New signings and team-ups: November 1, 2013
PledgeMusic, Moshcam, team for videos
PledgeMusic and online music video catalogue holder Moshcam team up for an initiative called Shoot My Gig, to allow acts around the world to fund and distribute a live DVD as a marketing tool. Acts can raise funds through PledgeMusic. Moshcam then films one of their shows. Moshcam will handle all clearances, post production, DVD manufacture and delivery. The artist retains full copyright over the film. The end result can be marketed using their direct-to-fan platform as an exclusive DVD or download and stream via the global Moshcam network with a revenue share with artist. Moshcam’s YouTube channel is currently in the top 3% of music channels on YouTube.
Beck signs to Capitol, new album in February
Beck has signed to Capitol Records, with an album of new material — his first in nearly six years — scheduled for February 2014. Morning Phase is a spiritual successor to 2002’s Sea Change, using the same musicians.
Valleyarm strikes Chinese deal
Valleyarm, largest digital music distributor in the Asia Pacific, struck a deal with Shanghai-based Fun Music which represents new Chinese pop, hip-hop and dance acts. The deal was made at the Victoria-Shanghai Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Summit, where Victorian ICT companies met with potential Chinese partners and investors. Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher said, “Valleyarm’s ‘Asia in, Asia out’ solutions are enabling this Victorian-based company to capitalise on its strong networks in the region. Its unique position enables it to effectively monetise Asian content outside of Asia, as well as acting as a gateway for western content owners to capitalise on Asian markets.”
Roar looking after Ben Hazlewood, taps Ferris Davies
Melbourne event and management agency Roar Music Management, headed by industry veteran Yael Cohn, now represents The Voice 2012 finalist, Ben Hazlewood. Roar also appointed Ferris Davies PRM as its publicist.
Deep End land Euro deal
The Deep End signed a European licensing and publishing deal with French label Bad Reputation, joining the likes of Hardcore Superstar, LA Guns and Rick Springfield. TDE are touring Europe in February, and being promoted by Teenage Head in Belgium. They play hardcore rock clubs of France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium, including at the storied Bad Reputation showcase in Paris
New international deals for The Bamboos
The Bamboos’ new album Fever In The Road will get a global release through various labels. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s out on Nov 8 through band leader Lance Ferguson’s Pacific Theatre label, distributed by Inertia. In early 2014, Sony issues it in Europe and the UK. Nettwerk, home to Angus & Julia Stone and Boy & Bear, takes care of it in in the US, Canada and Mexico. Holiday Revolution, also home to Flume, releases it in Japan this year.
Milan added to New World Artists
Sydney based Milan (real name Milan Ring) – who fuses soul, jazz, electro beats and laid back, hip-hop tinged pop – has been picked up by New World Artists for Australia, New Zealand and the new territories.
Jagermeister presents inaugural Cherry Awards
Jagermeister, which until this year was major sponsor of the Australian Independent Music Awards, will present the new Cherry Awards. These were set up by James Young, owner of Melbourne live music venue Cherry Bar, who says that awards wins are now predictable and that more emerging acts should be recognised. The 12 categories are handed out on Wednesday December 18 at Cherry Lane in ACDC Lane.
Madness Imagem signing
Madness signed a worldwide publishing deal with Imagem Music UK. Kim Frankiewicz, Managing Director, said: “Madness are a fantastically British band; since the late ’70s they’ve provided a sonic narrative to British culture.”
Live Nation acquires US festival Voodoo
Live Nation Entertainment acquired New Orleans-based music festival, Voodoo Music & Arts Experience. The Nov. 1 – 3 event celebrates its 15th year with a lineup featuring Kid Rock, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Calvin Harris and Paramore.
New name for Canberra Stadium
Canberra Stadium will now be known as GIO Stadium from January 1. The ACT Government struck a four year deal with GIO Insurance. The seven-figure naming-rights deal is worth between $300,000 and $350,000 a year, for at least four years. GIO plans to increase its profile in the Canberra market, after moving into the market for compulsory third-party insurance this year.
Two Kobalt deals for Steel Panther
Kobalt struck a two-part global deal (except Japan) with metal band Steel Panther, for label service and publishing administration.