Is it me, or is this not a great reason to cancel a show? Some of my most memorable concert moments were when an artist overcame technical adversity - feedback, bad weather, even no power - and continued the show. Apparently these bands see things differently. Here's the story:
The headliners for the Rockstar Uproar Festival were unable to play at an August 23rd show at the Mount Airy Casino, citing production issues. In a post on their Facebook page, Godsmack, one of the headliners for the festival, wrote:
Filmmaker and photographer Danny Clinch has been named as Creative Director at Tourgigs, a company that offers a range of services to produce, film, market and distribute concert films on streams or recorded media. Clinch has been recognized for his music photography and has been presented in numerous galleries and featured in major publications globally. Clinch is also a three-time Grammy Award-nominated director for helming full-length documentaries, concert films, and music videos by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, Ben Harper, John Legend, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and The Avett Brothers.
Ticket search engine SeatGeek today announced it has raised a $35 million Series B round led by Accel Partners. Causeway Media Partners, a sports-focused investment fund led by Boston Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck. Also participating in the round were rapper NAS, Super Bowl MVPs Peyton and Eli Manning, and Melo7 Tech Partners.
Today Eventbrite released a research report on music festivals in the U.S. Working with Mashwork, they analyzed online conversation to identify the "25 Most Buzzed About Music Festivals" and what the fans were talking about at the time. Many of the social media conversations occur before and after the events and a surprising number involve people not at the events. Clearly a lot to consider if you're interested in the relationship between social media and real world events as well as the growing music festival scene.
Austin-based promoters C3 Presents, the company behind the Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals, suffered a major data breach last week. The breach appears to have occured following the physical theft of one of C3's internal servers in June and that the server appeared to be targeted by the thieves for its physical value rather than the value of the data it contained.
Somebody needs to do a SpinMedia infographic. These last couple of years have been pretty complicated. New CEO Stephen Blackwell says that SpinMedia is now "100 percent focused on digital" with no bone other than "respect" thrown at print. He also claims to have gotten the job by wandering the halls talking up his vision for SpinMedia. With +300% growth announced for Blackwell's Death and Taxes in 2014 prior to SpinMedia acquisition, perhaps his appointment as CEO isn't as serendipitous as he makes it sound.
Cinema adnetwork National CineMedia has tapped AEG Live to be their music supplier, reaching moviegoers on-screen, on-site, online and on mobile. The deal kicked off in August with :10 and :20 second features starring Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull promoting their upcoming 24- city AEG Live-promoted North American concert tour, launching on September 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Ticketing startup Ticketfly today announced the acquisition of events app WillCall. Ticketfly has shown impressive growth for their ticketing service which features a lot of music events but isn't limited to music. WillCall was focused on a mobile app for music events with a difficult-to-scale combination of discovery, ticketing, merch and drink sales.
A new list of the top 25 most popular music clubs in the U.S. from Billboard shows Live Nation's House of Blues chain dominating the small venue market nationally. In the top ten, only IMP's 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. has a place among the House of Blues outlets featured on the list. This is perhaps unsurprising, as Live Nation's House of Blues organization boasts approximately 80 venues across the country.
Pay to play - owners demanding that artist pay to play thier venue - is coming to Super Bowl. The National Football league is reportedly asking artists to pay to be selected to perform during the half-time show at Super Bowl XLIX. In a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the NFL has asked Coldplay, Rihanna and Katy Perry if they'd be willing to offer a percentage of their future tour earnings or “some other type of financial contribution” in exchange for the half-time slot.
Zack O'Malley Greenburg unveils the "World's Highest-Paid DJs" of 2014 based on the last 12 months earnings. As expected it's an EDM party all day and all night in the land of Electronic Cash Kings. Here's not 10, not 12, but 13 of the luckiest men in the world. Which is not to say they didn't earn it!
In my last article, we discussed ways in which you can plan and book a DIY tour that runs effectively, successfully, and within your budget. So now that you’ve packed up your gear, managed your expenses, and hit the road, what can you do to really blow your fans out of the water night after night?
The road to success is long, brutal, and relentless - it's not for the faint of heary or for the negative nancies of the world. It is for the go-getters, the hard workers, the over-achievers - the musicians who never give up. Nothing worth having comes easy, but the journey from start to finish can be drastically altered by one word alone: Attitude. Success or failure begins and ends with your attitude. Self-imposing minor adjustments throughout your day may make a world of difference.
The Metropolitan Opera has reached preliminary agreements with two trade unions representing its orchestra, averting, for now at least, a threatened lock out of those workers. The New York Times reported that the deal was announced shortly after 6 AM on Monday morning after a marathon all night negotiation.
Revenue at EDM powerhouse SFX grew 199% to $82 million while net loss increased 77.6% to $43.7 million, the publically traded company reported to Wall Street after the markets closed on Thursday. Inverstors rewared the mixed report, driving the stock upward 6% in after hours tradiing.
"An important, meaningful, and successful quarter.”
The Agency Group has announced that they've acquired boutique Nashville talent booking firm The Bobby Roberts Company. The Bobby Roberts Company represents a roster of established and developing country music artists, including Merle Haggard, John Anderson, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, John Michael Montgomery, Blackjack Billy and Chris Janson among numerous others.
In an effort to lure more international artists to New Zealand, the country has moved to ease visa requirements with the changes due to take place later this year. According to the New Zealand Tourism Industry Association (TIA), starting at the end of November, 'high-end' musical acts and their support crew will be able to travel and perform in New Zealand on visitor visas rather than work visas so long as they are being promoted by a local company.
Gigging and touring is the bread and butter for indie musicians today. Playing local gigs on the weekend with a few regional or national tours can provide enough income to get by, but there’s a lot more to gigging than performing and ticket sales. The fan interactions, collaboration opportunities, and merch possibilities open up a number of income streams for musicians. Let’s take a look at three creative ways you can use the tools you already have available to make more money at your gigs.
Songkick has partnered with Bop.fm to add tour dates to the agnostic streaming and sharing music service. Concert listings will now appear on all bop.fm Verified Pages. Alongside tour dates, these Verified Pages will highlight the artist’s top songs and related artists. Here are some examples from Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney, and Tiesto.
Last year the Electric Zoo music festival cancelled the third day due to two deaths that occurred on the first two days. This year they're doing a publicity and education campaign called Come To LIfe featuring a Gen Y version of the don't do drugs PSAs that we all used to laugh at back in the day. Now people are laughing at this. That's unfortunate since most folks will likely only see the video which gives almost no useful info nor does it direct viewers to the ed material on Electric Zoo's site. Which, honestly, makes it look more like a pr manuever than anything else.
Its a great time to be a country musician, at least if you are in the top tier of artists in the genre. The top 10 country artists have made a total of $378 million in 2014 thus far, says Forbes. Toby Keith is the top earner at $65 million, and Taylor Swift follows with $64 million. Here is a Statista chart of the top earners:
Organizers have scrapped a pair of concerts set to take place in Israel in the wake of the violence conflict between Israelis and Palestinians taking place in the Gaza Strip. According to The Hollywood Reporter, scheduled shows by both Cee Lo Green and metal band Megadeth have been canceled. Megadeth was set to perform on August 6 at the convention center in Tel Avivi while Cee Lo was slated for August 19th in in Independence Park in Jerusalem.
Promoter Vince Power has been effectively banned from staging live events after London's High Court found that the promoter had been producing events without a license. Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS) brought legal action against Power, claiming that Hop Farm did not have copyright for the live music played at the festival from 2009 to 2012. Court documents filed by PRS claim that 31 PRS members performed at the 2009 festival; at least 10 in 2010, at least 27 in 2011 and at least 31 in 2012.