The music business has been hit by disruption for at least a decade – however, the digital themes remain consistent: digital revenues rise, but continue to fail to offset the loss of physical revenues; streaming services continue to struggle to post profits despite their growth and many artists continue to mistrust these services; last but not least, licensing remains a contentious issue and something of a minefield. The thing is, people listen to music more than ever before: why such a disconnect?

This potential for disruption and the global interest for music have at least one positive consequence: investors’ appetite for backing music-related startups, IP companies and apps. As StrategyEye found out:

– In the past five years venture capital investment in digital music startups has steadily increased;

– More big deals are likely to occur in 2015 and there are rumours that Spotify is near to completing a funding round that could be as large as half a million dollars;

– The downloads vs streaming debate is shifting to a freemium vs subscriptions battle, with the likes of Spotify and Deezer in one corner and Tidal and Apple’s imminent service launch in the other.


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James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.

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