UMG, ROLAND OUTLINE AI PRINCIPLES

Universal Music Group and Roland Corp. have published Principles for Music Creation With AI, a series of clarifying statements relating to the responsible use of AI in music creation.

The companies also plan to establish a joint research and development hub, a collaborative research project focused on developing methods for confirming the origin and ownership of music and the integration of Roland products and services in select Universal-owned music-production facilities around the world.

The principles highlight the opportunity for innovation with AI in music production and composition while underscoring the need for transparency, equity and community involvement.

Here are the principles.

  • We believe music is central to humanity.
  • We believe humanity and music are inseparable.
  • We believe that technology has long supported human artistic expression and applied sustainably, AI will amplify human creativity.
  • We believe that human-created works must be respected and protected.
  • We believe that transparency is essential to responsible and trustworthy AI.
  • We believe the perspectives of music artists, songwriters and other creators must be sought after and respected.
  • We are proud to help bring music to life.

“At UMG, we have long recognized and embraced the potential of AI to enhance and amplify human creativity, advance musical innovation and expand the realms of audio production and sound technology,” said UMG Chief Digital Officer, EVP, Michael Nash (pictured). “This can only happen if it is applied ethically and responsibly across the entire industry. We are delighted to collaborate with Roland to explore new opportunities in this area while helping galvanize consensus among key stakeholders across music’s creative community to promote adoption of these core principles with the goal of ensuring human creativity continues to thrive alongside the evolution of new technology.”

More info is available here.

UMG is also celebrating its inclusion on Fast Company’s list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2024 for the second time in five years. The House of Grainge also ranked #1 in the mag’s music category.

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