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Swift reschedules
Taylor Swift is the newest main artist to reschedule her touring plans. Swift’s performances at Glastonbury Competition and British Summer season Time had already been hit, however she has now cancelled all scheduled appearances for 2020, together with her deliberate LoverFest reveals.

“I am so unhappy I will not be capable to see you guys in live performance this 12 months, however I do know that is the proper determination,” Swift mentioned on social media. “Please, please keep wholesome and protected. I’ll see you on stage as quickly as I can however proper now what’s necessary is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”

An announcement mentioned that the US and Brazil reveals will probably be rescheduled to happen in 2021, with dates to be introduced later this 12 months.

IMPALA backs indie retail marketing campaign

IMPALA has urged music followers to help indie retail as a part of the Europe-wide #LoveRecordStores marketing campaign.

Whereas information retailers are closed through the Covid-19 pandemic, many are working on-line and offering mail order companies.

IMPALA additionally urges governments to incorporate file shops within the first wave of retailers which might be allowed to re-open, topic to the mandatory restrictions on the variety of clients. 

#LoveRecordStores is a web based marketing campaign the place artists, music followers and plenty of others are posting messages of help for his or her native file retailers. IMPALA promotes its roll-out throughout Europe, along with different campaigns to help native file shops and different initiatives to advertise music through the coronavirus disaster.

Helen Smith, govt chair of IMPALA, mentioned: “Unbiased music firms throughout Europe help #LoveRecordStores. That is significantly necessary forward of File Retailer Day, one of many greatest occasions within the music calendar, speculated to be this weekend, however postponed to June 20.”

Montreux Jazz Competition cancelled

Montreux Jazz Competition has been cancelled. It was set to be held from July three to 18 2020. The programme deliberate for this summer season will probably be partly carried over to subsequent 12 months’s competition, which can happen from July 2 to 17, 2021. 

The Swiss Federal Council introduced that it will be regularly easing a few of the protecting measures towards the coronavirus, however holding the vast majority of the mandatory hygiene and social distancing measures in place.

It’s the first time the competition has needed to be cancelled in its 53-year historical past. Organisers are engaged on rescheduling the live shows which have already been introduced, together with Lionel Richie, Brittany Howard, Lenny Kravitz and Black Pumas.

Bluedot line-up to play in 2021

The organisers of Bluedot competition have confirmed that this 12 months’s occasion will probably be put again to July 22-25, 2021 as a result of ongoing affect of the coronavirus outbreak.

Al three headliners – Bjork, Metronomy and Groove Armada – have confirmed their look on the invoice subsequent 12 months with many different artists and audio system from this 12 months’s line-up set to hitch them. Tickets already bought will probably be legitimate for subsequent 12 months’s competition or alternatively full refunds will probably be out there.

The organisers mentioned in an announcement: “It’s with extremely heavy hearts that we’re asserting the postponement of Bluedot to 22-25 July 2021. We’re comfortable to substantiate that our three Lovell Stage headliners – Björk, Groove Armada and Metronomy – will be part of us on these new dates, and we’re working to switch as lots of 2020’s artists and audio system to Bluedot 2021 as potential, alongside new additions.

“Our groups have been working with companions and authorities to evaluate the affect of the coronavirus outbreak on the competition. Though Bluedot should appear a while away, the virus and its related results are unlikely to ease for some months and you will need to us that any extra or pointless pressure on medical companies is averted. This determination has been a vital however troublesome one to make because it impacts not solely our fantastic Bluedot household of festival-goers and workers but additionally numerous artists, performers, audio system, suppliers, merchants and freelancers, lots of whom have been hit onerous throughout this era. Inside our restricted means, we are going to proceed to do all the pieces we will to help them and the broader sector throughout these troublesome instances.”

Worldwide FM rankings up

Worldwide FM has introduced a brand new ‘lockdown schedule’ that goals to construct on the station’s listenership, which the station mentioned has doubled over the past three weeks.

Beforehand at simply over 400,000 listeners previous to the UK nation lockdown, the web digital platform is now approaching a million listeners a month, with a mean every day attain up by over 60% in current weeks. 

Based by DJ and broadcaster Gilles Peterson (BBC 6 Music) and co-hosted by Thris Tian (Boiler Room co-founder) Worldwide FM approaches it’s fourth 12 months since launching with 130,000 listeners a month in 2016. It received Finest Digital Station on the ARIA radio awards.  

Peterson mentioned: “I’m so proud to see the success of Worldwide FM at this second in historical past when folks want nice curators and distinctive music greater than ever earlier than.”

Fairport Conference’s competition postponed

Fairport’s Cropredy Conference has been postponed till August subsequent 12 months. The transfer is in response to the persevering with Covid-19 outbreak within the UK.

The three-day occasion had been scheduled to happen on August 13-15. It’s going to now be staged over August 12-14, 2021 (the equal weekend) on its typical farmland website in Oxfordshire.

The road-up of acts will probably be carried ahead as artists booked to look this 12 months have agreed to change to 2021. Acts on the invoice embrace Trevor Horn Band, Clannad, Steve Hackett – Genesis Revisited, Richard Thompson, Matthews Southern Consolation and host band Fairport Conference. Refunds will probably be out there.

Competition Director Gareth Williams mentioned: “We now have no different however to postpone Cropredy till 2021. The protection of our festival-goers, performers, suppliers, crew and native residents should come first.”

Mouth Of The Tyne Competition rescheduled

North Tyneside Council has rescheduled this summer season’s Mouth of the Tyne Competition as a result of coronavirus pandemic. 

Reveals for Keane and Lighthouse Household had been almost offered out, so organisers have labored to reschedule their performances for a similar weekend subsequent 12 months.

Keane’s rescheduled present will probably be on July 8, 2021 and Lighthouse Household’s will probably be on July 10, 2021.

BBC reveals One World: Collectively At House line-up

Clara Amfo, Claudia Winkleman and Dermot O’Leary will current BBC One’s protection of One World: Collectively at House.

Ellie Goulding, George the Poet, Jess Glynne, The Kingdom Choir, Little Combine, Michael Bublé, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Skip Marley, Tom Jones and extra can even give unique performances for the BBC One programme.

Lorna Clarke, controller, BBC Pop, mentioned: “I’m delighted that three of the UK’s greatest beloved presenters, Clara, Claudia and Dermot, will probably be fronting BBC One’s protection of One World: Collectively at House – bringing viewers some unique performances from a few of the world’s hottest artists. Our two-hour programme guarantees to be a really particular method to help and thank frontline healthcare employees at this difficult time.”

One World: Collectively at House is a particular occasion from International Citizen, being held in help of the worldwide response to the Covid-19 pandemic, led by the World Well being Organisation and is curated in collaboration with Girl Gaga. It’s going to have a good time and help the heroic efforts of healthcare employees world wide. The occasion will help the Covid-19 Response Fund, arrange by the UN Basis.

BBC One will air protection from the stay US occasion (which takes place on April 18) on Sunday, April 18, from 7.15-9.15pm.

Spotify backs Irish music Covid-19 reduction fund

A brand new fund to help Irish music creators has been arrange by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the Irish Recorded Music Affiliation (IRMA) and First Music Contact (FMC), who will administer the fund. 

Along with the monetary contributions by IMRO and IRMA, Spotify is making a donation and can also be matching donations made to the Irish Music Trade Covid-19 Emergency Reduction Fund by way of its Spotify Covid-19 Music Reduction web page, dollar-for-dollar, as much as a complete Spotify contribution of $10 million for the collective verified organizations worldwide.

Profitable candidates will obtain a once-off emergency reduction cost to the worth of €750. 

Tom Connaughton, UK and Eire MD of Spotify, mentioned: “Because the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Spotify has engaged companions throughout the trade to debate how we will help artists and the artistic group who’ve been deeply impacted by the results of the virus. Although streaming continues to play a key function in connecting creators with their followers, quite a few different sources of income have been interrupted or stopped altogether by this disaster. That’s the reason we’re supporting the Irish Music Trade Covid-19 Emergency Reduction Fund as a part of our wider Spotify Covid-19 Music Reduction mission, which recommends verified organizations that provide monetary reduction to these within the music group most in want world wide.” 

Germany extends occasions ban

German chancellor Angela Merkel has prolonged the nation’s ban on stay occasions till August 31. The transfer has led to the cancellation of the 35th anniversary of Rock Am Ring, the 25th anniversary of Rock Im Park and the 2020 version of long-running heavy metallic spectacular Wacken Open Air (WOA).

“Our entire workforce has been working intensively on the competition these final months and the extra all of us are bitterly dissatisfied that we aren’t allowed to have a good time a Wacken Open Air with you,” mentioned an announcement from WOA organisers. “This administrative order impacts us closely and we are going to want a while to course of the dangerous information. However, we help the choice of the German authorities on this troublesome state of affairs for the entire world.” 

David Guetta’s livestream

David Guetta will stream a stay, two-hour set on Saturday, April 18 in help of the world combat towards the Covid-19 pandemic. Guetta will carry out from a novel location in Miami to boost funds for the World Well being Organisation, Feeding South Florida, Feeding America, and the French Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris.

Guetta’s efficiency, which can start at 6pm (EDT), will be considered stay on social media by way of the DJ’s social channels. 

“I’m very excited to share what’s been within the works for a while now,” mentioned Guetta. “My coronary heart goes out to all these affected by the worldwide well being pandemic and I hope that this livestream occasion will convey folks collectively and assist increase cash for these in want.”

By the livestream, Guetta will increase funds for 4 nonprofits world wide, together with $150,000 for Feeding South Florida, which can enable the charity to distribute over a million meals within the area.

Spotify’s One World: Collectively At House playlist

Spotify is supporting the One World: Collectively At House occasion on April 18 with pre-show and post-event listening experiences.

A pre-show playlist consists of songs from performing artists, with real-time updates through the broadcast so followers can hearken to all the songs from the worldwide telecast. There can even be emails and in-app notifications to Spotify’s world fan database for taking part artists together with Girl Gaga, Chris Martin, Kacey Musgraves, J Balvin and extra.

Metroland Cultures launch fund for Brent artists

Metroland Cultures has introduced it would launch a model new fund of £25,000 to help artists and creatives within the Brent space all through the pandemic. The charity which was arrange by Brent 2020, London Borough of Tradition goals to supply as much as £1,000 grants to its artists who’ve misplaced work in order that they could keep their craft all through this era.

“Brent 2020 is greater than only a programme of occasions. It’s an funding within the artistic lifetime of the borough, now and sooner or later,” mentioned Brent 2020’s inventive director, Lois Stonock.

“Tradition has all the time been an necessary a part of Brent, in good instances and dangerous. The Metroland Cultures Fund will probably be important to supporting Brent’s artistic group throughout this difficult time.”

The grant will probably be open to all sorts of creatives dwelling in Brent, and may help them in a number of methods from shopping for tools to taking on-line programs. Deadline for the purposes will finish Might 11, and will be made on the Brent 2020 web site.

Beverley Knight and Joss Stone be part of forces to help NHS

Beverley Knight and Joss Stone along with Dr. Ranj Singh have joined forces to create a marketing campaign exhibiting the UK’s appreciation for the NHS and to help its key employees throughout this outbreak. Knight and Stone coated Invoice Wither’s Lean On Me with musicians and singers from throughout the UK, recording the monitor at house and utilizing over 30 distant studios, which now you can watch right here.

The marketing campaign goals to boost cash for NHS Charities Collectively and You Okay, Doc?, after being impressed by the nation’s turnout for #clapforourcarers. 

“I used to be requested to come back on board by Dom & Al who I had labored with beforehand and as somebody who has a minimum of a 3rd of my complete household working for the NHS, I didn’t solely really feel compelled, I felt that it was an absolute obligation to get onboard and to attempt to assist others as a lot as I can,” mentioned Knight.

Dr. Ranj Singh added: “The NHS is a giant a part of my life and I understand how necessary it’s and the way necessary it’s proper now. Something we will do to spice up morale and make folks on the frontline really feel extra appreciated is significant, as a result of they’re doing an unbelievable job for all of us. This can be a actually pretty factor to do for them in return.”

Fatboy Slim’s NHS gig

Fatboy Slim (Norman Prepare dinner) has introduced a free live performance in his house city of Brighton for workers of the NHS, ambulance and police employees. The gig will happen on October 28 at Brighton Centre.  

Prepare dinner mentioned: “Not too long ago, buddies of mine who work within the NHS requested me to ship a little bit video message to thank and cheer on the frontline troops and in it I, (half) jokingly mentioned, we should always all have a giant occasion collectively when that is throughout’. Cautious what you want for, as so many individuals responded to the remark, I believed, ‘why not?’ By the point life returns to regular we are going to all need to have a good time collectively, and I wish to do my bit to reward and thank everybody who has been holding our lives collectively in these most troublesome of instances.”

Tickets will probably be out there from 7pm on April 17 2020 for eligible employees.

Trade urged to help NHS groceries enchantment

B-Distinctive is urging the music trade to again the Gasoline Our Frontline initiative to ship groceries to hospital workers.

The 100% voluntary initiative offers high quality groceries on to hardworking NHS medical workers in London hospitals to avoid wasting them procuring after lengthy and gruelling shifts through the pandemic.

Ellie Goulding and Faucet’s cellphone marketing campaign for homeless

Ellie Goulding and her administration firm, Faucet Music, have joined forces with Disaster in the collective effort to help people who find themselves homeless within the coronavirus outbreak by sourcing 400 telephones from EE to assist folks keep linked.

‘We’re all frightened about coronavirus, however people who find themselves homeless are significantly uncovered to and threatened by the pandemic,” mentioned Goulding, a long-term campaigner on ending homelessness and Disaster supporter. “Over the previous few weeks we’ve seen an unprecedented and phenomenal effort to rehouse folks sleeping tough by the federal government, native authorities and homelessness charities, however I’ve remained very frightened about how many individuals will nonetheless want help. I’ve been decided to assist hold them linked.”

To assist with this initiative, Goulding joined up along with her administration workforce Ben Mawson and Ed Millett of Faucet Music to supply cell phones preloaded with £20 information to complement Disaster’s provide.

“After calling many firms, we’re actually grateful to EE for delivering and dealing with us to assist with this emergency for folks dealing with homelessness,” mentioned Mawson.

The telephones sourced by Ellie and Faucet Music will go to those who Disaster helps, in addition to these presently in resorts throughout London.

Celebrity additions for One World: Collectively At House

Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Shawn Mendes, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Usher and Pharrell Williams have joined the line-up for One World: Collectively At House.

The April 18 world streaming and TV occasion is organised by International Citizen and curated by Girl Gaga. BBC One will display screen performances from the livestream on April 19.

International Citizen has additionally confirmed extra names for a six-hour streaming occasion earlier than the two-hour particular. Acts confirmed embrace John Legend, The Killers, Hozier, Maren Morris, Michael Buble, Adam Lambert, Sheryl Crow, Lang Lang, Annie Lennox and Widespread.

The occasion goals to have a good time the efforts of well being employees and help the World Well being Group within the world combat to finish Covid-19.

Reside Nation cost-cutting

Reside Nation CEO Michael Rapino will quit his $three million wage (£2.4m) as a part of cost-cutting strikes in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Different senior executives at Reside Nation will see their salaries decreased by as much as 50%. The reductions in wage will final till circumstances “warrant restoring compensation to contractual ranges”, in keeping with an SEC submitting.

“Given the uncertainty related to the period of present situations globally, the corporate has launched numerous initiatives to cut back fastened prices and preserve money,” mentioned the corporate. “As a part of these price discount efforts, the corporate will implement wage reductions, with salaries for senior executives decreased by as much as 50%, and the corporate’s CEO voluntarily forgoing 100% of his wage at some stage in the wage discount program. Further price discount efforts embrace hiring freezes, discount in using contractors, lease re-negotiations, furloughs, and discount or elimination of different discretionary spending, together with, amongst different issues, journey and leisure, repairs and upkeep, and advertising.”

Reside Nation revealed that 8,000 reveals have been affected by the lockdown, of which 7,000 had been postponed and the rest cancelled. For these occasions, 15m tickets had been offered. Refunds have been issued on the 1.6m tickets offered for occasions which were cancelled. Reside Nation expects to permit some refunds for postponed reveals when new dates are confirmed.

Liam Gallagher’s NHS gig

Liam Gallagher is to play a gig at The O2 for NHS workers and careworkers. The date is scheduled for October 29.

Tickets can be found to NHS and contract workers from April 15.

“It is an honour to announce that I will probably be doing a gig for the NHS and careworkers at London’s The O2 on 29 October,” mentioned Gallagher. “They do an unbelievable job, we’re very fortunate to have them.”

Andrea Bocelli provides hope

A efficiency by Andrea Bocelli at Milan Cathedral has reached greater than 32 million views on YouTube.

Andrea Bocelli: Music For Hope featured the Italian tenor singing within the empty cathedral to world audiences on lockdown by way of a YouTube livestream.

The occasion was promoted by the Metropolis of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, produced by Sugar Music and Common Music Group, with help from YouTube. Bocelli’s participation was fully pro-bono (in collaboration with Almud and Maverick Administration).

STIM’s £4m royalties fund

Swedish assortment society STIM has put aside 50 million Swedish kronar (£4m) for advance funds to songwriters, composers and publishers.

The initiative signifies that rights holders who obtained a minimum of 10,000 krona (£800) from STIM throughout 2019 can apply for an advance cost.

“We don’t rule out that additional initiatives could grow to be related sooner or later, however this is a vital measure that we will take proper now to minimize the burdens of our members when live shows are cancelled and companies which might be taking part in music are shut down,” mentioned STIM CEO Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen. “That is probably the most intensive provide of advance cost in STIM’s nearly 100-year historical past and we’re proud to have the ability to make it occur.”

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