Start Me Up; The Rolling Stones’ Big Idea

Paul O'BrienEducation4 Comments

Universities are the spark of so much more than workforce ready graduates and life experiences. We’ve explored a bit the incredible media work being done at Arizona State University and while in class, so to speak, Ally Brzezinski gave us snapshot to USC; so it was when the University of Houston shared a big idea, just as I was hanging … Read More

Music (R)evolution: is Acceleration the Future of Music Innovation?

Clement JadotAdvocacy, Engagement, Innovation3 Comments

Over the past decades, the Music Industry went through more revolutions than Russia in the first half of the 20 h century. At the crossroad between innovation and creativity, musicians and producers were always keen to experiment with new ways of doing things. But from digital soundtracks to live stream music and media influencers, the internet forever changed how things … Read More

Serving Celebrities in Venture Capital

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LOUD Capital, a Columbus, Ohio-based alternative investment venture capital firm, announced this week the launch of Legacy Entertainment Ventures, a company providing venture-focused services to “celebrities” in the music, eSports, and influencer markets. Reflective of the work we’re doing with companies and in corporate innovation, we’re thrilled by what LOUD Capital, and other venture groups like it, are doing as … Read More

SXSW 2019 Hackathon Details and Opportunity

Paul O'BrienEducation, Engagement, Opportunity

[2018 Hackathon photo by Randy & Jackie Smith] We’re weeks away from media innovation from throughout the world, descending on Austin, as it does every spring, for SXSW. If you’re on your way to Texas, make sure we connect; our team is involved in SXSW Pitch, supporting SXSW EDU, and hosting dozens of venture capitalists and startups at Funded House.  … Read More

The Playlist Guaranteed to Make You Happy (Science Says So)

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I have to admit, there is something magical and entirely enjoyable about working at the heart of innovation in music.   With all the work being done in AI, machine learning, and things like predictive analytics, we know what you’re going to love. Well, perhaps it’s not that exact a science; but it is nothing short of awesome when one’s work … Read More

Music EdTech – Learn to Play

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I have an ear for music.  I’m a student of music history, with my daughter named Abbey with an e in the spelling for a reason.  I took piano lessons for 6 years.  I can carry a tune and with lessons and practice, I might be a halfway decent singer; not cut out for The Voice mind you, but well … Read More

Guerrilla Marketing for Startup and Music Brands

Martin MartinezEducationLeave a Comment

Being the storyteller that I am, I’ve decided to offer up three stories aimed to provoke rebellious creativity. First, the Godfather of Artist Management, Shep Gordon: the man who made all of your parent’s favorite artists famous. His career in Talent Management started with making the man every parent in America hated, Alice Cooper, the most hated musician in the … Read More