Ticketmaster Encourages, Profits From Scalpers Undercover Investigation Reveals

ticketmasterAn undercover investigation by the Toronto Star and Canadian Broadcasting Company appear to show that, contrary to their vehement anti-scalping pubic posture, Ticketmaster is courting ticket brokers, profiting by providing special accounts and software and generally willing to turn a blind eye to violations of the company’s own contracts and ticketing policies.

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Artist Growth's Matt Urmy On Touring App's Rapid Adoption

image from celebrityaccess.comArtist management platform Artist Growth has seen an impressive 18 months. This cloud-based system which provides artists and managers with tools to organize touring, finances, merch and data reporting, now tracks more than $2.5 billion in tour revenue and nearly $700 million in expenses.

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5 Tips To Create A Facebook Event From The Social Network's Events Team

2With over 47 million events being created on Facebook in a single year, getting yours to stand out from the crowd is no easy task. Here we look at 5 tips from the Facebook Events Team on how you can make you next event, whether it's a workshop or an album release, catch your fans' attention.

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WMG Acquires EMP Merchandising For $180M

21 Pilots[UPDATED] Warner Music Group continues to diversify beyond recorded music with the $180 million acquisition of EMP Merchandising,  a major European specialty music and entertainment merchandise e-tailer. EMP is currently owned by Sycamore Partners, a New York City private equity firm.

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Stop Fans In Their Tracks With These Promo Tools

1While you may think you have everything ready to go for a release as far as your marketing campaign and advertising plan are concerned, getting the attention of fans (or potential fans) can sometimes require an extra push. Here we look at promo tools that will grab consumers by the throat and hold their attention.

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4 Things Music Promoters Must Know About Instagram Geotagging

1Instagram is an incredibly valuable and effective social media marketing tool, and while most music promoters already have a regularly established strategy when it comes to the photo sharing platform, they could be leaving out a key piece: Geotagging.

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How To Prevent, Deal With Arthritis As A Musician

3Arthritis is hugely prevalent in the population, and one of the primary causes of disability in adults. The lifestyle of musicians makes them particularly prone to this ailment due to the repetitive strain practicing and performing can put on one's joints. Here we look at how to keep arthritis at bay, and cope more effectively with it as a condition.

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Not Ready For A Music Manager? Try An Accountability Team

1While you may not yet be ready to employ a full-time music manager, that doesn't mean that, as a DIY artist, you need to totally go it alone. In fact, there are a number of ways you can expand your team and advance your career without having to fully invest in a manager. Here we look at five things an accountability team can do for you.

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A Letter In Support Of The Music Modernization Act From Berklee President Roger H. Brown

2Berklee President Roger H. Brown shares a recent letter he penned to Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey supporting the Music Modernization Act and advocating for a music industry which betters compensates and empowers artists.

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Social Streamer Caffeine Adds $100M, Live Nation Content

caffeine tv logoSocial live streamer Caffeine has announced a $100 million investment round led by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. The much hyped platform, founded by two of Apple's former star designers, also announced a partnership with concert giant Live Nation.

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Concert Revenue Hits Record High, But Not Because Of More Tickets Are Sold

1For artists at the top tier of the industry, it's a good time to be touring, with concerts in the first half of 2018 bringing in a record amount of money. Unfortunately, this extra load of cash doesn't appear to be result of more tickets selling.

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Viagogo Sues Ed Sheeran Promoter, Refuses To Testify Before Parliament [UPDATE]

Ed SheeranUPDATED: Secondary ticketer Viagogo has sued Ed Sheeran’s promotion company, alleging fraud over canceled tickets to the singers recent tour. The startup also has refused to testify before a committee of the UK Parliament. 

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Bandsintown Adds Free Instagram Concert Marketing Tool

BIT InstaBandsintown has added a unique free tool to announce concerts and sell tickets directly on Instagram via the concert discovery platform's new Events Landing Page. Instagram has quickly become a very effective viral marketing tool for music and musicians.

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FlipTix: Sell Festival Tickets When You Leave Early

FlipTix logoFlipTix, announced that their ticket resale app will launch will launch in California at the Kaaboo-Del Mar Festival when it's held in Del Mar from Sept. 14-16.  Unlike other ticket resale services that allow fans to buy tickets ahead of a concert or festival, FlipTix enables users to legally sell their tickets to the event if they leave early.

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Will Virtual Reality Concerts Ever Go Mainstream?

2Although Virtual Reality tech dropped with a huge amount of promise this immersive entertainment technology hasn't quite taken in off in the way many thought, despite many efforts to the contrary. That said VR is far from dead, and could have a promising future in music.

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