Remember when recording was revolutionized by the cassette player? Hip Hop artist Trace Marx (Mark Larmon) is on a mission to initiate another revolution by taking the cassette recorder concept and merging it with modern technology - thus, the RecorderPlugin.
The connotation of the word "intern" is now changing as it has gone from "free worker" to "paid temp employee" thanks to a class action lawsuit on behalf of 3,000 former unpaid interns that felt abused by the system. Bobby Owsinski takes a closer look on Music 3.0
Have you ever dreamed of going into business with some of your favorite artists & bands? Now you can by investing in London's own Signature Brew alongside Frank Turner, Baby Godzilla, Chicane, HooDoo Pop, Ed Harcourt and many more!
Last night, San Francisco confirmed what Hypebot already knew – there is a vibrant community of music tech professionals in the Bay Area seeking the opportunity to network and grow together. How are we so sure? We met them last night!
What happens when an industry’s well-being lies in the hands of a monopolistic group of state-owned enterprises that don’t care about sustainability, much less the growth, of the industry, and don't invest the money they make on others’ content back into nurturing that industry? Archie Hamilton takes a closer look in this post on Billboard.com
Neil Portnow, Jennifer Hudson, and Ryan Tedder joined forces on the GRAMMY stage last Sunday announcing the launch of the GRAMMY Creators Alliance. The Recording Academy established the alliance with the goal of giving singers, songwriters, and other industry professionals a place where their voice can be amplified and effectively heard. With Congress discussing taking action on issues directly tied to the music industry, an alliance among industry creators is more important than ever.
Have you heard of Midem? It's the leading annual music industry event in Europe, and it will take place in Cannes, France on June 5-8, 2015. Over 6000 music tech people, managers, agents, labels and publishers come together to exchange information and do business. Midem is a four day, multi-faceted event. It includes a conference of educational talks, exhibition booths, a live music festival, networking events, as well as several competitions for artists, their promotional teams, and music tech startups.
Op ed by David Israelite, head of the National Music Publisher's Association.
In a New Year’s message to listeners, Pandora’s CEO called 2014 the “year of the working artist on Pandora.” He suggests that events last year were positive for those trying to make a living on his streaming site. Currently, Pandora is fighting major publishers and PROs to lower the rates paid to songwriters.
One of these things is not like the other.
[UPDATED] Indie artists took home GRAMMY awards in key categories on Sunday including Best Dance/Electronic Album, Best Country Duo/Group Performance, Best Country Song & Best Alternative Music Album. The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) issued a formal "Congratulations" to their member labels giving a nod to the phenomenal work coming from the Independent Music sector in 2014.
Taylor Swift does anything but tread lightly when it comes to controlling her image both on and off the stage. A host of cease and desist letters aimed at Etsy sellers offering Swift-inspired goods in their stores suggest she’s declaring war not just on Spotify, but on the internet as a whole. Since pulling her entire catalog from the streaming giant’s platform, Swift has made even more of a point to manage her brand, her music and the value she believes both bring to the table. She may open her heart and her home to her fans, but the pop superstar is proving to rule her dynasty with an iron fist.
Today in Manhattan, pioneer streaming giant Pandora is set to meet licensing agency BMI in court to settle a dispute over current royalty rates. The trial will determine how much Pandora pays BMI’s songwriters and music publishers to stream their songs. According to the New York Times, Pandora currently pays BMI 1.75 per cent of its revenue, but wants to reduce that to 1.7 per cent to match that paid by most radio stations. However, BMI wants the rate raised to 2.5 per cent, claiming Pandora is a more interactive form of media. "This is why the rate court system was established – to adjudicate exactly these types of disputes,” said Pandora spokesman Dave Grimaldi.
[UPDATED] SoundHound, Inc., a leading innovator in Sound Recognition and Search Technology, watched more than just the GRAMMYs last night - they watched their users interact and react to the award show. Unlike Shazam, SoundHound has a portfolio of technology that recognizes natural language and allows for the searching and identification of music through live performances. Taking a look at user data throughout the evening, SoundHound has compiled a list of the most SoundHound'ed moments of the GRAMMYs 2015.
According to the World Health Organization, 15% of our global population lives with some form of disability. This totals one billion people who may or may not have access to the specialized health care they need. There are enough often times real limitations that restrict these individuals from actively participating in regular day to day activities - but Why Not People aims to make live music easily accessible for the 15%.
The esteemed musician focused non-profit, Future of Music Coalition (FMC), has announced a new growth phase, positioning itself for further success in its mission "to equip today’s and tomorrow’s creators with the tools they need to be effective in a changing musical landscape." FMC welcomes Casey Rae, who joined the organization in 2007, as CEO along with seven new heavily qualified and uniquely experienced board members. With a new office strategically located on lower 14th St Washington, DC, and a revitalized board, FMC hopes to forge meaningful pathways through the intersection of music, technology, policy and law.