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HostBaby Teams up with Bandzoogle, for the Perfect Indie Artist Web Hosting Match

CD Baby’s HostBaby is partnering with leading music-oriented web hosting provider Bandzoogle
It’s a perfect match: Two committed independent music companies, founded and run by musicians, whose mission is to better serve the DIY and self-managed artists in a shifting digital business. Bandzoogle will now host artist sites for HostBaby, as the storied web hosting service winds down. 
“Bandzoogle shares our focus on artists, with tools that help them wherever they are in their career,” explains Tracy Maddux, CEO of AVL/CD Baby. “They have built the best hosting product for indie musicians, and they back it up with amazing customer service. Like us, they keep ahead of a fast-changing business and think hard about what tools will best support artists’ dreams and goals. I can’t think of a better partner in web hosting, and I’m glad we finally get to work more closely together to promote indie music as a whole.”
"Bandzoogle and CD Baby share similar values and goals: our …
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AllTrack Hires Former Tunecore CMO Lise Barbanti to Lead Marketing Efforts

AllTrack, the PRO for independent creators, has hired highly experienced marketing executive Lise Barbanti as VP of Marketing. Formerly the CMO of Tunecore, Barbanti has operated in a wide array of industries, spearheading marketing efforts at organizations ranging from global enterprises to groundbreaking small businesses.

Recently, she has devoted herself to startups, where potential customer education is key. “The companies I’ve worked for over the last two decades have all been in the business of disrupting their industries,” Barbanti reflects. “Most recently, I’ve been able to work with startups that were doing something that their industry had never done before,” including a platform that enables e-commerce sites to establish subscription features and a platform providing lightning-fast insurance underwriting solutions.

A thread runs through these diverse businesses, one Barbanti is embracing in her new role at America’s newest and most tech-driven PRO: educating pe…

Soundrop and Save the Children Launch New Musical Side of Successful Create for Kids Program

As part of global humanitarian organization Save the Children’s Create for Kids program, Soundrop and its artists are donating tracks to build a unique compilation that highlights young musicians and artistic creativity. Alus and Astrid (of The Voice Kids UK fame) have already given music to the project, which will be released August 15, 2019. (More artists to be announced July 30.) Participating artists will donate their tracks for exclusive distribution as part of this charitable initiative, with 100% of reported revenue going to Save the Children.

In past years, Create for Kids has collaborated with creators on platforms like Twitch to raise money for charity’s diverse programs. Many of these creators had a strongly visual side to their work, leading to the project’s signature coloring book. This is the first collaboration with musical artists and a distribution service. 

It’s a natural fit for the creator-first, democratic distributor and its artists. “Our Soundrop Artists already m…

DJM-REC From Pioneer DJ Now Clears and Distributions Mixes Thanks To Dubset

Upload your mixes from DJM-REC, Pioneer’s iOS recording app for DJs, and use  the Dubset service to instantly identify rights holders and distribute your music.

Pioneer is partnering with Dubset Media to upload, clear, and distribute your mixes right from our iOS DJ-mix recording app, DJM-REC. Now, DJs can go from live set to instant legal distribution in a matter of minutes, for the first time.
The process feels frictionless, though it’s built on two innovative platforms designed with DJs in mind.  Dubset’s proprietary MixBANK platform manages the licenses and royalties for labels and publishers. Its proprietary MixSCAN technology can analyze DJ mixes or remixed audio files and identify the tracks used.
“This is a world first and we are excited to work with Dubset to bring it to market.” This new feature means that once you’ve uploaded a mix from DJM-REC to Dubset and the system has analyzed it for copyrights and cleared it, you will be able to distribute it legally to mu…

Midem Cannes Conference

Paris, 14 May 2019Midem, the home of the global music community, will place artists and creation at the core of its annual Cannes conference, 04-07 June.

This year’s Midem will see multiple initiatives putting artists and creation centre stage as the beating heart of the 2019 edition. These will include the opening of the Artist Hub, a brand new area dedicated to artists and talent development, the fresh addition of Midem Studio Sessions by Dynaudio, a fully-equipped studio where international artists will record live in public. Also the competition for upcoming artists, the Midem Artist Accelerator, the second edition of the Midem Songwriting Camp and over 30 live concerts on the Midem Beach.

Ensuring that artists and creation are central to Midem is vital to Director, Alexandre Deniot, who says, “Midem was traditionally a meeting place for publishers, labels and lawyers, all essential to the commercial success of the industry, but we must also focus on the artists who c…

URSA Partners with Charity Bomb on Strange 80s Benefit to Promote Mental Health Culture Change in the Music Community

Artists often struggle with mental health issues, confronting limited resources and social stigma. To address this, new artist-centered streaming service URSA is partnering with the organizers of Strange 80s, a rock star-packed benefit in its third year, to support their efforts to put mental health first in the music community.

“We’re artists at URSA and we’ve seen firsthand the struggle fellow musicians endure due to depression and mental illness,” says URSA co-founder Chris Jones. “It’s our privilege to sponsor an event with the noble goal of saving lives and raising awareness on this issue and we look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”

“We built our streaming service to be as artist-centric as possible,” adds URSA co-founder Chad Royce. “Strange 80s is fighting for the same values we share, for seeing musicians as full-fledged people with complex psychological and personal needs. We want to support artists in all aspects of their life.”

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CD Baby Partners with Automated Mastering Platform CloudBounce To Provide Pro-Sounding Polish For a Singles-Oriented Era

CD Baby users can now instantly master their tracks right from the CD Baby dashboard, thanks to a new partnership with automated mastering platform CloudBounce. The service costs only $4.90 a track, half of what other services are charging for this feature, making it accessible to artists, who are increasingly releasing singles, rather than entire albums of material.
“A large segment of the indie artist community is drastically changing how they release music. There is definitely a shift to releasing songs as soon as they are finished instead of the traditional album release,” notes Kevin Breuner, VP of Marketing at CD Baby. “As artists release more and more singles, this gives them mastering options that fit within their budget and workflow. CloudBounce ensures these artists’ master recordings have the final touches needed to sound totally pro.”
Instant, algorithm-driven mastering eliminates a long-standing recording bottleneck, mastering, which makes the difference between an iffy de…