Chartburst - A New Service for Unsigned Musicians
|A new music service, Chartburst, connects talented, unsigned musicians directly with record label talent scouts based on which musicians' songs receive the most votes from music lovers via a series of music charts.|
The Chartburst concept is simple yet powerful. Musicians and bands are able to upload their favourite, original songs to one of ten different genre-specific music charts, from rock and pop to folk and hip hop. Music lovers can listen to as many songs as they want to on Chartburst, vote for their favourites, create playlists, and possibly even play a part in the early success of a break-through artist.
As veterans of the music profession who know the business well, Chartburst's founders recruited talent scouts and A&R reps from some of the world's largest record labels, including Sony, Columbia, Warner Bros, and Universal, and smaller labels like Bella Union, to monitor which artists' songs receive the most votes. Twice a month, scouts review the top five songs from each chart and contact those musicians and bands to provide valuable feedback, and in some cases, discuss possible record deals.
"We created Chartburst because there is a clear, unmet need for unsigned musicians to get their music in front of influential record label representatives," said Francis Gane, co-founder of Chartburst, and a DJ and producer. "At the core of the inspiration for Chartburst, was our frustration that so many great artists do not get heard by the right people at the right time because a service like Chartburst does not exist."
Musicians can upload their music for free. They then pay £3.20 a month to add their songs to one of the genre-specific music charts of their choice for the world to listen to
The private beta launch has a limited number of accounts for artists.
For musicians to get started with the beta, they'll need to enter a promo code. North West Folk has secured an exclusive code for its readers. Enter "EARLYBIRD99" during the registration process. (it must be in capitals.)
Developers are working on Chartburst apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. To find out when the apps are ready to download, follow Chartburst on Facebook & Twitter via chartburst.com.
The praise for Chartburst is building. The popular website, Startupplays, has named Chartburst one of the "Top 35 Startups."
Chartburst is an additional web resource for musicians, much as sites like SoundCloud and Bandcamp have become. Musicians are encouraged to invite and influence their friends, fans and followers on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other social media network, to vote for them on Chartburst to win the chance of a lifetime.
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