[UPDATED] U.S. independent music trade group A2IM has named the nominees for its 2014 Libera Awards. Designed to showcase the diverse landscape of independent artists and the companies that support them, The Liberas are on track to replace a plethora of competitors as the indie music most prestigious seal of approval. The full list of 2014 Libera nominees:
The New Music Seminar starts this Sunday June 8th in New York City. Running through Tuesday June 10th, this popular industry gathering attracts a unique mix of working musicians, music industry heavyweights and music tech innovators. This year's impressive lineup of seminars and speakers includes:
SF MusicTech has announced that its next summit will be held on November 11th at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. (Early registration is open here.) Sadly, this 16th must-attend gathering of the music and tech tribes may be the last.
International music industry mega-conference Midem is moving from its usual January/February time fream to June 5-8 in 2015. The gathering is staying in Cannes, but adding an enlarged program to support labels and artists looking for international deals along with new exhibition space and content devoted to tech and innovation.
A huge amount of photo and video sharing is happening on messaging app WhatsApp and it's time you got in on the action. Mobile WhatsApp sharing buttons are reaping big rewards for digital publishers and that could easily happen with your music blog and related content. The DIY options are a bit limited at this stage. If you know of other options for adding WhatsApp sharing buttons then please share in the comments.
The 3rd annual EDMbiz Conference & Expo heads to The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas June 17 through 19 with the addition of an expo featuring EDM-related brands. The initial speakers list is quite broad and even includes Bob Lefsetz who will appear for a "special conversation." Additional highlights include keynote panels with Hardwell and Above & Beyond and a new EDM consumer report from Nielsen. EDMbiz takes place in the initial days of EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) Week.
The deadline to enter this years' USA Songwriting Competition is this Friday May 30th. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as gear from Gibson Guitars, Sony, D'Addario Strings, PreSonus and Audio-Technica. Songwriters can enter in Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, Lyrics Only categories.
Last Year's Winners Hit The Charts
A grant application from Moogfest to Buncombe County has revealed quite a bit about the event including a loss of over $1.5 million. Moogfest 2014 received a $90,000 economic development grant from Buncombe County and $90,000 from the city of Asheville. They're getting started on 2015 with a request for $250,000 in community development funds. But beyond the financial success of the festival is the question of their stated goal, attracting new businesses to the region, which is hard to relate to what they're actually doing.
Alan Parsons of The Alan Parsons Project has a long history of success but he's faced with a very different musical world today. One of his current projects is the elimination of the MP3 which he's begun with plans to release his own lower cost, higher quality downloads direct-to-fans. He's also set to speak at Subscribed 2014, a unique conference focused on the "subscription economy" which is increasingly important to musicians in the form of streaming services, whether one stop or boutique.
The 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards were held Tuesday, May 13th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Songwriter and Publisher members of BMI spent the night celebrating the PRO's top songs in the pop genre. Stevie Nicks was honored with the BMI Icon award and a tribute performance was given by artists Adam Levine, Cheryl Crow, and Lady Antebellum among others. Other notable awards include Pop Song of The Year to Jeremy Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers for their song “Ho Hey” as well as Pop Publisher of The Year to Sony/ATV.
The International Songwriting Competition has awarded its 2014 Grand Prize to jazz trumpeter Shunzo Ohno. Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, with his efforts inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.
The Great Escape is a major European music festival and convention that took place earlier this month in Brighton, UK. Two high points of the convention included an interview with Tru Thoughts founder Robert Luis and a keynote from CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke. Both shared some practical thoughts for record labels on the contemporary music biz with Cooke giving direct-to-fan a new take from the label's perspective.
The 5th annual “Music 2.0: Tools + Tech for Musicians, Marketers, and Managers” will be held on Friday, May 16th from 6-8 PM at Innovation District Hall in Boston’s Innovation District. This year Music 2.0 is being held during the Together Boston festival, which is also holding events at ID Hall. Past Music 2.0 events have each drawn 200-300 attendees.
Canadian Music Week has announced the winners of the 17th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards last night at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre. Presented by Bell Media, the Canadian Radio Music Awards celebrated both national and international artists who have gained significant traction on Canadian radio over the past year.
After four years in Los Angeles, the Music Business Association’s (Music Biz) annual convention is moving to Nashville. It's the first time in the organization’s 50+ year history that “Music City USA” has hosted this event. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Nashville from May 12-14.
By Diana Hereld of Pathways in Music. Photos by Tonya Wise/PictureGroup.
This weekend marked ASCAP’s 9th annual “I Create Music” Expo, where over 2,500 songwriters, composers and publishers gathered in the Hollywood Loews Hotel to network, receive feedback from industry experts, and build upon their knowledge of what it takes to succeed in creating music. Featuring artist talent such as Ray Parker, Jr., Akon, Amy Grant, and Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), the expo played host to a number of influential and instrumental characters in the business. Among the panelists were Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Desmond Child, and Dr. Luke.
The Webby Awards announced today that Pandora and musicians De La Soul, Jay Z, Pharrel, Bob Dylan and Arcade Fire were among the 2014 winners. Hosted by Patton Oswalt, this year's awards show at will be available to watch On Demand at webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 20th.
Music's winners include:
When I interviewed two of ToneDen's co-founders back in February, they told me they were planning a trip to SXSW to broaden their music industry contacts. So I decided we should touch base afterwards and find out what they learned on their first music industry networking excursion beyond the Bay Area. We finally got the chance to do that last week and to also chat a bit about their new customizable SoundCloud player.
By Diana Hereld of Pathways in Music.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO will take place starting this Thursday April 24th thru the 26th at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The event for for songwriters, composers and producers covers all genres of music and includes one-on-one sessions, networking events, creative and interactive panels, business, legal and legislative discussions, round-table workshops, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, and performances.
Bonnaroo is an innovative festival on many levels. They will be partnering with the new Southland Conference to stage a Hackeroo, a Bonnaroo-focused hackathon, June 9 right before their own festival June 12 to 15. They also recently announced a partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy that will bring RBMA Bass Camp to the festival. RBMA will also have an after-hours stage and will create a special village including permanent facilities.
Apparently we're in the midst of web awards season. The Shorty Awards for Social Media just wrapped up and Questlove dominated both the Music and Singer categories. Didn't know he had that big a reputation as a singer. Now all eyes turn to the Webby Awards which are currently in the voting stage. Though the Webby Awards' site navigation is totally fracked, I think I've figured out who the music nominees are.
Billboard has named its 2104 Music Awards nominees; and Imagine Dragons and Lorde each scored in 12 of the 40 categories. The nominees are chosen by some mystical analysis of “key fan interactions with music” between March 2013 and March 2014 along with chart status which includes record sales, broadcast radio airplay, ticket sales, streaming and social media.