Friday, August 21, 2020

Beatchain Announces Fan Builder, Automated Ad-Buying Feature for Artists

Using industry-leading technology and machine learning, Beatchain is launching its newest tool for artists and music marketers of all levels — Fan Builder.

Building off its unique big data dashboard of digital insights, Beatchain has created an easy-to-use feature guiding artists and music managers through building their fanbase with targeted ad buys.

If an artist would like to increase their Facebook or Instagram presence, or spread the word about a new song release, Beatchain’s Fan Builder feature can start an advertising campaign with just a few simple clicks. After setting a campaign goal, promotion budget, and timeframe, artists will select and purchase online digital advertising curated for them based on machine learning, with ads automatically targeted toward their own unique online audience.

“The amazing thing about Fan Builder is that it uses data from the artist’s own social media and streaming profiles to hyper-target ads that will focus on audiences that have already shown interest in their music and brand,” said Ben Mendoza, Founder and CEO of Beatchain. “This levels the playing field for independent artists and gives them access to the same tools and processes they’d get working with a marketing team at a major record label.”

During a Fan Builder promotional campaign, artists and brand managers can keep track of the rise in music video views or social media presence using Beatchain’s extensive data insights page, where they can see the return on investment through website page views, song streams, merch sales, email signups, and even in what country and city these originate, eliminating the black hole long associated with digital marketing.

“For as little as 5 dollars, artists can start a targeted digital ad campaign that is proven to find them more fans,” said Ed Godshaw, Beatchain CTO. “Even though we believe our distribution platform is best in class, we don’t see ourselves as a pure play distributor and don’t require artists to distribute their music through Beatchain to use Fan Builder. Fan Builder empowers artists to take their releases and deliver them to engaged and growing audiences.”

With the addition of Fan Builder, Beatchain is making good on its vision to upend the traditional way of marketing and distributing music, and revolutionizing the way artists are discovered. Currently, the Fan Builder tool supports both Facebook and Instagram advertising, but Beatchain plans to deliver both Google and Twitter Ads in the near future.

About Beatchain

Beatchain is a powerful new data science and digital marketing platform that will revolutionize discovery, marketing, and promotion in the music industry. Beatchain provides emerging artists with the right tools and guidance to build a supportive fan base, who gets everything directly from them: their music, content, tickets and merchandise. It was founded to bring all the tools together into one app and give musicians insight and control over almost every aspect of their careers, from their music, to their ads, to even their website.

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JioSaavn’s Artist Originals partners with SyncFloor to bring South Asian sounds to the sync licensing marketplace

SyncFloor, the leading marketplace for ready-to-sync music, is announcing its partnership with Artist Originals (AO), the in-house label and artist services division of JioSaavn, South Asia’s largest music and audio streaming service. AO has a unique catalogue of contemporary music, across genres by independent Indian artists. 

AO tracks are now searchable and license-ready to creators using SyncFloor to find music for their projects, whether on SyncFloor’s general marketplace (syncfloor.com), its podcast-only marketplace (songsforpodcasters.com) or the dedicated SyncSite that SyncFloor has created for Artists Originals’ content. This is SyncFloor’s first partnership with an Indian company, allowing SyncFloor to further diversify its music index. 

“India has one of the most dynamic and exciting music scenes in the world, and there is a wealth of artists and songs to discover,” explains SyncFloor co-founder and CEO, Kirt Debique. “Artist Originals has a great selection of trendsetting tracks that reflect this energy and contribute vitally to the music available in our marketplaces. We’re glad we can help more production professionals explore these tracks and find the perfect song to fit their creative.” 

Home to more than 40 artists, Artist Originals features independent South Asian voices from across the world including India’s rich and fast-growing music scene. Taking ideas from global pop trends but giving them their own spin and flair, artists like EDM duo Lost Stories and pop singer Abhijeet Srivastava have intriguing tracks that could fit a range of briefs. Additionally, multi-talented female artists, such as singer-songwriter Chhavi Sodhani and trilingual rapper SIRI are creating projects with AO that redefine the way we look at genres. The catalog brims with music across genres in Hindi, Punjabi, Kannada, and English (or a characteristically cosmopolitan mix). 

“Since our launch in 2017, Artist Originals has grown tremendously, empowering a number of South Asian artists and bringing their music to a global audience,” says Hiba Irshad, Director of A&R at JioSaavn and Artist Originals. “Our partnership with SyncFloor enables us to scale our ability to sync their music into major media properties. This visibility also creates additional avenues for emerging artists to scale and be discovered.” 

About SyncFloor

SyncFloor is a revolutionary new marketplace designed to unleash the full potential of music in commerce. Whether you’re a music supervisor on a dramatic film, a music researcher at an advertising agency, an editor on a documentary, or a producer on a TV series, SyncFloor is your one-stop-shop for music from brands you already know and trust. We aggregate existing labels, publishers, distributors, sync agents, and artist catalogs into a single store with beautiful and innovative music discovery combined with a modern workflow and collaboration experience. And of course, when you're ready, hassle free clearance. Search for music the way you want to and clear it when you need it.

About Artist Originals (AO)
 
Established in 2017, Artist Originals (AO) is the in-house record label and artist development program of JioSaavn, South Asia's largest music streaming service. The mission of AO is to provide a dedicated platform to independent artists, amplifying their careers and introducing global music lovers to new sounds and multi-cultural artistry. Services include investment, production, publishing, distribution and promotion, and artists gain unprecedented industry access alongside introductions to top talent managers, booking agents, and publicists.
 
AO artists have consistently landed at the top of the charts and many have gone on to experience global success. “Bom Diggy” by Zack Knight and Jasmin Walia was #1 on iTunes India for approximately 3 months and has been streamed almost 100 million times. AO's global collaborations include Marshmello and Pritam's "BIBA"; hip-hop star Naezy's "NY Se Mumbai" with Nas; as well as a viral EDM remix of "Bom Diggy" by Dillon Francis. 

About JioSaavn

Founded in 2007 as Saavn, JioSaavn is an audio streaming service for South Asian music and artists. In March 2018, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) acquired a majority stake in JioSaavn, making it the largest music streaming service in India with millions of monthly active users.
 
The company has 900+ label partnerships and growing, including Universal, Sony, T-Series, Tips, YRF, Saregama, and Warner Music. In addition to 55 million+ tracks in 16 languages, JioSaavn -- honored by Fast Company as one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies -- also offers a slate of original, non-music audio programs ranging from Bollywood to comedy, storytelling to cricket. JioSaavn's team of 300+ works across offices in Mumbai, Gurugram, Bengaluru, New York, and California.

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Livestreaming Discovery Startup OnNow.tv Secures First Investment

OnNow.tv, the digital guide to livestreaming, is pushing to become the most comprehensive hub for discovering and following livestreamed media online. The freshly minted startup has received its first investment from music industry innovator Jorge Brea, founder and CEO of Symphonic Distribution, and music marketing expert Janette Berrios.

 
“It’s a watershed when the first person says yes,” reflects CEO and co-founder Matthew Adell. “When that first person has decades of experience in entertainment and media and sees the value of what you’re accomplishing, that is truly inspiring.”
 
Adell knows from experience how important early investors are. The former CEO of Beatport and VP at the legal iteration of Napster, he founded and sold his own music tech company (MetaPop, sold to Native Instruments in 2017), as well as played a leading executive role in closing several other sales of major pioneering music companies. Now, with three co-founders from the entertainment and tech worlds, he’s building the first comprehensive hub for livestreams.
 
Brea saw the potential and signed on. “I personally invested in OnNow.tv because I saw the idea had serious merit and the team had the skills and connections to implement it,” says Brea. “I have worked with Matt on a range of projects for over ten years, and I know he and his co-founders will be able to accomplish their goal of defragmenting the livestreaming space. I was happy to support them and look forward to their success.”
 
OnNow.tv currently works with Twitch, Red Light, YouTube Live, FanTracks, and Tixr, as well as thousands of individual creators and educators providing cooking, fitness and wellness, music, comedy, and lifestyle livestreams, with more partners coming on board to provide more livestream schedules every day. 
 
About OnNow.tv
 
OnNow.tv was founded in May 2020 by a group of artists, entertainment professionals, and tech veterans (Matthew Adell, Stephan Jacobs, Henry Strange, and Terrence Scoville) to make the world of livestreaming a lot less fragmented. Creators are challenged to reach new fans who may not already be regular users of their particular platform. Fans have no way to know where and when their favorite creators will be livestreaming. OnNow.tv is dedicated to solving these problems so creators can focus on creating and fans can enjoy more of what they love.
 
OnNow.tv is not another livestreaming platform, but is built to serve the entire livestreaming ecosystem. Twitch, Stageit, Facebook, Instagram, Zoom and more will continue to thrive and grow. OnNow.tv is the middle layer that removes friction and fragmentation. Ratings, engagement metrics, and reviews will be made available to creators and brands alike to create new revenue streams for creators and placement opportunities for brands.
 

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Bandsintown LIVE and Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS Lineup August 24-30, 2020

On Monday, August 24, No Depression will be taking over Bandsintown LIVE OUTSKIRTS, showcasing artists featured in their Fall 2020 “Going Green” issue. Hilary Saunders, Managing Editor of No Depression said, "I'm thrilled that No Depression has the opportunity to partner with Bandsintown on this takeover! All of the musicians involved are included in the Fall issue of the journal — having written original essays about their relationships with the earth, contributed to a photo series about creativity in natural spaces, or been featured in an in-depth story about Indigenous land and water defenders. As live music and gatherings are still on hold for our collective safety, I hope that this crossover musical event brings fans solace, even joy, in the relationships we can still form with each other from a distance and with the world around us."
 
Tuesday on Bandsintown LIVE #MOSTLIKED will see performance by a range of buzzing new acts including MK xyz, who recently dropped her new single “Jump It” featuring G-Eazy. Other acts include singer-songwriter Baker Grace, eclectic five-piece Peach Tree Rascals, and Son Lux drummer Ian Chang.


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Watch Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS on Twitch at outskirts.bandsintown.com

MONDAY - AUGUST 24 - Bandsintown LIVE OUTSKIRTS
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Interview with Hilary Saunders
2:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM PT    Vetiver
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    The Mammals
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT    Jerry David DeCicca
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Leela Gilday


TUESDAY - AUGUST 25 - Bandsintown LIVE #MOSTLIKED
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    MK XYZ
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    Baker Grace
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Peach Tree Rascals
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Ian Chang

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 26 - Bandsintown LIVE FUSION
Listen Up restream of a day of special programming to raise funds for Color of Change (US), and Black Minds Matter (UK).

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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Mega
2:20 PM ET / 11:20 PM PT    Joel
2:40 PM ET / 11:40 PM PT    Jake Isaac
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT         Bobby Brackins
3:20 PM ET / 12:20 PM PT     Cuppy
4:20 PM ET / 1:20 PM PT     Blinkie
5:20 PM ET / 5:20 PM PT     Mason Collective

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 26 - Bandsintown LIVE OUTSKIRTS Discovery
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5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Sarah Lake
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Gin, Chocolate & Bottle Rockets
7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT    Cas Haley

THURSDAY - AUGUST 27 - Bandsintown LIVE ALL THE VIBES
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Dot Cromwell
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    Dai Burger
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    ToBY

Octopus x Space Yacht     
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6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Xenia

FRIDAY - AUGUST 28 - Bandsintown LIVE DISCOVERY
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Speelburg
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    The Heavy Hours
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Besphrenz
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Junior Mesa

Friday, August 28 - Bandsintown LIVE OUTSKIRTS REWIND
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The best in contemporary Americana from the OUTSKIRTS archives.
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT     Devon Gilfillian
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Matt Nakoa
7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT    Royal Jelly Jive

SATURDAY - AUGUST 22 -
THE HOTEL LOBBY'S AFTER PARTY! VIRTUAL FESTIVAL!

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6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT to 10 PM ET / 1AM PT
THE HOTEL LOBBY'S After Party!," a virtual festival here to keep the party alive. The DJ/Production duo's Johnny Lee and Tai hosts this show sharing the latest cutting-edge electronic music as well as featuring guest mixes from other great artists. They will also be updating you with the most important industry news and highlighting up & coming electronic acts to keep you stocked with the freshest sounds around.
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About Bandsintown - Bandsintown celebrates artists and helps them grow their careers. As the most trusted source of concert recommendations, Bandsintown helps fans discover artists, their music and go more often to concerts.
 

About Bandsintown LIVE - The Bandsintown LIVE on Twitch streaming music channel has attracted 30 million viewers since launching in May with daily themed music programming. Three weeks ago Bandsintown launched  Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS on Twitch programming Americana and Country

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Bandsintown LIVE and OUTSKIRTS Programming Week Of 8.10.2020

This Monday on Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS, Della Mae and Gangstagrass headline along with Shannon LaBrie and Magnolia Boulevard.

On Wednesday on Bandsintown FUSION, talented instrumentalists take center stage. Tune in to catch performances from contemporary jazz saxophonist Nathan Allen, EDM violinist Sarina The Violin Diva, and popular Twitch streamer TheViolinChick.

Thursday on Bandsintown ALL THE VIBES will see a headlining performance from Los Angeles-based electronic outfit, Goldroom. He’ll be gracing viewers with one of his stellar live stream SunSet DJ sets. Leading up to his 90-minute set at 4 PM  EST will be performances from Vancouver-based space-pop artist, Noble Oak, and indie-electro four-piece, argonaut&wasp.

On Saturday night, the DJ/production duo The Hotel Lobby continues their residency with some very special guests.


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Watch Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS at outskirts.bandsintown.com

MONDAY - AUGUST 10 - OUTSKIRTS
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Shannon LaBrie
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    Magnolia Boulevard
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Gangstagrass
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Della Mae Hoedown (w/ Kimber + Avril)

TUESDAY - AUGUST 11 - #MostLiked
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    daysormay
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    Cayucas
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    ARI
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    TBD

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 12 - FUSION
Fusion Goes All Instrumental
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Nathan Allen
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    TBA
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Sarina The Violin Diva
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    TheViolinChick

OUTSKIRTS - Discovery
outskirts.bandsintown.com
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Native Harrow
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Oliver The Crow
7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT    ARIELLA

THURSDAY - AUGUST 13 - ALL THE VIBES
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Noble Oak
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    argonaut&wasp
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Goldroom

Octopus x Space Yacht
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6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Marc Houle


FRIDAY - AUGUST 14 - DISCOVERY
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2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT    Sonia Stein
3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT    Shaylen
4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT    Eric Leon
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    STACEY

OUTSKIRTS - Rewind
outskirts.bandsintown.com
5:00 PM ET / 2:00 PM PT    Carrie Elkin + Danny Schmidt
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    Roanoke
7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT    Hamish Anderson

SATURDAY - AUGUST 15
THE HOTEL LOBBY'S AFTER PARTY! VIRTUAL FESTIVAL!        
live.bandsintown.com
6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT    THE HOTEL LOBBY
6:45 PM ET / 3:45 PM PT     Klaxx
7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT    Autograf
8:15 PM ET / 5:15 PM PT    Sarisuk
9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT    Esper

About Bandsintown - Bandsintown celebrates artists and helps them grow their careers. As the most trusted source of concert recommendations, Bandsintown helps fans discover artists, their music and go more often to concerts.

About Bandsintown LIVE - The Bandsintown LIVE streaming music channel has attracted 25.1 million viewers since launching in May with daily themed music programming. Two weeks ago Bandsintown launched the Bandsintown OUTSKIRTS channel programming Americana and Country artists on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. That channel has already attracted nearly 2 million viewers.

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Music Tectonics Does It Again: Swiveling and Going Online For Annual Conference

October 27-28, 2020 -- Online Conference

The Music Tectonics Conference is used to swiveling, and this pandemic is no different. Organizers announce the move of their second annual conference to a one-of-a-kind online event while keeping their original dates of October 27-28, 2020 and their futurist-yet-practical theme of seismic shifts in music tech. Music Tectonics will use technology that allows for highly interactive small-group and one-on-one networking, dynamic exhibitor/demo rooms, and top level presentations from industry leaders and thinkers. Registration is open now, at MusicTectonics.com. (General Admission $59, VIP tickets $300)

For two days in October, Music Tectonics will unite innovators across the music and tech landscapes. The slate of speakers indicates a focus on high-level analysis and roll-your-sleeves-up innovation. Confirmed speakers include:

Scott Cohen - Chief Innovation Officer, Warner Music Group (keynote)
Cherie Hu - Water & Music (fireside chat)
Jon Vlassopulos, Global Head of Music, Roblox
David Dufresne, Partner, Panache Ventures
Xavier Peters, Investment Manager, Leansquare
Lauren Pufpaf, Co-Founder/COO, Feed.FM
Tom Impallomeni, CEO/Co-Founder, Tribe XR
Kirt Debique, CEO/CTO, SyncFloor
More to be announced

Building on a successful first edition in 2019 in Los Angeles, Music Tectonics has grown a following for its music tech podcast, community-building events, and quick reflexes. The first Music Tectonics conference saw over 400 attendees gather from across the music and tech macrocosm. The devastating Getty Fire may have closed the original conference venue just 24 hours before it was to start, but the Music Tectonics team swiveled so quickly that the event went ahead on schedule in a new downtown venue far from the fires. 

As the wave of coronavirus cancellations knocked down the in-person events where the music tech community was set to gather in 2020, Music Tectonics created a five-month series of #WeeklyWebsdays online meetups with guest speakers, networking, and a warm, welcoming vibe. To keep this growing community connected 24/7/365, the team launched a Music Tectonics social network for music tech that already has 500 members. (Mobile app available on the App Store and Google Play)

All that is just the opening act to October’s main event: the second annual Music Tectonics conference. “We designed our first major event to be different from any other industry gathering, leveraging serious business and big ideas with off-beat programming and enlivening deep networking opportunities with light-hearted fun,” explains director Dmitri Vietze, also CEO of music tech PR firm rock paper scissors. “I knew that this year, we couldn’t just put some talking heads on a screen and call it a Music Tectonics conference.” The aim of Music Tectonics is to provide a space where people from different sectors cross paths and connect, whether they’re with startups, major labels, indie labels, streaming services, distributors, social media platforms, investors, accelerators, legal experts, live event execs, gear makers, or consultants— in short, everyone who works where music and tech meet. 

That’s why the conference will take place on an online platform that allows for the chance meetings, impromptu small group chats, and exhibitor hall demos that make in-person events worth attending. When they are not watching keynotes and breakout sessions, attendees can meet each other at randomized networking sessions, invite their connections to one-on-one video calls, or see live and pre-recorded demos at sponsors’ virtual exhibitor booths. “We’re programming exciting panels with sharp music tech thought leaders, but we’re also making space for serendipity,” Vietze muses. “VIP tickets will offer access to even more opportunities to connect with speakers and sponsors and get business done.’

Three music tech leaders have already signed on as top-tier Supernova sponsors: content monetization and music rights administration company AdRev, Music marketing platform Linkfire, and AI-powered audio curation platform Super Hi-Fi. AdRev Founder and President Noah Becker explains why his company signed on as a top Music Tectonics sponsor for the second year in a row: "Dmitri and his team did an exceptional job with the event last year, despite having to relocate venues last minute because of a fire. It was pretty mind-blowing how well coordinated he and his team are. Music Tectonics is attended by an exceptional group of like-minded music and technology entrepreneurs and thought leaders, and we are very glad to be back to both contribute and learn in this new digital format.”

Linkfire Chief Biz Dev Officer Andrea Arcari was also impressed by last year’s event: "Having attended the first edition of Tectonics in 2019, we knew it was a good space for us to be a part of. The MT team shared their vision of how they could take the event online and we were once again impressed by the approach and execution. We're looking forward to October and to this event!"  Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon adds, “We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this year’s Music Tectonics conference. We're looking forward to connecting and collaborating with like-minded people from around the globe whose focus is music technology and streaming music. For Super Hi-Fi, our mission is to help music experience providers deliver the next-generation of listening experiences. Music Tectonics is the perfect opportunity for us to share our vision and to learn from others at the same time… we really think this is going to be a fantastic experience overall."

While recorded music was the focus of most sessions in 2019, the 2020 edition of Music Tectonics will also explore other sides of the industry, including the pandemic’s livestream boom. Vietze elaborates: “While streaming recorded music was the nexus of innovation that drove major changes in the last 20 years, musicians adapted to the changing revenue picture by leaning into live event ticket sales. Now the ground has shifted suddenly again.” Conference sessions will also address music tech investment, music experiences within gaming and fitness environments, long-awaited traction in mixed reality, innovations in sync, and much more.

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FanTracks Hosts World Premiere of 311 Mardi Gras Concert 2020

This Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 9 p.m. EST (6 p.m. PST), FanTracks will debut the world premiere of rock band 311’s Mardi Gras show in New Orleans, just a few weeks before Covid-19 shut down music performances around the world. The HD, 4K show can be viewed with a first-month free membership to FanTracks or on Direct TV (Channels 104 and 105).

Check out the trailer for the 311 Mardi Gras concert here.

311 Frontman Nick Hexum said, “We were thrilled to kick-off 2020, our 30th Anniversary Year as a band, with two great shows during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. From there we had scheduled to play all 50 U.S. states to celebrate with our fans, until our tour plans were derailed for the obvious reasons. So we’re grateful to have this memorable concert to share with our fans to thank them for thirty years of their continued support.”

FanTracks launched its one-of-a-kind, virtual concert experience to roaring success with a live performance by British rock band Bush on July 18. The show included unique features like a choose your own camera angle, multiple live channels, and virtual and augmented reality content as well.

Founder and CEO of FanTracks, Barry Summers, plans to continue the success by featuring 311’s dynamite performance at the Fillmore in New Orleans from February 20th. “I believe the 311 Mardi Gras show has already become an iconic event, given the circumstances of us filming it right before the pandemic hit. It was a fantastic show, and I can’t wait for the world to see it in 4K.”

The event will be hosted by longtime DJ and TV host Matt Pinfield, who will also follow up the concert with a virtual interview with band members Nick Hexum and P-Nut. Fans will also get exclusive deals on FanTracks and 311 merchandise during the show.

With high quality sonic sound, HD/4K video technology, and virtual and augmented reality features, FanTracks has quickly filled the online performance gap that the Covid-19 pandemic exposed. Online membership to FanTracks offers users one month free, and only $1.99 per month after that, giving access to a vast catalog of a variety of classic to modern rock shows — everything from Foreigner to Sheryl Crow — and the promise of a virtual barrage of exciting new shows over the next six months.

Start your membership today at Fantracks.com.

About FanTracks:

FanTracks was founded by Barry Summers, award-winning live concert tv/film producer, and Ty Roberts, former CTO of Universal Music and co-founder of Gracenote. A departure from models that digitally mimic traditional ticketing approaches, the platform offers music lovers access to high-quality, carefully curated, and professionally produced live shows as part of a low-fee subscription, sharing the revenue with artists. Its proprietary technology creates a new world of virtual music and fan experiences, from a range of group chat modes, to hosted “hang out” spaces and parties, to interactive features that bring musicians and music lovers together. FanTracks will be announcing more artists in the coming weeks and months.

About 311:

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska. The group still features its original lineup 30 years later including drummer Chad Sexton, singer / guitarist Nick Hexum, singer SA Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, and bassist P-Nut. Over their history, 311 have released thirteen studio albums, two greatest hits albums, two live albums, three DVD's and a boxed-set and have sold over 9 million copies in the U.S. Ten albums reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Sales Chart - and nine of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard's Alternative Radio Chart (including three #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don't Tread On Me - along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You and Sunset in July).

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Good Music from Everywhere, Anywhere: Qwest TV unveils new channels and experiences far beyond jazz

Qwest TV, the on-demand music-centric streaming video service co-founded by Quincy Jones, is here to bring viewers worldwide proof of Ray Charles’s insistence that “good music is good music.” To do this, the service is adding new channels and a free, ad-supported tier of curated linear streaming video, a broadcast-like experience of the world’s best music.

Qwest TV is launching three new linear channels as companions and complements to its flagship Jazz and Beyond SVOD service : Qwest Jazz and Beyond, Qwest Classical (featuring top performances in dance and opera and a range of classical concerts) and Qwest Mix (an always-intriguing eclectic selection of electronic, hip hop, folk pop, rock, and other styles from all over). These genre- and cross-genre collections can be enjoyed a la carte on demand by subscribers or as a linear feed by all. Viewers can dive into the linear offerings without a subscription and launch their own exploration of quality sounds.

“We’ve always said we were about jazz and beyond,” explains co-founder and CEO R├ęza Ackbaraly. “Jazz shares its roots, branches, and fruit with thousands of other breathtaking musical styles and approaches. They embrace the entire world, reflecting the creativity of people of every color, background, and era of recorded music. We want to break down the imaginary barriers that divide a classical virtuoso from a young MC, and let people find good music no matter what the style or sound.”

The expansion fits perfectly into Jones and Ackbaraly’s broader vision for the service as an educational hub and entertainment source. Already, the service has offered hundreds of educational institutions free access to its wide-ranging, high-calibre offerings. It continues to marry tech and a bigger-picture dream of bringing more culture to more people, allowing them to discover that good music is everywhere.

“I was taught from the start that there is no singular approach to music,” Jones reflects. “Our society has been indoctrinated to believe an inaccurate narrative that classical music is only for classical enthusiasts, or that world music only appeals to specific regions of our Earth, or that bebop is only for the older beboppin’ jazz cats. Our music springs from the same roots, and they inform much of what we call mainstream music today. Our platform provides listeners with a new and approachable way to discover the music that they were never formally introduced to. It’s time to break down the barriers for any willing ear, and Qwest TV is here to help bring you to new uncharted musical territories.”

About Qwest TV

Qwest TV (qwest.tv) is a celebration of unique talents, traditions, and rhythms. With more than a thousand music-related experiences on offer, the video streaming service strives to be the world’s home for jazz, soul, funk, classical, and world music. Co-founded and curated by Quincy Jones, the channel preserves the richness of history, while reflecting the present-day beauty and reality of culturally and racially diverse people.

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Audiobridge Adds Longtime Digital Music Executive and Entrepreneur as Advisor

The innovative new music recording app, audiobridge, is announcing that current Board Member and previous CRO of LyricFind, Andrew Stess, is joining their team in an advisory role. Stess brings decades of proven success across the business media landscape, including as a CEO and founder of ampliFIND, which was acquired by Sony in 2011, VP of Consumer Electronics at All Media Guide (AMG), and in his current role as founder of StessCo Consulting Group LLC. Working with music and tech startups is a speciality for Stess, having spent the last nine years as a sales consultant and business development strategist for promising young entrepreneurs including Dash Radio and Music Story. In addition, Stess has closed deals and networked with the biggest music media companies in the world, including, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google/YouTube, Spotify, Vevo, and Fender.

With a proven track record of developing businesses from the ground up, Stess is looking forward to sharing his expertise with a startup that promises to revolutionize the music recording industry.

“I love what Matt and the team are building and I am eager to work with them to help them grow and guide them to the next stage. I love collaborating with fresh new startups and they are well positioned to be very successful,” Stess said.

The timing for a business development mentor couldn’t be better for audiobridge, as they have recently launched a Wefunder campaign and a successful new suite of digital recording features aimed at helping musicians record music with the help of artificial intelligence.

Matt Miller, founder and CEO of audiobridge, knows that the future of music recording isn’t at a workstation, but on a phone. And he is excited to gather ideas from Stess on how to make the exclusively mobile recording app change the way music is recorded forever.

"It's been great having someone with Andrew's experience understand our vision and provide a fresh perspective. We've had great conversations so far and he's already brought us tons of insight on the best approach in taking audiobridge to the next level. The team here is super excited to continue to learn from him and deepen this relationship as we grow,” Miller said.

About audiobridge


audiobridge is revolutionizing how the world makes music. By building an easy, yet powerful recording and collaboration platform exclusively for the mobile devices that the majority of the world already uses daily, audiobridge significantly lowers the barrier to entry for creatives around the world. The audiobridge team is combining cutting-edge software techniques with a carefully planned user experience, creating the world’s first fully guided music creation platform. This will allow creators to focus on the nuances of their song rather than the nuances of the software.

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