Jaybird Summer 2017 Newsletter


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Upcoming Events

July 20
Fall TV Preview
Beverly Hills, CA

● Hosted by AIMP

July 21
SXSW Panelpicker deadline

August 1
SXSW 2018 registration opens

August 7
NY Tech Meetup
New York, NY

● Hosted by NY Tech Alliance

August 7-10
Nashville, TN

August 14
Inside Scoop from Music Sups V3
Nashville, TN

● Hosted by AIMP

August 14-16
Digiday Content Marketing Summit
Park City, UT

August 14-17
DJ Expo
Atlantic City, NJ

August 16
Music Publishing Royalties 101 / Part 2
New York, NY

● Hosted by AIMP

August 23-26
Cutting Edge CE Conference
New Orleans, LA

August 25-27
CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference 2017
Nashville, TN

September 1-5
Independent Music Conference
Wallingford, CT

September 5-8
BIGSOUND Conference
Brisbane, Australia

● Bill Wilson of Music Biz & IndieNinja speaking

September 6-8
NAB Radio Show
Austin, TX

September 7
IAB Podcast Upfronts
New York, NY

September 8-10
West Coast Songwriters Conference
San Francisco, CA

September 9-13
Music Matters Live

September 12-14
Mobile World Congress Americas
San Francisco, CA

September 12-17
Americana Music Festival & Conference
Nashville, TN

September 13
Americana Honors & Awards Show
Nashville, TN

September 13-15
Future Music Forum
Barcelona, Spain

September 19
Entertainment & Technology Law Conference
New York, NY

● Hosted by Music Biz

September 20
NSAI 50th Anniversary Concert
Nashville, TN

September 20-23
Reeperbahn Festival
Hamburg, Germany

September 23-24
Alternative Press Expo
San Jose, CA

September 25-27
New York Media Festival (NYME)
New York, NY
● Music Reports attending

September 25-29
Advertising Week New York
New York, NY

September 26
Streamy Awards
Beverly Hills, CA

September 26
Digital Music Forum (NYME)
New York, NY

October 4-8
New York, NY

October 10-12
Digital Hollywood Fall
Los Angeles, CA

October 12
Live UK Summit
London, UK

October 12-15
REVOLT Music Conference
Miami Beach, FL

October 17
SF MusicTech Summit
San Francisco, CA

October 18-21
AES Convention
Los Angeles, CA

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Word from a Bird

Cue “Hot in the City” – the temps are rising here in NYC, but we’re staying cool at Jaybird working on a slew of music startup projects in VR, bitcoin, and artist services, as well as keeping the motor running with our more established clients such as the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Music Reports, the NY Tech Alliance, and the Music Business Association. We’re already working on PR, marketing, and event planning for our clients for fall and going into 2018, so let us know if you’re ready to tune up your company’s communications in the second half of 2017 and beyond.


We’ve been excited to work with companies stepping out in the virtual reality, bitcoin, and social video space. Social live music VR platform Endless Riff launched a new partnership with NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall, making it the first concert venue to be “virtualized.” TVRev called the social aspect, in which attendees can invite and interact with virtual avatars of their friends, a “huge step forward” for live music VR. Additionally, Endless Riff has just begun streaming on-demand content from virtuosic rockers Umphrey’s McGee and funk band Lettuce set in immersive VR environments. Bitcoin has also been on our minds as we helped introduce token.FM, a direct-to-fan Blockchain-based music service from Tokenly that was covered by VentureBeatCoinTelegraphAll Access, and more.  Earlier in the spring, we helped roll out Keli Network, a fast-growing social video publisher that creates and distributes engaging, viral videos geared toward millennials, with leading video news sites VideoInk and TubeFilter helping to spread the news.

The new indie artist services marketplace IndieNinja debuted at A2IM with a nice writeup in Billboard, and SonicScoop expanded on that with a Q&A with co-founder Laurens Kusters. If you are a provider of services to independent musicians, you can get in on the beta at http://www.indie.ninja/ – just say you were referred by Jaybird. Tunespeak, which rewards fans for helping to promote artists big and small, is another great artist-focused platform that we’ve been working with. In an in-depth overview, Forbes wrote about how Tunespeak “wants to help modernize the idea of a street team to assist musicians at all points in their careers spread the word about whatever it is they’re doing and potentially increase their fan base.”

Going further afield, the NY Tech Alliance featured the Autonomous Car in its July NY Tech Meetup (NYTM) event, partnering with Blank Space and the City of New York to host the Driverless Future Challenge finals. Public Square, a system of interlocking squares designed to help neighborhoods reclaim public space after autonomous cars free up former parking spots in the city, was named the winner. Check out Crain’s New York Business for an interview with the winners and insight into why they were chosen from judge Michael Replogle, deputy commissioner for policy at the Department of Transportation. And don’t forget to buy tickets for the next NYTM on Monday, August 7, at AppNexus!

We began working with the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) this spring, focusing on the organization’s first Indie Music Publishing Summit on June 13 in New York City. Headlined by a keynote conversation with GRAMMY Award-winning record producer, songwriter, musician, and record label owner Benny Blanco, the event garnered coverage in American Songwriter and HITS Daily Double. The AIMP always has numerous chapter events every month – over the summer there’s the two-part Music Publishing Contracts 101 / Part 1 and Music Publishing Royalties 101 / Part 2 in New York City on July 19 and August 16, respectively, as well as the Fall TV Preview in Los Angeles on July 20 and Inside Scoop from Music Sups V3 event in Nashville on August 14.

Speaking of music publishing, Music Reports recently uncovered some interesting stats on the evolution of songwriter and publisher credits over time. In examining the Billboard charts, there has been an explosion in the number of songwriters and music publishers contributing to individual hit songs since the 1960s, which has made music licensing and rights administration more and more complex. Check out the press release here to learn more if you missed it. The Music Reports team has stayed extra busy with a string of panel and conference appearances, including a “Metadata Is Money” panel at Music Biz 2017 in Nashville, a “TV Music Licensing” panel at Media Finance Focus in Orlando, and a “Data and Rights Management” panel during Canadian Music Week in Toronto. The team will also be active at the NY Media Festival on September 25-27, so join us there if you haven’t already registered: http://mefest.com/

Vlado Meller Mastering continues to produce amazing work on every end of the musical spectrum, with the mastering superstar and his team working on a string of hot new Frank Ocean singles (including “Chanel” and “Biking”), a new album from the classical-rooted sisters Ahn Trio, the upcoming release Music Vol. 1 from legendary trumpeter Herb Alpert, and much more. Vlado was prominently featured in a Charleston City Paper feature on the behind-the-scenes figures responsible for some of Charleston’s “most extraordinary figures.” If you know of any producers or engineers that want to fine-tune their mastering chops, the application deadline for Vlado’s October in-studio workshop is coming up August 15; apply here.

Jaybird also helped promote Music Biz 2017, the Music Business Association’s biggest annual convention since 2001 with around 2,000 attendees and coverage in Variety, Billboard, Forbes, Music Week, HITS Daily Double, Hypebot, American Songwriter, and many more, including a TV piece on Entertainment Tonight and a full-page photo spread in PEOPLE of Paula Abdul with her dog Bessie Moo from the Awards Luncheon red carpet. We’ll be doing it all over again next year from May 14-17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, so head over here for all the latest news on Music Biz 2018! The Association will also be hosting its next Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on September 19 in New York City, so be sure to buy your tickets now!

Finally, if you’re looking for an engaging summer read, we humbly suggest “Song Stories: Music That Shaped Our Identities and Changed our Lives”, compiled and edited by Kyle Bylin; Laurie Jakobsen contributed an essay on “Careless Memories” (it’s a Duran Duran song, of course). All thirty of the contributors are people engaged in the music and tech industries, sharing deeply personal accounts of that one song that changed everything. It’s engaging, it may give you ideas for a summer playlist, and heck, you may be moved to contribute your own story – email songstoriesproject@gmail.com.

Bill Greenwood                 Laurie Jakobsen                 Kyle Wall

Laurie Jakobsen, President
Jaybird Communications

Mobile: 917-697-2274

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