We are always looking for ways to help you sell more of the items from the Store section of your BandPage Profile. Through a new program with Shazam, we have opened up a fantastic new channel to do just that. Now, for the first time ever, when a fan ‘tags’ your song on Shazam, they will see the offers you have for sale in your BandPage Profile displayed right there on the Shazam results page.
How can my band participate? Easy. Log in to your BandPage profile, click the ‘Store’ section, and create some great offers for your fans to buy. We are starting with a select group of musicians, but will soon roll this out to everyone so make sure your profile is up-to-date with your latest merch, experiences and other offers. We will review all offers for participation in the beta and let you know if you qualify for early access.
If you’re looking for good ideas for what to offer fans on Shazam, check out these offers from Nico & Vinz (signed lyrics), Paramore (bracelet), Parmalee ($20 VIP package) or George Clinton (custom phone message). Be creative – think beyond just selling your band’s t-shirt!
If you have any questions or need any assistance, please reach out to Artist Support at email@example.com.
We are incredibly excited for this partnership and we can’t wait to help you grow your fan base and make more money as a result of it!
The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards have just opened up for submissions — and BandPage makes it easy to add your name to the mix with BandPage Connect.
Winners receive amazing benefits, including a 12 week radio promotion campaign, inclusion on digital download cards, promotion to millions of eMusic subscribers, and more.
Check out the just-announced 13th Annual IMA Winners. This could be you next year, so submit your band now and take the first steps towards standing on the podium in 2015!
Some members of Team BandPage spent this past weekend at Music Hack Day SF. It was a great opportunity to check out and use the latest APIs and technologies available in the music tech space.
Hosted at Github HQ (with overnight space provided by Spotify SF) there was plenty of room, ample snacks and of course, great music to motivate the hackers throughout the weekend.
The larger team from BandPage offered Walk Up as their hack. In the words of Alex Doronin,
“The idea is that when a person walks into a room, his or her theme song starts playing through speakers.
There are two basic pages. The first allows someone to create a “room” which is connected to speakers. The second allows a user to log in using their facebook account, type a song name and starting point of that song and press “Walk up” button when entering the room. We used the Beats music API to play music in the room.”
Other members of team BandPage stopped by for support. And BandPager Pierre built his own “Prototype Node-SpotifyWebAPI-Midi–Arduino-MotorVibrator-App” to add to the mix. In his own words:
Music, building software and hardware has always been something that I love doing, so I built a hardware hack named “Feel Beats” which combines music with haptic feedback.
A listener searches for a song through a web app I created, which will then find a MIDI version of the song, then extracts the drum notes and use them to power little vibrators through an Arduino board. You hold them in your hands and feet so that you can feel the drummer’s movements while you listened to the song! Pretty cool!
There are some issues, like latency and keeping the beats in sync with the song. This is mainly because there is no proper library for parsing midi files yet so thats on my TODO list. It would also be nice to make the vibrators wireless through bluetooth, but thats something for the future…
If you would like to help out, please go to my repository and contribute.
Want to join our team at the next Hack Day? Check out the career openings on our engineering and product teams.
We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Rdio, one of the largest music streaming services in the world.
Starting this summer, BandPage will power your bios, photos, tour dates and items for sale in your BandPage Store to millions of fans on Rdio’s artist stations and profile pages. As always, we are striving to make BandPage the best possible partner in helping you build your career as a musician and this is an incredible opportunity for you to grow your fan base and increase revenues.
Now BandPage will be powering Rdio Artist Stations, Profiles and more.
Music services like Rdio represent a massive amount of fan engagement across a global footprint. The ability to reach, engage and sell to these fans through partnerships like the one we are announcing today with Rdio creates a new and powerful opportunity for musicians to achieve their goals.
It is worth noting that Rdio will be featuring your profile photo in glorious high resolution. To make the most of this new partnership, make sure your profile photo is at least 2600×2600 pixels (you can confirm by looking at the Info of your image file). You can use our new photo-cropping tool in the editor to make it look perfect for Rdio!
UPDATE YOUR PHOTO
We’ll start rolling out this integration in the near future, so log in today to make sure your profile is looking good!
While we’re always available on Twitter, Facebook and our artist support center, we love seeing our users and partners in person even more. So if you are attending California music tech events this May, keep an eye out for team BandPage.
First, we’ll be hitting up MusicBiz 2014 next week in LA. BandPager Kevin Wyatt will be holding down on a panel and an MBA workshop. If you are in Southern California or making the trip, look out for us.
Later in the month, in San Francisco, we’ll be at the 15th SF Music Tech, where CEO J Sider will take the stage. If you want to learn more about our partner distribution network and how to get involved, look for us there.
We’re looking forward to running into old friends and new at both events!
Last week, we hosted an experience with Thao of The Get Down Stay Down at the Hotel Utah, which raised $1000 for Magik Magik’s music for kids program.
The experience brought thirty fans to the Hotel Utah, where they were taught an arrangement (for kazoo!) to Thao’s song ‘We the Common’ by Magik Magik’s amazing Musical Director, Minna Choi. Beer was consumed during the rehearsal.
Soon, Thao arrived and performed with these fans. It was so unique and fun and intimate. She generously played another three songs and then signed everyone’s musical transcripts (Minna had printed out the parts) and took pictures.
Everyone went away floating on the experience. It was so precious and amazing. Keep up with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down and you could be a participant in her next experience!
Today we are announcing that we have closed a new round of financing that we will use to continue building out the BandPage Partner Network and to keep creating new and powerful revenue channels for musicians. The round was a $9.25 million Series C round led by GGV Capital and Mohr Davidow, firms who have been instrumental in helping guide and support BandPage as we have grown.
This round of financing will help us accelerate towards our goal of helping musicians make great careers, in addition to great art, from being a musician. We will continue to build out partnerships like the ones we have recently announced with Google, Clear Channel, VEVO, Rhapsody, Xbox Music, LyricFind, Live Nation and more. These partnerships are creating ways for musicians to directly reach their fans with their content and things for sale in ways that have never been possible before. There is more for us to do and we will never stop working to make BandPage the most important channel for musicians to reach their fans, engage them and increase their revenues in the process.
Brian Message, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave’s manager, Radiohead’s co-manager and Chairman of the Music Managers Forum, contributed the following quote to the press release, for which we were very grateful:
“BandPage is playing a critical role in empowering musicians to further their careers in the digital age. The future of the music business is the direct musician-to-fan connection and, by working with the music services to build a channel through which musicians can directly reach their fans with content and commercial offers, BandPage is helping musicians capitalize on the tremendous opportunity facing the music business today.”
Our own J Sider may have summed it up best when he said:
“We are in the musician business, the business of driving revenue growth and expanding fan bases on behalf of musicians big and small around the world. For the first time in the history of the music business, the industry has the information and technology necessary to reach billions of fans year round at the right time, with the right offer at the right price. Making that a reality for musicians is why we come into work everyday.”
We look forward to achieving great things for musicians…and for music overall.