Guildhall School of Music and Drama is home to over 800 full-time incredibly talented musicians and drama students. Forging a creative alliance for students with the London Symphony Orchestra it is no surprise that they're widely recognized as one of the world's leading music conservatories. What may come as a surprise from this "prestigious" and "prosperous" institution is their recent enrollment of a rapper. That's not a type, Guildhall School of Music welcomed a rapper to their school... if you're as dumbfounded as most, allow me to elaborate.
Created by the team at WiMP and bringing lossless music to mobile for the first time, Tidal is making waves, but their high quality ALAC and FLAC format at 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit isn't the only thing catching the attention of listeners. In a marketplacce saturated with streaming services ranging from free to reasonably affordable, coming in at $19.99/month, a full $10 over the competition, means Tidal has some proving to do.
Documents filed by Pandora with the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) have revealed an until-now secret deal that the music streamer made with digital rights organization Merlin on behalf of 120,000+ independent record labels and distributors globally. Merlin's contract which was signed in August and includes Beggars, Epitaph, Domino, Yep Roc and many of the world's most important indie labels, pays a rate less than is now required by U.S. statue and just half of what SoundExchange was requesting that Pandora and others pay in the future.
In How to Look for Gigs, on the other hand, I went over some of the tools you can use if you have decided to look for gigs by yourself.This post is all about what you should think about and do, once your show dates have been confirmed.
Last week Pandora opened up its long anticipated analytics platform, Pandora AMP, to all artists and managers. The free service provides a detailed view of the audiences of 125,000+ artists on the online radio service. Derived from tens of billions of hours of personalized listening, Pandora hopes that AMP will help artists, most of whom never receive traditional broadcast radio play, to make decisions about touring, single selection, set lists, audience targeting and more.
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Pandora today announced that Chris Phillips has been named Chief Product Officer and will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team. He comes to Pandora from Amazon where he was Director of Product Management and User Experience for Amazon Digital Music.
This story from Hootsuite shares how Ticketleap, an event marketing and online ticketer, stood out by empowering employees to share expertise and lend personality to the business.
Meet Ticketleap. This tech startup helps its customers sell more tickets to their events. But if you’ve ever created an event through Ticketleap, you know that the team leading the charge offers so much more than one-time products and services. They bring people together through events and experiences, empower and give the DIY event creators a voice, and encourage small teams, like themselves, to make a big impact.
Modern has accounced the release of an innovative documentary entitled 'Cumulus' featuring Imogen Heap and her fans. The experimental short film is, as described by Modern, is "an investigation of the how our personas evolve and develop in the digital space through shared and repurposed content." Imogen constantly experiments with unqiue ways to engage with her fans on social media and innovative technology. Following her creative life was both a thrill for a producers and a perfect fit for the documentary.
The Future of Music Coalition's annual policy summit tackles the big issues that matter to musicians and the new music industry. It's happening now in Washington DC and you can watch the live stream free on both Monday and Tuesday. You'll find more info, the schedule and the live video stream here.
Clowdy, the online creative community platform, has announced the release o new features that could rival LinkedIn for the creative industry. Currently, you can upload unlimited content, connect with your fans and followers, collaborate with other creative contributors, and sell your media and/or distribute to other services. Clowdy recognizes that there are a lot of individuals who contribute to creative projects, so in a week's time, everyone who contributes to a project has the ability to be recognized.
Global music sales at Apple’s iTunes are down 13% - 14% since the start of the year, according to a new report. The reason are obvious - ubiquitous free music alongside ad-supported and paid streaming. The cure, Apple hopes, is Beats Music, which it acquired along with Beats audio for $3.2 billion.
This post is the first in a multi-part series on executing an optimal music crowdfunding campaign, gathered from my hands-on experience at Think Steady Inc. I’ll share a detailed roadmap of best practices, and if you’ll let me, indulge in a few off-the-wall theories on why they work. I’ll be discussing this fuller in person at SF Musictech Summit on Nov. 11, join me!
When you're just getting started being able to book your own gigs is an absolute necessity. It's a lot easier to conceptualize than it is to execute, but there are a few tricks of the trade that could save you a few wrong turns. Getting your foot in the door of a well established venue can be insanely cut throat, but with some prior planning and professional follow up, you can up your odds tremendously.
[UPDATED] The deadline is less than 2 weeks away to apply to showcase your music tech startup, product or new service at SXSW Accelerator 2015. The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. SXSW Accelerator is a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details:
An international coalition of creators has joined forces to call for fairer rules and greater transparency in the distribution of royalties by digital music services. The proposals were presented in a new report on "Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age", released by the International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), with the support of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), Music Creators North America (MCNA) and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN).
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.