Eventbrite sued over COVID-19 refunds, accusers saying they’re not taking responsibility

Eventbrite are the latest ticket-sellers to be hit with a lawsuit following the fallout of COVID-19 event cancellations.

Refunds for live events and gigs have been a source of immense frustration for venues, vendors, and concert-goers alike in recent months. With all live events cancelled in recent months and inevitably the coming months too, it has left a lot of fans with useless tickets and ticket-sellers struggling to stay afloat amidst a total loss of business.

Eventbrite are now being sued by two ticket-holders who claim that the company are passing responsibility on to event’s organisers rather than providing refunds. They are making their claims under Californian law which should guarantee them a legal refund.

Two of the claimants have had the dates of the events they planned to attend postponed to a later date this year. The other is yet to have a date confirmed but all three of them want refunds instead of attending the event at a later date.

Eventbrite works so that refunds work on the events organisers own policies rather than having their own broad system. Their terms say that these organisers’ event policies must be in accordance with local laws and regulations which is why, being in California, the claimants are lawfully entitled to a refund.

Refunds have been a huge issue for the events industry in recent months, Ticketmaster having bowed to pressure when they were initially not going to provide refunds. Live Nation have been looking for ways to cut costs and stay in business, including the CEO taking a 100% pay cut for the fiscal year.

The future for the events industry looks uncertain currently but then the same can be said for many industries. Whilst offering blanket refunds with no assured security in the foreseeable future may be fatal to these companies, the tickets companies have unfortunately not gained much empathy from customers over the years with excessive charges and controversial policies.

Tencent confirm $100 million stake in Warner Music Group

The Chinese conglomerate has confirmed a considerable stake in WMG following the launch of their IPO earlier this month.

Chinese music giant Tencent Music Entertainment have spread their fingers into yet another pot of the worldwide music industry. With the purchasing of a large stake in Warner Music Group, Tencent now have assets in many of the biggest music companies around the world including competitors for their own services.

They revealed last week that they had purchased $100 million in common stock in Warner Music Group after the label went public on Wall Street earlier this month. That’s 5.2% of the Class A shares for Warner and 0.8% of WMG overall.

Tencent reportedly bought their shares for £25 a share, the price which Warner launched at. They saw huge interest and confidence as soon as they hit the market and by the end of the first day had surpassed $30 in stock value and ended their first week only a little under $30.

Tencent run three of China’s leading streaming services and boast the biggest music streaming userbase in Asia. They also have stakes in competitors in Asia and further abroad, including Spotify and Indian streaming service Gaana.

Music shops re-open in England today as COVID lockdown is eased: Here’s where

Today marks the return of flicking through record bins for those coming back to shops as they re-open across the country.

After months of lockdown on non-essential stores, England are allowing shops across the country to re-open again from today. The internet is being flooded with images of the huge queues outside the big clothing stores like Primark and Nike but getting less attention is the return of music shops.

Music shops around the country are now legally allowed to re-open for business. Whilst many aren’t just yet, the UK’s most popular music store HMV is back in business this week.

In an attempt prevent potential spreading of the Coronavirus HMV are insisting that customers use hand sanitisers if they want to browse records and other products. Like most music stores, the shop is built on a browsing basis of flicking through records, CDs, DVDs and other media and products to find a specific product or just see what’s on offer.

This style of shopping means that many stores are having to put certain pre-cautions in place to return to the retail world – like Waterstones, the UK’s top book shop, which is quarantining books that have been browsed but not bought.

Music Industries Association have launched a map showing the music stores that are now open and opening across the UK as the government tries to re-establish the high street.

Alson spoke to us about Trap Nation picking up his music and being a producer in lockdown

Making music since childhood and honing his talents, Alson is now being picked up by some of the biggest electronic music channels on YouTube.

Alson recently spoke to me about how life is going for the producer in a changed world with festivals and gigs off the billing for a year. Whilst there are drawbacks, the Netherlands native is staying positive at his current home in Spain with the backing of some of the world’s biggest EDM lovers behind him and the chance to work on new material.

Alson has been making music from a young age, bonding with his dad over Magix music maker “I think it was… haha”. Then at age 10, with the download of FL Studio, what would became a lifelong passion began in making music.

“Around 16 years ago I downloaded FL Studio and was playing around with my friends in the neighbourhood. We changed from playing games to making beats. It was basically just sampling kicks and distorting them. In the Netherlands, harder genres of electronic music were popular and inspired us to make rough sounds.”

Since then the creativity has been flowing through Alson’s veins, through his teens and into adulthood, honing his skills with each production and year that passed. Today he’s already accomplished a lot with his music, playing at Ibiza multiple times with a discography of music available online.

About a year ago he decided to hang up his House music hat for a while and has been experimenting with ‘Future Bass’ish music’. He says: “Future Bass inspires me a lot, because I feel there’s more freedom – more tempo possibilities and room to experiment as a producer.”

That’s not all that’s changed for Alson in the last year. He released his first track with Trap Nation last year and has forged a strong connection with the music channel renowned around the world for finding and promoting brilliant electronic music.

“I am greatly appreciative to Trap Nation, they’re the first big channel that promoted my music. It’s important to make a first big step as an artist, it’s not easy but that makes it feel even better.

“You have to work hard and, of course, have a little luck at the same time, because you are always a little dependent as a smaller artist. They kept signing more music after which resulted in releasing my 4-track EP ‘Enemies‘.”

With the support and love of Trap Nation and Lowly Palace behind him it seems like things are just getting started for the already experienced music producer. This year would have seen Alson return to Ibiza for live shows but of course the world has changed recently with Coronavirus. Whilst disappointed with his gig cancellations, Alson is staying positive and using the time to create and take a step back.

“I think for the environment and the nature maybe the COVID-19 period was necessary and I hope that we can learn from this in whichever way possible. Appreciate what we have and enjoy the things around you.

“Travelling is fun but it’s more important to be healthy and sometimes just do basic stuff. I have been reading things that I’d never thought I would read before in my life and the whole period made a positive impact/change in my life I think in the end.”

Hopefully we’ll see even more golden tracks coming from producers, as a positive result of the global situation at the moment. We certainly can’t wait to hear more from Alson.

We’ll leave you with some words of advice from the man himself on creating and finding the inspiration to write music:

I think the best way of starting is being in a replaced mode but at the same time work in a chaotic way – try different concepts of songs and pick the best idea. When you like it the next day (and your producer friends confirm it) you know it could have potential.”

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Australia & Germany reveal how they’ll relaunch live music following Coronavirus

As we approach the midway point of 2020 countries are starting to look at how we’ll rebuild after the effects of COVID-19 and it’s impact on industries like live music.

The Coronavirus has had a devastating effect on the world and has seen businesses everywhere shut their doors indefinitely. One of the first to get hit and sadly probably one of the last to return is live music.

Both Germany and Australia have now revealed their plans to get the live music industry back up and running as soon as possible whilst maintaining the safety of punters.

Performance Australia, their live-industry organisation, have unveiled a AU$345 million plan. It encompasses live music like gigs and festivals as well as the broader live performance industry including theatre which will be their first focus of re-opening.

They’re planning incentives to encourage Australians back into venues, including investing $55 million in a ‘See It Live’ e-voucher for households. The vouchers will also feature travel incentives to bring international visitors to their shores to attend live events.

LPA Chief Executive, Evelyn Richardson said: “Australians have always been great supporters of live performance, and buy more tickets to live performance events than all of our major sporting codes combined. Our proposal for a ‘See It Live’ e-voucher program for households will help them get back to their favourite live performance event.”

The Australian government now need to accept or reject that plan before they move forward with putting it in action. Germany have revealed their plan as well which is already set to be put in motion and will be helping venues, promoters, and agents out with a €150 million fund for the live industry as part of a ‘Neustart Kultur’ programme.

Earlier today we reported on a new survey which saw 9 out of 10 music venues in the US say they will have to shut down immediately in a few months without any more aid from the government.

9 out of 10 independent music venues in the US may shutdown after Coronavirus

A new report suggests a shocking statistic that 90% of independent venues in the US may shutdown from lack of business and government support.

National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have published the results of a new survey on how venues in the US are coping with Coronavirus shutdown. The shocking results are damning for the effects of independent venues – note that this doesn’t include huge stadiums and venues but only independents.

Of course venues were one of the first to have to close their doors when the threat of Coronavirus became clear and will likely be amongst the last to re-open. It’s been particularly catastrophic as venues’ revenue stream has completely dried up whilst insurance, bills and other expenses keep coming.

A whopping 90% – that’s no typo, we’re really looking at 90% here – said that without federal funding “they will close permanently in a few months”. They added that the current Paycheck Protection Program funding provided “will not solve the crisis”.

NIVA president, Dayna Frank said: “The complete and instant shut down of every venue is devastating. Revenues have ceased, but overhead hasn’t. We’re fighting for the future of our industry, our beloved venues and our communities.

“This is the one time we’re asking for assistance to do that. Without it, we fail. With it, we can once again be the gathering places that bring back our communities. With it, we will stand on our own feet and once again generate economic gains for businesses around us and the tax base of our towns and cities.”

Some venues in the US have reportedly partially re-opened with limited capacity but even then they’re not looking at a sustainable business. NIVA states that at the moment it “is not economically feasible… payroll, taxes, insurance, and artist pay are not on a sliding scale matching the capacity we’re permitted to host. They are fixed costs.”

Check out NIVA’s website for more information on what’s happening to venues, how the government are helping out, and what you can do to help them too.

Fets hits Spotify’s HUGE 5m + ‘mint’ playlist with Falling

We were super excited to Fet’s awesome track with Koosen and Green Bull had made it to one of Spotify’s flagship electronic playlist.

Since Fets uploaded this bouncy tune through RouteNote earlier this year we’ve been watching it get picked up by EDM lovers around the world. Now we’ve just watched Fallng make it into Spotify’s huge dance music playlist ‘mint’ with over 5.5 million subscribers.

This track is going from success to success this year and is the perfect soundtrack to the sunny days that are coming. Whether you have to keep the party to your garden or just your living room, this collaboration between three geniuses – Fets, Green Bull, Koosen – will have you moving like lockdown never happened.

If you fancy getting your own music on to Spotify’s top playlists, click here to find out how.

For a list of more playlist curators you may want to reach out to, click here.

Who’s the richest musician in the world? (2020)

A lot of the top artists are pretty wealthy but who’s got the most money of all? It may come as a surprise to you.

The surprise is because only four years ago this same artist claimed to be $53 million in debt. Now it looks like they’re not only out of debt but officially the richest musician in the world.

Who is it? None other than Kanye West.

Kanye has called himself a billionaire before and it looks like he is certainly doing well. Forbes have named him the highest-earning musician of 2020 with $170 million in earnings in just the past year. That figure puts him well ahead of even the most popular pop stars.

Beyond the music world Kanye also placed second in wealth amongst entertainment and celebrities. Money is in the family as taking the top spot is West’s sister-in-law Kylie Jenner who is reported to have earned $590 million in the last year.

The earnings don’t include outgoings to their associated managers, agents, accountants and so on which likely carves a decent dent. Forbes have however confirmed West’s claims that he is a billionaire revealing that he has a net worth of roughly $1.3 billion now.

Whilst he’s certainly a huge musician, Kanye’s brand signings and Yeezy clothes line are the most prominent source of earnings for him. Second place on the musicians top list was Elton John who earned less than half of West’s income in the last year.

This week West donated $2 million to the families of recent murder victims by police in America: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. He has also set up a college fund for the education of George Floyd’s daughter following his brutal death.

Warner Music Group closed their first day trading 20% above IPO price

Warner Music’s late launch on Wall Street has paid off as their first day showed huge value on their shares.

Warner Music Group launched their Initial Public Offering on Wall Street last week after delaying their initial February date. Their concerns over the economy during Coronavirus led them to delay it and now they’ve started trading, things are looking good.

Warner ended their first day with stock up 20.48% on Wednesday’s IPO price. Warner Music Group added over $2.5 billion to the company’s value in a single day, making the label worth over $15 billion now.

The initial price of shares started at $25 and by the end of the day that had raised to over $30.

The public offering is being jointly managed by investment firms Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs. Underwriters of the deal have 30 days to purchase up to 10,500,000 additional shares of Warner’s stock if they wish to.

Spotify provide artists with advice for releasing music while unable to tour

COVID-19 is halting live gigs and tours around the world. This has lead some artists to pause the release of their new album until they can get back on the road to promote. Others are finding creative ways to promote their new music and connecting with fans, without leaving the house.

No one can give you the correct move when it comes to releasing and promoting your music during this totally different time, as there is no known answer to what works. However, fans are more eager than ever for new music, being stuck at home looking for entertainment.

Spotify have written a blog post regarding choosing the right time to release music, interacting with fans online, live streaming, uploading non-audio content online and more.

Also read our production and marketing advice for artists in quarantine.

Also find out tips on creating interesting and engaging social media posts.

RouteNote remain operational during this time, to help artists publish music whenever is right for them.