Stageit and Immunity Project are teaming up for Immunity Fest on March 11th the day after National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Their announced goal is to raise $100k for the Immunity Project's vaccine research. The live web event will features 8 bands, Jars Of Clay, Tan Vampires, Baskery, The Stone Foxes, Sonia Rao, Delta Wave, The Relapse Symphony and 9 Electric.
RECESS, the startup previously known as GLOWfest, is getting set for their spring college tour with extra impetus from a seed funding round led by Mark Cuban. RECESS describes itself as a "music + ideas festival" but it's more of a hybrid day of career networking, entrepreneurship speakers, college entrepreneurs' pitch competition and end of day concert.
If you're at SXSW, stop by and cheer on the 6 music tech startups presenting this weekend March 8-9 at the SXSW Accelerator pitch event in Startup Village at the Downtown Austin Hilton. Here's a preview by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Before each year’s SXSW, experts from various fields anoints a new generation of SXSW Accelerator winners out of a pool of finalists chosen from the crop of startups looking to make a big impression to the music and technology industries.
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Martin Bandier, CEO of Sony/ATV has written a public letter of complaint to the Academy of Motion Pictures. After the controversial elimination of the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the nominations for Best Original Song, the Academy failed to replace the song with the next runner up. This was due to an apparent rulein the Oscar rulebook that says a nominated song that is disqualified will not be replaced. In Bandier's letter, he calls for a formal petition to change the rule while also explaining how important a role music has played in the film industry over the years. In an exclusive interview Martin gave with Billboard Biz, he also comments on the official rule that a song needs to have three songwriters or less to qualify for a nomination calling it a “dumb rule”.
BalconyTV launched in 2006 as a video art experiment that morphed into shooting some musicians on the balcony which set the stage for BalconyTV's worldwide presence. The Orchard yesterday announced the acquisition of BalconyTV and say they'll continue to help it grow and expand its reach while connecting it to their own "discovery, audience development and marketing" efforts.
Beats Music today opened it's API to developers. The service remains $10 a month for consumers, but their hope is that outside developers will extend Beats' reach for those willing to pay to a multitude of devices and services. Today's announcement comes just one day after Spotify paid $100 million for music data provider The Echo Nest saying it would use its own newly acquired API to extend it's (often free) music service to more developers.
Spotify paid $100-$125 million to acquire The Echo Nest with up to 90% of the figure being equity in Spotify, sources tell TechCrunch. Based on the higher valuation, sources peg $15 million split between founders Brian Whitman and Tristan Jehan, and CEO Jim Lucchese, $20 million for employee cash earn outs over 4 years for 70 others employees and $90 million in deferred payments.
Reaction To The Deal & What's Next
Rdio Sessions is a fairly new recording series from Rdio featuring live performances in intimate settings that are then available for streaming. Rdio is taking Sessions to SXSW and will be recording live shows from 7 different acts in almost as many genres. It's a nice way to support artists while creating unique content for Rdio listeners.
New on our Jobs Board is an internship at world roots label Evergreene Music and an Asst. Controller/Financial Analyst job opening at mtheory. You'll also find postings for an sales rep at No Depression and a biz dev manager at 7Digital. The Artists Organization needs a digital marketing manager and distributor ONErpm is looking for an operations assistant. Badd Lemonade seeks paid panelists for LA music showcases, there's a music publishing opening at CD Baby and much more on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
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SXSW 2014 kicks off tomorrow with SXSW Music beginning Tuesday the 11th. If you're planning to check out a bunch of new acts you haven't heard before, there are plenty of options for discovery or for just getting in the mood. From SXSW's YouTube playlist to NPR's 100 artist sampler to a myriad of Spotify playlists, here's more music than you can safely consume between now and then.
Gracenote continues to build its Rhythm platform for music streaming services with the addition of global fan data from Musicmetric. Earlier this year Gracenote announced a social media and trending data agreement with Next Big Sound for Rhythm. Now they're adding filesharing data and social media sentiment via Musicmetric, who will also be considering other customized data options Rhythm.
(UPDATE 2) Spotify is acquiring music intelligence provider, The Echo Nest. The music streamer says that the deal allows them "leverage The Echo Nest’s in depth musical understanding and tools for curation." But The Echo Nest already feeds music data to Spotify along with Rdio, iHeart Radio and many other competitors who are likely a bit nervous today despite assurances from both companies who say The Echo Nest's API will remain "free and open."
Headed to SXSW? You're not the only one. Many music hopefuls travel to Austin, TX this time of the year hoping to notice or be noticed. Like any adventure, it's good to have a map. Larry Butler brings us six ways to get the most mileage out of SXSW without breaking the bank. Get inspired - join the conversation on MusicThinkTank.com! Happy SXSW to all and safe travels!
Future of Music Coalition (FMC) adds another case study to its ongoing Artist Revenue Streams project. The study looks at the financials of a background vocalist based on "income from her work as a session musician and background vocalist only – both in the studio and live on tour." The importance of "mailbox money" aka residuals are revealed as is the role of unions in negotiating and administering royalty agreements.
BandPage and LyricFind have partnered to add artist tour dates and direct to fan stores to one of the net's most consistently popular searches - song lyrics. LyricFind delivers 5 billion licensed lyric displays each year to top ranked sites including SongMeanings, Lyrics.com, LyricsMode, LyricsFreak, Sing365 and Lyrics007.
Last week Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" became the first song by a black artist since December of 2012 to reach #1 Billboard's Hot 100. Then, it was Rihanna's "Diamonds" that went #1. Since, even African-American powerhouses like Beyonce and Johnny Legend reached the top 5 without ever hitting #1.
Is The Music Industry Racist?
Watching the progress of EDM is fascinating with its sudden acceleration in the U.S. and the resulting business moves. EDM and big brands have already found ways to connect but 7UP's new #7x7UP Campaign is an example of the extended big brand embrace that comes with marketplace validation. It's an interesting year-long campaign that's already off to a good start with the "Light It UP" video featuring Tiësto below.
Just when you thought there was nothing else to say about playlists, along comes the Guilty Pledgers app for fundraising with Spotify playlists. The idea is that you throw a party and people can pick the Spotify-powered playlist by donating online in exchange for a song to be added. The JustGiving fundraising platform handles the donation process. Guilty Pledgers is not only an app built by Abstraktion but a non-profit whose work is supported by Spotify.