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Tommy Boy Silverman vs. Jeff Price – The "Crappy Music" Battle

What’s great about being an artist these days, is that you don’t have to rely on someone at a big label to decide for you whether music is good or bad – as a fan, you get to decide for yourself.

And sometimes one person’s crap is another person’s “musical soulmate.”

With the latest wave of direct-to-fan solutions, such as Nimbit’s, artists can now easily build a strong web presence, make their music merch tickets and bundles available to fans, and build relationships with those fans in a way that they “have the potential” to support their careers — so they can do what they love to do, which is make and play music.

Digital Music News wrote about the battle between Tommy Boy Silverman (New Music Seminar) and Jeff Price (Tunecore) – Tom saying mos of the music out there today is crap, and you need to sell 10,000 albums to be relevant, and Jeff saying he’s a hypocrit since most of his releases didn’t meet that standard, and the number of “albums” is on old-school measure of success.

Tommy is right – by making it so easy to record, distribute, and market music, the result is there will be music out there that “the masses” (and sometime, even their own mother or best friend) won’t care for.

But, if you have a following of less than 50 fans, and you can now move that to more than 1,000 and fill your shows, that can be “success” – and, sometimes it takes a while for you to develop who you are as an artist, your music and sound and brand and performance style, and by enabling the career growth of these non-mass-appeal artists, you may be enabling a future superstar in the making.

And Jeff is right – the “old music business” metrics of success probably aren’t relevant to a majority of artists.  Probably because success is in the eyes of the beholder (artist), just like music is in the ears of the beholder (fan).

So what if there’s great diversity in the music out there, and so what if there’s crap out there - fans and free markets will make that determination.  But in the end, there will be more music, and more fans listening and passionate about the music, and more musical creativity being encouraged and explored – and isn’t that a good thing?

Bob Cramer
Chairman and CEO, Nimbit

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Tommy Boy Silverman vs. Jeff Price – The “Crappy Music” Battle

What’s great about being an artist these days, is that you don’t have to rely on someone at a big label to decide for you whether music is good or bad – as a fan, you get to decide for yourself.

And sometimes one person’s crap is another person’s “musical soulmate.”

With the latest wave of direct-to-fan solutions, such as Nimbit’s, artists can now easily build a strong web presence, make their music merch tickets and bundles available to fans, and build relationships with those fans in a way that they “have the potential” to support their careers — so they can do what they love to do, which is make and play music.

Digital Music News wrote about the battle between Tommy Boy Silverman (New Music Seminar) and Jeff Price (Tunecore) – Tom saying mos of the music out there today is crap, and you need to sell 10,000 albums to be relevant, and Jeff saying he’s a hypocrit since most of his releases didn’t meet that standard, and the number of “albums” is on old-school measure of success.

Tommy is right – by making it so easy to record, distribute, and market music, the result is there will be music out there that “the masses” (and sometime, even their own mother or best friend) won’t care for.

But, if you have a following of less than 50 fans, and you can now move that to more than 1,000 and fill your shows, that can be “success” – and, sometimes it takes a while for you to develop who you are as an artist, your music and sound and brand and performance style, and by enabling the career growth of these non-mass-appeal artists, you may be enabling a future superstar in the making.

And Jeff is right – the “old music business” metrics of success probably aren’t relevant to a majority of artists.  Probably because success is in the eyes of the beholder (artist), just like music is in the ears of the beholder (fan).

So what if there’s great diversity in the music out there, and so what if there’s crap out there - fans and free markets will make that determination.  But in the end, there will be more music, and more fans listening and passionate about the music, and more musical creativity being encouraged and explored – and isn’t that a good thing?

Bob Cramer
Chairman and CEO, Nimbit

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80% of all released records are just noise

At least, that’s what Tom “Tommy Boy” Silverman said in a recent story picked up by Digital Music News.  The quote in full says, “80 percent of all records released are just noise — hobbyists…Some companies like Tunecore are betting on the Long Tail because they get the same $10 whether you sell one copy or 10,000.”

Here at Nimbit we encourage our artists to take advantage of every opportunity to build a music career.  And part of that process centers on maximizing your visibility on multiple channels including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and (as Tommy points to…) iTunes.   We don’t limit our service to any success level — and to showcase that we’ve got artists at all levels of experience from beginners up through some very (very…) well known names.

The difference though, is that we consistently tell our artists that Nimbit is only as good as the amount of time and effort you’re willing to put into not only our platform but also your music.   We’ve never told anyone that using Nimbit will make you famous, wealthy, or get you to the top of the charts.

Perhaps that remains the missing piece of the puzzle here:  you need to work hard, practice hard, and earn your success — there are no shortcuts.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is full of …

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** Full disclosure:  Tom Silverman is the mind behind the New Music Seminar which gets underway next week in NYC. Nimbit is a sponsor of the New Music Seminar.

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Madonna started there. Wonder how it worked out…

The New Music Seminar is officially one week away. This is the one conference you do not want to miss that is showing artists, managers, agents, labels and others new ways of doing business as we work together to change the music industry.

“The Revolution Starts Here” – and you do not want to miss the knowledge and great networking opportunities you will gain by attending. Early registration discount ends this Friday, July 16th at midnight.

Our friends who register in advance receive two admissions for the price of one (just $175 for two people!), so sign-up now at www.NewMusicSeminar.com, using coupon code “nmsny10” at checkout. (Additionally, all registered attendees are automatically entered into a contest for a Gibson SG Raw Power guitar valued at $1,200)

Here’s a link to an exciting interview with New Music Seminar founder Tom Silverman as he addresses the changing music industry, the long tail theory that never materialized, and what it takes for artists to succeed with the glut of product on the internet.

SEE YOU AT THE NEW MUSIC SEMINAR’S OPENING NIGHT PARTY

MONDAY EVENING, JULY 19TH AT WEBSTER HALL NEW YORK!

DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8:00 PM.

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Nimbit sponsors New Music Seminar

THE NEW MUSIC SEMINAR EXPANDS TO A MULTI-DAY CONFERENCE
FEATURING INTENSIVE PANELS, PRESENTATIONS, MENTORING SESSIONS, LIVE MUSIC, NETWORKING OPPS AND MORE

NEW YORK CITY JULY 19th – JULY 21st

April 26, 2010, New York, NY – The original New Music Seminar (NMS) www.newmusicseminar.com, announces that it is expanding into a multi-day conference and event from July 19th to July 21st at The NMS Revolution Hall @ M2 Ultra Lounge.

The two day, three night conference will include a symphony of five “movements” (focused discussions) over the course of two days, 8 TED-style presentations from key industry leaders, 22 mentoring sessions, nightly musical performances and ongoing networking opportunities.

The New Music Seminar is the must-attend conference for the emerging new music industry.  The Seminars will address both the artists’ dilemma of breaking out from the ever-growing glut of music releases and the development of a new business model for a sustainable music business.

NMS founder Tom Silverman explains, “The New Music Seminar is the epicenter of a new movement. The NMS is the creative crucible where new ideas are hatched and new collaborations formed.  The New Music Seminar is a meeting of the architects of the next music business; the creators, the investors, the technological visionaries, those for whom music is a passion that they cannot do without.”

For the NMS tickets please go to www.newmusicseminar.com. Register by April 30th and receive early discount price of $150.

About The New Music Seminar

From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference for the Next Music Business.  Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable event gives artists and their representatives the knowledge, tools and connections to step into the tomorrow’s music business today. Delegates all receive the New Music Business Guidebook filled with important do’s and don’ts by the experts, tips, information, forms and essential websites and blogs.  Important exhibits by sponsoring companies will help artists with their careers and there will be amazing networking opportunities throughout the event.

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