In 1961 a music video jukebox called the Scopitone was spreading through the United States like wild-fire. People thought the machine would popularize the music video, that is until the Scopitone’s mafia connections came to light.
Today's PITCH comes from Skoove - a music leaning platform that centers around an interactive online piano lessons. Like other startups featured in THE PITCH, Skoove has just 100 words to convince you to pay attention.
As early as the late 1960's, The Grateful Dead were putting into action the kind of fan friendly practices that are a now cornerstone of the new music business - fair ticket prices, open fan recording of every show, not just playing a concert but creating a scene, building community and more. The band's latest incarnation has adopted this same ethos.
For those who find giant cities like Austin and L.A. to be a little too much, here are four approachable urban locales where the music scene is disproportionately large and vibrant when compared to the size of the town itself.
Classical music hasn't exactly been the dominant genre in the age of streaming but Dart Music, a fresh face in the world of digital music, is looking to change that, in part by honing in on music's metadata issues.
In a followup to an article he wrote in 2014 regarding the potential forcryptocurrency to revolutionize the music industry, recording artist/songwriter D.A. Wallach recently did an interview with Forbes in which he speaks about problems in the architectural structure of the music industry, and the need for a distributed registry.
When D.C. hip hop artist Oddisee decided to release his sophomore albumThe Good FIght this year, it presented an excellent marketing opportunity for his promotional team, who utilized the artist's interest in coffee as a means of pitching the new release to the masses.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk to with Ed Aten, who is the CEO and co-founder of Merchbar, a website and mobile app that allows people to purchase artist merch. We talk to Aten about his company and what he has learned running it. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or SoundCloud.
Sean Combs has moved his Bad Boy Entertainment to Sony's Epic Records from Universal Music Group's Interscope. The deal includes two upcoming albums from Combs aka Puff Daddy. The deal was announced by long time Combs collaborator LA Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic.
Miley Cyrus' huge success in due in no small part to her ability to work the press and social media alongside an intense connection with her fans. Cyrus pushed both buttons yet again with the announcement that she and Her Dead Petz (aka The Flaming Lips) are heading out for a limited tour of clubs.
While pushing your show on social media and plastering your town with promotional posters can be effective to a certain extent, there are are several other less obvious ways to create a pre-concert buzz that can improve attendance and fan participation dramatically.
Parola, a collaborative music app, has raised $2m from angel investors. The seed round was led by Michael Cohen (Capital International), Yanki Margalit (Innodo) and Miki Tunis (SVP at The Orchard) Here's the startup's PITCH:
The ability to stream music in the car is crucial to the format becoming mainstream. But with dozens of global auto manufacturers, each with their own standards, that's been a difficult technical challenge. Mirrorlink developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium hopes to solve that problem.
Check out how much moneyWarner Music will lose now that Happy Birthday is in the public domain, the surprise reason YouTubeis a threat to the music industry, and why good content curation is key to the growth of streaming. This plus more as we check out the week's smash hits in music industry news.
This week Hypebot's helping out the indie musician by offering them advice on how to monetize their tunes on YouTube, pointing out some mistakes they need to correct before they can make it big, and discussing why they should register their work, even it's technically already copyrighted.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we're looking at retro promotion techniques that still hold up, how you can identify if your music is really good enough to release, and what to do in order to set up a top notch studio, plus much more.
As we rewind through the week in music industry news, we review the return of the cassette tape, how much ad supported streaming is actually worth, which genres are messing up their metadata the most, and much, much more.
While Billboard takes a number of factors into account when calculating its rankings, it does not include illegal downloads, which would alter their statistics significantly. Here we look at whichalbums and genresare most commonly pirated, and what these illicit downloads might indicate for the artist.
Hypebot will host its fourth San Francisco Music and Tech Meetup on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7-10PM at Upcider in San Francisco. Let's grab a drink and talk about Apple Music, Spotify, and Happy Birthday! RSVP info below.
This is the week that Apple learns how many users will choose to pay for Apple Music. They will never tell us the real numbers (if there were a pool, I'd bet 4.5 million) that stay and pay for Apple Music, but we can read the signals coming from Cupertino.
While musicians are often advised by their fellow artists to keep their own publishing, such an approach is no longer especially applicable in the modern music economy. It is more important that artists develop a solid understanding of where exactly publishing revenue comes from, and how to deal with Performing Rights Organizations.
The state of the music industry today is such that managers are required to wear a variety of hats and develop unique strategies for different artists. The Future of Music Coalition's upcoming Managers Sessionpanel will be an excellent opportunity to hear from several successful managers in the business and pick up a few tricks of the trade.