Fender is removing the headache and hassle of touring on an emerging artist's budget by providing musicians with gear, transportation, and tour support as part of it's newly launched Fender Accelerator Tour.
That tech people and music people live inside rarified bubbles should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. If you’ve ever set foot in Silicon Valley, or Brooklyn, or Silver Lake, you know just what I’m talking about — young, over-educated people jabbering on about a hot new app or band
In an increasingly competitive sector,music streamers are looking for new ways to attract and keep users. It will be interesting to see if Rdio's new 20+ stations curated by indie and major record labels find an audience, but they certainly should keep their label partners engaged.
Social messaging apps of all varieties - text, photo, video and even music - are the current darlings of venture capitalists. If the app is a hit, it can grab huge numbers of users quickly at minimal cost. Once you've attracted users, anything is possible. Just ask Google... and as of today Diddy.
Time is money, especially when you're a musician. You can't waste time trying to figure out the most effective ways to juggle the creative and business elements of being in a band, so you need to rely on time-saving tools and apps to keep your band functioning and organized.
Publishers have expressed their increasing intent to bypass ASCAP and BMI to cut direct deals with digital music services. Now organizations representing a broad spectrum of songwriters are questioning the deals. Notably absent from the signatories to their open letter is the North American Publishers Association.
Each year, the U.S. Library of Congress adds 25 recordings that it believes are of historic significance to its prestigious National Recording Registry. This year, The Doors, Joan Baez, The Family Stone and Radiohead are among the chosen albums.
You know the music festival world is changing when Billy Joel is playing Bonnaroo and Paul McCartney is headlining Lollapalooza. So you'd think it would not be a surprise when Glastonbury books Kayne West. 125,000 fan disagree.
Austin based startup, The Entertainment Helping Company (ehco) has announced their next campaign in partnership with Friendly Savages. Having chosen Every Village as the non-profit to support, the is offering exclusive merchandise via ehco to provide clean water to South Sudan.
Jay Z's recently purchased TIDAL appears to be positioning itself to be a real streaming music contender. Unlike Spotify, TIDAL is streaming Taylor Swift. Is this the first of TIDAL's rumored roster of exclusives?
Sony owned The Orchard is extending its label services with the acquisition of RoyaltyShare and a strategic investment in Korrect. Details of the deals were not disclosed, but RoyaltySare had previously received $11.5 million in venture funding.
"Choosing a program requires more research and assessment than knowing your startup is likely to get a feature on TechCrunch as a benefit of being a Y-Combinator startup. What’s more, founders of music tech startups face hurdles and limitations unique to our space."
Unsurprisingly, it didn't take digital music veteran Ethan Kaplan long to land well after the breakup of Live Nation Labs. Today Gracenote announced he's getting a prime office in their executive suite. Just how Kaplan plans to satisfy his lifelong obsession with REM remains unclear...