Music Connection Magazine https://www.musicconnection.com Informing Music People Since 1977 - Music Information - Music Education - Music Industry News Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:29:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Independent Artists Can Now Upload Their Music Directly to Spotify https://www.musicconnection.com/independent-artists-can-now-upload-music-directly-spotify/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:29:47 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84892 Spotify made an announcement today about a new feature that will allow unsigned, independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform for free. While larger labels are able to upload music directly to the platform, independent artists have to pay a third-party digital aggregation service like TuneCore to upload music on their behalf. The new initiative is currently being tested in an invite-only beta mode. The company has been working with a handful of independent artists and labels — like Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA, and Hot Shade — for feedback in shaping the feature. How it works. You’ll be able to deliver music […]

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Spotify made an announcement today about a new feature that will allow unsigned, independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform for free. While larger labels are able to upload music directly to the platform, independent artists have to pay a third-party digital aggregation service like TuneCore to upload music on their behalf.

The new initiative is currently being tested in an invite-only beta mode. The company has been working with a handful of independent artists and labels — like NonameMichael BrunVIAA, and Hot Shade — for feedback in shaping the feature.

How it works.

You’ll be able to deliver music straight to Spotify and plan for the perfect release day. You’ll see a preview of exactly how things will appear to listeners before you hit submit. And even after your music goes live, you’ll be in full control of your metadata with simple and quick edits.

Just like releasing through any other partner, you'll get paid when fans stream your music on Spotify. Your recording royalties will hit your bank account automatically each month, and you’ll see a clear report of how much your streams are earning right next to the other insights you already get from Spotify for Artists. Uploading is free to all artists, and Spotify doesn’t charge you any fees or commissions no matter how frequently you release music.

Over the next few months, Spotify will ask more of you to participate — make sure to join their mailing list so you’ll be the first to know about any new announcements.  You can learn more by checking out the Spotify for Artists guide.

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Quincy Jones Invests in Jammcard and Completes $1M seed Raise https://www.musicconnection.com/quincy-jones-joins-1-million-funding-round-for-musicians-network-jammcard/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:18 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84886 Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has joined in a million-dollar seed funding round for the music tech startup Jammcard. Jammcard is an invite-only social network for music professionals. It provides “vetted pros” for those in need of musicianship, and exclusive, members-only events. Among the app’s successful musical matches has been assembling live bands for the likes of Gwen Stefani, Zedd, Maren Morris, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jason Derulo and Grace VanderWaal, among others. “I’m excited and supportive about what Jammcard is doing for music professionals. Jammcard elevates the industry in new ways, from connections and new opportunities, to helping represent themselves in a freelance world. […]

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Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has joined in a million-dollar seed funding round for the music tech startup Jammcard. Jammcard is an invite-only social network for music professionals. It provides “vetted pros” for those in need of musicianship, and exclusive, members-only events. Among the app’s successful musical matches has been assembling live bands for the likes of Gwen Stefani, Zedd, Maren Morris, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jason Derulo and Grace VanderWaal, among others.

“I’m excited and supportive about what Jammcard is doing for music professionals. Jammcard elevates the industry in new ways, from connections and new opportunities, to helping represent themselves in a freelance world. Thank-Q!,” Jones said.

Quincy is known for having a powerful impact on the future of the music industry. With over seven decades of experience in entertainment, his investments navigate the most effective and innovative spaces of music technology.

“I’m honored to have Quincy on the Jammcard team. I love that he’s continued to push jazz and real talent forward, and I can’t wait to see where our working relationship leads. Quincy’s endorsement excites me on another level, and I will use that fire to continue to work as hard as I can to grow true value for the professional music community,” said Elmo Lovano, founder of Jammcard.

In addition to Jones, the company says it has a variety of angel investors and entertainment industry figures who contributed to this latest funding round.

For more, visit jammcard.com

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New Gear/New Toys Review: HARMAN JBL 3 Series MkII Powered Studio Monitors https://www.musicconnection.com/review-harman-jbl-3-series-mkii-monitors/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:21:28 +0000 http://www.musicconnection.com/?p=83831 The new JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are available in three versions all designed to provide a consistent sound signature in any size production room. These are two-way powered monitor speakers and the three models are: the 305P MkII (5-inch woofer), 306P MkII (6.5-inch) and 308P MkII (8-inch). The 3 Series upgrades the original JBL 3 Series and shares design elements from JBL's flagship M2 Master Reference monitors including the Image Control Waveguide and improved tweeter and woofer transducers. The goals for the JBL 3 Series MkII are for detailed and precise stereo imaging over a wider listening area and […]

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The new JBL 3 Series MkII monitors are available in three versions all designed to provide a consistent sound signature in any size production room. These are two-way powered monitor speakers and the three models are: the 305P MkII (5-inch woofer), 306P MkII (6.5-inch) and 308P MkII (8-inch).

The 3 Series upgrades the original JBL 3 Series and shares design elements from JBL's flagship M2 Master Reference monitors including the Image Control Waveguide and improved tweeter and woofer transducers. The goals for the JBL 3 Series MkII are for detailed and precise stereo imaging over a wider listening area and also to improve the transient response and linearity over the original JBLs.

I received for review two 308P MkII monitors plus the companion powered subwoofer, the LSR310S with its 10-inch down-firing high excursion woofer. I wanted to compare them directly to my existing 2.1 monitor system in my Pro Tools HDX mix room--my pair has the same size woofers and I use a separate subwoofer.

I connected them up easily to my Cranesong Avocet IIa monitor controller--all these powered speakers have both -10dBv 1/4-inch and +4dBu balanced XLR input jacks plus an input sensitivity switch and smooth working level control to accommodate any system's output level.

The 3 Series have rear reflex ports so JBL uses their patented Slip Stream™ port design to improve linearity and reduce port chuffing--the noise of air rushing in and out of the port. There is an adjustable boundary equalizer to compensate for the low frequency build up when they are positioned close to walls and/or corners or operated on desktops. The boundary EQ is a low frequency shelving filter at 50Hz with 0, -1.5 and -3dB positions.

In my small room--it's only 9.5-feet wide--front or rear ported speakers make a big difference in the bass. I had to put in the -3dB position in the boundary EQ to match the bass produce by my front-ported monitors. I found the 308Ps to project out into my room more than I am used to--the stereo image was good at my normal listening position and farther back. These speakers would work great in a home theatre when sitting back on the couch!

A big difference I heard was the change of imaging between my speakers and the 308Ps. There was less of a "beaming" effect from the 308P's woven-composite one-inch Neodymium tweeters and waveguide compared to the ribbon tweeters of my monitors. I could hear detail and the various distinct pan locations even when listening off-center between the speakers. I thought I might need to boost high frequencies using the HF Trim switch because of my heavily absorption-treated room but the 0dB position (there are also -2dB and +2dB choices) worked great.

The LSR310S subwoofer plugged right into the same cables I already had set up. When all the monitors were set to +4dB, they were not as loud as my old monitors so I would just crank up the volume on the Avocet. I used the same 80Hz crossover switch position but the LSR310S also has the XLF position for 120Hz high-pass filter tuning that is used by club playback systems and more than double the bass output. Like all the monitors in the 3 Series line, the 310S has a protective limiter to allow maximum volume without damage to the drivers. Good thing as the LSR310S has a 200-watt Class-D amp that'll shake the house if you want!

The 308P is powered by two 56-watt Class-D amps--one each for the tweeter and woofer. The crossover frequency is 1800Hz and the speakers are rated at 102dB SPL measured C-weighted with pink noise.

So I am left with an overall great impression of the JBL 308P and companion LSR310s subwoofer. With the 308P each selling for $249 MSRP and the LSR310s at $399, you can have a proper 2.1 or 5.1 system for a few dollars as possible it seems. Go for it!

jblpro.com/www/products/recording-broadcast/3-series-mkii/

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com

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ACM Lifting Lives Announces 2018 Grant Cycle Submissions Now Open https://www.musicconnection.com/acm-lifting-lives-announces-2018-grant-cycle-submissions-now-open/ Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:14:19 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84889 ACM Lifting Lives has announced a call for submissions for the 2018 Grant Cycle. Through grant cycles, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection, to further the mission of improving lives through the power of music. Submissions will end on Monday, Oct. 1. For information on program guidelines and how to submit, please visit acmliftinglives.org. Funding decisions will be determined and recipients will be notified in November 2018. “With this call for submissions, we are excited to continue ACM Lifting Lives’ rich history of supporting worthy organizations that improve lives through the […]

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ACM Lifting Lives has announced a call for submissions for the 2018 Grant Cycle. Through grant cycles, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to programs that promote education and healing with a musical connection, to further the mission of improving lives through the power of music.

Submissions will end on Monday, Oct. 1. For information on program guidelines and how to submit, please visit acmliftinglives.org. Funding decisions will be determined and recipients will be notified in November 2018.

“With this call for submissions, we are excited to continue ACM Lifting Lives’ rich history of supporting worthy organizations that improve lives through the power of music,” said Debbie Carroll, ACM Lifting Lives’ Chairman. “It’s our privilege to support the many hardworking and dedicated philanthropies – big and small – on behalf of the country music community and artists that make our fundraising goals achievable.”

ACM Lifting Lives has given to 48 deserving organizations across the country through its grant cycle in the past, including last year’s recipients Barefoot Republic, Inc., Camp Sunshine Inc., COPD Foundation, CreatiVets, El Paso Symphony Orchestra Assn., Inc., Every Child Counts, Follow Your Heart Arts Program, Inc., Foundations of Music, Girls Rock Santa Barbara, High Hopes Development Center, Legacy Music Alliance, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Middle Tennessee State University Foundation, Music for Seniors, Music Mends Minds, Musicians on Call, Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc., Operation Song Inc., Peggy R. McConnell Worthington Center for the Arts, Porter’s Call, Rocketown of Middle Tennessee, The Quest Center for Art & Community Development, St. Anna's Episcopal Church, Tennessee Alliance for Kids, and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

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Ticketmaster Accused of Colluding With Scalpers https://www.musicconnection.com/ticketmaster-accused-of-colluding-with-scalpers/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 23:51:30 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84883 In an investigative report, CBC and Toronto Star uncovered evidence that Ticketmaster has been operating its own secret scalping scheme. Both Canadian outlets sent journalists posing as scalpers to the Ticket Summit industry conference held in Las Vegas back in July. It was there that the two were allegedly approached by Ticketmaster and briefed on the company’s seedy reselling scheme. The scam sees scalpers purchasing tickets from Ticketmaster, then reselling them at a higher price on Ticketmaster’s own secondary market platform TradeDesk. Thus, Ticketmaster successfully inflates ticket prices and successfully profits not once, but twice — first on the fees of the initial ticket […]

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In an investigative report, CBC and Toronto Star uncovered evidence that Ticketmaster has been operating its own secret scalping scheme. Both Canadian outlets sent journalists posing as scalpers to the Ticket Summit industry conference held in Las Vegas back in July. It was there that the two were allegedly approached by Ticketmaster and briefed on the company’s seedy reselling scheme.

The scam sees scalpers purchasing tickets from Ticketmaster, then reselling them at a higher price on Ticketmaster’s own secondary market platform TradeDesk. Thus, Ticketmaster successfully inflates ticket prices and successfully profits not once, but twice — first on the fees of the initial ticket sale to scalpers, then on the fees captured during the pricier resale transactions made on TradeDesk.

According to the undercover report,  Ticketmaster recruiting these scalpers into its secret program and actively turns a blind eye to actions that violate the company’s own terms of service. The Toronto Star writes that scalpers face little to no consequences when it comes to the ticket buying process, such as when they initially purchase beyond the stated ticket limit:

“If we identify breaches of these limits … we reserve the right to cancel any such orders,” read Ticketmaster’s general terms and conditions. “Use of automated means to purchase tickets is strictly prohibited.”

But ticket resellers who break those rules have no reason to be concerned, “We don’t spend any time looking at your Ticketmaster.com account. I don’t care what you buy. It doesn’t matter to me,” said the Trade Desk sales executive reassured. “There’s total separation between Ticketmaster and our division. It’s church and state … We don’t monitor that at all.”

Full investigated report: cbc.ca/news/business/ticketmaster-prices-scalpers-bruno-mars-1.4826914

Uncover footage from the Las Vegas Ticket Summit below:

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Signing Story: Casanova https://www.musicconnection.com/signing-story-casanova/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:23:44 +0000 http://www.musicconnection.com/?p=83788 Brooklyn rapper Casanova saw his debut EP Commissary drop at the end of June via Roc Nation/Def Jam. The iconic hip-hop label realized that a deal with the blossoming, romantically named hip-hop artist was a no-brainer, and his “Set Trippin’” single managed to pull in over 15 million YouTube views. The guy clearly has a gift for attracting attention and, in this era when the power of the labels has in fact been diminished, an effective online presence is all-important. Casanova only started rapping about two years ago, influenced by the likes of Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and some […]

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Brooklyn rapper Casanova saw his debut EP Commissary drop at the end of June via Roc Nation/Def Jam. The iconic hip-hop label realized that a deal with the blossoming, romantically named hip-hop artist was a no-brainer, and his “Set Trippin’” single managed to pull in over 15 million YouTube views. The guy clearly has a gift for attracting attention and, in this era when the power of the labels has in fact been diminished, an effective online presence is all-important.

Casanova only started rapping about two years ago, influenced by the likes of Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Meek Mill and some local New York artists. It all started to happen fast, and he realized that he could make a career out of music just a couple of months later when he started to get paid.

“Once I started getting money for shows and stuff,” he says. “That’s when I said, ‘Hold on, this might be a career for me’.”

The rapper describes his style as a mix of DMX, M.O.P. and 50 Cent, and says that he has a New York gutter sound. That said, while his influences are fairly clear, Casanova says that it’s vital to be different, to be doing something new, if you’re going to pull in those big online numbers. “That helps a lot,” he says, with typical brevity. “You’ve just got to think of different stuff.”

It’s been working for him so far. “Don’t Run,” his first original song which was released in 2016, did extremely well in the New York clubs, and was remixed by Fabolous, Young M.A., Dave East and Don Q. His debut song was followed by his debut mixtape, Be Safe Tho, which, according to a press release, “paid homage to longtime friend, notable podcast host Taxstone, who helped the rapper make a career out of music, and introduced him to [Memphis] Bleek [of Warehouse Music/Roc Nation].” Chris Brown appeared on the track “OHB,” and the pair toured together in the spring of 2017.
According to Casanova, it was through Roc Nation that the partnership with Def Jam came to be.

“They wanted to help and Roc Nation let them help, so I love it,” he says. “It means a lot to me. That they would consider helping me. It’s amazing—I’ve got the best of both worlds.”

The Commissary EP is the logical next step, and Casanova is pleased with the way it turned out, as well as the extremely positive reaction that he’s been getting to it. “I’m definitely pleased,” he says. “I’ve been getting good vibes from my EP, everybody said they loved it, I’ve just got to continue to work.”

A statement from his label says that the EP is a continuation of Casanova’s transition “from playa and convict, to rapper and legit businessman,” and it certainly sounds like an artist that is growing. And he’s not done yet.“I’ll give them a little more—a mixtape, and then an album,” he says.

Date Signed: 2017
Label: RocNation/Def Jam
Type of Music: Hip-Hop
Management: Dave Gordon
Booking: officialbooking2x@yahoo.com
Legal: Hector Baldonado
Publicity: Fairley McCaskill, Lydia Kanuga - Lydia.Kanuga@umusic.com
Web: facebook.com/casanovatwox
A&R: Jason Carbonell

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DIY Spotlight: Payson Lewis https://www.musicconnection.com/diy-spotlight-payson-lewis/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:17:48 +0000 http://www.musicconnection.com/?p=83883 Music has been a part of Payson Lewis’ life for as long as he can remember. Early on, he followed his older brother and joined a choir. He also taught himself piano and pursued music as a Music Industry major at USC. While in school, he joined the SoCal VoCals, a prestigious collegiate a cappella group, which helped him develop his craft as a singer. After college, Lewis appeared on NBC’s The Sing Off. His time on that show propelled his career and brought him into the world of acting. His television credits include How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, […]

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Music has been a part of Payson Lewis’ life for as long as he can remember. Early on, he followed his older brother and joined a choir. He also taught himself piano and pursued music as a Music Industry major at USC. While in school, he joined the SoCal VoCals, a prestigious collegiate a cappella group, which helped him develop his craft as a singer.

After college, Lewis appeared on NBC’s The Sing Off. His time on that show propelled his career and brought him into the world of acting. His television credits include How I Met Your Mother, Revenge, People vs. OJ Simpson, Rules of Engagement and Victorious. He also spent time doing live theater with Rumer Willis, Evan Rachel Wood and Janel Parrish.

Lewis’ relationship with his fans earned him such a strong following that he launched a YouTube channel, quickly attracting thousands of subscribers.

The relationships he built during his acting gigs led to a duet with Rumer Willis, a cover of Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods,” which gained recognition by notable press outlets including Perez Hilton and Mashable.

The recent release of his tracks, “Bad Influence,” “When Love Was Young” and “Can’t Go Back,” have also garnered praise by publications like Hollywood Life, Celebmix, The Young Folks, Art Nois and more.

Payson Lewis is gearing up for the release of his debut EP this fall. “My songs and the reason behind them is my legacy. I feel like my music is the real expression of my soul,” he explains.

Stay up to date with him at PaysonLewis.com.

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Producer Crosstalk: Doug McKean (Shinedown, My Chemical Romance) https://www.musicconnection.com/producers-crosstalk-doug-mckean-shinedown-my-chemical-romance/ Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:46:00 +0000 http://www.musicconnection.com/?p=83880 Producer, engineer and two-time Grammy winner Doug McKean’s career took root when he befriended a recording engineer during high school in Connecticut. He later enrolled at NYU where he connected with Jerry Harrison, then keyboardist with Talking Heads, who went on to produce for bands including Live and Crash Test Dummies. McKean has since worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including as the engineer on Green Day’s multi-platinum juggernaut American Idiot. Iconic producer and industry exec Rob Cavallo has tapped him to engineer many records, including those by My Chemical Romance and Dave Matthews Band. He […]

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Producer, engineer and two-time Grammy winner Doug McKean’s career took root when he befriended a recording engineer during high school in Connecticut. He later enrolled at NYU where he connected with Jerry Harrison, then keyboardist with Talking Heads, who went on to produce for bands including Live and Crash Test Dummies.

McKean has since worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including as the engineer on Green Day’s multi-platinum juggernaut American Idiot. Iconic producer and industry exec Rob Cavallo has tapped him to engineer many records, including those by My Chemical Romance and Dave Matthews Band. He was also an early adopter of Pro Tools, then known as Sound Tools.

Recently McKean worked alongside Eric Bass, bassist with multi-platinum act Shinedown. Bass produced Attention Attention, the band’s latest release. There’s a subtle yet seductive temptation to question whether roadblocks would arise by engineering for a producer that was also a member of the band. Fortunately, that wasn’t McKean’s experience. “Sometimes when someone [else] is producing, there’s still someone in the band who takes charge in the production,” he explains. “This is the third record I’ve engineered for them and on the first, the singer Brent [Smith] was sort of co-producing with Rob Cavallo. Often you’ll collaborate on production with someone in the band so it wasn’t that unusual.”

“Jesus of Suburbia” claims 9:08 of American Idiot’s 57:12. What were the challenges of capturing such an ambitious rock opus? “With Pro Tools, it wasn’t as hard as you’d think,” McKean observes. “We split up the song into sections. Rob and I like to use a lot of tempo mapping with click tracks. We were used to going from one section to another with tempo changes. On a song like that, we might take one section that’s a minute and a half, work on that and when we got to the end of the section we were supposed to transfer, he would start playing the new tempo and we’d just need the click. Once we had that section, we’d set up the click for the new section and punch in at the beginning of it. The only challenge was keeping track of which version of which take and measures were the ones that we liked.”

One of the biggest revelations McKean experienced was when he produced a solo project for Gerard Way, co-founder of My Chemical Romance. “There was a lot more psychology involved,” he recalls. “I had to get the artists in the right place, mentally, to be able to perform up to the level they needed to be. I’ve worked on a lot of projects where I saw Rob chatting with bands in other rooms trying to work through problems that weren’t always music related. You’re like the band’s family therapist.”

Surprisingly––or perhaps not––firmly established artists can still suffer from occasional dips in confidence, as McKean has witnessed. “Even big artists have said to me that every time they work on something new, they risk being exposed as a fraudulent songwriter,” he observes. “It tears them up to think ‘Maybe that’s it; I can’t do it again. I’m all done with ideas.’ That’s a normal thing.”
McKean’s upcoming projects include records with Beth Hart and Sublime with Rome.

Contact Kelle Musgrave, Kelle@linearmanagement.com
Doug McKean, mckeanwest@yahoo.com

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John Mayer to Receive Billboard 'Legend of Live' Award at 2018 Live Music Summit and Awards https://www.musicconnection.com/john-mayer-billboard-legend-of-live-award/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:15:54 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84870 Billboard has announced its first slate of speakers, panelists, and award winners for this year’s Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards, formerly known as the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. The annual event, set to take place on Nov. 13 & 14 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, CA, brings together live music’s top industry insiders, power players, and artists for a 360-degree look at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. On the evening of Nov. 13, John Mayer will accept the annual Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Live Music Awards. The night’s highest honor will celebrate […]

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Billboard has announced its first slate of speakers, panelists, and award winners for this year’s Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards, formerly known as the Billboard Touring Conference and Awards. The annual event, set to take place on Nov. 13 & 14 at the Montage in Beverly Hills, CA, brings together live music’s top industry insiders, power players, and artists for a 360-degree look at the challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

On the evening of Nov. 13, John Mayer will accept the annual Legend of Live Award at the Billboard Live Music Awards. The night’s highest honor will celebrate Mayer’s extensive touring career and his ongoing contributions to the industry, specifically highlighting his successful tour with Dead & Company as well as his collaboration with Dave Chappelle on the Controlled Danger Tour.

Billboard will also honor Shawn Mendes with its inaugural Artist of the Year award, recognizing the success of his Illuminate World Tour and his upcoming arena tour off the back of his recently released third, self-titled album. Mendes and his manager Andrew Gertler, of AG Artists, will sit down for an interview during the Live Music Summit with Billboard’s West Coast Editor, Melinda Newman, to discuss how artists can build a deep connection with fans by combining online interactions with real life experiences.

Additionally, Billboard will introduce a new award category to this year’s Live Music Awards program honoring industry pioneer Chip Hooper. Hooper played an essential role in the touring careers of acts such as Phish and Dave Matthews Band and was instrumental in the growth strategy of Paradigm’s music division. Developed in association with Hooper’s family and Paradigm, the Chip Hooper Award will be presented to a young rising star working as an executive in artist representation, management or concert promotion. Nominations for this award are now open and can be sent to nominations@billboard.com

The conference portion of Billboard’s Live Music Summit and Awards will see a number of artists participating in keynote panels and interviews including the most recent winner of American Idol, Maddie Poppe, who will be joined for an interview with her manager Jonathan Shank. Ken Casey, founder, bassist and vocalist of Dropkick Murphys, will also take the stage with his longtime manager Jeff Castelaz. Lastly, singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon will be accompanied by his agent Josh Huminston, of APA Agency, to discuss the success of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

This year’s schedule of panel discussions will include the “Investing in R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel” panel, focused on building equality in unique platforms across the live markets for Hip-Hop, R&B, and Gospel, will include a conversation with Shawn Gee, president of Live Nation Urban; Marcus Allen, co-founder of the Broccoli City Festival; and Kirk Franklin, award-winning gospel singer. The Live Music Summit will also host the keynote panel, "Out of Balance: Does the Touring Business Need an Inclusivity Rider?” featuring Kevin Shivers, partner in WME’s Music Division; Heather Lowery, vice president of talent & touring at Live Nation Urban; Dina LaPolt, entertainment attorney at LaPolt Law; and Lou Taylor, CEO of Tri Sports and Entertainment Group and renowned business manager.

“This year’s conference has made a deep investment in promoting diversity in the music industry. We are thrilled to introduce so many high level panels focused on tackling the need for inclusivity in live entertainment,” said Billboard’s Senior Correspondent for Touring and Live Entertainment, and Live Music Summit and Awards programmer, Dave Brooks. “With the addition of two new Billboard Live Music awards and with our growing schedule of strong panels, we are ready to give the touring and live entertainment industries the recognition they deserve.”

For more information, and to stay updated on new panels and bookings added to the schedule, please visit: billboardlivemusicsummit.com

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Francisco Studios https://www.musicconnection.com/the-legend-of-francisco-studios/ Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:06:44 +0000 https://www.musicconnection.com/?p=84868 The Legend of Francisco Studios The story of Francisco Studios. Francisco Studios provides monthly 24/7 rehearsal spaces for musicians in SF, LA, Phoenix, Tucson, Houston, and Denver http://www.franciscostudios.com

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The Legend of Francisco Studios

The story of Francisco Studios. Francisco Studios provides monthly 24/7 rehearsal spaces for musicians in SF, LA, Phoenix, Tucson, Houston, and Denver http://www.franciscostudios.com

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