Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (29 April)
A group of concert promoters, venues and show producers are calling for the US Congress to expand its coronavirus relief packages to businesses in the live sector. Billboard has a copy of their request, which claims that...
April 29, 2020
Spotify’s Daniel Ek talks churn, fan funding and why Covid-19 ‘might be a much better time to release music’
The Covid-19 pandemic is leading some labels to postpone big album releases, especially those for which tours were a big part of the marketing plans. Some big artists, like Dua Lipa and The Weeknd, have put out their albums...
April 29, 2020
Spotify ‘Artist Fundraising Pick’ tool is going live today
Last month, we reported on Spotify’s announcement that artists would soon be able to “link out to a verified funding page for themselves, for another artist in need, or for a separate initiative of their choice” from...
April 22, 2020
Music Ally Startup Files: Ampled’s artist-owned ‘relationship platform’
As the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic drapes the world in uneasiness, many of our established economic systems are blinking under the cold light of community-centric scrutiny – including the music industry. The impact...
April 16, 2020
Music monitoring startup Audoo launches equity crowdfunding campaign
British music/tech startup Audoo has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign, in which it will attempt to raise $250k of funding at a valuation of £6m. CEO Ryan Edwards launched the campaign last night at the latest...
February 6, 2020
Sandbox Issue 245: Catalogue Marketing Rejuvenated
Lead: With pretty much everything available at all times, the fundamentals of catalogue marketing have had to bend to the needs of the streaming market and the social media landscape. There is still a role for the deluxe...
February 6, 2020
Corite raises $24k in fan-funding for artists in first month
Music Ally wrote about the beta launch of Swedish fan-funding startup Corite in October, with five artists raising money from fans in exchange for a share of their royalties. Now the company has provided an update on how...
December 11, 2019
Patreon has now paid out more than $1bn to its creators
Crowdfunding platform Patreon has published some new stats, including a pair of significant milestones. First, that creators have earned more than $1bn from Patreon since its launch, and second, that there are now more than...
November 20, 2019
Sandbox Issue 240: Music Marketing’s Wellness and Fitness Drive
Lead: Wellness and health have never been more culturally central than now – which is clearly a good thing. And within this, music is playing its part as acts soundtrack meditation apps and playlists power gym workouts....
November 13, 2019
Crowdfunding is still effective – and it’s still not begging (guest column)
This article is an excerpt from Ari Herstand's second edition of How to Make It in the New Music Business: In 2009, I was co-managing one of my favorite Minneapolis bands with my girlfriend. I was actively touring, playing...
November 8, 2019
Liz Longley smashes Kickstarter total to buy album back from label
When crowdfunding platform Kickstarter first started making waves in the music industry in the early 2010s, the pitch from artists was often ‘help me to make my new album independently’. In 2019, in the case of...
October 23, 2019
Amanda Palmer says artists still fear crowdfunding criticism
Amanda Palmer was one of the first artists to make big headlines with a crowdfunding campaign, thanks to her 2012 Kickstarter campaign which raised nearly $1.2m for an album, art book and tour. Since then, she’s switched...
September 5, 2019