Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Loudr Announces Strategic Agreement With CD Baby To Offer Cover Song Licensing To Its 350,000 Independent Artists

Technology driven music rights company Loudr® has announced an agreement with independent music market leader CDBaby® to provide cover song licensing solutions to CDBaby's artist community, which includes musicians, bands, record labels, choirs, a cappella, and other musical groups worldwide.

Loudr Licensing, Loudr's mechanical licensing platform, will now be offered to CDBaby members as a simple tool for securing the rights needed to legally distribute cover songs in the US. CDBaby will refer artists interested in cover song licensing to Loudr Licensing via links on CDBaby and through collaborative marketing outreach.

Launched earlier this year, Loudr Licensing is an open platform that enables users to purchase a mechanical license, the license needed to release a cover song. Using Loudr Licensing, any artist, label, or distributor can secure the right to legally sell or give away a cover recording across a broad spectrum of media, from physical releases to digital downloads to ringtones to interactive streams, for a flat service fee of $15 plus the cost of royalties.

“We’re thrilled to offer Loudr’s growing rights service and love their approach to streamlining licensing for our members. They’ve taken on a challenging part of the music rights process and made it exceedingly simple,” said Rob Filomena, CD Baby's Director of Music Publishing.

"We're excited to partner with CDBaby, a digital music distribution pioneer that shares our vision to empower the artist community, as well as promote practices that ensure songwriters and publishers are compensated for music use,” said Chris Crawford, Loudr’s CEO.

Loudr's rights products have experienced rapid growth and substantial global adoption, powering more than 50,000 licensing transactions to date. Loudr Licensing reduces the complexity of licensing by enabling users skip the challenge of securing clearance from multiple rights holders, as well as the hassle of ongoing accounting to one or more music publishers.

About Loudr
Loudr (http://loudr.fm) builds products and services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators and digital music services to identify, track and pay music publishers. Powered by technology that parses song ownership information and matches sound recordings to composition rights holders, Loudr makes it easy to secure mechanical right clearance for song usage at scale.

About CD Baby
CD Baby (http://cdbaby.com) is the largest distributor of independent music on the planet, home to more than 350,000 artists. The CD Baby catalog makes up an estimated 17 per cent of iTunes track offerings. With a one-stop professional dashboard allowing indie musicians to manage their royalties and licensing, CD Baby has become the go-to partner for many icons in the new music industry. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Macklemore had their start on CD Baby, while others like Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have maintained independent and highly successful careers. Greg Brown, Willis Earl Beale, and Grant Lee Phillips are among musicians who’ve dropped the old label system and turned to CD Baby to strike out on their own.



Project Music Tech Startup EVAmore To Celebrate Launch With Event In Nashville

Nashville based entrepreneur music tech company EVAmore, part of the inaugural class of Project Music will celebrate their startup with a Launch After Party event at the East Ivy Mansion in Nashville on Tuesday, April 28th from 7pm-9pm.

As one of only eight music startup tech companies (and the only female led) selected to participate in Music City's elite 14-week entrepreneur music tech accelerator program sponsored by the Country Music Association (CMA) and mentored by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Vector Management, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Universal Music Group, Spalding Entertainment, DevDigital, Red Light Management and Galante Entertainment, EVAmore is in tune to take on the future and will make a big announcement at the After Party event.

"Project Music has given us the resources that we need in order to become a successful music tech company," says Channing Moreland, CEO / Co Founder EVAmore. "We are so proud to call Nashville home."

"EVAmore provides so many wonderful opportunities to up and coming artists and to anyone who wants to put on a great event," adds Makenzie Stokel, COO / Co Founder EVAmore. "We are ready to improve the live music experience and take it to a whole new level."

EVAmore is an online platform that gives event creators easy access to the entertainment talent they want to book. The unique platform is drawing comparisons in the music and entertainment industry to the innovations presented by early platforms created for the travel industry in booking. Event planners now have access to sourcing top tier live music talent and other key resources for their events all in one place. EVAmore is forming a strategic partnership with CAA and having positive preliminary discussions with Sony/ATV. They have officially partnered with Nashville Audio Visual.

Project Music's only female entrepreneurs are also its youngest in the international accelerator program. EVAmore co-founders Channing Moreland and Makenzie Stokel admit they have to be on their game – since the Belmont college students have classes to attend and homework in addition to running their start-up company. These dynamic young women are in harmony and definitely poised for a successful future.

Social Media Weblinks: www.twitter.com/EVAmoreco / www.instagram.com/EVAmoreco / https://www.snapchat.com/EVAmoreco

While the party is an invitation-only event, members of the media are welcome to cover the event by sending an RSVP request to Publicist Liz Motley.


Pianist/Producer Fiona Joy Tours China In Cultural Exchange

Elegant and soulful, contemporary and classical, all of these elements are part of Fiona Joy's graceful yet emotional solo piano performances of her original music, which she is sharing with Chinese audiences throughout April as part of a cultural exchange tour at the invitation of the Chinese government.

The award-winning Australian citizen is an independent artist, producer and painter known for her pioneering attitude toward composition and recording formats; she will also perform for audiophiles this May 30th at T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach, CA in the United States.

Departing from Sydney, Australia, the first leg of her tour of China includes performances at a variety of large halls and theaters, with part two of the tour to be announced next week. Cities to date include:
• 23th April - Daning Theatre (Shanghai)
• 24th April - Grand Theatre (Tianjin)
• 25th April - Grand Theatre (Linyi)
• 26th April - Concert Hall (Nanjing)
• 30th April - Xiangyang
• 3rd May - Yantai

Fiona Joy has self-released over a dozen albums, in a variety of formats including vinyl, SACD, CD, DSD and hi-quality Mp3. Her latest is Signature – Solo, a new album in which each song is a modern, (and sometimes darker) fairytale; it is her first solo piano release, produced by Cookie Marenco for Tiny Island Music. It is available for preview and purchase in a variety of physical and digital formats at http://tinyislandmusic.bandcamp.com/

Marenco shares insights on Fiona Joy's music, saying "Fiona's music is a cross between George Winston's simple melodies and Ludovico Einaudi's musical sophistication."

On this album, Fiona Joy makes her vocal debut on the song "Once Upon Impossible (Duet)." Additionally, a poignantly simple original version of the popular song "Grace" appears on the album with vocals; earlier this year, a remixed version of the song was part of this year's Best New Age Grammy®-winning album.

Concert reviewer Michael Diamond, who attended Fiona Joy's 2014 Throckmorton Theatre concert in San Francisco where she first performed "Grace" and other pieces from Signature – Solo, commented "What I appreciated most was being able to listen and watch Fiona at the piano. The passion and elegance in her performance was breathtaking, as her flawless technique combined with pure emotional expression."

The Australia-based pianist/composer/producer and, now, vocalist adds "I hope that with all of these fantastic audio formats, every fan will be reached, and you will hear my feelings in these songs; they are dedicated to saving that small place in everyone's heart, the place where fairytales linger, and where we find the strength to meet our reality...with grace."



Afrobeats Singer C Boy Shares New Single "Come Closer"

The enigmatic C BOY is a London-based Afrobeats singer/songwriter/producer who makes forward thinking music for the dance floor.

Belonging to a new generation of songwriters C BOY takes the best of dancehall-music history and then fuses it into the image of now along with his own African heritage.

In C BOY’s universe, lush soundscapes do battle with the speaker-shuddering rumble of contemporary Afrobeats dance hall sounds, timeless soul, and enough grooves to shutdown the party.

Today C Boys shares his new track "Come Closer" featuring Romel. A track that fuses dreamy soundscapes, pulsating grooves and seductive vocals.

More info on C Boy Charles Oladunni, Better known by his stage name C Boy is a Nigerian born recording artist, songwriter, producer and performer. He started his musical career at the age of 15, originally focusing on grime and hip-hop. However, digging into his native background and westernised influences whilst growing up in Peckham London, C Boy decided to change direction. As well as going to University to study music production he added new ingredients into his music which is described as Afrofusion.

C boy social links are:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/C_BoyMusic
instagram: https://instagram.com/c_boymusic/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/charlie-boy-uk
Music video YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc8feoJ6SOo