Music Ally Focus

Music Ally

Analysing vital music business topics in detail, as they emerge. In our Focus podcast, Joe Sparrow breaks down important stories with expert guests, who share their cutting-edge knowledge – in about 20 minutes. It'll keep you and your team on the cutting edge, and it'll take about the same time as making and eating a good sandwich! (We recommend doing both simultaneously for maximum deliciousness.) Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard service: https://musically.com/subscribe 👋 Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter, The Knowledge: https://musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo

Music Ally Focus Ep. #70: Music fans & the climate emergency: what changes do fans want, and can they unite to force the industry to act differently?
Jul 19 2022
Music Ally Focus Ep. #70: Music fans & the climate emergency: what changes do fans want, and can they unite to force the industry to act differently?
We speak to Lewis Jamieson, co-founder and Director of Communications at the environmental pressure group Music Declares Emergency. MDE recently partnered with the University of Glasgow, the BPI, and others to research the expectations of music fans. He’s here to talk about what environmental changes music fans expect from their favourite artists, festivals, gig venues and labels – and what fans can do to make a difference. Lewis puts forward the case that making positive environmental changes is not just right, it’s sound business sense – and he talks about the power that fans have to demand these changes. He also explains how fans and the artists they love can form communities that can make positive change happen, and also create a collective support group that helps them feel that they are making a real difference. Lewis also explains how people working on artist's teams, at labels, and at other music businesses can get to grips with a problem that often feels overwhelming – and how to start to effect real change. Music Declares Emergency: musicdeclares.net Music Industry Climate Pack: musicdeclares.net/assets/documents/pdfs/MDE-MUSIC-INDUSTRY-CLIMATE-PACK.pdf Lewis' music choice: Sex Pistols – Bodies: youtu.be/S5PYZesJnyE ------ 👋 The Knowledge, Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-leading analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: Send in a voice message:
Music Ally Focus #69: “If we had a pound from each of these people, our entire lives would change” – how band While She Sleeps revolutionised their income and career with a fan subscription society
Jul 13 2022
Music Ally Focus #69: “If we had a pound from each of these people, our entire lives would change” – how band While She Sleeps revolutionised their income and career with a fan subscription society
“If we had a pound from each of these people, our entire lives would change.” UK metalcore band While She Sleeps has been running its "Sleeps Society" for two years, and it has revolutionised the group's fortunes. We speak to two people from both ends of the equation – Mat Welsh from the band, and Oliver Smith, who is a top-tier Sleeps Society member. They explain how the relationship benefits band and fan alike. Society members can access a range of perks to enhance their connection with the band, including helping select the setlist at special shows, accessing bonus content, and even supplying backing vocals. Oliver explains how it brings fans closer, and brings him closer to the band in a nuanced, enjoyable way. He also explains what he gets out of his enhanced connection with the band, and what happened when you close the traditional gap between artist and fan. Meanwhile, Mat explains how their subscription system has revolutionised the band’s business model and allowed them to invest back into the band – and how the subscriber fans are a special “trustee”-style group who “own their portion of the band” who help advise the band on important decisions. Sleeps Society: patreon.com/whileshesleeps While She Sleeps: whileshesleeps.com Mat's music choice: Alexisonfire - Sans Soleil – youtube.com/watch?v=J_FfwNPhZmg Oliver's music choice: While She Sleeps - The Long Way Home – youtube.com/watch?v=tOTvwiShufI ------ 👋 The Knowledge, Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-leading analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: Send in a voice message:
Music Ally Focus #67: “No 20 year old woman should have to say ‘if I speak up, I’m afraid my career will be over’" – fighting sexual misconduct in the music industry, with Dorothy Carvello
Jun 27 2022
Music Ally Focus #67: “No 20 year old woman should have to say ‘if I speak up, I’m afraid my career will be over’" – fighting sexual misconduct in the music industry, with Dorothy Carvello
We welcome Dorothy Carvello, former Atlantic A&R exec, and now author and campaigner for women in the music industry, to the podcast. Content warning: this podcast will discuss sexism, misogyny, and sexual assault. Carvello has recently launched her Face the Music Now Foundation, which aims to support women experiencing abuse in the music industry, and to force through widespread change. Carvallo is extremely blunt in her observations and opinions. Major music companies, she says, are protecting abusers within their ranks, and shutting down women who make accusations via big cheques and NDAs. She also talks of the fear of speaking out and the need for transparency: “no 20 year old woman should have to say ‘if I speak up I’m afraid my career will be over.’ – that’s morally wrong. And it’s bad business! #MeToo is bad for the bottom line – and companies need to wake up and start realising that.” She also talks about the work her foundation is doing to affect change, including via shareholder activism and trying to hold publicly-traded companies to account – because, she says, that unless change starts at the top, things are unlikely to change. Face The Music Now Foundation: facethemusicnow.com ------ 👋 The Knowledge, Music Ally’s free weekly newsletter: musically.lnk.to/knowledgepo Ⓜ️ Subscribe to Music Ally's industry-standard analysis, reporting and news: musically.com/subscribe Instagram: Send in a voice message: