SoundCloud is now officially represented on Webdoc through the new drag-and-drop widget. This allows both fans and professionals to incorporate SoundCloud tracks into their Webdocs, played via the HTML5 player. Songkick allows fans to track their favourite artists’ live performances and to be the first to know when tickets go on sale. Performers can also insert the new Songkick widget into their Webdocs to sell tickets to their gigs directly

Webdoc’s Stelio Tzonis: “unprecedented engagement levels”

to the public. Topspin users, meanwhile, can now extend the fan-engagement, streaming and commerce widgets inside their Webdocs. “It’s extremely exciting for us to see our expression canvas used to such great effect, not only by individuals but by entire communities like Nirvana, One Direction and Labrinth,” said Stelio Tzonis, Webdoc CEO. “The impact of this new type of expression, which is amplified well beyond ‘likes’ or comments, explains the unprecedented engagement levels we’ve been seeing.”


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Psonar in deal with INgrooves for micro-payment streaming


SONAR, the new music service offering a simple payment model to revolutionise access to streamed music in the same way that pay-as-you-go revolutionised mobile-phone access, has signed a licensing deal with INgrooves, the digitalmusic marketing and distribution firm, at midem. Instead of offering a limited amount of free (ad-supported) use or monthly subscriptions, Psonar’s pay-per-play (PPP) payment system is affordable and simple by charging just one pence / one cent / one eurocent per track. Users are able to pay via phone bills (pre-

pay/contract), credit/debit cards or PayPal. “The deal offers a whole new way of reaching a new audience by driving great content to kids, who listen to music on mobile devices,” said Martin Rigby, UK-based Psonar’s CEO. “The platform’s viral capacity offers a great connection to music fans,” added Alex Branson, senior vice-president/managing director at INgrooves, which has one million tracks in its catalogue. “There are already acts who have 10 million streams on YouTube; Psonar is like that but more targeted and can also encourage fans to go and buy.”


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BorderBlaster in Cannes with new deal and new releases


OLLECTOR, the real-time online application that tracks worldwide radio broadcasts, announced a deal with Swedish label BorderBlaster yesterday covering BorderBlaster’s entire catalogue. BorderBlaster has offices in London and Paris, and recently released Past Present Future, the new studio album from the legendary Manu Dibango. “Kollector is a 360 solution for publishing and tracking the broadcasting of a song worldwide. All in real-time. The advantage for an artist or a company is that Kollector makes it possible to follow broadcasts and the evolution by the minute,” Georges Williams, founder of BorderBlaster, said. “The information is constantly updated which is a really useful thing for all content owners who have songs playing on radio anywhere.” In Cannes with BorderBlaster is rapper/ singer-songwriter Kof, at midem to perform two showcases, the second tonight at the Villa Mystique — the eve of the release of his new single Be Like You. Speaking to the midem News, Kof said that live performance is something he really enjoys, one of his best-remembered performances being at Glastonbury. “When I walked out on stage there was hardly anyone in the tent,” he said. “But as I started playing, people walking past started to come in. By the end of the show the tent was packed — with about 2,000 people.” A UK radio favourite, Kof’s new EP is released in April, supported by a tour.


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Events you can attend midem Billboard breakfast sponsored by Nokia

Carlton – La côte by invitation only

9:30 - 15:00

Merlin Board Meeting

Autorium H Level 3 by invitation only

10:00 - 11:00

Press Conference - Commerce or Chaos: Why Copyright still matters online?

Blue Lounge Level 3

11:00 - 12:30

SACEM Press Conference

Auditorium K Level 4


12:00 - 13:00

Press Conference: Kaas sings Piaf with Patricia Kaas and the producer, Richard Walter

Blue Lounge Level 01

13:00 - 14:30

midem Networking Lunch – Brands – interact with brands and agencies

Rado Plage by registration only

Non-commercial distribution and screenings of world music films at various festivals

14:00 - 15:00

Spedidam Conference – Performer’s income in the Digital Economy

Blue Lounge Level 01

14:00 - 15:00

China Pavilion Reception – GAPP & CAVA Debut a Chinese Star in the Making

Stand R02.01

14:00 - 17:00

Towards a Global Indie Manifesto in Association with Win/Impala

Auditorium I Level 4 by invitation only

15:30 - 16:30

Press Conference - Bureau Export: French Music Export in 2011 & Prospects for 2012

Blue Lounge Level 01

17:00 - 18:00

Merlin members meeting

Auditorium H Level 3 by invitation only

17:30 - 18:30

Press Conference: Music 3.0: Getty Images Music Showcases Innovative Partnership with Industry Leading Artists

Blue Lounge Level 01


18:30 - 21:30

midem Tech meetups

Bar “Au Bureau” 49, rue Felix Faure 06400 Cannes

20:00 - 22:30

THE midem dinner sponsored by Greenlight

Carlton Grand Salon by invitation only

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All aboard the Ricall Express ONLINE music licensing platform Ricall has signed a raft of deals with both major and independent music publishers and record labels for its new sync service, Ricall Express. The deals will allow Ricall to make well-known songs and artists available on an e-commerce enabled website for sync usages aimed at corporate, notfor-profit and personal users. “It is fair to say that our biggest achievement has been to marry the legal and business aspects of sync licensing together with customer expectations of a 21st century online service,” said Phil Bird, Ricall’s senior vice-president of commercial development. “There have been many automated sync platforms over the years, including the original Ricall platform launched in 2008, however none have managed to find the holy grail of selling well-known commercial music for amateur filmmakers, small to medium-sized businesses and notfor-profit groups. Ricall aims to open up the market beyond traditional advertising, film & TV and computer games sectors.”

Ricall’s Phil Bird

Cockburn signs to Carlin’s Kiddies

Ahdritz’s vision for Kobalt becomes a global reality

Kobalt’s Willard Ahdritz


OBALT Music Group, the international music-management and publishing group, has come to midem to unveil the overhaul of its business operations with the launch of two major new divisions and the acquisition of AWAL, the pioneering digital distribution and marketing company. In addition to buying UK-based AWAL, Kobalt’s two new divisions are the Kobalt Artist and Label Services (KALS) and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights Limited (KNRL). The former is centred on AWAL, which will now be a fully-owned subsidiary that distributes and promotes 5,000-plus labels and artists, including Radiohead. The latter processes and speeds up royalty payments to performers, musicians and labels whose recordings are played on radio, TV and in

public venues CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz told midem News that Kobalt’s move is a continuation of the company’s once controversial strategy to centralise its relationship with artist clients around the world. “This makes us a truly centralised global multi-rights company. When we started 10 years ago, the model for collecting publishing royalties was based on local offices that used middle men,” Ahdritz said. “The industry wasn’t convinced of our centralised strategy. But as the industry gets more complex, there are now 20,000 different revenue streams for just one song and the volume of royalty lines to calculate (in a statement) has increased five-fold. I have always had a vision that this is the way the music industry model should be.”

ROTTEN Kiddies Music, a new subsidiary of Carlin America, has acquired the song catalogue of celebrated singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. The Canadian national treasure, whose career began in 1965, has made over 30 albums, with nine top10 singles. Cockburn — one of the most technically accomplished guitarists of his generation — joins a roster that includes Billie Holiday, James Brown and Stephen Sondheim. Cockburn said: “When the people at Carlin expressed an interest, it felt like my songs found a perfect home.” © photo credit Kevin Kelly

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Rap Around The Clock MUSIC industry legend Joey Welz is back at midem fresh from making his 60-CD catalogue available worldwide through deals with The Orchard and CD Baby. He also reinvented himself as a rapper under the name The Comet MC. His new album on C/A Records is 16 new originals called “Bigger Than The Beatles...”. Welz expanded C/A’s jazz roster in 2010 by signing smooth jazz artists including Albare, Peter Jenkins and Jazzeriti. “We also are knee deep in a new crop of rockers including The Suspects, Tukurpa, Ricky Duran and Steven Graves,” Welz said.

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Musicmetric Pro tracks socialnetwork activity for artists


lready with high-profile clients like pioneering music-TV network MTV UK, international digital-music aggregator The Orchard, and a multi-national major label, first-time exhibitor Musicmetric is at midem to introduce its flagship service Musicmetric Pro. The young London-based international social-media analytics company specialises in measuring social-network activity, especially at a time when it has become as crucial as record sales for establishing an artist’s popularity. The company recently enabled MTV UK to include unsigned acts, with a massive online following, in its Brand New For 2012 Musicmetric’s Gregory Mead

ranking of artists expected to be the stars in the coming year. Its analytics includes the measurement of artists’ page views, digital video and audio plays, fan comments on websites, mentions of tracks and albums in reviews and blogs, and even trends on the controversial BitTorrent file-sharing network at local or global levels. “We have created one trusted place to be able to see all key artist information,” CEO Gregory Mead said. “Our customers are able to integrate their own data, including Facebook Insights, Google Analytics and other data feeds such as digital sales, streams or airplay into their Musicmetric dashboard.”

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Megadethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marty Friedman pays homage to the music of Japan


APANESE publishersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; association, the MPAJ, is holding an open symposium today at 16.00 on the JETRO/MPAJ stand featuring ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Under the title Exposing The Myth Of Japanese Music Phenomenon, Friedman will be talking about his creative life in Japan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is totally dedicated to, and involved in J-Pop, J-Rock, anime songs and even traditional ballads, which are called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;enkaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a player, producer, song-writer, arranger and commentator, with his ďŹ&#x201A;uent Japanese,â&#x20AC;? said Ken Ohtake, president of Sony Music Publishing Japan and executive director of the MPAJ. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is totally integrated into Japanese society and recently recorded an LP of cover versions of Japanese songs called Tokyo Jukebox. He will be speaking about what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to live in Japan from the point of view of a top-line musician

and as a westerner, and also whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on musically.â&#x20AC;? Ohtake also spoke of the comparatively healthy CD market in Japan which in 2011 was the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest music market for CD sales. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Total sound carrier sales were in fact down by 5%, but Japanese consumers still really like to buy CDs, plus there is currently a boom in Korean pop music which is driving sales. And on top of that, there are several very big-selling Japanese groups including AKB 48 and Arashi,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Consumer desire to posses a physical version with sleevenotes, rather than just experiencing the music, remains very strong.â&#x20AC;? MPAJ is currently negotiating with the government for an extension of copyright from 50 to 70 years, and Japan is also currently involved in talks with the EU to create a Free Trade Area which would lower import taxes and help to

THE SAKE ceremony at the MPAJ stand yesterday toasted a successful midem 2012. Pictured are (left to right): FujipaciďŹ c Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairman and CEO, Ichiro Asatsuma; MPAJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, Ken Ohtake; MPAJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice-chairman Kaz Hori; MPAJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chairman, Haji Taniguchi; JETROâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director general, Masashi Oshita; and musician Marty Friedman, presenter of Access Japan workshop What Is J-Pop â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Exposing The Myth Of Japanese Music Phenomenon

create a free-trade block of over 400 million consumers. This year the JETRO/MPAJ stand is decorated with blue origami birds, a gesture of thanks to everybody outside Japan who sent donations to help the survivors of the March 11 tsunami. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The origami bird is a symbol of deep appreciation for all the kindness and concern that came from abroad in a very dark moment for our country,â&#x20AC;? Ohtake said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all very touched by the positive and helpful reaction of countries and people from all over the world.â&#x20AC;? Ken Ohtake, president of Sony Music Publishing Japan and executive director of the MPAJ





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