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At the forefront of A&R, Meddling delivers indispensable data and tools to help subscribers turn knowledge into action. Meddling brings together real-time data on global music markets, cutting edge technology like deep learning metadata compilers, powerful analytics, communications tools, and tracking capabilities to ensure total digital A&R coverage.

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  • 04/07/202104/07/2021

A&R Platform Meddling Launches Songwriter Discovery Tool for Publishers

Meddling, the artist discovery platform for record labels, is unveiling a new version of its service built specifically for music publishers to discover songwriters.

“There are more than 20 unpublished songwriters in the US Top 100 right now,” says Travis Rosenblatt, founder and CEO of Meddling. “Publishers have not yet had access to the same set of tools to discover songwriters that labels have been using for years to find new artists. There is a huge opportunity here for...

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  • Music Connection, Feature story, 07/26/2021, Exec Profile: Travis Rosenblatt of Meddling
  • Billboard, Feature story, 04/29/2021, Pay It Again, Sam: We Still Need New Publishing Infrastructure (Guest Op-Ed)
  • Music Ally, Feature story, 04/08/2021, Meddling’s new songwriter discovery tool is for publishers Text | Attachment
  • The Music Network, Feature story, 01/28/2021, A&R is dead, long live A&R
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04/07/2021, A&R Platform Meddling Launches Songwriter Discovery Tool for Publishers
04/07/202104/07/2021, A&R Platform Meddling Launches Songwriter Discovery Tool for Publishers
Announcement
04/07/2021
Announcement
04/07/2021
Five years in the making, Meddling for Publishers uses a learning layer that intelligently fills in partial or missing publishing data that allows these same discovery and tracking tools to automatically surface unpublished songwriters. MORE» More»

Meddling, the artist discovery platform for record labels, is unveiling a new version of its service built specifically for music publishers to discover songwriters.

“There are more than 20 unpublished songwriters in the US Top 100 right now,” says Travis Rosenblatt, founder and CEO of Meddling. “Publishers have not yet had access to the same set of tools to discover songwriters that labels have been using for years to find new artists. There is a huge opportunity here for frontline publishing A&R.”

Since 2015, Meddling has been an indispensable tool for some of the music industry’s biggest companies. By providing fully customizable, automated analysis of real-time international music consumption, Meddling users are quickly alerted to emerging artists specific to their A&R investment thesis.

Five years in the making, Meddling for Publishers uses a learning layer that intelligently fills in partial or missing publishing data that allows these same discovery and tracking tools to automatically surface unpublished songwriters.

The seemingly simple question of who wrote a song is oftentimes a near impossible question to answer, particularly for new releases. Instead of slogging through a maze of acronyms (DSP credits, MDX, ICE, CIS-NET, ASCAP/BMI, HFA/MLC), publishers can now use Meddling’s automated system to rapidly surface trending unpublished songwriters and filter them by geography, genre(s), and prolificacy.

In addition to songwriter discovery for signing purposes, publishers can also view trending published writers to be ahead of the curve when setting up co-writes, sessions, and camps. PROs can also view data by unaffiliated songwriters for a competitive edge in early signings (that isn’t just throwing money around that belongs to other songwriters).

Meddling for Publishers is currently being tested by several prominent independent publishers, including Concord, APG, Downtown, Riptide, Ultra, and Nettwerk.

"Travis and Meddling are always driving innovation in the marriage of music and data,” says Mike Caren, APG CEO. “Meddling for Publishers furthers this and opens the door for publishers to get quick and easy visibility of available songwriters."

About Meddling

At the forefront of A&R, Meddling delivers indispensable data and tools to help subscribers turn knowledge into action. Meddling brings together real-time data on global music markets, cutting edge technology like deep learning metadata compilers, powerful analytics, communications tools, and tracking capabilities to ensure total digital A&R coverage.

Publishers interested in access can contact Travis at smartpub@meddling.co 

Announcement
04/07/2021

01/13/2021, Meddling, once the closely-guarded secret of major label A&R Research departments, rapidly expands during pandemic
01/13/202101/13/2021, Meddling, once the closely-guarded secret of major label A&R Research departments, rapidly expands during pandemic
Announcement
01/13/2021
Announcement
01/13/2021
Since 2015, A&R platform Meddling has been an indispensable tool for some of the music industry’s biggest companies. Due to a sudden scarcity of alternatives, the once maligned process of data mining for talent has gone mainstream across traditional label A&R, publishing, management, agencies, law firms, and concert promoters. MORE» More»

Made by and for A&R professionals, Meddling provides streamlined artist discovery for a suddenly digital-only process

Since 2015, A&R platform Meddling has been an indispensable tool for some of the music industry’s biggest companies. By providing fully customizable, automated analysis of real-time international music consumption, Meddling users are quickly alerted to emerging artists specific to their A&R investment thesis. Due to a sudden and almost complete lack of alternatives, the once maligned process of data mining for talent has gone mainstream across traditional label A&R, publishing, management, agencies, law firms, and concert promoters.

Though many of Meddling’s clients, including Republic, Columbia, and Kobalt, have been users for years, nearly twice as many have joined in the last 12 months. “For the first four or five years,” says founder Travis Rosenblatt, “I figured that everybody who was going to be using it was already: that there wasn’t any room to scale.” A year of cancelled concerts, dinners, and meetings has forced the initially hesitant to realize the value of digital A&R coverage. “Overnight, everyone had to figure out how to do A&R from home.”

While also in use by both major and indie label radio promotion, streaming/sales, and marketing departments, Meddling is purpose-built for A&R. Pending a finalized data partnership, Meddling also has a learning layer that can intelligently “glue” together partial publishing data to automatically surface unpublished songwriters. Over his decade in the business, Rosenblatt has worked in some of the industry’s most influential A&R departments, where he learned, and subsequently built, precisely the discovery and communication tools they need to do their jobs efficiently.

Meddling does not attempt to replace good taste or a clear vision for an artist’s future. Rosenblatt taught himself how to code just to build Meddling and notes that he’s in it for the art: “I started booking concerts in college: LCD Soundsystem on their way to MSG, Dirty Projectors, Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Dan Deacon, Phantogram...and I’m very proud of the fights I had trying to sign talented artists back in my A&R days. I love music, I love finding new music, and I love the idea of being able to help further an artist’s career.” This excitement has been a powerful motivation for Rosenblatt in driving the music industry forward with Meddling and direct publishing royalty collection platform Signal, another of Rosenblatt’s companies and startup in Techstars’ 2019 Music accelerator.

After years of reluctance, the industry has massively accelerated its adoption of digital A&R coverage. Meddling makes it fast and simple. “The number of new artists has exploded in recent years,” Rosenblatt reflects. “The number of hours in your day has not.”

About Meddling

At the forefront of A&R, Meddling delivers indispensable data and tools to help subscribers turn knowledge into action. Meddling brings together real-time data on global music markets, cutting edge technology like deep learning metadata compilers, powerful analytics, communications tools, and tracking capabilities to ensure total digital A&R coverage.

Announcement
01/13/2021