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Is a degree in music worth it?

Open Mic Controller | 13th August 2018

With soaring tuition costs in the UK (universities are now able to charge a maximum of £9250 per year in England) the decisions about further education are becoming more important than ever, especially in the music industry. As with most degrees, there is no certainty of a regular income after […]


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Spotify Is Done Fighting Apple Music — and Ready to Take On Apple

Open Mic Controller | 9th August 2018

Spotify, by several measures the biggest music-streaming service in the world, has teamed up with Samsung, the biggest smartphone maker in the world. The two companies announced a major partnership on Thursday that makes Spotify the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s phones, televisions, tablets, watches and speakers. It […]




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China’s Version of Spotify Is Going Public in the U.S.

Open Mic Controller | 9th July 2018

China’s version of Spotify is following the Swedish giant to Wall Street. Three months after Spotify’s debut on the U.S. stock market, Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) – China’s leading music-streaming company that operates three of the country’s biggest digital services with QQ Music, Kuwo and KuGou – is also gearing up for […]


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Getting well paid gigs

Adam Bennett | 5th July 2018

Becoming a full-time professional musician is not an easy task. It requires you to establish regular (and usually diverse) sources of income in order to make enough money, not just to live, but to be able to live comfortably. For most professional musicians, performing live will often be their main […]


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Top 15 mobile apps for musicians

Adam Bennett | 2nd July 2018

In the 21st century, musicians across the world are turning to mobile technology to help them write, record, perform and practice music. Below is a selection of the best applications suitable for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. This isn’t a ranking in order… more just an overview of what’s available. […]


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Interview with Gavin Sharp, Chief Executive, Inner City Music (owner/operator of Band on the Wall)

Live Music Exchange | 15th May 2018

Band on the Wall in Manchester is one of the city’s longest-running music venues. This interview with its Chief Executive highlights some of the difficulties in running a small music venue in 2017 and shows that even Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations are not necessarily immune to the issues […]



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UK Live Music Census toolkit – Emma Webster, Matt Brennan, Adam Behr and Martin Cloonan with Jake Ansell (2018)

Live Music Exchange | 15th May 2018

Author(s): Emma Webster, Matt Brennan, Adam Behr and Martin Cloonan with Jake Ansell Organisation: University of Edinburgh / Live Music Exchange Date: 2018 Download the UK Live Music Census toolkit (zipped file) For 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March 2017, an army of volunteers in cities across the […]



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