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With the rise of the blockchain / cryptocurrency world, we are seeing many changes in the entertainment industry, I thought to share my thoughts as a seasoned professional working from major label, music festivals, entertainment management, and beyond – My take on the blockchain & crypto world is from the perspective of how I see the entertainment industry moving forward working with the blockchain and talent across; Film, TV & Music, and how this can provide NEW and exciting income streams for major labels to the new unsigned artist (who is hoping for a golden career).

I will start with what I have seen for many years in the entertainment space. With the fall of income streams across many disciplines, from singles, albums and with the rise of digital and streaming services, it has been difficult for artists to make a steady living, and I mean INDEPENDENT artists who struggle daily trying to earn a living from the entertainment industry, looking for the golden break. The live scene has never been better over the last 20 years, but again it is proving to be really hard for new and unsigned acts to really make their mark, parts of which I can understand, with music promoters under constant pressure to deliver the commercial acts to bring in the audience through the gates each year, and turn a profit. Yes NEW acts do get slots at festivals and grasp the opportunity when the time arrives, but very far and few, if they do get on a tour for example this could be a buy on (paying a fee to support the headline act), in other words, the support acts can NOT profit from the headliner so you have to pay to play, how many times has that been said…!!

The entertainment industry has many income streams across varies disciplines, digital, streaming, publishing, SYNC (for Film, TV & the Gaming industry), albums, live and merchandise, the last two have a big significance with acts, being able to control their merchandise and to a certain degree controlling LIVE (supply and demand) within some cases exceptional fees (working with the live agent). Looking at the collection agencies a lot of royalties do go missing for the acts, which becomes a problem over time, this can be down to many factors, bad management, label, publisher not tracking the income and with an archaic system which in my opinion is broken, and needs a complete overhaul.

This takes me on to the creation of the blockchain technology over the past several years, what is the blockchain and how it can help the entertainment industry ?

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A blockchain is a decentralized method of maintaining records digitally that’s incredibly tamper-resistant, thanks to the way individual blocks are linked to one another and time stamped. The technology was first developed to support financial transactions using cryptocurrencies, but it’s already proving beneficial for industries outside of the usual finance sector.

The entertainment industry is particularly ripe for a blockchain revolution as creators and fans alike stand to benefit from the changes the technology could bring about. Not only could a decentralized system offer significant advantages in terms of giving people access to the content, it could also be used to make sure creators are fairly compensated. This is where I see how this technology over time can benefit many in the entertainment sector with a very positive outcome, for the artist, label & publisher as an example.

BLOCKCHAIN BENIFITS

Smart contracts, like those made possible by the Ethereum blockchain, are one of the most attractive features of the technology. They allow parties to make and execute agreements in a secure, immutable way, and this ability has numerous potential applications within the entertainment industry.

Getting paid as a creative is not always a straightforward process. All too often, up-and-coming musicians are stuffed on their royalties and crew members on film sets don’t receive proper compensation for their work. Smart contracts could help mitigate those problems, ensuring that creators aren’t cheated, which is a great thing !!

As for consumer benefits, today’s streaming services are closed systems as that makes it easier for companies to protect their content — you need to use a service like Spotify or Netflix to access the content on those platforms.

However, the blockchain makes it possible to track permissions in a much more sophisticated manner. You won’t have to use a particular platform’s proprietary audio or video player — individual files will have all the information they need about whether you have the proper credentials, making it feasible for you to use whatever software you like to listen to music or watch your favorite shows.

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An correlated challenge is currently facing the VR industry, which is confronting a lack of premium quality content. This may seem like a simple problem, but it’s difficult to solve due to the high cost and complications involved in filming or generating VR compatible video. A potential solution? Merge the demand for the live concert experience with the growing supply of VR headset technology and the proliferation of blockchain technology. One startup working to do just that is CEEK,which aims to extend the reach of events for sold-out shows by allowing artists to sell unlimited virtual tickets and digital merchandise. Projects like CEEK can give the fan, consumer access to live music concert and festivals across the world, while ensuring that artists receive their due revenue fees..

CEEK achieves this through the use of a blockchain framework, which provides fans looking for merchandise or tickets to live and virtual concerts a more reliable and secure systems for purchasing them, as well as the implementation of smart contracts to provide respective rights holders and publishers automatic payments from such transaction. It is designed as a fairer and more efficient system for everyone.

Solutions like those provided by CEEK are permitting artists, labels, and brands to take advantage to new digital transaction technologies without the red-tape that comes with launching their own ICO. Instead, they can create their own new coin or virtual item in less than an hour and reap the benefits of decentralized record keeping.

Blockchain could also make it easier to access media by bypassing some of the geographical limitations on services like Netflix and Spotify. A decentralized ledger isn’t kept in any particular location, so the days of regional broadcasting contacts might be coming to an end.

Then there’s the potential for cutting down on piracy. While blockchain isn’t expected to end illegal content sharing completely, it could provide creators with better ways of keeping track of where their work is being distributed without their consent.

In the film industry, for example, a crytographic transaction could be embedded into the metadata of a particular movie. By tracking uploads or modifications on the blockchain, the owners of the content would be able to see who is responsible for unauthorized distribution of the file.

THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT

The entertainment industry grew exponentially over the course of the past century. As a result, a status quo has become established in which company executives and the top tier of artists make enormous sums of money, while many of those below them don’t receive nearly as much.

The internet has already started to change things, allowing a much broader swathe of creators to find an audience. However, big problems still exist in terms of revenue, with distribution services and piracy both cutting down on the amount of money that actually ends up in the artists’ hands.

Blockchain technology could remedy that situation — and what’s good for the artist is ultimately good for their fans. Removing as many intermediaries between audiences and creators could be the best way to ensure that the work itself meets both parties’ expectations.

For further information about Ceek please contact Peter Moore at PRB: info@prbmedia.co.uk. Plus you can join our Telegram channel for up to date information on Ceek VR: www.t.me/ceekvrtokensale

 

Disclosure: The views expressed in this article are by the team at PRB media. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content. PRB media does not provide investment advice. Writer contribution from Mr. Reuben Jackson & Mr. Brad Jones.

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BeX and her band will be performing at this year’s legendary Cowes Week on Saturday 5th August for the BBC Introducing Solent Stage – this is the first time the BBC Introducing Solent team have done this event. The show will take place at Shepards Wharf Marina during Cowes Week with some of the most up and coming artist in the South, with BeX providing her live set, from which she will perform songs from her debut album “Story So Far” catch her set late afternoon on Saturday…

BeX will then travel to the Wickham Festival on Sunday 6th August for her debut festival performance in the Hampshire countryside for a 1pm [45 minute] slot on the second main stage [Big Top], with songs from her debut album and a couple of surprise tracks, BeX will be performing alongside, KT Tunstall, The Levellers, 10CC, John Otway, Seth Lakeman with many more acts.

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This year there will be four stages at Wickham Festival. So as well as established artists, there will be plenty of opportunities to listen to up and coming young talent who are given the chance to showcase their talents. The festival is particularly keen to promote local artists, like BeX so you can discover some great acts throughout the weekend. At the festival you can enjoy a wide range of family entertainment including: cartoon cinema, storytelling, puppet theatre and make ‘n’ take crafts tent.In addition there is a digital funfair, playbus, laser arena, bouncy castles and children’s entertainers – and all are free once people are in the festival arena! Enjoy the entertainers who wander freely for your amusement or try out the giant deckchair.

BeX released her debut LP ‘Story So Far’ May 26th 2017 with Grammy & Awarding Winning writing collaborations including US producer/songwriter Alan Glass (Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire, Delta Goodrem, George Benson) and Greg Haver (Manic St Preachers, Mel C) Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Una Healy) and renowned musicians are featured on the album including Nick Nasmyth (Keyboardist Manic St Preachers, Melanie C) Vulcan String Quartet, and Greg Haver on drums & percussion with mastering by Sterling Sound in New York & Yannic Fonderie (Natalia Druyts -The Voice) in Belgium.

BeX is an accomplished performer & singer songwriter with an expressive blend of Country, Americana Rock and Pop sound. BeX style brings the elements and qualities from some of her favorites artists Sheryl Crow, P!nk & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist & songwriter in her own right.

BeX grew up on the Isle Of Wight, UK, a true country girl who has gone on to tour the world on many high profile shows and events as a professionally trained dancer & singer including; Abu Dhabi NEC, The Bedford, The Troubadour, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Royal Albert Hall, a supporting act for Olly Murs at Ayrshire Racecourse ,and a Q&A & LIVE performance at the BT Tower, and is currently collaborating with Grammy & Award Winning industry professionals for her debut album 2017, plus recently being selected to part of a women empowerment book & soundtrack called ”Sheet Music: The Diary Of A Songwriter” by Devine Evans (USA X5 Grammy winner – Pharrell, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Mary J Blige)… Janelle Monae & Queen Latifah are featured and are big supporters. BeX story is in the book, & BeX vocals can heard on the books soundtrack, the Country song called ‘Winding Roads’ which was put forward in 4 categories on the Grammy ballot for the 2017 Grammy nominations.

BeX has just done a ‘‘live lounge session” with Steph at BBC introducing Solent on May 20th to perform songs from her debut album ‘ Story So Far” to launch her album release. Plus BeX has been invited back in to the the studio with ‘‘Livvy & Chrissie” for a live performance and interview at BBC Radio Bristol beginning of June.

 

CELEBMIX have been great supporters & have just done a great Album review.

http://celebmix.com/album-review-bexs-story-far/

 

FATEA MAGAZINE gave BeX a 4 star **** ”GREAT ALBUM” – review

http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/news/DrivingTest2/

 

BeX kicked off the IW Festival in association with major sponsor ”Wightlink” – Performing on board the flagship vessel for all the Festival goers as part of the IOW Festival on Thursday 8th June –

http://celebmix.com/bex-perform-acoustic-show-part-isle-wight-festival/ 

BeX will also be the guest house band soon on BBC Radio Kent for the iconic ”James Whale” weekend show. So with all this going on make sure you check out BeX performances at Cowes Week & the Wickham Festival this August…..

 

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BeX singer songwriter and her band members (Richard Wood acoustic guitar & Kyle Fenton on Cajon / drums) with production & music support from Island company JA Entertainment, performing on the St Clare for Wightlink Thursday June 8th 2017 for the Isle of Wight Festival goers…..

BeX has been invited by Wightlink Ferries to perform an ‘exclusive’ acoustic performance for the Isle of Wight festival goers on board the St Clare vessel on June 8th 2017 on the Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry route lunch time sailings – 13:00 and 15:00 from Portsmouth and 14:00 from Fishbourne.

Isle of Wight songstress BeX released her stunning debut album “Story So Far” on 26th May 2017, BeX said; “I am very excited to be performing on the St Clare for the festival goers, this will be a great experience”. With influences growing up listening to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Carole King, these artists really have inspired her creativity, BeX style brings the elements and qualities from her favourites artists P!nk, Sheryl Crow & Anastacia, and a country feel of the Dixie Chicks & Lady Antebellum, and with the essence of all these influences ‘BeX’ Creates her own unique and original sound as an artist/ songwriter in her own right.

The album is a crossover of Country / Americana with a strong rock/pop element, and BeX has performed selected tracks for BBC Solent introducing show with Stephanie Nieuwenhuys and with an exclusive performance for BBC Radio Bristol – Livvy & Chrissie show and guest appearance on Made In Bristol TV, while making the playlists at Bishop FM, Radio Woking, HFM Radio, Bishop FM, Croydon Radio, Surrey Hills Radio, Channel Radio, WCR FM, Vixen 101, Southside Radio, Express FM, Radio Wey, Riviera FM.

Other features include: both singles “Time to Stop the Rain” and “Red Flag” being added to the playlist within major stores across Australia including: TAG Heuer, Virgin, Karen Millen, McDonalds, Le Cog Sportif to name a few, plus  Q&A’s feature in the latest edition of the ”National Express Magazine” “All Magazine” in New York and “CelebMix” Magazine Features.

BeX’s music and style of writing has a blend of Country/ Americana, rock & pop, and she delivers strong story telling through her creative lyrics, catchy hooks & smooth vocals with uplifting melodies. BeX trained as a professional Singer, Dancer & Actress in London and has worked all over the world on various shows and productions including performances at prestigious venues including; The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Troubadour, The Bedford, Radio (RTP) ,Sky TV, The BT Tower, performances at AD NEC – for the King Of Dubai & VIP guests, and BeX was on the the same line up Olly Murs in Scotland for a charity event, and much more.

Whilst performing and travelling over the years BeX discovered songwriting was her true passion & what she loved to do. BeX has been collaborating with a wide range of Grammy recognised writers, artists and producers for her debut album “Story So Far”. BeX is building a diverse catalogue of songs for the future writing for various projects including; TV & Film and artists collaborations include; Award Winning songwriter/producer ‘Alan Glass’ (Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Earth Wind & Fire) and working with renowned music producer ‘Greg Haver’ (Manic Street Preachers, Melanie C, Tom Jones) ‘Devine Evans’ (US x5 Grammy producer/songwriter for Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake) on the book & soundtrack “Sheet Music – The Diary Of A Songwriter” which BeX was one of the chosen 100 women from across the World to be part of the book and soundtrack.

BeX is looking forward to the shows on board the St Clare – providing a unique experience for the festival goers on their way to the beautiful Isle of Wight…..

 

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For more information about this event with Wightlink please contact gavin@robertsonfoster.co.uk / 07535 789 713

 

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