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C-19: a round-up of initiatives around the world

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By Emmanuel Legrand

Here's a sample of initiatives around the world related to the pandemic and its consequences:Canada:> The federal government is setting up a scheme called CERB, that would allocate CA$2,000 per month for four month, accessible to all people without unemployment rights, which applies to most songwriters and creators. Rights society SOCAN is working with policy-makers to ensure that members that only collect small amount from the rights society do not get disqualified to ac...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Nina Radojewski promoted to Head of Membership at the UK’s AIM

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The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed Nina Radojewski as Head of Membership at the, a new position regrouping AIM’s membership, events, and marketing and communications functions.

Radojewski — who previously served as AIM’s Professional Development Lead — will be responsible for managing these areas, as well as continuing to lead professional development initiatives for members such as the AIM Academy and the Associate Members’ Knowledge Base.

In her new role, Radoj...

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Canadian veteran industry executive Alexander Mair dies aged 82

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Alexander Mair, the Canadian music industry executive who co-founded Attic Records with Tom Williams in 1974, has died of cancer aged 82 at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Nov. 25, 2022.

The Globe and Mail described him as "a titan of the Canadian music industry as a savvy entrepreneur and an indefatigable figure in the establishment and growth of independent record companies in this country."

During his long career, Mair contributed to the growth of the independent music sector. He was...

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Bad Bunny tops Spotify Wrapped’s listing as most streamed artist in 2022

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Bad Bunny's songs captured over 18.5 billion streams globally on Spotify during the period from from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, making the Puerto Rican artist the most-streamed act globally in 2022, according to Spotify Wrapped, which compiles data from the music streaming service.

The rest of the top 5 most streamed acts includes Taylor Swift, followed by Drake, The Weeknd and BTS. It's the second year in a row that Bad Bunny tops the year-end most-streamed listing, except that he had 9.5 billion...

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