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Music industry revenue continues to shift from physical and digital sales to streaming revenues and VR represents the highest level of engagement and revenue opportunity for interactive music streaming. Live festivals and concerts continue to dominate the global music spend with up to 49% attending live shows, concerts and festivals across the world. Ceek VR are providing new and exciting revenue streams for labels, artists, publishers, etc, and if you think about this carefully people have the opportunity to see their chosen artists LIVE with out the disappointment of not receiving a ticket or to the point the artist is not providing a show in your country, and unable to attend.

CEEK VR established in 2015, is an award-winning developer of premium social virtual and augmented reality experiences. Headquartered in Miami Beach, Florida the mission is to make virtual reality experiences universally accessible and enjoyable. CEEK simulates the communal experience of attending a live concert, being in a classroom, attending a sporting event and other ‘money can’t buy’ exclusive experiences with friends from anywhere at anytime. CEEK is now embarking on a new era looking towards the blockchain technology to accelerate growth. Even big multinationals and banks are working on their own blockchain projects, looking to maximize the technology’s capabilities.

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Why the music industry needs Blockchain

While music lovers have hailed as the democracy of the music industry, the 15.7 billion global music industry remains the same. Music piracy through illegally downloaded, copied and shared content eats into the artist’s royalties and music labels revenues worldwide. Added to this, the lack of a robust rights management system, which leads to loss of revenue to the artist. And the revenue, by the time the revenue’s  reach the artist, this can take up to two years! Another area of concern is unpaid royalties, which are often suspended in various stages due to missing information or with rights ownership. Also there is a lack of access to real-time digital sales data, which if was available this can be used to strategise marketing & PR campaigns in a more positive way.

Artists are also plagued by a lack of sales transparency where  Digital Service Providers (DSPs) report a huge volume of streaming transactions, they end up receiving payment for only 20 to 40 percent of these transactions. This has led to several artists choosing to keep their music off such on-demand streaming services, causing huge gaps in the libraries of popular services like Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, and Google.

These very areas are where Blockchain can make a difference. As a publicly assessable and decentralised database that is distributed across the internet, Blockchain maintains permanent and undeletable records in cryptographic form. Transactions occur across a peer-to-peer network, and are computed, verified and recorded using an automated consensus method, eliminating the need for an intermediator or third-party to manage or control information. The very architecture of Blockchain being immutable, distributed and peer-to-peer brings immense potential to deal with the present woes affecting the music industry.

A recent quote from Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, when he says ” If Blockchain technology is going to be the future, we need to dig in and make it happen”.

Blockchain can initiate change in several areas

A major area in which Blockchain can bring positive change is in the creation of a digital rights database. Digital rights expression is one of the main issues in today’s music industry. Identifying copyright of a song and defining how royalties should be split between songwriters, performers, publishers and producers is extremely difficult in the digital space. Often artists lose out on royalties due to complicated copyright environment. Blockchain’s immutable distributed ledger system, which ensure that no single entity can claim ownership, provides the perfect solution. Secure files with all relevant information such as composition, lyrics, linear notes, cover art, licensing, etc., this can be encoded onto the Blockchain creating a permanent and inerasable record.

As a VR platform that targets the entertainment industry and also founded in 2015, Ceek enables artists to create VR experiences for their fans and audiences. It has already worked with several industry giants and headlining acts to power VR events through their hardware and software.

Ceek will also be using its own token to power its “entertainment metaverse.” The user can spend their tokens on Ceek’s Virtual Mint that would allow them to create their own virtual tokens, which can be then used as tickets to VR events and virtual items that could be traded as merchandise. Ceek will be running its own protocol, which is claimed to be cheaper to use compared to other blockchain platforms in the market today.

Currently the company is working on a VR event destination using blockchain technology, www.ceek.io  which will also provide artists and acts easy access to the blockchain functionalities such as token and virtual merchandise creation. To accelerate that development, Ceek is set to run its token event through December 2017 and will provide the public sale through January / February 2018.

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PRB Media are looking at the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency world and how this effects / benefits the entertainment industry.

Blockchain is ushering in disruption in various industries. Even big multinationals like IBM etc are working on their own blockchain projects, hoping to maximize the technology’s. Yet despite the upsurge in adoption and amid the rise and rise of Bitcoin, not all of blockchain’s applications are being used by established companies, there are exceptions, for example messaging platform Kik, Hamburg-based fintech NAGA Group AG with its ecosystem and virtual reality (VR) platform Ceek, who have turned towards token sales to accelerate their respective growth. This article looks at how the blockchain could transform the music / entertainment industry with Robert Elder.

Twenty years after peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing decimated the music industry, blockchain is emerging as a new P2P technology that could rip into the industry.

But this time, the revolution promises to be different. Whereas digital and illegal downloading once wreaked havoc on the industry at large (from music creators to record labels, none were spared), a blockchain-based model for music pledges to boost the fortunes of artists. Industry middlemen and gatekeepers, however, could be in danger.

This is according to the vision proposed by SingularDTV, a company that is developing an entertainment app ecosystem on top of Ethereum — the blockchain computing platform for launching decentralized apps. Through its apps, SingularDTV hopes to enrich and empower artists, and rewrite the rules of the music and broader creative industry. Some of key steps its taking to accomplish this include:

Creating a token-based economy where value is derived from an artist’s work. Tokens are the native crypto-assets of a blockchain app. They are powered by smart contracts (code-based financial agreements) that are programmed into Ethereum. When an artist tokenizes, they’re turning their intellectual property (IP) into a financial asset, so an artist’s token reflects the value of their creative output. Those who buy into an artist’s tokens buy into owning a share of the artist’s creations and its revenue flows. The more people who consume the artist’s creation, the higher the value of the token.

Enabling artists and consumers to earn money from selling and buying tokens. Artists can raise money through a token launch, which is similar to an initial coin offering (ICO). Here, anyone can buy the tokens upfront. The majority of the windfall will go the artist, and the token launch platform-provider (such as SingularDTV) will retain a service fee. These tokens are programmed via smart contracts to dispense royalty flows: If someone pays a dollar for an artist’s content, then all of that artist’s token-holders will receive a pro rata share of that dollar, explains SingularDTV CEO Zach LeBeau. Tokens can also be exchanged for perks, like special access at a concert or early access to a new film release.

Eliminating middlemen and undermining the influence of industry gatekeepers. Tokenization lets artists raise funds upfront without relying on an advance from their record label. Meanwhile, distributing content via blockchain would allow artists to skirt streaming platforms like Spotify to earn royalties on their own terms. Of course, the success of this model hinges on attracting users, but there are reciprocal incentives in place — on both the artist- and consumer-side — for it to take off, and LeBeau believes this model could become mainstream in as little as two years.

One artist who has a passionate and large following is already onboard with SingularDTV’s vision. Gramatik, the New York-based hip-hop and electronic artist, is the first musician to sign on the company’s tokenization program, and he’s set to launch 100 million GRMTK tokens on November 9. “This is something artists have been dreaming about since the beginning of time, to be free of gatekeepers, and to communicate freely — and even be in a business relationship — directly with their fans,” Gramatik told BI Intelligence. It’s not hard to imagine his excitement spreading to legions of artists and fans in the near future too.

Press release:  Oct 2017

Listen Up Britain:London Semi Final is set to wow audiences at BIRTHDAYS!


Listen Up Britain & Australia amassed over 700 entries this year and this will be your first chance to hear the Top Ten Semi Finalists from Southern England and Wales play their songs live…. and we’re excited that BeX has made the TOP TEN for the London Semi Final with her song ‘Every Child Has a Voice’ which shares the awareness of the theme ‘Being Heard’ supporting the charity CALMzone.

 

Performing their entry, live on the night, will be:

Ben Wheatley, BeX, Daisy Oracle, Drowning In Shadows, Jasmine Power, Leon Helsby, Liam Merrigan, Nadia Rae, Steven Bryan and This Human Condition.

Each song will be performed in front of the expert music industry panel of: Members of Daxx & Roxane, Julie Bateman and Vick Bain (BASCA).

The judges will rate the songs and the Top 5 songs will go through to the London Grand Final, on Saturday 9th December, where they will be performed live once more.

This years theme is “Being Heard” and the event proudly supports The CALMzone.

Stephen Fry has been a strong supporter of this wonderful cause for several years.

Come and enjoy a thoroughly enteraining night of live music.

Tickets are now on sale via;

www.officialtoptennight.com/events-1/listen-up-britain-london-semi-final 

 

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ISLE of Wight singer/songwriter BeX has joined the likes of REM, the Pet Shop Boys, Blondie and Paul McCartney on a new playlist celebrating the Isle of Wight.

BeX’s single Time to Stop the Rain has been added to Wightlink’s Sounds of Summer Spotify playlist after topping a public vote in a competition run in partnership with the Isle of Wight County Press.

Wootton-born BeX’s song received almost 500 of the near 700 votes cast for six original songs performed and put forward by Island artist.

Besides a spot on the Sounds of Summer playlist alongside some stellar names, BeX will also be given the chance to perform a gig on board a Wightlink sailing and also a free passage for her and her band to a future mainland gig.

The rest of the Sounds of Summer playlist features 75 songs nominated by Wightlink customers.

Marketing and Innovation Director Stuart James said: “We wanted to create an iconic soundtrack to the summer of 2017. A soundtrack which people can download, share, stream, and listen to whenever they like – recapturing that happy, Isle of Wight holiday feeling.

“BeX’s song fits in perfectly with the spirit of Sounds of Summer and takes a worthy place alongside many other great tunes. BeX has already performed an on board concert for us during this year’s Isle of Wight Festival and we will be delighted to welcome her back for another performance.”

BeX said: “I am thrilled to hear my debut single Time To Stop The Rain has been chosen for the Wightlink Sounds of Summer competition and Spotify playlist, a big thank you to everyone who voted.”

Songs by Island artists also chosen for the playlist by the general Wightlink vote include Derek Sandy’s Welcome to the Isle of Wight and Nakamarra’s Temptress.

Many other songs are by bands who have played at Island music festivals.

The Sounds of Summer playlist is available at

http://www.wightlink.co.uk/do/sounds-of-summer/ 

For more information about BeX contact:

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Music Agents….

In the music world, booking agents are different from talent managers. Booking agents are the people that actually book shows for the artists they represent. They make all of the arrangements with the promoters of the shows. The booking agent presents the promoter or producer of the concert with a performance agreement, which stipulates the artist’s requirements. Items may include lighting, sound, meals, hotel accommodations, and transportation.

For concert buyers, they work to find the right artist that will fit in the need and available budget.Many of the major booking agencies refuse to represent clients who are not already signed to a major record label and have national distribution of their music. Because of this, artists on independent record company often seek representation with an independent booking agency.

Bars and nightclub that specialise in presenting live music on a regular basis often employ an individual to assemble the schedule of events. These people are the venue’s buyers, and should not be confused with the booking agent, who presents their roster of available acts to the buyer. Booking agents may also have contacts known as free-lance promoters. These are individuals that agree to produce a concert by locating a venue, providing a sound system and assembling a staff.

Producing a show in this manner, at a location that is rented out for a single evening, is called “four-walling,” as it entails renting a venue and receiving no additional services or technical equipment other than the space itself. This has often been the only available option for underground musicians lacking enough popular appeal to gain access to more conventional performance venues, but is also used among the genre of raves and various DJ-related events.

The cost factor of having a booking agent has to be weighed against what they can do for clients and buyers alike. Some agents represent several different types of artists, while others represent artists in one main area/genre.

For more information about ‘PRB Media’ and how the agency can help your event, show please send you bookings & information to: 

 

Email: info@prbmedia.co.uk

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PRB Media are launching for 2017, Music, Film & TV seminars with selected entertainment courses and induction day’s. The seminars / induction days are focused for colleges, schools, music students, aspiring music artists, creative people, producers, directors & bands who are looking to learn the basics or build on their experience and gain more of an in-depth working knowledge of the entertainment industry, with news, views & help from industry guest speakers, governing bodies, with a guide to the first steps of becoming a music manager, film producer, film & TV director, songwriter, musician or publicist. The seminars will take place within Southampton, Portsmouth & London quarterly, the next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017, check the website for further details.

The team behind the seminars have extensive experience in the entertainment industry, all coming from major & independent labels, UK tours and festivals, publishing, Sync for the film & TV sector & Grammy award wining writers / producers. The creator of these seminars also developed new deal for the media with the UK Government to give people a much better understanding of the media and entertainment industry, this program went on to be awarded 2 years running with (IOD) Institute of Directors & (HP) Hewlett Packard for entrepreneur of the year.

The seminars are in place to help each person to navigate your way through the entertainment industry, while discussing key areas of the industry sectors including, Live, Digital, Promotions, Finance, Public Relations, Festivals, Management, Publishing, Marketing, Digital Social media, Production. With advice and support in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

For any questions and further information – Please email the team, who will be very happy to help you. The next seminar will be held in Southampton around October 2017,check the website for further details or email the team.

seminars@prbmedia.co.uk

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One of the key area’s which is very important for a business is raising finance. The last few years have proved very difficult for individuals and business to raise the necessary funds to push the idea and business forward you have many area’s to raise funds, but in these times there is NO easy way to achieve this.
 
Writing a great business plan is essential to the development and structure, if you like a road map on where your business could be in a 3/5 year period, more on the business plan in the next few weeks. Below are a few hints and idea’s on how you can look to raise financial support and were your business idea could fit for funding…
 
 
The Early Stage Funding
 
 
‘Sweat equity’ & bootstrapping:
 
All start-up businesses begin with the owner’s time, effort and money. Bootstrapping involves growing the business organically through maximising the immediate available resources. Before and alongside seeking external financing, entrepreneurs should bootstrap as far as possible.
 
 
Friends, Family & Contacts:
 
Business start-ups often rely on early investment by friends, family and contacts.Whilst they can provide a vital source of cash, the opinions of friends, family and many contacts will often be based in your favour. They should not be relied upon to test your business case. Bank funding loan may be possible from your bank, and banks will often lend amounts that match external equity investment. Whilst bank funding is relatively inflexible when compared with equity investment, debt is naturally an important source of initial seed funding and for slightly later top-up funding.
 
 
Business Angel equity funding:
 
Business Angels are often only prepared to invest in an early stage venture once something about the venture has been proven or the initial risk has been perceptibly reduced. There are various elements that can be quickly and easily implemented to make a proposal more attractive to such investors. Business Angel equity investment can be the most useful source of investment in to an early stage venture, because Business Angels should be able to offer more than just money to make the business succeed.
 
 
Asset finance:
 
Asset finance comes in to play primarily for capital expenditure. This is an important cash flow solution to business owners in that they are effectively renting, as opposed to owning, assets required by the business. Factoring – the provision of up-front cash for invoices by banks and other debt lenders.
 
 
Corporate venturing (early stage):
 
Equity from and or debt funding from companies who have noticed your product and service can be useful to the early stage venture, but there can be substantial pitfalls when the venture is young. A larger company may wish to take you over if you pose a threat to their market share. The right relationship can be achieved through a well planned and negotiated shareholder agreement, but corporate venturing is best left until later when the venture is in a stronger position financially, when it has gained a position in the market and when it has achieved a more profitable price for its equity.
 
 
Venture Capital:
 
Venture Capital funds can have deep pockets, but they can also aim to obtain a high share of your equity and significant control of the running of your company. The solution involves the correct funding strategy and again, the right shareholder agreement.
 
 
 
Stock Market equity funding:
 
Many ventures start life with the plan of ‘floating on the stock market’, but in reality,most companies exit by way of a trade sale – selling to a larger company. It can be useful or necessary for a company to pursue the market entry route and it can be a lucrative source of investment; but it can be expensive to go through the process and the demands and obligations placed upon the company substantially increase. 
(Source: Business Angel Capital Ltd 2013)
 
 
 
 
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