Artists can choose which distributor they want to partner with — thatâs where DistroKid and TuneCore come in. Musicians choose one of the two on Facebookâs landing page and from there, get paid for the use of their music based on the selected distributorâs terms. They will have access to their selected distributorâs music performance data and insights.
The new initiative is expected to increase revenue opportunities for independent artists all over the world every time their music is used to create content.
“These days we are seeing a leveling of the playing field as discovery is happening via social media and no longer solely dependent on industry executives and DJs handpicking hits,” said Andreea Gleeson, co-head and chief revenue officer of TuneCore. “With the popularity of short form videos, Facebook Stories and Instagram Reels are two important platforms on which fans are finding songs and artists, with careers being made when songs go viral. The Facebook Independent Artist Program provides an even greater gateway for indie artists from around the world to be heard.”
Gaming platform Roblox has struck a partnership with BMG following the resolution of claims “relating to the use of BMG-controlled songs and recordings,” according to the press release. The goal of the partnership is to bring BMGâs vision to the Roblox metaverse, which will involve engaging fans and creating new commercial opportunities.
“BMGâs artist-centric approach and boldness in bringing state-of-the art technology to help maximize their success is very much in line with Robloxâs focus on empowering our community of creators,” said Jon Vlassopulos, vp and Global Head of Music at Roblox.
The two companies see their partnership as an opportunity to give the new generation of music fans an opportunity to discover new music and feel closer to music and artists they love. Artists, record labels and producers will be able to engage fans earn revenue through virtual launch parties and concerts, integrated in-experience music and virtual merchandise.
âRoblox has transformed the gaming experience for millions and is proving a powerful way to introduce new generations to music they love,â said Christopher Ludwig, BMGâs vp of Global Digital Partnerships and Strategy. âWe are delighted to embrace the opportunities Roblox presents.â
RCA Records announced their partnership and label deal with Loud Robot, the record label from J.J. Abramsâ Bad Robot film and television company. The goal of the partnership is to release âburgeoning new musical talent,â the press release said.
Loud Robotâs vision is to sign âcreative, left-of-center artists,â said co-general managers McKee Floyd and Nicky Berger. According to them, RCA has supported that vision. Moving forward, they want the Loud Robot/RCA partnership will be the home for artists to tell their stories âthrough a host of mediums centered around music.â
âThe combination of Bad Robotâs creative engine and storytelling prowess combined with RCAâs obsessive ears for the world’s brightest music talent offers an extremely potent mix,â said John Fleckenstein, COO of RCA Records. âBrian Weinstein, McKee Floyd and Nicky Berger have already proven to be all-star partners and serious operators. Backed by the vision of J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, it is not hard to imagine the potential that lies ahead of this exciting new venture.â
To kick off the partnership, Loud Robotâs first musical signing Nnena released a new song and video for âHeart Moan,â the second track revealed from her upcoming debut EP BIPOLAR. More Loud Robot/RCA Records signings are planned to be announced soon.
Tribl Records announced their new partnership with The Orchard, a global distribution company, on Monday (June 21). According to the press release, âThe agreement marks the largest collaboration for any minority-owned, inspirational label.â
“Tribl’s commitment to uplifting artists and fostering meaningful partnerships, along with The Orchard’s mission to empower artists, makes this collaboration even more dynamic and significant,â said Alan Becker, senior vp of Product Development at The Orchard.
The religion-oriented record label has already begun working with The Orchard, having released Maverick City Musicâs Juneteenth edition of their album âJubileeâ last Friday (June 18) together. Co-executive produced by senior vp of Provident Entertainment, Phil Thornton, the tracks include features from Ciara, Koryn Hawthorn, Jonathan McReynolds, Montel Fish and more.
As co-executive producer, Thornton will collaborate with Tribl to expand their footprint across film, television and the content development space.
âIâm excited to collaborate with the Tribl team to expand their footprint in media, podcasts, and additional content development,â Thornton said. âItâs refreshing to work with such an innovative team that continues to raise the bar in Christian and Gospel.â
Tribl co-owner Norman Gyamfi thinks the partnership deal is proof that The Orchard believes in the labelâs mission.
âThe industry talent we have curated at an executive level to build Tribl is incredible,â Gyamfi said. âWe were each âdisruptingâ the industry in our respective fields and joined together to not just evolve a genre but to redefine an entire industry.â
Event management company ASM Global announced an extension of their agreement with Ticketmaster.
The companies will continue working together to serve digital ticketing technologies to some of ASMâs North American stadiums, arenas, convention centers and performing arts facilities. These include the KFC Yum! Center and Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center in Louisville. ASM will also expand its relationship with Ticketmaster by enabling the company to conduct ticket sales for Live Nation-promoted shows at other ASM Global venues throughout North America.
The partnership will give more than 8 million ASM customers easier, safer access to live shows through digital ticketing, according to the press release. âAligning with industry leaders like Ticketmaster is a critical component in providing millions of people with the most seamless and secure live experiences,â said ASM global president and CEO Ron Bension.
ASM will also utilize Ticketmasterâs Live Analytics dashboard to build stronger relationships with its fans. The analytics platform will provide insights and tools for better fan engagement across events of all kinds.
âWe are committed to helping ASM deliver world-class events where the ticketing process elevates the entire fan experience,â said Mark Yovich, Ticketmaster president. âLike Ticketmaster, ASM cares deeply about the customer journey and the value of building strong relationships with fans from the moment they purchase a ticket to well after the event ends.â
O.N.E The Duo has signed a deal with Visionary Media Group, with plans to release their debut single in 2021.
The Nashville-based singer-songwriters are a group comprised of Prana Supreme Diggs, whose father RZA founded Wu-Tang Clan, and her mother Tekitha, who was a featured vocalist in Wu-Tang Clan. Prana and Tekitha hope to tell their story through as many different mediums as possible, from written word to film to music, while with Visionary Media Group.
âVisionary Media Group provides the ideal multimedia engine to achieve their goals,â the press release said.
Meanwhile, Visionary Media Group is also working on their overarching goal of rekindling âa shared sense of purpose and storytellingâ through their soon-to-launch interactive storytelling platform, Evernova.
Primary Wave Music has entered into a worldwide distribution agreement with Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, an arm of Capitol Music Group (CMG) in the U.S.
The deal was announced June 11 by Virgin president Jacqueline Saturn, Virgin general manager Matt Sawin and The Gaither Group president Paul Sizelove. It covers master recordings from within the Primary Wave Music catalog and spans all physical and digital distribution channels.
The agreement will focus on releases from Primary Wave Musicâs strategic partner The Gaither Group and Sun Records. Primary Wave Music acquired Sun Recordsâ catalog, which includes the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, in January.
Designed to expand the global reach and resources available to Primary Wave Music and The Gaither Groupâs labels, it will enable those entities to draw upon Virginâs label services for commercial support, radio promotion and more. The partnership also includes the opportunity for artists to partner with the Gaither platform for faith-based content, as Gaither Music will continue its long-standing relationship with Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG).
âAfter decades of building a firm foundation with Capitol Christian Music Group, Gaither Music and Green Hill Music have experienced exponential growth over the past few years,â Sizelove said. âThe rapid expansion of our family of labels, including our recent addition of Sun Records, makes this a great opportunity and ideal home for our artists and initiatives.â
Stacia Mac, founder of entertainment company ODA Management, is partnering with Geffen Records and launching a new project titled House Of Legends.
Macâs company will seek out emerging artists under the Geffen Records umbrella and aid the promotion and distribution of their music. Their first release came from Philadelphia rapper Yung Liv, whose new track âSmokeâ featuring Big 30 is out now on streaming platforms.
Under their partnership, Mac will work closely with Lee LâHeureux, general manager of Geffen Records. âLee and his team are incredible partners who bring tremendous expertise and are equally committed to nurturing creators. Iâm confident this partnership will be fruitful,â Mac said in a statement.
Mac founded ODA in 2018 to guide her son Polo G in his entertainment career, going on to help him snag two platinum albums and create his own record label — ODA/Capalot Records in partnership with Columbia Records. In addition to Polo G, ODA Managementâs clients now span Asian Doll, TBaby and Spice and the Queen of Dancehall.
âWhen I got into management with Polo G, I always knew I wanted to grow but also understood the importance of timing,â Mac said. âODA Management grew into ODA Records and Iâm so excited to now launch a new company in partnership with Geffen Records. Iâve long been committed to developing talent and this serves as another platform for me to do so with independent artists.â
Dallas Austin Distribution will partner with independent distributor Symphonic Distribution to release a series of NFTs for artists on Dallasâ roster.
Dallas Austin Distribution was founded by musician and producer Dallas Austin, whose resume includes Boyz II Men, TLC and Gwen Stefani. One of the partnershipâs first NFTâs is âVoyage to Dallas,â including stems and a digital track called âVoyage Drop.â
Under their new partnership, Dallas and Symphonic will work to expand their Hip Hop and R&B base in Atlanta while also implementing new strategies to grow their clientele globally. âHaving partnered with Dallas Austinâs Rowdy Recordâs for a number of years, Symphonic has steadily helped to build a foundation with Austinâs team that theyâll now use as a springboard for the new platform,â the press release reads.
The partnership will be led by Octavius Crouch, Symphonicâs senior client manager and Hip Hop / R&B A&R. “Working with Dallas Austin and Symphonic has been rewarding as we strive to bring Dallas’ vision of music distribution to life,â Crouch said. âWe are designing some incredible content with the DAD platform.â
Dallas and Symphonic see 2020 as having âshined a light on how volatile music can be,â according to the release. Without live music events, finding new ways to make music more valuable became a top priority for the two companies. Launching the non fungible token will mark the beginning of many NFTâs that Dallas Austin Distribution plans to supply their signed artists in an attempt to make music more valuable.
âWorking with Symphonic has been really exciting and culturally innovative,â Austin said.