For about six months now, fans attending shows at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club have been warned by signs posted around the venue that the show they were attending was being recorded. However, the nature of the recordings was obscure until the club revealed that it was partnering with public television for a new musical variety show.
With labels and the music industry offering less and less support, managers have become the linchpin of most artists' teams. But except for those who give up 50% equity to join mega-management groups like Red Light, most managers are left with no road map and little support. Faction hopes to change all that.
Earlier this week we reported on how 6 sales executives had been fired for profiting from the unauthorized resale of tickets at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Unsurprisingly, we're now learning, that was just the tip of the ticket fraud iceberg.
When the industry rails against ticket resales, bots (automated ticket buying apps) are held up as the main culprit. But it turns out, to the surprise of absolutely no one inside the event business, that insiders including managers, agents, promoters, venue execs and even some artists, withholding and reselling the best seats in the house are a huge problem, as well.
It's been a rough couple of months at Twitter with a steady stream of key executives either being shown the door or exiting for safer positions elsewhere. To help fill the void, former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard, who was most recently Twitter's VP of Commerce, will take over the social network's media team on an interim basis.
European music convention and festival Eurosonic Noorderslag has wrapped up a successful session for 2016. The festival and conference, which ran January 13th - 16th in Groningen, Netherlands, attracted 4,124 international professionals from 40 countries to network and discuss recent developments in the European music industry.