Kickstarter

  1. Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million

    April 10, 2014 9:28 PM EDT With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history at $5.75 million as of today.  PonoMusic CEO John Hamm is thrilled about hitting the miles ...

  2. How Videogame Rockers Anamanaguchi Became the Biggest Kickstarter Act Since Amanda Palmer

    June 03, 2013 1:16 PM EDT Ana•mana•guchi. The polysyllabic tongue-twister of a name, like a toddler attempting Japanese, is on the lips of a swelling army of fans and admirers after several thousand helped propel the DIY, 8-bit electronic group into the pantheon of Kicks ...

  3. Blue Note Records, ArtistShare Create Crowdfunding Label

    May 08, 2013 1:19 PM EDT Jazz label Blue Note Records has joined with crowdfunding platform ArtistShare in a new partnership called Blue Note/ArtistShare committed to discovering and nurturing up-and-coming young jazz talent. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spot ...

  4. Amanda Palmer Talks New Business Models, Plays Ukulele at SXSW

    March 13, 2013 8:18 PM EDT There's much more to crowdfunding than meets the eye, and that requires partnering with companies for distribution to reach retailers and fans, music Amanda Palmer said at SXSW on Wednesday. But Palmer could not say if this exciting new bu ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Business Matters: Why Did Bjork's Kickstarter Project Fail?

    February 08, 2013 8:47 PM EST Internationally famous Icelandic artist Bjork may have been the most high-profile musician to undertake a project on Kickstarter, the platform that allows artists to raise money from fans for their projects. Her project most likely became the bi ...

  7. Amanda Palmer Q&A, Part 2: Touring, and the Challenges of Small Businesses

    January 30, 2013 10:15 AM EST In part 1 of this article, singer/Kickstarter superstar Amanda Palmer talks about why she believes a pay-what-you-want "patronage" model is the way forward for the music business, the changing relationship between artists and fans, the ...

  8. Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

    September 05, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE now to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard ...

  9. Bandsintown Live-Music App Proves 'Push' Really Does Work

    August 27, 2012 12:22 PM EDT Bandsintown's Insight study of about 1800 music fans identified five distinct types of music fan. Bandsintown's live music app, which allows artists to enter their shows (and display them automatically on Facebook and elsewhere), and sen ...

  10. Indie Music Films Look For Help On Kickstarter

    July 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Nearly a year after actor-turned-filmmaker Colin Hanks funded a documentary about the demise of legendary retailer Tower Records through creative financing website Kickstarter, the director of another indie film chronicling Los Angeles' reiss ...

  11. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  12. Bits and Briefs: Eventbrite's $1B, Indiegogo's $15M, and SoundExchange's New Record

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Eventbrite Passes $1B Mark Online ticketing service Eventbrite recently surpassed $1 billion in sales in slightly more than four years of operation. Its platform offers a solution for ticketing events at a low cost, including conferences, fund-rai ...

  13. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  14. Amanda Palmer Hits $1 Million Mark on Kickstarter Campaign

    May 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go . Moments after reaching the milestone ...

  15. Amanda Palmer's Kickstarter Campaign Soars Past $500,000 -- and It's Still Going

    May 05, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Amanda Palmer's record-setting Kickstarter campaign blew past the $500,000 mark Friday evening and stood at $536,275 Saturday afternoon. The project, to raise money to promote her new album, has received more pledges and a greater value of pl ...

  16. Amanda Palmer Raises $368,000 in Two Days, Sets Records on Kickstarter

    May 02, 2012 12:29 PM EDT Musician Amanda Palmer has raised $368,000 [Ed note: the amount went up to $379K in the screen shot taken 4 hours after the story was originally posted] in just two days on fundraising site Kickstarter to promote and distribute her latest album. T ...

  17. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  18. Billboard Power 100: Fred Wilson

    January 26, 2012 9:35 PM EST No. 86 Fred Wilson Managing Partner Union Square Ventures Twitter: @FredWilson Thought Leader... When Fred Wilson speaks, people listen. When he invests in a startup, careers are made. A managing partner at venture capital firm Union Square Ventur ...

  19. Business Matters: Is Internet Radio A Substitute For Radio?

    January 13, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pandora and Spotify Face Different Issues In Getting Music Rights Let's revisit this statement in 10 or 20 years: Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify are "not radio substitutes any more than your Walkman, CD collection o ...

  20. Business Matters: Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011

    January 10, 2012 8:27 PM EST Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011 -- Of all the numbers shared Monday by fan-centric fundraising site Kickstarter, one stands out: $99,344,382. That's the dollar amount pledged to projects through the Kickstarter platform i ...

  21. Business Matters: Are Kickstarter Pledges Taxable Income?

    August 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Are Kickstarters Engaging In Off-Shore Accounting Practices -- Is Kickstarter money taxable? The site allows fans to fund a wide range of creative projects - books, movies, videos, albums, tours - in return for a reward based on the level of the p ...

  22. Colin Hanks Uses Kickstarter to Help Fund His Tower Records Documentary

    June 01, 2011 12:04 PM EDT Nearly every weekday on my way to work, I walk past the vacant space that used to be Tower Records' international store on Lafayette Street. Just this morning I was marveling (for the hundredth or so time) that the record-retail business was ...

  23. Kickstarter Advice the Highlight of TechCrunch Disrupt's Day Three

    May 25, 2011 5:00 PM EDT Day three of TechCrunch Disrupt featured a panel on the " Kickstarter Economy," with founder Yancey Stricker and the creators of three Kickstarter-funded projects (Rafael Atijas, who created a three string guitar for kids; Dan Provost, w ...

  24. Kickstarter Helps Musicians Raise $13 Million in First Two Years

    April 28, 2011 1:50 PM EDT In its first two years, Kickstarter has helped musicians raise $13.1 million in fan funding for their projects. This and other stats were made available in a company blog post celebrating its second birthday. Film is the category with the most ple ...

  25. Business Matters: TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited

    April 15, 2011 7:57 PM EDT TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited -- TicketBiscuit added more heat to an already hot ticketing market by acquiring Portland, Ore.-based Dais Limited , the company announced on Friday. Dais founder Jason Mastrine will become TicketBiscuit's ...

  26. Kickstarter Got A $10 Million Infusion -- Here's Why That's Important For The Music Business

    March 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Union Square Ventures and a host of smaller investors have put $10 million into Kickstarter , the fundraising site that allows fans to fund projects. The funding actually happened some time ago but had been kept quiet until now. Why should the mus ...

  27. Artists, Music Execs AT SXSW Discuss How Crowdfunding Helps Sustain Artist Careers

    March 17, 2011 12:05 PM EDT At a time when many traditional musical revenue steams are failing, crowdfunding has provided a way for artists to raise funds for various projects. Successful companies utilizing it are Kickstarter and Rockethub, whose co-founder Brian Meece mode ...

  28. 3 Ways To Better Bundle Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is $25 or $50 the magic price point for more serious fans? With artists and labels increasingly using digital tools to sell bundles of music, merch and special access, a couple recent blog posts about Kickstarter campaigns have shed light on succe ...

  29. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  30. @SXSW: How Fans Are Changing Fund-Raising

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "Funding Your Projects From The Crowd" Participants : Perry Chen (Kickstarter), Britta Riley (The Windowfarms Project), Jenna Wortham (New York Times), Robin Sloan (RobinSloan.com) New online platforms are giving artists, authors ...