By Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at NARM and digitalmusic.org.
Metadata. It’s a jargon-y word that probably turns a lot of artists off at the mere mention of it. It’s also one of the main things standing between them and a variety of new opportunities to make money. And those new opportunities are becoming increasingly important for cash-strapped musicians.
Information is changing the music industry; not only in the ways we consume and discover music, but as well in the ways companies are arming themselves for competition.
Streaming services see gold in the figures that fuel recommendation algorithms, and now content companies, driven too by the alluring growth of digital tech, are proudly announcing their latest partnerships with leading software-as-a-service companies and the terabytes of social data multiplying on their servers.
The future of music discovery—and potentially, of artist development—is now in the numbers.
The finalists for Midemlab 2014 have been announced.
The international competition sees start-ups and app developers pitch ideas designed to drive the music industry forwards.
Presented by Pepsi and Vivendi, the 2014 Midemlab finalists – chosen by UK digital consulting company Music Ally and French specialist open innovation consultancy, bluenove – will present their business models to an international jury of leading entertainment executives, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and incubators.
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