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Friday, September 16th, 2011
9:41 pm
RocketHub Partners With The Orchard To Fuel Music Industry Marketplace

RocketHub, the community where artists launch, fund, and fly their projects, has unveiled its partnership with The Orchard, the global distribution platform for independent music and video content owners.
As part of the Marketplace rollout, RocketHub will empower The Orchard users to seamlessly integrate their content and established assets to launch innovative crowdfunding campaigns via RocketHub’s global fundraising platform. RocketHub is proud to join music industry leaders such as FanBridge and SoundCloud in creating a foundational resource through The Orchard.
For more on the Marketplace: www.theorchard.com/marketplace

Thursday, September 15th, 2011
7:14 pm
Electro Rock Act Paris And The Hiltons Releases "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles Of Ithaca"

Phil Jourdan of the UK electronic rock act Paris and the Hiltons announced the release his third album, "Reading Journals." The album is being released in three stages, and upon completion will boast 22 tracks. The first installment, "Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" features 7 songs that are based loosely on William Faulkner's book Absalom, Absalom.
Commenting on how his latest album is different from the prior two, Jourdan responded, "This album really has scope. It's a twenty-two track work and includes jazz, rock, electronica, weird avant-garde stuff, ballads, jams, IDM beats, and so on. It sounds different from what people would have expected from us, but I think it sounds better, too. And the focus on literature is important as well, because it let us go in a direction that most people don't think of going." He continued, "Basing the album on works of fiction meant I had to reread things, figure out what I wanted to focus on, and discard themes in those books that I knew were important but that didn't particularly move me."
"Reading Journals, Part One: Puzzles of Ithaca" is available for download at Bandcamp.com at http://parisandthehiltons.bandcamp.com/album/reading-journals-part-one-puzzles-of-ithaca. "Prettyface Tinybruise" and "Fracture and Slice" are both available for purchase at iTunes.

Monday, August 8th, 2011
12:07 pm
Flowd Rolls Out Enhanced Offers As Part Of Its Frequent Fans Mobile Commerce Marketing Tool

Now artists can offer tailored campaigns to reward fans including discounts on new albums, exclusive tracks, merchandise giveaways, backstage passes and much more
WHAT: Flowd, the music lover’s social network, today announced a major update to its web and mobile applications on Android, iPhone and Nokia.
Along with enhanced features for the end user, the most exciting addition for music artists is Flowd’s enhanced Offers feature as part of Flowd’s increasingly popular Frequent Fans mobile commerce marketing platform. These enhancements give artists control to reward their fans with mobile coupons issued by a number of different trigger options. These triggers include location-based check-in through the mobile app, event check-in through the app, following an artist, posting to an artist’s wall and much more. These mobile coupons can also be awarded as part of a competition with randomly selected winners or as a reward for everyone participating.

Friday, August 5th, 2011
12:10 pm

LMS Records/Indart Music/Latin Music Specialist president, Daniel Indart, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Music Arts by Shepherd University, Los Angeles. Indart was honored with a PhD in Music Arts for his professional accomplishments in music for Film, Television, and Advertising. The award was presented by Dr. Yohan Pyon and Rev. Juan Carlos Ortiz in a ceremony held at the Mijoo Peace Church in Los Angeles.
In 2010, Indart was appointed to the Shepherd University School of Music faculty and has been working with the university to develop a Music Entrepreneurship and Music Production curriculum. Other noted music industry professionals on staff at Shepherd University are noted multi-instrumentalist Abraham Laboriel Sr., drummer, Jimmy Branley, and keyboardist, Otmaro Ruiz.
“As the music industry continues to evolve and change, especially in a digital world, it is imperative that musicians learn not only how to make music, but how to make money in the music industry and how to maximize their career potential and longevity in this business,” says Indart.”
For more information please visit, www.indartmusic.com, www.lmsrecords.com

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
6:14 pm
"Ocean Midi Festival 2011" Coming Soon!

China's No.1 outdoor music festival Midi Festival continues to spread music and dreams across the nation. From August 4th to 7th, the Ocean Midi Festival will be held at the Olympic Water Park in Rizhao, Shandong Province! Midi is touring in Beijing, Shanghai, Rizhao and Zhenjiang this year - this frequency has broken the record amongst any music festival brand in China!
The upcoming Ocean Midi Festival has not only invited such leading characters in China's rock world as Cui Jian, He Yong and Tangchao; it will also feature some of China's hottest new bands like Miserable Faith, Brain Failure and Twisted Machine. In addition, the reknowned 2008 Mercury Prize nominee British Sea Power will also rock the Midi on August 5th. Meanwhile, some famous Chinese folk singers including Zhang Weiwei, Guo Long, Chuan Zi, Zhou Yunpeng, Hao Yun as well as bands from Hongkong and Taiwan will also join the stage.
Apart from the rock stages, this Ocean Midi Festival will also set up an e-stage! Midi Festival is the first music festival in China to ever include an electronic music stage. This year, more than 30 artists from the best electro bands in Beijing and Shanghai will gather at Midi. Techno, House, Drum &Bass, Funky, Electro, Dubstep... The various styles demonstrate the fast development of China's local musicians and predict the explosion as a trend of electronic music in China.

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
4:10 pm

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
3:21 pm
Chinese Songwriters Are Mad and They Ain't Going To Take It Anymore

A fair amount of fuss was made regarding Music Copyright Society of China's (MCSC) announcement that it had reached an licensing agreement with Baidu, China's top online infringer of copyrights. MCSC even announced that they had received their first royalty payment from China's largest search engine (Yes, Baidu is like merging Google with the old Napster). Finally, a major breakthrough that should please everyone, especially Chinese songwriters, right?
Not quite. On the same day MCSC made their announcement, famous chinese songwriter and producer Xiaosong Gao posted an open letter on his sina blog titled "A letter to my colleagues of the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance." He was joined by several songwriters such as Xiao Ke and Yadong Zhang in launching the Chinese Songwriters Copyright Alliance (CSCA) a couple of days earlier to fight the egregious copyright infringement by Baidu and negotiate on behalf of songwriters not represented by MCSC. Within days, CSCA soon attracted hundreds of new members.
Xiaosong Gao established MaiTian Music, which used to be China's largest record label, and now lives in the Los Angeles where he works in film and music sector. He also served as Director of Entertainment for SOHU.com, one of the most popular portals in China. So Gao certainly has a stake in what happens in China on the copyright front, the credibility to speak out and understanding of China's online market.
By Eric de Fontenay
this article was co-written with Xingyue Peng

Read more at http://mi2nmusicpr.livejournal.com/50565.html

Friday, June 24th, 2011
3:43 pm
DIY Media Expands In The Cloud, Integrates With SoundCloud

DIY Media, an Industry leading social commerce provider today announced an integration with SoundCloud, the world’s fastest-growing sound platform, to provide a “Creation to Commerce” solution that increases opportunities for musicians and artists to sell directly to fans.
By harnessing DIY Media’s cloud-based platform, those artists using SoundCloud may sell their tracks directly to fans around the world through their social networks and websites, using DIY Media’s easy-to-use social commerce storefronts.
“We believe this ‘creation to commerce’ integration is a powerful solution because it enables musicians to get to market faster and with a more refined and fan-supported sound than ever before,” said David Robb, CEO of DIY Media.
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud’s founder and CEO, said: “DIY Media has demonstrated how it’s possible to create great new products and opportunities when integrating with SoundCloud’s API. We’re really happy to see this beneficial commerce platform become available to our users.”

Monday, June 20th, 2011
4:00 pm
Top US Producer Management Company Joe D'Ambrosio Management, Inc Opens European Office

Former EMI Continental Europe and Capitol France executive Emily Gonneau will be running the European office as liaison between the JDMI roster and their European clientele. Ms. Gonneau is a graduate of the Sorbonne and speaks English, French, Spanish and German.
"With all the opportunity that exists throughout the European market, our roster of Brit Award and Grammy-winning producers, mixers, arrangers and songwriters will have more localized access to top quality representation on European soil via Ms. Gonneau," says D’Ambrosio. “We are very excited to offer our roster hands-on European representation, continuing our growth towards becoming a worldwide management firm."
In its tenth year of operation, Joe D'Ambrosio Management represents such talent as Tony Visconti, Hugh Padgham, Elliot Scheiner, Kevin Killen, Joe Zook, Larry Gold, Rob Mounsey and Thom Monahan among others.
JDMI’s clientele have worked with U2, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Rihanna, David Bowie, Beyonce, OneRepublic, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney, Sting, Shakira, Pink, Kaiser Chiefs, Peter Gabriel, Morrissey, Ayo, Raphael, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse, Beck, Justin Nozuka, The Roots, Fujiya & Miyagi, Little Joy, Angelique Kidjo and hundreds of others.
For more on Joe D’Ambrosio Management/Europe: www.jdmanagement.com

Friday, June 17th, 2011
2:31 pm
Music Distributor 88tc88 Sells Music On All Of China's Mobile Carriers

Digital music distributor 88tc88 (88tc88.com) announced the addition of China Unicom to the list of mobile outlets it services in China. With the agreement, 88tc88 now delivers independent music to all of China's 950+ million mobile subscribers. The company also announced the first statements from China Mobile and China Telekom, providing its customers accurate and transparent figures for ringtone, caller ringback tone, mastertone and full track sales, individually and bundled as a subscription.
"Our agreement with China Unicom enables us to not only provide our customers full coverage of China's mobile carriers, but importantly, China's growing iPhone subscriber base, now estimated at over 4 million," noted 88tc88 co-founder Thomas Reemer. "Being able to add China to the global digital distribution map is an achievement we at 88 are very proud of accomplishing." China Unicom is the only carrier in China offering the iPhone with a service contract.
Join the Chinese Cultural Evolution, get your music understood (lyric translations), heard, appreciated, (and bought) by over a billion people hungry for international music.
Contact Info:
Eric de Fontenay

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
3:13 pm
July 23rd, 2011 with Dismantled, Platform One, DJ's and Candy!

The next Dracula's Ball event takes place on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 and includes live performances by Dismantled and Platform One as well as DJs Steve Archer (of Ego Likeness) and Kangal. 3 dancefloors of non-stop music!

Tickets are $16 in advance. All ages are welcome. If you want to drink alcohol, you must be 21+ w/photo ID. Admission at the door will be $18. Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 18th.

Advance tickets can be purchased *in person* from Ticketmaster or Digital Ferret, or *online* from Ticketmaster or IsoTank (IsoTank now ships tickets by US Mail which is much less expensive). Those with advance tickets are admitted first, before those paying at the door.

Dracula's Ball takes place at Shampoo Nightclub in Philadelphia, on Willow Street between 7th and 8th Streets. The club has a large enclosed parking lot which is free, but it does fill up early during Ball events. Doors open at 9pm and the event ends at 2am. In addition to live bands and DJs, there are vendors, candy and door prizes. The official DB website can be found at: http://www.draculasball.com/
Monday, June 13th, 2011
1:11 pm
China's Major Online Music Providers Form Industry Association

The first instance of an industry-coordinating organization of online music operators and online music content providers – The Alliance of the Digital Music Industry (ADMI) – was established in Beijing. China Records Corporation, Shanghai Synergy Group, Ocean Butterflies International, Yuehua Music, Rock Mobile, Chia Tai Music Group and other content providers, QQ.com, Top100, A8, Baidu and other online and related businesses, and China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom operators became launch member organizations. Mr. Li Xiong, Director of the Cultural Market Division for the Ministry of Culture of the PRC, attended and gave a speech.
At the inaugural meeting, the first batch of more than 20 member organizations issued the "Digital Music Industry Declaration" and jointly signed the "Alliance of the Digital Music Industry Convention" committing jointly to comply with the basic principles of "abiding by the laws and regulations, implementation of genuine, insistence on original, and orderly operations." The purpose of this would be to establish mechanisms for the healthy development of the online music industry, specify industry business behaviors, and together promote and protect the healthy development of the digital music industry in accordance with the law. Also in the Convention, the production of legal industry products, regulation of the industry’s competitive system, encouragement of more original works, and the handling of internal industry disputes, and many other issues were agreed to.

Friday, June 10th, 2011
5:41 pm
CEEA White Paper on Intellectual Property (Film And Audiovisual Industry)

The China Enterprise Evaluation Association (CEEA) recently organized an event in Beijing for the release of its "White Paper on Intellectual Property (film and audiovisual industry)". The aim of the research was to examine the state of intellectual property and copyright protection issues, while offering recommendations to China's film and audio-visual industry, based in part on international experience of property rights. Notably, the event was attended by trade associations such as the Music Copyright Society of China, China Audio & Video Association, and the Film Copyright Society of China.
The white paper found that, despite some recent efforts by the Chinese government to address relevant IP laws and regulations, piracy rates remained a consistent problem, with rates estimated as high as 50%. While western organizations such as the IIPA and MPAA have focused much of their concerns on online piracy, the white paper noted the important role that hotels, KTVs (karaoke), schools, libraries and other institutions played in driving the infringement of audiovisual copyrighted material. Such piracy not only depress movie box office sales and television viewership, they stunt the development of the legitimate audio-visual market and hamper innovation in the sector.
While some of the white paper's recommendations are predictable (such as strengthening law enforcement), others are worth noting, such as "strengthening the basic construction and formation of an effective intellectual property management system." We in the West take our copyright system for granted, not being mindful of the fact that it has been built up and revamped over the last 100 years and is not something that can be created overnight. It may not be perfect and is subject to criticism, but it is a known commodity, with well-established procedures and rules to follow if you want to, for example, use music in a video project. The painful fact is that the same cannot be said of China.
By Eric de Fontenay
More at http://china.musicdish.com/

Friday, May 13th, 2011
5:02 pm
Sonicbids And Bandzoogle Team Up To Help Emerging Artists Rule The Web

Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters, and Bandzoogle, the most powerful website building platform for musicians, today announced a partnership to help emerging artists rule the web with custom websites. The goal of this partnership is to help musicians build a strong website and hub for their online presence, without having to code anything, or hire a designer.
"Our mission is not only to help bands get gigs, but to help them to create a truly authentic relationship with fans offline and online," said Panos Panay, Sonicbids Founder and CEO. "Partnering with Bandzoogle to make it easy for artists to create their own unique web presence just enhances our belief in the truly self-sufficient emerging artist."
Sonicbids members can sign up for Bandzoogle from their dashboard within their artist homepage. They only need to click on the Bandzoogle App to get started. They'll be able to import all of their EPK data, and can have a fully functional website up and ready in less than a minute.
Get a Gig or Book a Band at www.sonicbids.com

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