BELEM announces an open call for European lyric translations

The first Open Call from BELEM to the industry aims to provide more accurate translations of works and increase the potential for artists, labels and publishers to monetise lyrics. BELEM, a Creative Europe EU-funded co- operation project, in which UNISON is participating in a very active manner as one of the partners, is announcing its…

UNISON files a new lawsuit against SGAE for seriously obstructing the activity of the Spanish competition authority

At Unison we have filed a new lawsuit against the Spanish CMO (Sociedad General de Autores y Editores – SGAE) before the Commercial Courts of Barcelona, for abuse of dominant position in the Spanish rights management market. The new lawsuit has been filed as a result of the anti-competitive practices of abusive litigation (“sham ligitation”)…

UNISON joins forces with LyricFind, Zebralution and 12 other partners for EU-funded project

UNISON has joined forces with a consortium of major music industry players, including Zebralution and LyricFind, to form BELEM. The consortium aims to build capacity for music publishers, songwriters, platforms, and labels to democratise and monetize access to lyrics. It will also strive to break down cultural barriers by making human translated lyrics accessible to…

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UNISON Agenda – Upcoming music industry events

This new season comes full of networking events we did not want to miss.  Some of them are already familiar from previous years such as FMF Barcelona and BIME, while others are brand new and we approach them with great enthusiasm to continue creating professional relationships in the musical universe. From September 26th until the…

The elephant is still in the room: CMA rejects a full investigation of the music streaming market

The Economics of Music Streaming saga continues: last July the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) refused to recommend a full investigation of the music streaming market. For context, a market study is different from a market investigation. In market studies, the functioning of the market is studied and, if flaws in the functioning of…

Interview with Sleza (‘For Ukraine’ Album)

After interviewing Blooms Corda, Ukrainian singer Sleza opens her heart in this interview full of hope for the difficult reality of the Ukrainian people. She is also part of ‘For Ukraine’, the compilation album of Ukrainian artists, musicians and creatives whose aim is to support Ukrainian humanitarian organisations. Don’t miss this talk about her understanding…

Interview with Blooms Corda (‘For Ukraine’ Album)

We interviewed Blooms Corda, one of the musician that make up the solidarity project ‘For Ukraine’, a compilation album of Ukrainian artists, musicians and creatives whose aim is to support Ukrainian humanitarian organisations. He talks about the message he wants to convey with his song ‘Lyst do Kathrine’ and how the war in his country,…

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Digital Licensing Sessions at Primavera Pro

The first edition of the Digital Licensing Sessions, co-organised by Unison and Primavera PRO, took place on the 7th and 8th of June. For two days, international professionals discussed hot topics about the present and future of music in the digital world. Valuable knowledge and experiences were shared, opinions were confronted in a respectful, open…