Happy Friday. I’m super-excited to announce that today we launched a new Sonicbids feature that we call “Venue Database” – a nifty little utility that makes the artist experience of entering calendar dates into Sonicbids a whole lot easier and accurate.
- Save time entering calendar dates. We now have a database of over 4,500 clubs, venues, and colleges (powered by our friends at Musician’s Atlas) that will save you time from entering venue info over and over. Try it!
- Can’t find a venue in our database? Google can. We’ve built a cool tool that enables you to easily find venues that are not in our database using Google’s search platform. Takes a sec.
- Easily add artists you’re sharing a bill with. Sharing the bill with a fellow Sonicbids artist? Opening for a major artist? Easily add them using our new tool.
- Just wait to see what we have in store. Coming soon: Calendar Widgets, Date Syndication, completely redesigned Media Library and… a . . . → Read more
So you know by now that I’m a fan of Bob Lefsetz, even when he gets all snarky. Clearly the title of his newsletter today was eye-catching (“Apple Buys EMI“) until I realized it’s April Fools Day (what’s up with this random excuse for pranks, anyway…)?
Plus, Sonicbids mentioned in the same letter as a platform for music for iPad promotions (even with the slight dig…). Here’s an excerpt:
Anyway, despite turning EMI into a catalog company, there will be a road open into the new Apple-owned EMI (for the record, the EMI name will be dropped…no, it won’t be called Apple Records, because of the Beatle conflict, the record company will just be another division of Apple Inc.) Apple has brokered a deal with SonicBids, wherein wannabes can submit music to be used in iPad promotions. One wonders how this works, because of the low quantity of music ultimately required and the vast number of submissions, but that hasn’t stopped SonicBids in the . . . → Read more
I recently read a blog post on “Indie On the Move” that talked about “Music Industry Scams”. Here is my response:
I am the founder of Sonicbids and of course I thought I should respond to the post.
First off, I am a fan of Indie on the Move, which I think is a great site. I have respect and admiration for any group of entrepreneurs. – especially ones that apply their effort towards helping the independent scene grow.
Do I think that some people have disappointing experiences on Sonicbids? Of course. We have 240,000 bands and 19,000 promoters who are on the site and some of them are bound to be unhappy.
Clearly, we want to do whatever we can to improve everyone’s experience (and especially someone like Roger, quoted above, who’s been a member for years), but once any business grows beyond a certain point, the law of numbers takes over. You can’t and won’t please everyone.
But it is also important to state an indisputable fact: we have thousands and thousands of super happy customers. No . . . → Read more
After a year and a half of preaching to others that they should be on Twitter, I’ve finally joined myself (hypocrite is a Greek word…). Kinda feels a bit like going to a new high school: you don’t know all the cool people yet, not sure exactly how to act, don’t know all the spots.
Ah, life in 140 characters. Follow me by using the widget below, left.
That’s right. We have more good news for you if you’ve been selected to play SXSW by using Sonicbids (that’s about 800 of you).
Each year, we spend over $500,000 to create dedicated festival slots and fund travel expenses for independent artists around the world. This year, we are also helping 9 artists from 5 countries go to SXSW through partial travel support.
For next week’s SXSW, we are launching an indie tour support program that gives bands the chance to win $4,000 in tour support and a 4-city tour courtesy of Sonicbids.
All you have to do is upload a short video of your Road to SXSW and tell us about it now! See you in Austin – and hope to see your video before the weekend. See video below for more details.