by Tamera H. BennettPosted January 21, 2009
MIDEM, the world's largest music convention and trade show is wrapping up today in Cannes, France. There are over 8000 attendees from 80 countries.
Many deals are finalized during MIDEM and many new relationships forged.
Here's a round-up of deals made and proposed at MIDEM 09:
- Bacardi announced that its deal with Groove Armada will now include new online elements, to launch the band’s new EP via online sharing service.
- Fallout Boy, Gym Class Heroes, Panic At the Disco, Cee Lo and Janelle Monae have collaborated on a new track as part of Coca Cola’s Happiness Factor Three commercial campaign. The digital release will soon arrive.
- Eagle Rock Entertainment has acquired a 20% stake in i-concerts, Transmedia’s cross platform live music channel.
- Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra joined Warner/Chappell’s Pan-European Digital Licensing (PEDL) initiative. Under terms of the PEDL, participating societies are granted non-exclusive rights in Warner/Chappell Music’s Anglo-American repertoire.
- Bug Music/Windswept, Fairwood, Hornall Brothers Music, The International Music Network, Mute Song, Music Sales and Westbury have joined the PRS for Music-led initiative to license the rights they represent collectively to online and mobile service providers on a multi-territory basis in Europe. In addition PRS for Music inked a deal with Amazon for the retailer’s new MP3 download store in the UK. Qtrax also signed on with PRS for Music.
- The pan-European deal between Universal Music Publishing Group and French society SACEM will be DEAL (Direct European Administration and Licensing). SACEM and SDRM (Society for the administration of mechanical right of Authors, Composers and Publishers) licenses and administers the online rights owned and/or controlled by UMPG with those works from SACEM’s repertoire for multi-territorial online and mobile use in Europe.
- IODA announced new deals with Scorpio (France), Munich Records (Netherlands), Som Livre (Brazil) and the Caribbean Music Group (based in Trinidad) will all now be digital distributed to digital retailers, mobile outlets and subscription services around the world via IODA.
- Nokia announced inking pan-European licensing agreements for its "Comes with Music" download service.
- Digital music distributor The Orchardformed an alliance with Japan's principal independent music company, Avex.
- New music TV website and distribution platform MUZU.TV has signed a global content deal with Beggars Group.
- Alt rock band Placebo signed with PIAS for its first pan-European deal for PIAS’ marketing and distribution arm.
- Sony Ericsson announced a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) for its artist promotional platform PlayNow Uncut.
If you inked something at MIDEM (on paper, not your body) let me know and we will update this list.