Students at Berklee College of Music can now learn the ins and outs of an independent record label through the college’s new label, Berklee Internet Radio Network Cooperative Records (birnCORE). birnCORE records some of today’s best independent artists who visit Berklee’s campus performance facilities, from the 200-seat Red Room @ Cafe 939 to the college’s state-of-the-art internet radio studio. Student engineers mix the albums to the artists’ specifications. Released digitally, birnCORE LPs are priced to sell at about $5.
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The digital age may have changed music as we know it, but most concert recommendation websites haven’t quite caught on to the fact we’re living in the 21st century.
Whether you attend one or 40 concerts a year, all concert attendees have a right to be put in tune with the best music shows in their area.
We’re delighted to welcome Rob Bridge, from Redwood Photography to the Right Chord Music family. Rob is a photographer, writer and speaker with a specific interest in the music industry, promotional artwork and images. He works with unsigned and independent artists from across the globe. Each month he highlights music photography he admires.
Thought of the following concerning indie artists who want to sell their music - not as a song but as background in radio commercials. It comes from an interaction I had with an artist whom I greatly respect.
Zach Dederick is the resident percussion expert at X8 Drums. He spent his formative years as a drumset drummer but found his calling after immersing himself in a study of West and Northwest African musical tradition. The djembe drum’s rhythm, energy and presence has since hopelessly hooked him to the instrument. He now spends his time sharing his experience with others online and through community drumming and live performances.
After Spotify and SoundCloud another small Swedish music tech company, PowerFX Systems, is hoping to impact the digital music world with their cloud-based music making app Soundation Studio for Google+ Hangouts. Soundation combined with the multi-person video calling feature in Google+ Hangouts allows you to create or remix music with up to nine users in separate geographical locations and video chat together in real-time.
Everyone and their grandmother knows what YouTube is. There’s a viral video here, a music video there, an embarrassing celebrity video here, and crazy moments in history there. YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world. Millions of videos are uploaded each and every day covering a million different topics. There are pros, cons, and controversies associated with YouTube (as with many websites), but there is also a hell of an opportunity for many individuals that have a YouTube account with original material to make revenue.
The Echo Nest is the world’s leading music intelligence company, and I helped it get even better. During my Northeastern University “Music in Online and Mobile Environments” course with Professor Bob Lyons, I learned about the company and the digital music blog it publishes, Evolver.fm. While on co-op in the fall, I read Evolver.fm regularly and began to learn about the extensive world of music technology. I applied for an internship for my Spring 2013 semester and, much to my excitement, was selected to work on The Echo Nest’s Quality Assurance (QA) Marketing team.
Yes, we will be comparing big music and media to the French aristocracy who lost their heads in the French Revolution. No, I do not believe it to be a literal comparison, but figuratively, it’s pretty darn close.
Google’s Eric Schmidt: “I would like to tell you that the internet has created such a level playing field that the Long Tail is absolutely the place to be — that there’s so much differentiation, there’s so much diversity, so many new voices. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. What really happens is something called a power law, with the property that a small number of things are very highly concentrated and most other things have relatively little volume. Virtually all of the new network markets follow this law. So, while the tail is very interesting, the vast majority of revenue remains in the head. And this is a lesson that businesses have to learn. While you can have a Long Tail strategy, you better have a head, because that’s where all the revenue is. But when you get everybody together they still like to have one superstar. So, we love the Long Tail, but we make most of our revenue in the head, because of the math of the power law. And you need both, by the way. You need the head and the tail to make the model work.”
TeenStar is the UK’s first and only singing competition exclusively for teenagers. The competition is brought to you by Future Music; the company behind the discovery of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas both of which are now signed to Sony Music.
TeenStar consists of a UK-wide search for the finest young talent the UK has to offer, with a spectacular National Grand Final within The O2 in London. The competition attracted over 9,000 entrants in its first year, but it was the uniquely talented Luke Friend who was crowned the winner in an impressive showcase of the nation’s future stars.
Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston can’t wait for the auditions to begin: ‘We are really excited about TeenStar 2014, there’s no other competition out there like it and we are eager to discover the country’s freshest young talent’.
TeenStar has a prize pool worth thousands of pounds, including a £5,000 cash prize for the winning act to help develop their music as well as a chance to feature in top teen magazine Shout Mag. Contestants also have the chance to win prizes through-out the competition, such as recording studio time with some of the UK’s top producers, singing lessons and extensive promotion on YouTube.
As well as the fantastic opportunities TeenStar offers, top teen magazine Shout Mag and music charity Nordoff Robbins have partnered up with TeenStar in a thrilling collaboration that will help raise awareness as well as give contestants the chance to be featured in the Magazine. TeenStar will be aiding The Nordoff Robbins Charity, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of vulnerable people across the UK through the power of music; in their mission to raise awareness, and in addition to this TeenStar will be donating a percentage of the Grand Final profits to this very worthy charity!
The TeenStar competition takes place at some of the best venues in the UK including the Birmingham NEC, Sheffield City Hall and Dingwalls in Camden and will be judged by some of the music industry’s top professionals, including DJs who work for Radio stations such as Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Kiss FM, Choice FM, plus national & regional press, local studios and record labels. The Grand Final is the climax of the whole competition and is staged at one of the most prestigious live music venues in the country, within The O2 in London!
TeenStar is split into three age categories: ‘Late Teens’ (16-19), ‘Mid Teens’ (13-15) and a special category to search for the stars of tomorrow; the Pre-Teens! Whether it’s pop, RnB, grime, acoustic or classical, TeenStar is ready to find the greatest undiscovered talent from across the country. TeenStar provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist.
Audition slots are available across the UK, so if you’re a teen singer and think you’ve got what it takes, for more information and to enter go to http://www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk
As seen in the 2013 October issue of Guitar World Magazine, Ken D. Webber, CEO of Plague of Smiles TM, is running a Kickstarter campaign (that is currently LIVE and needs your support) that highlights a new method of music distribution. It is called PARANORMAL STRANGENESS.
When was the last time itunes put money back into your pocket? This new method of using dropcards solves that dilemma and when picked up by artists and fans will produce a new music scene by restructuring the industry. All anyone has to do is pull out a calculator and read the Guitar World Poster tiers to see how the dropcards come into play.
Music and brand endorsements are hardly a new concept, its been around almost since the beginning of the music industry. Music and the celebrities behind the music are very important and valuable to brands. THey have enormous power and influence, and can contirbute to making and breaking brands. Yes, a company still has to have a solid foundation, and a sustainable business model (recently we saw celebrity backed companies like Shoedazzle and 12 Society fail). There are several factors in when choosing an artist to endorse a brand, and there needs to be understanding of the actual value of what the celebrity endorsement is.
A free Do-It-Yourself guide on how to take your material down a copyright infringing website… Sometimes this is as simple as emailing a DMCA notice; but not always!