Dan Rys is a Billboard staff writer who has written for Rolling Stone, Vice and the Village Voice, and most recently worked as the Senior Editor of XXL Magazine. He probably likes funk music more than you do.
SXSW's "Getting Your Music/Tech Startup Funded" panel brought together a spectrum of financial backers, from the bottom level to the very high end. Moderated by the San Jose Mercury News' Peter Delevett, the panel was populated by Brian Zisk, founder/creator of the SF Music Tech Summit, Larry Marcu of Walden Venture Capital (an investor in BandPage, SoundHound and Pandora), and Hany Nada, co-founder and partner at GGV Capital.
The RIAA today announced that Michele Ballantyne will step into the role of executive vice president, public policy & industry relations, while Jonathan Lamy will assume the role of executive vice president, communications.
BandPage today announced that it was being used by 500,000 musicians on Facebook, making it the social network's number one music app. The service also announced a number of new features aimed at benefiting artists and their fans.
With TV screens and social networking in mind, the music video site VEVO has launched a significant redesign. The new VEVO, which is co-owned by Sony Music and Universal Music, features a bigger player, continuous playback of videos and personalized playlists synced with user iTunes libraries and Facebook pages.