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CMU’s One Liners: ASCAP, Help Musicians UK, Deezer, more

By | Published on Friday 5 February 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• US collecting society ASCAP’s only gone and made Paul Rourke its new EVP and CFO. So many letters. “I am THRILLED”, said Rourke. “Paul”, added CEO Elizabeth Matthews.

• Help Musicians UK has named Claire Gevaux as its first Creative Director. She joins from the Foundation For FutureLondon where she led the creative vision for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (you know, where the Olympics was and that). “This is an important appointment for the charity as it moves towards the launch of a new strategy this year”, says Chief Exec Richard Robinson.

• You remember when it emerged that a large proportion of Deezer’s users are inactive customers who received their accounts as part of a bundle with their mobile phone contract? Well, Deezer’s just done a deal with Huawei to preload its software on the phone manufacturer’s devices. “With just one touch, listeners can access the largest music catalogue in the world, as well as over 40,000 podcasts, personalised mixes and audiobooks”, says Deezer’s Gerrit Schumann. Or not.

• Ticketscript has updated its online ticket selling tools, which should mean they look nicer and work better. “Every single aspect of the new Ticketshop has been refined to create the most seamless ticket buying experience ever”, says CEO Frans Jonker.

• The Association Of Independent Festivals has announced a series of events in conjunction with BIMM at its Brighton and Manchester campuses this April. More info here.

• Would you like to do a bit of keyboard playing and singing for M83? Well, if you are a woman with those skills, and have nothing in the diary for the rest of the year, a valid passport and no criminal record, today could be your lucky day.

• US TV producer Larry Schwarz is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who wants to record a song he wrote called ‘God Is Friends With Me’ for some reason. Well, not anyone, they have to be Christian as well as being dead good and popular. Also American. If that sounds like you, have a listen to your future signature tune here.

• Katy B has done a new song with Major Lazer AND Craig David. Sorry, I should have checked you were all sitting down before telling you that. Here it is.

• Kloe has released her debut EP, ‘Teenage Craze’. It is very, very good. Here’s the title track from it.

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