Grooveshark Wants to Help Struggling Artists Find Local Gigs…

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Grooveshark may get shut down tomorrow for massive copyright infringement, but at least they went down helping local artists in need.  Enter ‘Grooveshark Presents,’ a ‘fan-sourced live initiative’ that aims to help local artists use streaming data to get gigs.

“With Grooveshark Presents we are removing the significant risks promoters take in booking talent, simply by combining the intelligence gathered from our streaming platform with our unique ability to communicate with our listeners,” explained Grooveshark CEO Sam Tarantino, who may be liable for hundreds of millions in copyright infringement charges following a lopsided federal court ruling.

The release is part of a long-spun narrative from Grooveshark that de-emphasizes streaming revenues and emphasizes ‘offline’ revenue-generators like concerts and t-shirt sales.  “Live events are in our DNA, as our heavily millennial listener base consumes music online, but spends on music offline,” Tarantino continues.

“This is a significant step in how Grooveshark organically bridges artists and fans with technology.”

Taylor Swift is also benefiting from such an ‘organic bridge’: as of this morning, you can now find her entire album, 1989, on Grooveshark.

 

Image by Mr. Kris, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0). 

13 Responses

  1. Zac Shaw

    Digital Music News is linking to the “unauthorized stream” of the new Taylor Swift album on Grooveshark! They are no better than Google! We need to shut down every site that links to a potentially infringing file! More technologists clearly out to devalue music for their own selfish gain!

    Swift made a huge mistake by letting the labels puppet her around like this. She’s losing fans by the tens of thousands. She’s losing money in the long term, undoubtedly. Grooveshark still provides a way for fans to access her art — they are the heroes for the music lovers. For the 1% of musicians, perhaps not so much. For the 99% of musicians, we want streaming music. We the musicians and fans want a music industry built on merit, not on lawyers, lobbyists and executives.

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    • David

      You lost me there. How is Taylor ‘losing money in the long term’? No doubt ‘in the long term’ 1989 will go on the legitimate streaming services like all her others. In the mean time, if windowing increases sales by even a modest proportion, say 10%, that would more than make up for the temporary loss of streaming revenue. As for Grooveshark, they don’t pay any more in the long term than the short term, do they?

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    • If they want to help... PAY UP

      If Grooveshark, BitTorrent, (Pirates and Thieves All) really want to help artists stop illegally distributing the artists work without paying them while pocketing the profit. Theft is a really old business model. Businesses are far more profitable when not paying for the cost of goods… that’s not really innovation, it’s theft.

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    • Oh Zac, Silly Boy... Swift Will be Platinum!

      Oh Zac… What a funny world you live in… Taylor Swift will have the first Platinum ALBUM of the year and in a very profound way. She’s not losing anything… Goof… You on the other hand…

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    • FarePlay

      By all means, let’s make this discussion about the artist, Right out of the piracy play book 101.

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  2. Willis

    When they say “local gigs” does that mean as a waiter or cashier somewhere?

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  3. David

    Taylor’s record company seem to be pretty good at keeping the album off YouTube, so I imagine they will be taking action against Grooveshark too. One thing that puzzles me is that labels don’t seem to go after the people who upload material to Grooveshark (except for Grooveshark’s own employees!) A few well-publicised lawsuits against uploaders, with multi-thousand dollar penalties, would surely kill it stone dead.

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  4. Napoleon

    It’s hard to believe someone is funding companies like Grooveshark who add no value to artists, have no business model and are leaping to solve problems with an artist community that think they are a total waste of time. Tech financiers need to start backing artists directly because tech has run it’s course. Streaming is fantastic and here to stay. It will have a new packaging and business paradigm shortly that reflects the simple fact that the artist owns their fans. Period.

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  5. FarePlay

    Grooveshark, like so many other infringing sites, has managed to stay alive way past its’ expiration date thanks to the DMCA and the Safe Harbor provision. Now because of an e-mail, tell me how fucking absurd and tragic that is, their demise is finally in sight. But not before one more appeal and who knows how many more months where they get to rip artists off of the little revenue left on the table after fifteen years of abuse.

    In the end, there will be fines that will never be paid and / or consumed by legal fees and principals who will face limited jail time.

    Not unlike the banking fraud, that was never dealt with equitably and is raising its’ ugly head again, online piracy is a form of white collar crime that not only deprives working individuals of their money, but also sends a message that the system is broken and unfair.

    Why act with honesty and integrity when everything around you tells you to do otherwise.

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    • Anonymous

      well im sure if everything goes to plan, the citizens will just cover the bill again and yall will get to sit back and watch it happen

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  6. David

    This site seems to have a bone to pick against Grooveshark. That was the most biased news story I’ve ever seen. Is this site a personal blog?

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