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Laura Schneider
San Francisco, CA
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Instagram showed tremendous growth in 2014, ultimately edging out Twitter to claim it's place as the second-largest social network in the US. eMarketer has just released a forecast for Instagram projecting the platform to be 106.2 millions users strong in 2018. Where Twitters user base grew only 12% in 2014,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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The Songwriter Equity Act returned to Congress yesterday afternoon. While an identical bill proposed last year was unsuccessful, there is an increased level of optimism surrounding it's reappearance. Presented with bipartisan support, the Songwriter Equity Act would update Sections 114 and 115 of the Copyright Act, giving the special royalty... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Merchbar, the platform that hit the market last September to provide fans with merchandise offerings individually curated to their unique personal taste has launched the Merchbar Hot Merch Chart. Offering over 100,000 individual pieces of merchandise from over 5,000 artists, Merchbar has become a destination for fans seeking the latest,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Eventbrite has partnered with Next Big Sound and The Wild Honey Pie to conduct a nationwide search for undiscovered artists coast to coast. Two winners will stake claim to the prize of performance slots at the ASCAP EXPO Attendee Showcase and The Wild Honey Pie’s Beehive at Northside Music Festival.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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SXSW has teamed with Eventbase to deliver the next generation event experience with the 2015 SXSW GO app, featuring the largest release of iBeacon technology at any event to date. This year's mobile app features cutting edge technology that connects attendees in real time and offers more in-app social networking... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube has succeeded in establishing itself as the premier destination for online video consumption, so how is it possible for a platform with an audience exceeding 1 billion viewers to remain an unprofitable business? It's really quite simple. YouTube is stuck. The company is treading water - while top competitors... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Georgia Music Partners (GMP) recently published a white paper analyzing the current state of Georgia's music industry. The publication reveals competitive challenges and opportunity for growth within the music business statewide. According to an economic impact study commissioned by GMP and conducted by B. William Riall, Ph.D. in 2011, Georgia's... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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YouTube is thanking artists who have shown significant growth in viewership and engagement by honoring them with a YouTube Music Award (YTMA). YTMA recipients were selected by the fans, as award criteria was based on collective interaction over the last six months. These artists are recognized as having effectively gone... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The service industry is a special kind of challenging, particularly retail. There is no telling who or what could walk through your door. The kind folks at Dangerous Minds have spent 2002 - 2014 documenting some of the finest idiocracy to grace their record store. One too many morons made... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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How Much Should You Budget For A Music PR Campaign? Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Hatch Plan To Make Musicians Love Them 5 Underground Music Scenes That Could Explode In 2015 How To Master Your Call-To-Action & Video Presentation On Facebook Knowing How To Protect Your Music Why Reaching an Audience of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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FCC Votes 3-2 To Approve New Net Neutrality Rules, Music Industry Applauds Streaming Music Income Is Greater Than Downloads In 24 Territories Digital Music Pioneer Rob Wells Exits Universal Music Without Warning 5 Underground Music Scenes That Could Explode In 2015 Spotify Launches Major Desktop Update: Adds Musixmatch Lyrics, Kills... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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In a contentious meeting yesterday morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to adopt new Net Neutrality rules, preserving a fair and open internet. If you're still wondering what net neutrality means and how this effects you, you're not alone. NPR's Elise Hu provided a bit of clarity in layman's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Turning the head of entrepreneur turned venture capitalist Mark Suster, five and a half years ago, Chamillionaire, the award winning rap artist, has traded the stage for a seat in the office of Upfront Ventures, as their Entrepreneur In Residence. In 2009 Suster recognized Chamillionaire's knack for understanding customer trends... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at hypebot
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The New Music Seminar has announced it's Artist on the Verge (AOV) Class of 2015. The 100 artists comprising this year's class have showed positive career momentum and remain unsigned to any major or major independent label. Artists are carefully selected by NMS A&R committee comprised of NMS partners, A&R... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at hypebot
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Musicians and creative cultural contributors rallied behind Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in an open letter thanking him for his unwavering commitment to strong net neutrality rules, penned prior to the Commission's vote on February 26th. The letter, co-organized by Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at hypebot
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Birdman won big last night at the 87th Annual Academy Awards claiming the Oscar for Best Picture, but many musicians made noteworthy statements on stage with their live performances. Shazam compiled data from throughout the awards show, releasing the Top Shazamed Musical Performances of the 2015 Academy Awards. Amongst a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at hypebot
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In an industry where musicians are constantly vying for any source of substantial income, CD Baby's rights management service known as CD Baby Pro forges ahead into 2015 with promise worthy of indie artist's attention. CD Baby prides itself on being owned and operated by musicians for musicians and has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at hypebot
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AdRev is reporting nearly 3 times the payout to YouTube rights holders in 2014, cashing out at $14.8 million in paid royalties. AdRev is earning it's place in the industry, reaching over 50% of competitor Vevo's views. The provided infographic provides a further breakdown of 2014's statistics: Related articles Record... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at hypebot
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The Songwriters Hall of Fame will welcome Bobby Braddock, Willie Dixon, Robert Hunter & Jerry Garcia, Toby Keith, Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry at the organization’s 46th Annual Awards. The 2015 inductees have penned iconic hits such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Dark Star,” “Should’ve Been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at hypebot
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Have you ever dreamed of going into business with some of your favorite artists & bands? Now you can by investing in London's own Signature Brew alongside Frank Turner, Baby Godzilla, Chicane, HooDoo Pop, Ed Harcourt and many more! Signature Brew, a London-based brewery, offers music and beer fans the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at hypebot
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Last night, San Francisco confirmed what Hypebot already knew – there is a vibrant community of music tech professionals in the Bay Area seeking the opportunity to network and grow together. How are we so sure? We met them last night! Music tech professionals poured off of Polk Street and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at hypebot
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Ladies and gentlemen, another streaming service has made an entrance. In an already saturated market dominated by algorithm curated content, Domino.fm hit the market today with hopes of combatting competition with a distinctly human touch. Domino.fm curates it's musical selections directly from the industry's leading blogs and music news sources.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at hypebot
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A group of Swedish songwriters have aligned forces publishing an open letter in one of Scandinavia's largest newspapers, Aftonbladet, demanding a bigger portion of the royalty pie. Boasting 133 signatures, the letter calls streaming services like Spotify & YouTube to task on their low royalty payouts telling them "It's time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at hypebot
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Understanding Artist Management Agreements, Part 1: What Does (and Doesn't) a Manager Do? 5 Unlikely Networking Connections Every Musician Should Make The Key To Creating A Chart Topping Music Blog [INFOGRAPHIC] 8 Things That Should Be In Every Band's Digital Press Kit How To Set Up Your Recording Studio For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at hypebot
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Brandon Waadenburg | Haggle Your Way To The Stage: 4 Things To Know When Negotiating With Venues TJ Bear | How To Not Get Ripped Off When Buying Rap Features Dave Kusek| Indie Artist Summit in Nashville Dixie Somers| Brain Benefits: How Learning Music Is Instrumental In A Child's Development Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at hypebot