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  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. Exclusive: PledgeMusic Partners with Universal Music Canada

    June 17, 2013 5:53 PM EDT Universal Music Canada has partnered with PledgeMusic to give its artists access to the direct-to-fan platform and its team. The deal is the first between a major music company and this type of direct-to-fan service.   Universal and its distri ...

  3. Australian Crowd-Funding Service ZoshPit Focuses on Music

    June 11, 2013 4:55 AM EDT Australia has a new crowd-funding platform that targets its energies on music campaigns. ZoshPit has launched in a marketplace which has already delivered some success for the likes of creative industries platform Pozible , while PledgeMusic has ...

  4. Jack Conte’s Patreon: Anyone Can Be a Patron of the Arts

    May 10, 2013 9:00 PM EDT You don’t have to be a scion of the Medici or Guggenheim family to be a patron of the arts. Jack Conte’s Patreon site will let anyone become a benefactor for as little as $1. Tapping into an ancient human instinct to support culture, Conte is le ...

  5. PledgeMusic Expands Australasia Operations

    February 27, 2013 6:51 AM EST Direct-to-fan funding platform PledgeMusic is ramping up its activities Down Under with the appointment of Scot Crawford as GM for the Australian and New Zealand territories. Crawford joins from independent music company Shock Entertainment, where ...

  6. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  7. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. BandPage Reaches Beyond Facebook with BandPage Connect

    November 13, 2012 6:00 AM EST BandPage is scheduled on Tuesday to announce its growth strategy beyond Facebook, where half-a-million musicians currently use BandPage's software tools to manage their profiles on the social media network. Billboard's FutureSound Confer ...

  10. INgrooves Fontana, PledgeMusic Aim to Redefine Album Releases With New Partnership

    July 19, 2012 6:05 AM EDT INgrooves Fontana has signed a deal with PledgeMusic that will provide the indie distributor's labels with a direct-to-consumer solution while also helping to transform the crowd-funding site into a new kind of retailer. INgrooves Fontana lab ...

  11. Business Matters: How Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums to Top 40 Debuts

    July 02, 2012 5:29 PM EDT Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums Chart Higher Than Major Releases Fan-funding platforms can now put independent albums high up the U.K. album chart. Whether or not that's a good thing is up for debate. Take the example of Ginger Wild ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: YouTube, Howard Stern, People's Music and more

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. YOUTUBE LOSES GERMAN COURT CASE -- In contrast to the protections YouTube is given in the U.S., the company lost a court case in Germany regarding user-uploaded videos of performances by the singe ...

  24. Pledge Music To Launch In Australia

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, is to launch in Australia on Sept. 8. The launch date coincides with a visit to Australia by Benji Rogers, founder and CEO of the funding service, which enables artists to set a ...

  25. Pledge Music Adds DVD Campaigns

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, will now enable artists to offer DVD pledge campaigns to prospective backers. The U.K. electronic act Archive is the first Pledge artist to take advantage of the DVD facility. P ...

  26. Funeral For A Friend Partners With Pledge Platform

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, has partnered with Welsh rock band Funeral for a Friend on the financing for a new EP. The band will record a new, limited EP in June and it will be made exclusively available t ...

  27. Business Matters: Last.fm, Foursquare, Verve Music Group and more

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Fan-funded platforms aren’t just for independent artists. Atlantic Records has teamed up with Pledge Music to offer an EP and a variety of extras –a signature on the EP, access to a rehearsal via Skype, a personal video message and a handwritte ...

  28. Pledge Music Backs 3 Duke Special Releases

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, today launches its campaign backing the simultaneous release of three new records by Duke Special on March 1, 2010. The Belfast-based singer songwriter, previously signed to V2 ...

  29. Fans Pledge $89,000 For Denmark's Dico

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pledge Music, a new London-based fan funded investment platform, has raised around €60,000 ($89,000) for Danish artist Tina Dico. Dico, who has recorded with U.K. electronica act Zero 7, worked with Pledge Music to offer fans a series of premium a ...