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April 13, 2020 – SoundCloud Unveils $15 Million Plan to Support Artists During COVID-19 Health Crisis
After previously rolling out a number of support initiatives — including offering its SoundCloud Pro Unlimited subscription for 50% off through March 30 and providing access to Twitch’s Affiliate program — Music Biz member SoundCloud has announced a plan worth $15 million to support creators during the shutdown, as well as initiatives designed to bolster their careers long-term. For example, SoundCloud now creators have the option of adding a special button to their profiles that were designed to facilitate direct fan support via Kickstarter,... Read More
April 10, 2020 – Music Biz Member JamBase Launches New Livestream Calendar
Music Biz member JamBase has debuted a new livestream calendar which allows artists to easily publicize their livestreams and reach their fans from the comfort of their homes. JameBase has also developed a running list of the latest concert and festival postponements, cancelations, and rescheduled dates. You can view the calendar and make suggestions for additions here. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or interest about potential partnerships.... Read More
April 7, 2020 – Music Biz Member Show4me Launches Online Concert Platform, Waives Fees to Support Artists
Music Biz member Show4me today announced the launch of a new online concert platform, enabling musicians to play paid shows from their homes. Throughout the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, Show4me will give the fees they would normally collect from this service back to the artists to help them recoup some of the income they have lost out due to cancelled tours. The company also will waive fees for its other services for two months, to further support the artists using their interactive music network platform.... Read More
April 7, 2020 – Music Biz Member Primephonic Launches #LetsKeepTheMusicPlaying Initiative
Music Biz member Primephonic is supporting the Classical music industry with their #LetsKeepTheMusicPlaying initiative, donating $10,000 to Help Musicians UK Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund and the New Music USA Solidarity Fund — organizations committed to supporting Classical musicians as the COVID-19 crisis continues. In addition, Primephonic has pledged to donate an additional $10 for every new signup to their service as the initiative takes place. Finally, Primephonic is offering new users two free months of their Classical music streaming service.... Read More
April 6, 2020 – Music Biz Member Rock Paper Scissors, Inc. Debuts Music Tectonics Weekly Websdays
Music Biz Member Rock Paper Scissors, Inc. is launching Weekly Websdays, a new online music tech meetup via Zoom with curated programming that will bring in thought leaders to present different topics each week, and give attendees a chance to chat, ask questions, and more. The next session will be Wednesday, April 8, in which speakers will discuss remote collaboration. Click here to RSVP and to learn more.... Read More
March 31, 2020 – Music Biz Member Merch Cat to Support Artists by Waiving Subscription Fees
In an effort to support musicians during this challenging time, Music Biz Member Merch Cat is waiving subscription fees from now through the end of May for artists who want to sell their merch on the company’s direct-to-fan app, Merch Cat Fan. The app is a great way for artists to further engage fans during livestreams, allowing them to share their merch store link and let fans purchase merch in real time during the performance. New users can visit web.merchcat.com and use the promo code “CORONA” to access this discount.... Read More
March 31, 2020 – Music Biz Member Qobuz launches “Gimme Shelter,” Supports Creatives by Waiving Downloads Store Commissions
Music Biz member Qobuz, the music service with the world’s largest Hi-Res catalog, has announced that it is waiving its revenue share on all download sales — passing 100% of revenue through to the artists and rights holders — for two full weeks (March 27 through April 9). “With hats off to Bandcamp for leading the way with this brilliantly simple idea, Qobuz will similarly put its profit from download sales right back into the pipeline to help sustain the creators whose artistry makes a service like ours possible,” said Qobuz USA Managing Director Dan Mackta of the program.... Read More
March 30, 2020 – Music Biz Member Starchive Supports Creatives with Content Storage and Monetization Solutions
Music Biz member Starchive offers a simple, affordable and private content library in the cloud that empowers artists to easily preserve and share their valuable creations all in one place. To support members of the creative community who are experiencing financial hardship during the current health crisis, Starchive is offering three free months of their service with discount code “MUSICBIZ.” Click here to learn more about the company’s services and sign up.... Read More
March 30, 2020 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: B! Noticed Public Relations
We’d like to welcome B! Noticed Public Relations to the Music Biz Member Community! This PR firm offers a wide range of services, crafting tailor-made plans that will effectively help each of their clients connect to their target audiences. B! Noticed joined Music Biz in order to connect with new faces from the music business at large and stay on top of the trends guiding the modern industry. The company will be able to do so via our searchable Member Directory and through our robust Educational materials,... Read More
March 26, 2020 – Music Biz Member Spotify Pledges Up to $10M To Support Artists, Developing In-App Fundraising Feature
Spotify is rolling out a suite of new features and projects intended to help artists who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus crisis. First up is the new COVID-19 Music Relief project, which helps connect musicians and other music professionals in need of funding to grant-giving organizations, in addition to helping fundraise. To start, Spotify is donating money to the project’s first partners: Nonprofits PRS Foundation, Help Musicians and MusiCares, and will match donations made via the project’s webpage dollar-for-dollar for up to a total Spotify contribution of $10 million.... Read More