Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series
Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series
-- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventbrite ticketing platform while helping various charities. Tickets will be available exclusively at Eventbrite on Sept. 15.

The concerts have a charity aspect: each attendee will have the option to make donations using the company's iPad app, Eventbrite at the Door. The app is designed to accept cash and credit card payments inside or outside a box office.

The Hold Steady will play New York's Beekman Beer Garden to benefit VH1's Save the Music. Wavves will play Los Angeles' Troubadour to benefit the Fender Music Foundation. Jackie Green will play San Francisco's Barrel House to benefit Friends of the Golden Gate. Freelance Whales will play Chicago's Empty Bottle to benefit Rock for Kids. And Green River Ordinance will play Dallas' Life in Deep Ellum to benefit La Reunion TX.

"As a way of thanking all of the event-planners and event-goers who make up the Eventbrite community, we've asked our friends in the music industry to help us create an awesome set of concerts," Eventbrite VP of marketing Tamara Mendelsohn said. "We want fans to experience a special night, and to support the non-profits that are a part of their community."

Headliner.fm/SoundCloud Partnership = Slew of Special Offers
-- Headliner.fm is the latest company to announce a partnership with SoundCloud. The result of this partnership is a slew of special offers to SoundCloud users: 100,000 Band Bucks, Headliner.fm's virtual currency; a three-month Headliner.fm account; and entry into "Band of the Month" contests. In addition, Headliner.fm artists will be able to add tracks to their promotions directly from SoundCloud.

"We teamed up with SoundCloud because its open platform of over six million sound creators is the prime location for artists who want to easily share their music with collaborators and fans," Headliner.fm co-founder/CEO Mike More explains.

The New York-based company has raised a total of $750,000 from seed investors, according to CrunchBase.

Eight Countries Vote Against EU's Copyright Decision
-- Although the EU's decision to extend copyright for sound recordings passed without discussion, delegates from eight countries voted against the extension. Those were Belgium, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. In addition, delegates from Austria and Estonia abstained.

In explaining its vote against the extension, Sweden's representative expressed "strong reservations" about extending copyright for sound recordings and offers insight into the other side of the argument.

"Extending the term of protection for sound recordings as proposed is neither fair nor balanced. It therefore risks undermining the respect for copyright in general even further. Such a development is very unfortunate for all those who depend on copyright protection to make a living. Sweden believes there to be good reasons for measures aiming at improving the situation for those professional musicians and other artists who often operate under economically difficult conditions. Extending the term of protection will however not primarily be of benefit to this group."

The 10 countries that voted against or abstained may not be the biggest exporter of music. But Sweden is commonly known (it's been reported many times) to be the third-biggest music exporter in the world, behind the United States and the United Kingdom. The reason? Abba.

But when it came to copyright, Sweden didn't vote the way it's most popular band might have wanted. You may have read comments from Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus in news reports of the copyright extension. "The European Union has finally acted to give performers and musicians in Europe a longer term of protection to ensure that they benefit from their performances, at least in their lifetime," Ulvaeus told Reuters. "Now I won't have to see Abba being used in a TV commercial."

The Belgian declaration explained a belief that the extension is not an appropriate way to improve the situation of performing artists.

"It seems that the measure will mainly benefit record producers and not performing artists, will only have a very limited effect for most of the performing artists, will have a negative impact on the accessibility of cultural material such as those contained in libraries and archives, and will create supplementary financial and administrative burdens to enterprises, broadcasting organisations and consumers. Therefore, the overall package of the proposal appears, as demonstrated by a large amount of academic studies, unbalanced."