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Show4me joins Music Ally's Sandbox Summit

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Catch us next Tuesday at Music Ally's virtual summit Sandbox on September 22, 2020! The online event is free to attend and will feature a wide range of music pros, tools, and services that can help musicians and their teams to prosper in the digital age of music and expand their knowledge on interacting with fans and engaging their audiences.

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It’s important to understand how many people your event can draw in before you set out to launch your ticketing campaign. This is why we did some number crunching and came up with a few pointers to take into account when projecting your expected number.

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Are you playing an online show and want to finally start charging people for your work? Are you looking for a simple tool to monetize your shows without having to look for a sponsor or advertisers?

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As online live shows, festivals, and concerts are becoming more and more mainstream and developing into a solid part of the music industry, complete with full-fledged ticketing, the question many are asking is – can the income from online concerts be actually sustainable? How much and, more importantly, how frequently the fans might be willing to pay to watch your events?

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Distributing your music to as many platforms as possible most often is the winning strategy as fans get more chances to stumble upon your tracks and buy them. This means extra profit off your music directly into your pocket.

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Arguably, sound is the most important component of your online show. Unlike the live experience, where people are kind of used to uneven sound throughout the venue, noise from attendees, random tech issues, and whatnot, online concerts have a higher standard for the quality of sound as it’s so much easier for your audience to just click away to something more exciting. Plus, haven’t your fans and supporters come for your music, at the end of the day?

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COVID-19 has put a lid on live events for many countries across the globe, leaving music communities struggling. But that doesn’t mean live music has been ground to a complete halt. Homebound audiences are streaming concerts live from every corner of the planet, performed by musicians of every genre, following, and background imaginable.

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We’ve already touched upon the topic of nurturing your fanbase through engagement via online concerts and an intro to building a fanbase, now let’s talk about expanding it. One of the key ways you can do that is broadening the possibilities for potential fans to come across your music.

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A new era in the music industry is coming. We’ve been tracking the direction of all the new developments in the industry and the way musicians make money and build their following, and would love to share our observations with you to help you succeed in the changing world of the music business, now sped up by the need to digitize more in the time of social distancing and limited (or none at all) opportunities to play live shows.

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Since April, our team has been working tirelessly to help artists across the globe play their online shows on Show4me. From our experience helping put together dozens of online shows, we’ve decided to share the ultimate checklist for any online concert or show.

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This week, our end of the week schedule is full of rich indie flavor – folk, alternative, soft rock, and the magnetic sounds of guitar. Tune in this weekend to experience rock, indie folk, neo classical progressive music interpreted on a guitar by musicians holding their online concerts on Show4me.

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Show4me team will join the 2020 Blues Got a Soul tech-music conference within the 20th Annual Jus’ Blues Music Awards. The conference will kick off the weekend-long celebration of the award anniversary and begin at 1 PM EDT on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Our pros will share the knowledge we’ve acquired helping put together quality online concerts for musicians using our platform.

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Unless you are an avid music fan who enjoys a variety of genres and music styles, you probably haven’t watched more than a handful of online shows by your absolute faves. But in order to create a show your fans and supporters will love and enjoy immensely, you need to do your research and really understand the format.

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Indian music star Shibani Kashyap is playing an online concert on Show4me on July 26, 2020. Shibani brings a taste of her best Bollywood tracks to global audiences in an online concert with a variety of tickets for fans to choose the right ones for their preference. The live streamed event will start at 7:15 PM IST.

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Sourabh Joshi is a singer and songwriter from India, famous for his appearance in season 8 of MTV Unplugged as well as his songs featured in hit films Haider (2014) and Aamhi Befikar (2019). He has worked with such industry legends as Rekha Bhardwaj, Madhushree, Salim Sulaiman, Akriti Kakkar, and many more. Sourabh began his journey singing and composing own originals in 2016 with Bheege Hum.

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Los Soneros is a UK-based Latin-American band that consists of guitarist Victor Garcia and vocalist Natalia Pelaez. Victor founded Los Soneros back in 1989 when he moved countries from Mexico to the UK. Natalia joined the band in 2006, upon her arrival to the UK from Colombia. Both artists have had successful music careers back in their home countries and are now spreading their native Latin-American sound on a new continent. The band has gained recognition playing at high-profile venues and

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Going to a concert is an immersive experience not just of the music, but the vibe of the place, mood of the crowd and raw sincerity of live sound. To make your online show the most enjoyable journey for your fans, turn it into an experience-themed event your fans are craving this summer more than ever. Make dreams come true with your next show.

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The first official weekend of summer 2020 is filled with online shows on Show4me streamed by musicians from all over the globe – the US, UK, Spain, Italy, Philippines, India, Japan! Ranging from birthday bashes to music showcases, acoustic performances, electronic sets, and quarantine staple bored at home parties, the shows will bring you music from various music styles and traditions and help enrich your weekend with quality entertainment.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected all areas of our lives, but the digital means have helped remedy a lot of the gaps created by the crisis. This year, industry staple Cannes event Midem has gone digital and Show4me joined the trade show, having met with some amazing talent and learned a variety of views on the state of the industry from fellow players.

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The devastating global pandemic of COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the way of life of people across the planet. The industries relying on face-to-face contact to make business have been some of the hardest hit. We’ve talked to a number of musicians and music professionals from Europe and North America to find out the exact impact of the situation on their music income and business.

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With most of the world quarantined, big live shows are fast becoming obsolete. The new music live experience is the online shows cropping up all around the web. We have no doubt that many of Show4me users are also setting up the stage for their online concerts in their living rooms, bedrooms, garages, closets, and even gardens.

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To help musicians, bands, and their teams fortify their music income in this trying time, we’ve given up Show4me fees. The no-fee period of 2 months started on April 2, 2020. Now musicians get full fan contributions when it comes to music sales, ticket sales, crowdfunding campaigns, as well as Artist club $1 memberships.

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When it comes to making a living as an artist in music, creating music has always been just part of the journey. Setting up revenue streams off music, shows, merch, appearances, or partnerships takes quite some effort as well. As the global coronavirus pandemic has forced governments to close down shows across the globe and limit in-person interaction as much as possible, musicians everywhere have been suffering losses from show cancellations and refunds.

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Many states and countries have called on their citizens and residents to practice social distancing, cancel events and get-togethers, and shelter in place. Sitting at home all day can be little fun, but that does not mean you have to drown yourself in video games or binge watch TV shows.

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Manzee is a Czech singer-songwriter based in London, Ontario. His debut single Comfort Zone came out in December 2018. The record tackled the struggles the musician faced throughout his move from the Czech Republic to Canada. Dealing with change and being forced to confront an uncomfortable situation are some of the key topics addressed by the release.

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Show4me Music Interaction Network announced partnership with AMY Network, a place to list and find musicians, instruments, locations, rehearsal spaces, teachers, producers, etc. The two companies will join forces to help musicians and music industry professionals build their businesses and careers with an advanced choice of tools that set them up for success.

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Jake Posner is a music manager with a background in advertising. He has been the manager for American rock and electropop band (from New Jersey) A R I Z O N A after discovering them on Reddit almost five years ago. The band has since charted on Billboard 200, accumulated over 1 billion streams, graced the main stage of Coachella and supported Panic! At The Disco on their worldwide arena tour in 2018 and 2019.

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In the fall of 2019, our team decided to develop a program to help emerging musicians learn how to use our crowdfunding toolkit and launch concert crowdfunding campaigns that can help further their careers and make them sustainable by turning their fanbase into real revenue streams.

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In our post last week, we’ve shown you how to turn your concert crowdfunding campaign description into the best version of itself and help convince the visitors of your page to preorder tickets to your event. This week, we will address the second most important component of launching a concert crowdfunding campaign – its promotion.

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If you want to play a concert but are not sure if your fans are interested in your specific event – be it a long drive, unusual concept, ticket price, or something else – you can save yourself the risk of organizing something that might not sell well and pre-sell tickets to your event with Show4me’s handy tool called “concert crowdfunding”.

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One of the best things you can do for your music career is well-thought-out branding. Think of your favorite music instrument or electronics brand – you are happy to spend money with them because you don’t have to put time and energy into looking where to get the item you need.

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The holiday season is a wonderful part of the year when so many creatives get the chance to share their art and reach millions of people with their takes on the rich cultural heritage surrounding the winter holiday season. We’ve decided to invite 12 artists on the Show4me Music Interaction Network to participate in our very own Christmas project.

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Want something to read on those long December nights? We’ve compiled a list of the most useful music publications available online for you to stay up to date with the latest music releases, find out industry news and trends, as well as dive into the world of music by checking out their exciting interviews, features, and reviews!

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White Night is a German-American electro-pop duo, founded in 2017. The band’s songs are melodic compositions that have weighty, expressive lyrics touching upon a variety of social and personal topics. White Night draw inspiration from 1980s pop, classical music, contemporary-classical music, and jazz.

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Show4me arrives to the 2019 Web Summit

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Web Summit is officially opening its doors in Lisbon tonight, and Show4me is on site to witness the world’s biggest tech conference to unveil! We are here to check out this year’s speakers, share our startup building insights at the Growth Stage, make new friends, discover the myriad of exciting technologies and solutions from startups from across the globe, and, of course, make some waves at the first-ever Music Innovation Competition as part of the MusicNotes Stage.

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52% of American music fans attend a concert on a regular basis. Every music fan loves the concert experience: watching their favorite artist perform live, singing along to the songs and feeling the whole energy of the concert is actually one of the strongest and most powerful events that can properly introduce a person to the enchanting essence of the music culture.

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As streaming is becoming a dominant source of revenue for the music industry, musicians aren’t reaping all the benefits – streaming service payouts aren’t particularly generous, and when you count in the fees of agents, managers, labels, distributors and the like, musicians themselves aren’t exactly rolling in dollar bills.

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Bad Skin is an all-female punk rock band from Montreal, Canada. The band has 4 members: Dope (lead vocalist + guitar), Cloee M (guitar + backing vocals), Lea D (bass + guitar), and Caro (drums). They came together in the Montreal music scene in 2014 to relive the punk rock era and rebel against societal norms and pressure to be perfect. The band believe individuality is best achieved by being true to yourself and strive to project feminist ideals.

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5 startups. Cutting-edge innovations for the music industry. A panel of expert judges – industry heavyweights, influential investors, and big name artists. 1 prize. Will Show4me become the music innovation of the year set to change the industry and help new and established musicians and their team optimize their business?

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We are currently in the age of digital services and streaming, where artists aren’t making as much money from recorded music as needed and deserved. To stimulate the sales of music, many acts play shows, tour and are trying to find the best possible work configuration that would present them the opportunity to establish a sustainable career. However, performing and touring is not only essential to improving the business state of one’s music career, but also to entice fans, extend the

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French producer, promoter and music manager Vivian Vincent founded her own music production company Vintess Innovation Entertainment in 2012. She released several singles over her career, including Top 200 charting One of a Kind and viral Peace and Unity.

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Back in the day, all you needed was your local radio DJ to get your music out there and start making money. Today, that’s not going to cut it. As an artist, you have to pursue multiple ways to increase your income. Don't depend upon only one outlet for your music. Below are nine ways to expand your income streams from your music.

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In his video interview, Raymond Gonzalez, a music producer and manager with a 35-year experience is sharing his thoughts on what artists should do before a real promoter can take them over and help them develop their music careers. Raymond is most known for his long-term collaboration with American songstress Nina Simone, whom he managed for many years after her move to Europe. Gonzalez has been running MOM Productions in Paris since 2000.

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So, you’ve rehearsed and recorded your latest EP, released your music video on YouTube, uploaded the songs to all the streaming services you could think of, and maybe even reached out to a few booking agents. Your Instagram following might be growing, but the DMs don’t have a single booking offer. What’s next?

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After a hugely successful EP in 2014, with streaming numbers well over 11 million and being featured on platforms like VOGUE, it seemed Sydney-born artist TIAAN disappeared... The truth is, like many other artists, she was stuck in a badly structured deal that left her no control in what she was doing. Instead of giving up, TIAAN put her own projects to the side and started writing for other artists.

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Cussy Nicodemo is a Canadian musician and songwriter, who has two gold records for his hits La Vita and Disco Kings, released during his time as the frontman of the Fussy Cussy band in the 1970s. Cussy has since founded Dance Plant Records and continues to write, produce and record his own music, as well as help produce tracks for his clients.

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Holding your own show and watching your fans have the time of their lives enjoying your music is one of the best experiences for a musician. If shows could organize themselves, most artists would hold them every week. But organizing a concert is a risky endeavour, which is why a lot of up and coming musicians only hold shows a few times a year, if that.

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On September 12, 2019, Show4me participated in the Ideas Exchange night held by the UK non-profit Association of Independent Music at the Digital Catapult hub in London. We talked to the guests of the event about how our interaction network can help artists monetize music, interact with fans and run their music career in a streamlined, simple manner.

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Like a Storm is a hard rock, alternative metal post grunge band formed in 2005 in Auckland, New Zealand. The group’s signature sound is the combination of heavy baritone guitar riffs and hard rock songs with didgeridoo. They’ve released three studio albums: The End of the Beginning (2009), Awaken the Fire (2015), and Catacombs (2018). They are the highest charting New Zealand hard rock band in American radio history – The End of the Beginning and Awaken the Fire debuted in the

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Emerging in 2019 as a true artist to watch in the dark/sad music space, Cloe is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with incredibly powerful songwriting skills, in addition to a voice beyond her years, Cloe crafts melancholic, yet fiercely relatable songs that touch the deepest parts of the human psyche. Championing the concept of accepting one's mental health issues, pushing for equality, and embracing imperfection, she is light years beyond the typical young musician. Cloe will be releasing

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Theolodge is a hip-hop/rap artist from Central Florida. Born Theo James, the musician started his music career at an early age. Theolodge began performing in talent shows in elementary school. In middle and high school, he did impromptu shows during lunch. Influenced by some of hip hop’s elite, such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, TI, Outkast, Biggie and Tupac, Theolodge went on to develop his own music style and voice.

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If you have read any of our articles, you know that we tend to focus on how technological advancements have reshaped the music industry. These advancements have been for both better and worse.

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Minatox69 is a metal band based in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza – Italy) and officially formed in 2010. The main purpose of the band is to propose an aggressive musical style that diversifies itself from the normal concept of metal by adding different influences, going from hard rock to funky, an arduous work expressed trough continuous research of a new sound along with a mathematical approach in drawing up the pieces. The result is an explosive sound “seasoned“ by energetic

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A nightmare for any musician is watching a half-empty music hall during the concert. This means that the artist or the band are not popular enough. Nor do they have a chance to regain the money they've spent organizing the concert. It is common that, after dealing with debt, a musician might have developed a phobia of any organizational activity in the future. Emerging artists have few opportunities to earn when they try to arrange the first concerts in a traditional way. When it comes to

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Indie and DIY music artists and bands comprise 2.7% of the music market. Without label support, these bands need a way to upload and share their music. This is where the quite popular music platforms come in nowadays. These platforms offer bands a free or cheap way to upload and distribute their music, fund their projects, which can include whole EPs or albums, and – in general – perform their respective activities in the easiest and most convenient way possible. Music fans can

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There is a variety of challenges when it comes to providing management services. I think the first and main one is gaining the integrity and the confidence to operate in this whole field, you first have to establish yourself as a proper participant in the whole music cycle to a level where other music industry participants will acknowledge you as such because this business is more like a community rather than a typical conventional industry.

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What can an ordinary man or woman do to prevent humanitarian crisis somewhere half a world away or to stop the terroristic acts inside the country? Frankly speaking, a lot. And you know that this truth is backed by the idea that “music can change the world”. Well, a little concert is unlikely to solve an international conflict, but it can kickstart a fight for a good cause and raise funds for those in need. 

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As you are likely aware, there are many steps in the process of writing, tracking and releasing an album or EP. If you have ever made an album, you know there is no greater satisfaction than hearing back the mixes the first time. Oftentimes, writing a full-length album can take a year or longer. Seeing it all come together is quite a magical experience. 

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You have decided to run a crowdfunding campaign to fund an upcoming activity such as making a new album or embarking on a tour. If you are to make the campaign successful, you have much work ahead of you. Planning, strategizing, and most importantly execution are all vital to creating a successful campaign. In this article, we have broken down the major components to a campaign, providing suggestions about what to do and what not to do for each. 

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Everything is changing and music industry isn’t an exception. The shift in music consumption, digitalization and rapid technological development create the new challenges for the artists daily making it harder and harder for them to get long-term, sustainable revenues from their income. 

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When an artist gets into writing songs and playing gigs, typically they lead with their heart. It is a good thing these days, because it is even less of a guaranteed paycheck than before. That is saying great deal about the condition of the industry in general. Even as streaming is at an all-time high, musicians are making less and less. It does not really make sense, until you start shuffling through the information available.

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Gabby Chelmicka is an artist and event manager who has successfully worked in the music business for over 20 years. One of her more recognizable clients is an English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, with whom she worked as a personal manager since 1996 into the 2000s. She is currently a freelance event manager in her native Bristol.

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The goal of any artist is to get their music to the people. The beginning of the recording days was simple. The artist made a recording, typically financed by record company money. The record company then provided marketing support, distribution and if the act had a hit song - the record company would send them out on the road “in support” of the album, in hopes of selling additional singles. Not any longer. Most new artists struggle for years to get noticed by a major label, spend

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Show4me Midem diaries: Final day [video]

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Today, June 7, 2019, Midem event has come to an end. However, for us, it's just the beginning of many future partnerships we are looking to start with all music industry professionals we've met at this business event. We are happy to have so many registrations of the artists and other music industry players on Show4me during Midem. 

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Show4me Midem diaries: Day 2 [video]

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For Show4me team, Day 2 of Midem world’s leading music event in Cannes was jammed with impactful meetings with great people. We’ve had a chance to talk to so many music industry experts and discuss existing challenges the music industry is facing, its impact on overall music activities and most importantly - how Show4me can help to handle them.

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MBW: Show4me is presented at Midem 2019

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Show4me Music Interaction Network is becoming not just widely popular and valued among the artists, but it is also getting noticed by the top world's professional music media. Music Business Worldwide (MBW), the leading information service that provides insights and news for the global music industry founded by Tim Ingham in 2015, has recently featured Show4me describing it as ‘The Music Startup That Is Definitely Worth Keeping An Eye On’.

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Show4me Miden Diaries: Day 1 [video]

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We are happy to share with you a short video report on Day 1 (June 4, 2019) of Midem, one of the world's largest business events for the music industry professionals held since 1967 in France, first in Paris and later in Cannes around the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.  

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June 4, 2019 – Karen Chiftalaryan, Show4me founder and CEO announces the official introduction of the Show4me Music Interaction Network to key music industry players at Midem international B2B music event in Cannes, France. It is the first time when the upgraded version of Show4me is presented to artists and music industry professionals after its official release in April 2019.

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Searching the web, you get the feeling that everyone in the music industry is constantly bragging about how troublesome and time-consuming it is for artists to organize a gig or a concert. What if somebody told you that it is as simple as organizing a little home party? Buckle up! You are about to find out how to book a gig in a week!

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As an artist, you all want to focus entirely on your MUSIC. Your passion is in writing, recording, and performing your music and that’s what got you involved with the music industry in the first place. You must have never thought about all the “fun” business and legal aspects of building a career as an artist when you fell in love with music. These aspects, although there’s so much less fun in them, are vitally instrumental to your success in your music career.

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You’ve all probably heard “You were always on my mind” hit love song written by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson. The song has 300 recorded releases in different versions and was performed by an uncountable number of artists including Elvis Presley and John Wesley Ryles. The name of the song made us wonder…

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Remember the times when loyal fans would create fan clubs in your name, buy magazines with the latest news about their favorite musicians, collect vinyl, CDs posters, branded T-shirts or travel to another city, even country just to hear you playing live at the concerts or live shows… Great times, right?

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Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft, a talented musician, songwriter and lead guitarist for American rock band Escape the Fate, Las Vegas, Nevada. Here at Show4me, we’ve been lucky to have him join our music community of creative artists and create his official Artist Club on the Show4me Music Interaction Network. We’ve had a chance to chat with Kevin personally in London catching him in the middle of his Europian tour. Watch the video interview below. 

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As an artist who is determined to professionally build a music career, you have a choice to make on how to fund your multiple music projects: use your own funds, find a label or other third party to provide the investments, or you can crowdfund. Crowdfunding is defined exactly how it sounds. A crowd is literally funding the project at hand, whatever that project might be. I’m sure you’ve heard about crowdfunding giant - Kickstarter. But, the type of crowdfunding we’ll be

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Money is like oxygen for businesses. The flow of oxygen into the human body ensures survival. Similarly, businesses rely on revenue to ensure its functioning. In today's music industry, an artist is as much a brand and a business as they are an actual musician. Many artists are reluctant to admit this fact, however. And it is hurting their ability to generate income. For proper success in both the short and long term, artists must now view themselves in this light. Failure to do so will

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Live music concert is an unforgettable experience for both artists and fans. If you had a chance to look behind the scenes, you probably would be amazed at how much craft it takes to organize a great live music concert. It requires strategic planning, thorough preparation, skillful marketing and professional execution of the concept artists have in mind for their shows. 

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The concept of crowdfunding has been around for centuries. In the recent times, the first noteworthy online crowdfunding campaign was in 1979 when $60,000 was raised to support the North American tour for the British rock band Marillion, the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band in the 1980s.

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Limited Beta version of Show4me Music Interaction Network was opened to the artists on March 11, 2019 prior to the official release of the network in April 2019. It’s a one-time opportunity for indie artists to be the first to create a professional music business account – Artist Club and upload their music there. By doing so, musicians will prepare for promoting their art to their fans after the network is officially released to the public.

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UK-based company Wefuture Ltd has closed a $12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor on January 18th, 2019. The company will use the funds to transform its project Show4me site from concert crowdfunding platform into a self-sufficient music interaction network. Its main goal is to open up new broader opportunities for the DIY musicians to succeed in the music industry compared to what concert crowdfunding could give.

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