TicketSwap and GoFundMe aim to raise £2m for European venues
We’ve written about the fundraising campaigns for independent venues run in the US (by NIVA) and the UK (by the Music Venue Trust). Now there’s a new pan-European campaign launched by ticketing firm TicketSwap,...
November 18, 2020
Napster lets subscribers choose charities for subs donation
Napster has launched a new charitable giving programme in the US called Napster4Good. People taking out a new Napster subscription can nominate a charity to receive a portion of their $9.99 a month, for as long as their...
July 23, 2020
Move the Record event to raise money for independent stores
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a grim period for independent music venues and record stores alike, as they ponder not just when they’ll be able to reopen, but whether. It’s been heartening, at least, to see the...
June 24, 2020
Spotify to promote Artist Fundraising Picks with emails
Spotify launched its ‘Artist Fundraising Pick’ feature in mid-April, enabling artists to raise money from their Spotify profiles either for themselves and their teams, or for one of the charitable funds and organisations...
June 24, 2020
Björk joins Bandcamp – and Black Lives Matter will benefit
Björk is adding her entire back catalogue to D2C platform Bandcamp, with a launch offer that will see proceeds from all sales donated to Black Lives Matter UK until the end of today’s Juneteenth fundraiser on the...
June 19, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry stories (29 May)
We’ve been running a series of stories (you can find the archive link below) about some of the positive news in our industry relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, such as relief efforts for and from the music community,...
May 29, 2020
Spotify’s artist donations feature attracts more criticism
A feature published by the Guardian newspaper in which musicians were asked a series of questions about ‘pop’s future after coronavirus’ has seen some blistering criticism of Spotify’s ‘Artist...
May 26, 2020
Musicians offer feedback on Spotify’s new fundraising feature
Last week, Spotify said that more than 50,000 musicians were already using its new ‘Artist Fundraising Pick’ feature for fan donations, either to themselves and their teams, or to music relief charities. But is it working...
May 13, 2020
Google launches AI-powered Freddie Mercury singing challenge
Does anyone fancy seeing how their vocals compare to the singing chops of Freddie Mercury? Anyone? The legendary lungsmith knew a thing or two about belting them out and, as anyone else who performed at Live Aid in 1985 will...
November 15, 2019
Snapchat is raising $650m from investors including Alibaba
Messaging app Snapchat has grown like a weed to 100 million daily active users, while striking a series of video licensing deals to launch its Discover section. How is it funding all this? Not from the small-but-growing advertising...
June 1, 2015
Beatport buys social music app Listn, and shuts it down
The latest ‘acquihire’ in the music startups world has seen social music app Listn’s team absorbed into Beatport, with the app due to be shut down this month as a result. The dance-focused SFX subsidiary...
October 22, 2014