Music Glue

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Music Glue
Ltd.
Industry
  • Music
  • E-commerce
  • Technology
Founded London, United Kingdom (March 19, 2007 (2007-03-19))
Founder Mark Meharry
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Mark Meharry (CEO)
Services
Website musicglue.com

Music Glue is a specialist e-commerce platform for the music business which allows artists to sell physical and digital music, merchandise, and event tickets in multiple currencies and languages direct to fan.[1][2][3][4] The company is headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Sydney.[5][6][7][8]

History[edit]

Music Glue was launched in 2007 by Mark Meharry, with the goal of allowing artists to sell their music directly to consumers.[9][4][10] "Controlled filesharing" was introduced with the band Marillion.[11][12]

In 2013, Music Glue launched its direct-to-fan platform at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, United Kingdom. By this time, Music Glue had worked with artists including Mumford and Sons, Gabrielle Aplin, Nina Nesbitt, Enter Shikari, Ben Howard, Ghostpoet.[4][13]

In July 2014, Music Glue became the primary ticket vendor for Gentlemen of the Road, a two-day festival in Lewes, Sussex.[14]

In September 2014, UK promotion group MAMA & Company announced a partnership with Music Glue for all applications for The Great Escape 2015, whereby artists applying to play the Brighton-based festival would need to create a Music Glue profile in order for their application to be accepted.[15]

Music Glue now runs the apply to play service for The Great Escape, Bushstock, Mondo NYC, Live at Leeds, Kendall Calling, Focus Wales, Evolution Emerging, Norwich Sound & Vision, Metropolis Rising.[16][17]

In 2015, Public Service Broadcasting used Music Glue for pre-orders and direct-to-fan sales for their album The Race For Space which charted at number 11 in the UK Albums chart and number 1 in the UK Independent Albums chart, and for tickets for The Race For Space tour. That year, Music Glue also was the ticketing vendor for Mumford & Sons UK Arena Tour with up to 50% of tickets per show sold via the platform.[18]

In 2017, Music Glue celebrated their 10th birthday[19] and announced a partnership with Probity, an independently owned music merchandising company offering worldwide tour, retail and licensing services.[20][21][22]

Music Glue has been chosen by British Rock band Enter Shikari to be their official tickets partner on their UK and EU arena tour, selling direct to fans.[23] [24]

Music Glue is currently working with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Blondie, Foals, Enter Shikari, Bear’s Den, Public Service Broadcasting, Zara Larsson, Goldfrapp, Kate Tempest, Sundara Karma, Marika Hackman, Jack Savoretti, Lucy Rose, Flume, Devlin, Steps and over 35,000 more artists. [25]

Recognition[edit]

In October 2007, Music Glue was nominated for a 'Best Innovation' award at the BT Digital Music Awards.[26] Music Glue had been called one of the "Top 100 tech media companies" by The Guardian.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coleman, Alison. "How The Music Retail Industry Is Being Disrupted Beyond All Recognition". 
  2. ^ "Independent venues on Music Glue". Music Glue. 
  3. ^ Lindvall, Helienne (2012-11-28). "How music lovers lose out from fan-to-fan ticket exchanges". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Music Glue announce new D2C platform release". Record of the day. Record of the Day. 2013-05-03. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Music Glue contact details". Music Glue. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Direct-to-fan specialist Music Glue expands with UK and US hires - Music Business Worldwide". 13 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Music Glue appoints Neil Robertson head of A&R Australia". 
  8. ^ "Digital Stores founder joins Music Glue - Complete Music Update". www.completemusicupdate.com. 
  9. ^ Coleman, Alison. "How The Music Retail Industry Is Being Disrupted Beyond All Recognition". 
  10. ^ Robinson, Tom. "Interview with Mark Meharry". Fresh on the net. Tom Robinson. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Marillion Use P2P for Album Release". Anti Music. 2008-11-09. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "'The music industry is leaving billions on the table because we frustrate fans' - Music Business Worldwide". 14 September 2016. 
  13. ^ http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index.php?encoreId=516&articleId=51275
  14. ^ "Mumford and Sons - Lewes". Mumford and Sons official website. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Great Escape - Apply to play". The Great Escape. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Music Glue - Apply to play". Music Glue. 
  17. ^ http://greatescapefestival.com/101158/
  18. ^ Hughes, Diane; Evans, Mark; Morrow, Guy; Keith, Sarah (27 September 2016). "The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery". Springer – via Google Books. 
  19. ^ "Music Glue - Music Glue is 10: 10 years of learning, adapting, listening, innovating and solving your problems". Music Glue. 
  20. ^ "Music Glue announces partnership with merch firm Probity - Complete Music Update". www.completemusicupdate.com. 
  21. ^ "Metallica and Chili Peppers join Music Glue as part of Probity partnership". 
  22. ^ "Music Glue Announces Partnership with Probity". www.recordoftheday.com. 
  23. ^ "Music Glue - Enter Shikari 2017 arena tour: The biggest to date". Music Glue. 
  24. ^ "Enter Shikari Have Announced A Tour - News - Rock Sound Magazine". Rock Sound Magazine. 
  25. ^ "Music Glue - Clients". Music Glue. 
  26. ^ Oatts, Joanne. "In full: BT Digital Music Awards 2007 winners". Digital Spy. 
  27. ^ "The top 100 tech media companies". The Guardian. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2014.