Sandbox Issue 225: Retargeting in an Age of Privacy
Lead: Tighter regulations around retargeting have made the job of digital marketing much trickier to navigate. What this has meant is that marketers have to get smarter. We speak to those working around these rules about...
April 3, 2019
Independent artist She Makes War launches ‘Supersub Club’
If independent artists are wary of crowdfunding platforms in the wake of PledgeMusic’s well-documented recent problems, can they go it alone? One is trying: British musician Laura Kidd, who records under the name of She...
March 25, 2019
Patreon shifts to tiered pricing for crowdfunding services
Ever since it was founded, crowdfunding platform Patreon has charged its creators 5% of the revenues they make from their fans (or ‘patrons’). Now the company is upping its share on some campaigns, with a new tiered system....
March 20, 2019
Gimme Radio launches crowdfunding and plans country expansion
Metal-focused streaming-radio startup Gimme Radio is raising money, but through equity-crowdfunding rather than turning to VC firms. The company has launched a campaign on crowdfunding platform SeedInvest. It’s trying...
February 7, 2019
PledgeMusic suspends contributions to its active campaigns
Crowdfunding firm PledgeMusic’s efforts to dig itself out of its current financial troubles continues: this time with a suspension of all active campaigns running on its platform. Billboard reported that PledgeMusic...
February 7, 2019
Artist Fastball has been paid by PledgeMusic this month
Crowdfunding service PledgeMusic has been taking more criticism this week for delays in its payments to artists using its platform. One of those artists were rock band Fastball, who as a post from industry-blogger Bob Lefsetz...
January 29, 2019
PledgeMusic under fire again over delayed payments
It’s another bad week for crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, with more artists and managers complaining about delayed payments and a lack of communication from the company. As Billboard reported, one band – ohGr – say...
January 25, 2019
More than 3m people are supporting creators on Patreon
Crowdfunding firm Patreon has published some new statistics about its platform. “There are now more than 3 million patrons supporting more than 100,000 creators on Patreon,” announced its blog post. “This year, we’ll...
January 24, 2019
Social app Triller turns on money-making features for users
We’ve written about smartphone app Triller before: first when it launched in 2015 as an app to help people create their own music videos for tracks, and again in June this year when it signed a licensing deal with Universal...
July 13, 2018
Amanda Palmer has raised nearly $1.6m so far on Patreon
A story about Amanda Palmer crowdfunding leading the Music Ally Bulletin? Today’s email is brought to you by 2012… But no: Palmer continues to be one of the most successful crowdfunders in the music world, but nowadays...
July 12, 2018
YouTube expands money-making features with Channel Memberships
YouTube’s latest announcement is about its full community of creators, rather than just musicians. It’s one to take notice of though: especially for anyone working with independent, emerging artists who are building...
June 22, 2018
Roxanne de Bastion: ‘What I learned crowdfunding from my own website’
“You'd be surprised by who's willing to support your music." These were the words of my singer songwriter friend E.W. Harris back in 2010 (insert a thick US Southern drawl for a more accurate quote). He had just...
March 6, 2018