French Music Industry Pave The Way For Fair Artist Treatment

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On Friday the French Music Industry agreed to bring in a new code of conduct based on the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)’s Fair Digital Deals Declaration.

This voluntary alteration was agreed by an accumulation of French record companies, unions, recording artists, performers, online music services and others.  The agreement promises more transparency, freedom and fair treatment for artists in France.

The Fair Digital Deals Declaration has 5 key aims:

  1. Ensure that artists’ share of download and streaming revenues is clearly explained in recording agreements and royalty statements in reasonable summary form.
  2. Account to artists a good-faith pro-rata share of any revenues and other compensation from digital services that stem from the monetisation of recordings but are not attributed to specific recordings or performances.
  3. Encourage better standards of information from digital services on the usage and monetisation of music.
  4. Support artists who choose to oppose, including publicly, unauthorised uses of their music.
  5. Support the collective position of the global independent record company sector as outlined in the Global Independent Manifesto.


The chairman of WIN, Alison Wenham, said:

As I have said on many occasions throughout this process of implementing the Fair Digital Deals Declaration around the world over the last year, a healthy commercial relationship based on mutual trust and partnership between artists and labels is critical to the long term financial health of our industry.

The French music industry has shown great vision in embracing this initiative and I applaud them for it. The constructive and fruitful discussions between artists and the industry mediated by Marc Schwartz and the office of Fleur Pellerin are a shining example for others to follow.


France has taken the first step in what we hope leads to a fairer online landscape for artists. The possibilities with the internet and music are vast and brilliant  but artists need to be protected, informed and fairly treated by all areas of the industry.

Director General of the French Union of Phonographic Producers, Jerome Roger, said of the agreement:

After many months of negotiations it is extremely gratifying to see an agreement in place that will see French featured artists and record companies working together in a transparent manner towards fair deals in the digital environment.

We have demonstrated that by sitting down and discussing these hugely important issues we can reach an agreement that benefits everyone involved. We should all be very proud of that.

Find out more about WIN and the Fair Digital Deals Declaration from their website:

SFX Entertainment Consider Fire Sale of Assets Including Beatport

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SFX Entertainment, an EDM promoter focussing on live events, is looking into a fire sale of its assets after one of it’s events, The TomorrowWorld festival, was left in disarray after torrential weather left many stranded at the the festival. The day after on Monday SFX shares fell 7.5 percent after the Atlanta festival was left issuing refunds and lost concessions.

CEO and founder of SFX, Robert Sillerman, founded the company in 2011 and spent the next two years on acquisitions to cement his company in the world of EDM, reportedly spending over $1 billion.

Here are just some of the assets in SFX’s name that could be up for sale:

  • Beatport – EDM download and streaming site
  • Totem OneLove Group Pty Ltd. – Australian electronic music festival producer
  • ID&T – Amsterdam based dance music festival producer running Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld
  • Flavorus – Ticketing company
  • React Presents – EDM events organiser
  • Monumental Productions BV – Producer of ‘Awakenings’ events
  • 50% stake in Alda Holding BV – EDM event producer

This news all comes just a month after SFX were reported to have secured $90 million in new funding when Richard Rosenstein, CFO at SFX, said: “With the success of many of our festivals in the current quarter and this added financial flexibility, SFX is better positioned to continue growing our powerful brands and support our extraordinary team members who are focussed on executing on our strategic plans.”

The deadline for SFX’s special committee and advisors to accept proposals and assets for the company is tomorrow.

Research Finds Music Could Aid Epilepsy Seizures

We all know the effects music can have on us emotionally, therapeutically, motivation and so on. Now researchers at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have found that music also has a unique effect associated with epilepsy – musical brainwave synchronisation.

The idea to experiment the effect of music on those with epilepsy came to Christine Charyton, PHD, on the knowledge that 80% of epilepsy seizures originate in the auditory cortex of the brain, the part that processes music.

The experiment involved an electroencephalogram which tracked brain activity as patients listened to two pieces of music separated by 10 minutes of silence. Patients with and without epilepsy listened to My Favorite Things by John Coltrane and Mozart’s Sonata in D Major.

The findings showed that all patients had higher levels of brainwave activity when listening to music, as expected, but interestingly patients with epilepsy were more likely to have their brainwaves synchronise with the music.

When a seizure occurs a persons brain synchronises with itself and they lose consciousness. Dr Charyton said of the study: “What happens instead is that they’ll listen to the music, and we had John Coltrane and Mozart, and they ended up, their brain synchronised with the music in the temporal lobe. We think that the music may be highly effective, in our study,nobody had a seizure when listening to the music or during the entire study.”

It’s not yet known whether this discovery could aid seizures for those with epilepsy but the studies look promising, and who wouldn’t want to be prescribed music as your medicine.

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A couple of days ago we wrote a quick article informing our artists that we will no longer be supporting through our platform. Artists can now sign up directly to the service and receive royalties, thus RouteNote was not required in this process.

I would like to thank all the press who picked up on this story:

Hypebot – RoutNote is pulling it’s clients tracks from music site because it says royalty payments have been too low.

Digital Music News – CBS has experienced difficulty ramping premiums and creating a meaningful revenue picture.

Billboard Biz – RouteNote artists are free to join on their own. has a great service and we really encourage our artists to join the service directly, then they can use the service for promotional purposes and earn more revenues.