Google Is Launching Yet Another Social Network. This Time It's Called Shoelace

1While nobody is about to deny Google's stature as a company, it has struggled to cultivate much success in the social network department. Still, it's not about to stop trying, as evidenced by its new attempt at the hyper-local social media platform, Shoelace.

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6 Things Every Crowdfunding Campaign Needs To Be Successful

1In the wake of PledgeMusic's recent historic trainwreck, trust in crowdfunding platforms has sunk to an all-time low. In spite of this recent challenge, however, crowdfunding remains a very much viable avenue for artists looking to fundraise for a project or tour, provided their campaign has all the necessary elements.

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Understanding, Controlling Your Finances As An Artist

2As an artist, understanding and effectively managing your finances isn't always something that comes naturally, and is often acquired through a risky trial and error process. It doesn't have to be that way however, and in this piece we look at how to craft a budget based on an understanding of yourself and your values.

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Spotify [SPOT] Schedules Next Earnings Report

Spotify New $Spotify [SP0T] will share its second quarter 2019 financial results in a call with shareholders and analysts on Wednesday, July 31st before the market opens. Spotify stock has shown strength in recent weeks rising from a May 23rd low of $121.58 to a close at $145.29 on Monday.

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Epidemic Sound Raises $20M At $370M Valuation

image from images.ctfassets.netThe explosion in video creation on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and elsewhere has been good for Epidemic Sound. The Swedish startup has raised just $20 million at a $370 million valuation to expand its platform which allows online creators to soundtrack videos.

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Spotify Says It Overpaid Songwriters And Wants Money Back

Spotify New $In it's latest spat with music publishers, Spotify says they owe the streamer for overpayments. Last year's US Copyright Royalty Board rate change included a retroactive cut in the minimum payment that the streamer makes on student and family plans along with a graduated 44%  increase in payments to songwriters and publishers over the next five years.

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PledgeMusic Board Issue Update: "Still pursuing a sale"

PledgeMusic NewOne month to the day after the PledgeMusic board issued a statement that the troubled crowdfunder was headed to administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, the company's board of directors issued a brief update.

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Talk Music To Me: The Future Of Podcasts [Kyle Bylin]

1024px-Spotify_logo_without_text.svgHypebot contributor Kyle Bylin writes that Spotify's recent acquisition of Anchor, a podcast production and distribution platform, suggests that it will empower artists and influencers to create their own shows. This would introduce an entirely new opportunity for them to build an audience and connect with their listeners on Spotify. It could also usher in a wave of creativity and innovation in the music podcast genre, unlike anything we've seen before.

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New Crowdfunding Platform From Bandzoogle Seeks To Fill PledgeMusic Void

1In the wake of music crowdfunder PledgeMusic's tumultuous downfall into bankruptcy, Bandzoogle has stepped up to the plate and done some serious renovations on its website in hopes of giving artists another option to run successful crowdfunding campaigns.

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How You Can Become A Bandsintown Big Break Artist

1As part of an ambitious fan data-driven emerging artist program, Bandsintown is identifying artists who have seen recent rapid growth and launching campaigns to give them maximum exposure. Here is a look at how the process works, and how you can become a Big Break Artist.

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LiveXLive Reports Revenue, Subscriber Growth, But Still Bleeding Cash

image from celebrityaccess.comLive music streaming service LiveXLive announced financial results for the 4th quarter of 2019 and full results for their fiscal year. The company reported record revenue for their full fiscal year of $33.7 million, which was up by 368% year-over-year and $9.2 million in Q4 2019, up 29% year-over-year.

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Bandwear Responds To Post-PledgeMusic Payment Concerns

image from www.hypebot.comThis week music merchandiser Bandwear announced expansion of its crowdfunding platform and an offer to help musicians affected by the PledgeMusic collapse. Included is a staggered payout system similar to one which PledgeMusic reportedly abused by funding daily operations with money intended for artists and labels.

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Beatstars Has Paid Out $50 Million To Producers

image from theme.zdassets.comBeatStars has paid out more than $50 million to the producers who license and sell their work on the marketplace, the startup announced today. The site boasts has more than 340,000 active sellers, and its tracks have been used on a number of major hits, including Lil Nas X "Old Town Road."

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Sofar Sounds Raises Huge Amount Of Money, But Artists Don’t See Much Of It

1Sofar Sounds, a service which specializes in setting up artists with shows, particular house concerts, has had a pretty successful financial track record, putting on over 600 shows a month and bringing in an impressive amount of revenue - unfortunately, not much of that money seems to be ending up in the pockets of the actual musicians.

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Experts Weigh Future Of Crowdfunding Post-PledgeMusic

image from cdn.pixabay.comHas crowdfunding for musicians become too risky? Is it dead altogether? These kind of questions are being asked by tens of thousands of artists who had counted on PledgeMusic and fan funding to finance their next project. Hypebot asked four music marketing experts with experience in crowdfunding to share what they are telling their clients about the future of music crowdfunding.

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Industry Bomb Thrower Merck Mercuriadis On Disrupting The Music Business [INTERVIEW]

1In this edition of 'In the Hot Seat' with Larry LeBlanc, he speaks with music industry heavy-hitter and publishing pariah Merck Mercuriadis about how he's shaking up the music business with his publicly traded intellectual propery acquisition vehicle Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited.

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Was PledgeMusic Lining Their Own Pockets?

2In this latest chapter in the saga of the still-smoldering wreckage that is PledgeMusic, Mario Putzar examines some of the underlying causes that led up to the platform's current state of crisis, many of them eerily similar to another music direct-to-fan platform (now also defunct), Sellaband.

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SoundCloud Adds Digital Distribution With Acquisition Of Repost Network

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has acquired digital rights management and distribution company, Repost Network. With the acquisition, SoundCloud can offer "high-performing, emerging creators " distribution, analytics and content protection.

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PledgeMusic Fiasco Is Even Weirder Than You Think - Part 1 [David Lowery]

PledgeMusic NewFew failures have had a more direct impact on the indie music community than the recent demise of PledgeMusic, not only for those owed millions of dollars, but also for the many others who had come to rely on the platform for pre-sales and fundraising.  In recent days, a variety of sources has accused the PledgeMusic board of being at the root of the failure. Here David Lowery takes his own critical look.

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Tracklib Raises $1.7M For Easy Music Sample Licencing

image from www.jaybirdcom.comMusic sampling startup Tracklib has raised $1.7 million. The new funding for the Stockholm based company was led by the Sony Innovation Fund, WndrCo and Jörg Mohaupt, an early-stage investor who also has stakes in Discogs and Amuse.

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Sofar Sounds Adds $25M While Musicians Make $100 A Show

image from dax2lgcd0wbaz.cloudfront.netSofar Sounds has announced $25 million in new funding led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures with participation from existing investors Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group. That brings total investments in Sofar to $31 million. Three months ago, former Spotify and The Echo Nest executive Jim Luccesse was name Sofar CEO. 

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5 Crowdfunding Myths Exposed

1While many artists view crowdfunding as their ticket to music industry success, recent events like the PledgeMusic train wreck may have them second guessing the concept. That said, crowdfunding can still be effective if you know what you're doing. Here, we look at the truth behind five commonly believed crowdfunding myths.

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Music WorX Startup Accelerator Opens Applications

image from on-the-move.orgMusic WorX Accelerator 2019, the start-up funding program of the German Ministry of Culture and the Media and the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, is accepting applications. Music WorX Accelerator helps music and music tech founders from all over Europe.

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Where Was the Board? Reflections On Potential Legal Issues In PledgeMusic “Administration” Bankruptcy

3In the wake of PledgeMusic's recent implosion and almost total silence in response to the issue, attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle takes a moment to share some thoughts on the failed crowdfunding platform's bankruptcy, and where they're headed from here.

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Soundstripe Raises $4M For Video Music Licensing

image from cdn.uc.assets.prezly.comNashville music tech startup Soundstripe has closed a $4 million Series A financing round led by Vocap Investment Partners. Soundstrip offers subscription based royalty-free music micro-licences to YouTubers, advertisers and other video creators.

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What The Fall Of PledgeMusic Means For Artists [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

PledgeMusic NewWith the news that crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic is entering Administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, music marketing veterans Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert of the Music Biz Weekly podcast explore what went wrong, was it means for artists and the future of music crowdfunding.

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PledgeMusic Story Is Starting To Sound Like A Broken Record says Bandzoogle's Dave Cool

image from diabetesdad.orgThe demise of PledgeMusic and the hundreds of musicians left in its wake are a sadly familiar story for music industry veteran Dave Cool of Bandzoogle. "The company takes on millions in investment to support rapid growth," writes Cool. "Flashy headlines ensue." But when things fall apart, too often it's the unsuspecting musicians that suffer.

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Industry Calls For Gov't Investigation Of PledgeMusic As Crowdfunder Enters Administration

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATED: UK Music CEO Michael Dugher is leading a music industry campaign demanding that Small Business and Consumer Minister Kelly Tolhurst refer PledgeMusic to watchdogs at the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.

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Artists, Music Industry React To PledgeMusic Bankruptcy

PledgeMusic NewAs news that PledgeMusic was declaring the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, reaction was swift and almost universally negative. Many blamed PledgeMusic's management and board of directors.  "I honestly don't know how they sleep at night," said veteran music marketer Jay Gilbert.

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Ex-PledgeMusic CEO Benji Rogers Pens Letter Of Apology As Crowdfunder Files For Bankruptcy

image from pbs.twimg.comPledgeMusic co-founder and former CEO Benji Rogers penned an open letter after it was announced that the troubled crowdfunder would be filling for bankruptcy. "I went back into PledgeMusic just over three months ago as a volunteer to try and help the board and team turn around and sell the company," said Rogers, "but I am sad to report that this effort has not met with success and that PledgeMusic will shortly be heading into administration."

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