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One Liners: Songtrust, BRIT Awards, Lady Leshurr, more

By and | Published on Thursday 19 October 2017

Lady Leshurr

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Songtrust, the US-based music royalty collection service launched by Downtown Music Publishing in 2011, has announced an expansion into Europe. Mandy Aubry, most recently with Fintage House, has been hired as Director Of Global Business Development & Client Relations and will lead the company’s expansion into the European market and subsequently beyond.

• The BPI has announced a new apprentice scheme that will see ten young people join an independent music company for a fourteen month paid apprenticeship. Apprentices will also receive training and get to work on the BRIT Awards. The new scheme is being funded by money raised by the BRITs. More details here.

• The Association Of Independent Music will stage its annual sync-focused event for indie labels in London on 20 Nov with a special keynote interview with Zach Cowie, an Emmy-nominated music supervisor who has worked on a range of leading TV shows and movies.

• The British Academy Of Songwriters, Composers & Authors is launching a new annual lecture named in honour of its late Chairman David Ferguson. The inaugural edition takes place on 1 Nov and will feature a keynote address from UK Music Chairman Andy Heath and a panel debate also involving Goldie, Imogen Heap and Roxanna Panufnik.

• Iceland Airwaves takes place at the beginning of next month, with the third edition of its Airwaves Talks event forming part of the programme. This will include a screening of 1982 documentary ‘Rokk í Reykjavík’, featuring a young Björk, and a discussion on mental health in music led by William Doyle, aka East India Youth. See the full programme here.

• Here’s Lady Leshurr wandering around the M6 with a camel dressed like Lara Croft. It’s ‘Queen’s Speech Episode 7’.

• Teenage Fanclub’s Francis MacDonald will release a new album, ‘Hamilton Mausoleum Suite’, on 26 Jan. Here’s a little documentary thing.

• Connie Constance is here again with a new single ‘Let Go’. She’s got an EP called ‘Boring Connie’ coming out on 29 Nov. It features a collection of songs about digging tunnels. Possibly.

• Sheridan Smith has released new single ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’. Her debut album, ‘Sheridan: The Album’, is out on 3 Nov.

• White Kite have released new single ‘Devil’s Pact’. The band play Sŵn this weekend, before performing at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch on 25 Oct.

• Sophie Morgan has released the video for new single, ‘Hey Annie’, taken from her debut EP, ‘Annie’. She’s currently on tour supporting The Waterboys.

• Gary Barlow, or Gazza Bazza as literally all of The Kids are calling him, has added three more dates to his 2018 solo tour, so keen are The Kids to see old Gaz. He’ll play a third night at the Manchester Apollo on 5 May, a third London Palladium show on 19 May, and a second Bournemouth International Centre show on 2 Jun. They’re not quite so keen in Bournemouth.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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