U.K.’s First Socially Distanced Music Venue Opens

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As the entertainment industry wrestles with its future in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic that has economically ravaged the sector, there’s a glint of good news to report.

Virgin Money Unity Arena, the first socially distanced music venue, has opened at Gosforth Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The open-air space seats 2,500 fans on 500 spaced-out viewing platforms.

VMUA kicked off last night with a performance from singer-songwriter Sam Fender. Several events are planned into September, including a DJ set from Patrick Topping.

With musicians eager to get back to work and fans keen to witness live music, it’ll be interesting to see if VMUA inspires similar events around the world.

Image by David Wala Photography

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Petition Asks Streaming Services To Pay Artists 1 Cent Per Play

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An online petition asking streaming services — Spotify, Apple, Tidal and Youtube — to pay musicians one cent per play is gaining traction.

The request comes after Spotify CEO Daniel EK pissed off musicians worldwide in July when he said in an interview that artists “can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough. The artists today that are making it realize that it’s about creating a continuous engagement with their fans. It is about putting the work in, about the storytelling around the album, and about keeping a continuous dialogue with your fans.”

Ek added, “I feel, really, that the ones that aren’t doing well in streaming are predominantly people who want to release music the way it used to be released.”

As of this writing, the petition, which details the current measly pay structure compared to the time and costs that go into producing a song, has exceeded its goal of 35,000 signatures.

Whether any of the streaming services will take note of the petition is unlikely.

However, music fans looking for more artist-friendly options should consider Bandcamp. The platform has been waiving its revenue share via its monthly Bandcamp Fridays to get more money to artists since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March.

To date, Bandcamp reports that the initiative has “put more than $20 million directly into the pockets of artists and labels.”

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Tommy Heron August 2020 Chart

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1. Tommy Heron – Because of You (Tom Chubb Remix) – Huge Music
2. Scott Diaz – Let’s Werk – Summer–ized Sessions
3. Kenny Summit/Di Meo Bros – Better Times (Di Meo Bros Remix) Good For You Records
4. Bonetti – Ipanema Groovy Riddim
5. Lawrence Friend – Mondego Me EP – Traded Music
6. Havoc & Lawn – Love Drug – Motive Records
7. Husky/Ido- Go Don’t Stop – Bobbin Head Music
8. Audio Jacker – You Say (Nu Disco Mix) – Tasty Recordings Digital
9. DJ Mes – Players Choice – Guesthouse
10. Rick Marshall – Found – Turtle Wax Recordings

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‘Distant Dancefloors’ Is Compelling But Dances Around Key Issues Affecting DJs

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This week Pioneer DJ released Distant Dancefloors: Covid-19 And The Electronic Music Industry, a 32-minute documentary featuring reflections about the pandemic from a handful of DJs based globally — Blond:ish, Eats Everything, Honey Dijon, Luciano and Rebūke — interspersed will nicely edited file footage of nightclubs and travel.

In the report, DJs recall events leading up to the beginning of the pandemic. They offer thoughts on live streams and what clubs and festivals might look like once the pandemic is contained.

Luciano, who went public in 2018 about entering rehab to kick his 22-year battle with substance abuse, shared interesting insights about being off the road since March.

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