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July 18, 2018 – Music Biz Member Merch Cat Launches Direct-To-Fan App

Merch Cat, a member of the Music Business Association and all-encompassing merch management platform for musicians, is launching the new Merch Cat Fan app, the first-of-its-kind direct-to-fan app centered on the live show. Users of the Merch Cat Fan app can buy exclusive merch on their phones anytime and anywhere. At live shows, fans can skip the merch table lines, pick up their items, and then share their purchases with friends via social media,... Read More

June 28, 2018 – Music Biz Member Artist Growth & Pinnacle Financial Partners Strike Strategic Partnership

Artist Growth, a member of the Music Business Association, and Pinnacle Financial Partners, a sponsor and partner of the Association’s annual Music Biz Conference, have joined together to launch a new financing program for live entertainers. This innovative, artist-friendly addition to the live-entertainment ecosystem puts more financial power and control into the hands of artists, providing streamlined access to capital without dipping into personal savings or other costly alternatives. This tour-financing program is the first offering arising from Artist Growth’s strategic partnership with Nashville-based Pinnacle Financial Partners,... Read More

November 30, 2017 – Music Biz Congratulates Members & Friends Featured In Billboard’s 2017 ‘Women In Music’

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) would like to congratulate its members, friends, and affiliates for being featured on Billboard’s ‘Women In Music 2017’ list. We’d like to send a special congratulations to Executive of the Year, Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO of Atlantic Records and ‘Powerhouse Award’ recipient Kelly Clarkson. Greenwald and Clarkson recently participated in a keynote interview at Music Biz 2017’s ‘Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out powered by Nielsen’ featured presentation where they discussed work/life balance,... Read More

November 27, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: RootNote

RootNote is a community of creatives and thinkers addressing some of the music industry’s biggest challenges. Formed from the desire to empower content creators and grow the overall industry, the company focuses on the music business’s core: the artists. Through its challenging and experiential multi-month education and incubation program, equity-based investment structure, and lifelong network of industry leaders and finance providers, RootNote is investing in the long-term success of the industry’s future stars. Website: Location: Nashville,... Read More

November 9, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: GigSalad

GigSalad is an online marketplace for artists and event service providers to promote their talent, connect with event and party planners, and get booked for private and public gigs ranging from weddings and parties to corporate events and festivals. As the largest entertainment booking platform in the U.S. and Canada, GigSalad can help you do what you love. Website: Location: Springfield, MO Number of Employees: 28 Number of Years in Business: 10 Primary Contact: Mark Steiner,... Read More

October 30, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Primephonic

Primephonic is a 100% classical music digital streaming platform and high-definition download store, which was founded in 2014 as a direct response to the urgent challenges and opportunities following the digital revolution within the classical music industry. Primephonic seeks to reinvent the digital classical music experience and reignite a global passion for the genre. Our ambition is to reach the underserved classical music listener with the most extensive classical music catalog, high-quality audio, and industry-leading search technology while at the same time reversing the declining revenue trend for artists and labels.... Read More

September 28, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Merch Cat

Merch Cat was founded by Vanessa Ferrer in 2014 after identifying a market need for a product to help artists streamline and manage their live show merchandise sales and inventory. The Merch Cat platform launched on December 1, 2015, with an intuitive, one stop app that is a point of sale system with real time inventory and sales tracking, sales and show analytics, and musician friendly pricing. Since launch, Merch Cat has been working to plant its stake in the ground as a “go-to”... Read More

September 15, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Truth Vinyl

Truth Vinyl is a specialty vinyl record retailer and live music venue located in the entertainment district of Arlington, TX. Centrally located between Dallas and Ft. Worth near AT&T Stadium and Rangers Ballpark. Website: Location:  Arlington, TX Number of Years in Business: 1 Primary Contact: Ric Delzell, CEO, Primary Service/Product: Truth Vinyl specializes in vinyl and rare shellac recordings. With over 50,000 vinyl records plus the latest selection of new re-releases on vinyl as they become available.... Read More

August 1, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Vistex

Vistex is the world’s largest provider of software solutions in the music industry. Our leading software solutions are designed with the user in mind and provide companies with the ability to effectively manage, automate and simplify the most complicated processes. Vistex supports your entire workflow; from contract negotiations all the way through to administering complex royalty obligations and easy to use, web-based client statements. Vistex ensures that monies due or owed are properly calculated and administered. ... Read More

June 21, 2017 – New Member Profile Feature: Painted Axe

Painted Axe specializes in branded, custom painted guitars for special events, festivals and musicians seeking additional avenues for personal expression or utilize as fundraisers (raffles, silent auctions, crowd funding). Website: Location: Jacksonville, FL Number of Employees: 2 Number of Years in Business: 15 Primary Contact: Michael Gauf, Owner & Artisan, Primary Service or Product: Branded, custom painted guitars, including electric, acoustic, resonator and bass Most Recent Innovations and News Items: An exhibition of custom painted guitars by Painted Axe will be on view January 2018 –... Read More