Songs of Phillip Carter is being released as an Exclusive Library Release (TM), ELR, is the first release of a musical recording exclusively via the Public Library system. Instead of getting it first online or at a store people will have to visit their local library to hear this new music from renowned gospel musician Phillip Carter.
This is really taking Keith Richards “The public library is the great equalizer” idea and going the next step. By rewarding the library with exclusive content and library users and music fans the chance for hear new music for free. To learn more please visit a special website that has been setup for this innovative way to make Libraries
Please visit ExclusiveLibraryRelease.com to find about more about this new innovation in distribution and how Public Libraries are viewed in the Entertainment ecosystem.
So the upcoming Music Business Association confab is coming May 5th -8th in Los Angels, CA. and Altavoz is ready for our part hosting a Panel on CryptoCurrency and Alternative Payments on Wednesday, May 7th at 5pm. Please click here to see the list of scheduled speakers and general conference information. See you in LA.
We’ll post updates here and a link to schedule a meeting with Key Altavoz staff during the conference.
Currently we have an open call for interested parties in the Alt-payments and Crypo-currency to sit in on the panel
Music Executive Bobby Ekizian joined Altavoz as GM to manage its day-today operations. Ekizian comes with a wealth of experience, having spent two decades in senior management positions at Alliance Entertainment. See the full press release here.
Bobby left Altavoz employment on Feb 2nd 2015; Please refer any open or unfinished business that you may have had with him in his role as GM of Altavoz to AltavozDistro@gmail.com or call 800-229-3764 anytime.
Altavoz EntertainmentCEONelson Jacobsen announced that the company will accept Bitcoin payments from suppliers – music labels and artists – and retailers. Altavoz has chosen to partner with Coinbase.com (click to join us) to become the first U.S. entertainment distributor to accept the digital currency. Altavoz will introduce the new payment option to partners this month and expects to begin beta-testing transactions with a few retailers prior to opening it up to all of them. The company also expects to work closely with suppliers to get them set up in the Bitcoin system and receive or payout to them in Bitcoin currency.
I know that in 2013 that most of the people reading this will have assumed that every single store that sells music has relocated to the internetwork and boarded up their physical locations. However! we take great pleasure in saying that it just ain’t so. Altavoz a, Montgomery County based business has been for the last two years building up a presence distributing entertainment products espcially in the physical retail marketplace; And, we are now getting a chance to bring one of our biggest recording stars to the area for an old fashion in person CD signing.
Now in true Altavoz fashion we’re not just inviting Dawn’s fans to this event we’er asking members of Montgomery County Counsel and Office of Economic Development, as well as Maryland officials to come by and see for themselves the power of music. Since this is our industry we already know why we’re involved and it seems that we’re not alone in thinking that music is more then a service that appears in the background of daily life for FREE. Just look at what the City of Seattle and King County, WA. have recently embarked upon. ” A new plan to raise awareness of the economic impact of music, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced its plan last night at the Triple Door to propel Seattle’s music community and industry to the forefront of a rapidly expanding creative economy.” www.bit.ly/seattlemusicpro
Why did Seattle do this. Well it might be the 2.2 billion dollars in revenue that Music brings in or the 20 thousand jobs, or the fact that recorded music is a market that the USA developed and it’s part of our culture and fabric, Who’ knows what really got them interested, and who cares. We’re just happy that someone in GOV has a clue as to the impact on USMADEMUSIC in their community and around the world and we look forward to seeing what our local Gov can and will do going forward.
Here’s the detail of the FYE instore
Saturday Feb 23rd 2013
f.y.e. Lakeforest Mall –
701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg, MD
Starting at 10am on Saturday, February 23, be one of the first 120 fans to purchase Dawn Richard’s new CD, Goldenheart, at the Lakeforest Mall f.y.e. store and you’ll receive a wristband that gains you access to the autograph signing at 2pm!Ask an f.y.e. employee for details!
Follow these twitter feeds for live updates and instore pictures.
Sometimes things get old, that’s just the way life is. So you get a newer version of it. But then the question becomes, “what to do with the old one?” Well in the case of iPod’s, you re-purpose them…*puts on sunglasses*…with a new purpose.
While iPods have been recognized as the premier music listening device of the current generation, its uses go far beyond that.
These things are crazy useful. It has way more capabilities than storing and listening to music. They are a super-slim, substantial storage device that can go into anything with a USB port. It also has a headphone jack and a tiny, convenient screen. Even the older generations will have its uses, though some things on this list may not work for them.
Make it a Flash Card Player
For those students cramming before a test or an employee getting ready for a big presentation, flash cards are a helpful device to aid in memorizing information. But not everyone has time to make these by hand and there is always the threat of losing that one card that somehow ends up being the most important. Your iPod can be a much more convenient way to carry your memory-boosting flash cards around. Mac OSX Hints has a thorough guide to transforming Keynote slides into iPod-ready picture slides, but any slide presentation maker that can export slides to picture files can create a folder that you simply sync up to your iPod. For straight-up words and definitions, this is a handy tool.
All you need for this handy-dandy trick are speakers. Your music is still on your iPod, just put it on shuffle and let the music play whenever. It will be convenient too because you won’t have to go get it or remember where you left it if you want music. You can also make playlists and have music ready for any occasion. No need to switch or shift through cds. This is a cheap, effective solution to those who need some music in the home.
Portable Reference Machine (For Those Without a Smartphone)
Next time you are casually chatting with someone and an unexpected argument ensues about what the last movie Johnny Depp was in that wasn’t directed by Tim Burton (It was an uncredited role on 21 Jump Street, the 2012 remake), be sure to have your trusty iPod on you. The fully fledged encyclopedia project can put the majority of Wikipedia’s useful articles on your iPod without messing up its main functions. iPod Bartender puts just what you think it might into your player, and those who don’t like printing or lugging a laptop into their kitchen just for recipe reference should take a look at PodGourmet.
Felix Oberholzer-Gee of Harvard Business School and Koleman Strumpf of UNC Chapel Hill (now at the University of Kansas) once claimed in a 2004 paper that file-sharing did not have a measurable effect on recorded music sales. Since then though, they have reversed their claims in their 2010 paper, stating now for a fact that, yes, illegal downloading may undercut sales. From their most recent paper (page 16), “The majority of studies find that file sharing reduces sales, with estimated displacement rates ranging 3.5% for movies (Rob and Waldfogel, 2007) to rates as high as 30% for music (Zentner, 2006).” With the emergence of Peer to Peer (P2P) sharing, music is more accessible than ever to be downloaded for free (read: illegally).
Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf used SoundScan figures to explain the increase in new music works. In 2000, 35,516 albums were released. Seven years later, 79,695 albums (including 25,159 digital albums) were published (Nielsen SoundScan, 2008).
Since 2000, the number of recordings produced has more than doubled, they later concluded. This makes it difficult to argue that weaker copyright protection has had a negative impact on artists incentives to be creative.
It would be interesting to hear their thoughts on the drop in new musical creative works. After steadily rising for years, the number of new releases in 2009 dropped to 98,000 from 105,000 in 2008. While works have been released, actual newcreative works have declined. Originality from artists have been diminishing year to year. For example, this figure includes re-releases, new compilations of existing songs, and new digital-only versions of catalog albums. Does that mean artists had less incentive to create in 2009? Or they may want to look at the other side of music copyright and consider what file-sharing has done to songwriters and the number of new compositions being written each year.
The researchers admitted that artists today have an incentive to spend more time touring as a result of lower recorded music revenues. More time spent touring means more time between albums because there is less incentive to create new works rather than perform. However, for new artists who want to break into the market, lower barriers to entry should provide ample reason to create in the hopes of someday having the luxury of deciding between touring or more frequent recordings.
More compelling, when data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the number of people employed under the category of “musical groups and artists” is compared with music sales, a strong correlation is evident. (see chart below). Selling music is an important motivator to creating music, and that the decline in sales has correlated with fewer people making a living in music.
These unfortunate statistics demonstrate that illegal downloading undermines the entire chain of creating and investing in music. So more and more artists slowly grow into new careers because of the lack of availability and prospective riches that come from becoming a musician.
So please support your favorite artists, both local and worldwide, by buying their music. Otherwise they may only tour and never release new music!
Love music? Have a garage or basement full of old vinyl records, but have already pretty much converted them digitally? Well, don’t just throw them out. Make sure you can put your old collection to good use, while still holding on to the beautiful art sleeves they came in. Here are five creative ways to recycle old vinyl records. Just make sure you don’t ruin a rare LP…
From cereal bowls to fruit bowls, melting down a vinyl can offer ample opportunity for holding whatever your heart desires. It’s quite simple and can be a boost as a decorative piece to any room. To learn how to do this, check out this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-KVx5U5NRA I would so eat my cheerio’s out of this thing, seriously. Honey nut of course.
Tell time fashionably in your own home by using the record as the face. You can leave it as is, paint a new design on it, or cut it out into a whole thing. Be as creative as you want. Don’t let time be a factor in your decisions…ignore that terrible line please.
3. Table Top
Whether it be next your bed or next to your favorite recliner, everyone needs a place to put their drink or phone down. Why not use some old vinyl’s and be able to see some of your favorite artists support some of your favorite things?
4. Wall Art
Like with the other options, the vinyls can be cut, molded, and…folded? well not really because they would snap, but the other two are very true. With the ability to be manipulated in so many ways, why not create something that can hang on your wall that both shows off your creative ability and fantastic music tastes?
What to do with all those business cards, letters, and bills? Well, you throw the bills out because if it’s important, they’ll send another. But the others you gotta know where they are. Why not make your old record into a cool cardholder? It’s simple and provides a nice piece that livens up a room by itself.
These are only a couple of ideas of how to get the most out of your older investments. Just make sure the records you choose are not rare or something you can sacrifice for a new creative item. If you want to see what else you can make, click here, here, here, aaaaannnnndddddd here