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How the Bob Dylan Blockbuster Catalogue sale aligns with the latest music royalties’ burst

Bob Dylan Catalogue Sale

December 7th, 2020, the day that will be remembered for the possibly biggest acquisition ever of a single act’s publishing rights. Two great names in the music industry, Bob Dylan and Universal Music Publishing Group, join forces for a landmark nine-figure deal that includes the sale of Dylan’s entire songwriting catalogue. More than 600 songs and 60 years of work, covering everything from “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Tangled Up in Blue” are part of the titles.

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Press release: ANote Music lists major european artists for official investment platform launch

ANote Music Lists Major European Artists for Official Investment Platform Launch
ANOTE MUSIC INVESTMENT PLATFORM LAUNCHES WITH €357,000 IN ASSETS LISTED, INCLUDING CATALOGUES FROM THE ITALIAN PUBLISHER BENVENUTO EDIZIONI MUSICALI, ITALIAN RECORD LABEL IRMA RECORDS, AND SONGS FROM POLISH ARTISTS TOMASZ LUBERT AND PIOTR KONCA

Luxembourg — 28th July 2020 — ANote Music, the European marketplace for investing in music royalties, has today officially launched its investment platform, following a pre-order sale by Irma Records that generated over €140,000 in auction bids. The ANote Music investment platform solidifies music rights as a new investment category for both retail and institutional investors, allowing users to invest in music, own rights from content creators, and earn returns through the royalties that are generated over time.

ANote Music’s investment platform launches to the public with listed assets valued at €357,000. In addition to the assets listed from Irma Records, new assets come from Italian publisher Benvenuto Edizioni Musicali, which includes songs performed by Laura PausiniIvana SpagnaCaparrezaAdriano CelentanoPaola & ChiaraMarco Masini and Sugarfree. Music has also been listed from renowned Polish artists Tomasz Lubert and Piotr Konca.

Roberto Bonizzoni, otherwise known as Roby Benvenuto, CEO of Benvenuto Edizioni Musicali publishing company, said, “ANote Music is the kind of project that can give a huge boost to the music industry. I am happy to partner with them and bring the Benvenuto Edizioni Musicali publishing catalogue to the retail investors and music fans alike. With songs in this catalogue performed by some of the biggest international artists, I’m excited to see how the auction will perform.”

ANote Music offers the rights from artist catalogues to investors through an auction system. Once the auction closes and upon successful bidding, investors receive the shares of rights and can then trade with others on ANote Music’s secondary market at prices determined by supply and demand. On behalf of investors, ANote Music manages royalties and ensures that investors receive royalty (cash) flows generated by the underlying asset. 

Marzio Schena, CEO and Co-Founder at ANote Music, said, “Investors have been starved of accessible ways to invest directly in the music industry. By opening up music royalties as an alternative asset class, we are showcasing the hidden benefits and value in owning music. By launching our investment platform, we endeavour to make music royalties globally accessible to all in a marketplace that bridges the gap between the music industry and capital markets.”

ANote Music’s catalogue selection consists of artists with a minimum of three years stable earnings, guaranteeing a worthwhile, secure, and reliable investment for users. All assets undergo a thorough due diligence process in order to determine valuations. The music royalties listed on the platform offer a legitimate diversification option for investors seeking to hedge against current volatility in traditional financial markets. 

Tomasz Lubert, a Polish artist listed on ANote Music, said, “As an artist, I’m constantly searching for new opportunities to be innovative and make the most out of my artistic work. New projects always require funding — exactly what I am looking for by offering my music catalogue up for auction on the ANote Music Platform. I’m sure that this extensive and various catalogue will bring much interest to it and I am even more convinced that these new financial opportunities are the way forward for every serious composer or creator.”

ANote Music, built using blockchain technology, provides a secure and transparent platform for artists, record labels and publishers to become financially independent, offering immediate access to funding through the sale of music rights, while keeping 100% of their artistic control. 

Massimo Benini, CEO of IRMA Records, added, “I’m glad to have given our trust to ANote Music by offering our catalogue as the first to their platform. Not only has it raised €140.000 during the pre-order period alone, it has also generated an increase in the number of streams. It just proves the potential this project has, and I am looking forward to seeing what the future will bring.”

ANote Music is further building out offers and will gradually be adding new investment opportunities to the platform. For more information, visit https://anotemusic.com

About ANote Music 

ANote Music is the European marketplace for investing in music royalties and was founded in Luxembourg by Marzio F. Schena, Matteo Cernuschi, and Grégoire Mathonet in January 2018. ANote Music has identified the power of music as the next big investment opportunity and created a bridge between the music industry and the capital markets. ANote Music enables publishers, record labels, and artists to sell music rights, introducing them to a new system of financing, as well as offering users a new investment opportunity and the chance to own shares in promising artists. In January 2020, ANote Music closed a €500,000-plus funding round, led by the European music industry’s foremost players. ANote Music is also supported by Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg national innovation agency, providing access to government funding for the startup. 

For more information, visit www.anotemusic.com, follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram, or reach out on Telegram.

In the pursuit of yield, music royalties are primed for mainstream investment – Guest contribution for NASDAQ

In the Pursuit of Yield, Music Royalties Are Primed for Mainstream Investment

Alternative assets and product diversification can offer investors an opportunity to spread risk, enhance returns and capture ‘new’ investment markets. Despite the demand for diversification, Wall Street and portfolio managers have surprisingly stuck to a relatively narrow band of assets. Music royalties could yet be the asset that breaks the mold, offering a host of opportunities for not only the traditional investor, but for global audiences and retail investors alike. The universal appeal of music, combined with its global reach, and a strong revenue outlook fits all the characteristics of a promising, and appealing alternative asset class that is ripe for adoption, writes Marzio Schena, CEO and Co-Founder of ANote Music.

Universality of Music Solidifies Investment Appeal

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has sent economic shockwaves throughout the global economy. Although the music and entertainment industry has not been immune from the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, a global listenership base, coupled with healthy revenues of online music streaming services has helped cushion the blow for the music industry against an otherwise murky economic backdrop. In this new and somewhat unpredictable market environment, alternative investments have come to the forefront of investors’ consideration as a way to shield against volatility, while also offering diversified returns elsewhere.

Alternative assets take many different forms, depending on an investor’s risk profile, capital base, and emotive connection. Due to the specialized nature of alternative investments, the asset class was predominantly restricted to just institutional and accredited investors, with a minimum capital base. New trading platforms, and financial products, however, are slowly opening up retail investors to such alternative asset classes. These investors can seek out assets that may not be widely followed by Wall Street, creating opportunities for significant growth and returns. such as in vintage wine, fine art, or even music royalties. Other investors seek alternatives that reflect their own interests and passions, providing them with the industry insight and know-how to invest successfully.

The universal appeal of music, combined with a strong growth and revenue outlook for the industry, fits all the characteristics of a promising, and appealing alternative asset class that is globally accessible to a wide range of music fans and retail investors alike. New technological trends, coupled with fast-growing global audiences on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music is testament to the universality of music. Although music has been overlooked as an investable asset class, the universal appeal, predictable revenue streams and the wide-scale global reach of the music industry is increasingly attracting investor interest to explore opportunities in this well known and loved industry.

Indeed, the extreme market volatility brought about by COVID-19, that has sent bond yields to rock-bottom and equity markets to questionable new highs, has prompted many investors to turn to alternative assets in a vital need to diversify. According to a survey from Connection Capital, this is a major factor contributing to the growing popularity of alternative investments. The present market backdrop has left 80% of respondents to this Connection Capital survey considering new alternative investments, with 40% prepared to commit immediately. 

In a space ripe for viable substitutes for traditional investment methods, music entertainment royalties present an innovative new investment structure within a manageable risk profile, as sought by most retail investors. Importantly, this provides a basis for music artists to better manage and take ownership of their income and revenue streams. 

Music Royalties as a Feasible Alternative

Interestingly, respondents to the aforementioned survey seem more interested in fair value, rather than purely chasing risky returns. In a market that values stability and consistency, music royalties present a viable alternative for prospective investors. Instead of grappling with the daily fluctuations of company stocks, investors can gain exposure to stable  revenue streams from music artists, while providing liquidity for the music artists.

Income from music royalties may rise or fall based on the revenue of the royalty owner, but it does so in accordance with a predictable shelf life and an identifiable track record associated with the music artist. Most Investors can rely on periodic payments in the form of royalty cheques, typically distributed quarterly. This level of consistency in returns, typically unheard of in traditional markets, is a practical solution to  investors’ diversification requirements.  guaranteeing a worthwhile, secure, and reliable investment.

Demonstrating the viability of entertainment royalties as alternative investments, financial firm AGI Partners established a fund to invest in emerging artists. And elsewhere, the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Last year, Hipgnosis released its entire issued share capital on the London Stock Exchange – testament to the growing recognition of music’s potential among the eyes of the financial community.

Even at declining rates, the disruption to music streaming services has yet to cause concern for senior executives, given that revenue no longer relies wholly on physical sales. This development can be attributed mostly to the availability of music through smartphones, which now predictably exceeds revenues from CD and Vinyl. One could expect this growth to rebound when people return to their routine listening.

Current Funding Model for Artists

The music industry has been totally reshaped with the advent of smartphones, resulting in a dramatic turnaround from the early days of illegal downloading and file sharing. We are still in the infancy of this paradigm shift, with trends now strongly favoring democratization and distribution of music, leading to the dominance in services like Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, among others.

Although streaming is on the rise, with Goldman Sachs predicting total streaming revenues to reach approximately $37.2bn by 2030 from 1.15bn paying users, the big issue lies in deferred payments that hinders artists’ ability to make a living. In 2018, just 56.4% of revenues generated from subscription streaming services in the UK were paid to artists and record labels, down 2.5%  when compared with  2016. Similarly, in 2018, artists and record labels in the U.S. were paid 1.1% less of the total money paid to music “retailers” – a sector dominated by streaming services.

Adding to the challenges already faced by musicians, the persisting restrictions on travel and large crowds in the current market backdrop have forced several artists to postpone upcoming gigs and albums: a lucrative source of income. While this will have less of an impact on the top tier artists, the 1% who gross about 60% of live music revenue, the next generation of musicians and newer artists will certainly need to turn to a more rewarding method of funding — for example by selling shares in music royalties for future earnings.

Offering up music royalties to investment audiences provides significant benefits to music artists in diversifying as well as managing their revenue and income streams. Rather than relying on the royalties from one song or catalogue to live on, the money earned from selling a share of those royalties can open up new control in revenue streams for the artist. These might come from a new album that will generate new royalties without any claim from others on those future earnings, from investing in revenue opportunities not contingent on music royalties, such as in a side business, and from paying off liabilities and loans.

For investors, the risk-reward is correlated to artists’ future earning potential and revenue streams; and on this basis the global outlook paints a very positive picture. According to Goldman Sachs, revenues in the global music industry are expected to more than double to about $131 billion by 2030, from the $62bn reported in 2017.  On this basis, music royalties provide investors with access to a fast-growth industry that is unrestricted by geographical boundaries. Furthermore, music royalties are largely shielded from macroeconomic and geo-political events that typically rock traditional markets.

Music Royalties: Unlocking Diversification Investment Strategies

The full economic fall out of COVID-19 and its impact on the entertainment industry is yet to be fully understood. Against this unprecedented economic and market backdrop, the resilience, and universal appeal of music among global audiences is attracting a new band of investors – emerging from a connection both to the industry and as a need to diversify assets. Music royalties are a long overdue investable asset class and should be considered an area primed for further investment opportunities.

There is also a distinct appeal to this asset class: hearing your favorite song on the radio could be made all the more rewarding if you knew you owned even a small fraction of the royalties from that song. The music industry could flourish within this context over the coming years. The time has come for music fans to support their favorite artists through this innovative new investment solution. 

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

 

Press release: ANote Music to launch music royalty investment platform on July 28th, 2020

BLOGPOST: Official launch pre order

Italian Label Irma Records becomes the first catalogue listed on the platform, with €200,000 in shares available during the pre-order period

Luxembourg — 4th June 2020 — ANote Music, the European marketplace for investing in music royalties, announced today that it will officially launch to the public on 28th July, 2020. ANote Music will allow users to invest in music, own rights from content creators, and earn returns through the royalties that are generated over time. 

Marzio Schena, CEO and Co-Founder at ANote Music, said, “The launch of the ANote Music investment platform this summer will allow us to bridge the gap between the music industry and capital markets. Our goal is to unlock the hidden value in music for both investors and artists by creating a stock-exchange platform for music investments. We are excited to be the pioneer of alternative investments, while revolutionizing traditional systems within the music industry.” 

ANote Music, built using blockchain technology, provides a secure and transparent platform for artists, record labels, publishers, and songwriters to become financially independent, offering immediate access to funding through the sale of music rights. Simultaneously, ANote Music offers investors and music fans the opportunity to own music rights of their favourite artists’ catalogues and profit through music royalties. 

In advance of the official launch on July 28th, ANote Music is offering users the chance to invest in a pre-order offer for Irma Records, one of the most prominent record labels in the Italian market, up to the value of €200,000. During this pre-order auction period, early adopters of ANote Music will be entitled to 5% discount on the catalogue shares. In addition, pre-order users will not have to pay any distribution fees for the royalties generated from these shares for the first two years. 

Massimo Benini, CEO of Irma Records, said, “We are delighted to be part of this new era for the music industry, where ANote Music provides flexibility, liquidity, and security. By being featured on this platform as an artist or creator, there is an opportunity to generate extra visibility and build up a profound reputation within a large network of music fans and investors. We look forward to building on this pre-order offer and continuing our relationship.”

ANote Music offers the rights from artist catalogues to investors through an auction system. Upon successful bidding, investors receive the shares of rights and can then trade with others on ANote Music at prices determined by supply and demand. On behalf of investors, ANote Music manages royalties and ensures that investors receive royalty (cash) flows generated by the underlying asset. ANote Music’s catalogue selection consists of artists with a minimum of three years earnings, guaranteeing a worthwhile, secure, and reliable investment for users.

Schena concluded, “As music listening habits have a low correlation to financial markets, music royalties generate ever-increasing revenue prospects and act as a very promising diversified alternative asset class, which is largely immune from external shocks. Our mission is to make this music investment opportunity available to everyone. We are thrilled to have Irma Records, a key player in both the Italian and global music industry, on board and playing such an integral role in the platform launch. Together, we are excited to embark on this journey and be at the forefront of innovation in the music industry.” 

For more information, visit https://anotemusic.com

About ANote Music 

ANote Music is the European marketplace for investing in music royalties and was founded in Luxembourg by Marzio F. Schena, Matteo Cernuschi, and Grégoire Mathonet in January 2018. ANote Music has identified the power of music as the next big investment opportunity and created a bridge between the music industry and the capital markets. ANote Music enables publishers, record labels, and artists to sell music rights, introducing them to a new system of financing, as well as offering users a new investment opportunity and the chance to own shares in promising artists. In January 2020, ANote Music closed a €500,000-plus funding round, led by the European music industry’s foremost players. ANote Music is also supported by Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg national innovation agency, providing access to government funding for the startup. 

For more information, visit www.anotemusic.com, follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram, or reach out on Telegram.

Spotify, artist fundraising pick, ANote Music: one big applause and where we stand

Blog Post: SPOTIFY, ARTIST FUNDRAISING PICK, ANOTE MUSIC: ONE BIG APPLAUSE AND WHERE WE STAND

What a better way to start this post than by giving a big round of applause to our music industry colleagues at Spotify? In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, Spotify came to aid rapidly, helping many players within the music scene by setting up the COVID-19 Music Relief project. Spotify now allows donations to organizations who help those most in need, and will match any donations made dollar for dollar, up to a collective total of $10 Million. In their efforts to help, Spotify also brought a new feature to their app.

We all know the famous “Artist Pick” headline on Spotify that has been allowing artists to pick and feature a song, album or playlist on the top of their pages. The Swedish company has now given a robust boost to this, launching this month the “Artist Fundraising Pick” that will give the ability to artists to receive direct “tips” and donations from fans for themselves or for a chosen charity.

During the coronavirus pandemic which has put on hold live touring and concerts, Spotify explained that this “first version” will hopefully give the chance to seriously affected artists to continue their artistic creations during the lockdown, by raising money from a worldwide network of fans.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Spotify has engaged our partners across the industry to discuss how we can support artists and the creative community who have been deeply impacted by the effects of the devastating virus. Though streaming continues to play a key role in connecting creators with their fans, numerous other sources of revenue have been interrupted or stopped altogether by this crisis.”

To facilitate the process, Spotify has currently partnered up with Cash App, GoFundMe, and PayPal.me. But artists don’t necessarily have to use their fundraising pick for themselves. They can also link out their fans to any of the organizations that are part of its COVID-19 Music Relief project.

The scope of such a project is something we hope to be able to help in as well in the future. In the meanwhile, we are super excited to see this expansion of direct funding features in the music industry! The need for these type of initiatives has been lasting for long, and is coming to surface now more than ever, to support those artists and the creative community who have been deeply impacted by the effects of this devastating virus.

But what if we told you that there are other ways to help out artists and creatives who are now struggling, and do this in a way where both parties can be beneficial? While charity is an amazing thing, it is not only artists and creatives who have been impacted. Many of the music fans or certain types of investors and their families have been heavily impacted by these worldwide lockdowns. So while you wish to donate funds to your favorite artists, why not make it an investment where you can also benefit from yourself? 

ANote Music is helping to connect artists with fans, in a way that artists can directly leverage their fans’ support, but ALSO, while the fans themselves can earn money by doing so.

Through the ANote Music platform, fans can now get a direct exposure to music revenues and earn the royalties that are continuously generated by their favorite artists. Artists in exchange receive upfront cash to develop new music projects, and fight their way on top of pandemics, tranquilities, inspirational outbursts and artistic expressionism. We’re setting up a collateral win-win situation , where both the music industry benefits from and where you personally can gain over time.

Having said that, ANote Music supports and empowers all actions that are meant to help sustain and grow the music industry. Overcoming  these hard times will be achieved by togetherness, responsibility and care, and soon we’ll be happy to get up  and enjoy our favorite artists’ concerts and festivals again. 

Subscription to the ANote Music Trading Cup now open. Join the competition!

Header Trading Cup

What is the best way for you to discover a new platform? That’s right, by testing it firsthand while at the same time getting the chance to earn cool prizes. With this idea in mind, ANote Music has just launched their first Trading Cup initiative and subscriptions are now open.

For this first edition, the competition is limited to a maximum of 60 participants only, so if you wish to take part, you’d better subscribe fast. But, why should you?  

The Trading Cup is the ideal set-up for users to discover how the ANote Music Platform works without the risk of losing real money. During a 15days lasting competition (22 April until 07 May), the organization will replicate as realistic as possible a 6month trading period. Participants will have the chance to manage a (virtual) Investment Portfolio of 10,000EUR and will be looking to grow their investments as much as possible, by trading music rights, in order to claim the first prize at the end of the competition.

The virtual investments will pay out royalties, similar as how it would happen on the real market. News events will be published, that may (or may  not) have an impact on how well certain music catalogues will be performing. Although the competition is a simulation, the prizes and the experience for the participants is real. 

Everybody wins

Whoever takes the first place at the end of the competition, will win a Bose SoundLInk Evolve+, but he/she will not be the only one winning. Every participant who fully completes the competition and fills out the evaluation form at the end, will receive a discount code that can be used to reduce by 50% the management fees applied when distributing Royalties Interests when the ANote Music Platform officially becomes available to the public.

ANote Music has received a lot of interest of people to already use the platform. With this Trading Cup the company aims to give early adaptors the chance to already get acquaintance with the platform and its functionalities before hitting officially  the market. 

Visit the dedicated landing page for all competition info in order to subscribe: https://anotemusic.com/tradingcup/

Trading Cup

Update 15 April 2020:
Your support for our Trading Cup has been massive, thank you! Almost all open spots were already taken shortly after the first announcement. As many of you also have shown us the interest to join, ANote Music has decided to extend the number of participants from 60 to a 100.  By doing so we wish to give more people the chance to join and win. Be quick, as we don’t expect the extra spots to remain open for long.

Press release: ANote Music to receive national funding from Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Economy

Luxembourg, 04 March 2020 – Funding is critical for entrepreneurs and companies who are looking to accelerate their business. For start-ups, there are also the aspects of getting the right market validation and credibility which play an important role in the process of growth. With this in mind, ANote Music is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg’s Ministry of the Economy to receive national funding in order to support research, development and innovation for the company.

Through the Luxembourg national innovation agency – Luxinnovation – all necessary applications were filled in order to meet all the admission criteria for national funding. Eventually the application was approved after an extensive process of reporting and evaluation. The innovation fund budget adapts to the needs of the projects, instead of granting and distributing fixed budgets. The subsidies are to encourage companies, such as ANote Music, to carry out R&D and innovation activities within Luxembourg.

Besides the monetary benefits of getting approved for national funding, the aspects related to market validation and credibility by getting accepted into such a governmental program are truly important for ANote Music. Over the years, Luxembourg has established itself as an important financial hub within the heart of Europe. Receiving the support and trust from the government of such a country, is without any doubt an important endorsement for a company that has its core business in the creation of an investment platform for music rights.

 “We are establishing a company which is bringing something innovative to the music industry, as well as to the financial markets. The fact that we are coming up with something completely new, also means that we have a lot of research and development to be done. The acceptance into this program means a big deal to us and comes as a recognition for all our hard work and focus on innovation.”

Matteo Cernuschi
COO & Co-Founder

For press enquiries please contact press@anotemusic.com
About the Company

ANote Music Sàrl. is the company that created the first true Stock Exchange for Music Rights and was founded by Marzio F. Schena, Matteo Cernuschi and Grégoire Mathonet in January 2018, incorporated and with its headquarters in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ANote Music identified the power of music as the next big asset class, developing a key presence in Poland and Italy, through a strong network of advisors and a representative office at the Music Innovation Hub in Milano. For more information, visit https://anotemusic.com

Who are the players in the music industry

From artist to fan, from record label to collecting company; who is who and what do they do?

It’s 2020, the music industry is evolving, streaming redefines where traditional Music Distributors were running for decades, free online video sharing platforms (as YouTube) can become the only platform an Artist chooses to market their new song, Apple does not design only computers but has become a strong digital music retailer, Billie Eilish records music from her bedroom, and Mashups are (still) a thing.

Despite all the re-arrangements that shake the traditional scenery and force it to reform, we are going to break down the main players that still have a vital role in the music industry of today. We will sketch a general profile, since we see that the borderlines are becoming quite open and flowing.

Τhe main chords from A to Z

A&R

The abbreviation standing for Artists and Repertoire, is the division in a Record Label, which is responsible for finding new talent, managing their development and acting as a liaison among them. Record labels nowadays use A&R people to find upcoming artists, sign them, work with them during their whole music recording process.

Artist

Artist is an individual or group of people (such as a band), who, individually or through a Record Label, creates, performs and releases music.

CMO

Collective Management Organization that licenses, monitors, collects and distributes royalties on behalf of their members.  These associations copyright owners. The two most common types of CMOs are PROs (Performing Rights Organization) and MROs (Mechanical Rights Organizations):

PRO: A Performing Rights manages performance royalties coming from the radio, television, shops, bars, airports, cinemas and, in general, any royalties generated via broadcasting and public performance. They are also responsible for the collection of royalties from digital services, as Pandora, Spotify, YouTube etc.

MRO: A Mechanical Rights Organization manages the collection of digital and physical royalties coming from physical music releases, and digital downloads and services.

Not all countries have the distinctive activities of both PROs and MROs. In several cases the two Organization can co-live under a CMO.

Licensor

Any owner of licensed music work. Even though, usually, the creator of the song is its initial licensor, anyone who has acquired the rights of a song or whole catalogue can be the licensor. So, if you are looking to add a new title to your LinkedIn profile, you’ll soon be able to do it once you’ve made your first investments on the ANote Music platform.

Producer

The record producer who supervises and manages the overall music recording of an Artist. This individual has a broad series of roles within the recording process, which may range from ideation, songwriting and music engineering, to Artist coaching, financial budgeting and negotiations.

Publisher

Music publishers can be individuals or companies who own and administer a copyrighted song. By exploiting musical copyrights for all their licensing and commercial use, publishers work for Artists, Songwriters and Composers under a contract. These people put a song up to use by generating royalties of all forms (link to previous Music Royalties post), issue licenses, collect the payments for the use of these songs and pay them back according to their contract.

Record Label

A Record Label is a small or big, independent or not, local or international record company. Record Labels nowadays are closing more holistic deals, by investing in an Artist’s overall career, projects, recording, tour, music video, merchandising material etc., in return of a percentage of the sales that their record generates. Yet, within the changing industry, their role is focused now more than ever on the marketing and promotional side of the business, from radio and press coverages, to the great power of the digital world, inclusion on digital platforms and playlists, and online featurings.

Songwriter

Someone who writes lyrics and creates music for songs, scores and any kind of musical compositions, is a songwriter – or composer. We should differentiate here a songwriter, with a lyricist and a composer, with the two latter being someone who only writes lyrics and someone who only writes music accordingly. Also, recently, it is not uncommon to see a group of songwriters coming together for the creation of a work, or, even, songwriters acting as their own music publishers as well.

 

The range is wide

With time, the music industry becomes a more and more interesting Art piece that is constantly being transformed, diversified and innovated. Among the main profiles we talked about above, we shouldn’t fail to mention plenty of other individuals or companies that play an important role in the canvas of today. Engineers, lawyers, conductors, DJs, talent and business managers, talent scouters, booking agents and promoters, all come together to act as a piece in music’s mosaic.

And we shall never forget those whose role is not as apparent in the creation process, yet one of the most important and vital for music’s fruition: The musical teachers and professors who help musical nurture and birth, and the music broadcasters, journalists and critics who, one way or another, facilitate reproduction, acknowledgement intellectual nourishment. Last but not least, let’s not forget about the fans, without whom, the music industry wouldn’t be very successful.

The mosaic is not completed, the discussion is still open, the music industry is not fixated, and we already know that the future is bright and the chords delightful. We’re here to drive and facilitate the change, after all.

 

The ANote Music Team

Press release: ANote Music raises €505.000 in first funding round

Luxembourg, 27 January 2020 – The Luxembourg based startup ANote Music is excited to announce that €505.000 have been successfully raised from a stellar consortium of music industry experts and European investors. The funds will be used to fuel the development and expansion of the first true European stock exchange for Music Rights. 

The investment was led by one of Europe’s music industry foremost heads who joined ANote Music as one of its trusty advisors and investors. The first funding round was split in two tranches – one of €180.000 back in July 2019, followed by a second round of €325.000 in December 2019.  The capital will be used by ANote Music for the further advance and establishment of its proprietary trading platform. Product innovation and adjusting the features to the users’ needs are key focus points for ANote Music’s team, who spotted the gap and the opportunity in the music business, making their mission to sustain the market of music rights and foster its liquidity and transparency.

The funding will also drive farther the company’s expansion in terms of marketing and business development activities, spreading the word about investing in music as an alternative asset class, and maturing into a strong, successful company. The ANote Music Trading Platform is the first real marketplace that gives the general public the chance to own music rights and earn money through the royalties that are being generated over the years. As with all new concepts, the growth of the company will go along with educating users, while gaining their trust, and that is exactly what ANote Music aims to achieve with its integrated marketing scheme.

 “We want to position ourselves as the bridge between the Music Industry and the Capital Markets. We have recently released the paper-money version of our platform, and have already received some incredible feedback on it, especially during CES 2020 in Las Vegas. With some deals in the pipeline, we are getting ready to release the real deal soon. This investment round will allow us to push the project forward and provide the visibility it really deserves.”
Marzio Schena
Co-Founder, CEO
 

For press enquiries please contact press@anotemusic.com

About the Company

ANote Music Sàrl. is the company that created the first true Stock Exchange for Music Rights and was founded by Marzio F. Schena, Matteo Cernuschi and Grégoire Mathonet in January 2018, incorporated and with its headquarters in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. ANote Music identified the power of music as the next big asset class, developing a key presence in Poland and Italy, through a strong network of advisors and a representative office at the Music Innovation Hub in Milano. For more information, visit https://anotemusic.com