What's The Point Of SXSW, Music Conferences? [Ari Herstand]

2Coming on the heels of another busy SXSW, Ari Herstand here explains the value of participating attending and participating in major music industry conferences and conventions, and how to most effectively capitalize on such events once you're there.

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How To Recover From SXSW (Or Any Festival, Conference)

Kosha Dillz"This still needs to be read because there is a pain in my neck that didn't exist," write indie rapper Kosha Dillz as he returns from his 10th SXSW.  "I need to let you know that there is life after horrible wi-fi, flirty business texts and hope for new business. In fact how can we make that all happen? The best way is to take care of yourself. My mouth hurts, I lost my car keys. I still haven't shaved."

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Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees 2018 + Voting Info

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24 top Latin songwriters have been nominated to fill 6 slots in the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Voting is open to the public here until midnight on April 15. The full list of Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2018 nominees:

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Arrest Made For SXSW Bomb Threat, Roots Cancellation

Sxsw-logo-horizontalJust as SXSW 2018 wound own on Sunday, a new bomb blast rocked Austin. So far authorities have been unable to find the perpetrator of this deadly series of bombings; but they have arrested a  man on for emailing a bomb threat that led to the cancellation of The Roots concert at SXSW on Saturday. 

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Lyor Cohen @ SXSW On YouTube, Music Industry Renaissance [WATCH]

LyorCohen-photobyNoaGriffel-blog-768x432Speaking at SXSW, YouTube Head Of Music Lyor Cohen was his usual bullish self predicting the future of the music industry. "The industry is going to return and grow by ads and subscriptions. People are willing to pay, and we'll convert them to paid subscriptions," said Cohen. 

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London Mayor Takes On Social Media At SWSW

image from pbs.twimg.comIn the late 1990s, consumers across the globe began using a resource in the comfort of their own homes that was destined to revolutionize information consumption – the internet. Twenty years later, computer advancement and faster connections have altered virtually every aspect of daily life and have, for better or worse, begun to enter the realm of politics.

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SXSW Check List: Don't Be Afraid To Do It [Kosha Dillz]

SXSWI showed up yesterday to SXSW and no place to stay for a few nights and since it's my 10th year, I don't always mind not having everything perfect. I flew in my team this year , we have video guys, this guys, tour managers, 8 shows, and a ton of content we need to create for other people who didn't make it here , to find our trip here, and also curate our own shows, get backline. So yes, we are busy, but it doesn't mean we can't do SXSW even better than we already are.

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iHeartMedia Bankruptcy Delayed To Today For Awards Show

image from www.hypebot.comiHeartMedia's likely bankruptcy was reportedly pushed to later today to avoid distracting from the company's signature iHeart Radio Awards show, which was televised live on Sunday night. The delay also gave negotiators more time to prepare for an organized restructuring of the company's $20 billion in debt. 

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iHeart Radio Music Awards 2018 - Full Winners List

iHeart Music AwardsOne day before a looming bankruptcy deadline for parent iHeartMedia, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, and Luke Combs were among the big winners at the fifth iHeartRadio Music Awards last night.  The evening was hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled and included live performances from Ed Sheeran, Eminem featuring Kehlani, Cardi B, Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, and N.E.R.D and G-Eazy.

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Best Practices For SXSW 2018

1SXSW 2018 kicks off in Austin today, and as one of the music industry's biggest festivals, making the most of it can be challenging, owing to the often overwhelming number of shows and industry events taking place. Here we look at some best practices to follow, whether you're a veteran attendee or going for the first time.

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How Keep Your SXSW Networking Connections Strong

1One of the main reasons industry players attend SXSW is for the networking opportunities which it provides. After the dust settles and everyone goes back to their real lives, however, how does one maintain and build on the connection which they've made?

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How To Have A Successful SXSW 2018

1Love it or loath it, SXSW is an important time for the music industry and those involved with it, presenting a vast wealth of opportunities for growing your brand, networking, and also enjoying the show. With so many options, we here assist in how best to break down your time at SXSW, whether you're a first-timer or seasoned vet.

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Midemlab Launches 2018 Music Tech Startup Competition

MidemlabLeading international music conference Midem has launched the 2018 edition of its Midemlab music-related startup competition, with Kima Ventures, Ticketmaster, Google, and Tencent joining the jury. Midem will be in Cannes, France June 5-8.

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Warner Music Dominates Brit Awards 2018

WMG-W-logoWarner Music UK is celebrating its most successful BRIT Awards ever with Its artists won six of the eleven awards (six of eight in UK categories) , more than any other music company. These awards follow a strong showing Warner Music at the Grammy Awards in New York last month.

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Stormzy, Dua Lipa Take Top Honors At Brit Awards 2018 [Full List Of Winners]

image from celebrityaccess.comNew artists beat the old guard at the 2018  Brit Awards which saw grime artist Stormzy and pop music singer-songwriter Dua Lipa take top honors at the annual awards show, winning British Male and Female solo artist, respectively.

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BRIT Awards 2018 Watch Live with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, More

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWatch all of the action from the biggest night in UK music, live as it happens free her. It's hosted by Conor Maynard and Yasmin Evans and features performance by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Foo Fighters, Jorja Smith, Justin Timberlake, Rag'n'Bone Man, Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

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Fast Company's Surprising 10 Most Innovative Music Companies 2018

image from images.fastcompany.netFast Company has named its annual Most Innovative Companies list for 2018. Unsurprisingly, Spotify took the #1 spot in the Music category and #9 for all companies "for pointing fans toward new artists."  But most of the other names in music's innovative top 10 are far less well known.

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Recording Academy 'Math' Implies Gender Gap Not So Wide

image from cdn.pixabay.comLike President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.

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Metallica, Afghanistan National Institute Of Music Named Polar Music Prize Laureates 2018

MetallicaMetallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music along with its founder and director and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, have been selected laureates for the 2018 Polar Music Prize.  Likening Metallica to composers such as Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the band was recognized for the visceral speed and physicality of their music, as well as its accessibility.

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Bandsintown Produces SXSW's First Data Driven Showcase

Big Break SXSW[UPDATED] Concert discovery platform Bandsintown is producing its first ever showcase at SXSW. Dubbed the music conference's first ever data driven showcase, participating artists were chosen from Bandintown's Big Break program made up of touring acts that have grown from 100 to 5,000 or more followers on the platform in last 6 months.  

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Arcade Fire Leads 2018 Juno Nominees [FULL LIST]

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and the late Gordon Downie were among the top nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards.  Arcade Fire landed nods for album of the year and alternative album of the year for “Everything Now” and also picked up nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.

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13K+ Sign Petition To Oust Recording Academy Head

image from www.hypebot.comA petition demanding the resignation of long time   Recording Academy president Neil Portnow has now surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures. By mid-day on Friday, 13,467 had signed demanding the exec exit after his tone deaf comments that women should "step up" if they want to end systemic gender discrimination in music. 

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Stars Help Petition To Oust Recording Academy President Collect Over 12,922 Signatures [UPDATED]

Grammy_logoUPDATE 2: A petition demanding the ouster of  Recording Academy president Neil Portnow surpassed its original goal of 10,000 signatures overnight. By Thursday afternoon 12,992 had signed demanding the exec exit after comments that women need to "step up" if they want to end systemic gender discrimination in music. 

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Indie Labels Scored 40% Of Grammy 2018 Wins

Grammy_logoIndependent labels won 36 out of the 84 or just over 40% of Grammys handed out this week. A2IM member labels 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO, Big Machine, Concord Music Group, Compass, eOne, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop and Thirty Tigers all scored wins.  10 of the 36 winners were distributed by The Orchard.

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