Archive for May, 2010

New services aim to empower artists

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BandCentral has launched, aiming to provide bands, managers and labels with an easily manageable online toolset. The service is designed to centralise processes such as mailing databases, merchandising and touring.
On May 5, NME announced the launch of NME Breakthrough, a community platform akin to MySpace that has been developed by Webjam.

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MSH spotlighted at The Great Escape

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The FAC, MMF and MU are teaming up for a very special panel at The Great Escape this year, entitled Music Supported Here. The event will take place on Saturday, May 15th in the Founders Room of the Brighton Dome, from 12:30-1:15pm.

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Beggars’ boss positive about selling music in the digital age

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Martin Mills, Chairman of Beggars Group, believes that the internet has benefited the independent labels he oversees: labels like XL and Rough Trade continue to succeed critically and commercially. Quietly optimistic about the music market, he has distanced himself from major labels, working tirelessly to support the position of indies.

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Last.fm shifts focus, to the detriment of artists

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Music site Last.fm have removed on-demand streaming from its site in a bid to cut costs, referring using to third-party partners including We7 and MOG. The company is focusing all of its attention on the scrobbling technology that is used to track plays and popularity across many different music platforms including iTunes.

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Pay-to-play is a bad joke, says Scottish singer

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The band I was in at the time, Body Experience Review, once paid £150 for the pleasure of playing a particular venue in Glasgow and we didn’t do a great job of selling tickets. Some of us in the band felt that we had to pay the money so we dipped into our own pockets to pay about £80. We would have been much better off selling no tickets, keeping the money, playing an open-mic somewhere else and inviting people to that.

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