Dubset Media Holdings, the startup whose technology aims to help digital services identify and pay rights-holders whose content is used in remixes, has raised $4m in a fresh Series A funding round.
The investment is being led by Boston-based Cue Ball Capital, which focuses on recurring revenue platforms in business information services, digital media and specialty consumer opportunities.Continue Reading
The unsurpassed reach of the Internet and the emergence of a range of new digital technologies have transformed virtually every corner of the music industry for fans and creators alike. While consumers enjoy vastly more options, these market disruptions are presenting a range of important challenges for creators, producers, and distributors of music.
Musicians are struggling to balance their passion for music with the need to be knowledgeable and vigilant about the financial rewards for their talents. Of the $15 billion in global recorded music revenue for sound recordings reported by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for 2014, only a small portion of the money beyond the initial recording advances ultimately makes its way to artists as ongoing revenue.Continue Reading
For all the whirlwind technological changes and crumbling barriers to entry in the music industry, some things sure have stayed pretty old school.
Yes, rap songs by scrappy upstarts can hit No.1 on the Billboard charts thanks to internet memes and an unfathomable amount of streams on services like YouTube and Spotify. And it’s true that unless you’re talking about Adele, CD sales and even digital downloads have plummeted, because why own anything that takes up space when you can stream on-demand either for free or a small monthly fee? These days, a casual fan taking a trip to the record store is an almost laughable idea.
And yet, for the biggest names in music, self-promotion hasn’t changed all that much since the days of the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” More than an online radio takeover or guerrilla social media campaign, marquee televised events remain the quickest way to reach millions of mainstream listeners who might check out your music or even buy it (or, preferably, come see you live; more on that later).Continue Reading
For most of his career, Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to the most subversive elements of punk rock culture.
His music career started at college with a radio show and fanzine, before launching Sub Pop in ’86 - a label best known for Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden.
After dumping his shares in 2003, unhappy with the culture change that came with selling a 49% stake to Warner, he took some time away from the industry to raise a family.Continue Reading
When you’re planning an event it’s always tempting to skimp on the extras to keep costs down - but if you cut so many corners that your event is no longer a tempting prospect for invitees, then your penny pinching could prove to be an expensive mistake.Continue Reading