Songkick To Shut Down, Continue Legal Battle With Ticketmaster/Live Nation

first_imgU.K.-based artist-to-fan ticketing service Songkick has announced that it will close its doors on October 31st. After a long-running lawsuit with Ticketmaster/Live Nation, the company has essentially been put out of business by its ultra-powerful market competition. In a press release, Songkick CEO Matt Jones made clear that the company is being blocked from doing business by Ticketmaster/Live Nation, and that, while Songkick is now being forced to close its doors, the legal battle will rage on.Songkick worked with artists to sell tickets directly to fans before they went on sale on major ticketing platforms like Ticketmaster/Live Nation. The giant ticketing conglomerate seemingly did everything they could to block the upstart company from making an impactful entry into the U.S. ticketing industry. Eventually, Songkick filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster/Live Nation, claiming antitrust violations and anticompetitive practices, a suit that Jones insists “will continue unabated.” The other side of Songkick’s business—a concert discovery app and calendar—recently split off from Songkick and was purchased by Warner Music Group. That brand will “continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.”Ticketmaster Will Now Be Selling Their Tickets Through SpotifyIn other somewhat-related though possibly coincidental news, Songkick competitor Bandsintown has announced a partnership with Facebook that will allow them to scan Bandsintown once a day to auto-generate Facebook events for any new tour dates. Songkick also has their own Concerts app on Facebook and has a similar app called Tourbox that works with Spotify, Bandcamp, and Hype Machine. It seems that Songkick is fighting this uphill battle on all fronts.See below for the full statement from Songkick CEO Matt Jones.Before I say anything, let me say thank you.Thank you to the artists and managers who entrusted us with their tickets and audience; to the agents, labels, promoters and venues that partnered with us to make artists’ visions into realities; and to the many – always committed and now nearly all former – employees of CrowdSurge and Songkick who worked tirelessly over the last 10 years with nothing short of a remarkable passion to better the live experience for artists and fans.With that said, I’m sad to write that on October 31, Songkick will bow to pressure from Live Nation and Ticketmaster and complete the shutdown of all ticketing operations (including the design and maintenance of artist webpages) we began earlier this year when Ticketmaster and Live Nation effectively blocked our US ticketing business. Songkick’s concert discovery app, which was sold to Warner Music Group in July, will continue uninterrupted under the WMG umbrella.Our antitrust, trade secret misappropriation and hacking lawsuit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster will continue unabated, with trial currently scheduled to begin in the second week of November, just a month from now. Many of you receiving this note have helped us immensely as we prepare for our day in court, and even as we shutter our business, we will remain focused on pursuing a legal victory and making the live music industry better for artists and fans.If you are an artist, promoter or venue for whom we have sold tickets to a show occurring on a future date, you will be contacted individually over the following three business days to arrange for payment. All outstanding amounts will be paid in full.If you are an artist, promoter or venue currently using our services to sell tickets, list shows, store customer data or power parts or all of your website, these services will become unavailable on October 27. 

On behalf of myself and all of my colleagues, it’s been a pleasure to work with you. Once again: thank you, for everything.All the best,MJlast_img read more

Teresa Freeborn receives 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Award

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In recognition of her passionate leadership and unwavering dedication to living out the credit union principle of “cooperation among cooperatives,” the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is pleased to announce Teresa Freeborn, President and CEO of Xceed Financial CU, El Segundo, Calif., as a recipient of the 2020 Herb Wegner Memorial Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.Freeborn will be one of three Herb Wegner Memorial Award winners honored at the annual fundraising gala hosted by the Foundation at the Marriott Marquis on February 24, 2020 in conjunction with the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Tickets and sponsorships are available for this must-attend event by clicking here.“Teresa is a ball of energy who lights up any environment in which she engages,” said John Gregoire, Chair of the Foundation’s Wegner Awards Selection Committee and President of The ProCon Group. “The impact she has made upon credit unions she interacts with, as well as the whole of the credit union movement at large, is undeniable. Her leadership of the Open Your Eyes Campaign is just one, but a very important example, of her vision and her impactful leadership that has earned her this prestigious award.”center_img Teresa Freebornlast_img read more

Domestic innovation spurs West Java’s COVID-19 response

first_imgTopics : West Java was blessed as the home to about 60 percent of industries in Indonesia and more than 800 state-run and private higher education institutions, Ridwan told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The West Java COVID-19 task force initiated a virtual meeting with some of these companies and universities, asking them to contribute to fighting the disease with their scientific knowledge and manufacturing capability, according to Ridwan.“When the outbreak [was at its peak], the province’s COVID-19 task force decided to have a video conference with all the rectors of universities in West Java, asking them to help fight the disease using the science and knowledge they have in their research centers,” Ridwan said.“We also engaged many strong technological state-owned companies in West Java. After a discussion, we found that, for instance, companies like [state-owned arms manufacturer] PT Pindad, which is used to producing military equipment, can also produce ventilators. So can PT DI [state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia].”Read also: Indonesian defense industry feels COVID-19 pinchPindad and PT DI, along with other entities based in West Java, such as state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma, have been involved in a consortium formed on March 26 by the Research and Technology Ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) to use their innovative capacity to fight the outbreak. The program also includes government research agencies, universities and hospitals across the nation.But the program does not necessarily reflect the amount of COVID-19 research currently done across the country, as many universities have conducted separate research.Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the BRIN head, said any form of support from local governments “would be very helpful”.“We hope that the regional administrations support innovation done by research institutions and universities within their regions. Once there is an outcome, they can make use of the result. For instance, ventilators and test kits [can be used] in hospitals and the surrounding communities,” Bambang said on Tuesday.One of Indonesia’s domestically produced ventilators is the Vent-I, developed by West Java-based Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University (Unpad) and the Salman Mosque Foundation. The project is included in BRIN’s research consortium.The device offers a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) function for patients with mild to medium respiratory symptoms, said Hari Tjahjono, a spokesperson for the Vent-I development team.To manufacture the product, the team cooperates with several firms, including PT DI, which has produced 100 of the 139 Vent-I units made so far. All Vent-I units have been donated to nine provinces, with East Java and West Java having received the largest supplies.Read also: ITB-led team rolls out free distribution of Vent-I ventilators to COVID-19 hospitalsRidwan recently posted photos on his social media accounts showing the equipment deployed at hospitals in West Java, with a caption reading: “Let’s continue to support the work of the children of our nation.”For COVID-19 testing, Bio Farma recently handed over a mobile biosafety level 2 laboratory to Unpad to improve West Java’s daily testing capacity. The lab is able to test 400 samples per day.Ridwan also said five factories in the province had been able to produce high-quality surgical masks, and some other factories had even exported hazmat suits to Africa and Europe.The West Java-based universities are seeking more innovation, with Unpad and the ITB having worked together to develop Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) sensors.Unpad, in collaboration with private companies PT Tekad Mandiri Citra and PT Pakar Biomedika Indonesia, has also been developing a rapid antigen detection test, CePAD, which Ridwan dubbed “rapid test 2.0”.CePAD and the sensors could be an alternative to rapid antibody tests and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machines, respectively, said Muhammad Yusuf from Unpad’s Biotechnology, Molecular and Bioinformatics Research Center, who was involved in both projects. The prototypes are currently undergoing a series of tests by the Health Ministry for authorization.Ridwan said he was aware of warnings from epidemiologists about a possible new wave of COVID-19 but he was confident about the province’s pandemic response and the capability of its hospitals.“Since we are now more prepared, […], the COVID-19 peak will be lower and lower. At the end of the day, we can live with COVID-19 without worries,” he said.The province, home to 50 million people, said 26.22 percent of hospital beds were occupied on Monday, a decrease from 77.48 percent on April 7, when West Java saw the second-most cases, after Jakarta. West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said collaboration of various stakeholders and innovation were among five key measures his administration had been focusing on in its COVID-19 response.The pandemic had caused a dire shortage of health equipment like ventilators, testing kits, reagents and personal protective equipment (PPE) across Indonesia, which has long relied on imported raw materials and goods.Local institutions, both private and state-owned, including those based in West Java, have since racked their brains to meet domestic demand in the face of disrupted global supply chains.Read also: Indonesia looks to domestic innovations to tackle COVID-19center_img West Java — Indonesia’s most populous province — has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.West Java, once the most affected province in the country after Jakarta, is now the fourth-hardest-hit province nationwide, trailing Jakarta, East Java and South Sulawesi with a total 2,901 confirmed cases and 171 deaths as of Tuesday.last_img read more

Emmanuel Eboue banned from football for a year, weeks after joining Sunderland

first_imgEmmanuel Eboue, who only signed for Sunderland on March 9, has been banned from playing football for a year by FIFA due to a dispute with an agent.A FIFA judgement has banned him taking part “in any football-related activity” for a year – or until he pays the money he owes to his former agent.In 2013, Eboue had been ordered to settle a debt with agent Sebastien Boisseau, with a fine for non-compliance following the next year – but this latest FIFA decision indicates that the money has still not been forthcoming.Eboue had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport about the fine levied on him in 2014, but that was dismissed. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more