Less than 48 hours after launching on patronage platform Patreon, 2100 supporters of Amanda Palmer have pledged more than $20,000 "per thing" - an ongoing stream of songs, videos, writings and other creations.
UPDATED: Fan patronage platform Patreon has been helping creators - musicians, YouTube stars, podcasters, artists and others - monetize their relationship with their fans since launching in 2013. Today, founder Jack Conte's startup launches what will likely be its biggest ongoing patronage campaign yet for Amanda Palmer.
Guest Post by Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech
I travel internationally a handful of times a year, and each trip usually has a few “the world is flat” moments. I talked baseball with a cab driver in Japan! I flew to Africa and wound up in a hipster motorcycle shop/coffee bar just like the one three blocks from my house! I watched a movie, starring French people, about young artists in Brooklyn, in Paris. Basically, every trip I have a handful of those moments where I think “we’re all connected. Deep down, we’re just humans! Borders are just social constructs (drawn by British men after wars, sometimes).”
There is no straight and narrow path to a successful career within the music industry, nor is there a cut and dry template for writing about it, but there are some tips and tricks that could help jumpstart your journey and the folks at WhoIsHostingThis.com want to make sure you know what they are. Differentiation is the name of the game. From the name, to the content, to the design, to the practicality and functionality of your website, it is imperative that you bring something new to the table. Continue reading to learn more about how to create a chart topping music blog from the infographic below.
Guest Post by Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech
An update on last week’s post: there were some pretty good discussions on Twitter and elsewhere, most of which were civil and interesting. Over at Billboard, Andrew Flanagan dug deeper and reported that, according to YouTube, artists who choose not to be part of Music Key would still have right to use Content ID and pull down any or all of their music, should they choose to. Assuming YouTube doesn’t reverse course, it all seems pretty cut and dry — artists have the right to stay and be part of Music Key, or pull their content and go elsewhere.
Austin based startup ehcoTM has launched itself as "the giving channel" for artists. With hopes of establishing themselves as the "TOMS" of the music industry, ehco empowers artists to establish a single channel where fans can learn about, engage in, and give to their philanthropic & charitable efforts by way of offering exclusive content through their marketplace. Through transparent giving to 501(c)(3) non-profits of the artist's choice, t-shirts, vinyl records, and other merchandise can become a water well or a warm plate of food for someone who needs it.
Thanks to the fine folks at The Music Business Association (MusicBiz.org), this Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 PM (EST) we are able to offer free entry into a webinar that will explore solutions for music liscening and royalty collections with Royalty Solutions and take a look inside the annual State Of The Industry report produced by music anaytyics provider Next Big Sound.
Details & How To Participate Free
On Friday evening, a YouTube spokesperson called "payently false" claims by indie artist Zoe Keating's claim that she was being forced off the video service if she did not agree to all the terms of a new contract adding Google's paid Music Key service. Keating rebutted by releasing a rough transcript of her call with her representative at YouTube.
(UPDATED) Apple has acquired UK music analytics firm Musicmetric and it's parent company Semetric. Musicmetric pulls data from social, the web and music services to provide analytics and forecasting for the music industry and other media companies. Apple will reportedly use the technology to add analytics to Beats Music when it relaunches later this year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In many ways, the music industry is much more accessible to independent artists than it ever was before. You can write a song, record it, distribute it, and promote it online, all by yourself, and be very successful. Despite this, the music industry can still be complicated, especially if you're facing it without the help of an experienced manager, lawyer, or mentor – and even today, there are so many misconceptions that musicians still believe. In this article, we'll bust three of the most common myths in the music industry and shed light on the facts.
2014 was the year streaming broke through to mainstream consciousness, not because of the marketing prowess of Spotify but because Taylor Swift decided to withdraw her content from the Swedish streaming heavyweight and other freemium services. It was a mixed year of momentous achievement and intensifying controversy, which makes it an opportune moment for an end of term report card.
From the A2IM blog.
All U.S. independent labels, artists, distributors and partners are invited to submit projects for consideration for the 2015 A2IM Libera Awards (“The LIBBYs) Every year, the annual A2IM Libera Awards spotlight extraordinary achievements by independent labels and artists as voted upon by the independent music community.
Today it seems like artists come out of a music factory. They are the product of a generation's worth of thoughts, habits and likes all rolled into a neat package that appeals to the masses. While it seems like there are many artists today that seem to come pre-fabricated, a lot of work and planning goes into making an image for any artist. Some artists exude authenticity and it carries over to all aspects of their being: their appearance, their personality and how that translates to the music they create. Music industry veteran Max Snow shares from his wealth of knowledge the importance of building an image around your music.
By Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech.
This was the year of the treadmill.
I mean that both for me personally (ever train for an ultra-marathon during a polar vortex?) and for the music business as a whole. 2014 felt like a whole lot of running, but there was no real forward movement — everyone wound up in pretty much the same place they started.
By music industry veteran Fred Goldring of Music Aficionado.
In 2003 and 2005 after a wave of R.I.A.A. lawsuits, I wrote editorials in Billboard advocating an “eight-step recovery program” for a healthier music industry. Among other things, I proposed the “support [of] initiatives that will allow unlimited access to every piece of music in the MP3 format whenever and wherever someone wants it, with no conditions or restrictions in an easy-to-use interface [as] people will pay for this”.
Leading wireless music system manufacturer Sonos has added $130 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing. Thus far, Sonos has released no official word of the latest addition to its impressive war chest which now tops $455 million.
While one of the first to manufacture high quality wireless speakers, there's increasing competition in the sector both from old school audio companies and upstart newcomers like Jambox.
This piece by Jack Conte of Patreon and Popmplamouse is a must read that is being widely debated on line. It first appeared on Medium.com
Pomplamoose just finished a 28-day tour. We played 24 shows in 23 cities around the United States. It was awesome: Nataly crowd surfed for the first time ever, we sold just under $100,000 in tickets, and we got to rock out with people we love for a full month. We sold 1129 tickets in San Francisco at the Fillmore. I’ll remember that night for the rest of my life. One question that our fans repeatedly asked us was “what does it feel like to have ‘made it’ as a band?” Though it’s a fair question to ask of a band with a hundred million views on YouTube, the thought of Pomplamoose having “made it” is, to me, ridiculous.
Today more artists than ever before are making a living touring original music. Many small and mid-sized venues are thriving, and creative acts are finding new and intriguing ways to expand their reach beyond their local scene. Thanks to dozens of new technological tools, bands are finding it increasingly easy to find an audience – but coaxing the necessary dollars out of the wallets of your adoring public is still a challenge, and filling up the tank of your beaten-up tour van isn’t getting any cheaper.
BitTorrent has tasked themselves with the building of a sustainable ecosystem for artists and fans alike. Fostering a community where fans can connect directly with artists and vice versa, BitTorrent demonstrated their commitment to sustainable art with the launch of BitTorrent Bundles, a publishing project that allows fans to access content via a key that becomes available when users provide an email address or a direct payment to the artist. In September, BitTorrrent asked 2,500 users about the presence of and interaction with content, creativity, music and film in their daily lives. Despite the recent manifestation of streaming as the enemy and the thought that if music isn't available for free it won't be heard, 50% of users still purchase music monthly and 52% buy films. Streaming is holding its position as an inevitability, but according to the BitTorrent survey, their average user still wants more.
The world was abuzz this week with reports that Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify. She called the service “a grand experiment” and said she wanted no part of it. Music writer Bob Lefsetz said it’s just a PR stunt. 80's rocker Sebastian Bach (who looks kinda like Taylor Swift) said that fans appreciate music more when they have to pay for it.
By Olsy Sorokina on Hootsuite Blog
A revolution is underway in the music industry, and it will not be televised. It will be streamed on YouTube. Then, someone will write a song about it, leading to the subsequent creation of lyric videos, remixes, or maybe an acoustic cover. The importance of YouTube in the distribution and discovery of music in the digital world is undeniable. Over half of top 50 YouTube channels with the highest view count are dedicated to music, mostly made up of official artist and record label channels. On Wednesday, YouTube made the network’s strong connection to the music industry and the listening habits of their users official: they launched a separate music streaming channel along with a beta version of their own music subscription service.
[UPDATED] As rumored, Spotfy and Uber have partnered to add a personalized music experience to the popular ride service. The new offering is launching this Friday, November 21 with special promotions and events in 10 cities – London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Nashville, Singapore, Stockholm, Toronto and Sydney. A worldwide launch will follow in the coming weeks.
While the initial burn of Taylor Swift pulling her music from one of the industry's leading streaming services may be cooling slightly, the long distance conversation between Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Swift’s record label, and Spotify's CEO, David Ek remains heated. After Borchetta pointed out on a radio show aired November 7 that other major artists were toying with the idea of making moves comparable to Swift, Ek was quick to defend the company's model and its value to artists.