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Union Square Ventures' Andy Weissman On The Blockchain And The Music Rights 'Nirvana State'

Today in part 5 of his series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard continues his exploration of Blockchain technology in a conversation with venture capitalist Any Weissman who shares his vision of how the technology could be used to create a music rights "Nirvana State". Guest post by George...

Imogen Heap's Mycelia: Creating A Fair Trade Music Business, Inspired By Blockchain

In yesterday' interview with Zoe Keating and previous posts in this series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard explored Bitcoin Blockchain and its potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, he interviews musician, artist and inventor Imogen Heap, who is working on her own Blockchain inspired solution to...

Bitcoin and Music: An Interview with Artist and Composer Zoe Keating

While there are obstacles to its adoption, Bitcoin Blockchain has the potential to revolutionize how music is monetized. Today, in part three of a series, music business scholar and entrepreneur George Howard interviews musician Zoe Keating who sees the technology as a way to empower the musical middle class. Guest...

US Government Seeks To Steal Kim Dotcom's Assets

While now infamous internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is battling extradition from New Zealand, a separate lawsuit has been filed by the US Government aimed at seizing Kim's assets. _______________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on TechDirt.com Earlier this year, we covered a very troubling situation involving Kim Dotcom and the...

"Break A Leg". Dave Grohl Creates A Limited Edition Of Merch

It seems like everybody heard about Dave Grohl’s accident in Sweden and how it created a massive buzz. First going on stage after the injury, than - an epic Iron Throne that saved the following gigs. But the story has no ending and Foo Fighters’ team created a limited edition of merch dedicated to this accident. Show More Summary

How To Film Your Own Music Video On A Budget

This is my latest video for my song Lighthouse. I spend about the same amount on most of my videos - £0. At times I cough up some extra money for props or pay for travel, but my initial investment is usually enough to kick out a quality...Show More Summary

Alex Rocco, ‘Godfather’s’ Cocky (And Doomed) Moe Greene, Dies At 79

Alex Rocco, the instantly recognizable character actor who, as casino owner Moe Greene provided The Godfather with one of its most memorable killings, died Saturday. His daughter Jennifer Rocco confirmed his passing on Facebook, attributing his death to cancer, and posted a link to Rocco’s final interview. Show More Summary

Touring Pastimes

I remember reading an article in Alternative Press a long time ago that quoted Sean P. Rogan (the previous guitarist of Big D & The Kids Table ) in which he talked about cool ways to spend time and money on tour. I can’t find any ofShow More Summary

10 Uncovered Ways to Promote Indie Music Online

Being an indie musician means waging a constant war for survival. At the times of R.E.M., it was a real nightmare to self-produce and self-promote indie music, as artists didn't have such a powerful tool as the World Wide Web. Original Post Written By Alice Koval - @alicekoval Happily, now...

Step By Step Guide To Verifying Your Official Social Media Profiles

A good start to protecting your name and brand is to authenticate and verify your social media profiles online. Some sites have to grace you with verification (Twitter, Instagram) while others you can put in a request (Facebook, Youtube). Have you verified your profile yet? Here's how. Guest Post by...

Sing it: Smule put stars in their eyes

Apps that let fans create their own versions of their favourite songs - and duet with the likes of Jessie J - have put the US company on the music map Jessie J has performed with a host of musicians in her time: Dizzee Rascal, Ariana Grande, 2 Chainz, Queen, David Guetta, Mary J. Show More Summary

The Great Music-Tech Migration: How The Worlds Of Music And Tech Are Bleeding Into One

Snoop Dogg brought out his latest album, Bush, the other week. But if you were keeping an eye out for it in the kinds of places album releases are usually trumpeted, you’d have been forgiven for missing it. Guest Post by Ed Rex of Jukedek.com via Medium Because Snoop didn’t...

Going Direct-To-Fan In A Streaming World [By PledgeMusic President Benji Rogers]

Apple recently made waves with the announced launch of their new Apple Music services. PledgeMusic co-founder and President Benji Rogers says it’s a seismic shift that means great things for both artists and fans. Original Post Written By Benji Rogers on Pledge Music Blog Two days ago, one of my...

How to Get 8 Million Plays on YouTube Without Selling Out - Vincent Jacob AKA Yard of Blondes

“He said, ‘Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.’ I took that to heart. I said, ‘O.K., then that’s what I’m going to do.’ Jerry Seinfeld, recalling advice that David Letterman gave him in 1988 when he had just made a deal to do...

A Musician’s Guide To PledgeMusic: How To Run A Campaign For Your Upcoming Album

I’m now thirty days into a PledgeMusic campaign to fund my first new album in five years. The following article combines my own thoughts on building and running a (hopefully) successful campaign with excerpts from an interview with Benji Rogers, the founder and president of PledgeMusic. Guest Post by Chris...

‘Agent Carter’ Composer Christopher Lennertz On Crafting His Marvel-ous Spy Score

When it came to boarding ABC's Marvel limited series Agent Carter as composer, Christopher Lennertz already had the job before the cameras rolled. More specifically, he served as composer for the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter short that was included on the Avengers DVD. Show More Summary

Ex-Google, Facebook Programmers Launch Weav App To Change How Music Is Created And Consumed

Musicians, Fans And App Developers Needed To Test New Software Delivering music fits your location, activity and mood has been the goal of apps like Songza and playlists on every major music service. Weav takes an entirely new approach - variable tempo. __________________________ New app Weav hopes to do nothing...

Defining Good Social Media, Email Engagement Rates

Now that we’ve defined engagement, let’s dive into the analytics. What makes a good engagement rate? It can be hard to identify the benchmark to aim for, and it differs from platform to platform. Here are some numbers to let you know if you’re on the right track. Guest Post...

‘Picture Perfect’ Sketch Scores Direct Hit On Hot Topic: ‘SNL’

UPDATE, later Sunday AM: A commenter points out the similarity between this sketch and one from Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes a couple of months ago: Judge for yourself:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgXj23LRI94. You had...Show More Summary

Connecting With Fans Through Messaging Apps

Communication is always a priority, you can never seem to have enough of it. It’s no wonder that messaging apps and services are continuing to see a growth trend. There are many to choose from, some you likely already use to stay in touch with friends and family. Let’s start...

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