Getting and performing gigs is a critical part of any musicians career. Live shows gives you a unique opportunity to interact with your fans and share your music with new audiences. Good faith gigs are great, but paying gigs are better. How do you get the gigs that make you money?
As YouTube continues its long disruptive trek to replace broadcast tv, among other things, they've been developing what could be called a hits strategy. They're starting to run tv ads for top creators to reach an even broader audience and they're identifying top channels for "Google Preferred" ad status. Last week Tubefilter uncovered promo materials and the channels that are being identified as the top 1% in their respective verticals including music.
Vube.com seems a bit too good to be true. It's a user-generated music video site that features cover songs and monthly cash prizes for those who get the most likes. Vube hit the top 100 global web sites on Alexa in its first year which is quite an accomplishment. Yet it hasn't appeared in any major tech blog nor had I heard about it till this time. I spoke with two co-founders and was very interested in what they had to say. However it left me puzzled about their backstory and searching on the web cast a shadow on the whole enterprise.
DJ Kaskade yesterday announced an interesting approach to a 5K run that seems influenced by The Color Run. There will be activities at the "pre-run plaza", a 5K run in which costumes and glowsticks are encouraged and a concert to follow. Kaskade will run in the 5K in Denver and perform afterwards. Other U.S. cities will follow though it's unclear who will perform at those locations.
Emmis Communications may be known for radio but they're putting money into a DJ's web and mobile operation. Funkmaster Flex, a well-known hip hop dj at New York's Hot 97 radio station, also runs Flexco which creates websites and mobile apps for other radio stars. Though the exact investment amount is not public, Emmis ends up with 40% of Flexco.
Beatswitch has rasied € 250,000 ($342,000 USD) in seed funding for its concert planning platform. The startup incubated at Antwerp based accelerator Idealabs, who introduced them to investor Strike4 (Engager, Scanadu, Argus Labs). The funds will be used to build out the already launched site.
SFX Entertainment [SFXE] has announced the acquisition of licensing and merchandising company Perryscope Productions. Team Perryscope will bring their expertise to all of SFXE's operations completing another major piece of the puzzle. Earlier this month MTV revealed they will be broadcasting Tomorrowland 2014, the first time this major festival has been televised. In addition SFXE completed the purchase of React Presents which is responsible for multiple festivals in the Midwest.
When I interviewed two of ToneDen's co-founders back in February, they told me they were planning a trip to SXSW to broaden their music industry contacts. So I decided we should touch base afterwards and find out what they learned on their first music industry networking excursion beyond the Bay Area. We finally got the chance to do that last week and to also chat a bit about their new customizable SoundCloud player.
A variety of classical music groups are trying to reach new audiences these days. I've written about some of them (see links below) but until B-Classic came out with its K-Pop choreography music video featuring the music of Dvorak, I had yet to see an approach that truly missed the mark. I could be totally wrong but it seems unlikely that watching attractive Korean women in shorts moving their hips side to side will attract young people to concerts where they'll actually focus on the music.
The attempt to raise $5 million on Kickstarter to buy Wu-Tang's upcoming single copy release seems like a positive move based on what the creators told a media outlet. But the campaign has numerous flaws that suggest it's unlikely to reach its stated goals of raising the money and of purchasing the album. And, if they did, there are other problems they would encounter. For example, buying an album doesn't give you the right to freely redistribute it.
A new BIAKelsey report is out titled "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived." It was sponsored by XAPPmedia whose XAPP Ads are designed for voice interaction so that mobile listeners on the move can still engage. The report itself is a nice overview of the business of internet radio. With increasing user uptake advertisers are expected to follow. Given that more and more music is supported by advertising, this next stage is crucial not only to radio but to the near-term and possibly long-term sustainability of the music industry.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place starting this Thursday April 24th thru the 26th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event for for songwriters, composers and producers covers all genres of music and includes one-on-one sessions, networking events, creative and interactive panels, business, legal and legislative discussions, round-table workshops, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, and performances.
Earlier this year I wrote about concerns related to major labels' getting into vinyl and sucking up more of the limited time of current vinyl pressing facilities. However that's just one of the problems affecting indie labels and record stores for whom Record Store Day was created. But even if indie shops withdraw from RSD as some are doing, the crunch for vinyl pressing plants seems likely to increase as vinyl's audience grows.
Sub-$50 music router and wifi hotspot Gramofon has announced that it will also stream Rhapsody and Napster in addition to Spotify. Backed by Fon, the creator of hugely popular free wifi hotspots, Gramofon connects select music streamers to home stereo systems. Mobile devices, including those of visting friends, serve as the remote control.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons will receive the David Starlight Award at this year’s Annual Induction and Awards Dinner for the Songwriters Hall of fame. His Grammy-winning band released their album, Night Visions in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim and Billboard success. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight award honors up and coming songwriters who are making an impact in the business. Previous winners are John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Benny Blanco.
Jacobs Media's latest survey of radio listeners, Techsurvey10, finds that "radio is on both sides of the tipping point." That sounds painful but, as it turns out, they're saying that many listeners are still tuning in to broadcast aka terrestrial radio via traditional sources while a growing number are listening to those stations digitally. It's one of the more interesting points of a survey which I feel could use a glossary for those of us who find radio important to the music industry but aren't part of the radio industry.