Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year.

Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to work on new music together via online recording sessions. The company says more than 500,000 sessions have been created since launch, including from artists like Rivers Cuomo, Peter Gabriel, Snoop Dogg and others.

The new features are designed to make Indaba Music more of a one-stop shop for these artists, adding such elements as sales and distribution tools for music created, the ability to sell song elements like sheet music, loops and samples, video lessons, and discounts on merchandise. Many of the new features require membership at either the premium or platinum level.

From the release:

A full listing of new features and alliances follows:

RECORD/PRODUCE:
- MANTIS: Indaba Music's advanced, web-based Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is built to record CD quality audio from anywhere with an internet connection.
- Blue Microphones (via Musician's Friend) will offer 10% and 20% discounts for Pro and Platinum members, respectively.
- Online Recording Session Platform (Sessions) has been re-designed and upgraded to create an intuitive interface and simple functionality. Musicians can also be paid for session work through IndabaMusic.com.
- Sample and Loops Library includes over 10,000 royalty-free, Creative Commons licensed clips.

LEARN:
- Sheet Music and Video Lessons: Musicians will have the ability to purchase over 100,000 titles of sheet music and video lessons from two of the leading music publishers, Alfred Music Publishing and Hal Leonard Corporation. Alfred Music Publishing is the largest educational music publisher in the world and Hal Leonard Corporation is the largest sheet music publisher in the world. Both companies will offer Indaba Pro and Platinum members discounts up to 30% on all goods.
- Electronic Musician Presents features a variety of informative and interactive content, and includes a monthly "mixtape" competition as well as interviews, tutorials, production topics presented by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning audio engineers and more. Electronic Musician Magazine will offer complimentary trial issues, as well as half-price annual subscription rates, to all Pro and Platinum members.
- Artist In Residence: The Indaba "Artist In Residence' Program is designed for experts in a particular field of music to share their unique knowledge with the Indaba Music community.

COMMUNITY:
- Networking: Indaba Music has made significant aesthetic and technical upgrades to their social networking functionality, enhancing musicians' ability to meet, communicate, and collaborate. Changes include re-designed chat system, profiles, groups and forums in addition to real-time commenting across the site and powerful musician search capability.
- Contests allow musicians from around the world to collaborate with artists from Yo-Yo Ma to Matisyahu, with the opportunity to win significant prizing such as cash, music equipment, and official release alongside major recording artists.

SELL:
- My Store: Indaba will release a direct-to-consumer, embeddable storefront for musicians to sell music and ring tones. Pro and Platinum members will retain 100% of royalties.
- Distribution: Pro and Platinum members will be able to send songs directly to iTunes and keep 100% of the royalties. Pro members will be able to distribute 15 songs with a $3 charge per additional song whereas Platinum members will be able to distribute 50 songs with an additional $2 charge per additional song.
- Widgets: Song and playlist widgets let musicians spread their music to increase visibility across the web and promote sales.

SAVE:
- Connect by Hertz is offering free year memberships as well as credits up to $100 for Indaba Music Full & Pro members.
- Sweetwater, the world's leading music technology and instrument retailer, will offer $25 off to Pro and Platinum members making purchases of $200.

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