What Else? Clear Channel+Wind-Up, TuneSat, Made In America, Rock for Cheap, Telstra Ticketing, Google for Creators, Roc+UMG…

Don’t like copyright law?  Then, make your own: that’s what an increasing number of companies are doing through directly-arranged partnerships, with the greatest action happening around major radio conglomerates.  Like Clear Channel Communications, which just inked a deal with Wind-Up Records.  Like earlier deals involving Big Machine Records, this covers both traditional broadcast and digital, not to mention both publishing and recording streams.   “This agreement demonstrates that market-based solutions can enhance the future growth of digital radio – and benefit artists, labels, and listeners as well,” Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman stated.

Watch this company: TuneSat has just grabbed a nice, $1.225 million round, part of a broader, $3 million offering according to SEC filings.  That’s part of a music funding volume that keeps expanding in 2013.  TuneSat specializes in monitoring television and other broadcasts for the use of copyrighted works, and just scored a juicy win involving GEMA payouts in Germany.

hand-left March 30th: “2013 Music Financing Hits $130 Million, Up 54.9%…

Careful, Republicans: Jay-Z and Beyonce continue to weather criticism for their recent jaunt to Cuba, particularly for supporting a repressive regime through tourism.  But there’s just as much local tourism being stimulated, in Philadelphia no less.  Just yesterday, Jay-Z announced the continuation of his ‘Made In America‘ festival over Labor Day weekend.  That was a profitable, flag-waving event for the city last year, thanks to heavy sponsorship and attendance.

And what about smaller, non-festival shows featuring one or a few artists?  This is a sector that keeps getting squeezed, thanks to endless price-gouging, lots of surprise costs (convenience fees, $10 beers, surprise parking fees), and an inevitable backlash from general consumer unfriendliness.  Live Nation is one of the worst offenders in this near-sighted pillage, though reality may be settling in: just yesterday, Kid Rock announced a broad, $20 ticket price on his upcoming tour, with modest beer prices and fees not exceeding $5.  Rock is positioning this as a favor to fans, instead of an adaptation to market realities, though the future will likely include far cheaper price tags on all but the biggest artist tours.

Which brings us to Telstra, the latest to expand into ticketing.  The Australian telco just inked a deal with Bang Tango to offer pre-sale exclusives to customers, as well as artist meet-n-greets and other goodies.  The tie-up is designed to enhance customer loyalty.

Because Google‘s your friend.  For those in Nashville or surrounding, a ‘Google for Creators’ workshop will be happening April 18th, with an emphasis on maximizing artist and creator positioning and opportunities.  It’s part of FLO{thinkery}‘s broader Unparalleled Thinking Series, more here.

And what to make of the concert listing space?  The latest making moves is BandsInTown, which just released a number of Android and iOS upgrades.  Most of the enhancements involve deeper plugins to music services: for example, Android users will be gaining Google Play with the latest upgrade.

And back to Jay-Z, Roc Nation has now inked a multi-year, multi-national deal with Universal Music Group.  A core part of the arrangement will find UMG releasing and distributing Roc artists, including Rihanna.

More ahead!

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