Industry Wrap-Up: March 2021

March 30, 2021

As we begin to see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, things continue to move forward within the music industry. While live events are still on hold, there are plenty of actionable items being taken to ensure that live events will come back stronger than ever. Be sure to catch up on this month’s industry wrap-up where we touch upon updates around live events, survey results to better understand the scope of our industry, and more.

Women Making Music Study: Sexual Harassment Is ‘By Far The Most Widely Cited Problem’
TuneCore and its parent company Believe released a new study on women creators, revealing the challenges, experiences, inspirations and their ambitions in today’s music industry. Through the results of the study, we better understand the uphill journey they face, and hear from them first-hand about their experiences and perceptions, from direct forms of discrimination through to the endemic issues of under-representation, unconscious bias and damage to confidence. The report, BE THE CHANGE: Women Making Music 2021, collates the views of 401 female creators –artists, songwriters, producers and DJs – from around the world, for the first time in music industry history. Read more

New York Launches Vaccine Passport App in Bid to Restart Live Events
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a new digital vaccine passport in a bid to restart live events safely in the US state. Designed in partnership with IBM, New York’s ‘Excelsior Pass’ is a free but voluntary platform that uses proven and secure technology to confirm if an individual has either been fully vaccinated against coronavirus or has recently tested negative for the virus. It’s hoped that the launch of the app, which will provide each user with a QR code much like a boarding pass that venues and businesses can scan before permitting entry, will help “fast-track the reopening of businesses and event venues in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines”. Read more

Soon It Will Cost More For Copyright Registration
The fee for official copyright registration is about to increase. Every three to five years, the U.S. Copyright Office does an in-depth study of its fees to determine whether to adjust them, then sends its results to Congress, which then has 120 days to do nothing (meaning approval) or pass a law disapproving the price recommendations. The Office is now proposing raising the fee for the Standard Application from $55 to $65, which is $10 less than the 2018 proposal. Similarly, the Single Application (the lower-priced option for single works by individual authors) will go from $35 to $45, which is also $10 less than the 2018 proposal. Read more

Spotify Beta Tests New Marquee Management Tool in the US
Spotify has announced the launch of its new marketing tool, Marquee, for promoting an artist’s new album to people who’ve listened to them – the full-screen pop-ups that appear over its mobile home screen. Now Spotify is beta testing a new campaign management tool for marquee in the US, which will make self-service ads. The tool will take the form of a ‘campaigns’ tab in the Spotify for Artists dashboard, through which artist and label teams will be able to schedule marquee campaigns. For now, it will only be available to teams in the US. Read more

Survey Offers Data on the Most Used Indian Streaming Services
According to YouGov’s music streaming study, when participants were asked to name their ‘most favoured’ services to play ‘audio content’ 82% of the respondents chose YouTube, with Spotify in a somewhat distant second place (48%) ahead of Gaana (38%) and JioSaavn (25%). It’s believed to now have around 340 million monthly active users in the country, almost twice the 185 million MAUs claimed by Gaana. Read more

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