Let me start by expressing my respect to all the Tribe artists already participating in our music business: you’re a heck of a musician, we love you for licensing beautiful songs to us and I believe strongly that together we are building a new comfortable highway leading to Rome.
If the destination Rome would be a thought and a vision for me and the team to live by, what would Rome be like in 2014 and beyond?
So, should I mention our participation in a public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, the 2014 roadmap with leading telecom operator KPN, our geographical expansion to (Latin) America and the Middle East, our stronger than ever partnership with Getty Images, the 2014 technology conferences we will participate in or the growing number of (retail) chains broadcasting your music to millions of consumers?
YES, because you should be proud too. Your music is licensed for commercial use around the world while we do everything in our power to create more revenue opportunities and get you fair deals.
Building highways can be challenging and time-consuming so keep doing what you love most, travel of the beaten path and enjoy the bumpy ride. But remember: keep licensing these beautiful songs to us this year. We will do our utmost to surprise you with some “smooth rides” on the freshly paved parts of our highway to Rome.
Hessel van Oorschot
Chief of Noise @ Tribe of Noise
Many people around the world must have had the same feeling: emptiness, sadness, hope, a strong desire Mandela’s (Hamba kahle Madiba) legacy will unite South Africa and will guide other nations too.
But no one spoke more powerful words than Desmond Tutu: "The one gift that you and I can give to the world, as a fitting memorial, remembrance of Tata, is for us to become what the world had thought impossible," beseeched Tutu. "Let us give him the gift of a South Africa united."
I admire Desmond Tutu and his involvement in many, many humanitarian initiatives. A recent one being Masterpeace.org, an international grassroots movement that inspires everyone around the world to use his or her talent and energy for building peace and togetherness.
As a friend of Masterpeace.org and a believer in “music above fighting” I am honored to invite all of you singer songwriters, composers and performing artists on Tribe of Noise and far beyond to particpate in the unique “My Music MasterPeace” competition. Read more.
I am Sem, one of Tribe’s legal chiefs and this is what kept me busy lately.
First of all, Lou Reed died.
I remember finishing one of these boring law classes in university, when I almost bumped into… yes: Lou Reed! He was watching a city map finding his way through Amsterdam. At first I couldn’t believe it was him. But the next day I read in a newspaper it was Lou and realized I missed my one chance in a lifetime to guide Lou Reed through Amsterdam. It still hurts a bit though.
Since the news came out I’ve been asked several times if pop music had sounded the same without Lou. Useless question though, because we will never know. One thing is for sure, he influenced many musicians including me with the Velvet Underground and the best album ever: Berlin. Julian Casablancas stated short after his death: ‘Lou is the reason I do everything do.’ That surely doesn’t count for me but anyway: Lou, so long!
As most of you know I am helping Tribe of Noise to pave the path through the legal jungle. When you try to imagine that legal practice of performing rights organizations and other collection societies can be different from their national legislation, which can be different from international legislation, you will understand this is almost a mission impossible. Almost, because the team of Tribe of Noise loves the jungle and is very, very persistent. Therefore we are completely confident to fulfill this duty. I will keep you updated by this adventure via this blog. Trying to convince you that the legal change in the music industry is not boring but more exciting than Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs!
[edit Oct 14, 2013]
While consumer focused music company Spotify is helping major artists like Lady Gaga to market her music online, music licensing company Tribe of Noise has taken a different approach towards the music licensing industry and recent internal statistics by Tribe of Noise show significant higher revenue pay-outs.
Many stories have been published about Spotify’s small steps forward in generating some direct revenue for the artists like the famous Spotify story featured in The Guardian , Zoë Keating’s earnings as an indie musician, David Byrne’s criticism this week about the lack of money flowing into artists’ pockets and the recent call from Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman Thom Yorke.
Recent internal statistics by Tribe of Noise however show that independent artists with 2 albums featured in Tribe of Noises’ In-store Music service, a subscription based all-rights included music service for businesses, easily generates twice as much revenue in less time as Lady Gaga’s hit Poker Face did on Spotify.
Glasgow-based musician/producer Sam Gallagher comments: “Tribe’s In-store music scheme is the most income that my songs have ever made. They’ve made a real difference to my life as a musician”.