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UMG And DGMC Collaborate To Establish “Music City” In The UAE

The partnership hopes to bolster the Middle East’s music community and promote industry growth with cutting-edge facilities and education academies.



umg and dgmc collaborate to establish music city in the uae
Universal Music Group

In a significant move for the local music industry, Universal Music Group (UMG), a global leader in music-based entertainment, and DGMC, an emerging creative facility and global destination, have unveiled a strategic collaboration aimed at bolstering the music community in the Middle East.

The partnership aims to cultivate a vibrant and sustainable music ecosystem, with its flagship project, “Music City”, set to be established in the UAE. The initiative will serve as a regional center catering to both local talents and international artists and songwriters.

The collaboration includes the establishment of cutting-edge recording studios, the launch of educational academies, and the introduction of a comprehensive label dedicated to supporting local and regional artists across various facets of their careers, including recording, touring, branding, and merchandising.

At its core, the UMG-DGMC partnership is committed to fostering growth and nurturing the talents of artists and songwriters in the region, with a focus on unlocking their creative and commercial potential.

Rasha Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairwoman of DGMC, expressed excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with UMG, the world’s leading music group, on this unique and exciting endeavor. Building a state-of-the-art music infrastructure and providing industry services to support aspiring musical artists is critical to our leadership’s vision to promote culture and the arts”.

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Adam Granite, Executive Vice President of Market Development at Universal Music Group, added: “We have long recognized the potential in the Middle East and are incredibly proud to be working with world-class partners like DGMC. We share their excitement and vision to harness this potential and nurture the next generation of recording artists and songwriters. Our partnership will create a powerful platform for the incredible talent in the region and accelerate their careers at home and abroad”.

To make “Music City” a massive success, ambitious development plans include the construction of three new Capitol Studios recording studios, marking the first-ever expansion of Capitol Studios outside of Hollywood. These studios will feature cutting-edge facilities such as Dolby Atmos mixing rooms, recording studios, green rooms, writer’s rooms, and rehearsal studios. Additionally, a range of immersive music experiences for fans is in the pipeline.


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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.



adobe teases new ai editing tools and updates in premiere pro

After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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