Venture capital

  1. Manatt Launches Digital Media Investment Fund

    May 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Entertainment law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips on Wednesday announced it is launching a digital media practice and an investment fund aimed at early stage start-ups. Manatt, whose legal clients include Sugarland, the Eagles, INgrooves and ...

  2. How Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter Are Finding the Rock Stars of Tech: Billboard Cover Story

    April 22, 2013 2:37 PM EDT This Billboard cover story (Vol. 125, Issue No. 15, newstand: April 13) entitled "Power Trio" examines three of the music industry’s most successful music and tech entrepreneurs: Guy Oseary, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter, who in add ...

  3. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  4. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  7. How To Get Your Music & Tech Startup Funded Panel @ SXSW

    March 14, 2012 1:19 PM EDT SXSW's "Getting Your Music/Tech Startup Funded" panel brought together a spectrum of financial backers, from the bottom level to the very high end. Moderated by the San Jose Mercury News' Peter Delevett, the panel was populated ...

  8. Business Matters: Are Advances Hurting Digital Music?

    February 15, 2012 9:10 PM EST Are Advances Hurting Digital Music? -- Are the advances paid to rights owners by music startups hurting digital music or limiting rights owners' exposure? One view of advances is the one espoused by Larry Marcus of Walden Venture Capital. &qu ...

  9. Beyond Oblivion Shuts Down Before Launch

    January 03, 2012 2:15 PM EST Beyond Oblivion, a New York-based startup with an innovative approach to digital music, has shut down before its product ever launched. A January 3 post at LinkedIn by Janet Mitchell , the company's Sr. Director of Human Resources and Staffin ...

  10. Business Matters: Shrinking IPO Market Hurt Venture Capital in Q3

    October 11, 2011 8:15 PM EDT Shrinking IPO Market Hurt Venture Capital in Q3 -- Venture capital fundraising fell to an eight-year low in the third quarter, according to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Firms raised $1.7 billion in the quarter, down sharply fro ...

  11. Turntable.fm Co-founder Denies Funding Report

    July 08, 2011 11:26 AM EDT Turntable.fm may or may not have closed a round of funding, but the startup is definitely hot enough to have the rumor mill in overdrive. Co-founder Seth Goldstein has denied the Business Insider report that the company has raised $7.5 million in ...

  12. Business Matters: What Exactly Is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model?

    June 13, 2011 6:07 PM EDT What is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model? -- The new music industry grew on Monday with the announcement of Blackwell Fuller , a new company created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller. The pai ...

  13. Cooking Vinyl Signs Mult-Million Dollar Venture Capital Deal

    May 17, 2011 11:20 AM EDT London-based Cooking Vinyl Group, one of Europe's leading independent music companies, has clinched a multi-million dollar funding deal with Icebreaker, a U.K. venture-capital company. Cooking Vinyl will use the cash to finance the production ...

  14. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  15. Who the Heck Wants to Invest in Music These Days? Lots of People

    April 25, 2011 2:53 PM EDT If you have read newspapers and blogs in the last few years, you know there's no money to be made in music. So why are billions being invested in music companies? Is there really that much dumb money going into the wrong industry instead of f ...

  16. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  17. FanBridge Raises $2 Million, Acquires Damntheradio

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST FanBridge raised $2 million in funding and has acquired B2B social marketing service Damntheradio for an undisclosed sum, according to a post on FanBridge's blog . The New York-based startup offers a fan management platform that allows artist ...

  18. CAA sells 35% stake to TPG Capital

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CAA has sold a 35% equity stake to private investment firm TPG Capital in a transaction expected to help the powerhouse talent agency further build its sports business and monetize the stakes of the partners who own and run the business. TPG has i ...

  19. With Mobile Apps, VCs Becoming More Selective

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile apps are exploding across all platforms, and venture capitalists are getting increasingly selective about which companies and services they’ll back. That’s the upshot of a panel at the AppNation conference taking place in San Francisco this ...

  20. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  21. Mid-Year Investments Wrap: Download, Streaming Services Lead the Way

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There wasn't exactly a windfall of investments flowing to music-related startups in the first half of 2010, but they are still attracting investors' interest. There were 30 investment deals in the first half of 2010, according to Billboa ...

  22. Business Matters: Roger Faxon, EMI, VC Funding, Price Wars and more

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S DEDICATION TO A&R -- After Roger Faxon was named head of EMI Music , some people in the business press were under the impression that EMI would become either more committed to publishing or less committed to new artist development. ...

  23. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  24. Business Matters: New York Times, MXP4, News Corp., Martina McBride and More

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The New York Times Co., owners of The New York Times and Boston Globe , posted a profit in Q1 2010. The company posted a profit of $12.8 million on revenue of $588 million. National advertising improved. Online revenues grew 15.5% to $90.4 mill ...

  25. @SXSW: Inside The Startup Incubators

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel: 'Seed Combinators: Startup Incubators 2.0' Participants: Naval Ravikant, chairman at Vast.com Inc.; Marc Nathan, ChaiONE; David Cohen, TechStars; Paul Graham, YCombinator; Joshua Baer, OtherInbox Does location matter? How do you g ...

  26. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  27. Business Matters: EMI, Citigroup, VC Funding, Stock Wrap and More

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- EMI passed the year-end test required by Citigroup , the bank behind Terra Firma's acquisition of the music company, according to a report ...

  28. The Billboard Q&A: David Pakman

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music startups used to get more attention from investors. But the graveyard of failed companies has become crowded, persuading would-be partners to shy away from putting money in new music ventures due to what they see as modest payoffs, high lice ...

  29. Music & Money: VC Firms May Pull Back On Music Investments

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With digital service providers having a hard time making money and new start-ups still having difficulty affording licensing, venture capital firms may be on the verge of pulling back from investing in the music space. That was one of the conclusi ...

  30. Bjork Turns Venture Capitalist

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bjork has partnered with a Reykjavik-based venture capital firm on a fund that will invest in companies that are socially and environmentally responsible and will help restore Iceland's battered economy. The Icelandic alternative artist has e ...

  31. Start-ups Knock On MySpace's Door

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the online social network owned by News Corp, sees opportunities to buy start-ups for a fraction of what they would have cost six months ago as the economic slump slices millions of dollars off their price tags. MySpace Co-founder and Chi ...

  32. Incorporated Indie Band Gets $100K

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Normative Music Company announced a $100,000 investment in incorporated independent band Francis and the Lights, LLC. Jakob Lodwick, the president of Normative and previously a founder of Vimeo, said he modeled the deal on that of a start-up w ...

  33. U.K. Underage Fest Set To Go International

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Underage Festival, staged in London's Victoria Park in August for 14 to 18-year-olds only, is set to expand with an international presence. Investment firm Ingenious Media co-promoted the one-day Underage Festival and the Field Day festiv ...

  34. Updated: eMusic CEO To Exit

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT eMusic's vocal president and CEO David Pakman is leaving the indie-focused digital retailer. He is exiting to become a partner at venture capital firm, which the company has not yet named. As a result, the company has retained executive searc ...

  35. Edge Group Defies Downturn

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Edge Group says it has defied the global credit crunch gloom afflicting the investment market by raising £21.5 million ($42.7 million) in the past year. Edge Performance VCT has now doubled the size of its funds under management to £40 million ...

  36. WMA, VCs, AT&T Launch Digital Investment Fund

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST The William Morris Agency has teamed up with Silicon Valley venture capitalists Accel Partners and Venrock, as well as AT&T, to create an investment fund designed to back digital media startup companies. The $10 million-plus fund is targeted a ...

  37. Zubillaga Splits With WMG

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group executive VP, digital strategy and business development Alejandro (Alex) Zubillaga, will leave the company June 1 to "pursue entrepreneurial activities in media and other businesses," the music giant said today. His re ...

  38. Summers Fronts Music Investment Vehicle

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jazz Summers, chairman of the Music Managers Forum, is teaming with venture capital and advisory firm Power Amp Music to launch a tax-efficient investment vehicle with a view to developing U.K. artists. Summers and Tim Parry, co-founders of Big Li ...

  39. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  40. BDMI Invests In RoyaltyShare

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) is the latest strategic investor in RoyaltyShare, which provides royalty processing solutions and other Web-based services supporting the distribution and sale of digital music. BDMI invested $3 million ...

  41. Edge Group Targets U.S. Live Biz

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based Edge Group is looking to broaden its live music investment portfolio on the other side of the Atlantic. The media investment and advisory firm's founder David Glick is heading to N.Y. today (Sept. 26) for a slate of meetings to b ...

  42. Ingenious, Rival Organisation Team For U.K. Concerts

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Venture capital firm Ingenious is to invest in and co-promote a series of U.K. open-air concerts at stately British estates from 2008 through an agreement with The Rival Organisation. The deal is Ingenious Live Venture Capitalist Trusts' thir ...

  43. Ingenious Backs New U.K. Fests

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based venture capital firm Ingenious is to co-promote two music festivals in London. Through its Live Venture Capitalist Trusts, Ingenious will invest in the Underage and Field Day music festivals, to be held in Victoria Park, London on Aug. ...

  44. Popkomm Searches For Online Music Innovators

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin. Jurors for this year� ...

  45. Fifield Interested In EMI Bid

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former EMI chief Jim Fifield is interested in potentially making an offer for EMI Group plc. In a statement issued to the London Stock Exchange by Corvus Capital, the investment management firm said it had been working with Fifield on a bid before ...

  46. RoyaltyShare Secures $5 Million In Funding

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT RoyaltyShare, which offers digital royalty solutions to the entertainment industry, has secured a $5 million Series B round of financing. It will be used to expand its operations, with regional offices to open in New York, Los Angeles and Europe l ...

  47. Ingenious Backs U.K. Fest

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based media investment and advisory group Ingenious is backing its first live music event. The two music venture capital trusts (VCTs) of Ingenious will jointly-invest in the Knowsley Hall Music Festival this summer, a new Liverpool, Englan ...

  48. Ingenious Forms JV With Peter Gabriel's Real World

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The two venture capital trusts (VCTs) of London-based Ingenious have made a further joint investment, totaling £2 million ($3.9 million), supporting the North American release of Peter Gabriel's next solo album. The investment will be made th ...

  49. Ingenious Promotes Live Entertainment Investment

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Establishes two new venture capital trusts. Establishes two new venture capital trusts. News ...

  50. Ingenious Promotes Live Entertainment Investment

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Establishes two new venture capital trusts. London-based Ingenious has launched two new live entertainment venture capital trusts to invest in companies producing and promoting new and established live events. The venture capital trusts (VCTs), ca ...

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