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The latest episode of Fair Pay For Every Play sees host, Kristian Luoma, in conversation with Dario De Wet.

Dario is the Investment Principal at Anthemis Group, focused on investing in opportunities at the intersection of media and financial services. He has always been interested in the relationship between music, technology and finance and how the three industries can support one another.

“I’m an investment principal at Anthemis, which is an early stage venture capital firm. We specialise in Fintech investment, with a portfolio of 150+ across the US and Europe. …


In this episode, Claire Rose joins host, Kristian Luoma, to talk about the UK music royalty collection society, PRS For Music. In her role as Outreach Manager, Claire and her team provide support to songwriters, composers and publishers throughout their musical careers, and ensure that they receive royalty payments that they have earned from the performance of their music.

“PRS For Music is basically an umbrella term for two collection societies. There’s PRS, who I work for, and another society called MCPS. We represent the rights of over 155,000 song writers, composers and music publishers; basically, anyone who writes music…


Fair Pay for Every Play — John Truelove and his love for music technology

John Truelove is a record producer, publisher and DJ who is widely applauded in the electronic dance community. On this episode of Fair Pay for Every Play, he joins host, Kristian Luoma, to discuss the evolution of music formats and the importance of music recognition technologies, by reflecting on his musical career as a self-starter entrepreneur.

The reason that John became involved in music is simple, he wanted to get into gigs and clubs for free.

“In ’88, I was going out like five nights a…


Video games, movies, and of course, music; Alexandre Perrin is a renowned fanatic and academic in many fields. For this episode of Utopia Music’s Fair Pay for Every Play, he joins host, Kristian Luoma, to discuss the advice and guidance that he provides to artists studying under his supervision at the prestigious Berkeley College of Music.

Alexandre joined the institution in 2013 having completed his PhD. Prior to that, he was a Management Consultant in Paris before becoming interested in the creative industries due to the new opportunities that it presents in the ever-changing industry.

“The good thing about the…


On this episode of Fair Pay for Every Play, host Kristian Luoma is joined by the CEO of So.Co, Vince Bannon. With over 40 years of experience in the creative arts, Vince declares a love of “the art of music” and has combined photography and music in a fulfilling career.

Vince stepped into the world of photography as VP of Entertainment Partnerships and Development at Getty Images and is currently heading So.Co; a social media style platform that allows photographers to share images and the stories behind them, and musical artists to curate and share their favourite images.

“”I have…


On this week’s episode of Fair Pay for Every Play, host Kristian Luoma, sits down with singer, songwriter and record producer, Nona Hendryx to discuss the economics of music. There is a business in music, and it is worth billions. However, importantly for artists, there is sentimental and artistic value worth its equivalent.

“I didn’t come from a family that was involved in music or the music business… so I had no idea about the business or what it was like. I think at the time, it was just something you did for fun. Probably for the young people today…


In this week’s episode of Fair Pay for Every Play with Utopia Music, host Kristian Luoma is joined by Tony Van Veen to discuss the relationship between independent musicians and streaming services. Whilst studying at college, Tony was first introduced to the world of DIY music and once he had a taste for it, he knew that was the career he wanted to pursue. Now, he is the CEO of DIY Media Group; a collective of innovative companies aiming to make it easier for creators to distribute and monetise their work.

“I grew up in Aruba in the Caribbean, and…


This week Fair Pay for Every Play host, Kristian Luoma, is joined by not one, but two guests. They are John Acquaviva and Ali Samadpour, who together have collaborated in writing an article about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and how they may benefit the music industry and help towards fair reward for artists.

“Essentially what an NFT is, is like these unique, one-of-a-kind assets — but they’re all digital. So, we are thinking like digital art and music. People are making NFTs out of gifs and tweets. …


In this week’s episode of Fair Pay for Every Play, host Kristian Luoma is joined by Richard Ziljma and together they look back at the last 30 years of the live music industry and predict what it may look like post global pandemic.

Over the last three decades, Richard has played a pivotal role in developing some of the largest and most acclaimed music events in Europe. …


In this episode of Fair Pay for Every Play, host Kristian Luoma is joined by Alfons Karabuda. With many strings to his bow, Alfons is a successful composer for screen, TV and stage and also holds positions at high profile organisations representing artists in the music industry. These positions include being President of ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), executive chairman of SKAP (the Swedish Association of Composers, Songwriters & Authors) and expert in the field of artistic rights to the UN Human Rights Council.

The conversation covers many topics; starting with how Alfons’ upbringing in a family of creative…

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