Last week's SF Music Tech Summit was crammed with expertly curated sessions, industry acclaimed panelists, and inspired attendees that cultivated contemplative conversation. If you weren't able to make the conference or were torn between two sessions occurring simultaneously, you can make up for lost time by streaming the conference sessions on the SF Music Tech Soundcloud.
[UPDATED] Patreon is now paying more than $1 million per month to musicians, YouTube stars and other creatives. These payments are coming from 125,000 patrons who have pledged to support their favorite artists monthly. "The sum of these ongoing pledges constitutes sustainable, reliable salaries for professional creators around the world," the startup wrote in a blog post.
Even with expertly curated playlists, redundency tends to kick in eventually. Mad Genius Radio is looking to change that with their uniquely customizable streaming platform. With Mad Genius Radio you can add music by genres, time periods, moods and artists; you can then rate those artists and their songs individually, and change the level of each category's influence as simply as you push/pull a dial on a sound board. Mad Genius Radio introduced their platform to the public three weeks ago and has issued an exclusive free lifetime of listening offer to the first 50 Hypebot readers to subscribe. Want in?
[UPDATE 2] I admit to a bit of surprise when Uber's PR team reached out on Friday with a personal invite to "Please join Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Special Partner Guest for a global press call to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership." The music notes at the top of the invite only added to the intrigue; and over the weekend the story leaked: Uber is partnering with Spotify to bring music to the backseat of its popular car service.
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Op Ed by Dae Bogan of DaeBoganMusic.com
Earlier this week, hundreds of budding entrepreneurs convened at the SF Music Tech Summit XIV to network with potential future collaborators, gain insight from established industry pros, and promote their startups. Hopeful to become the next big thing in music tech, founders shuffled from room to room soaking in as much insight as possible while exchanging business cards along the way with anyone who gave them an ear for a quick pitch.
Eventbase, the creators of the official SXSW Go Mobile app, have raised $2 million in Series A funding directly from the festival.
With 6000 official events and countless unofficial ones, building an app for SXSW has proven an effective calling card that has landed the startup a number of other trade shows and other events.
Let's start by admitting that I'm about to break several basic rules of journalism. While there's reporting in this piece, I am also a newly minted fan of SF Music Tech. So, it is with heartfelt gratitude that I take to my computer at 11:30pm to gather my thoughts after a whirlwind day at SF Music Tech Summit. Gratitude for Brian Zisk and the incredible team that worked tirelessly to pull of an impeccable conference; for the countless enthusiastic individuals who I crossed paths with both intentionally and circumstantially; and for the ideas shared, expanded upon, and set in motion throughout the day. While there is entirely too much future content for one blog post to handle, there were a handful of recurring themes worth highlighting.
The San Francisco based web platform, Seven Seas Music, is taking the headache out of music discovery and licensing by bringing a wide array of world music to digital content producers virtually. Media professionals can audition tracks within the carefully curated library of 5,000 tracks and begin the process of licensing that music for use with one click. The startup, overseen by music licensing professionals Brooke Wentz and Maryam Soleiman, hopes to bridge the gap between international musicians and audio-visual producers.
David Hyman, former CEO of Beats Music, has taken the lid off of his most recent startup venture, Chosen. The first of it's kind, Chosen is recreating the concept of hit TV shows like American Idol, X Factor, and The Voice by bringing the main stage to the consumer's pocket. By making competition accessible to any and every musician with a desire to be discovered. Having just raised $5 million dollars to further explicate their vision, Chosen is anticipating a strong launch in Q1 2015.
Today, or to be precise tonight at 11:59 PM, is the deadline to submit your music or tech startup, product or service to showcase at SXSW Accelerator 2015. The event takes place on March 8-9 as a part of the SXSW Interactive Festival which segues into SXSW Music. It's a great place to meet venture capitalists, build brand awareness and attract media attention. Details:
Just ahead of next week's SF Music Tech, the conference has named their new class of Innovative Startup Challenge winners. From a pool of more than 50 entries, just 10 were chosen by a panel of judges to showcase their startup before the throngs of eager venture capitalists, music industry heavyweights and technology glitterati that populate this must-attend 1 day stop on the conference circuit.
So, without further delay, here are the winners:
[UPDATED] By Cortney Harding on Sonicbids Blog
A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran a profile of theAudience, a firm that connects big brands to social media influencers. Gone are the days when a big ad spend or tons of radio promotion was required to break a band – now, a kid with a big Tumblr following can move the needle just as much as a spot on TV. But for artists who are just starting out and can’t shell out the big fees that firms like theAudience charge, reaching influencers can feel like an impossible task. Don’t despair, though – here's how you can connect with the person who might give you your big break.
Songkick has added ticket sales to its concert discovery platform; and just a few months after launching in the UK, says its selling tickets for 25% of all London shows. This momentum has motivated the startup to want to spread their ticketing service elsewhere. But there's a catch, particularly in the U.S. Exclusive venue deals with Ticketmaster, Ticketfly and others that prevent additional sellers like Songkick. Undeterred, Songkick CEO Ian Hogart is on a mission to change that.
In an email interview conducted earlier this week, Gary Turner, CEO of LearnToPlayMusic.com shared the latest on the new Apollo-M, on-demand, music lesson database integration coming to the website's toolkit. Set to launch in the 2nd quarter of 2015, Apollo-M aims to make music lessons accessible to anyone who has an interest in learning to play. Whether you're a aspiring musician or an advanced player, Turner believes “Apollo-M really is the next evolution in music learning, teaching and playing."
The clock is ticking... You've got just a few days left to submit to showcase your music or music tech startup, product or service at SXSW Accelerator 2015. 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:
Having listened to probably more than a thousand artists as a songwriting contest judge and music startup person, I’m no stranger to giving feedback to musicians. And I have a confession to make: rarely is the feedback I give 100% honest. I’ll hear a track with major problems (out-of-tune vocals, scratchy production, uninspired lyrics, etc.) and tell the band “Maybe touch up the vocal production, but overall, it sounds great!”
Now entering the arena of countless social networks, Boomio is stepping forward. Reminiscent of Snapchat in the way it shares content, Boomio allows the sending of full length, fully licensed songs to large audiences or targeted groups with personalized messaging. The recipient will receive a notification otherwise known as a 'boom' - they'll be able to listen the track once before it 'blows up.' Now that the listener has had a chance to hear the track, they'll either be able to buy the song or share it with others for an additional play through.
HFA (Harry Fox Agency) has signed a licensing and royalty administration services arrangement with music streaming service TIDAL to support the launch of their new CD quality streaming service. TIDAL’s owner Aspiro focuses on streaming high-quality audio tracks to consumers. In 2010 Aspiro launched its original service called WiMP Music in Norway and has since expanded into Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Poland.
According to Billboard, Indie music comprises 34.5% of the United States music industry market. It is notoriously an underserved sector - Platformz mobile app aims to change that. The app aims to connect artists to their audiences in a new and increasingly meaningful way. Platformz gives artist's access to their most streamed music and breaks down the data into how long their music was streamed and where the traffic is coming from regionally, nationally, and even around the world. Being able to crack open this data could prove extremely valuable to Indie artists.
This story from Hootsuite shares how Ticketleap, an event marketing and online ticketer, stood out by empowering employees to share expertise and lend personality to the business.
Meet Ticketleap. This tech startup helps its customers sell more tickets to their events. But if you’ve ever created an event through Ticketleap, you know that the team leading the charge offers so much more than one-time products and services. They bring people together through events and experiences, empower and give the DIY event creators a voice, and encourage small teams, like themselves, to make a big impact.