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Neil Young’s Pono music has become the third most-funded project in the history of crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, sailing past its target of $800,000 to raise over $6m. The high-end audio project has 18,220 backers, raising $6,225,354 (approx. £3, 706, 440) during a 30-day campaign.
Forest Swords (otherwise known as electronic artists and producer Matthew Barnes) has been named the winner of this year's GIT Award in Liverpool for 2013 debut album 'Engravings'. The award aims to recognize the best album released by a Liverpool musician over the last year.Barnes couldn’t make the ceremony earlier this week at the Kazmier venue, so Lee Scratch Perry (currently collaborating with Forest Swords) accepted on his behalf via video message.
Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister Mike Weatherley MP (pictured) has called on Cameron to pledge additional funds towards the UK’s Police IP Crime Unit. ‘PIPCU’ launched in September last year, to be funded to the tune of £2.56m up to the end of 2015.
The latest round of Momentum funded artists has been announced, including Beth Jeans Houghton (pictured), Ghostpoet and East India Youth. As previously reported, the £500,000 two-year Momentum fund is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported by Arts Council England and funded by lottery money, with Deezer as official partners.
The Pink Lane Jazz Co-operative based in Newcastle have launched a campaign to buy The Globe pub and music venue in the City to turn into a live music venue and education centre. Rather than simply fundraising or choosing the crowd funding route, they are offering shares to investors for between £200- £20,000. A statement said: “We aim to create an inclusive centre for jazz and improvised music – a place where people come to listen, play and dance; a place where artists can learn, share and develop their skills”.
Generator returns to Liverpool Sound City this year, with a Tipping Point showcase on Friday 2nd May and two panels designed to give emerging artists and DIY businesses essential insight and practical advice. The showcase takes place at Mello Mello, featuring five of the best artists unearthed through bloggers network The Tipping Point- Blessa, Gallery Circus, Boy Jumps Ship, Eva Stone and Lisbon.
Indie label group Beggars stirred the streaming pot this week after revealing they are reviewing the 50/50 split on gross income they currently offer artists on revenue from streaming services. This follows a huge growth in income from platforms such as Spotify to artists on Beggars labels XL Recordings, Rough Trade, Matador and 4AD.
The organisers of Glastonbury Festival have revealed a further 85 acts that will make the journey to Worthy Farm this summer including Friday night headliners Kasabian. As previously announced, Arcade Fire will headline on Sunday but the third headliner will remain a mystery until May due to “contractual reasons” according to the NME.

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