WHAT DOES 2016 HAVE IN STORE FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC COMPANIES?
Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube Red, China, Japan, Russia… READ.
BARCELONA WILL PROTECT LIVE MUSIC IN SMALL VENUES
A new regulation will protect small live music venues. READ.
OLD MUSIC IS OUTSELLING NEW MUSIC
This past year, catalogue albums outsold the current ones by 4.3 million copies. READ.
NETFLIX IS PUTTING ALL SIDES OF MUSIC BUSINESS TO SHAME
What can we learn from them? READ.
PRIMAVERAPRO – WHERE MUSIC MEETS
Watch the new ad for PrimaveraPro 2016!. WATCH.
2015 YEAR IN REVIEW BY MUSIC WEEK
Top execs from across the music industry give their take on 2015 and reveal their hopes for 2016. READ.
2015’S TOP DIGITAL MUSIC STORIES
From Taylor Swift and Adele to Apple Music and Youtube Red. READ.
$25 BILLION: THE BEST NUMBER TO HAPPEN TO THE MUSIC BUSINESS
The global music business is generating billions more dollars every year than most people appreciate. READ.
THE LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY IN BARCELONA
Article about the open debate organised by PrimaveraPro and ASACC about the live music industry in Barcelona. READ.
KEYNOTE: THE STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Liv Buli from Next Big Sound presents “The State of the Music Indstry”. WATCH.
IMPALA: 15 YEARS FIGHTING FOR INDEPENDENCE
Helen Smith walks us through the trajectory of the european independent music companies association. READ.
CULTURAL TAXES IN SPAIN: WHERE DO POLITICAL PARTIES STAND?
The Spanish music promoters association ask the political parties about their take on cultural taxes regarding the general election of 20th December. READ.
PANDORA BUYS RDIO
The online radio service buys streaming service Rdio, that had filed for bankrupcy. READ.
HARVEY GOLDSMITH BRANDS RESALE SITES “A NATIONAL DISGRACE”
Concert promoter asks for legislation in this matter. READ.
TEDX TALKS: THE CITIZEN PRODUCTION MODE
Talk by Javi Creus about collaborative economies and open business models. READ.
REPORT: DISSECTING THE DIGITAL DOLLAR
A report from the Music Managers Forum and CMU Insight about how streaming services are liscensed and how digital income is shared between each stakeholder in the wider music community. READ.
LONDON COULD GET A NIGHT MAYOR
After meeting with Chris Garrit (Night Mayor of the City of Groningen) at PrimaveraPro 2015, London is considering getting one too. READ.
A grass-roots movement that fights in order to allow acces to concerts in Madrid to under age. READ.
HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING LIVE MUSIC
For decades now, technology has been changing the way we listen to recorded music. But more recently, tech has also been changing every aspect of the concert-going experience. READ.
KEYNOTE: STEVE ALBINI AT FACE THE MUSIC 2014
A classic intervention from one of the most interesting voices in the music industry of the last 30 years. READ.
More creative synergies are needed in order to survive in a musical panorama that is dominated by the digital world
By Olga Ávalos
PRIMAVERAPRO 2015 // WEDNESDAY 27th MAY, MACBA (BARCELONA)
Although the music panorama has changed radically over the last 15 years, the ecosystem in which independent labels and multinationals cohabit is still underpinned by the same inequalities. However, the current climate in which record sales have plummeted and, in which new uses of music and digital formats have appeared- including music in streaming and playlists reigning as the new form of radio- has brought about new relationships and synergies between independent and major record labels. These are the conclusions that were discussed during the congress of Independent Labels within the framework of PrimaveraPro 2015, the professional meeting of Primavera Sound festival.
Although each panel at the congress intended to concentrate on one specific subject, during the day the talks and discussions all ended up revolving around several different leitmotifs.
Creativity and communication, the best weapons against the crisis of music sector
By Olga Ávalos
PRIMAVERAPRO 2015 // THURSDAY 28th MAY, MACBA (BARCELONA)
f one thing became clear during the Congress of Concert Venues it was that there is no magic formula for a venue to be successful, to be profitable, for it to have a social and educational return, and for it to boost the development of talent, employment and the economy. The differences in laws and business models, linked to local tradition, to the conditioned behaviour of the public and to each culture makes it difficult to draw conclusions beyond establishing the need to boost communication among all sectors to harmonised different points of view and to create new synergies in a sector that has grown and developed almost uncontrollably with no practically no collaboration between venues of different countries. Nevertheless despite this complex panorama, one point on which there was unanimity from the very beginning of the International Congress of Concert Venues celebrated within the framework of PrimaveraPro 2015 is the recognition of live music venues as places of cultural and artistic development.
As a Director of Label Relations, Will manages a team of label account managers across continental Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand. He also has a Special Projects role within the Spotify label relations team, which focuses on developing artist marketing platforms and opportunities on Spotify. Will joined Spotify in January 2010 and set up the London label relations team, before helping launch new markets and hiring a team across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He started his career at Warner Music Spain in Madrid, before moving back home to London to work at Warner Elektra Atlantic and then onto Universal Music’s international digital team.
Will Hope will participate in two panels at PrimaveraPro 2015: “Are playlist the new album? Playlists and music marketing” and “The added value of independent labels” as a part of the Independent Labels International Congress.
Martin Elbourne first started promoting bands in the late seventies while at Bristol University. He founded the Bristol Recorder (label magazine). In 1982 he co-promoted the first WOMAD festival with Peter Gabriel. In 1983 he moved to London, worked for the Rough Trade booking agency looking after acts including The Smiths and New Order and he began his long involvement with Glastonbury festival. During the 1990’s he managed bands, continued working with New Order and increased his Glastonbury involvement to become the main booker. In the last decade his focus has been on festivals, events and conventions, co-founding for example The Great Escape festival.
Martin Elbourne will participate in two panels at PrimaveraPro 2015: “Promoting emerging artists in the face of commercial pressure – The hows and whys“, and “The end of headliners and the rise of fifty-ton spiders: the changing landscape of future festivals“.
Simon Raymonde owns and runs the indie label Bella Union. Prior to its creation in 1997, Simon was in Cocteau Twins from 1983 to 1997, and he has now been more than 15 years leading the label, that has won the coveted Independent Record Label of The Year in UK in 2010 and 2012. He has signed artists like The Flaming Lips, M Ward, Beach House, Fleet Foxes, The Walkmen, Explosions in the Sky, Midlake, Treefight For Sunlight, I Break Horses, John Grant, Laura Veirs, Lift to Experience, PINS, Howling Bells, and many other. In 2010 Raymonde formed the band Snowbird with Stephanie Dosen, but his presence in PrimaveraPro will be about his carrer with Bella Union: he will be interview by Luke Branbridge about the past, present and future of this essential independent label.
With more than 50 years of experience in the live music scene, Barry Dickins has seen it all. He started as a booking agent for The Who, and nowadays still runs the booking agency International Talent Booking (ITB), managing artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Adele. Barry Dickins has been presented with the Primavera Award 2015 in recognition of the professional career, and will be interviewed by Greg Parmley –Managing Director of the International Live Music Conference– at PrimaveraPro 2015 on Thursday 28th of May.