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March 23, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: COOLPOCKETS MUSIC

We’re glad to welcome COOLPOCKETS MUSIC, an independent record company specializing in artist development and music distribution, to the Music Biz member community! Company owner Paul Guzman-Sanchez, also an artist under the name COOLPOCKETS, will release his new album GET DOWN TIME, the company’s banner release for 2020.  COOLPOCKETS decided to join Music Biz to start off the new decade by seeking advice from other community members and making exciting business connections throughout the industry. They will benefit from our robust slate of educational resources,... Read More

March 23, 2020 – Music Biz Member Synchtank Announces New Royalty Accounting and Valuation Platform

Last week, Music Biz member Synchtank unveiled IRIS, its new royalty accounting and valuation platform designed to help rights holders and administrators create new value while increasing processing efficiencies and reducing costs. IRIS — which stands for International Repertoire Information System — was originally developed by peermusic, and has already handled more than $1 billion in royalty revenues over the past 10 years. “Synchtank has a strong track record of changing the way technology is used in the music,... Read More

March 20, 2020 – Music Biz Member DataArt Offers Resources to Companies Transitioning to Remote Work

Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, Music Biz is partnering with our member DataArt to share their expertise in transitioning to work from home status with our membership. This show of support begins with a series of articles detailing the fundamental steps companies must take, and challenges they may encounter, during the transition.  You can find the first two in this series linked below: How to Ward Off Coronavirus and Save Your Business with Distributed Teams DataArt Busts Top 4 Myths About Managing Distributed Teams Should you have any questions regarding how to best transition to remote operations,... Read More

March 19, 2020 – Music Biz Member Bandcamp to Waive Revenue Share Friday, March 20 Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

This week, Music Biz member Bandcamp announced that throughout Friday, March 20 (until midnight PST), the company will forgo collecting revenue on items sold through its storefronts as a show of financial support for artists around the globe who are being impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. “For many artists, a single day of boosted sales can mean the difference between being able to pay rent or not,” said Bandcamp Co-Founder and CEO Ethan Diamond.... Read More

March 16, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Ear Marauders Entertainment

Welcome to the Music Biz member community, Ear Marauders Entertainment! This independent music company serves artists of all contemporary genres, and has been curating a new genre over the past decade, Grimey-Soul.  Ear Marauders decided to join Music Biz to help meet their growth goals while remaining an independent company. As new members, they look forward to meeting and collaborating with like-minded individuals throughout the industry, at events like our Annual Music Biz Conference and via resources like our Member Directory.... Read More

March 11, 2020 – Music Biz Member Napster Partners with BMW for New In-Car Streaming Service

Music Biz member Napster has announced a new partnership with BMW to bring the new in-car BMW Music streaming service to life, by leveraging the Powered by Napster platform. BMW Music delivers instant and easy access to a premium music audio experience to BMW owners in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. Drivers and passengers now have easy one-click access to more than 60 million songs and 20,000 audiobooks through the vehicle’s entertainment system. ... Read More

March 9, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: The Music Fund

We are pleased to welcome The Music Fund to the Music Biz member community! The Music Fund is a finance company that is specifically for artists, using streaming numbers and royalty income rather than personal financial information to offer fully automated financial services. This business model ensures that artists retain all copyrights, pay no fees, and take on no debt. The Music Fund’s use of technology and automation increases efficiency and allows their services to be affordable for artists at all levels of their career. ... Read More

March 4, 2020 – Music Biz Member Chartmetric Releases Latest 6MO Report, Covering H2 2019

Music Biz member Chartmetric has released the second edition of its semi-annual music industry 6MO report, covering July through December 2019. New to this edition of the report are TikTok Trending tracks, Bandsintown Tracker gains, and a list of artists who received the most “first-time” playlist adds on streaming platforms in H2 2019. “Amazing music today deserves to cross borders,” notes Chartmetric Manager of Content & Insights Jason Joven. “If we can use our computer engineering and data science capabilities to help art find their audiences,... Read More

March 2, 2020 – Music Biz Member Muzooka Teams Up with BMI to Streamline Setlist Reporting

Music Biz member Muzooka has announced a new partnership with BMI — their first with an American PRO — to help facilitate easier setlist reporting for songwriters and composers worldwide. This will allow BMI creatives who use the Muzooka platform to report setlists from the same hub they use to manage live concert assets like photos, bios and social media links. The partnership expands on BMI’s efforts to both ensure timely setlist reporting and streamline payments to its artists when their music is played on stage.... Read More

March 2, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Sound Lion Records

Please give a warm welcome to Sound Lion Records, the newest member of the Music Biz member community! Sound Lion is a US-based independent record label established to promote talented African artists around the world, with representatives in Ghana and Finland. The label specializes in artist management, music & video distribution, music promotion, and event management.  This month, Sound Lion will release Nana Kottens’ latest song and music video, “Mama Don’t Give Up,” as the first part of the label’s Addiction and Opioid Awareness Music Campaign.... Read More