App of the Month: Songkick Concerts
App of the Month: Songkick Concerts

Concert listings site Songkick has announced two initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of time artists spend on data entry at their various web sites. In addition to a Facebook app that puts concert listings on an artist's Facebook page, Songkick has formed partnerships that will allow artists to push their concert information to those services.

Once installed, the Facebook app pulls an artist's concert info from Songkick and places it on the artist's Facebook page under a "concerts" tab that is marked by the Songkick logo.

At the same time, Songkick has announced new partnerships with Bandcamp, Crowdsurge, FanBridge, Topspin, SoundCloud and Ning. By allowing these companies to use Songkick's API, artists can use Songkick to propagate concert listings and ticket links at the partner services without any additional manual data entry. So, for example, artists that use Ning will be able to import their concert data from SoundCloud through Ning's "shows" section.

"It's become a real hassle for bands to keep their tour information up-to-date across the web," said Ian Hogarth, CEO and co-founder, "especially because an artist is expected to maintain a presence on multiple sites and social networks. It's even worse when you consider how much data they need to provide fans for each concert, like venue addresses, set times and ticket links."

If you're going to South by Southwest, Songkick will be showing off its product and features at its open house upstairs at the Beale Street Tavern (6th and San Jacinto) from 10:30am to 5pm on Wednesday, March 16.