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
Sandbox Issue 200: Pod it like it’s Hot
This week’s lead feature looks at podcasting, and its relevance to labels and artists. With an estimated 484 million podcast listeners worldwide at the end of 2017, can the format help bring back some of the context to...
March 21, 2018
SXSW Startup Profile: Sens.ai
Sens.ai is an app-based platform that uses artificial intelligence to help people and brands find success on social media, by playing the role of a teacher and guide. Launched in 2017 and spearheaded by serial-entrepreneur...
March 20, 2018
Sony shows off virtual-reality music video for Khalid
When it comes to experimenting with virtual-reality technology, Sony Music has one advantage over other labels: its relationship with Sony’s consumer-electronics division, with its PlayStation VR headset. We’ve seen...
March 19, 2018