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  1. Looking back on our 10 year history!

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    horus music turns 10Horus Music is 10 years old this year, and what better way to celebrate than to look back on what we have been up to over the 12 months. In addition to opening an office in India, we have attended several industry events and welcomed many new faces to the team.

    The biggest and most exciting event of the past year has been the opening of our new office in India! Setting up shop in Mumbai, we can now bring our expertise in music distribution and other services to Indian artists while retaining a local feel. The new members of our Indian team came to our Leicester office to visit in early June and it was a great opportunity to learn more about Indian music and culture for the rest of the team.

    In addition to our Indian venture, we have kept ourselves busy in the UK too. This year Horus Music were sponsors of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival’s Free Stage, where we helped to bring free jazz music to over 14,000 people over the course of the weekend. The event was a huge success and showcased some great up and coming jazz artists as well as established acts. Among some of these acts were Jamie Cullum, Corinne Bailey Rae and Beverly Knight. Beverly previously distributed music through our service in 2015. Horus Music also was a sponsor of this years Midem conference in Cannes. As the worlds biggest music industry conference, we have been attending Midem ever since the company began and have some great relationships with other attendees and organisers of the event. Being a sponsor was a great way to celebrate our 10th year as a company as well as a decade of attending Midem, which has always been a rewarding event for us and continues to be.

    In other industry events we sponsored the Brighton Music Conference, which showcases the latest in dance music technology and DJ equipment. There were also a number of industry talks and panels, one of which we organised ourselves called ‘Downloads, Streaming, Vinyl and Record Labels: Navigating the Next 10 Years’ which was very well received. In May we attended The Great Escape Festival, also in Brighton, and attended various industry talks as well as meeting some great companies and see some up and coming UK artists.

    We also had the long awaited visit of our Web Guru’s from Croatia to our Leicester office. It was a great experience to have the full team together and discuss upcoming improvements to our system that you can all expect to see in the near future. It was fun giving our foreign visitors a taste of English culture and food too, in addition to allowing them to meet the new members of our growing team.

    As a celebration for our 10th birthday party, we will be inviting plenty of old and new friends, as well as some of our clients to join us in reflecting on the past decade as well as looking forward to the future of Horus Music.

    In the mean time take a look at this video that shows some of the milestones from our humble beginnings in Birmingham to where we are now. Here’s to the next 10 years!

  2. Horus Music opens Indian office

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    In celebration of our upcoming 10th birthday in August 2016, we are expanding our business and homing in on the lucrative Indian market by opening a new branch of the company with an office in Mumbai.

    We realised there was lots of potential for us in India, which was ignored by many of our competitors, and after a successful trade mission in 2014, we decided to make the most of our time and connections there and to make India a permanent home for Horus Music.

    Founder and Managing Director Nick Dunn and Business Development Manager Nina Condron spent November and December of 2015 on a second trade mission to India, where they finalised contracts with many of our digital partners, including Hungama, Gaana, Saavn and VuClip, as well as making many new friends and memories.

    Horus Music India will employ staff from the local area so that we are always able to have a man-on-the-ground and we will also be able to tailor our services to suit the Indian market. We discovered the importance that is placed on face-to-face interactions in the area during our time there and is something that we now beginning to implement.

    Nick added that trade missions such as the one to India have given Horus invaluable insight into the way other markets work. He said: “We spotted some great opportunities for us in India and we are really looking forward to expanding our business over there, as well as making it a permanent home for Horus Music.”

    We’re looking forward to many more years of success in India, and elsewhere.

    Horus Music India

    May 2016 - Malini Hariharan is announced as our first Business Development Manager – Music Business Worldwide.

    June 2016 - Trupti Kudalkar joins as our second Business Development Manager – Creative Industry Hub.

  3. Future Music Forum 2015

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    The sixth annual Future Music Forum took place in mid September in the beautiful city of Barcelona and we were lucky enough to be invited by the kind team over at Music Xray to attend the three day conference.

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    Beginning on Wednesday 16th September, the conference brought together the leading minds of the music industry to discuss the hot topics of the moment – including the digital future of the industry, synchronisation, A&R at major labels, how festivals are working with brands and the inevitable debate on streaming services. Alongside all of this there were focuses on Women in Music and the African music industry.

    It was a great place to network and meet new, likeminded companies from across the globe in a mixture of panels, networking sessions and live music showcases.

    Day one kicked off with the first ever SyncSummit event to be held in Barcelona. The focal point of the day was how can we, as music professionals, approach Music Supervisors in order to pitch our artists to them and most of all how to do this correctly. Invaluable advice was given in all of the panels as to how supervisors like to receive music and be kept in the loop of new tracks that they might be interested in.

    Mark Frieser always does a great job with the quality of the speakers in its SyncSummit counterparts in New York and Hollywood and this event did not disappoint; with representatives from video games giant Ubisoft and Grey Group along with music supervisors of films such as the Saw franchise.

    Day one ended with a rooftop welcome party for all delegates, hosted at the Ayre Rosellon Hotel with the most fantastic view of Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia.

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    Following on from the festivities of the welcome party, day two did not disappoint with the first official Future Music Forum day. Particular highlights for me were Mark Mulligan’s keynote on our digital future within the music industry and the afternoon’s streaming debate.

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    The final day brought with it a focus on how brands indulge in music, hearing from the likes of Nando’s, Ticketscript and Ibiza Rocks and how they have used music in their marketing projects. We were also treated to a very special closing keynote from Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove, who connected live on Skype with his collaborators from the likes of Gibson and Sennheisser to announce his new project with former Police member Stewart Copeland – ‘WholeWorldBand’. This platform will invite singers to collaborate by submitting their vocals to tracks directly on the app. Hardgroove and Copeland will then select their favourite singers to go on to perform with them in future live shows in what will be acting as “the world’s biggest audition”. As the day drew to a close we were left pondering over whether we are entering into a new digital era of A&R?

    After each Future Music Forum day, live music showcases took place at Les Enfants bar in the heart of the city where we saw a mixture of genres and artists from across Europe and beyond. My favourite performances from the two nights came from Jambinai, a South Korean outfit who blend a mixture of traditional Korean instruments with post-rock melodies, Red House Glory who hail from the UK giving a stellar grunge-infused performance, Ocellot, whose dance and glitter infused performance got us all moving our feet, and Paper Shades, another great duo showcasing the talent here in the UK with the whole crowd marvelling at their impeccable vocal harmonies.

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    Not to mention the conference took place in the Estrella Damm Factory… with free beer flowing all day. The lemon one was particularly refreshing!

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    See you next year!

    Written by Deborah Smith.