Ampled reveals latest ‘season’ of promotions for artists
Ampled launched last year as a cooperatively-owned fan-funding platform for artists, and later in the year suggested that such a model might be “the only way to fix Spotify” in a guest column for Music Ally....
June 22, 2021
Fan-communities startup Fangage raises $2.5m funding round
Fangage is one of the startups trying to help musicians and other creators build communities of fans and find new ways to make money: from subscriptions, paid livestreams and sundry other features. Co-founded by Dutch DJ...
June 4, 2021
Chainsmokers’ VC firm invests in fan-funding startup Fanhouse
News site Tubefilter describes Fanhouse as “an OnlyFans-esque platform for safe-for-work content”, although it’s also true that OnlyFans itself is trying to get more of that content on its own platform....
May 28, 2021
Fan funding startup Corite launches in US with Hitco
Corite is the Swedish startup that is trying to offer a new spin on fan-funding, with people able to invest in artists’ music, and take a share of the streaming profits. Now the company is launching in the US, alongside...
May 27, 2021
Tools. Colabox: The premium platform for music labels and artists
There’s a lot of ways to drive both attention and consumption towards an artist’s music: campaign activations like micro-games, listening parties, UGC campaigns, or competitions are all keenly sought by marketers. However,...
April 22, 2021
African DSP uduX launches ‘PopRev’ for fans to invest in artists
The exciting thing about ‘high-potential’ music markets – but also sometimes the scary thing for the biggest western music companies – is that they won’t necessarily follow the templates laid down in the most mature...
April 16, 2021
As ‘Fearless’ re-record debuts, fans are hiding the old version
Today sees the release of ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, the first in Taylor Swift’s planned series of re-recordings of her old albums. This remake of her second album, from 2008, will be sitting side by side with...
April 9, 2021
Spotify CEO: ‘We will become a lot better at monetising your fans’
Fresh from his company launching its new Loud & Clear website focused on musicians’ streaming earnings, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek dropped in to Clubhouse last night alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Shopify...
March 19, 2021
Tools. Listening Party: Premiere your music or podcast for fans
Lee Martin was the developer of what we crowned the ‘Best Listening Party’ in our Sandbox 2020 best music marketing campaigns report – for Future Islands’ album ‘As Long As You Are’. This innovative campaign...
February 22, 2021
Tools: With The Band. Revolutionizing fan engagement by putting community first
In 2017, Sarah Beth Perry developed the idea for the “fan engagement” platform With The Band while she was studying Entrepreneurship and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville. The app and website, launching...
November 12, 2020
How should artists use Twitch to connect with fans?
Live video streaming service Twitch has been one of the (unwitting) beneficiaries of the global pandemic, as musicians scramble to find a way to compensate for the near-total shutdown of live music. In their recent “State...
October 6, 2020
Sandbox Issue 261: The return of the fanclub? Crowdfunding in 2020
Lead: Crowdfunding in 2020 – Crowdfunding is not a new idea – but following the nosedive of recorded music sales in the early noughts, crowdfunding became a tantalising concept: fanbases could be leveraged into...
September 30, 2020