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Healthy startup life: ‘Read more books and less tweets’

When Alex Kennedy founded his own startup, he was excited about the potential. What he didn’t realise was that the ride would be an emotional and financial rollercoaster.
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Debating the future for music merch and direct-to-fan sales

From merchandise and ticketing to crowdfunding, modern music artists have more options than ever to go ‘direct to fan’ and build a sustainable income to complement their recordings. But how can they make the most of...
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Music streaming is booming… So what happens next?

The music industry is understandably excited about its streaming-fuelled return to growth over the past couple of years, but there’s also a widespread awareness that this isn’t the time for resting on laurels. The...
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ShaoDow talks artist entrepreneurs: merch, manga and more

Music Ally first encountered British artist ShaoDow earlier this month at AIM’s Indie-Con event in London. Less than a fortnight later, he was holding court at the FastForward conference in Amsterdam. The topic: ‘The...
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Ticketmaster to offer mentoring for FastForward alumni

With two Amsterdam conferences plus a London event under its belt, FastForward is starting to explore the potential for building a network of its young industry attendees. The company has announced a partnership with Ticketmaster...
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Data and music marketing: tips for smarter success

Too often when there’s a data panel at a music-industry conference, the conclusions are 1.) Music marketers are overrun with data in the era of social networks and streaming services, and 2.) That the challenge isn’t...
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Ticketmaster exec talks politicians, touts and dynamic pricing

Ticketmaster International's SVP of insight and marketing Sophie Crosby has addressed the debate around secondary ticketing and online touting, criticising British politicians who launched an inquiry into ticket abuse in...
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AI-composed music is here, but will it shake up the sync market?

The first market being targeted by artificial-intelligence music startups like Jukedeck and Amper Music is production music, with AI systems capable of generating music to be used in online videos, mobile games and other...
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Music’s future in a world of bots, smart assistants and invisible interfaces

The 'future of technology' session at last week's FastForward conference in Amsterdam, moderated by Music Ally, started off with a discussion about virtual reality. You can read our writeup of that here. The conversation...
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Music and VR: ‘People will pay if the content is good enough’

Virtual reality hardware sales are starting to build up a head of steam. Samsung has sold more than 5m Gear VR headsets, while Sony is closing in on 1m PlayStation VR sales, for example. That’s likely to increase the...
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The future music industry: more diverse, less siloed… and completely unpredictable

The FastForward conference in Amsterdam is only in its second year, but its concluding panel session already has some traditions. The audience have beers, the panel members have beers, and there’s a participatory drinking...
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The future of ticketing: dynamic pricing, data and Spotify

The emergence of mobile ticketing-focused startups like Dice has inspired Ticketmaster to “up our game” according to Sarah Slater, director of business development, music at Ticketmaster UK. Speaking on a panel about...