In this open letter to music venues, Evan Zwisler details the ways in which performance spaces should be more upfront about their business operations, and how they should bands and artists before, after, and during the show.
Spotify has announced that it will be taking its popular ¡Viva Latino! playlist on the road. The tour, produced in partnership with Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN), will feature performances by Daddy Yankee, Jowell y Randy, Bad Bunny, Becky G and Natti Natasha and is set to kick off at Chicago’s Allstate Arena on Thursday, August 23.
South by Southwest has launched its PanelPicker accepting programming and panel proposals. Music Showcasing applications and Film submissions are also open for next year’s event. SXSW will be held March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
As a performing musician, you will at some point undoubtably be asked to perform for free at a charity or non-profit, and while these gigs can be an excellent opportunity to do good, there are still times when they should be passed up on.
Touring has now shifted to become the primary source of income for many artists, with preferring to amass live experiences over recordings. These new consumption habits raise the question of whether these types of experiences could be documented and commodified to the benefit of both fan and artist.
While the financial and practical difficulties surrounding touring (particularly for those bands just starting out) have long been established, less often considered are the legal complexities involved with taking your band out on the road.
Spotify details how artists are utilizing the streaming platform as a tool to reward their most devoted fans through their experimental Fans First team, which gives listener's a chance to personally connect with their idols.
Court filings in the legal battle between Coachella and the promoters of Oregon's Soul’D Out Festival share new details of the controversial radius clause which dictates where artists can perform both before and after the massive Southern California fest; and they are significantly more restrictive than previously reported.
43% of all women under 40 have experienced unwanted sexual behavior at a UK music festival, according to a new survey by the Press Association. Anecdotal evidence puts the figure as high or higher in the U.S.
In this piece renowned talent manager and all around business man Scooter Braun shares his insights on making deals with artists, things he's learned from his time in the industry, and his experience with the 2017 Manchester bombing, as well just what kind of person he is.
Seattle's Capitol Hill Block party music festival has now integrated the retargeting of ads as an essential part of their marketing mix and the results have been clear, with a much improved return on advertising money spent.
LA pop rockers Haim say that they fired their booking agent after learning that they were paid 10 times less than a similar male artist performing at the same music festival. The sisters did not name the artist or the festival.
While the classic merch items certainly have their place on the table, and will sell reliably well, developing a product that stands out and is brand specific can go a long way towards strengthening your image, creating a bond with fans and, of course, making additional money.
After less than a year at Uber, chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John is leaving for a role at talent agency giant Endeavor. Saint John had previously helmed marketing at Beats and then Apple Music, where she was a key figure in its launch.
Jay Jay French from Twisted Sister shares a dose of reality about the music business with Music Biz Weekly podcast hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert. French is most famous for his role as the founding member and one of the guitarists of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.
[UPDATED] Ticketfly.com is back online a week after being hacked, as are "the vast majority" of its venue and promoter websites. But the ticketer is now confirming reports that personal data from 27 million accounts were accessed by the hacker. At least some of that data has already been posted online.
Facebook is one of top platforms for promoting a live music event and getting the word out to fans, who often use the service as a way to discover events. Even if you're already using Facebook Events, this article looks at some of the best practices for maximizing the services effectiveness.
Ticketfly.com was still offline Wednesday, more than six days after a hack that included a ransom demand and the public posting of as many as 26 million stolen email addresses, home addresses and other personal information.
The hacker who pushed concert ticket Ticketfly offline for the last 5 and a half days also stole the email addresses, home addresses and other personal data of 26 million users, according to an analysis of data posted openly online.
In this Bandzoogle interview, summarized by William Paterson University Professor David Philp, music industry veteran Bruce Houghton shares a booking primer for artists at all stages of their career, as well as, lessons learned at the helm of the Skyline Artist Agency. You may also know Bruce as the Publisher and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank.
[UPDATE] Ticketfly.com was still offline as of Tuesday afternoon, more than five days after being hacked and hit with a ransom demand. Many of the the venues and promoters it serves were coming back online, including flagship clients IMP and JAM Productions. But an analysis of database posted publically show that the personal data of 26 million users was stolen.
This article explores how the financial balance of power in the music industry has shifted with the rise of streaming, how contemporary high-profile artists are making this shift work in their favor, and whether it could ever revert back to an older model.
[UPDATE 3] Ticketfly, and the venues and promoters it serves, are slowly coming back online more than four days after being forced offline by a hack and ransom demand. The sites of some Ticketfly promoters and venues, including flagship clients IMP and JAM, are back online and selling tickets.
Oak View Group has announced it is moving the headquarters of Pollstar to OVG’s Los Angeles office, and that founder Gary Bongiovanni will be leaving at the end of June. CelebrityAccess has learned that layoffs are plentiful (“just about everyone” according to a source) and has learned the names of some of the individuals but will not report them – however the layoffs affect at least the graphics department, executive staff and subscription sales.
[UPDATE 3] For more than 50+ hours and in the midst of a busy Spring concert weekend, Ticketfly and the sites of the major venues and promoters it services have been offline. Ticketfly, which is owned by Eventbrite, was hacked before 6 AM ET Thursday and went offline with the tweet: "To protect our clients and fans, and to secure the website and related data, we have temporarily taken all Ticketfly systems offline."
In this interview Dustin Bates of Ohio-based rock band Starset chats about the band's elaborate fictional backstory, their unconventional live performances, and the group's relationship with marvel comics.