Sofar 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.
Selling merch is a great way for artists to pull in additional revenue while they're on the road, while simultaneously expanding their audience and growing their brand. But how do you know which items will sell? Here we help to take some of the guess work out of merch by breaking down some key data on what sells best in which genre.
The onset of summer means it's festival season once again - time for rocking out to your favorite artists and spreading good vibes all around. Unfortunately, good vibes won't be the only things spread around, as festivals typically generate vast amounts of garbage and waste. Here we look at what festivals can and should be doing as they move toward a more sustainable model.
A growing chorus of musicians and other celebrities are speaking out in opposition to recent attempts in Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere ban abortions, with two artists also pledging a days proceeds from their merchandise sales to Planned Parenthood.
This week on the Music Biz Weekly podcast Jay Gilbert and Michael Brandvold discuss why you need to set realistic expectations and goals for any project you are working on. It's your very first release, thinking that Rolling Stone will review is not realistic. You can't sell out a show in your home town, touring Europe probably isn't too realistic.
LiveXLive Media, the music tech company focused on live events, has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform.
Going on tour can certainly be an exciting prospect, but becomes even more so if you know people are going to actually turn up at your shows. As with so many things in the music biz, properly publicizing your event and reaching out to fans is key ensuring your time on the road is a success.
K-Pop icons BTS stopped by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week which included a recreation of the Beatles famed appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with BTS dressed in Fab Four style suits and Colbert as Ed Sullivan.
Just like any small business, a band needs to turn a profit. Merch can be an excellent way to bring in additional revenue while also being the perfect avenue through which to expand a personal or artistic brand.
Just weeks after postponing a 17 Rolling Stones dates to have heart surgery, Mick Jagger rescheduled the full tour and posted a video on Instagram which proves that the 75 year old still has all the moves.
A New York court on Wednesday ruled that Woodstock 50’s emergency injunction request against its former financial backer Dentsu Aegis and its Amplifi Live subsidiary, providing festival organizer Michael Lang with some good news and some bad.
While their music may not be to everyone's taste, there's no denying that the The Grateful Dead have been incredibly successful, not only in their musical career, but also in leveraging their success into an iconic American brand.
The Americana Music Association has named nominees for its 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards. Women dominated the 2019 nods with Brandi Carlisle Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples among the nominated.
While artists have always been responsible for music's artistic future, technology and the recording industry have always shaped how that future has been implemented. Here we look at record deals through the ages, from their inception in the late 1800s through to present day.
Dave Brooks led touring industry trade Amplify will be integrated into Billboard.com. Respected veteran journalist Brooks joined Billboard in 2017; and last year Valence Media acquired Amplify, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary of Billboard.
The goal of most musicians is simply to earn a living doing what they love. But in this DIY, D2F, streaming and social media era, that goal can seem both simultaneously attainable and a million miles away. Ariel Hyatt talks to Eli Lev, who is making his living as an independent musician and their mutual efforts to help others do the same.
While most people are aware of major festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, the scale and massive hype around these events can make them less appealing for some music fans. Here we look at ten exciting, but largely unheard of, music festivals from around the globe.
Canadian performance rights management organization SOCAN and no-profit music licensing company RE:Sound have launched Entandem, a joint venture aimed at simplifying licensing for retailers, restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses.
73% of independent musicians have experienced negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and/or depression in relation to their career, says a new study which surveyed 1500 indie artists. Among those 18-25 the number rose to 80%.
For artists looking to communicate directly with their most tuned-in fans, BandsInTown now allows bands to post newly released music, upcoming shows, or simply share a personal messages with tracking fans. Here we break down how it's done.
While concert attendance can often involve a great deal of advance planning, some show-goers are just as likely to turn up on a whim. Here we look at which cities have inhabitants most likely to snatch up concert tickets at the last minute, with the US capital coming out on top.
When and where you market your event is essential to selling tickets, and thanks to a plethora of data, we can now map out an event's entire marketing lifecycle in order to pinpoint when the most opportune times to sell the maximum number of tickets will occur.