Facebook expands access to fan subscriptions and ‘stars’
In March, Facebook announced that it was expanding its ‘stars’ system to musicians. Stars are its equivalent to ‘bits and cheers’ on Twitch: a system for creators to make money when people are watching...
June 30, 2020
Twenty One Pilots launch online scavenger hunt for fans
The latest artist sending fans to different corners of the internet to unlock content around a new album is Twenty One Pilots. It kicked off with a livestream (although fans who missed that can check out the ‘START...
June 15, 2020
Fan-funding startup Corite closes its seed funding round
Music Ally wrote about Swedish startup Corite when it launched last year as the latest way for artists to make money by selling off stakes in their songs to fans. In its first month of operation, it raised $24k in fan-funding...
June 10, 2020
eMusic says its new ‘eMU’ token helps fans support artists
Music service eMusic has been flying the flag for blockchain technology since mid-2018, when it announced plans for a new music distribution platform that – get your blockchain bingo card and blotter out for this – “cuts...
May 26, 2020
Tools: Tradable Bits. Know your Fans, Market Smarter
Growing an artist’s listenership in specific markets or their social following is one part of the equation of nurturing fan bases and driving revenue. But what is often missing, is actually knowing who the fans are and...
May 20, 2020
Sandbox Issue 252: Music’s extended stay in Fortnite
Lead: Last year there was a lot of excitement when Marshmello hosted a live set within Fortnite, but this year a run of shows by Travis Scott moved everything up several gears. This was aided in no small part by Fortnite...
May 14, 2020
Wicksteed Works launches ‘Getting Started with Fan Clubs’ guide
At the recent superfans event we held with the BPI and ERA, Wicksteed Works’ Jessie Scoullar was one of our experts, explaining how artists can make better use of mailing lists. Now she has launched a separate guide...
May 6, 2020
Ampled fan-funding platform waives artist fees for 2020
Earlier this month, we profiled Ampled, a new platform for artists to raise money directly from fans. At the time we noted that Ampled’s original business plan initially involved taking 15% of each transaction on its...
April 29, 2020
Trojan Records taps fans for Young, Gifted and Black campaign
It’s the 50th anniversary of the release of ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ by Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths, and label Trojan Records is gearing up to celebrate it in style. It has launched a campaign of the...
April 24, 2020
Bandsintown claims fan interest in livestreams will endure
Among the many unknowns around this Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the music industry: will the current boom in livestreams ebb away quickly once live concerts return? According to a survey of nearly 7,000 Bandsintown...
April 20, 2020
Tools. Audience Republic: Sell more tickets for your event
Audience Republic was established in 2016, three years after founder and CEO Jared Kristensen had lost $20k at a low-selling event he had put on. After three more years of organising various events, he realised that he was...
March 19, 2020
Ampled is a cooperatively-owned fan-funding platform for artists
The latest attempt to rethink crowdfunding for artists is Ampled, a cooperatively-owned platform that’s being built in the US by a group of artists, developers, designers and other creatives. “Our mission is to make...
January 20, 2020