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Bandzoogle Debuts Exclusive Merch to Benefit Musician Mental Health Services

Musician website and direct-to-fan platform Bandzoogle is celebrating their 17th anniversary by giving back to artists in need. Using their newly launched integration with print-on-demand provider Printful, the company has created exclusive merch for sale, donating all proceeds to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a charity focused on providing emergency relief to the Canadian music community.

T-shirts, hoodies, and more are now available through a Bandzoogle-powered store. Profits from all sales of this 17th anniversary merchandise will go directly to Unison’s Emergency Mental Health for the Music Community campaign, with Bandzoogle matching donations up to $5000 CAD. Continue reading Bandzoogle Debuts Exclusive Merch to Benefit Musician Mental Health Services

Djooky App Rewards Fans’ A&R Skills for Identifying Hits

Emerging music and fintech startup Djooky has launched a new HitHunter function on its app enabling music fans to win cash prizes for identifying potential hits.

The new function, which is the first of its kind, follows the inception of the Djooky Music Awards this summer, which encourages app users to vote with their hearts by supporting their favourite songs. Continue reading Djooky App Rewards Fans’ A&R Skills for Identifying Hits

LÜM Launches New Platform

LÜM announced the launch of a new digital music marketplace for creators – The Exchange. With COVID-19 significantly limiting artists’ ability to make money, the launch of The Exchange demonstrates the Company’s commitment to providing artists pathways to profitability from peers – as well as fans.

Dubbed as the “Shopify” for musicians and ‘Home’ for independent artists, The Exchange will allow creators to buy and sell features, vocals, mixing & mastering, beats, and even music reviews. Continue reading LÜM Launches New Platform

Staccs to Launch New Streaming Service for Music Concerts

Staccs, a Swedish tech startup, will launch a new, premium streaming service for music concerts providing fans with the opportunity to relive their favourite concerts, on demand.

Set to launch in the Nordics in the first quarter of 2021, Staccs opens up new, untapped commercial opportunities for the music industry with its user-centric business model – offering artists and rights holders a new revenue stream to market classic video content. The new home for concerts on demand, Staccs will offer fans the chance to relive their favourite gigs advert free in the highest quality possible. Continue reading Staccs to Launch New Streaming Service for Music Concerts

The MLC Begins Full Operations

The highly anticipated License Availability Date set by the landmark Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA) – when digital audio services can begin operating under a new blanket mechanical license covering every musical work available on their U.S. services – has officially arrived, ushering in a new era in mechanical licensing led by The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC).

As of January 1st, 2021, The MLC has officially begun administering this new blanket license established by the MMA. Continue reading The MLC Begins Full Operations

New Viberate Report on Beatport’s 2020 Trends and Winners

With touring and live events at a standstill, musicians and labels quickly turned to streaming and digital releases. In July, Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels confirmed that they’ve already seen a 10–20% increase in the number of releases and are expecting the trend to continue well into 2021. Continue reading New Viberate Report on Beatport’s 2020 Trends and Winners

NetEase Cloud Music Announces New Initiative to Foster the Growth of Music Content Creators

NetEase Cloud Music announced a new “Music Talent” initiative to leverage its competitive edge as a community to connect, inspire and engage quality content creators to cater to the country’s booming music industry. Continue reading NetEase Cloud Music Announces New Initiative to Foster the Growth of Music Content Creators

The MLC Teams with Blokur, Exactuals, Music Data Services, TuneRegistry

The MLC is announcing that four music data companies are joining its Data Quality Initiative (DQI): Blokur, Exactuals, Music Data Services, and TuneRegistry.

Through their work with The MLC, these companies will make it much easier for their users and customers to participate in the DQI and check the accuracy of their musical works data in The MLC’s current database. Continue reading The MLC Teams with Blokur, Exactuals, Music Data Services, TuneRegistry

Palcast Launches to Give Podcasts More Love

Last week, Spotify released its yearly tradition “Spotify Wrapped,” but for podcast fans the fun was limited to just a few data insights.

Not to worry. Palcast has launched to analyze your podcast listening data in more detail and let’s you compare your taste with friends. Continue reading Palcast Launches to Give Podcasts More Love

SiriusXM Joins Forces With The Bob Marley Family to Launch “Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio” Channel

SiriusXM and the family of Bob Marley announced today an exclusive year-round channel dedicated to the legacy of Bob Marley.

Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio will launch on December 3rd on SiriusXM channel 19 and will feature the cultural icon’s entire music catalog, both live and recorded, including rare recordings, some of which have never been made available to the public. Continue reading SiriusXM Joins Forces With The Bob Marley Family to Launch “Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Radio” Channel

Sweet Relief, Acoustik Attak Team Up to Help Artists

Acoustik Attak announced a partnership with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, maker of the innovative Attak and Ambush guitar picks. Sweet Relief agreed to the partnership after vetting the new invention with its guitar and bass-playing supporters.

The arrangement provides a discount code for 25% off retail on the new picks. Even better, 25% of the sale goes straight to Sweet Relief to support its mission to give financial assistance to artists and music industry workers struggling to make ends meet, including those affected by COVID-19. (See full details here). Continue reading Sweet Relief, Acoustik Attak Team Up to Help Artists