PledgeMusic: ‘It's not the Ca$h – it's the FLOW’ [Martin Atkins]

image from cdn.pixabay.com[UPDATED] Payment problems at PledgeMusic resurfaced this week, and the pain felt by artists left without funds to complete orders from fans is very real and widespread. But musician (Pil, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), author and college professor Martin Atkins argues that Pledge is worth saving. "I want to ring the bell for this company that exists (not some fantasy company that doesn't) and is dealing with their problems mostly in what seems like a responsible, realistic, humble manner," writes Atkins.

 

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Symphonic Brings Music Industry Sessions To Puerto Rico

Symphonic new logoIndependent music distributor Symphonic will host its first Music Industry Sessions in Puerto Rico next month. The series is aimed at artists, producers, and singer-songwriters from the indie music community.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: ADA Promotes McGilvray • Downtown Loves Cats • Metal On YouTube • More

Business Of Indie NewToday's Business Of Indie roundup includes a promotion at ADA, Downtown signing Cats, metal on YouTube, Winter Music Fest details, an impressive CD Baby alliance with Mexico's SACM and more news from the independent music world.

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Sound Royalties, GLAD Empire Partner To Fund Indie Artists

SoundRoyaltiesSound Royalties has announced an alliance with music distributor GLAD Empire. Sound Royalties’ financial solutions offers artists the freedom to maintain their independent careers, retain ownership of their content, and receive cash advances to create new videos and promote their product.

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Ben Kweller Returns After 5 Years Battling Depression

image from celebrityaccess.comAfter a five-year hiatus following what he describes as a ‘near death’ incident, indie rocker Ben Kweller has returned to the music scene with a new album and a new tour.

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'Gangnam Style' Hitmaker PSY Goes Indie

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPSY, the hitmaker behind “Gangnam Style,” has announced the launch his own entertainment company, P NATION. PSY left YG Entertainment in May of 2018 following eight years with the label, rumors that the 41-year-old might branch out on his own began to surface. Thursday, PSY confirmed the rumors were true in an announcement made via social media.

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PledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers Offers Help As Late Payment Problems Widen

image from miro.medium.comArtist after artist is coming forward to share their stories of late payments and non-payments after their campaign with PledgeMusic had finished.  From Jesus Jones to Fastball and beyond, indie and major label artists at all levels and of all types are affected by the payment problems.

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Indie Label Tru Thoughts Celebrates 20 Years of Innovative Vinyl Releases

image from celebrityaccess.comBrighton label Tru Thoughts is celebrating two decades of innovative vinyl releases this year. From downtempo instrumentals to heavy club tracks, through reggae, dub and hip hop to folk, jazz and soul-influenced singers and songwriters, the label really has done it all.

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Why Subscriptions Matter To Musicians [Jack Udell]

1As subscription based services begin to occupy an increasingly large section of the market, artists are wondering how they can better get in on the action. Here we look at why a subscriber base would be so valuable to artists, and some of the challenges in creating an artist-specific subscription base.

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Folk Alliance Announces 2020 Conference Move, 2019 Registration Still Available

image from celebrityaccess.comFolk Alliance International has announced the dates and location of its 2020 conference, just a few weeks before its 2019 gathering in Montreal. The 2020 edition is headed to New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on Canal Street Jan. 22-26.

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Arcade Fire, 200+ Musicians Sign Letter In Support Of Indigenous People’s Pipeline Fight

image from celebrityaccess.comArcade Fire, Tanya Tagaq and more than 200 Canadian musicians and industry professionals have signed an open letter supporting the Indigenous people of northern British Columbia’s fight against the construction of a natural gas pipeline.

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PledgeMusic Payment Problems Continue, Lefsetz Weighs In

PledgeMusic NewLate payments to artists after their campaigns are completed on PledgeMusic continue 8 months after they began. Now powerful music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz has weighed in, after a call from veteran manager Ron Stone. "If you don’t have the money, you shouldn’t be taking new clients," writes Lefsetz.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Spitfire Launches Label • Absolute Adds Marketing Packs • Triple Tigers Signs Go West • More

Business Of Indie NewThis edition of the Business Of Indie roundup includes Spitfire Audio launching a label, Absolute Label Services adding creative marketing packs, a signing for indie Triple Tigers and much more.

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German Music Streaming Up 40% In 2018

image from cdn.pixabay.comGermany streaming music grew by over 40% in 2018 to an all-time record high of 79.5 billion, according to German music industry association Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).While CD sales saw a 23% decline in the last year – a first for the format in the German music market – there was still an impressive 48.2m units sold in 2017.

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Bandcamp Opens Brick and Mortar Record Store and Performance Space - A Look Inside

image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.comBandcamp is opening a record shop and performance space in Oakland, California on February 1st.  The store will feature a rotating selection of 99 records that showcase "the diversity and design" of the five million available on Bandcamp.

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UCLA Law School Offers Music Community Free Legal Advice

FreeUCLA's  Music Industry Clinic (MIC) is offering free legal services for qualifying musicians and other members of the music industry. MIC provides UCLA Law students with the opportunity to represent clients in real-life music transactional matters under the supervision of experienced music attorneys.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Vinyl At CES • A2IM Reshuffles • Rezonant Scores • eOne • AIM • More

Business Of Indie NewOur latest Business Of Indie roundup includes the resurgence of vinyl at the Consumer Electronic Show, A2IM staff moves, Rezonant publishing's banner year, a VP hire at eOne, AIM's inclusivity campaign and much more.

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A2IM Reups CEO Burgess, Adds General Manager, Promotes Four

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has renewed the contract of its respected leader Dr. Richard James Burgess, who will now serve as both President and CEO of the organization. The indie trade group has also hired a new General Manager and promoted four from within.

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Maximum Rocknroll Will End Print Publication After 36 Years

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPunk magazine Maximum Rocknroll is shutting down its print edition  later this year after 36 years and more than 400 issues. The San Francisco based publication began life as a radio show in 1977, and in 1982 added a monthly print magazine to cover the burgeoning d.i.y. and indie label punk scene.

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Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 Per Month And Falling. That's Less Money For Artists, Labels

Spotify New $The average price that a Spotify subscriber pays in dropping, and that has artists and record labels worried. Despite a stated price of $9.99 USD / €9.99 EU , the actual average price paid global is just $5.50 per month and falling.

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5 Tips For Preparing To Release New Music [Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comIn this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast,  Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music.

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Record Labels Evolve To Stay Relevant In Streaming Era [Musonomics Report]

A new report image from ucc3c74a53bb374df36542e142ba.previews.dropboxusercontent.com based on almost 50 interviews with top-level executives at major and independent record labels, industry analyst and educator Larry Miller digs into how streaming and the digital age have made record labels an indispensable partner for the most ambitious new, developing and superstar artists.

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Black Music Execs Are Finally Rising Faster

image from celebrityaccess.comBlack music industry executives are rising faster in 2019, according to Billboard Magazine. “We need to fight for our seat at the table,” one major label senior VP told Billboard’s Gail Mitchell. Over the past eight months, some 20 seats were added to that top executive table.

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Notorious Q4 Release Date: Myth Or Fact?

1In the music business, grizzled industry veterans and young up-and-coming indie stars agree with the Q4 adage that, when it comes to releasing music, it's best to wait until the New Year is under way. But in an ever-changing industry, does this theory hold up?

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Indie Stores Report 2018 Vinyl Sales +10%, CDs -12.6%

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Coalition of Independent Music Stores polled it ts members on December 2018 sales compared to last year.  Despite the rush to streaming, brick and mortar music stores appear to be holding with the help of healthy sales of vinyl, turntables and vinyl accessories. 2018 Indie store charts follow the survey results.

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New Hope For Indies As Streamers Move Beyond Mega-Hits

image from cdn.pixabay.comTucked inside Buzz Angle's new Music Industry Report 2018 were some stats that should bring a smile to that face of nearly every d.i.y. artist and indie label staffer. Slowly, but very perceptively, consumers are using streaming music services to listen to more than just the mega-hits.

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Business Of Indie: AWAL's Big Year • Indie Publishers Do Deals • V-Files • Hopeless Top 10 • More

Business Of Indie NewOur regular Business Of Indie roundup includes a look at AWAL's banner year, some impressive deals by indie music publishers, V-Files aim to be the new Motown, a Hopeless Records Top 10 and much more. 

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Blues Music Awards 2019 Nominees Announced

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comThe Blues Music Awards have announced their 2019 nominees and set a date for the 40th annual gathering.  Leading this year with the most nominations is keyboardist Anthony Geraci, who is in the running in six categories.

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Nielsen Music 2018 Report: On-Demand Streams Up 49%

Arrows upNielsen Music has released it 2018 Year-End Highlights. The survey shows a year of significant overall industry growth, with total album equivalent audio consumption up 23% over 2017, driven by a 49% increase in on-demand audio song streams compared to 2017.

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