Brief news items and worthy reads from around the web:
Streaming for musicians, now with more experimentation: Members of two indie rock outfits have joined forces to launch an unique take on a streaming music service. Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver have created an upcoming platform called PEOPLE. The service is a non-commercial audio publishing service designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration among artists. The Outline has a profile of the project, which officially launches on August 18.
The ripple effect of fraud in streaming music: Variety examined the issue of fraudulent accounts on streaming music services. Fake accounts can over-inflate the streaming counts, which has a snowball impact on artists’ success. “Music streaming payouts are a zero-sum game,” an unnamed source told the publication. “It is imperative that services are vigilant and sophisticated in their controls to ensure that streaming fraud doesn’t dilute payments to the artists who have rightfully earned those payments.”
Spotify co-sponsoring residencies for female producers: Spotify recently hosted a bootcamp designed to get more women of color into podcasting. Now the streaming platform is launching a similar initiative for female producers and engineers. The EQL Studio Residency is a collaboration with the Berklee College of Music and Electric Lady Studios offering six-month paid residencies in Nashville, New York, and London that will include networking and mentorship for women aspiring to progress in this field.