GiggedIn raises $500k in new funding
Australian live music crowdfunding and ticketing platform GiggedIn has secured $500k in seed funding from a range of investors including BlueChilli Venture Fund, Blacksheep Capital, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, Dominet...
June 29, 2015
PledgeMusic president hails Apple Music D2C implications
There were a fair few critics of Apple Music last week, but direct-to-fan firm PledgeMusic’s president Benji Rogers is a fan. In a blog post on the company’s site, he has explained why, calling Apple’s new service “one...
June 17, 2015
Psonar turns to Crowdcube crowdfunding as part of latest investment drive
British streaming music startup Psonar has been plugging away with its idea for a pay-as-you-go model for years now, inking a licensing deal with UMG while “in progress” with talks for similar agreements with WMG and...
May 6, 2015
De La Soul reached $600k in crowdfunding for new album
Pioneering rap trio De La Soul’s Kickstarter campaign for a new album ended over the weekend with a bang: they reached $600,874 from 11,169 backers. That makes the campaign the second most lucrative musician-focused Kickstarter...
May 5, 2015
‘African iTunes’ Bozza is crowdfunding in the UK
African digital entertainment service Bozza, which has been compared to iTunes, is looking for £500k of equity funding – but it is turning to crowdfunding rather than traditional investment sources. The company, which...
April 28, 2015
Hank Green talks $2 YouTube CPM – and the ‘Just Ask’ alternative
YouTubers aren’t supposed to talk publicly about how much money they’re making from advertising: it’s why they squirm and deflect when asked about it on-stage at conferences. Veteran online video star Hank Green has...
April 8, 2015
Kickstarter shines Spotlight on successful projects
Until now, if you ran a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding project, its page on the site would be effectively frozen in time from the funding deadline. Visit Amanda Palmer’s “The new record, art book and tour” page,...
March 26, 2015
Patreon buys fellow crowdfunding service Subbable
Fresh from signing up musician Amanda Palmer, Patreon has announced that it's now paying out $2m a month to its network of creators, and that it's acquiring fellow crowdfunding service Subbable. Patreon is growing fast:...
March 16, 2015
Amanda Palmer up to $21.4k per ‘thing’ on Patreon
We reported on the launch of Amanda Palmer’s Patreon campaign earlier this week. A few days on – at the time of writing – she has 2,369 backers on the crowdfunding service committed to paying $21,463 per “thing”...
March 7, 2015
As Amanda Palmer joins Patreon, CEO Jack Conte tells us why (interview)
“What most people don’t really understand is that all content creators – people who put things on the internet, and populate the shell of the web with awesome things to enjoy – are all in the same thinking-boat with...
March 3, 2015
What musicians can learn from the Peter Molyneux Kickstarter disaster
As first questions in a press interview go, “Do you think that you’re a pathological liar?” takes some beating. Yet that was the opening salvo in a recent interview with veteran games developer Peter Molyneux by...
March 2, 2015
Pebble Time smartwatch: $7.7m of Kickstarter orders in 15 hours
Pebble was the company that ignited the smartwatch market back in 2012, when it raised $10.3m on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to make its first e-paper screened device. Yesterday, it returned to the site for a new model,...
February 26, 2015