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.
BandHub, the online interface, also allows artists to monitor the flow of money from various revenue streams, synchronise their social networks and share recordings via SoundCloud.
There are two offerings: a free, ad-supported service and a £5.99 p/month premium service.
By no means the first of such services, BandCentral is being marketed as a comprehensive career management solution, and is competing with toolsets such as Bandize and Reverb Nation in the unsigned/DIY market.
On May 5, NME announced the launch of NME Breakthrough, a community platform akin to MySpace that has been developed by Webjam.
The site will be monitored by NME’s editorial staff in the hope that it will become a platform for new talent. Editorial and live opportunities will be given to artists that impress, the first of which will be a slot at the Lovebox Festival.
It makes sense for the NME brand to expand into music-based social networking, in part because of its existing community of readers, but also as a way to source new acts for its live events.
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