INDIE NEWS BEAT – April 12, 2006 Edition

INDIE NEWS BEAT

April 12, 2006 Edition


* Music Talks Sessions Hosts Live Tele-Video

* Backbone And IBS Creating First Internet Student Radio Network

* MusicWorld3D Mobile Live Concert Streaming Rig is on the Road!

* The Soul Jazz Festival Announces Line Up

* “All Things Digital” Artist Contest

* MusicDish Network To Provide Email Management Through FanBridge

* MusicDish Network & Airplay Direct Renew Strategic Partnership

* Eric de Fontenay Ready To Shake Things Up At ‘Strategies for Success’

Music Talks Sessions Hosts Live Tele-Video “Online Gigs” Demonstration Session & “Marketing Madness” Panel

MUSIC TALKS SESSIONS (MTS), the New York City based educational forum focused on musical entrepreneurship and personal development for recording artists has expanded its services to Los Angeles California. Now in its second year, MTS produces two special sessions rounding out what has been a productive 2007 season! “We are humbled to see West Cost recording artists embrace Music Talks Sessions”, said David Knight, founder of Music Talks Sessions.

In the first of the two special sessions, MTS and Onlinegigs.com team up to host its first “Live” Tele-Video presentation session (NY: May 29). Onlinegigs.com founder and CEO, Jay Flanzbaum will remotely demonstrate to the MTS community, the one-of-a-kind features Onlinegigs.com provides. Onlinegigs Version 4 is a real time Internet-based booking, promotional and management tool. It fully automates the booking and promotional process for bands, booking agents, record companies and music managers. Online Gigs is a comprehensive Artist & Event management solution that is revolutionizing the way gig opportunities are tracked, booked and promoted; from finding the right venue to automatically updating website gigs and tour dates, Myspace page, or contacting fans about upcoming performances right on their cell phones. Onlinegigs offers a powerful answer to artists seeking new nationwide venues, tour management, fan communications, and much more.

Marketing Madness is the grand finale for the 2007 Music Talks Sessions season (NY: Jun 26, LA: Jun 24). It brings twelve marketing professionals together to participate on panels during the New York and Los Angeles June Music Talks Sessions. Each selected panelist brings a specific style of marketing to the session. Marketing styles include grassroots, online marketing/website design, print media, retail and corporate marketing. NY Panelists include Business Week best selling author of “Your Marketing Sucks”, Mark Stevens (MSCO); Founder of The ONswitch, Nancy A. Shenker; and Editor-in-chief of The Deli Magazine, Paolo DeGregorio. Panelists in LA include the Editor of All Access Magazine, Debra Stocker; Sales Director of Audiomidi.com, Tony Adams; and owner of Soundstruck.com, Dina Gathe to name a few. The Marketing Madness sessions were created to broaden the spectrum of marketing concepts to artists. “Marketing continues to be the center of discussion during our monthl!
y Music Talks Sessions. Many recording artists are confused or lack the knowledge and tools on how to run a successful marketing campaign for their music business”, says Knight.

Music Talks Sessions is committed to creating and producing educational sessions and to building an interactive community for artists seeking a full-time career in the music and recording industries. Our mission is to cultivate “musical entrepreneurship” and personal development for artists, songwriters, producers and musicians.

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Backbone And IBS Creating First Internet Student Radio Network

Backbone Networks Corporation announced that, in cooperation with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), it is launching the first true Internet radio network, one that specifically aims at enhancing the student radio experience. The IBS Digital Radio Network will use Backbone’s advanced client-server radio software to enable student operated stations to syndicate live and produced programming among member stations, as well as automatically access a vast amount of royalty-free programming from worldwide third-party sources such as Trakheadz.com.

Network stations will be offered collections of news feeds, royalty-free music from emerging and alternative independent artists, and other programming that will be available only to stations on the Network. Member stations will be able to draw programming from one another through shared server databases, as well as have access to each other’s live feeds, including sporting events and concerts. A simple laptop computer with a wireless card will enable a school correspondent to cover remote events, including play-by-play coverage of “away” games.

“This type of network and the sharing it enables is what college radio is all about”, said Fritz Kass of the Intercollegiate Broadcast System, “we look forward to the new and innovative programming this network will enable for our member stations”. “Internet webcasting and streaming is another medium to get radio out to the masses.”, said Michael Keith, Professor of Communications at Boston College and the author of The Radio Station, “Establishing an Internet radio network is an event that will transition the future of broadcasting and enable more independent voices to be heard.”

The IBS Digital Network builds upon (Apple’s QuickTime) MPEG-4 AAC, the worldwide streaming standard, as its streaming format. Conforming to this standard not only ensures universal acceptance across all listening platforms, but it also enables each school to partner with the Apple’s iTunes store in preparing material, including artist/album annotation and cover art images that display to listeners’ free QuickTime or iTunes players. Stations only need an Apple Macintosh computer, a microphone and a simple DSL connection to be on the air. All program automation software is provided by Backbone, as well as all server storage, streaming broadcast bandwidth and automated reporting software.

Although there has recently been substantial industry-wide consternation regarding webcasting royalties, IBS Digital Network member stations, as non-commercial entities, will be covered by a maximum royalty obligation of $500 per year, according to the recent CRB ruling. Stations will, with a mouseclick, be able to generate RIAA-compliant listener logs precisely specifying the per-performance records required by the CRB.

A 25-school proof-of-concept pilot project commences this spring and runs through early September. Upon this successful pilot run, additional IBS member schools will be added to the network in the fall.

Backbone Networks personnel will be available at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) exhibition, booth SL6709, to discuss the IBS Digital Network in detail with interested parties, including schools and content providers.

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MusicWorld3D Mobile Live Concert Streaming Rig is on the Road!

Over the past year, many have enjoyed the live streaming concerts featured by the Metro Underground, a Virtual Venue in the 3D Music Community known as Musician’s Playground 3D including artists such as Vocal Drop, Matt O’Ree, Mr Bella, Madison Fair, and Veronica’s Veil to name a few. Our newest Virtual Venue is Ybor Cigar and Spirits in Lakeland Florida, and soon we will be adding many others. This gives a plethera of concert choices to our 3D users that can be enjoyed free of charge in the comfort of their homes, will providing a social setting due to the interactive nature of our Virtual Music Community.

New to our Net TV programming is the “LIVE MOBILE” streaming concerts. Featuring artists performing in Florida club venues, MusicWorld3D.com is bringing the concert experience directly to the homes of “citizens” of the 3D multi user Virtual Reality Music Cummunity that is at the center of our concept.

Our concerts are streamed to video screens in various concert venues within the 3D World. Users simply click the screen to connect to the stream to enjoy the show. This experience is enjoyed in real time with other concert goers who can interact via the built in chat included with the free 3D Browser which can be downloaded from our main website http://musicworld3d.com . And best of all, there is no charge to join the community or to visit as a “tourist” to enjoy these live events which are featured nearly every week. The shows are also archived and can be viewed “on demand” upon request.

Utilizing two high resolution cameras connected to special video proccessing equipment enables our on location technicians to incoporate scene fades, wipes, resolves and other special effects in real time to further enhance the viewer’s experience. The audio is embedded in the stream in CD quality, and is also “in 3D”. If you turn left or right, the sound will pan just as if you were standing right in front of the stage, making the experience totally immersive.

We have had the pleasure of streaming artists such as Bitter Edge, The 7th Floor, and Matt O’Ree to name a few, and have upcoming events including Tammy Hatch, Ruby James, Billy Norris among many others. We are excited to be bringing a concert event May, 20th from Revolutions in Ft Lauderdale Florida featuring more than twenty bands on two stages.

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The Soul Jazz Festival Announces Line Up

MusicDish LLC, a leading music magazine publisher and marketing firm, announced that it has joined The Soul Jazz Festival as a media sponsor. The Soul Jazz Festival is a two-day music event being held on May 6 at the Crown Canyon Park to celebrate the worlds of jazz, soul and other forms of jazz influenced rhythms.

The festival features an illustrious line-up, including MusicDish’s own Kobo Town, Ray Brown Jr. (Ella Fitzgerald’s son), Johnny Holiday, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, Brian Jackson Original Guerilla Band, MO’ Rockin Project and Kim Hoyer. A portion of the proceeds generated from ticket sales will be donated to Active Music and GEN Art.

MusicDish has noticeably expanded its outreach effort in 2007, sponsoring major conferences such as MIDEM, Popkomm and NXNE as well as launching its ’10th Anniversary’ showcase series in Toronto during Canadian Music Week. “MusicDish has always maintained a presence on the conference circuit,” said MusicDIsh founder Eric de Fontenay. “But as we evolve into artist development and management, we’ve felt it necessary to be much more aggressive on all fronts, from industry showcases to festivals and tours.”

Soul Jazz Festival Info:

When: Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Memorial Day Weekend

Times: Gates open 11:00am

Performances Start 12:00 noon ≠ 8:00pm

Where: Crow Canyon Park, Castro Valley

8000 Crow Canyon Road

Castro Valley, CA 94552

www.crowcanyonpark.com

Tickets: $45.00 General Admission

Tickets On Sale Now Call: 800-594-8499

Order Tickets Online At www.souljazzfestival.com

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“All Things Digital” Artist Contest

AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce our first “All Things Digital” artist contest.

Throughout the month of April, AirPlay Direct and Holland Media Promotions will be co-sponsoring our first “All Things Digital” artist promotion contest for our artist / label members. We will be awarding one Grand Prize package, winner takes all. The winning song / artist will receive the Grand Prize package which will include a digital radio / media promotion campaign from HMP and a premier “Featured Artist” advertising package from AirPlay Direct. The Grand Prize package is valued at over $3,000…! We will combine the industry expertise of HMP with the power and speed of AirPlay Direct’s digital “smart-tools” to promote the winning single globally.

This contest is FREE and very simple… the best song wins. You must be an AirPlay Direct member to enter; all genres of music are welcome. Pick your best songs, you can submit from 1 to 3 tracks. Submit your AirPlay Direct Digital Promo Kit / DPK to HMP at daniel@hollandmediapromotion.nl . If you are not already an AirPlay Direct member please visit www.AirPlayDirect.com to register for our FREE digital services.

Deadline for submissions is April 25th. The winner will be announced and “Featured” in the AirPlay Direct Radio Programmers Newsletter for May, as well as in a company press release to all media outlets.

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MusicDish Network To Provide Email Management Through FanBridge

MusicDish LLC, a leading music magazine publisher and marketing firm, has partnered with FanBridge, a state of the art email and mobile fan list management solution, to help support its expanding roster of acts under its artist development arm, MusicDish Network.

“As a decade-old online magazine publisher, we know all too well the power of email in developing brand and community,” noted MusicD
sh founder Eric de Fontenay. “Unfortunately, most artists are unable to effectively manage their list over time. This partnership will help us leverage the full power of email for our acts.”

Through FanBridge, MusicDish will be able to build and maintain their rosters’ fan lists as well as monitor all email and mobile campaigns, whether newsletters or promotional. Of particularly benefit to its touring artists is the ability to geo-target by zip code and schedule emails/text messages to be sent while on the road.

As a MusicDish partner, FanBridge will receive prominent exposure through all its online media properties and newsletters as well as events. MusicDish will also be providing the FanBridge site with music related content as well as a branded newswire featuring up-to-date coverage of the independent music community.

“We are excited to be working with MusicDish,” commented FanBridge co-founder Spencer Richardson. “In addition to helping support the MusicDish roster, this partnership will allow us to offer our own global user base greater access to the valuable career building resources that MusicDish has to offer.”

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MusicDish Network & Airplay Direct Renew Strategic Partnership

MusicDish Network, the artist development arm of MusicDish LLC, a leading music magazine publisher and marketing firm, and digital music promotions company AirPlay Direct have renewed their strategic partnership for 2007.

Under the agreement, MusicDish will reinvigorate its promotional support for Airplay Direct through all its online properties, including its syndication Network. In addition to branding opportunities through the Airplay Direct site, both parties will collaborate to conduct special promotional campaign targeted to radio programmers. A case in point, Airplay Direct will be promoting Mashed Buddha‘s latest EP slated for release digitally this spring, including through its Radio Programmers newsletter sent out monthly to over 1,300 radio station members in 71 countries around the world.

“Airplay Direct will significantly increase our ability to reach and influence radio programmers, giving us the ability to test a single or album before doing a full radio promotion campaign,” noted MusicDish founder Eric de Fontenay.

“The MusicDish Network has a great track record and has done a tremendous job of helping artists achieve success on many levels and across varied platforms. We look forward to working closely with the MusicDish Network to help them deliver their music globally in a faster, more secure, and extremely cost effective manner,” said Robert Weingartz, CEO of AirPlay Direct.

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Eric de Fontenay Ready To Shake Things Up At ‘Strategies for Success’ Seminar & Showcase

MusicDish Founder and President Eric de Fontenay has been invited to speak at the ‘Inside the Music Business’ Strategies for Success Seminar & Showcase being held on Saturday April 28th at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Eric will be participating on the ‘Marketing and Promotion’ and ‘The Online/Digital Music Business’ panels.

Inside the Music Business ‘Strategies for Success’ will be co-hosted by Eric Kline, President of the Inside the Music Business brand of products and services and Adam Gaynor, Grammy nominated and multi-platinum recording artist formerly of Matchbox Twenty. The seminar presents a new paradigm in the ever-changing music industry ≠ a true insider’s view of how the business really works. The all-encompassing music community event features more than 30 artists, producers, songwriters, attorneys, programmers from the worlds of Rock, Urban, Country, Pop, Latin, Dance, Americana/Folk and Christian music… all converging for an explosive one-day experience of education, networking, and showcasing. Unsigned artists who sign up by April 12th, are put into consideration to be a part of the showcase. Winners will be a part of the event DVD, radio show special and will win an ?Inside the Music Business’ prize package.

Eric de Fontenay has also been invited to present his seminar “Are You Ready To Innovate In The Digital Marketplace?” at NewMusicWest 2007, being held in Vancouver, Canada on May 2-6. The seminar was originally developed for and presented at MIDEM 2007, held recently in Cannes, France. He will also be giving one of the keynotes at “The Future of Music,” being held in conjunction with the SPOT Music Festival in Aarhus, Holland on May 31.

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Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © MusicDish LLC 2007 – Republished with Permission

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