Featuring.Me is a startup based in Nashville that provides a chance for fans to choose from a number of options to create a customized song and, in the process, provides musicians with a new revenue stream. The choices for fans are constrained enough that Featuring.Me is more widely accessible than true remix platforms. While it may not be for everybody, Featuring.Me is one way that musicians can offer fans new ways to interact with their music without giving up monetization.
Revolt TV, Sean Combs' "Multi-Platform TV Network," is holding its first Revolt Music Conference October 16 through 19 in Miami Beach. They've announced more of their speakers and, at this point, it's clearly a gathering of true power players. I was pleasantly surprised to find two major figures from the early rise of hip hop blogging and media sites as well. There will be a lot of history in the room yet RMC looks like it's addressing many of the key issues faced by the music industry as a whole as it looks to the future.
Two weeks ago video monetization and micro-sync company Rumblefish announced that they had been acquired by SESAC, the only for-profit PRO and the PRO known to be fastest growing and most technologically progressive. While other companies have emerged to assist artists and labels monetize their music on YouTube, Rumblefish was one of the earliest players and has the farthest reach in other types of video micro-sync including licensing tracks to smartphone video applications, web-based editing services, and online marketplaces for film, video, and slide shows.
Asian-Americans represent about 6% percent of the total U.S. population, up 59% since 2000. The 19 million strong and culturally diverse Asian-American community are driving some trends, according to the study. Online digital music is increasingly popular with Asian-Americans, according to a new Nielsen study.
Music industry trade groups the RIAA and IFPI are pushing for the adoption of a single global release day for music, according to reports surfacing this week. Currently new music is released on Tuesday, the UK on Monday, and Australia and Germany debut releases on Friday.
A few small but very public moves appear to be telegraphing Spotify's next major business moves. Two job postings - one for a public relations professional in Japan and the other a re-advertised job posting for a stock regulatory filings expert - point to an expansion into Japan, the world's second largest music market, and the long rumored IPO.
Are you getting tired of putting endless effort into building your career in return for no reward? You're not the only one facing an uphill road in the music industry, but odds are, if you're not seeing results, you may want to consider the possibility of operator errors. Winston Churchill once said, "However beautiful the strategy, you should occaisionally look at the results." Not only is that exactly what Dave Kusekhas done with The New Artist Model, he's turning the data he's collected into an outline of successful music business tips & strategies. Lucky for us, he's sharing.
[UPDATED] Spotify has partnered with BandPage to add direct to fan sales to the popular music streamer. The integration is live today; and in addition to traditional merch offers like t-shirts, musicians can profit from additional revenue streams like VIP experiences, secret shows and other exclusive direct artist to fan offers.
PonoMusic, the company led by Neil Young that raised over $6 million on Kickstarter to fund the PonoPlayer, is now turning to equity crowdfunding to raise an additional $2.5 million. This offer is limited to accredited investors with a minimum invesment of $5000 of which they currently have at least $1.43 million in commitments. The fundraising campaign ends September 1.
The Agency Group has announced that they've acquired boutique Nashville talent booking firm The Bobby Roberts Company. The Bobby Roberts Company represents a roster of established and developing country music artists, including Merle Haggard, John Anderson, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Blackjack Billy and Chris Janson among numerous others.
Google Play Music All Access (yup, that mouthful is the full name of Google's streaming music service) has added to nine Central and South American countries: The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
Mark Montgomery went to Nashville with $800 and dreams of a music career. That didn't pan out but he didn't stop playing music, he just started making money, lots of money, in other areas. In an interview with Andrew Warner of Mixergy, Montgomery shares his story and the business secrets he learned along the way. The short version is a neatly packaged story of success. But the long version shared in the interview gives one not only a sense of the struggle and uncertainty of entrepreneurship but a look back at how the web introduced new opportunities that required a change in focus to succeed.
TourStar is a new music industry game released today as a free iOS app. There are in-app purchases available but the free play struck me as engaging enough to draw people in. The basic idea is that you start as a musician whose mom is the manager but you do get a tour van. You work your way up from there. TourStar was "conceptualized" by Brandon Pankey of Music Players Group and "brought to life" by Eddie Meehan of GroundCtrl.
Crowdfunding is going strong not just for album releases and the like but also for music business endeavors. Such projects range from supporting festivals and movies to crowd investing in businesses to more tongue-in-cheek efforts such as purchasing Neverland. But possibly the most important news here is that Rob Zombie avoided crowdfunding till now because he misunderstood it and bought into one of the many myths of music crowdfunding. Now he's conducting a campaign that looks like it will bring him closer to his fans. That's why it's important that we don't confuse people with misrepresentations of crowdfunding.
Niche jazz and classical label Blue Music Group has withdrawn its music from Spotify citing low royalty payments. Blue Music specializes in music from Scandinavian, one of Spotify's strongest markets. "Having the catalog available at Spotify's pitiful rates - and we're talking about fractions of cents per streamed song - kills all chances to produce new fruitful music," says Mika Pohjola, the head of Blue Music Group.
Naming a new band can be tricky. After all, it needs to convey so much in just a few words, and you're stuck with it forever. Twitter account @pisspoorbands curates an ever growing list of horrible band names both real and imagined. Here. in no particular order, are 20 of the worst:
CD Baby has added free customizable online music players. Users build playlists from any tracks in their CD Baby account and embed them on their sites, as well as those of bloggers and fans. A "buy" button takes fans to CD Baby to complete the transaction.
New ComScore datat show, Facebook and Instagram are the most popular social platforms among 18-34 year olds. But Snapchat is catching up fast, and is already ahead of Twitter. Snapchat’s audience has almost doubled in nine months’ time. THE CHART:
The struggle for global streaming music supremacy continues to get more complex with new players fragmenting the field and established ones expanding. Uprise.fm is not a direct competitor but is hoping to open new territory with music owned by artists that's not currently available for streaming. Both Guvera and Saavn have global ambititions and so compete with numerous companies though Spotify tends to be the point of comparison. However Guvera is establishing itself in numerous countries while Saavn remains focused on India.
Muzooka, a social music discovery and technology platform, today announced a $3 million Series A-1 financing round. Combined with earlier angel investment, it brings total raised to just over $3.6 million. While no details were provided, the company says the round represents the funding of a music tech startup through non-traditional sources outside of Silicon Valley.
Both Facebook and Google have announced big moves that will affect music promotions on Facebook and Google search rankings for music websites. While the Facebook move will disrupt like-gating, for example, liking a Facebook page to get a free download, the Google move is simply the right thing to do. However Facebook's move requires you to simply stop doing something. Responding to Google's move is going to require some decision making and likely additional expense.
A new infographic from trade group Music Biz, “Music Royalties USA Quick Start Guide,” offers songwriters and performing musicians a simpler way to understand the complex framework they must navigate to receive full payment for their work. Included are how royalties are handled for songwriters, publishers, and performers in various media ranging from physical and download sales, radio, tv, satellite, the various forms of streaming, and synchronization.
By Thomas McAlevey, CEO of Radical.FM. This article was originally published on Radical.FM's blog.
Just how bright is the future of the music industry really?
A new generation has spoken and Access (streaming any music in the world from ‘The Cloud’) will win out over Ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files) just as Personal Radio (interactive Internet radio streaming) is replacing AM/FM.
Google is testing new “Listen Now” ads from Spotify, Rhapsody, Apple 's Beats Music and its own Google Play. Use Google search to find eclectic indie artists MarchFourth Marching Band, for example, and results include ads, grouped together under “Listen Now,” offering downloads and or song streams from some or all of the four music services.
After a decade at Kobalt Music Group Rebekah Alperin has exited to become enior vice president marketing and communications and Universal Music Group Publishing. Alperin will report to Evan Lamberg, president of UMPG North America, and Will Tanous, executive vice president and head of global communications of Universal Music Group. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica.
According to Billboard, history might record Jay Z as being one of the first victims of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last May to allow Paula Petrella to sue MGM and 20th Century Fox over the Martin Scorsese film, Raging Bull. In a copyright dispute over the movie "Raging Bull", the U.S. Supreme Court held that the case could continue despite the substantial passage of time, or what is legally referred to as the “laches” defense. In a 6-3 decision the Court held that plaintiff Paula Petrella, daughter of the late screenwriter Frank Petrella, did not wait too long to file her lawsuit against MGM claiming an interest in the film.
Despite decent sales, the often controversial Morrissey has been dropped by Capital imprint Harvester Records weeks after the July 15th release of his 10th studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business. As with most Morrisey news, the announcement came via his semi-official fan site "True to You".