This article appears in the November 2013 issue of Venues Today— the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meetings venues internationally. Subscribe to the magazine here.
by Gil Kaufman
If you own a club, whether your room holds 50 or 2,050, the only thing you care about each night is packing the house. It doesn’t matter how people find out about the show, the key is that they find out.
Wayne Skeen thinks he has figured out the perfect solution to that age-old problem: an app that automatically launches a custom radio station for your club featuring the upcoming roster of shows as soon as a potential patron logs in. That’s what Skeen’s Emeryville, Calif., company, DeliRadio, has pioneered, and after three years of trying to break through, it seems like people are finally tuning into his frequency.
Think about the last time you heard a song from an unknown, local musician on your area's biggest radio station.
That's only if you can remember such a thing ever happening, of course.
"There’s at least one act in each local town that deserves to be heard on that local radio station, and you do not see that," says Michael Harrison, publisher of radio trade industry magazines, Talkers and RadioInfo. "It’s a shame."Read more >
The CMJ Music Marathon is happening all this week in New York City.
One of the coolest things going down during CMJ is The Outlaw Roadshow— a free, three-day (Oct. 17 - 19) showcase of bands hand-selected by Counting Crows' lead singer Adam Duritz and music blogger Ryan Spaulding.
We're beyond excited to have partnered with Adam & Ryan to bring you The Outlaw Roadshow Radio— all bands playing the Outlaw Roadshow, all the time.
Name: Lindsey Saunders
Location: Erie, Colorado
Found Out About DeliRadio: Through her social media manager.
Next Tour Date: Oct. 19 at the Paper Box in Brooklyn.
“I don’t know if you know anything about growing bamboo,” solo artist Lindsey Saunders said, “but it takes years to grow. These farmers, it literally takes them like seven years to see any growth, but they keep watering it. And one day it just explodes.”
DeliRadio was named a Silver Winner in the 2013 W3 Awards.
Our award was in the category of "Mobile Applications - Music & Audio".
Here's a little about the W3 Awards:
"The W³ Awards honors creative excellence on the web, and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award winning sites, videos and marketing programs. Simply put, the W³ is the first major web competition to be accessible to the biggest agencies, the smallest firms, and everyone in between. Small firms are as likely to win as Fortune 500 companies and international agencies."
Creative inspiration can come from many places.
Sometimes it's as easy as opening a book or putting on a record, and that's exactly the relationship Radio Silence magazine explores.
"Musicians have books and authors that are creative touchstones for them," said Dan Stone, editor-in-chief of Radio Silence. "Same with writers: music is deeply important to them.”
Each issue of Radio Silence features a collection of interviews, fiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs, written by both working musicians and authors.
Health care has long been a problematic issue for full time musicians.
That should change soon in the U.S. with the impending health care reform, but certain cities have taken it upon themselves to provide their music community with solutions.
Austin, Texas' HAAM (Health Alliance For Austin Musicians) is one of the leaders in this area, as PBS reports below.