Music NFTs roundup: AEG x Autograph, Yuga Labs x CryptoPunks…
Live Nation dipped its toes in the music NFTs waters with digital ticket stubs late last year; now rival AEG Presents is making its own non-fungible move.
March 14, 2022
Music metaverse startup Ristband bags Epic Games ‘MegaGrant’
Ristband is the startup formerly known as Overview Ark. It rebranded last year while working on its plans for a 'multiplayer music metaverse' platform.
January 28, 2022
Marc Geiger: ‘We’re going into a post-Spotify earning era’
Yesterday was the first day of SXSW 2021’s online conference, including a chat between former WME music chief Marc Geiger and Pandora founder Tim Westergren – now working on their new ventures, venue network Savelive...
March 17, 2021
SXSW and Ultra Music Festival both have ‘no refunds’ policies
We gasped the other day when it emerged that SXSW didn’t have an insurance policy that would cover cancellation due to “communicable diseases, viruses and pandemics” – like the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). If that...
March 11, 2020
SXSW cancelled due to coronavirus: so what next for music?
By now, you’ll surely have seen the news that the SXSW festival and conference has been cancelled by the City of Austin itself due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – a decision that SXSW has promised to...
March 9, 2020
Ultra Music Festival may be postponed due to coronavirus
It’s very early to start making doom-laden predictions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak laying waste to 2020’s festivals season. But certainly those that are earlier in the calendar are facing tough questions...
March 5, 2020
Facebook and Twitter pull out of SXSW due to coronavirus
We reported yesterday on what the coronavirus outbreak might mean for June’s Midem music industry conference: presently, it means sharing Cannes with 23,000 real-estate folk due to the postponement of that industry’s...
March 3, 2020
Could the coronavirus outbreak affect music conferences?
Mobile industry conference Mobile World Congress is huge: according to the Guardian, it now attracts more than 100,000 delegates to Barcelona, and is worth around €500m to the city every year. So the news that this year’s...
February 13, 2020
T Bone Burnett takes on big-tech companies in SXSW speech
Musician and producer T Bone Burnett has spoken out before on the relationship between technology companies and artists. Last week at SXSW, he gave a speech outlining how he feels about all this in 2019. “It must be becoming...
March 18, 2019
Instagram co-founder isn’t sold on big-tech breakup plans
Of all the things Facebook could have done in response to Democrat politician Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that it should be broken up for abuse of its power, temporarily blocking the Facebook ads that she’d booked...
March 12, 2019
20 voteworthy music sessions from the SXSW PanelPicker 2019
The voting process is underway in the SXSW 2019 PanelPicker, where the public gets to vote on which session ideas should be programmed at the Austin conference next March. As ever, there are plenty of music sessions being...
August 20, 2018