The elite of Washington D.C. honored five giants of the performing arts Sunday night at the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, opera singer Martina Arroyo and Shirley MacLaine were saluted in a ceremony that will air Dec. 29 on CBS. President Obama served as the master of ceremonies. Watch:
Veteran music agent Marc Geiger has been tapped to deliver a keynote address as part of the Midem Talks conference program, built around the theme “Back to Growth? Make it Sustainable!” Geiger, who is currently the head of William Morris Endeavor’s music division, will focus his keynote on what he sees as the path of the music business in the digital age. Geiger will present a new model for the music industry, wherein labels and publishers will have to adapt or face extinction.
George Strait won the top honor at last night's Country Music Association Awards, winning entertainer of the year. The win Wednesday night was Strait's third , but his first since 1990. Here is a full list of CMA 2013 award winners and nominees:
"There’s nothing scripted tonight — it’s about anything happening,” YouTube Music Awards co-host Jason Schwartzman said at the start of the show. Unfortunately, not much interesting followed. The presentation often felt disjointed and suffered from frozen video streams and malfunctioning mics. The presenters tried to have fun with the foibles, but at its peak, just 220,000 were live streaming the awards. By contrast, 10.1 million tuned in for August's MTV Music Awards. But awards were given out last night, and here is the Complete List of YouTune Music Awards 2013 Winners:
There's just one week left before the November 8th deadline to submit your music tech startup, product or service to showcase at SXSW Accelerator 2014. The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. SXSW Accelerator is a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details:
More than once in your career, you're going to be presented with the opportunity to do something awesome. Sure, you'll have obligatory functions where you're forced to make an appearance, but when you have the chance to cultivate some good, old-fashioned, organic good - don't miss out. Last week in Hollywood, David Grohl did just that at the Autism Speaks Third Annual Blue Jean Ball. Diana Herald tells us more about the importance of outreach on MusicThinkTank.com.
Tuesday 10/29: We're streaming the Future of Music Summit live from Washington DC. Presented by the Future of Music Coalition. today's action starts at 9AM ET and runs through 5PM. Here is the full schedule, and be sure to join us in the online conversation. Watch The Future of Music Summit Live here:
Rails Rumble is a 48-hour hackathon for folks all over the world using Ruby on Rails and related frameworks to create web applications. 500 teams participate and, over a course of 48 hours, code their way to a web app. I was invited to be a judge and helped pick out the top apps among a somewhat overwhelming array of interesting entries at least 12 of which were directly related to music.
YouTube has announced the nominees for their first every YouTube Music Video Awards. The usual selection of platinum sellers (Katy Perry, Laday Gaga, Justin Beiber, et al) are joined by relative unknowns that have found massive audiences on YouTube. That could actually make this awards show interesting. To cast a vote, users watch the official nomination videos (here at http://youtube.com/musicawards) and share them on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. There's a full list of nominees after the jump and co-host Reggie Watts offers a "how to vote" video.
Moogfest is a music festival in Asheville, NC created by the folks at Moog Music. Sometimes referred to as an electronic music festival, Moogfest has included such towering figures as Morton Subotnick but also books acts like The Flaming Lips and Nas. Of course, Moog's creations have been used by many acts and Moogfest 2014 isn't shouting out EDM. Instead, after a break in 2013, Moogfest will return in April 2014 with an expanded program including a five-day music and tech conference. It looks like Moogfest is finally ready to start realizing its potential beyond booking a lot of great acts.
Today, Friday October 18th, is the last day for another round of SXSW badge discounts. You can register here.
And it's not too late to showcase your music tech startup, product or new service at SXSW Accelerator 2014. The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. SXSW Accelerator is a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details:
Rethink Music will host the upcoming Rethink Music Venture Day on October 24. The day's event will include keynote speakers discussing a variety of music business-related issues. The afternoon will include pitches from "12 investor-ready start-up projects from France, Germany, Sweden and the US." The day's schedule for this free event is now available though the pitching startups have yet to be announced.
International music gather Midem has announced the official call for entries for the 7th edition of Midemlab international music tech startup competition. The deadline for Midemlab entries is November 7. Midemlab, presented by Vivendi and Pepsi, is dedicated to international startups offering digital solutions for audience engagement and content monetization used by music companies, artists and brands.