Category Archives: Fan Feedback & Contests

Connect with A&R through Music Xray

As a Nimbit artist, you’re invited to join Music Xray — What is it?

Music Xray is where thousands of music industry professionals conduct A&R in complete transparency.  Music Xray does more than just provide opportunities to connect with A&R, you also can apply for career coaching, festivals & gigs, radio playlisting, tv & movie placement, publishing and so much more.

Music Xray provides a  perfect compliment to the direct-to-fan activities that you’re doing with your Nimbit account, and  for a limited time, if you  open an artist account with Music Xray, you’ll get:

1. Free uploading and/or importing of your music. 2. Free song to opportunity matching.
3. A free $8.00 credit to get  started (enough for two submissions to two major labels).
4. A free focus group conducted on your music (we’ll pay 25 people to provide feedback on your music).
5. Guaranteed feedback on every submission.
6. Guaranteed response time (or your money back).

Start taking advantage of these opportunities, open an artist account with Music Xray Today!

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Connect with A&R through Music Xray

As a Nimbit artist, you’re invited to join Music Xray — What is it?

Music Xray is where thousands of music industry professionals conduct A&R in complete transparency.  Music Xray does more than just provide opportunities to connect with A&R, you also can apply for career coaching, festivals & gigs, radio playlisting, tv & movie placement, publishing and so much more.

Music Xray provides a  perfect compliment to the direct-to-fan activities that you’re doing with your Nimbit account, and  for a limited time, if you  open an artist account with Music Xray, you’ll get:

1. Free uploading and/or importing of your music. 2. Free song to opportunity matching.
3. A free $8.00 credit to get  started (enough for two submissions to two major labels).
4. A free focus group conducted on your music (we’ll pay 25 people to provide feedback on your music).
5. Guaranteed feedback on every submission.
6. Guaranteed response time (or your money back).

Start taking advantage of these opportunities, open an artist account with Music Xray Today!

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SoundOut Case Study: Sept. 2010

Here at Nimbit, we like to share updates from our partners around the industry.  Here’s a recent case study prepared by our friends at SoundOut.  SoundOut is the market leading research and audience insight tool for new music that guarantees accurate and objective insight into any track by any artist – powered 100% by real music fans and consumers.

It’s no secret the majors have been using traditional market research and focus groups for years but the costs associated with these were always beyond the reach of all but the biggest marketing budgets.

Now SoundOut offers a fast, reliable and affordable solution to bring this kind of valuable data to aspiring artists and independent labels and publishers of all sizes.

SoundOut is a unique web based audience-testing tool that delivers detailed reports generated directly from live consumer feedback on new tracks by any artist. It is designed to provide actionable insight to support important decisions around recording and release projects, such as the strongest singles to release, selecting the best (demo) tracks to record for albums or EPs, improving songs  or recordings, identifying new target markets and to back up marketing activities and spend.

Dan Spencer has over 10 years music industry experience, formerly as a major label artist signed to Arista, Sanctuary & Epic and now as a Manager, Co-writer and Producer  for singer/songwriter Nicol. Dan started using SoundOut last year prior to a release of Nicol’s first US co-written track with M’Black, when he submitted their single  “Heartbreak” through SoundOut [Pro] to test audience-reaction to it.

“Heartbreak” resulted as a highly popular track receiving a SoundOut Market Potential rating of 85% – which placed it within the top 1% of all rated tracks (out of over 50,000 to date).

Since August 2009 every major label release has been submitted through SoundOut and subsequent tracking of their commercial success demonstrates a definitive correlation between SoundOut Market Potential ratings and actual sales.

With positive like ratings and strong passion levels across all age ranges and genders, “Heartbreak” certainly resonated very well across a broad audience and was deemed a good selection for the first single.

Dan says: “SoundOut gave us the confidence that we were onto a winning track and once released on iTunes the single reached no. 1 in the US Billboard Dance Airplay Charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.  I would recommend SoundOut to any label or manager looking to back up their choices for release and recording projects without spending a fortune.”

As SoundOut is being increasingly recognized as a highly effective tool to identify potential hit songs by the best up and coming artists, this has led to mainstream industry partners aligning with SoundOut to identify and promote those artists with standout report ratings.

For users these include the option to have SoundOut tracks included for sync and licensing opportunities via a (soon to be announced) global independent publisher and the opportunity for to be recommended to A&R professionals at over 80 US record labels by Fontana Distribution, the distributor for Universal Music Group.

Exclusive to Nimbit users SoundOut is offering you $15 off your first SoundOut Standard, Express or Pro report until October 31, 2010.
Just visit www.soundout.com and use promo code SONIMBITOCT15 when placing your order.

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Artist Spotlight: Adam Ezra Group


The Adam Ezra Group has been on a pretty good run lately.   From a spot at the Nateva Festival and tours with Rusted Root to a recent CD release show at The Paradise in Boston, there’s a lot of buzz around this band.

As winners in the PickTheBand.com competition, the guys were able to showcase at ASCAP’s “I Create Music” Expo and CMJ, and they got to record a full album with producer Aaron Johnson (The Fray, Chase Coy, Colbie Caillat).   PickTheBand.com has some amazing opportunities including their latest partnership with Sennheiser for the HearIAm  (link to www.hearIam.com) competition.  Together, they want you to perform in Mexico City!

You can find out more details here:  www.HearIAm.com.  As the guys in the Adam Ezra Group will attest, winning a PickTheBand contest builds some serious buzz.  Here’s what bands could win in their current contest, The Mexico Live Music Experience:

Prizes include:

  • A live performance on Sesiones Off Season
  • A live performance at a leading Mexico City club
  • $10,000 USD (Retail Value) in Sennheiser Gear
  • A unique music experience in Mexico City
  • Flights and accommodations

Oh yeah, there’s more ….

The artist(s) that win this coveted spot will also be considered for a chance to win:

  • A 3-song demo with a major producer and distribution through Universal Republic
  • Mastering of the songs by Universal Republic
  • Private Universal Republic showcase before label executives at their headquarters in NY

To Enter:

Create a profile, upload your music, videos and pics, and get everyone you know to share your music!
Register by October 12th to be considered. 20 finalist bands/ artists will be selected to move on to the Voting Phase where it’s up to the fans to vote for their favorite.

You must upload at least 2 mp3s, a video, 10-20 pictures, and opt in to the contest from your profile page. Artist(s) must be unsigned, 21+, have a valid passport and available to travel between November 30, 2010 and December 3, 2010.

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SoundOut and Nimbit team up to offer insight and direct to fan partnership

SoundOut, Slicethepie’s analytics and market insight service, today announces an integrated, cross-promotional partnership with Nimbit, the direct-to-fan marketing platform. Nimbit will market SoundOut, enabling Nimbit’s users to better target their promotional and marketing activities, whilst Slicethepie will promote Nimbit’s Direct-to-Fan solution to their customer base of independent artists and SoundOut users.

David Courtier-Dutton, Slicethepie CEO said: “As the digital music ecosystem evolves, direct to fan is emerging as a core requirement for an artist to maximize progress, Nimbit is a leading player in this space and we are delighted to be partnering with them.  This is a highly complementary fit that marks a logical step in the integration of the fragmented artist services ecosystem.”

Bob Cramer, Nimbit CEO said: “SoundOut is a unique tool that satisfies a real need for independent artists.  To better target marketing, focus investments, and maximize fan acquisition it’s extremely valuable to have an objective understanding of where your music will resonate.  We’re delighted to be partnering with SoundOut and excited about the opportunities that SoundOut will deliver to our artists, managers and labels going forward.”

About SoundOut
SoundOut (www.soundout.com) is the market leading online consumer insight and analytics service for recording artists and record labels.  Sold directly, and  through a wide range of major partners, it provides detailed and accurate reports generated directly from consumer feedback on new tracks.  In addition, it offers artists exposure to a range of commercial opportunities as well as providing the information artists need to better target their marketing activities.  SoundOut Search, in trial with certain labels and publishers, offers a unique semantic search tool enabling publishers and sync agents to navigate existing catalogues using full music briefs or reference tracks.

About Slicethepie
Slicethepie (www.slicethepie.com) is a multiple award-winning financing platform for the music industry that enables new and established artists to raise money directly from music fans and investors.  To date, fans have financed 28 artists including Scars on 45 who have gone on to sign a multi album record deal with Atlantic Records in the US. CEO David Courtier-Dutton was recently been named as a finalist in the 2010 CNBC European Business Leaders Awards.

About Nimbit
Nimbit is the industry’s leading direct-to-fan platform for musicians, managers, and emerging labels, powering the brands and businesses of over 15,000 successful artists. A complete solution for fan marketing, sales, and business management; Nimbit ensures long-term sustainability and success by fostering strong, interactive, lifelong, and profitable fan relationships.  Founded in 2002, Nimbit, Inc. is headquartered in Framingham, MA.  For more information, please visit www.nimbit.com .

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