SyncFloor Partners with Symphonic’s Bodega Sync

SyncFloor is teaming up with Bodega Sync, a division of Symphonic Distribution, and launching a SyncStore™ for their boutique sync service.

This new digital marketplace will help sync professionals and creatives of all kinds find the perfect track in Bodega Sync’s exclusive one-stop catalog, thanks to SyncFloor’s intuitive search. Continue reading SyncFloor Partners with Symphonic’s Bodega Sync

Beatchain Unites a Constellation of Artist Services and Direct-to-Fan Providers

To fulfill its vision of leveling the playing field for artists, the one-stop marketing and distribution platform Beatchain has actively been securing partnerships and collaborations in the B2C, music training, and artist services world — those who are passionate about offering tools directly to artists.

Much like the digital-minded artists for which they have built their tools, the team at Beatchain is well aware that the future of the music industry lies in timely collaborations, grassroots networking, and multi-faceted value streams. Continue reading Beatchain Unites a Constellation of Artist Services and Direct-to-Fan Providers

Bandzoogle’s New Fan Subscription Model Expands Options to Support Musicians

As musicians look for ways to engage their fans and earn a living beyond the traditional touring model, musician web services provider Bandzoogle continues to expand their direct-to-fan offerings accordingly. The platform’s most recent development sees an important update to their popular fan subscriptions feature as the company implements a pay-what-you-want option alongside standard pricing tiers.

In addition to offering set premiums per month, artists can offer specific rewards to listeners who make recurring payments at a price they choose, opening up support options to an even broader base. Continue reading Bandzoogle’s New Fan Subscription Model Expands Options to Support Musicians

The Rattle Continues to Grow, Doubles Down on Commitment to a Fairer Music Ecosystem in L.A.

The Rattle is announcing the full opening of its L.A. location, surviving against the odds throughout the first wave of the pandemic. Initially launched in March 2020, the music and technology incubator will now accept new members. They will help form the next generation of counter-culture pioneers within the L.A ecosystem, who are looking to improve the world through new art and technology inventions.

“We are looking for the future leaders of creative and cultural movements to come and join us at Rattle L.A. and prove that there is a better way to develop creative founders and build sustainable startups around culturally important art and inventions.,” said Helen Sartory, Director of Rattle L.A. “At our core, we believe deeply in investing in and empowering visionaries who want to change the world for the better.” Continue reading The Rattle Continues to Grow, Doubles Down on Commitment to a Fairer Music Ecosystem in L.A.

Jimmy Jam to Keynote DDEX’s Creator Credit Summit on November 17

The acclaimed producer and songwriter Jimmy Jam will kick off DDEX’s 2nd annual Creator Credit Summit on Tuesday 17 November at 17:00 GMT/ 12pm ET in a keynote conversation with Maureen Droney, Sr. Managing Director for the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing.

Their conversation will explore the processes a music producer, songwriter, and musician go through to ensure that their creative work is properly attributed and what that has meant over Jam’s four-plus decades in the music industry. Continue reading Jimmy Jam to Keynote DDEX’s Creator Credit Summit on November 17

Tuned Global Appoints Andrew Stess to Lead US Expansion

360º B2B music streaming & technology specialist Tuned Global has appointed Andrew Stess to the newly created role of Head of Sales and Business Development for the USA.

Stess will support the company’s growth in the USA, given his strong reputation for deal-closing and relationship building, as well as his expertise in digital music technology. He will report to Spiro Arkoudis, Chief Revenue Officer, and will be based in San Francisco. Continue reading Tuned Global Appoints Andrew Stess to Lead US Expansion

Linkfire Partners with YouTube, YouTube Music, Making Streaming Data More Accessible to Artists and Labels

Linkfire, the music industry’s most popular smart link platform, announced today that it has partnered with ​YouTube​,​ ​the world’s leading content platform with over 2B active users per month,​ ​and ​YouTube Music streaming service.

The partnership provides artists, managers, and labels with more transparency around how link click-throughs to YouTube and YouTube Music translate into streams on those services. Continue reading Linkfire Partners with YouTube, YouTube Music, Making Streaming Data More Accessible to Artists and Labels

Craft Brewed Music Debuts New Podcast Series

Boutique streaming service Craft Brewed Music, started in Nashville in 2018, announced the launch of The Craft Brewed Music Podcast, available on all mainstream podcast providers.

Craft Brewed Music® is a curated service that streams “better music for serious listeners” and bills itself as “the small batch streaming app”. Continue reading Craft Brewed Music Debuts New Podcast Series

LyricFind Scares Up the Top Halloween Monsters, Films Mentions in Music Lyrics

LyricFind, the world leader in licensed lyrics solutions, is in the Halloween holiday spirit, and is releasing an infographic today that shows the top lyric mentions for both monsters/characters and the top scary films. Continue reading LyricFind Scares Up the Top Halloween Monsters, Films Mentions in Music Lyrics

TuneTik Plays Matchmaker for Musicians and Influencers on TikTok

Designed for musicians and creators on TikTok, TuneTik was founded in early 2020 to help musicians and TikTok influencers more easily connect.

TuneTik is all about helping creators make that next viral song. Whether you are an influencer looking to get paid for your promoting talents, or a musician currently on a deep dive to find the right influencer to help create the perfect video that gets your song some major traction, TuneTik has both sides of the TikTok platform covered.

We were lucky enough to catch up with Peter Kwitny, TuneTik founder, to get some extra details about how it all started and what’s next for TuneTik.

What was the jumping off point to start TuneTik?

The idea for TuneTik came to me after looking for different ways to promote my own music with influencers on TikTok. I’ve played in a band now for the past 4 years. We made our own attempts at trying to make our songs go viral on TikTok, but pretty quickly realized that it was going to be fairly difficult to make the next trend without some help. The task of scrolling through my TikTok feed to find influencers to promote the song seemed like a daunting task, so I took to Google to search things like “music promotion service on TikTok.” Every result was basically just agencies and managers who would make the campaign and select the influencers for you, and most of them mainly worked with brands which was a bit of a turn off as a musician.

I was looking for more of an experience like Fiverr, a simple marketplace where I can just find the influencer I want to work with and send them my track to make a video for. Not being able to find anything, I got the idea that maybe I should build it myself. I messaged my friend Marc, who has a fairly big following on TikTok and is now the co-founder of TuneTik, if he thought influencers would like to sign up for such a service. He told me that he gets multiple requests from musicians asking to make a video for payment, but he is often hesitant to do them because he can’t be sure if the musician will pay him. That was the moment that I knew there might be something here, as it was solving a critical problem for both sides of the marketplace.

Just how important – now, and moving forward – is TikTok in regards to an artists’ career (brand, promotion, creativity, etc…)?

While this may be a fairly strong and controversial opinion, I believe that TikTok is one of the most incredible and powerful apps ever created.

YouTube and Reddit paved the way for digital virality, but TikTok has perfected it to an outstanding degree. In terms of music, Spotify curated and algorithmic playlists have essentially run the music industry for the past few years in terms of determining which tracks blow up, but there is currently no playlist placement that is more valuable than a viral TikTok song attached to a trend. While I would advise all musicians to continue promoting their music by sending to blogs and playlists, I would also say that TikTok participation in some form, either through content of your own or working with influencers, should 100% be a part of the puzzle.

What are your thoughts on the business of music streaming?

To quote Vulfpeck’s Jack Stratton who quoted Steve Jordan in this interview, “If Whole Foods came out with a $10/month subscription to food, it would be a pretty popular product as well.” I’m fairly young, but am still old enough to remember the days of buying CDs and then buying digital downloads on the iTunes Store. My brother and I would make a list and specifically plan out the music we were going to buy with the limited budget we had. There is no doubt that music streaming subscriptions are a revolutionary, disruptive consumer product.

They disrupted an industry so hard that the thought of purchasing music at this point is almost foreign. Even though the film and TV industries were disrupted as well by streaming, there is still a thriving market of renting or paying for downloads. As a musician, my feelings are a lot more mixed on streaming services. While they have allowed for me to put my music in front of hundreds of thousands of listeners’ ears through an algorithm, they have also made it a little harder to make money from those listens.

As many know, the payout from streaming services is very low and has essentially required musicians to make most of their money from other sources like touring, which is now not possible with COVID.

It’s definitely a double-edged sword. But it’s here whether musicians like it or not, so we might as well make the best of it. Given the constant dramatic shifts in music consumption methods throughout the decades though, it would not be surprising if we see another disruption at some point. Perhaps Elon Musk’s Neuralink will eventually just store songs in microchips in our heads.

What’s on the horizon for TuneTik?

I have lots of ideas planned for TuneTik! The short-term plan is to keep getting more influencers registered and begin perfecting the promotion process for our musicians. Long-term though, the mission of this company is to simply help you make the next viral song. Above all else, we want to be the catalyst of the next big thing. How do we do that? For one, this may involve expanding from just TikTok and look into other mediums.

Another idea is to further our TIkTok presence by looking into better ways to observe music trends on the app and provide better analytics for musicians.

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Quincy Jones Makes Strategic Investment In AI Startup Musimap

Emotional Artificial Intelligence company Musimap has welcomed Quincy Jones as an investor. Musimap captured Jones’ imagination after testing its psycho-emotional profiling engine, MusiMe, which builds emotional profiles for listeners, detailing mood, feelings and values based on their listening history.

Jones marvelled at the engine’s analysis and accuracy when presented with a complete personality profile, recognising the power of personalised recommendations to refashion music consumption. In addition to being an investor, he will act as a special adviser to Musimap, utilising his industry standing to foster relationships and help the business grow. Continue reading Quincy Jones Makes Strategic Investment In AI Startup Musimap