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With the rise of the blockchain / cryptocurrency world, we are seeing many changes in the entertainment industry, I thought to share my thoughts as a seasoned professional working from major label, music festivals, entertainment management, and beyond – My take on the blockchain & crypto world is from the perspective of how I see the entertainment industry moving forward working with the blockchain and talent across; Film, TV & Music, and how this can provide NEW and exciting income streams for major labels to the new unsigned artist (who is hoping for a golden career).

I will start with what I have seen for many years in the entertainment space. With the fall of income streams across many disciplines, from singles, albums and with the rise of digital and streaming services, it has been difficult for artists to make a steady living, and I mean INDEPENDENT artists who struggle daily trying to earn a living from the entertainment industry, looking for the golden break. The live scene has never been better over the last 20 years, but again it is proving to be really hard for new and unsigned acts to really make their mark, parts of which I can understand, with music promoters under constant pressure to deliver the commercial acts to bring in the audience through the gates each year, and turn a profit. Yes NEW acts do get slots at festivals and grasp the opportunity when the time arrives, but very far and few, if they do get on a tour for example this could be a buy on (paying a fee to support the headline act), in other words, the support acts can NOT profit from the headliner so you have to pay to play, how many times has that been said…!!

The entertainment industry has many income streams across varies disciplines, digital, streaming, publishing, SYNC (for Film, TV & the Gaming industry), albums, live and merchandise, the last two have a big significance with acts, being able to control their merchandise and to a certain degree controlling LIVE (supply and demand) within some cases exceptional fees (working with the live agent). Looking at the collection agencies a lot of royalties do go missing for the acts, which becomes a problem over time, this can be down to many factors, bad management, label, publisher not tracking the income and with an archaic system which in my opinion is broken, and needs a complete overhaul.

This takes me on to the creation of the blockchain technology over the past several years, what is the blockchain and how it can help the entertainment industry ?


A blockchain is a decentralized method of maintaining records digitally that’s incredibly tamper-resistant, thanks to the way individual blocks are linked to one another and time stamped. The technology was first developed to support financial transactions using cryptocurrencies, but it’s already proving beneficial for industries outside of the usual finance sector.

The entertainment industry is particularly ripe for a blockchain revolution as creators and fans alike stand to benefit from the changes the technology could bring about. Not only could a decentralized system offer significant advantages in terms of giving people access to the content, it could also be used to make sure creators are fairly compensated. This is where I see how this technology over time can benefit many in the entertainment sector with a very positive outcome, for the artist, label & publisher as an example.


Smart contracts, like those made possible by the Ethereum blockchain, are one of the most attractive features of the technology. They allow parties to make and execute agreements in a secure, immutable way, and this ability has numerous potential applications within the entertainment industry.

Getting paid as a creative is not always a straightforward process. All too often, up-and-coming musicians are stuffed on their royalties and crew members on film sets don’t receive proper compensation for their work. Smart contracts could help mitigate those problems, ensuring that creators aren’t cheated, which is a great thing !!

As for consumer benefits, today’s streaming services are closed systems as that makes it easier for companies to protect their content — you need to use a service like Spotify or Netflix to access the content on those platforms.

However, the blockchain makes it possible to track permissions in a much more sophisticated manner. You won’t have to use a particular platform’s proprietary audio or video player — individual files will have all the information they need about whether you have the proper credentials, making it feasible for you to use whatever software you like to listen to music or watch your favorite shows.


An correlated challenge is currently facing the VR industry, which is confronting a lack of premium quality content. This may seem like a simple problem, but it’s difficult to solve due to the high cost and complications involved in filming or generating VR compatible video. A potential solution? Merge the demand for the live concert experience with the growing supply of VR headset technology and the proliferation of blockchain technology. One startup working to do just that is CEEK,which aims to extend the reach of events for sold-out shows by allowing artists to sell unlimited virtual tickets and digital merchandise. Projects like CEEK can give the fan, consumer access to live music concert and festivals across the world, while ensuring that artists receive their due revenue fees..

CEEK achieves this through the use of a blockchain framework, which provides fans looking for merchandise or tickets to live and virtual concerts a more reliable and secure systems for purchasing them, as well as the implementation of smart contracts to provide respective rights holders and publishers automatic payments from such transaction. It is designed as a fairer and more efficient system for everyone.

Solutions like those provided by CEEK are permitting artists, labels, and brands to take advantage to new digital transaction technologies without the red-tape that comes with launching their own ICO. Instead, they can create their own new coin or virtual item in less than an hour and reap the benefits of decentralized record keeping.

Blockchain could also make it easier to access media by bypassing some of the geographical limitations on services like Netflix and Spotify. A decentralized ledger isn’t kept in any particular location, so the days of regional broadcasting contacts might be coming to an end.

Then there’s the potential for cutting down on piracy. While blockchain isn’t expected to end illegal content sharing completely, it could provide creators with better ways of keeping track of where their work is being distributed without their consent.

In the film industry, for example, a crytographic transaction could be embedded into the metadata of a particular movie. By tracking uploads or modifications on the blockchain, the owners of the content would be able to see who is responsible for unauthorized distribution of the file.


The entertainment industry grew exponentially over the course of the past century. As a result, a status quo has become established in which company executives and the top tier of artists make enormous sums of money, while many of those below them don’t receive nearly as much.

The internet has already started to change things, allowing a much broader swathe of creators to find an audience. However, big problems still exist in terms of revenue, with distribution services and piracy both cutting down on the amount of money that actually ends up in the artists’ hands.

Blockchain technology could remedy that situation — and what’s good for the artist is ultimately good for their fans. Removing as many intermediaries between audiences and creators could be the best way to ensure that the work itself meets both parties’ expectations.

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Disclosure: The views expressed in this article are by the team at PRB media. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content. PRB media does not provide investment advice. Writer contribution from Mr. Reuben Jackson & Mr. Brad Jones.


PRB Media are looking at the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency world and how this effects / benefits the entertainment industry.

Blockchain is ushering in disruption in various industries. Even big multinationals like IBM etc are working on their own blockchain projects, hoping to maximize the technology’s. Yet despite the upsurge in adoption and amid the rise and rise of Bitcoin, not all of blockchain’s applications are being used by established companies, there are exceptions, for example messaging platform Kik, Hamburg-based fintech NAGA Group AG with its ecosystem and virtual reality (VR) platform Ceek, who have turned towards token sales to accelerate their respective growth. This article looks at how the blockchain could transform the music / entertainment industry with Robert Elder.

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip into the industry.

But this time, the revolution promises to be different. Whereas digital and illegal downloading once wreaked havoc on the industry at large (from music creators to record labels, none were spared), a blockchain-based model for music pledges to boost the fortunes of artists. Industry middlemen and gatekeepers, however, could be in danger.

This is according to the vision proposed by SingularDTV, a company that is developing an entertainment app ecosystem on top of Ethereum — the blockchain computing platform for launching decentralized apps. Through its apps, SingularDTV hopes to enrich and empower artists, and rewrite the rules of the music and broader creative industry. Some of key steps its taking to accomplish this include:

Creating a token-based economy where value is derived from an artist’s work. Tokens are the native crypto-assets of a blockchain app. They are powered by smart contracts (code-based financial agreements) that are programmed into Ethereum. When an artist tokenizes, they’re turning their intellectual property (IP) into a financial asset, so an artist’s token reflects the value of their creative output. Those who buy into an artist’s tokens buy into owning a share of the artist’s creations and its revenue flows. The more people who consume the artist’s creation, the higher the value of the token.

Enabling artists and consumers to earn money from selling and buying tokens. Artists can raise money through a token launch, which is similar to an initial coin offering (ICO). Here, anyone can buy the tokens upfront. The majority of the windfall will go the artist, and the token launch platform-provider (such as SingularDTV) will retain a service fee. These tokens are programmed via smart contracts to dispense royalty flows: If someone pays a dollar for an artist’s content, then all of that artist’s token-holders will receive a pro rata share of that dollar, explains SingularDTV CEO Zach LeBeau. Tokens can also be exchanged for perks, like special access at a concert or early access to a new film release.

Eliminating middlemen and undermining the influence of industry gatekeepers. Tokenization lets artists raise funds upfront without relying on an advance from their record label. Meanwhile, distributing content via blockchain would allow artists to skirt streaming platforms like Spotify to earn royalties on their own terms. Of course, the success of this model hinges on attracting users, but there are reciprocal incentives in place — on both the artist- and consumer-side — for it to take off, and LeBeau believes this model could become mainstream in as little as two years.

One artist who has a passionate and large following is already onboard with SingularDTV’s vision. Gramatik, the New York-based hip-hop and electronic artist, is the first musician to sign on the company’s tokenization program, and he’s set to launch 100 million GRMTK tokens on November 9. “This is something artists have been dreaming about since the beginning of time, to be free of gatekeepers, and to communicate freely — and even be in a business relationship — directly with their fans,” Gramatik told BI Intelligence. It’s not hard to imagine his excitement spreading to legions of artists and fans in the near future too.

Press release:  Oct 2017

Listen Up Britain:London Semi Final is set to wow audiences at BIRTHDAYS!

Listen Up Britain & Australia amassed over 700 entries this year and this will be your first chance to hear the Top Ten Semi Finalists from Southern England and Wales play their songs live…. and we’re excited that BeX has made the TOP TEN for the London Semi Final with her song ‘Every Child Has a Voice’ which shares the awareness of the theme ‘Being Heard’ supporting the charity CALMzone.


Performing their entry, live on the night, will be:

Ben Wheatley, BeX, Daisy Oracle, Drowning In Shadows, Jasmine Power, Leon Helsby, Liam Merrigan, Nadia Rae, Steven Bryan and This Human Condition.

Each song will be performed in front of the expert music industry panel of: Members of Daxx & Roxane, Julie Bateman and Vick Bain (BASCA).

The judges will rate the songs and the Top 5 songs will go through to the London Grand Final, on Saturday 9th December, where they will be performed live once more.

This years theme is “Being Heard” and the event proudly supports The CALMzone.

Stephen Fry has been a strong supporter of this wonderful cause for several years.

Come and enjoy a thoroughly enteraining night of live music.

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BeX and her band will be performing at this year’s legendary Cowes Week on Saturday 5th August for the BBC Introducing Solent Stage – this is the first time the BBC Introducing Solent team have done this event. The show will take place at Shepards Wharf Marina during Cowes Week with some of the most up and coming artist in the South, with BeX providing her live set, from which she will perform songs from her debut album “Story So Far” catch her set late afternoon on Saturday…

BeX will then travel to the Wickham Festival on Sunday 6th August for her debut festival performance in the Hampshire countryside for a 1pm [45 minute] slot on the second main stage [Big Top], with songs from her debut album and a couple of surprise tracks, BeX will be performing alongside, KT Tunstall, The Levellers, 10CC, John Otway, Seth Lakeman with many more acts.


This year there will be four stages at Wickham Festival. So as well as established artists, there will be plenty of opportunities to listen to up and coming young talent who are given the chance to showcase their talents. The festival is particularly keen to promote local artists, like BeX so you can discover some great acts throughout the weekend. At the festival you can enjoy a wide range of family entertainment including: cartoon cinema, storytelling, puppet theatre and make ‘n’ take crafts tent.In addition there is a digital funfair, playbus, laser arena, bouncy castles and children’s entertainers – and all are free once people are in the festival arena! Enjoy the entertainers who wander freely for your amusement or try out the giant deckchair.

BeX released her debut LP ‘Story So Far’ May 26th 2017 with Grammy & Awarding Winning writing collaborations including US producer/songwriter Alan Glass (Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Delta Goodrem, George Benson) and Greg Haver (Manic St Preachers, Mel C) Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Una Healy) and renowned musicians are featured on the album including Nick Nasmyth (Keyboardist Manic St Preachers, Melanie C) Vulcan String Quartet, and Greg Haver on drums & percussion with mastering by Sterling Sound in New York & Yannic Fonderie (Natalia Druyts -The Voice) in Belgium.

BeX is an accomplished performer & singer songwriter with an expressive blend of Country, Americana Rock and Pop sound. BeX style brings the elements and qualities from some of her favorites artists Sheryl Crow, P!nk & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist & songwriter in her own right.

BeX grew up on the Isle Of Wight, UK, a true country girl who has gone on to tour the world on many high profile shows and events as a professionally trained dancer & singer including; Abu Dhabi NEC, The Bedford, The Troubadour, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, a supporting act for Olly Murs at Ayrshire Racecourse ,and a Q&A & LIVE performance at the BT Tower, and is currently collaborating with Grammy & Award Winning industry professionals for her debut album 2017, plus recently being selected to part of a women empowerment book & soundtrack called ”Sheet Music: The Diary Of A Songwriter” by Devine Evans (USA X5 Grammy winner – Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Mary J Blige)… Janelle Monae & Queen Latifah are featured and are big supporters. BeX story is in the book, & BeX vocals can heard on the books soundtrack, the Country song called ‘Winding Roads’ which was put forward in 4 categories on the Grammy ballot for the 2017 Grammy nominations.

BeX has just done a ‘‘live lounge session” with Steph at BBC introducing Solent on May 20th to perform songs from her debut album ‘ Story So Far” to launch her album release. Plus BeX has been invited back in to the the studio with ‘‘Livvy & Chrissie” for a live performance and interview at BBC Radio Bristol beginning of June.


CELEBMIX have been great supporters & have just done a great Album review.


FATEA MAGAZINE gave BeX a 4 star **** ”GREAT ALBUM” – review


BeX kicked off the IW Festival in association with major sponsor ”Wightlink” – Performing on board the flagship vessel for all the Festival goers as part of the IOW Festival on Thursday 8th June – 

BeX will also be the guest house band soon on BBC Radio Kent for the iconic ”James Whale” weekend show. So with all this going on make sure you check out BeX performances at Cowes Week & the Wickham Festival this August…..


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Music Agents….

In the music world, booking agents are different from talent managers. Booking agents are the people that actually book shows for the artists they represent. They make all of the arrangements with the promoters of the shows. The booking agent presents the promoter or producer of the concert with a performance agreement, which stipulates the artist’s requirements. Items may include lighting, sound, meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation.

For concert buyers, they work to find the right artist that will fit in the need and available budget.Many of the major booking agencies refuse to represent clients who are not already signed to a major record label and have national distribution of their music. Because of this, artists on independent record company often seek representation with an independent booking agency.

Bars and nightclub that specialise in presenting live music on a regular basis often employ an individual to assemble the schedule of events. These people are the venue’s buyers, and should not be confused with the booking agent, who presents their roster of available acts to the buyer. Booking agents may also have contacts known as free-lance promoters. These are individuals that agree to produce a concert by locating a venue, providing a sound system and assembling a staff.

Producing a show in this manner, at a location that is rented out for a single evening, is called “four-walling,” as it entails renting a venue and receiving no additional services or technical equipment other than the space itself. This has often been the only available option for underground musicians lacking enough popular appeal to gain access to more conventional performance venues, but is also used among the genre of raves and various DJ-related events.

The cost factor of having a booking agent has to be weighed against what they can do for clients and buyers alike. Some agents represent several different types of artists, while others represent artists in one main area/genre.

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Maria White Dress

J.A.Entertainments brings you West End Star Maria Kesselman, Featuring Songs from shows, operas and lots lots more. This Includes Think of me from The Phantom of the Oprea per day! This is your chance to experience the magic of the West end in a Cabaret style setting in the Gurnard Pines Ballroom.

Tickets only £15  Table bookings accepted

Maria trained at the Arts Educational School, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The Royal College of Music, studying singing with Marion Studholme, repertoire with Robert Sutherland and piano with Peter Element, gaining her ARCM and dip. RCM diplomas. Maria maintains a varied performing career spanning musical theatre, theatre, opera, concert, recording, cabaret, and dance.

In musical theatre and theatre Maria’s credits include numerous lead roles including Christine opposite Michael Crawford in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre; Jenny Lind in Barnum; Maria Vittoria in Which Witch at the Piccadilly Theatre; Ruthie in The Royal National Theatre production of Lady in the Dark; Laundress in Yerma at The National Theatre Studio; Dvora in Golem at The New End Theatre Hampstead; Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (New Zealand tour); Deanna Durbin in Two Smart Girls at The Queen Elizabeth Hall; Maria in The Sound of Music at The Everyman. Maria also received critical acclaim and a Time Out award for her performance of Melinda Coverdale in A Judgement in Stone with Sheila Hancock (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith).

Maria has made numerous TV and radio appearances, and is a regular star singer on Friday Night is Music Night and The Steve Race Show for BBC Radio 2. She also performs as soloist for The Last Night of the Proms open air concerts with The Royal Philharmonic at High Clear Castle, Battle Abbey, Castle Howard, Calke Abbey, Lydiard House and Longleat. So catch this one of performance for the Isle of Wight, one not to miss….

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BeX singer songwriter and her band members (Richard Wood acoustic guitar & Kyle Fenton on Cajon / drums) with production & music support from Island company JA Entertainment, performing on the St Clare for Wightlink Thursday June 8th 2017 for the Isle of Wight Festival goers…..

BeX has been invited by Wightlink Ferries to perform an ‘exclusive’ acoustic performance for the Isle of Wight festival goers on board the St Clare vessel on June 8th 2017 on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry route lunch time sailings – 13:00 and 15:00 from Portsmouth and 14:00 from Fishbourne.

Isle of Wight songstress BeX released her stunning debut album “Story So Far” on 26th May 2017, BeX said; “I am very excited to be performing on the St Clare for the festival goers, this will be a great experience”. With influences growing up listening to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Carole King, these artists really have inspired her creativity, BeX style brings the elements and qualities from her favourites artists P!nk, Sheryl Crow & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist/ songwriter in her own right.

The album is a crossover of Country / Americana with a strong rock/pop element, and BeX has performed selected tracks for BBC Solent introducing show with Stephanie Nieuwenhuys and with an exclusive performance for BBC Radio Bristol – Livvy & Chrissie show and guest appearance on Made In Bristol TV, while making the playlists at Bishop FM, Radio Woking, HFM Radio, Bishop FM, Croydon Radio, Surrey Hills Radio, Channel Radio, WCR FM, Vixen 101, Southside Radio, Express FM, Radio Wey, Riviera FM.

Other features include: both singles “Time to Stop the Rain” and “Red Flag” being added to the playlist within major stores across Australia including: TAG Heuer, Virgin, Karen Millen, McDonalds, Le Cog Sportif to name a few, plus  Q&A’s feature in the latest edition of the ”National Express Magazine” “All Magazine” in New York and “CelebMix” Magazine Features.

BeX’s music and style of writing has a blend of Country/ Americana, rock & pop, and she delivers strong story telling through her creative lyrics, catchy hooks & smooth vocals with uplifting melodies. BeX trained as a professional Singer, Dancer & Actress in London and has worked all over the world on various shows and productions including performances at prestigious venues including; The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Troubadour, The Bedford, Radio (RTP) ,Sky TV, The BT Tower, performances at AD NEC – for the King Of Dubai & VIP guests, and BeX was on the the same line up Olly Murs in Scotland for a charity event, and much more.

Whilst performing and travelling over the years BeX discovered songwriting was her true passion & what she loved to do. BeX has been collaborating with a wide range of Grammy recognised writers, artists and producers for her debut album “Story So Far”. BeX is building a diverse catalogue of songs for the future writing for various projects including; TV & Film and artists collaborations include; Award Winning songwriter/producer ‘Alan Glass’ (Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire) and working with renowned music producer ‘Greg Haver’ (Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, Tom Jones) ‘Devine Evans’ (US x5 Grammy producer/songwriter for Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake) on the book & soundtrack “Sheet Music – The Diary Of A Songwriter” which BeX was one of the chosen 100 women from across the World to be part of the book and soundtrack.

BeX is looking forward to the shows on board the St Clare – providing a unique experience for the festival goers on their way to the beautiful Isle of Wight…..


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