Slicethepie was one of the first fan-funding services, but has lately started to look a bit stuck in its ways compared to more recent, flexible competitors like Kickstarter and Pledge Music. Slicethepie is changing though, announcing that artists can now offer more stuff to their supporters, while keeping 100% of proceeds from their completed EPs or albums. It’s also announced a partnership with UMG subsidiary Fontana Distribution, which will see the top-rated artists on Slicethepie and its SoundOut analytics service recommended to Fontana’s network of more than 80 US labels. In separate news, Pledge Music has appointed Rose Noone as its new Head of US A&R, to help it develop its US presence. In her previous roles at Warner Bros, Epic Records and Island Records she signed Seasick Steve, The Enemy and Macy Gray, among others.

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