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Are All-or-Nothing Music Crowdfunding Campaigns Superior to Flexible Funding?

One of the many widespread assumptions regarding crowdfunding is that all-or-nothing campaigns, required by Kickstarter, give those campaigns a psychological boost due to factors such as urgency when the campaign's success is in doubt. In fact, much of the argument for all-or-nothing over flexible funding, often associated with Indiegogo, focuses on such psychological factors. While this ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Ex-Google, SoundExchange Execs Launch Startup to Bring Gaming Revenue Model to Music

Two respected digital music veterans, Tim Quirk and Brian Calhoun, are joining forces to launch Freeform Development, a new music tech startup. Quirk recently left Google Play and before that was an executive at Rhapsody. Calhoun held a high level position at SoundExchange and more recently as a digital strategist for artist managers The Blueprint Group. Exactly what the pair is planning, however, ...

TECHNOLOGY

Open Labs Releases Stagelight 2.0, Downloads Near 1 Million, Dell and Lenovo Preload Deals

Yesterday Open Labs released Stagelight 2.0, their music creation app for Windows that costs $9.99. It comes with a variety of new features, including an in-app store, and will also be preloaded on hardware from Lenovo and Dell. Additional distributions agreements have been made with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. A solid step forward for Stagelight  ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY

It's not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most other voices, the frustration of musicians with the digital music world has begun to get a hearing. We know now that many rockers don’t like it. ...

OPINION

Spotify and the Dark Arts

Hey, my name's Alex. I rap (decently) I blog (above average) and I tweet (unsatisfactorily.) Check me out. When Coldplay announced they weren’t releasing their album on Spotify a few months back, it got me thinking; I’ve been streaming music for a couple of years now and I’ve never thought about how this is affecting everyone. ...

All About Jazz Launches Video of the Day Promotional Service

All About Jazz's adds Video of the Day to its increasing list of advertising options Tremendous exposure. Tremendous value! Presented at the very top of media.allaboutjazz.com (and stretching 1,000 pixels wide—see sample screen), an advertiser's video is featured for one day on the media home page, on the All About Jazz home page (to the right ...

CAREER

How to Reach the Best Music Business Contacts. Period.

What if you could reverse the sinking feeling you get when you send an email blast to hundreds of contacts that goes entirely unanswered? What if you were able to better understand how to break into the industry instead of trying the shotgun approach and hoping for a hit? Would you? Because you can. It all comes ...

CAREER

The Value of Giving Away Your Music for Free

By Farah Joan Fard from the Sonicbids Blog. If you saw the headline of this article and the words “giving away" sent chills down your spine, I hear your fear. We're all well aware of how often artists are asked to work for free, and I know how seriously you take your music career. With so ...

ADVOCACY

Indies Unite! 700 Labels Launch Campaign for Fair Digital Music Deals

An ongoing battle with YouTube over alleged heavy handed negotiating tactics and unfair terms for their unlaunched subscription music service, has united the global independent music community on the broader issue of fairness in all digital deals. In a not so veiled jab at YouTube and other digital services, global indie trade group WIN has released ...

MUSIC INDUSTRY

Hushed Events Lets Artists Rewards Fans with Private Calls Using Temporary Numbers

Private messaging and calls enter a new promotional dimension with the launch of Hushed Events. Hushed is known for providing temporary phone numbers for smartphone calls using their app to keep your number secure. This week they debuted a system for people with a following, from old school celebs to new school Viners, who want to ...


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