Live has been music's slowest sector to jump on the digital bandwagon. That's finally changing with more promoters and festivals increasing their online presence before, during and after the event, often in partnership with innovative music tech startups.
It seems like there are two kinds of "musical cities": those that are known as being enormous hubs filled with music lovers, headquarters for industry companies, and go-tos for ambitious artists trying to make it – such as New York City, Los Angeles, and especially Nashville – and those that have thriving, growing arts scenes that remain somewhat unknown to the general public.
It's tempting, especially as a new band, to say yes to every show you're offered. You want to take advantage of every opportunity you get to make a mark in your local scene. But even groups just starting out can't or shouldn't accept every gig they're extended.
In the hustle and bustle of touring, you can easily forget to have some fun. After all, what's the fun of playing in a city you don't actually get to see? Here are some tips on getting the most out of touring in today's article on MusicThinkTank.com.
Today is billed as the world's largest annual music event. Sunday June 21st, the first day of summer, will be filled with sound. Make Music Day is free to the public and everyone is invitedencouraged to play along.
The top down/bottom up method is an overall approach for indie musicians trying to get past the beginner's plateau. The title refers to making your own luck until real luck strikes. The bottom-up approach could also be known as the grassroots hustle, while the top-down approach could be called gettin' lucky.
Since exiting Live Nation, super-manager Irving Azoff has focused on building a diverse modern music and entertainment company that includes growing opportunities in cross-marketing, rights management, direct to fan monetization and now event creation.
USA Today readers collectively named the storied New Haven nightclub Toad's Place as their favorite small venue in the U.S. The newspaper asked readers to vote for for their favorite music venue with a capacity of fewer than 1,000 people.
With Live Nation owned Ticketmaster the big dog in the fight, you can expect to see more consolidation in the ticketing space. Today's LN's chief concert promoting rival AEG made its first merger move.
Live Nation owned Ticketmaster is the dominate live event ticketer in the U.S. and many overseas markets. Today, they moved to extend that dominance with 2 acquisitions - one a competitor associated with C3 and its mega-festivals and the other aimed at the D.I.Y. market.
A week ago I found myself at a rowdy Trampled By Turtles concert. If you've never been to one, you need to go. It's basically an all-acoustic punk show. Some people mosh and some people like to sway back and forth like broken pinwheels. It's great. Until some drunk concert goer shoves a cellphone in front of your face.
Helping fans discover and buy tickets to concerts is a problem Songkick, BandsInTown, BandPage and others are each battling to solve; and looking over their shoulders is the Ticketmaster/Live Nation giant. Each has taken a different approach; and today Songkick shifted gears, merging with CrowdSurge.
As income from music sales slides, the importance of revenue from touring and merchandise increases. So today, we're debuting The Merchbar Hot Merch Chart on Hypebot. Merchbar pulls together music merchandise - 100,000+ items and growing - from a wide variety of sources for sale on a unified site.
The world of music has turned into the land of the free. But the cost of "free" has caused the music industry to heavily reconsider survival strategies. Check out today's article, where we explore how we can change the way we consume music.
Music festivals here. Music festivals there. Music festivals everywhere. Are there too many music festivals? Despite some signs to the contrary, legendary music manager and promoter Harvey Goldsmith says we reach the peak and a decline is coming.
Leadership Music provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet, learn with and discuss issues effecting the music business. I'm proud to have been chosen to be a part the next Leadership Music class in my role as President of Skyline Music and Publisher of Hypebotand Music Think Tank.
No two full-time musicians' schedules are identical. Depending on the projects they're involved in, the to-do lists will vary greatly. We spoke with Alex White, one-half of the heady garage-rock duo White Mystery. to get an idea of a typical workday, but she couldn't give us just one.
Heritage acts dominate the summer's top concerts, according to StubHub. The ticket reseller draws its top 10 from sales and demand drawn from its more than 16 million visitors. Taylor Swift overwhelmingly took the #1 spot, nearly tripling the demand of One Direction at #2.