A recent development in the Live Nation antitrust saga hits close to home for those living here in the District of Columbia (that's Washington, folks). I.M.P. Inc., an independent DC/Maryland concert promotion and event production company, recently filed an antitrust suit against Live Nation. Owned by Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke, I.M.P. Inc., operates the famous 9:30 Club in Washington, DC and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. read more
Back in April, FMC released the "Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models-- (or "Artist Principles") -- a set of guidelines for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Here's a podcast interview with Los Angeles-based attorney Josh Wattles, whose years in the copyright and entertainment fields have awarded him with an insider's perspective (and no shortage of opinions). Wattles talks to FMC about what he would envision in a pro-artist document, and makes some provocative statements about what the role of a record label should be in today's music marketplace. read more
Digital Music News ran a short item today about Spotify -- a fast-growing free/subscription streaming service that's available overseas but not yet in the US. The article is about a demo of an upcoming app for Google's Android cellphone platform: read more
TuneCore is one of a handful of companies (including CD Baby and ReverbNation) offering digital (and in some instances physical) distribution for the DIY musician. For a relatively small fee, artists using these services can get their tunes in all the major digital music sellers (iTunes, eMusic, Rhapody, etc.) -- which means a coffeehouse strummer can be in the same "store" as Beyoncé -- Pretty cool, huh? CD Baby will also handle the warehousing and mailorder for your physical discs, and most of these services provide referrals for custom-batch CD manufacturing. read more
With physical CD sales dwindling, you don't hear as much about how certain records aren't carried by particular retailers due to so-called "objectionable content." But it still happens. Case-in-point: the new album from pop-punk lifers Green Day, whose latest disc, 21st Century Breakdown, cannot be found at Wal-Mart. read more
Spotify CEO Talks Portability, Premium Service Growth
Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify, says he wants to build on the early popularity of the ad-supported free model by developing a portable service and attracting users to the premium service. Jen Wilson, Billboard.bizread more
With even members of Congress “tweeting,” it was probably inevitable that the ubiquitous status-updating service Twitter would start being used for things that were just a glimmer in some developer’s eye even a few short few months ago. Besides hipping your “followers” to what you had for breakfast, users are also playing DJ — building playlists on other digital services and “sharing” tunes with the greater Twitterverse. read more
A few weeks ago (April 2, 2009, to be exact), FMC released the Principles for Musician Compensation in New Business Models (or "Artist Principles") -- a set of guidelines for ensuring creator compensation in an evolving music landscape. Crafted by artist advocate Ann Chaitovitz with input from over a dozen industry experts, the Principles represent an important first step in ongoing discussions about musicians' revenue streams. You can read the document (and a handy point-by-point translation) here. read more
Have you ever been scanning through the music rags at your local bookstore/music retailer/coffee emporium/tchotchke outlet and wondered, "why do I never hear this band that's on the cover of all of these magazines on my local radio station?"
We've scratched our heads about this, too.
There are quite a few independent acts out there that are successful by pretty much any other measure -- they sell out venues, play Saturday Night Live, can be heard on movie soundtracks, TV shows and commercials yet never seem to crack commercial radio playlists. After a while you start wondering if there's a reason. Turns out there is -- it's just sort of complicated. read more