An impressive seven Kickstarter projects now crossed the million-mark, but 7,000 never received a single pledge. In between, roughly 44 percent of all projects are successful, with most grabbing something smaller than $10,000. That's according to a collection of very helpful stats now revealed by Kickstarter, including a full range of music-related breakdowns. And, you'll be happy to learn that music is one of the most heavily-funded categories, just behind 'film & video'.
KCRW is the first radio station to launch a Spotify app. The concept is largely a translation of the station's existing Music Mine app, and curates the chaos with recommended artists and playlists.
This is moving fast. Ahead of Senatorial hearings on Thursday, New Zealand approved the proposed merger between Universal Music Group and EMI, while the European Commission has imposed a July 3rd deadline for responses to its Statement of Objections. That's according to Reuters, which pointed to nearly 200 pages of European concerns; divestitures, protracted discussions and divestitures seem likely.
Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Spotify, Jagjaguwar, and Daptone Records were among recipients in A2IM's first-ever Libera Awards, part of Indie Week in New York.
But do they have the juice? Probably not: the RIAA is now pointing its guns at C|Net, specifically over links to YouTube video-to-download application listings on download.com. Let's see if impressively-compensated CEO Cary Sherman takes this past the rattling stage...
But wait: YouTube circumvention sites like YouTube-mp3.org are seeing support from big advertisers like Netflix, Target, and Southwest Airlines. Which is similar to another targeted major label enemy, Grooveshark, whose massive advertising benefactors now include Netflix and Groupon, among others.
And, the quietly-powerful, direct licensing revolution continues. Just recently, satellite provider DMX received affirmation from the the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for its victories over ASCAP and BMI. That's just one of several major efforts to bypass licensing middlemen, be it in the performance rights category or beyond. "Payments of associated royalties through direct licensing will be more efficient and consistent with more timely payments and transparency into the usage of the music," DMX declared.
Nick Strongbow Friday, June 22, 2012
The stats for Kickstarter are good but not as good as PledgeMusic which focuses on Music. www.pledgemusic.com
They have over a dozen campaigns which have reached over the $500k mark and more importantly a nearly 80% success rate. They have helped artists launch one album every day this year. And unlike Kickstarter run campaigns in the US, UK and Europe.
The headline grabbing 1 million dollar is not that important what is important is how many albums get made a launched successfully through D2F platforms.
yes, but... Friday, June 22, 2012
There is a fundamental difference between Kickstarter and Pledge (both great services, by the way).
Anyone an setup a kickstarter campaign. But you have to 'apply' to be accepted by Pledge Music.
Pledge accetps a very low % of bands that apply. That's partially why their stats are so strong - they simply don't work with bands that aren't likely to reach the funding goal - they let those ones go to Kickstarter. ;)
kick the laundtry! Saturday, June 23, 2012
Yet another platform for money laundering. No suprises!