Wise Business Plans and the Music and Entertainment Industry Working Together to Create the Perfect Business Plan

National Business Plan Company (PRWEB) August 24, 2012

Even in a down economy the likes of which the nation has experienced over the course of the last five years, there is always room for music. Music and entertainment are typically segments of the economy that are fairly durable during tough economic times, says Joe Ferriolo Director of Wise Business Plans. People want an escape from the struggles of the household and the difficulties of finding and maintaining employment. This is why the music and entertainment industry is relatively unscathed, says Ferriolo.

The music industry has over the course of the last decade seen some difficult times but this has nothing to do with the waning of consumer interest. Consumer interest is at an all-time high with artists realizing immense levels of popularity. Record labels have on some levels struggled to revamp their business models to fit this new digital world that we live in. This has been the primary struggle of the labels as they work to remain viable and functional, says Mr. Ferriolo. It has been a struggle for some with many passing by the wayside but with the new formats that are being introduced, new labels are coming on the scene giving artists a great deal more freedom and creativity, says Mr. Ferriolo.

Research conducted via IBISworld.com shows that the Recording Industry is projected to have a 2.0% growth rate from 2012 to 2017. This is extremely healthy when you consider all of the seismic shifts that this industry has undergone over the course of the last decade. It speaks to the resilience of the industry and bodes extremely well for entrepreneurs and existing labels that are looking to capitalize on the next frontier of business opportunities. Wise Business Plans has developed several record label projects for clients throughout the nation and helped them chart a path towards success. All Wise Business Plans developed for record labels include the following items:


Study Finds 63% of Core Music Buyers Prefer Music from the Past

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 15, 2012

In an industry where a small percentage of polished, brand new, plugged-in and tech-savvy artists, think Justin Bieber and his 26 million Twitter followers, gain the majority of attention from music media and industry, the Gracie Management Poll finds that a strong majority of core music buyers, defined by age as being between 18-34, think contemporary music is not as good as older music. 63% stated that music today is worse than it has been in the past, perhaps demonstrating a trend for the industry to invest in greater artist development, along with providing new opportunities for older artists still working.

I think this finding helps to explain why we have seen an increase in the sales of catalog albums, which cannot be occurring solely based upon people aged 35 and older. Core music buyers, who are between 18 and 34 years-old, are playing a role, too. This is quite exciting and can help bring new life to many older artists as compared to past decades when younger people would simply reject these musicians as being their parents or grandparents music. These older artists have a good level of cache, and it is easier to get exposed to their music with streaming services such as Spotify, says Chasson Gracie, Founder and CEO of Gracie Management.

Survey Methods

Results for the Gracie Management Poll are based upon online interviews that were conducted on June 29, 2012 among 521 adults between the age of 18-34, living in the United States and part of an opt-in panel. Results are based on the total sample of US online adults between 18-34; one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is

Tonara Raises $4 Million Series A Investment to Transform the Way Musicians Read, Play and Interact with Music

New York (PRWEB) July 31, 2012

Tonara, creator of the first interactive sheet music app that listens to you, today announced $ 4 Million in Series A funding led by Carmel Ventures, with follow-on investment from existing seed investors including Index Ventures, Lool Ventures, Eilon Tirosh, Rami Lipman and other prominent angel participants. The funding will enable Tonara to invest in ongoing technology innovation, secure additional partnerships with sheet music publishers, and pursue strategic marketing initiatives.

The Tonara app enriches the music practicing experience by understanding the music being played and correlating it interactively with scores. Musicians can view their exact position in a score, focus on playing without the distraction of turning pages and receive real-time tempo feedback on their performance. Beginners and professionals alike enjoy the app, as it follows a musicians position in the score, even if the user changes tempo, goes out of key or makes a mistake.

Each week, Tonara will introduce a new selection of songs from Hal Leonards vast score collection, which features music from todays most popular artists under the Universal, Sony and EMI labels. During this rollout, users will gain access to hit songs of all genres and performance levels by artists such as Adele, Usher and the Beatles in full cooperation with Hal Leonards digital rights management system.

We started Tonara with the idea that the way people learn, practice and play music will change considerably with the rise of tablet technologies and new music distribution channels, said Yair Lavi, CEO and Founder of Tonara. This round of funding, along with the Hal Leonard partnership, supports our vision and firmly positions us as the leading provider of interactive digital sheet music. We enable musicians of all experience levels to have a fun and interactive experience while playing their favorite songs.

Added Lavi, Were thrilled to partner with Carmel Ventures as the lead investor in this funding round. Today, we took another strong step forward on our mission to transform the entire music-playing experience. Strengthened by our new and existing investors and partners were ready to scale our offering worldwide.

Rina Shainski, General Partner of Carmel Ventures and recent edition to Tonaras board added, Tonaras disruptive technology was designed to transform the music-learning and practicing experience for amateur and professional musicians while bringing intelligent interactivity and social sharing to the music-playing community. Tonara is generating excitement in the broad music ecosystem and were delighted to support the company in fulfilling its vision.

Tonaras music store currently features a wide selection of music and includes pieces for piano, violin, cello, flute and voice, with plans to support additional instruments as its user base grows. Tonara is currently available as an iPad App on Apples AppStore. Users can access a selection of music scores free of charge, and purchase additional scores for $ 0.99 to $ 2.99 directly within the app.

About Tonara

Launched in 2011, Tonara is the worlds first interactive sheet music application that listens to musicians and helps them learn, rehearse, and perform. The companys vision is to turn music playing into a fun and interactive experience. Using exclusive patent-pending polyphonic score-following technology, the Tonara app shows musicians their position on the score, automatically turns the pages at exactly the right moment, and provides real-time feedback on their performance. For more information, please visit http://www.tonara.com and follow us @tonara_app.

About Hal Leonard Corporation

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation http://www.halleonard.com is the worlds largest music print publisher and digital content provider, producing songbooks, sheet music, educational publications, reference books, DVDs, tech products, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, the company represents many of the worlds best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters and arrangers. Hal Leonard is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New York; and Nashville; and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

About Carmel Ventures

With over $ 600 million currently under management, several successful exits, and a growing portfolio of promising start-ups, Carmel is among Israels top-tier venture capital funds. Carmels investments are focused primarily on early stage companies in the fields of Software, Internet, Digital Media, Communications, Semiconductors, and Consumer Electronics. Founded in 2000 by pioneers and leaders of the Israeli high tech industry, Carmel provides significant capital and active, hands-on support through the growth cycle of its portfolio companies and is recognized as a true company-building fund in Israel. Carmel, headquartered in Herzliya, Israel enjoys a worldwide network of industry, strategic and investment resources. Carmel is an affiliate of the Viola Group, the largest technology focused Private Equity group in Israel with $ 2B under management. For more information, please visit http://www.carmelventures.com.

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Campus Martius Park Announces Summer in the Park 2012 Lineup, 10-Week Series Features More than 70 Free Music Acts, Events

Detroit, Michigan (PRWEB) June 08, 2012

Campus Martius Park officials and sponsors today announced the Summer in the Park 2012 lineup, presented by Compuware Corporation and WXYZ Channel 7, and featuring more than 70 musical acts and entertainment stretching 10 weeks long. In addition to workday favorites like the Greektown Casino Mid-Day Music Series and 4th Fridays, this years free summer programming welcomes the new Huntington Bank Sunset in the City Thursdays, Movie Night in the D and two-day JamFest! produced in partnership with the Detroit Music Awards (DMA).

Summer in the Park 2012 features a veritable feast of free entertainment for nearly all music tastes, from Detroit Rock and Indie Rock to Blues, Jazz, Punk, Funk and Motown, with a side of Classical Music, said Bob Gregory, president of the Detroit 300 Conservancy. Our schedule of events and entertainment is as dynamic and diverse as the people who work, live and play in the city.

Headlining in June is jessica Care moore & Black Women Rock, an all-female, all-star ensemble, with outstanding DMA winners and performers Thornetta Davis, Sky Covington, Monica Blaire, Gayelynn McKinney, Alina Morr and Detroits own jessica Care moore. Julys events culminate with the popular American rock band Saves the Day, performing hits from their albums Cant Slow Down and Daybreak. The Pleasure Seekers/Cradle and Amy Gore and Her Valentines close out the summer series, with a pure rock n roll and power pop mix that has become the bands signature style.

The headlining acts are part of the 4th Fridays, day-long festivals, packed with live music, fashion shows, comedy, live arts presentations, trivia fun, food and more.

The Summer in the Park series kicks off June 19 with the Greektown Casino Mid-Day Music Series, with live music from noon to 2 PM running Tuesday-Friday, 10 weeks through Aug. 30. Hosted on the Summer Main Stage, talent will consist of a variety of top Detroit performances according to the following themes: Detroit Manufacturing Tuesdays, 93.9 The Rivers Lunchtime Concert Wednesdays, Detroit Music Showcase Thursdays and WDETs Essential Fridays.

Back by popular demand are movies in the park, Movie Night in the D presents Academy Award-nominated and winning films under the stars in CMP. Presented by Good People Popcorn and Guernsey Farms Dairy, the films begin at dusk on Friday nights (excluding 4th Fridays) July 20-Aug. 17.

Campus Martius Park and Huntington Bank are giving commuters another excuse to avoid rush hour this summer with Huntington Bank Sunset in the City Thursdays. The new, six-week music series runs 5:30-8:30 PM Thursdays, June 21-Aug. 2. Entertainment will include top local talent, tasty cuisine and drink selections from Fountain Bistro.

Summer in the Park has become a tradition that pulls visitors from within and outside the region to enjoy our wonderful city, Gregory said. Guests are welcome to come to the Park to enjoy special lunchtime activities, listen to music, relax on our beautiful lawns, or simply take in all of the sights and sounds that downtown Detroit has to offer. It will be a party.

Quicken Loans once again presents Healthy Moves, returning to Summer in the Park, Monday-Friday beginning June 18, with games (Pentanque, Backgammon, Chess, Checkers, Ping-Pong, and Bocce Ball), coordinated walking tours, Yoga and Ballroom Dancing classes.

The 4th Fridays in the Park series has received the summers highest best of events rating from the Detroit Free Press and boasts national and Detroit music stages that showcase a wide variety of music and entertainers.

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Jewelry and Fashion Designer Jenne Rayburn Selected to Participate in The Vintage Bazaar & Music Festival

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 17, 2012

Jenne Rayburn Handcrafted Jewelry and Wearable Art, a local Malden, MA, jewelry and fashion accessories designer and start-up, known for innovative designs and her vintage inspired aesthetic, has been selected to participate in The Vintage Bazaar & Music Festival in Salisbury, MA on June 23rd & 24th from 10am-5pm.

Held on the picturesque Pettengill Flower Farm, The Vintage Bazaar is an upscale outdoor market featuring antiques, architectural salvage, vintage jewelry & clothing, original art, artisan crafts and fresh flowers. I am thrilled to be a part of this great vintage show and have the opportunity to share a creatively displayed and thoughtfully curated selection of my handcrafted jewelry, said Jenne Rayburn, founder and designer of Jenne Rayburn Handcrafted Jewelry and Wearable Art. Vendors will design elaborate displays and create magical vignettes in hopes of capturing one of four show awards for best display and signage. More than shopping, this family oriented festival is a community event and a chance to spend time with old and new friends. Notes Jenne, Technically I will be working the show, but I have so much fun at a show like this, you can hardly call it work!

Jenne Rayburn found her vocation as a designer and creator while she was still a child. Crafting for herself wearable art from repurposed vintage costume jewelry and treasures found at the Goodwill using her mothers metalworking tools, she was regularly stopped by inquiring passersby interested in buying the unique pieces. As an interior designer and textile artist, Jenne is fascinated with pattern making and color: the simplicity, beauty and structural elements of natural formations, reflections and juxtapositions. I am especially inspired by the unlimited shapes and textures found in nature, reflects Jenne. By the rough and weathered New England coastal landscape, the abstract tapestry of the Palouse lentil and wheat fields where I grew up, the geometry of buildings and bridges, and the mix of color and texture in indigenous folk art. At the show Jenne Rayburn will be featuring collectible showstoppers made from found and vintage treasures, precious metals, and semi-precious gemstones that mix the charm of vintage with clean, modern lines. Each design brings with it a spectacular story.

The Vintage Bazaar will feature more than 130 selected vendors from across 11 states including Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, showcasing their finds and unique crafts at outdoor boutiques. The show is focused on bringing to market high quality vintage, antique and salvaged pieces, and repurposed materials and objects. Original artwork from local artists, unique artisan designs and upscale crafts also will be among the featured items. The market will showcase the farm’s display garden, as well as childrens activities and delicious local food.

In addition to treasure hunting, local musicians will perform live, foot tapping, music throughout both days of the festival. Bluegrass, Folk, Roots, with a bit of Country will be enjoyed by all that attend with free admission, making the Vintage Bazaar a fun-filled, and economical, family event.

The Pettengill Farm is at 45 Ferry Road, Salisbury MA. Admission is free with $ 1 onsite parking. ATMs and public restrooms are available. Doors open at 9:00am and the main event runs from 10:00am 5:00pm.

For more information please contact The Vintage Bazaars director, Devon Allen, additional information at thevintagebazaar(at)live(dot)com or 978.518.0128. You can also find additional information by visiting [http://www.pettengillfarm.com.

Visit Jenne Rayburns collections http://www.jennerayburn.com

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Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based jewelry/textile artist who also studied interior design and architecture, and her work evolves from the overlap between architecture, design, technology and art. Jenne is known for her designs made from reusing vintage textiles, findings and components, found while foraging in antique shops and vintage markets. A graduate of the University of Washington where she studied metalsmithing and fiber arts, and of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a MS in Design, Jenne has been designing jewelry and apparel for over 20 years. Perpetual curiosity and a passion for experimentation resulted in her first jewelry collection made from etched copper and brilliantly colored enamel. Since then Jenne has created six unique collections that combine careful workmanship with unique materials and designs. It is her hope that the wearers of her pieces will find joy in a delightful artistic statement, and also something that enhances their individuality and confidence. Her work is carried in local galleries and online. Please visit http://www.jennerayburn.com for Jenne Rayburns online flagship store. For wholesale information, please visit jennerayburn.com/wholesale.com


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