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SXSW Music 2014

Will Artists Make Money on Big Music Platforms?

In the last few years, several large music listening platforms have emerged as leaders – giving iTunes a serious run for its money. BandPage, SoundCloud, Pandora, and Spotify have achieved record growth in listeners, but what about the artists? Do these platforms compensate artists any better than iTunes does? Come find out during a frank discussion and debate between representatives from the largest music platforms, moderated by a veteran music-tech investor. Discuss the future of music distribution and monetization – and how changing revenue such as subscriptions and free-to-listen models will impact artists.

MODERATOR: Hany Nada, founding partner, GGV Capital

PANELISTS: J. Sider, CEO of Bandpage; Alex White, CEO of Next Big Sound; Alexander Ljung, CEO of SoundCloud

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  3. How will the new music platforms make money from new concepts such as direct-to-fan engagement and “whales, dolphins, and minnows” – and percentage of profits will go to artists?
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Hany Nada, founding partner, GGV Capital

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  • Tags: artists, distribution
  • Event: Music
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Online Sales/Subscriptions
  • Track 2
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