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Spotlight: New Feature - Contact Settings - Jun 15, 2019
Premium Members can choose which members, based on their type of business, can contact them via our message system or via the friendship request button.
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Only members whose “Main activity” or “Sub-activities” match with the selected criteria can send messages and/or send request for a friendship with this member. For example, a Premium Member who is a booking agent can avoid being contacted by a distribution company or a publisher.

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Artist and Musician Essentials – Reasons To be Cheerful Part 1 - Jun 2, 2019
Written by Richard Rogers (Music2Deal UK representative)
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What do you look for when attempting to break into the music industry? What are the essential ingredients that help you on your way? Where can you find information that propels you on to the next level as you choose a career in the mind boggling labyrinth that is the business of music? Here, in a regular series, our A&R man and Music2deal music expert Richard Rogers guides you through various tools printed or otherwise that Richard thinks are still worth shelling out for in 2019 to keep you ahead of the competition. The must haves for any musician, artist or songwriter. Basically the essentials needed with the information that you require with one or two not quite so essentials thrown in for comparison for good measure. Music Week and the Music Week Directory Let’s start off with a beauty. Music Week is the music trade weekly magazine that’s been with us for almost 60 years. Yup, established in 1959 it went ……

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Interview with Alexandre Deniot, Midem Director by Mario Christiani (CEO, Music2Deal) - May 21, 2019
Mario Christiani: Hi Alexandre. So what exactly do you do at MIDEM?
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Alexandre Deniot: I am the director of Midem. So, I’m in charge of this event globally. I manage all the teams from the conference team to all the partnership teams and I make sure that we provide the best service to our music community. Mario Christiani: Please tell us more about the upcoming MIDEM 2019 Alexandre Deniot: This year’s Midem will see multiple initiatives putting artists and creation centre stage as the beating heart of the 2019 edition. These will include the opening of the Artist Hub, a brand new area dedicated to artists and talent development, the fresh addition of Midem Studio Sessions by Dynaudio, a fully-equipped studio where international artists will record live in public. Regarding our conference program, our lineup is just amazing with the heavy players of the industry like the music mogul Troy Carter, (CEO and Founder, Atom factory), Sylvia Rhone (CEO & President of Epic Records) or the Nigerian Artist Maleek Beery just to mention few of them! Mario Christiani: Is there anything else you’d like to mention that will also be a special focus at MIDEM this year? Alexandre Deniot: Also the competition for upcoming artists, the Midem Artist Accelerator, we celebrate this year the 5th anniversary, the second edition of the Midem Songwriting Camp and over 30 live concerts on the Midem Beach. Midem will also welcome this year the ….

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The Film/Television Music Guide - May 21, 2019
The music industry’s #1 source for placing your music into film, television, video games or other visual media.
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With a circulation to over 10,000 Music Supervisors, Film Studio and Television Network Music Depts., Film/Television Directors, Post Production Supervisors, Music Editors. The Film/Television Music Guide is offering a25% discount off the cost of any to anyone who mentions Music2Deal.

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Submit your case to the International Sound Awards 2019 - May 15, 2019
The time has come again to #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter The International Sound Awards 2019 promote and honor smart, innovative cases from music, audio and tech.
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Listen up! Only 2 weeks left to go. Cases can be submitted by 31st May 2019. You can find information about the submission details here: https://www.international-sound-awards.com/isa2019/ The ISA2019 Award Show will take place on September 19 in cooperation with the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. The ISA is pleased to offer special discounts on tickets for the Reeperbahn Festival and the ISA2019: Conference Ticket 175 Euro plus VAT (regular price 255 Euro plus VAT), Session Only Ticket 104 Euro plus VAT (regular price 150 Euro plus VAT). Get a discount code here:

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AVAILABLE TO MUSIC2DEAL MEMBERS ONLY - May 14, 2019
Are you an artist attending Midem 2019 and want to show the International attendees your talent?
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Music Specialist has 3 separate showcases available for you at No Cost. Contact Music2Deal Ambassador Allen Johnston for more information

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Midem announces music tech finalists for midemlab 2019 contest - May 14, 2019
Midem, the home of the global music community, today announces the finalists of this year’s Midemlab competition, sponsored by Deezer and Recochoku.
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Marking its 12th edition, Midemlab seeks out the most promising international startups developing new technologies aiming to reshape the music industry. The chosen finalists will feature at this year’s Midem, taking place in Cannes, from 4-7 June. A reflection of the dynamism of entrepreneurship in the music industry, Midemlab 2019 received 177 submissions from 45 countries. Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot, says: “An interesting fact about the 2019 entries is that 70% of them are from startups founded in the last two years. The 20 finalists have been selected by Midemlab’s partners, Music Ally and Bluenove. Divided into four categories, they cover the entire spectrum of music innovation. It’s always exciting to see the companies present their concepts to a global industry audience and then track the great successes of each year’s finalists and winners.” Midemlab Successes Midemlab is the leading competition for innovative startups in the music industry and the wider entertainment business. Previous participants have raised millions of dollars in funding following their appearance at Midemlab, while others have been acquired by major players and many of them are now well-established in the music ecosystem. Previous participants in the contest include Soundcloud, the Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify) and BandPage (acquired by YouTube). 2018 winner, Asaii, was acquired by Apple just 4 months after their Midemlab participation and Skoove, also finalists last year, recently raised €3m. The Midemlab Finalists Package All Midemlab finalists will benefit from a one-to-one coaching session with Abbey Road Red to better understand how to pitch their startup. They will then introduce their company and project to an audience of decision-makers, international media, and potential investors. The four winners, nominated by votes from a professional jury, will have a one-to-one meeting with TechStars Music, the leading music startup accelerator, access to free legal advice from Jeff Liebenson of Liebenson Law, free PR advice from PR strategist Joanna Kirk, a free mentoring session with innovation specialist Yvan Boudillet, one free registration for Midem 2020, and more. The Midemlab 2019 Finalists: Music Creation & Education Big Ear Games (Finland) – A mobile music game to learn how to compose music Endlesss (UK) – A virtual space for live collaborative recreational music-making Jambl (Germany) – The new user-generated music platform Muzeek (France) – An algorithm that creates unique and exclusive music for videos Lonofi (France) – The first app using AI generated music for well-being and mental health. Music Discovery & Distribution Alissia Music (Germany) – A music service that recommends songs based on your mood and your musical tastes ……

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MIDEM: Epic records chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone to keynote - Apr 30, 2019
Epic records chairman & CEO Sylvia Rhone to keynote and receive 2019 hall of fame award at Midem Dina Lapolt to host keynote conversation
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Midem, the home of the global music community, today announces the powerhouse pairing of keynote Sylvia Rhone with Dina LaPolt at the 53rd annual industry conference and that Sylvia Rhone will receive the Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award, in association with Billboard. In her first ever keynote address Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records (USA), will be interviewed by Dina LaPolt, Owner, LaPolt Law. P.C. (USA), in a truly unique conversation between two of the most powerful female influences in today’s music business, at Midem, on Wednesday 5 June 2019. Sylvia Rhone will also receive the Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, during a dedicated event on Thursday 6 June 2019. The first African-American woman to lead a major record label, Sylvia Rhone will share insights from her illustrious career with the equally impressive Dina LaPolt, named one of Billboard’s Executives of the Year in 2018, in recognition of her contribution to the Music Modernisation Act. Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot comments, “Sylvia Rhone is at the helm of one of the most exciting and dynamic labels in today’s ever-evolving music ecosystem. The Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, recognises her outstanding contribution to the international music business and her ability to build such an artist-driven label culture. Both she and Dina are two of the most inspiring and essential music executives on the global stage. As the artist and creativity are at the very heart of Midem, so Sylvia and Dina never cease in their efforts to protect creativity and generate the best environment possible for artists to thrive. So there is a great synergy between us and we can’t wait to hear what promises to be a hugely charismatic and enlightening conversation.” Since taking on the position of President at Epic in 2017 …

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The New Update is Live! - Apr 25, 2019
The Professional Update 2019 was released on the 24th of April.
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We are very happy to announce the new update of Music2Deal which was launched -on the 24th of April and we are sure that our members will -see great benefits. You can read more about the The Professional Update 2019! in our Music2Deal blog.

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Music2deal Blog Red Box Interview - Apr 12, 2019
Red Box Main man Simon Toulson-Clarke was interviewed by our music industry expert Richard Rogers and Simon had a lot to say about the new Red Box album and the way the industry works in 2019.
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Richard Rogers: Hi Simon and thank you for the interview for the Music2deal website, the online worldwide music industry platform. You’ve got a new single out called ‘This Is What We Came For’. The sound is fairly poppy and musically there are snippets where it harks back to both 'Lean On Me' and 'For America'. Was this intentional? Simon Toulson-Clarke: Not even slightly intentional! I think we have a sound and this song is a product of that...it's our own sound and it was true of us in the 80s, too. We were perhaps atypical of what was generally going on in the 80s but I think it is the reason that although we may not have as many fans as some bands those who love us love us with a total, immersive passion. To write 'intentionally' assumes a skill I don't possess. I write to please myself and my bandmates who also happen to be my closest friends. If it emotes with us we simply hope others may feel the same. And that's about all there is to our intent. RR: The excellent video for the new single ’This Is What We Came For' looks particularly exotic. Where is it and what made you choose that location? STC: It is Thailand, specifically the stretch of Indian Ocean coast near Ranong on the Myanmar border, a very beautiful and undiscovered part of the country. I was there…

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New Update is coming - Apr 3, 2019
On the 24th of April Music2Deal will launch the Professional Update 2019!
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Since our network is aimed at professionals in the music industry, the focus of this update is to provide you with more features, a much better user experience, and work more professionally with Music2Deal. It´s all about connecting with proven music professionals and then staying in contact about music opportunities to make business happen. Have a look at the new Music2Deal and how you can benefit from the new Professional Update 2019!

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Music2Deal works for partnership - Mar 25, 2019
By communicating via MUSIC2DEAL – THE MUSIC BUSINESS NETWORK, Al Crespo and Allen Johnston (Music Specialist) met and developed a win win scenario for each other. After lengthy communication Al Crespo has created three (3) songs that are being digitally released over the next few weeks in Korea, India, USA and across Europe.
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The first single Al Crespo's "Maniac On The Floor" has been released to all the major and minor DSPs in Korea. Here are links to those major DSPs. - Melon: https://www.melon.com/album/detail.htm?albumId=10261937#none - Genie: https://www.genie.co.kr/detail/albumInfo?axnm=81173056 - Bugs: https://music.bugs.co.kr/album/20237936?wl_ref=S_tr_01_04 - Naver Music: https://music.naver.com/album/index.nhn?albumId=2930644 - Soribada: http://www.soribada.com/music/album/PD0119787 - M.net: http://www.mnet.com/album/3248369 We also uploaded the official audio on our YouTube website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIRP9GzCxF4 AL CRESPO Surprising, versatile, big and full of energy – that’s AL CRESPO, a singer and producer from Berlin with Ecuadorian roots, right from the middle of the earth. His music, which is self-written and self-composed, is a fusion of Pop(art), Electro and that certain funky feeling. After collaborating with music industry legends like Herman Rarebell (Scorpions) and Bobby Kimball (Toto) releases AL CRESPO his new singles. Having been multiple years as a Hard Rock front man, playing innumerable concerts on many different stages worldwide, this wholehearted performer feels very attracted to the possibilities of this New Era of electronic music. The combination of real instruments and high-end electronic sounds pushes forward the creativity. “I really love to experiment with different stylistic agents in my music. This way every song comes fresh to the ears and it never gets boring, either for the audience nor for me. Besides I’m extremely thrilled about the idea of not only entertaining the audience on live concert stages, but also in discos and clubs.” Brand new EDM material is waiting to be launched: Maniac On The Floor, Make It Happen and On The Rocks. MUSIC SPECIALIST (asha.com) International distribution, publishing administration and consulting are just a few of the businesses offered by the Music Specialist. The Music Specialist’s mission to provide foundations in the Entertainment Industry and in business academics that will enable our clients to advance the field of social entrepreneurship with the highest quality performances and products that both educate and entertain. CONTACT: Music Specialist aj@asha.com for more information or via the link below

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Troy Carter to keynote at Midem - Feb 19, 2019
Midem will host Troy Carter delivering a keynote on The Future of Music at this year’s conference in Cannes, 04-07 June.
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He will address Midem's delegates for the very first time as one of the true leaders of the “New School” of music execs. A music manager and entrepreneur with a glittering track record, Troy Carter is an exemplar of the world-leading entrepreneurs crossing music and innovation taking to the Midem stage. Troy Carter, CEO and Founder, Atom Factory (USA), was announced last week in Variety as partnering with United Talent Agency (UTA) on developing, “innovative ventures in verticals including film, TV and theater”. Take profit of our regular rate and save €225 on your Midem registration to be able to meet troy carter at Midem 2019

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Music2Deal Interview – Tom Beck - Feb 19, 2019
UK Representative Richard Rogers has interviewed the well-known German actor (inter alia Cobra11), singer and entrepreneur Tom Beck.
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Richard Rogers (RR): For those that might be unaware. can you give us some background information about yourself please as I know you are more famous as an actor than as a musician/singer? Tom Beck (TB): My background is on the music side. I’m 40 years of age, I grew up in Nurnberg and I started to play the accordion at the age of 4 or 5, they were my first musical steps and then I played the organ and keyboards and then I started to play along to songs that I heard on the radio on the piano or keyboards and then i started singing to them. Then I started my own bands, the first one at the age of 12 and then I played at random weddings and stuff and played the things that people wanted to hear. I became the popular story of the bored man that sits there at the the piano trying to entertain the whole crowd, sometimes for 6 to 8 hours, a whole evening! Then i had other bands and started studying musical theatre and through that I started to do more acting and next to the acting I decided to do my first album and recorded that in 2010 and released that in 2011 and there have have been 3 albums with the last in 2015. So it’s been 4 years! I’ll be recording my 4th album this year. RR: On Wikipedia Deutschland it mentions you’ve released 5 albums? TB: Yes that is correct. Three studio albums and two live albums. RR: My German was obviously not good enough to understand. Enshultigung! TB: No worries. RR: So who were your influences musically? TB: Well i grew up in a very….

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Midem: Let's start here and now (new group) - Jan 29, 2019
This new group is moderated by Michael Leahy, author of the "Cannes Starter Guide".
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Thinking about attending the Midem music trade fair? Got questions, such as "Is it for me?" or "How much will I spend?" Well, throw your questions in here, and use the group to start your networking right now. Michael Leahy just started the 1st topic “Midemlab: submissions for 2019 now open” in the forum “Midemlab: the tech that drives the music biz.” Join the group if you are thinking about attending the Midem.

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Looking for EDM and DANCE tracks for Korean distribution and promotion - Jan 23, 2019
Allen Johnston just placed 15 EDM songs into Korea and have another 9 ready for India. He can use many more.
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If you have EDM or dance music you would like to distribute in Korea, please let him know.

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Last call to join the MIDEM artist accelerator 2019! - Jan 16, 2019
The first international career booster for emerging artists. Now in its fifth year, The Midem Artist Accelerator is a comprehensive programme which connects international artists and their team with leading minds in the music business.
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It also provides with solid guidance to better understand today’s challenges and identify what and where the new opportunities are for an artist in a constantly expanding music ecosystem. Big Star, Artist (South Africa), MAA 2018: "The Midem Artist Accelerator Program serves as my biggest career highlight. Connecting with the rest of the world in one place and receiving all the advice was phenomenal." Client Liaison, Artists (Australia), MAA 2018: "We were the first Australian band to qualify for the Midem Artist Accelerator. That was great for us because we want to be a global success and, in the end, it is all about relationships." AKA, Artist (South Africa), MAA 2018: "Thanks to the Midem Artist Accelerator, we got to make new connections from the top industry players who saw me on stage and believe that we will work to take my brand to higher heights."

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Happy New Year! - Dec 27, 2018
Music2Deal celebrates the New Year with you.
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We hope that Music2Deal can help you make those New Year's wishes come true and help make those deals happen for you in 2019. So enjoy your time and let´s GO BIG for a successful 2019! Your Music2Deal Team
Happy Holidays, Music2Deal Members! - Dec 19, 2018
Music2Deal wishes you the very best for the holiday season.
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We're happy that you're part of our quality business network and that you realize how important it is to stay informed about music offers and requests from business friends. This way you can make more deals happen in 2019! Thank you for sharing our idea and being one of more than 10,000 music professionals actively using Music2Deal! Enjoy a peaceful and memorable holiday season. Cheers! Your Music2deal Team
Music wanted for India - Dec 19, 2018
New Business Opportunity in the group “Music Specialist“
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Allen Johnston - CEO of the Music Specialist and Industry Consultant (Capital, EMI America, Sony) posted this great opportunity in the forum “Business opportunities”: For 2019 I have openings for audio and video projects. Audio projects will be placed within an online download system and over mobile phone applications across S.E. Asia This is an 80 / 20 deal Video & Film will be placed within a V.O.D. (Video On Demand) system in India. This is a ….

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The Midem Artist Accelerator call for entries is now open! - Dec 11, 2018
The Midem Artist Accelerator is an exclusive bootcamp for artists and their entourages. Designed to support managers, agents, labels and publishers as they look to grow their artists’ profiles globally. It’s a unique opportunity to access Midem business expertise in export and innovative solutions.
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Each year, 11 promising artists picked by an elite Artistic Committee all: - Get to play live on the beautiful beach of Cannes - Benefit from a tailored 360 degrees programme onsite with key players from the global music community including: o Entry to selected conferences o Learning and coaching sessions with industry mentors o Networking opportunities Apply now!

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Interview: Mario Christiani - CEO/Owner of Music2DealProfessional - Dec 5, 2018
Update 2019 & Additional Member Benefits Coming Soon! Interviewed by Peter Fosso - Head of U.S. Operations, Music2Deal
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PF: Hi, Mario. So I hear that there will be a Music2Deal update happening in January 2019. What types of benefits can we expect? MC: Well, we've noticed that there are many members who still are not benefiting as much as they can from our system so we're helping them in this new update. For example, many members haven't uploaded a Music (Song) Offer even though it´s free with a Basic Membership. Or sometimes they post their music in the wrong section. Although we tried with former updates to optimized the usability, members often don´t know the right steps to do on Music2Deal. So the idea of Music2Deal is great and a lot of people are already doing good business on Music2Deal. But to be honest, sometimes it´s just a matter of having the right knowledge. For example, someone who is working in the music business should know about the differences between the song copyrights and the performance protection rights, so that they know in which section they should post their music offer. When I look at these sections I sometimes see members who don´t have …

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1st Topic: Music needed for Korea - Nov 27, 2018
The new group "Music Specialist" is created by our Ambassador Allen Johnston - CEO of the Music Specialist and Industry Consultant (Capital, EMI America, Sony).
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This group has been organised as a more efficient way to send educational, instructional and informative information concerning the entertainment industry. They will also communicate pending and possible business opportunities. Allen Johnston just started the 1st topic “Music needed for Korea” in the forum Business opportunities. Join the group and don´t miss opportunities.

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The Music2Deal Professional Update 2019 - Nov 14, 2018
We are happy to announce “The Music2Deal Professional Update 2019” which will be released beginning of next year.
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This very extensive update contains so many features that we would like to introduce this in advance. Since our network is aimed at professionals in the music industry, the focus of this update is to create more features and tools to enable even more professional working with Music2Deal. In the following we will introduce the new features & tools in detail.
Optimize your booking management - Nov 5, 2018
Even a record hot summer is followed by autumn weather and thus starts the hottest booking phase of the year!
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So this is the best time to introduce you to the booking and artist-discovery platform gigmit. More than 5,500 promoters use gigmit to find acts for their line-up and to book! In the past, the Sziget Festival was one of the biggest promoters, but right now the biggest showcase festivals from UK (Liverpool Sound City) and Portugal (Westway Lab) are looking for suitable artists through gigmit. In 2017 gigmit initiated a network for showcase festivals with 8 European festivals: 13 festivals in Europe book exclusively through gigmit now and they all want to present Upcoming Artists to the music industry. Since the launching of gigmit, artists have been offered and paid a total of 8 million euros in fees through the platform. As a Music2Deal member, you profit from all of those perks: have a 30% discount on a gigmit PRO membership, just for you! Your voucher code: 30-OFF-PRO

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