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Curve Royalty Systems appoints Sam Spainhower to lead its US expansion

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London-based music technology company Curve Royalty Systems is increasing its presence in the US with the launch of a new office in Los Angeles, which will serve as a base for its growing roster of clients in America.

The company has appointed music royalty specialist Sam Spainhower (pictured, above) to oversee its US operations. Reporting to Richard Leach, General Manager of Curve Royalty Systems, Spainhower joins the company from NKSFB, where he worked with clients from all the major PROs...

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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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UMG appoints Naras Eechambadi as Chief Data & Analytics Officer and Alexandra Hinkle as Chief Marketing Officer

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Universal Music Group has appointed Naras Eechambadi (right) as Chief Data & Analytics Officer and Alexandra Hinkle (left) as Chief Marketing Officer, Global Consumer Marketing. UMG said the two newly created positions "strategically advance UMG’s global e-commerce and direct-to-consumer strategy."

Eechambadi is a specialist in customer relationship management (CRM), data strategy and analytics. Her task is to "accelerate UMG’s global consumer and fan data strategy, as well as extend the...

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Spotify and YouTube grant £1million to Bjorn Ulvaeus’ Session to develop better metadata for music creators

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Spotify and YouTube have provided a grant of £1million (€1.19m) to Session, the company co-founded by ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus with Swedish songwriters and producers Max Martin and Niclas Mollinder in 2019 to help creators ensure that they have the right metadata, from the point of creation.

The grant comes in support of in support of Session’s mission "to make sure creators are always fairly credited and rewarded for their work, increasing accuracy for royalty distribution."

“Creators shoul...

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VEVA Sound and The Creative Passport launch new data initiative

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Credit metadata specialist VEVA Sound's platform VEVA Collect and global digital identity platform The Creative Passport have launched a joint initiative to make it easier for music makers using The Creative Passport’s verified digital ID to attribute their credits to projects within VEVA Collect. 

VEVA Collect is a cloud-based file-sharing and credits management platform. This new initiative will make it seamless for users of The Creative Passport’s verified digital ID to attribute the...

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