Anyone involved with putting on a concert wants to see a packed house, but no matter how hard you try, things don't always work out. Here Martin Atkins looks at some last minute tips for what to do if your show ends up minimally attended that can soften the blow.
Days after acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival to build its live entertainment presence, MTV has announced it is bringing back an old chestnut – “MTV Spring Break” – which introduced North America to many new artists during its heyday.
Spotify and Soundgirls have partnered to launch The EQL Directory , global database of women working behind the scenes in music and audio. Any woman can add their name and those looking to hire a more inclusive creative team can find professionals in their area.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed 12 separate copyright infringement actions against U.S. bars and restaurants alleging unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.
Despite how great your fans may be, they can't be counted on to know when all your upcoming gigs are, and need a little gentle reminding in order to get them through the venue door. Here we look at an email reminder strategy that won't irritate fans but can help keep a show on their radar.
MTV has acquired the SnowGlobe Music Festival, as part of a plan to expand the brand and business beyond TV. Held on New Year’s Eve, the annual event is held in South Lake Tahoe and with more than 20,000 fans for three days of music, action sports and interactive art.
Bad Omens has dropped off the Senses Fail / Amity Affliction tour, but the young band is claiming it is not about the size of its name on poster artwork, as previously reported. Senses Fail tweeted that the “Misery Will Find You” tour will no longer include Bad Omens because they were “unhappy about the size of their name on the artwork and felt the need to pull out the day after we announced the tour.”
Indie ticketer Eventbrite has launched Eventbrite Music, a new platform for independent music venues, promoters and festivals that includes technology from the company's 2017 acquisitions of Ticketfly and ticketscript. The Ticketfly brand will be phased out entirely next year, according to multiple reports.
The newly launched Save Music campaign by the Incorporated Society of Musicians hopes to protect musicians post-Brexit by either maintaining their freedom of movement between countries or to introduce a special two-year working visa for them.
[UPDATED] Bandsintown shared that it now has close to 45 million registered fans using the system to discover and track live concerts. They generate about 500,000 clicks daily. More than 450,000 artists post their shows on the platform.
With voter apathy an omnipresent concern at this particular moment in time, artist manager Emily White has partnered with a variety of artists to launch the #iVoted initiative which rewards those participating in the democratic process with free concert tickets.
Live Nation reported its “best quarter ever” for Q3 2018. Overall revenue was up 11%, operating income up 16% and AOI up 16%. More than 33 million fans attended Live Nation shows in Q3, up 12% over the same period last year.
We've all at least heard of, if not seen, the "rebirth" of some of music's most beloved deceased artists as they return to stage in holographic form, but will these resurrections actually sell concert tickets?
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We're used to our Yahoo and Experian data coming under attack, but who thinks about such problems when buying a festival ticket? Think again. EDM giant Tomorrowland has suffered a data intrusion that exposed the personal information of tens of thousands of festival goers.
While hip hop may reign supreme when it comes to the music charts, the concert circuit is a very different situation, and while rock music may be waning accordng to a lot of metrics, the genre continues to dominant live music.
Martin Atkins has drummed for Public Image Limited, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. But in recent years, he has become an author and educator. Now at Millikin University, Atkins shares why more artists need to radically rethink their approach to building a career in the new music economy.
The ongoing feud between 50 Cent and Ja Rule has reached new heights with the rapper claiming to have used a GroupOn to buy 200 tickets to an upcoming Ja Rule concert to keep the seats empty. “I just bought 200 seats in the front so they can be empty. LOL,” 50 Cent said in an Instagram post. “People think I’m mean so go see this. $15 bucks wait what I do now LOL.”
PricewaterhouseCoopers has released the 2018 edition of its respected annual review of the entertainment industries, the Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2018–2022. According to PwC, the value of the international concert business is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3% over the next five years, reaching $30.55bn ($24.36bn of it from ticket sales) by 2022.
While the recorded industry may still be struggling, live music has seen an impressive 16% increase since 2016, with the market for live music now larger than ever before. One of the key takeaways from this lies in the value which consumers place on being able to intimately connect with these performers, suggesting that going small is essential to building a genuine music community.
For up and coming artists, the touring game has always been a struggle, and while the music industry has changed greatly over the years, many of the strategies that worked twenty years ago remain effective today when combined with some more contemporary tricks and tactics.
For the more introverted artists out there, there is significant allure in the idea of cultivating a career in music from the comfort of one's own bedroom - but as the music industry continues to change, can this dream of the successful shut-in still be a reality?
One of the most widely consumed genre's of music in the world, pop, has been home to some of the most iconic and groundbreaking performers of the 21st century. In this piece we look at eight of the most renowned pop artists to ever live.
Booking shows can be a challenge, particularly if you're not at a point in your career where you can afford a booking agent, and lining up gigs is often both a time consuming and frustrating process. As with so many things in the music industry, there's no silver bullet, but there are some practices which can help you get your foot in the venue door.