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LA's Annenberg Space For Photography is throwing a day long photo and music festival called Photosynthesis. The outdoor event features country and blues bands as well as photographers onstage, video wall displays of their photos and a variety of booths, activities and refreshments. The event ties into Country: Portraits of an American Sound, a photo exhibit with portraits of country musicians. Overall it sounds like a creatively themed festival that could provide inspiration for other fresh combinations.
MTV has announced the 2014 nominees for its MTV Video Music Awards. BeyoncÃ© leads this yearâs field with 8 nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female and Best Collaboration. In the list announced Thursday via SnapChat, Eminem and Iggy Azalea had 7 noms each. Also receiving multiple nominations were Jay Z, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Sam Smith, Zedd, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and Hayley Williams. Full list of MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Nominees :
The 10 artists and albums vying for Canada's most prestigious music award, the Polaris Music Prize, were named today. This 8th annual award, which honors the best album of the last year, will be determined by an 11 member jury of music journalists and broadcasters and announced during the Polaris Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 22.
The 2014 Polaris Music Prize Short List:
Web radio service Mixcloud and the International Radio Festival, an on-air music radio festival, are partnering to launch the Onine Radio Awards. Nominations opened yesterday and anybody, anywhere in the world can nominate any online radio show or station. Best Stations and Best Shows will be honored with the majority of show categories focused on genres of music.
The SF MusicTech Summit has had a strong run but its future is unclear. Brian Zisk says he may take it to Hawaii and that's a hard one to argue against. But whether it moves, goes on a world tour or transforms into something else entirely, there is at least one more SF MusicTech Summit November 11th. And you, dear Hypebot reader, can get 10% off with the below discount code.
(UPDATED) Berlin Music Week will host a its first official Music Hack Day presented by Musikexpress and Rolling Stone from Axel Springer Mediahouse Berlin and by the Media Entrepreneurs-Initiative. Spotify, The Echo Nest, Rdio and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence are confirmed as tech partners.
A variety of shifts are happening in the music conference scene from new events to the continued rise of EDM-related gatherings. Music cable network REVOLT is planning a new music conference called the REVOLT Music Conference for October in Miami. The first Dancefair Ibiza is set to take place in September. And the next installment of Music Tech Fest happens in London in September.
Radical.FM, a free, ad-free streaming music service claiming 25 million tracks, launched their first Android app today. A new iOS app is also expected and a desktop version is said to be under development. Things have been pretty quiet with Radical.FM since launching their iOS app last year. But, given their business model, I guess I'm most surprised to see them in existence at all.
Panelists, start your engines. The SXSW PanelPicker goes live tomorrow July 1 thru 25. Start brainstorming topics and contacting colleagues that might be interested in joining. Last year, 60% of music session came through PanelPicker. Details here.
BET Awards '14 took place in LA yesterday. Chris Rock dubbed it the "Black World Cup" but instead of soccer we're talking music and movies. However the BET Awards are much more about music than movies. Live performers included Pharrell Williams, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Jenniver Hudson, Jhene Aiko, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, August Alsina, Trey Songz and Chris Brown. But to remind us of who's really King and Queen, the night's closing performance by BeyoncÃ© and Jay Z was taped.
When I initially heard of Glasgow's interest in developing something similar to SXSW I immediately took it as one of those copycat "next SXSW" efforts that are generally as laughable as those "next Silicon Valley" campaigns. I don't think anybody's going to be the next SXSW or Silicon Valley due to their unique histories though I do believe either can be challenged for leadership if one feels like commiting extreme amounts of time and resources to that end. That said, in the case of Glasgow they're talking more about creating something similar to SXSW and as long as they don't simply copy it they could actually do such a thing.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) held its third annual Libera Awards, aka The LIBBYs, to honor accomplishments in indie music last night at Highline Ballroom in New York City. Arcade Fire ruled the evening with three awards one of which they shared with Arctic Monkey for "Album of the Year." Both Daptone Records and Glassnote Records were honored with "Label of the Year" awards.
Panelists, start your engines. The SXSW 2015 PanelPicker opens July 1- 25. Start brainstorming topics and contacting colleagues that might be interested in joining. Last year, 60% of music session came through PanelPicker. Details here.
[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.
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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.