Wondering how to get connected in the live music scene? Not sure where you should be focusing your promotion efforts? Jesse Cannon lists and exposits four resources you should know about on Music Think Tank.
Launching today, concert recording and sales app Lively offers a simple way to record and sell live recordings immediately after the show. Available for Android and iOS, Lively is led by startup veteran Dean Graziano.
Soundhalo is a brand new service for taking live concert video recordings and transforming them into mixed single song videos for immediate sale. It's an interesting hybrid that's currently being offered as an Android app that allows purchases during the live show. DRM-free concert files are then available for viewing on any device. Sounds like a potential winner on impulse buys if Soundhalo can pull off some formidable challenges.
Heavy metal band As I Lay Dying has pulled out of their spot in the upcoming tour with Killswitch Engage, in the wake of As I Lay Dying's frontman being charged in an alleged murder for hire plot. As previously reported, police allege that frontman Tim Lambesis gave an undercover officer posing as a hitman $1,000, his wife address and the means to enter the home. He is currently in California's Vista Detention Facility, with bail set at $3 million dollars.
This is the preface for Divergent Streams, a collection of essays edited by Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm) and written by influential executives, startup founders, and thinkers in the music industry. Download a free copy of the e-book here.
I wanted something to read. Something that challenged me. Something that engaged me. Something that forced me to sit down and consider the writer’s
perspective. What I found instead were news stories about trivial developments, blog posts with big headlines but small insights, and numbered lists
lacking intellectual substance.
Muzeek is a new gig booking platform that hopes to go beyond simply being a handy booking tool and towards something a bit more powerful. In addition to taking care of agreements, bookkeeping and payments, Muzeek hopes to build a self-reinforcing community to ensure good behavior from acts, promoters and venues. Beyond that they see Muzeek as an "intuitive booking platform" that can ease the booking process based on data.
Brands will spend $1.28 billion in 2013 to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in North America, a 5.4% increase from 2012, according to IEG Research. That increase puts music on par with the projected 5.5% increase in overall sponsorship spending and leads the 5.1% for the whole entertainment category.
It's all abut serving the fan, and small drones is the solution for one music festival. Set to make their first appearance at the OppiKoppi fest in South Africa, these flying drones will keep festival goers from leaving the pit just to wait in line for the next brew.
By Brandon Chiat, co-founder, Marquee a live music discovery and rewards application.
There’s a new buzzword being thrown around by marketing teams. SoLoMo, which stands for Social-Local-Mobile, refers to the integration of social, location-based, and mobile marketing tools into new customer acquisition
A variety of forces in the music industry, from big stars to big brands, are coming together to support the Global Citizen Ticket Initiative. Global Citizen is an education and advocacy project working to end extreme poverty around the world. The Ticket Initiative uses drawings for tickets to music concerts as an incentive for participants to learn more and to take action to end poverty.
I did something important this weekend. It was important because I’m dying. Not anytime soon, mind you, but someday I won’t be here. So, because I could - because it mattered to me - this weekend I did a few things I enjoyed doing a lot. Things on my bucket list. These were all things I’ve never done before, and I did them with people I love and respect. I:
(UPDATED) Concert crowdfunding is still inching along for the most part, but a solid step was just taken as Zoë Keating achieved critical mass to book a concert in London using Songkick Detour. This experience may give Keating the tool she's long needed to translate her global audience into gigs in markets where bookers don't know her. And judging from Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth's response, it's an exciting development for Detour.
It’s great to play shows to build a fanbase, but playing too often may actually hurt you. On Music Think Tank, Simon Tam gives you reasons why you should limit the number of shows you play. How many shows do you play each month?
Legendary concert promoter Barry Fey, a key figure in the Colorado
music scene, has died with local CBS affiliate KCNC-TV reporting that
Fey took his own life. He was 73 at the time of his passing. From the 1960s through the 1990s, Fey was a key figure in the
development of Denver as a destination for national touring acts,
working with a list of artists that included U2, The Beatles, Bruce
Springsteen, The Stones, The Greatful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin
and numerous others.
Self-service ticketing platform Eventbrite has raised $60 million in new financing led by Tiger Global Management
and new investor T. Rowe Price. After this round,
the company’s total funding is $140 million. While still a small player compared to Ticketmaster, today's investment comes after months of rapid growth for Eventbrite: 100 million tickets
sold across 179 countries, totaling $1.5 billion in gross sales with 1/3 of those sold within the previous 9
Livestreaming concert platform EvntLive opened to the public over the weekend. You don't need an invite, you can sign up now. The launch comes a few days before a free livestream of Bon Jovi but you can get a look at what's up with an archived concert. The short version? It's music concerts shot like broadcast tv for the web.
Guest post by Marc Ruxin, the CEO & Co-founder of social music discovery game TastemakerX.
Almost by definition, “festivals” are extraordinary celebrations. As soon as you place “music” or “film” in front of the word you further extend the meaning. Every year for the past decade or so I have stuck my finger in the air to take the temperature of modern culture at a handful of major music and film festivals. A month after the chaotic but wonderful circus of SXSW, the proper summer music festival circuit commences in the desert with Coachella.
Back in October I wrote about the Josh Urban Rail Tour and what Josh Urban learned from involving others through social media. Beginning May 24th, Urban is exploring new but related territory, again traveling by train to multiple locations and including other through social media but this time focusing his trip on a search for "everyday heroes" as he performs at hospitals, nursing homes and on the streets.
The week Bandsintown surpassed 5 million installs of its concert tracking app on Facebook and smartphones. That's a jump of 4 million installs in the last 18 months. The company says its now the #1 concert discovery app on iPhone and Android.
Going to concerts these days can mean staring at either your smartphone, or the one held aloft by the person in front of you, to the point that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently issued an edict commanding their fans to watch the show, not those screens.
There was once a time -- not that long ago -- when major record labels specialized in discovering and developing new talent. In the music industry of today, artists are expected to essentially develop their own careers through the Internet before even meeting with major label executives.
Promoter Goldenvoice has singed an agreement with the town of Indio, California that will provide a home for the immensely popular Coachella and Stagecoach festivals through at least 2030. According to the Los Angeles Times, Indio's City Council voted 4 to 0 in favor of Goldenvoice's proposal with Mayor Elaine Holmes abstaining as she has a conflict of interest due to property ownership.
inthemix officially expanded their EDM community and coverage late last month with a move to the U.S. They combined a presence at the Ultra Music Festival with the launch of the "inthemix Power 50" designating the "50 Most Powerful People In EDM 2013." Their top pick is Insomniac's Pasquale Rotella who oversees the Electric Daisy Carnival.
Songick has released a major upgrade to it's free iPhone concert tracking app. It's the first upgrade to the app since a 2011 launch, and includes in-app ticket purchases with push notifications announcing availability.
D.I.Y. touring artists have a new tool to find, trade and book shows. We
Want Shows, just launched and the listings are still a bit spars. But the simple, free online platform is already set up to browse listings in 160+ cities.