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Midem 2014 Pledge Music interview with CEO Benji Rogers and A&R Paul Barton

Andrea Leonelli from Digital Music Trends interviews Pledge Music.

01:00 What are the updates with Pledge Music on the product front?

02:14 What changes did Pledge Music have to make the service more suitable for the labels.

03:18 Have the artists evolved in the way they approach their campaigns? Specially those who are on their second or third campaign?

06:55 Looking at the community around pledge, have you seen more people come back to pledge purely because they are used to the platform now and invest in artist they might not have a personal connection with?

08:54 One of big success stories of last year was ‘The Rifles’, their Pledge music campaign played a big part in their success, how did the story unfold?

10:14 Where are you today and how has the team evolved in the last 12 months internationally?

11:34 Do you think there is a potential here to see a major artist over the next couple of years adopt a platform like Pledge?

14:00 There has been an incredible growth in the field of label services over the last 12 months, do you see that as a way to help you as a company to be able to make sure the artists get the service they need or refer them to label services?

15:20 Having an A&R as a part of a service that is not a label but as a bridge to find artists is very unique. How do you find that process?

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DMT 169: The MIDEM 2014 Big Show

This week on Digital Music Trends a MIDEM 2014 special to savour:  sit back, relax and enjoy this one since guests include Charles Caldas (Merlin), Luis Justo (Rock in Rio), Benji Rogers (Pledge Music), Mel Brown (Impressive PR), Mandar Thakur (Times Music), Ken Hertz (Hertz, Lichtenstein and Young LLP), Scott Cohen (The Orchard), Norman Abdul Halim (Malaysian Recording Industry), Denis Ladegaillerie (Believe) and Jordan Berliant (The Collective).

We chat about anything and everything in this expansive show on the state of the music industry in 2014 with a particular international focus and an eye on the independent sector. The full interviews will appear in due time on the DMT YouTube and SoundCloud channels – there will be a new one uploaded every day during February.

DMT’s coverage of Midem 2014 wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CI, leading provider of digital supply chain services to the world’s premier independent music companies. Check them out on ci-info.com.


I really hope you enjoy the show, feel free to share this one as much as you can!

Have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

DMT 169: The MIDEM 2014 Big Show

This week on Digital Music Trends a MIDEM 2014 special to savour:  sit back, relax and enjoy this one since guests include Charles Caldas (Merlin), Luis Justo (Rock in Rio), Benji Rogers (Pledge Music), Mel Brown (Impressive PR), Mandar Thakur (Times Music), Ken Hertz (Hertz, Lichtenstein and Young LLP), Scott Cohen (The Orchard), Norman Abdul Halim (Malaysian Recording Industry), Denis Ladegaillerie (Believe) and Jordan Berliant (The Collective).

We chat about anything and everything in this expansive show on the state of the music industry in 2014 with a particular international focus and an eye on the independent sector. The full interviews will appear in due time on the DMT YouTube and SoundCloud channels – there will be a new one uploaded every day during February.

DMT’s coverage of Midem 2014 wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CI, leading provider of digital supply chain services to the world’s premier independent music companies. Check them out on ci-info.com.

I really hope you enjoy the show, feel free to share this one as much as you can!

Have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

DMT 169: The MIDEM 2014 Big Show

This week on Digital Music Trends a MIDEM 2014 special to savour:  sit back, relax and enjoy this one since guests include Charles Caldas (Merlin), Luis Justo (Rock in Rio), Benji Rogers (Pledge Music), Mel Brown (Impressive PR), Mandar Thakur (Times Music), Ken Hertz (Hertz, Lichtenstein and Young LLP), Scott Cohen (The Orchard), Norman Abdul Halim (Malaysian Recording Industry), Denis Ladegaillerie (Believe) and Jordan Berliant (The Collective).

We chat about anything and everything in this expansive show on the state of the music industry in 2014 with a particular international focus and an eye on the independent sector. The full interviews will appear in due time on the DMT YouTube and SoundCloud channels – there will be a new one uploaded every day during February.

DMT’s coverage of Midem 2014 wouldn’t have been possible without the help of CI, leading provider of digital supply chain services to the world’s premier independent music companies. Check them out on ci-info.com.

I really hope you enjoy the show, feel free to share this one as much as you can!

Have a great week and ’till next time.

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

DMT 156: YouTube Music subs, Troy Carter’s fund, SFX, SoundCloud at a 1/4 billion users

This week on Digital Music Trends it was a pleasure to welcome Benji Rogers (Pledge Music) and Darren Hemmings (Motive Unknown) to the show.
We chat about the latest reports surrounding the upcoming arrival of a YouTube music subscription service, Google’s reported $5m investment into Lyor Cohen’s new music venture (and why is Google getting into the content business?), SoundCloud reaching a quarter billion monthly users and hooking up with Instagram, SFX’s new acquisitions, Troy Carter’s startup fund, Ontario’s $45m music fund, the funding the situation in the UK and US and much, much more!

You can find the links to all the articles/stories mentioned in the shownotes here: http://bit.ly/DMT156

I really hope you enjoy the show, have a great week and ’til next time

Andrea Leonelli
http://www.digitalmusictrends.com
http://www.twitter.com/digimusictrends

Timeline:
00:00 Introduction
01:55 YouTube seems to very close to rolling out its new subscription service which will have both a free and a paid tier. We debate whether YouTube is gunning for Spotify with this new service or is the demographic slightly different?
13:54 Its appears that Google has invested around £5m in a new music venture by Lyor Cohen former Warner Music Executive, why is Google interested in getting into the content side of things, does this seem like a smart move for them?
18:55 Soundcloud has reached a quarter of a billion monthly unique users onto the platform, this is a very fast growth, plus they also announced an integration with Instagram, what next?
26:48 SFX got hold of development house Arc90, Fame House and and also music start up Tunezy this week, where is it heading?
34:45 Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s manager and head of Atom Factory announced a new fund for tech start ups worth between $75-100m. Carter is very tech oriented, is this a good move for him and will it spur more managers to take a chance on technology companies?
44:40 Ontario has approved a $45m fund to be rolled out over 3 years for music, in contrast how is the funding space developing in the UK and Plegde Music in US?
54:54 Outro