EDC warm-up game EDMbiz kicks off today in Vegas, with day-one executive chit-chat starting with Jason Bentley and the mayor of Vegas himself.
See you there? Not this year: we’ve cancelled our trip and coverage based on a dragged-out schedule of court hearings and deliberations involving Grooveshark‘s attempted subpoena of our servers. It’s a good fight but a time-consuming and demanding one, so see ya next time around!
As the ink dries on a momentous royalty arrangement between Clear Channel Radio and Big Machine, industry reactions are starting to trickle in. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) seemed surprised but pleased with the deal, while Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff loves the idea. “We’re trying to convince labels to enter into a direct deal because we can’t get legislation passed,” Azoff told Bloomberg. “Clear Channel is first of these deals.” More ahead; our original coverage is here.
INgrooves Fontana has just given ‘preferred partner’ status to five up-and-coming distribution companies: ONErpm, Uncommon, StoryAmp, BandArt, and Audiolock. “The addition of these new preferred partners gives our clients easy access to valuable and useful services for their releases, all at preferred rates,” relayed INgrooves Director of Marketing Services and Licensing Jeff Straw.
Napster disruptors Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker unveiled a bug-ridden Airtime at a splashy even in New York on Tuesday. The cam-heavy, Facebook-ready social connectivity concept kept crashing and confusing celeb-attendees; the startup has roughly $35 million in early funding.
Pricey tuition has its benefits. EMI Music and sync-focused GreenLight Music are now pairing with NYU‘s Tisch School of the Arts; the deal will allow film students to more easily license well-known tracks for their visual concoctions.
And, BFM Digital has just inked a distribution arrangement with jazz-focused Zebra Records.