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Is Artificial Intelligence about to transform the sync industry?
AI has been at the core of multiple music industry debates during the last few years with regards to how and if it will be impacting the industry’s future.
Opinions vary and many are controversial as people fear machines could completely replace human beings. A small example of this is the songwriting and composing tools now being manufactured to be capable of producing music from scratch.
What we’d like to think of, is that Artificial Intelligence could be a very big help in complementing human’s working force, rather than just replacing it. This seems exactly to be what happened with one of the biggest music libraries around, Audio Network, which recently partnered with the Singapore-based Musiio, a machine learning company.
The collaboration is allowing Audio Network’s clients to search through their library at a significantly faster speed, potentially searching up to one million tracks in under two seconds. The aim is, of course, to make people’s lives’ easier by speeding up the research process for big sync agencies and TV/movie/video game/ad houses, and making their catalogue more accessible on a global scale.
For the industry’s future, this means that we can co-operate with AI to maintain artistic input and contribution into the optimisation of the technology driven industry ahead.
UK Music calls on government to ensure that music benefits from new education funding.
Music education isn’t living in one of its best moments, seeing its funds being cut by government and causing teaching standards to drop down over the last few years. Given that the music industry contributes £4.5 billion a year to the UK economy, shouldn’t we really start to do something about it and begin investing in our future?
Luckily, there are some companies like UK Music that have decided to give an active contribution to the cause. Calling out on the government to use part of the new funds pledged to respond to music education’s crisis, securing £7.1 billion over the next three years.
The government’s plan to launch a fund to invest in youth centres has also been put in place, as well as other initiatives that benefit musicians at different stages in their careers. Such as the BPI-managed Music Export Growth Scheme, which allows artists who have gained momentum in the UK to explore new opportunities in new markets.
This looks like a small but very important milestone towards reversing the recent funding cuts, and ensuring proper investments will be secured for the imminent future.
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