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BandsInTown Launches Spotify Tour Dates App

Bandsintown_logo_300dpi (2)Concert recommendation and notification app BandsInTown has launched a Spotify app. Bandsintown now synchs directly with the songs, albums, and playlists users listen to on Spotify.  Competing concert listing service Songkick launched its own Spotify app early last year. A demo video and Bandsintown app features:

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The 3 Pillars Of Music Fan Engagement

3_pillarsIn a previous post I talked about why it’s important that musicians interact with their fans. But how often should this be done? And for how long? Can managers, labels, or interns handle fan engagement for you? Here are 3 important things to keep in mind when developing a strategy for fan engagement.

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musiXmatch Adds $3.7 Million Funding, 1 Million New Users A Month

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The company has with all the major music publishers and hosts a lyrics database available in more than 30 languages. "We are now aiming at the second screen & TV experience, and we are going to announce something very cool during the next World Mobile Congress in Barcelona,” said Max Ciociola, CEO & Founder of musiXmatch.

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Finding The One Key Metric That Matters For Your Career As A Musician

One-key-metric-mrs-logicFrom time to time concepts and approaches from the world of tech startups have relevance to indie and DIY musicians. Recently the concept of "One Key Metric" has been making the rounds of Silicon Valley. Though not a new idea, the recent attention has resulted in some useful exploration. It's particularly relevant to emerging musicians attempting to establish a business-like focus that doesn't get in the way of making art.

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Seattle Secret Shows Create Special Events Where Musicians Get Paid

Shelby-earlBy Musician and Marketing Consultant Solveig Whittle (@shadesofsolveig).

I recently attended an “intimate” Saturday night show with 100 other people in a secret location at a dance studio on the north side of Seattle. From the outside, it looked sketchy upon arrival. The entrance was in an alley behind a restaurant. There was no sign to indicate you were in the right place. But here’s the thing: the performances were real and the audience appreciative. They listened with respect. Mostly quietly. Often raptly. They chatted with each other and with the musicians during breaks. And then they applauded vigorously. Repeatedly.

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Why Music Supervisors Don't Listen To Your Music

Mind-Blown1By music branding and marketing specialist Andy Lykens.

Get a paper and pen. Just do it, it’ll totally be worth it. I’m about to blow your mind. Quick – tell me 3 people you want to listen to your music that you think will be able to put it in a commercial, film, or TV promo! Even if you’ve already contacted them, write down a name with a little space beneath to complete this exercise.

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Association For Electronic Music Launches Led By Ben Turner & Kurosh Nasseri

Association-electronic-musicOn Monday at midem the newly formed Association for Electronic Music announced its launch as an industry trade group. Led by EDM industry figures Ben Turner and Kurosh Nasseri, the Association's current splash page states that their "mission is to represent the common interests of all individuals and companies whose business is electronic dance music and to advocate on behalf of electronic dance music as a musical genre."

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Ticketmaster Finally Ditches Much Hated CAPTCHA

image from www.iqcontent.comIf you are like most people, you are aggrivated by trying to puzzle out the squiggly lines used to separate humans from spam bots on websites. Known as CAPTCHA, the system can be frustrating, and apparently, Ticketmaster agrees as they have begun the process of abandoning the system in favor of what they hope will be a friendlier, easier to use solution on both their mobile apps and website.

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Sonicbids Sold To Guggenheim's Backstage

image from www.hypebot.com(UPDATED) Sonicbids, one of the first major players in the d.i.y. music space, has been sold to Backstage in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners. Backstage, which specializes in casting, auditions and entertainment industry opportunities, will now add Sonicbids' electronic marketing tools and performance opportunities for musicians.

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The 3 Most Profitable DIY Revenue Streams, And Why Many Artists Succeed At Only One Of Them

14186955_904edd6831 (1)Guest post by Jay Frank (@Repojay) for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank. 

Independent artists can make more money than ever before. The walls of major label distribution have crumbled, and have been down for a decade. Social networks make promotion to fans easier and cheaper. Add in home recording, crowd-sourced artwork, and other cost cutting maneuvers and DIY musicians can be financially successful.

Or so goes the myth.

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Björk Crowdfunds Biophilia App For Education But Will It Reach The Poor Kids?

Bjork-biophilia-albumBjörk received quite a bit of attention for her suite of iOS apps that offered an app for each song on her Biophilia album. Since then the nonproft Biophilia Educational Program has used the "mother app" in educational settings with great response. Now they are raising money through Kickstarter to support further development of the program and to port the app to Android, Windows 8 and the Mac Desktop in order to make it more accessible for lower income children around the world.

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Made In 48: 2 Bands + 48 Hours = New Recorded Song & Music Video Available Online

Crazy-xs-boomLast week Well Hung Heart's Robin Davey and Greta Valenti launched the first episode of "Made in 48", a web tv series that brings their band together with another, in this case Gram Rabbit, to write, record and release a song. And then they also conceptualize, shoot, edit and release a music video, all in 48 hours. Combining a background in tv production and professional performance with a love of making music leads to something much realer than reality tv.

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New Estimates Put Gangnam Style Music Video Revenue At $4 Million

Gangnam-style-videoBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

If someone had told us in 2011 that in 2012 a portly South Korean rapper would take the world by storm, delighting clubgoers and desk potatoes alike while capturing the crown for the most popular YouTube video of all time, we might have believed it. Stranger things have happened.

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New Major Music, Film And Literary Agency Resolution Launches

image from www.celebrityaccess.comVeteran talent agent and former chairman and chief executive of International Creative Management alum has officially launched his long-rumored talent and literary agency, Resolution. Berg, who spent nearly 30 years at ICM, will helm the new agency.

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A Look Inside ReverbNation: 2.5 Million Musicians

image from www.reverbnation.comIn a new video by ReverbNation reviewing it's 2012 accomplishments, which include a new HQ to house expanding staff, a site redesign and an expanded Promote It! tools, they shared the most detailed look yet inside the company and it's artist membership.  A statistical look inside ReverbNation:

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Jonathan Coulton Reissues Cover Of 'Baby Got Back' Ripped Off By Glee

Jonathan-coulton-reissues-baby-got-backNews that Jonathan Coulton responded to Glee's blatant ripoff of his cover of "Baby Got Back" by rereleasing it "In the Style of Glee" has met with a great deal of positive approval on the web. Since Glee is apparently in the clear legally, the battle has now moved to the court of public opinion. There Glee's betrayal of the show's values is being seen as a reminder that those who feel that anything that isn't illegal is ok to do are inherently untrustworthy members of civil society.

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The NAMM Show Wraps For 2013

Namm-show-2013-logoBy Kat Drucker, Strategic Consultant for Canadian Music Week and Digital Media Summit @kitkat5656.

NAMM wrapped up yesterday after four days of very well organized chaos in Anaheim California. Parking was sold-out, alcohol was available nearly all day in true Rock ‘n Roll fashion, and the trade show was packed – often with line-ups just to try gear or ask a question. With award shows, educational sessions, concerts, performances, and autograph signings galore, the event proved that is much more than the self branded as “world’s premiere music products trade show”. Showcasing new and established brands NAMM captured the traditional feel of the event while bringing in new technologies at-par with industry trends.

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Facebook Now Wants To Share Music Recommendations With You

Yo_la_tengo_fadebook-313x208By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

I like Yo La Tengo, but I have never “Liked” Yo La Tengo on Facebook. Still, Facebook has determined that I would be interested to know that the band has released a new album. It has never done this before — not in the nearly six years I have used the service — so it feels safe to say that Facebook just rolled out a brand spanking new music recommendation engine.

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Why Cassette Labels Are More Important Than Many Can Understand

Opal-tapes-logoThough numerous individuals have directly scoffed at the idea that cassette labels are anything other than an obscure novelty, a closer look reveals a mostly underground world of experimental music that is gradually moving towards releases that are more accessible to the mainstream. That doesn't mean we're about to see an outbreak of experimental music in arenas and on the charts but what is becoming clear is that something important to music is happening and the business infrastructure is gradually emerging to support those who want to become more visible.

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Soundrop Launches Listening Rooms On Facebook

Soundrop-listening-room-facebookBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Digital music wonks (like us) got all excited when Facebook added the ability to let you jump in to what someone else is listening to, in real time. Maybe that’s cooler as a concept than an actual thing, though. It’s certainly not something that I do — and I listen to music as much as I can, and check Facebook probably too much. If I’m not using Facebook real-time music listening, logic would dictate that no one is.

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How To Dominate A Market In 12 Weeks

SixDo you still post flyers around town to promote your shows and music? For new bands and groups looking to expand their fanbase, there can still be benefits to flyering around town if done strategically. On Music Think Tank, David Roberts explains his tactics to help bands encourage people to come to their shows and build their fanbase. What do you think of this strategy?

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Rdio Launches Free Music Streaming In 17 Countries

image from blog.craniumfitteds.comFreemium continues to be a popular weapon in the music streaming wars, and today Rdio launched free streams for 6 months in 15 of the 17 countries in which it's available. The markets include the United States (where it's been free since Oct 2011), United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands,  New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

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#MIDEM 2013 Music Marketing Competition Winners

image from www.hypebot.comThe Midem Marketing Competition is an international competition for global creative agencies and brands, highlighting the best use of music in a marketing campaign and the best placement of music in an advertisements. The 2013 Midem Marketing Competition winners are:

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Tech Evangelist Robert Scoble On Music In The Age Of Context #MIDEM

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From Cannes by Stuart Dredge of UK consultancy and blog Music Ally.

Robert Scoble is one of Silicon Valley’s most respected bloggers and tech evangelists, with a role as startup liaison officer at Rackspace Hosting, and a famous enthusiasm for seeking out new and interesting startups and technologies.

He took the stage today at Midem for a presentation on ‘Music in the Age of Context’, in which he outlined some of the new technology that’s exciting him, how it’s all weaving together, and what it may mean for musicians and the music industry.

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Top 10 Richest Musicians Of All Time

Money-glasses-delta-mikeIt's always fun to speculate about who's making the most money. Popdust recently shared their list of the 20 richest musicians of all time and some folks may be surprised at their no. 1 pick. But the overall list didn't surprise me except for Gene Autry who came in at no. 12. Popdust's 20 Richest Musicians of All Time list doesn't reveal the methodology but does share some of the reasoning behind their choices.

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