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Is Crowd-Funding the Next Revenue Maker for the Music Business?

By Patrick Nelson | February 18, 2014 | The Mothly Fool – Buried in crowd-funding web site Indiegogo this month is an unusual proposal for those wishing to get in on the occasionally lucrative music business. Start-up Gideen wants you to contribute to its website development costs via Indiegogo, and in return Gideen will let you choose a song from its pre-launch song database, and give you a third of the future music income of that chosen song for five years. Your cost is $25 to make the Indiegogo pledge. Twenty-five bucks for a third of a Madonna song? Madonna reportedly made $125 million in…

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CrowdFunding Guide for Media Professionals

CrowdFunding Guide for Media Professionals

Crowdfunding Beat News , European Crowdfunding Network, 24.01.2014 – This guide aims to help media professionals explore new opportunities to develop their business. Innovative ways of funding quality journalism and other media projects are one way to achieve the extra bit needed, as many examples across Europe proof already today. The Future Media Lab., in cooperation with the European Crowdfunding Network and the European Magazine Media Association, has developed this report in relation to a series of highly interactive, inspirational and educative workshops which bring participants up to speed on how to use crowdfunding within their own business context. Crowdfunding is a collective of cooperation, attention, and…

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Rabbl, Crowdfunding Service For Concert Hitting the News

Rabbl, Crowdfunding Service For Concert Hitting the News

Two emerging services for DIY and indie artists get some attention this week. Concert crowdfunding service Rabbl launched 6 months ago but they’re hitting the news via a NY Times feature. Loudr has been in the works for quite some time, combining tools and lessons from previous projects to provide such services as cover song licensing, distribution and D2F sales. Both are worth a look for DIY and indie artists.  Rabbl: Concert Crowdfunding Rabbl is a concert crowdfunding site that launched in late 2012 and is getting a wave of attention due to a NY Times article. http://vimeo.com/62834143 Introduction by RABBL Founders The basic idea is fairly standard for…

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“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

“Hollywood Will Permanently Adopt Crowdfunding”

Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann doesn’t think it will be long until every studio in town is taking advantage of the crowdfunding model not just to raise an audience, but also to raise money, for their their own blockbuster ambitions. “Its not that far away, actually,” Ringelmann said at TheWrap’s Media Leadership Conference, TheGrill, Tuesday at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. “What we are going to see is studios recognizing the value of unleashing a fan base early before the film comes out, as a tactic to actually identify social influencers online.” “The way they will dabble in this,” she said,” is carve out a…

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Don’t Let Criticisms Of Music Crowdfunding Stand In Your Way

Don’t Let Criticisms Of Music Crowdfunding Stand In Your Way

Though a variety of people, some of them undoubtedly well-intentioned, have criticized music crowdfunding over the last few years, their criticisms generally fall flat. Ranging from namecalling to misrepresenting financial reality, such criticisms indicate objections that are fairly limited and fail to recognize crowdfunding’s emergence as a legitimate approach to funding. One could simply reject all criticisms of music crowdfunding as beside the point as does Bemuso below. And the bottomline is that no one’s required to pledge to a campaign. But criticisms do represent claims that may pop up randomly in the course of crowdfunding and it’s nice to know why they don’t represent…

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Volumental’s browser-based 3D scanner hits Kickstarter goal

Volumental’s browser-based 3D scanner hits Kickstarter goal

SUMMARY: The Scan-to-Print web app uses a depth camera to create digital models that are compatible with 3D printers. 3D scanners are an increasingly popular tool for anyone to quickly create designs for a 3D printer. Instead of laboriously building a model in a software program, you can just scan a physical object and print the resulting digital file. Volumental, a Stockholm-based startup founded last year, is taking that process to the cloud with its Scan-to-Print web app. Users scan an object with a depth camera, such as a Kinect, and watch as it loads automatically in their browser. A little more than halfway through…

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YouTube video production meets crowdfunding

YouTube video production meets crowdfunding

Crowdfunding has become a viable way for budding entrepreneurs to jumpstart a project, charity or the like. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundme and Crowdrise are just a few of the many services that use the power of the people (and their pockets) to help smaller businesses and causes succeed. Other people, mostly musical or visual artists, however, are harnessing YouTube to share their work with the world. With more than 1 billion visitors a month and some significant success stories to date (ever hear of Justin Bieber?) YouTube seems a natural place to showcase talent on a shoestring budget. But what if you want to make a…

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States beat the SEC to the new frontier of crowdfunding

States beat the SEC to the new frontier of crowdfunding

Shaun Lee gets crowdfunding. Without Kickstarter, he might not be in an industrial loft near downtown Atlanta turning oil cans into $300 electric guitars. “Since the body is metal, not only are you picking up stuff from the strings, you’re picking up stuff from the can as well,” Shaun explains as he cuts into an oil can. “So just from it rubbing up against your body, you get a really unique tone.” A few years ago, Shaun and his brother Adam noticed that unique tone coming from a street musician in their native South Africa. They brought an oil-can guitar back to Atlanta, and soon, lots of folks were…

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UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited, Kickstarts

UK Printed Electronics company, Novalia Limited are inviting small investors to be part of their story by backing their work through crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. The team have released a project to manufacture a poster, with printed smart-phone-like capacitive touch. The user simply touches the poster and hears the drums; it’s that simple. In return for their support, investors will receive a fully functional interactive poster from Novalia’s first, full scale production run. The project offers two different versions; the first connects via Bluetooth to an app running on an iPhone or iPad & plays the drums wirelessly through the iOS device. The second is a…

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Crowdsourcing And Fashion – Interview with Loni Edwards CEO of Stitch Collective

Crowdsourcing And Fashion – Interview with Loni Edwards CEO of Stitch Collective

Loni Edwards is Founder and CEO of Stitch Collective Inc, Co-Chair of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurs Network, and Mentor at Andover Thought in Action. Formerly an attorney at Quinn Emanuel LLP.  Graduate of Harvard Law School, Cornell University, and Phillips Academy Andover. Firstly, where does your love for fashion come from? I’ve always loved the way fashion allows you to express yourself, and I find the creativity that goes into thinking up new and innovative designs incredibly inspiring. Stitch Collective was created as a way to support designers and promote their creativity. You mention that Stitch Collective was born as a solution to a variety of barriers you noticed for new designers getting into the marketplace. What…

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Music Boy Band Legend, Nick Carter turns to Indiegogo to fund Horror Film.

Music Boy Band Legend, Nick Carter turns to Indiegogo to fund Horror Film.

Nick Carter, one of the members of popular 90s boy band, the Backstreet Boys, is making a comeback not in the music industry but as an executive producer for a horror movie. He is seeking funding by launching a crowdfunding campaign in Indiegogo. Unbeknownst to his fans, Nick Carter has always been an aficionado for horror movies and dreamt about being a film producer as well as a screenwriter. Partnering with Sxully Essex, also a film maker and screenwriter, the horror flick is called ‘Evil Blessings’. It is ‘about 3 friends who go up to the mountain for a hunting trip but only to find,…

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Backlash over crowdfunding portion of Universal’s Vinyl Project Accouncement

Backlash over crowdfunding portion of Universal’s Vinyl Project Accouncement

Last week Universal announced The Vinyl Project that will apparently be hosted or....

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