Stop trying to make people pay for music. Ask them to do it!

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Whether you are a musicmaker or work in the music industry, you have probably heard about Amanda Palmer. If you haven’t, you may have been watching too much TV or spending too much time on Facebook.

In short, Amanda Palmer is the artist behind the most successful crowdfunded music project to date. She asked for $100,000 and ended up raising nearly $1.2 million from around 25,000 supporters. Not bad, huh?

Last month, the artist was invited to give a TED talk and I think that the video is definitely a must-watch for every contemporary musician:

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Free webinar: Optimize social networks for your myband.is page

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Optimize Social Networks For Your Site, The Smart Way

You use social networks to connect with your fans. We see those networks like loose puzzle pieces and believe that the best way you can put them together is by having an official website. That’s what myband.is is for.

Every band page on myband.is is a centralized Place for a band’s social networks and we want you to learn how to get the best out of every service.

This is an invitation to a free webinar called “Optimize Social Networks For Your Site, The Smart Way” brought to you by our friends at Dotted Music.

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We’re now open to all bands, get on stage!

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As of now, our doors are wide open for all independent musicians.

For those who don’t know, myband.is is the easiest way to create a band’s official website. It’s a free service that let’s you quickly create a super slick website that’s highly customizable and updates automagically.

Check out the gallery to find out how cool the band pages are. There you can see our featured pages (hand-picked by our staff) and explore the hundreds of bands that are already enjoying a tailor-made stage for their music.

Wait no more, create your band’s website today.

If you need help, or would like to suggest improvements to the site go to our Help Center. Remember we’re still in beta, so if you want to stay up to date with our news and updates follow our blogTwitter account and Facebook page.

Join now and tell your friends!


Latest updates: custom colors, UserVoice and more

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myband.is is now a rainbow of customizable colors. So come take a look and discover the world of possibilities that you have thanks to the new features in this post.

Your page in the color of your music

What you will see as a simple step in the Design settings is the gateway to the world of your cravings. Now your site can be viewed with the exact colors of your music.

Try it out, change it. Try it again, change it again. Customize the color of each of the elements (background, content and text box) and play with endless possibilities to find the right color to suit your taste.

We have made it extremely easy. Use it and let us know what you think.

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myband.is Announces Public Beta Launch at The Next Web Conference

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Bogota, Colombia – August 23, 2012. myband.is announces their public beta launch in the Best of the Accelerators Startup Battle at The Next Web Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Lucho and Mao presenting myband.is at The Next Web Conference, Sao Paulo

myband.is is a tool for musicians to create a slick, customized website that updates automatically, is easy to set up and best of all, is free. The service was launched in private beta on July 24, 2012 and one month later is being rolled out to a larger audience through invitations that existing users can send to other bands.

“We had such a great response from bands using the site in private beta, that we very quickly got to a point where we had fixed any major issues, made additional improvements, and were ready to bring more bands on board.” says Lucho Molina, one of the founders of myband.is.

Some of the additional improvements include adding a gallery of band pages to the home, enabling custom domains so that bands can use their own url for their myband.is page, letting bands login with their Facebook account, along with a bunch of behind the scenes updates to improve the site’s performance. “It’s with the valuable feedback from our users that guides us in creating our roadmap for the future.” says Lucho.

myband.is is a service for bands and musicians to create their official website, using content from their social networks and other web services. Content is seamlessly integrated by type rather than source (which is more commonly the norm with this kind of service), this makes band pages feel more like a tailor-made website than a solution for the masses.

The service offers a high level of customization, without crossing the line that separates professional from amateur, making it very hard to create a bad looking band page.

For more information:
Contact: Lucho Molina lucho@myband.is
Tel: +1 415 8710514
Media kit: http://blog.myband.is/2012/08/mybandis-media-kit/


myband.is at the TNW Conference Latin America: back to the future

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If you have ever thought we come from the future, you’re not wrong.

To prove it, we want to tell you that we are finalists in the startup Battle that will take place at The Next Web Conference Latin America in a couple of weeks.

Now, if you still don’t believe me, watch our video pitch entry. It is literally… futuristic.

I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our friends from Justcontract.me, who will also be representing Colombia in the conference. Here we go Nico!

And Sao Paulo… see you in the near future! :)


myband.is is live. Are you on the VIP list?

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Oh yeah, the wait’s over! Yesterday we launched the private beta of myband.is . Think of it as a sound check with the first bunch of bands and fans that join the invitation list :)

Every week we’ll be sending out new VIP passes with codes to access the site. So, make sure you’re on the list by registering here.

From what we’ve seen so far, this is just the beginning. Take a look for yourself…

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Welcome Alejandro!

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It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Alejandro Zuleta to the myband.is team. He’ll be working side by side with Lucho on development, to help us get the site live as quickly as we can. Alejandro made it through our pretty vigorous “geek test” and we’re happy to say passed with flying colors.

Alejandro

Alejandro’s first day

Here’s what he had to say about his first day with us:

“It was an entertaining and busy first day at myband.is. After a warm welcome, Lucho soon led me through the rich internal architecture of the website. myband.is, technically speaking, is an application full of creative possibilities and it’s a great pleasure for me to be a part of its development. Back to the real world, lunch came with a conversation with Mao, full of interesting and fun ideas. But the highlight was not at the lunch table but back waiting for me in the office: a list of bugs to resolve and one in particular that for today remains to be defeated. The daily bread of every programmer. Despite everything I learned today, a day is not complete at myband.is if you don’t set a new record on the indo board. And I set mine: 3 seconds!”

We’re glad that Alejandro enjoyed his first day in the team and as a special welcome present he gets to spend the rest of the week in geek heaven at Campus Party Colombia. So what are you waiting for peeps, show him some love or ask him a question in the comments below.