In August 2014, a preliminary conversation was held between Dick Clark Productions and Nettwerk Records regarding Sinéad O’Connor and a potential performance at this year’s American Music Awards. Discussions continued for nearly two months, but in the end, no formal offer was made. It was subsequently revealed to Nettwerk and Ms. O'Connor that the involvement of Pope Francis in this potential performance was being pursued. Ms. O’Connor and her management later spoke directly with Dick Clark Productions.
For the first time, Festival Music House Pacific brings Canada’s top musical talent to Vancouver for a one-night concert on Friday, October 3rd at The Imperial. Coinciding with the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the invite-only, intimate concert provides a platform for established and up-and-coming Canadian acts to perform for festival delegates.
This year’s performers include critically-acclaimed pop/rock singer-songwriter Hannah Georgas, rising electro-pop artist Willa, Vancouver’s four-piece rock band Damn Fools and recently announced electro-soul/dance quartet Bear Mountain.
“I find that our two creative industries run in parallel to each other and I thought what better way to get together than to throw a party during VIFF. Invite the attending VIFF film and TV delegates to an intimate showcase of Canada’s top musicians,” said Ric Arboit, President and Co-Founder of Nettwerk Music Group, which helped to curate and organize the event. “Music plays such a significant role in screen-based industries and I’m thrilled to celebrate these collaborative art forms at this must-attend event,” adds Jacqueline Dupuis, Executive Director of Vancouver International Film Festival.
The Greater Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) Society is a well-established not-for-profit cultural society that produces year-round programming at the Vancouver International Film Centre in addition to the 16-day International Film Festival and the four-day VIFF Industry Conference. The Society is a charitable not-for-profit arts and cultural organization, employing over 100 staff and 750 volunteers in British Columbia, with an annual operating budget of approximately $5.0 million. Its mandate is to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, facilitate the meeting of entertainment professionals from around the world and to stimulate the motion picture industry in BC and Canada.
We are deeply saddened to learn of John Spinks' passing. Over the past 8 years, we came to know him as a passionate and inspiring songwriter, producer, guitar player and all-around artist. He was an immeasurable talent whose songs brought joy to many. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and his many fans. We'll miss you John. -- Your Nettwerk Family
Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of British alt rock/pop band Scars On 45 to its label roster. The band is currently putting the final touches on their upcoming album, due out this fall (date TBA). They have also just launched an U.S. summer headline tour, which started yesterday in San Diego and will keep them on the road through early August (all dates listed below).
Scars On 45 released their self-titled debut in 2012, which landed at #4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Already a favorite among film and TV music supervisors, the band’s gorgeous melodies, driving instrumentation and boy/girl harmonies caught the attention of VH1 who chose them as a coveted You Oughta Know Artist. They made their national TV debut on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and received media support from the likes of USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Spin, Billboard and more.
Ólafur Arnalds with award presenter Victoria Wood.
Nettwerk One Music composer Ólafur Arnalds was in London on Sunday evening, where he received the highest honour, winning the BAFTA (British Academy Of Film And Television Arts) for Original Television Music in recognition of his compositions for the crticially-acclaimed British TV series, Broadchurch.
On his Facebook page, Arnalds wrote of the win: ”Now that I’ve had a bit of time to process things. I need to give credit where credit is due. I was so nervous and shocked during my acceptance speech that I forgot anyone who wasn’t standing right in front of me. It’s pretty given that no one delivers four and a half hour of original music in the space of 4 months without some help. So I just want to give proper recognition to Bergur Þórisson, my genius little helper, who put just as many hours into this as i did myself. Also Viktor Orri Árnason, who not only transcribed and played the violin, but also provided some additional string arrangements in the later episodes. And of course Arnór Dan, who co-wrote and sung the end title theme. These people don’t get enough credit for their work, so here is to them! I am also in lifelong debt to the Broadchurch creative and executive team who gave me the freedom to express myself from the heart and encouraged me to be brave and bold. And yes, I will be doing Season 2."
Nettwerk is celebrating Record Store Day (April 19) with two special, limited-edition releases from current label artist Peter Murphy and catalogue artist (but Nettwerk-managed) fun.
Peter Murphy will release an exclusive 7" Metallic Silver Vinyl featuring a dub mix of the track "Hang Up," which is the lead single off of his upcoming studio album Lion. It will also feature B-side "I'm On Your Side."
fun. will release an exclusive 10" Rainbow Splatter Vinyl featuring previously unreleased demos from the band's debut album Aim & Ignite. The band, who are all vinyl lovers themselves, oversaw the packaging, which features Aim & Ignite era styled artwork housed in a gatefold package with a bonus poster.
Nettwerk Music Group (NMG) announced today that AJ Burton has been named Director Of Publishing, NMG Nashville, to expand the presence of NMG’s publishing division, Nettwerk One (NW1).
Nettwerk’s relationship with AJ began in 2011 with the initiation of a partnership between NW1 and Revelry Music Group, an independent Nashville publishing company co-founded by Burton. Through the joint venture, NW1 and Revelry signed several successful Nashville writers, like Neil Mason and Jessie Jo Dillon. In his new roll with Nettwerk, Burton will seek new writing talent, as well as opportunities for current NW1 clients in Nashville.
“I’m thrilled to have AJ join the Nettwerk team,” says Nettwerk’s Blair McDonald. “He’s been a great partner to us through our joint venture with Revelry Music Group, and I look forward to working closely with him to develop our own roster of talented Nashville songwriters.”
Says Burton, “It’s been a fantastic 3+ years working closely with the Nettwerk staff. I am honored to have this opportunity to build Nettwerk’s Nashville presence and to continue my responsibilities with our shared Nettwerk/Revelry writers and artists.”
Nettwerk will also be hosting its own day party this year: Nettwerk Music. Best. Party. Ever. The party will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Friends (208 E. 6th Street), and party-goers will assured great music, free food & drink, and opportunities to win prizes from sponsors Phorus Speakers and Silver Jeans. RSVPhere.
Nettwerk Music Group is excited to announce that Nettwerk UK has been nominated for a Music Week Award in the category of Best Independent Record Company, alongside fellow indie labels Domino, Matador, Bella Union and more. The awards will take place Thursday, April 24 at The Brewery in Cenrtal London.
Nettwerk UK saw huge success over the past year with Passenger's "Let Her Go," which was the biggest selling British single and one of only four British singles to sell over 1 million copies last year. The track was also nominated for a Brit Award in the category of "Best British Single." 2014 is gearing up to be another great year for Nettwerk UK, with the recently released, critically acclaimed album (Harlequin Dream) and sold-out UK tour from Australia's Boy & Bear, and highly-anticipated debut albums from the much buzzed about NYC tropical grit pop Ghost Beach and the UK's own NME-approved Coves.