Apprehenshion spread among those attending this week's CMJ Music Marathon, after it was learned that a New York City based doctor who was confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn nightclub and bowling alley The Gutter the night prior to being admitted to the hospital. The Gutter is an unofficial CMJ showcase venue. Today, CMJ has issued this statement:
Allowing any website to become a social network with two lines of code, the company puts website owners back in the drivers seat by giving them more control over the management and monetization of their site traffic.
One of the most rewarding opportunities for loyal fans in the 21st century is the ability to watch the artists they love create and release music in real time. Invaluable for the artists themselves is learning the process of constructing direct-to-fan strategies that work for both the band members and the public. Now a massive online community of musicians and their supporters, PledgeMusic enables artists of any size to take control of and monetize their artistic process, building connections and forging unprecedented fan engagement. Here are nine tried-and-true tips and best practices from PledgeMusic’s team of campaign managers to help you enhance your own direct-to-fan ideas.
The UK IP Crime Group has released it's annual IP Crime Report. While it showed significant progress was made in the war against online piracy, it also revealed the United States as the host of the most pirate sites across the internet. This news comes as a bit of a surprise since earlier this year, the US-based IIPA pointed fingers at Canada without reservation suggesting they were a 'magnet' for pirate sites.
Global music streaming service Deezer is acquiring Stitcher, a talk radio and podcast platform. The combined assets will help Deezer differentiate itself in the increasingly crowded streaming sector by offering consumers one-stop access to 35 million music tracks alongside 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Deezer says it will continue to support Stitcher's mobile app, where it is the top rated podcast app on Android and the second most popular app on iOS behind iTunes.
This retro Spotify media server is based on a Raspberry Pi, the super cheap cerdit card sized single board computer, and as creator Matt Brailsford explains, the cassette tapes contain near-field communication (NFC) tags so that changing the cassette or turning it over switches the playlist.
Sales promotions are short-term incentives intended to stimulate a quick buying response in your target customer. Coupons, one-time exclusive offers, customer loyalty programs, two-for-the-price-of-one discounts, and limited-time prizes with purchase are all examples of sales promotions in the consumer world.
With album sales on steady decline, being able to convert marketing into monetization is more important than ever. Of course you're pushing promos to social media, ads to targeted websites, and special offers to already engaged fans, but do you know which of those avenues are generating more revenue? GeoRiot's Conversion Score allows you to track the success of each individual campaign through iTunes.
The nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards will be announced by The Recording Academy at a special ceremony on the morning of Dec. 5th.But one of the most important categories, the coveted album of the year, will be missing. “We’re freshening up, changing this up a little bit and the kickoff for Grammy season will still be getting our nominations out that day, albeit a little differently," according to Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow.
Citi Private Pass, Live Nation Entertainment and Yahoo today announced Backstage with Citi, a new exclusive behind the scenes interview web series on Yahoo Music.
Citi is now an official sponsor of Yahoo Live, a music experience on Yahoo, including the Live Nation Channel which offers fans a live concert everyday for a year. The new series Backstage with Citi is an extension of Citi's long-standing relationship with Live Nation.
To date, know one has built and sustained a popular music based social network. But that is exactly what SFX owned EDM hub Beatport hopes to to with has acquired music based social network Listn. The startup's team will shutter Listn over the next two weeks and then join Beatport. Once there, they will be charged with building a social network that serves Beatport's large community of EDM fans.
Eight music and entertainment companies have committed to providing seed investment funds to select startups through a 14 week music tech accelerator at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The six to eight companies chosen to participate in the accelerator will receive a seed investment of $20,000 or more to jumpstart their launch and push through the accelerator in exhange for equity.
Rhapsody has always been music streaming's quiet competitor. They were among the first to the party, but have since have avoided splashy moves - no big ad campaigns or free music listening. Instead, they forged telecom partnerships both in the US and overseas, and continued to improve their offering. With more than 2 million subscribers and no revenue draining free tier, Rhapsody and their international brand Napster's slow and steady strategy apparently is working well enough that it was time to bring in a CEO.
Apple introduced the first iPod 13 years ago today on October 23, 2001. It was 8 1/2 months after the Mac only version of iTunes had been released. While there were other digital music services and players already on the market, the seamless coupling of iTunes and the iPod marked the official beginning or the digital music revolution. As Steve Jobs said that day:
Bandcamp is a website on a mission to provide musicians with the tools necessary to sell their recorded music--both digitally and physically. It's an easy way for artists to give their fans a solid commerce experience and make more money than selling through iTunes or Amazon. Despite all the positive work the company is doing in the music space, it still appears to be focused on selling downloads. This seems like a problem as the social consciousness is wrapped around the idea of unlimited and on-demand music streaming being the solution to the music industry's woes.
[UPDATED] Audio hardware maker Jawbone has debuted Drop. The app plays instant mix based on your favorite songs from Spotify or Rdio, and take song requests from your friends through Twitter. Users reply back with a song they want to play. It appears to be based on Playground.fm which Jawbone acquired last year. Playground's original site is now offline.
CMJ is happening right now and you are all probably overwhelmed. It's ok. If you are not there or if you are, you can use these things in every day life, but def for CMJ.
1. Be memorable - Everyone has something to pass out and a place to represent. What makes you different? If you are getting someone's contact, instead of passing a business card, maybe cut out paper squares with your number / email ? I usually just stack my email cards in OCD clutter, so that's why I don't have my own.
[UPDATED] Music Biz is hosting the Music Startup Academy: Startups, Rights & Artists in New York at General Assembly on Tuesday November 4th. They've added an Elevator Pitch SharkTank which offers startups 3-5 minuted to give thier pitch to music and tech leaders including Bill Campbell, Barefoot Media; Richard Cruz, PepsiCo; Rob Dippold, Primary Wave Music; Myles Grosovsky, Q Prime; YiPing Ho, Warner Music Group; Jon Vanhala, Thesis Ventures and David Wander, Roc Nation.
Man, I loved iTunes (and, of course, the iPod) when it first came out. After toying with it for about two minutes, I knew I was done with my PC. I've treated my iTunes like an extremely exclusive club ever since, and I give its members the red carpet treatment. I go to some lengths to track down the best copies of the original artwork, the correct lyrics, the proper year of release and the composers - information that was left out or, in the case of release date and artwork, very often incorrect in digital purchases (including CD's). I am told, incidentally, by people who knows these things better than I do, that lyrics websites are notorious for malware and viruses and whatnot, but that’s another topic.
I know I'm walking on thin ice when I take a swing at technology my third day on the job, but I've never been one to tread lightly, so why start now? In my off time, I fancy myself an aspiring photographer. I am constantly seeking unique opportunities to take my camera off the shelf. Recently, I shot two concerts in Northern California back to back - a local concert with Rising Appalachia at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass as Emmylou Harris closed the main stage in Golden Gate Park. The two environments couldn't have been more opposing, but one thing was alarmingly the same: the number of smart phones plaguing the audience horizon.
The Marketing team behind the new Jimi Hendrix biopic JIMI: All Is By My Side - written and directed by John Ridley and featuring Outkast’s André Benjamin - offers an interesting case study into the future of film soundtracks; a future that taps the depth of streaming services to offer much more than the traditional, static 12-track playlist on plastic.
By Alan Cross, Canadian Broadcaster, Radio Consultant, and Curator for Songza.
Guys like Thom Yorke and David Byrne can rage against the dying of the light as much as they want, but that won’t prevent streaming from eventually becoming the dominant way music is distributed and consumed. Is what we have right now perfect? No. The whole thing is still a money pit for everyone involved except the consumer.
Sometimes it frightens me what my fans give me the courage to attempt.
I’m trying to stay calm and collected about this whole High Orbit Saves The Pandas thing, but underneath I’m chewing my fingernails down to the cuticle. What the hell was I thinking trying to cram science fiction, rock music, and comedy into an album when everyone keeps telling me albums are a dead medium in the first place?