Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

image from res-1.cloudinary.comWefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network."

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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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Blockchain Ticketing Today: One Company’s Quest To Overcome Current Hurdles

3In this piece, the people at Project Admission outline how they're working to make the often fraught concept of blockchain ticketing a reality, transforming the secondary ticketing market and eliminating fraud.

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House Of Blues New Artists Program Applications Open

image from celebrityaccess.comApplications are open for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2019 Bringing Down the House. The four city program helps emerging musicians navigate the music industry, learn music business strategies and develop the knowledge and confidence need to build a career in the industry, both on and off the stage.

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Music Industry, Stars Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe music industry and rock royalty were out in force in Los Angeles on Wednesday night as Chris Cornell’s friends and family filled  the Forum to celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman. Performers for the five-hour tribute concert included his former Audioslave bandmates, as well as Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and others.

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Colin Kaepernick NOT OK With Travis Scott Super Bowl Gig

image from celebrityaccess.comAfter rapper Travis Scott was announced as a guest performer with Maroon 5 during the halftime show for the Super Bowl month, he revealed that as a condition of his performance, the NFL had agreed to join him in making a $500,000 donation to a social justice organization.

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ASCAP Named Pandora Nicole Carbone-Rogers SVP Events

Ascap-new logoASCAP has named Nicole Carbone-Rogers as Senior Vice President of Events. She will be responsible for ASCAP’s awards shows and other events. Previously, Carbon-Rogers was Head of Experiential Marketing & Live Production at Pandora, where she managed 75 events.

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Event Marketing Will Change In 2019: Here's How

2As 2019 gets underway, the public's appetite for live events shows no signs of waning. While this is great news for your next show or festival, a thriving live economy means it's more important than ever to make your event stand out. Here we look at some key strategies that will help you come out on top.

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Live Nation Music Industry Scholarships Now Accepting 2019 Applicants

1Working with Live Nation, the Music Forward Foundation is opening up it's 2019 Live Nation US Concerts Scholarship program, giving three lucky recipients $30k with which to pursue their careers in the music industry.

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Dueling Woodstocks: Two Festivals To Celebrate 50th Anniversary On Same Days

image from celebrityaccess.comTwo major festivals just miles apart will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the iconic Woodstock Festival on the same days. One will be produced by the original Woodstock promoters and the other by Live nation will be held on the original Woodstock site.

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How To Sell Out A Show [Kosha Dillz]

image from pbs.twimg.comIndie rapper Kosha Dillz does it all pretty much himself. There's no agent, no label and only occasional help with marketing. Despite those obstacles he's carved out a touring career thanks to his impressive hustle and some tips he shares here.

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Gig Transportation: Get The Show On The Road

2Whatever sort of musician or performer you are, getting your art on the road and out into the world is key to your success. Here we look at how to arrange your transportation so that you can tour affordably without inviting disaster.

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Live Music, Merch Sales Management Strategies

1While a live performance is hopefully a thrill for all those involved, both on and off stage, it's important to remember that making these events a positive experience requires careful planning around the practical logistics of admission sales and merch.

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B2K Sets 2000’s Inspired Fan Dress Code For Reunion Shows

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comEarly 2000’s pop group B2K surprised their fans just before the holidays when the group announced that they would be hitting the road on a reunion tour.  Shortly after the announcement, frontman Omarion shared a post via Instagram outlining a series of dress code rules for all those in attendance.

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Ed Sheeran Ranks Highest Grossing Touring Artist

3As more and more legacy rock acts retire and leave the concert circuit for good, the industry has been debating who will fill the void and pack stadiums. According to this calendar year, that someone is Ed Sheeran, who pulled down more money from his live touring in 2018 than any other artist.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra: Is It Sexist?

2Like almost all industries, the music business is no stranger to sexism, and while this issue usually manifests most often in genres like pop music, it turns out the classical scene has its share of sexism and discrimination as well, as a recent incident at the Boston Symphony Orchestra reveals.

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Bandsintown Shares 2018 Stats, 'Big Break' Artists [INFOGRAPHIC]

IMG_0845Bandsintown is now delivering concert info on the shows of 500,000 registered artists to 45 million users, the company shared in its 2018 wrap.  21 Pilots won the honor of most concert RSVP's and 15 year old rapper Bhad Bhabie was the platform's fastest growing new artists.

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Indie Band Ace Of Cups Get Shot At Stardom, 50 Years Later

image from celebrityaccess.com60's San Francisco music scene stalwarts The Ace of Cups have signed a record deal and are planning to hit the road for the first time – some 50 years after their first attempt. The all-girl band was part of the SF music scene in the ’60s, playing alongside acts like the Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & The Holding Company, and venues like Bill Graham's Fillmore.

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Ed Sheeran Tops Pollstar 2018 Global Touring Chart, Taylor Swift Dominates US

image from cdn.pixabay.comTour trade publication Pollstar tracked more than 44,000 live concerts in 2018 logging in a record-setting $10.4 billion total gross and 152.1 million tickets sold.  Ed Sheeran topped the year grossing a whopping $432 million, an all time touring record.

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4 Tips For Ensuring Your Live Music VIP Experience A Smash Hit

1VIP experiences are on the rise in the music industry, giving cash-laden fans premium access and a variety of perks, and while organizers and attendees both seem to win out on the face of it, getting VIP ticketing right is easier said than done. Here we look at four tips for ensuring both customers and venues come out on top.

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Mac Presents' Marcie Allen On Music Sponsorship Trends At XLIVE Conference

image from celebrityaccess.com[UPDATED] MAC Presents founder Marcie Allen was a keynote at the XLIVE conference in Las Vegas this week, where the branding guru shared that tour sponsorships are no more. “First of all, you need to know that tour sponsorships are dead. I don’t sell them anymore. I can’t sell them,” Allen noted.

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SoundCloud Adds Live Stream-To-DJ Mixes With Serato

image from cdn.pixabay.comSoundCloud has launched the ability for DJ's to discover and live mix music from its licenced catalog through Serato’s DJ Pro 2.1 and DJ Lite 1.1 decks with a SoundCloud Go+ subscription. 

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Are Tribute Bands Legal?

2An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?

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Netflix To Release Fyre Festival Doc: Watch The Teaser

image from yt3.ggpht.comThe failed Fyre Festival is the subject of a documentary to be released on Netflix next month. The doc “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.” Promoter Billy McFarland received a six-year prison sentence.

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