Direct-to-Fan

  1. PledgeMusic Redesign De-Emphasizes Crowdfunding

    March 03, 2014 6:55 PM EST PledgeMusic on Monday rolled out a redesign that de-emphasizes the crowdfunding features of its platform, a sign that crowdfunding has potentially reached the limit of its utility for musicians as they seek new ways to generate revenue directly fr ...

  2. Nielsen Study: Music Industry Could Add $450 Million to $2.6 Billion in Incremental Revenue With Premium Content

    March 12, 2013 8:07 PM EDT The music industry has lost billions of dollars in revenue over the last decade. Nielsen says the industry can use generated at least a half billion in incremental revenue by allowing fans to better connect with artists.   Nielsen's study w ...

  3. Business Matters: Has Crowdfunding Stolen Direct-to-Fan’s Thunder?

    March 06, 2013 9:12 PM EST Crowdfunding is one of the more dominant topics of this year's South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, which takes place March 8 through 17. The SXSW website lists 21 panels just with the word Kickstarter, including one panel with A ...

  4. Exclusive: Bandcamp Adds User Pages, Gets Social

    January 11, 2013 7:06 PM EST People who love to buy music have a new place to hang out online. San Francisco-based Bandcamp launched new features Thursday that make the direct-to-fan service a bit more like a social network. Bandcamp users can now follow artists, follow other ...

  5. Topspin Allies With Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves and Artist Growth

    November 15, 2012 8:34 PM EST Topspin, the Santa Monica-based company that helps artists connect directly with their fans online, on Thursday announced non-exclusive agreements with four digital music companies including Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves Fontana and Artist Gr ...

  6. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  7. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  8. This Week In Music: Alliance Entertainment's Mike Davis Says They Won't Be Adding Digital Division

    July 11, 2012 2:28 PM EDT The most recent installment of This Week in Music finds Topspin's Ian Rogers speaking to Mike Davis, president of Alliance Entertainment, one of the largest physical distributors in the country. The duo discussed the rise in vinyl records, wi ...

  9. The Myth of DIY & The Madness of Traditional Release

    June 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Ed. Note: Benji Rogers is the founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans in helping fund their projects, such as albums and tours, in exchange for exclusive content. PledgeM ...

  10. Alliance Entertainment Acquires Audiolife

    May 22, 2012 8:15 AM EDT Alliance Entertainment has acquired Audiolife, a direct-to-fan fulfillment company in a move to expand its industry-leading capability in direct-to-consumer distribution. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog ...

  11. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  12. Direct-To-Fan Panel at SXSW Explains How Artists, Companies Can Market Outside of the Box

    March 16, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Direct to fan marketing has been breaking down the barriers between artists and fans for some time now, and with mediums like Twitter and Facebook providing a direct link socially and Kickstarter and Pledge Music allowing artists to fund their pro ...

  13. Topspin's New Partnership With MTV's Artists.MTV Music Hub Will Expand Company's Footprint

    March 15, 2012 6:31 PM EDT A company built in the 00's to help artists sell and market direct to their fans stands to get a big boost from a 30-plus-year-old company looking to bring artists and fans together: New artists pages to launch at MTV.com will feature direct- ...

  14. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  15. YouTube Launches Merch Store for Artist Pages

    October 17, 2011 10:17 AM EDT YouTube has unveiled a merch store that will allow artists to sell their merch directly from their YouTube artist pages. Fans will be able to buy "artists' merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like ...

  16. Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree

    September 22, 2011 4:04 PM EDT Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree Direct-to-fan platform Nimbit unveiled completely revamped version of its MyStore for Facebook as well as its free platform, NimbitFree. "We completely overhauled the user interfaces and underly ...

  17. The Universal-Live Nation Deal: What It Means, and What It Probably Doesn't

    September 20, 2011 11:19 AM EDT The news of the new relationship between UMG and Live Nation and its Ticketmaster and Front Line divisions raises a lot of questions -- only some of which have relatively straightforward answers. Given the immense size and reach of the two compani ...

  18. CHNL Raises $1.2 Million, Launches With Thievery Corporation

    July 12, 2011 10:05 AM EDT The number of direct-to-fan service providers continues to rise as entrepreneurs and investors pour resources into disruptive technologies that eliminate the retail middleman. CHNL is the newest startup on the scene. The company has raised $1.2 mi ...

  19. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  20. Rethink Music's 'Financing Creativity' Panel Explores Concept of Fans as Patrons, Not Consumers

    April 26, 2011 3:05 PM EDT A major theme at the Rethink Music conference taking place in Boston Tuesday (April 26) and Wednesday, musicians and industry professionals are exploring how the industry can adjust, adapt and survive amid the encroachment of technologies that hav ...

  21. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  22. Tips On Harnessing The Obsessives At SXSW 'Super Fans' Panel

    March 18, 2011 4:30 PM EDT You know those kids who own every single song and poster from a certain artist? The ones with a tattoo of their music hero stamped on their neck and built a virtual temple to said artist on the Internet? It turns out they may be your band's g ...

  23. Topspin Opens Its Doors to All Artists. But Can It Compete?

    March 16, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Direct-to-fan technology provider Topspin has finally opened up its platform to all comers. CEO Ian Rogers calls the new Topspin a "warmer, friendlier site and application" and says the company will release a new version of the software ...

  24. Topspin To Offer Direct-to-Fan Platform To All Users

    February 16, 2011 5:12 PM EST Direct-to-fan technology company Topspin Media is opening up its service to all comers: Next month the company will offer a new version of its service that will be open to all users starting at $9.99 per month. The subscription service will have t ...

  25. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  26. Nimbit Providing iTunes Ping Profiles

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nimbit direct-to-fan platform for artists is now able to create profiles on Apple’s Ping social network for iTunes for any member artists. Apple has special Ping profile settings for artists, but getting one can be somewhat difficult as Apple ...

  27. Nimbit Launches DIY Website Tool For Artists

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Direct-to-fan platform Nimbit has added a new do-it-yourself website creation feature for artists using its services, called Instant Band Site. It’s a free plug-in for the WordPress blogging platform that contains the following: · A custom website ...

  28. Topspin Launches Sponsored Spin Program

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Direct-to-fan platform Topspin is adding a path for brands to piggyback on artists’ fan communication with its Sponsored Spin program . The service lets brands pay for the cost of streaming certain songs from a participating artist via a widget, w ...

  29. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  30. Five Hot Digital Music Companies to Watch

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This summer, five mostly young online companies are setting themselves apart from all others in the music business. Each represents a different segment of the industry, but together they exemplify the entrepreneurship and innovation that is leadin ...

  31. Engaging Your Customers Online: Strategies From The 140 Character Conference

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter is fun, easy and effective, but don't expect it to result directly in sales. These were some of the nuggets of wisdom in yesterday's "Music and the Real-Time Web" panel at the 140 Character Conference. You can stream a ...

  32. April Fools' Day Hits The Music Biz

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT People across the country spent a portion of Thursday trying to decide what news items were real and which weren't. Here are a few of the April Fools' Day pranks that hit the music industry. One prank that may have snared a few people wh ...

  33. @SXSW: Winning Strategies For Direct-To-Fan Sales and Marketing

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "Your Fans Are Your Livelihood" Participants : Glenn Peoples (Billboard), Ethan Bessey, (manager of Band of Heathens), Mark Montgomery (Claritas Capital), Patrick Faucher (Nimbit), Brian Peterson (Bandbox) Four experts on direct- ...

  34. VC Watch: The Hottest Music-Based Startups

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST With so much music being created and licensed, there is a growing need for companies that add organization and context to it all. Because of this, service-based companies, not streaming or download music services, have emerged as the hottest music ...

  35. Business Matters: Live Nation, Sony, Nokia, Slacker and More

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Want free advice from some of the industry’s leading direct-to-fan experts ? During the “Your Fans Are Your Livelihood” panel on March 17 at SXSW , the four panelists will critique the direct-to-fan marketing efforts of two artists. Panelists a ...

  36. Business Matters: Google Vs. iTunes, WaTunes, Reverb Nation and More

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Google 's past, present and future music strategy ...

  37. Digital Briefs: Nimbit, iMesh, Fall Out Boy

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Nimbit , an online music promotion and direct-to-fan distribution service, has landed $1 million in new financing. The company, which counts both artists and independent labels as clients, acquired the funding from CommonAngels. - Legal P2P serv ...

  38. Considering Direct-To-Fan Distribution? Keep These Tips In Mind

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of the first anniversary of Radiohead's industry-rocking decision to distribute its album "In Rainbows" directly to fans, interest in DIY sales strategies is greater than ever before. While other artists had previously e ...

  39. Shirts. Hats. Key Chains. Are These The Saviors Of Music?

    July 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The mainstream music business is now finding out what many hard-touring bands have known for years: Merchandise is in many cases a far more reliable source of income than record sales. It's a new world order, where record labels desperately s ...

  40. Nimbit, ASCAP Enhance Member Services

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and Nimbit are offering more tools for ASCAP members to benefit from the Internet. Through a new two-year partnership, Nimbit and ASCAP are providing songwriters and publishers direct-to-fan sales and catalog management Web tools as part of ...