I am a musician in the cello rock band Break of Reality and I support the Internet Radio Fairness Act. I am traveling to Washington, DC to help the US House Judiciary Committee understand the positive effect Pandora has had on my musical career. I am submitting the following letter to Congress in support of this legislation.
November 26, 2012
Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Watt,
As a musician with Break of Reality, an independent music group, I would very much like to have my voice heard with regard to the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Internet radio has provided tremendous exposure for my band. I would like to share how important it is to help create fair legislation so that companies like Pandora can flourish and expand, creating more opportunities and revenue for us as musicians.
Break of Reality has been performing for almost a decade now, and next to performing live, internet radio has proved to be the greatest asset to the growth of our group. Our exposure on Pandora and Spotify has led directly to a huge increase in music sales through digital music stores such as iTunes and Amazon.com, and has created great performance opportunities by exposing our music to concert presenters around the country who hire us to perform.
Furthermore, these concerts are being filled largely by fans who find our music exclusively through companies like Pandora.
To be more precise, in the first twelve months of being included in Pandora’s music library, our digital album sales increased by 290% from the year prior. In the subsequent 12 months, sales rose 406% from our pre-Pandora days. The day before submitting this letter,
Break of Reality asked its Facebook fans, in an objective manner, how they discovered our music for the first time. With an overwhelming response from our fans, the results were staggering: 44% of fans polled discovered our music through internet radio, 31% through live performance, 15% from a friend, and 9% through Youtube and other internet outlets. It is clear that the effectiveness of internet radio with regard to both product sales and promotional power is overwhelming, and the success and expansion of these companies are of the utmost importance for the future of our group.
As musicians who have decided not to work with a record label, my band does not have the capital to invest in large traditional media promotional campaigns and is instead focused on finding more viable promotional opportunities. Internet radio creates an unparalleled opportunity for us to reach millions of people who otherwise might not discover music like ours. On a larger scale, internet radio helps listeners discover new artists, enriching the musical landscape of our country.
It is disappointing to me to see that some well-known artists have been enlisted in the campaign against the bill. They don’t speak for all working artists. I would imagine that a vast number of independent musicians are largely unrepresented in this debate, perhaps because they don’t have the financial or legal resources to voice their opinion.
I hope you allow me and the many other working musicians who support this act the opportunity to help create more appropriate legislation to help innovative companies like Pandora flourish, and great artists find more exposure in this changing musical world.
If you would like to discuss this issue with me, I encourage you to participate on the Break of Reality Facebook fan page.
-Patrick Laird (Break of Reality)
Every March, music aficionados and fans alike head to Austin, Texas for the renowned SXSW festival and it’s only a natural fit for Pandora to be there too. We are excited that, for the first time ever, we will have an official presence at the festival.
Because Pandora enriches the lives of music fans by helping them discover and rediscover music they love, we are bringing that concept to life with the Pandora Discovery Den. The Pandora Discovery Den will be hosted at the legendary Austin venue Antone’s from Tuesday, March 13 through Friday, March 16.
We will treat attendees to a variety of live musical performances, spanning from Rock to Hip Hop to Americana, including Theophilus London, WALK THE MOON, Gary Clark Jr and Bahamas. Attendees will also have the chance to win daily raffles with limited-edition items, participate in hands-on technology demos and much more! Read More →
I have lost count of the number of times a Pandora listener has told me that they learned about our service from their hair dresser, dentist, barista or bartender. I’ve also been saving a long list of emails from business owners, large and small, who have written to us in growing numbers since we launched Pandora asking when we might offer Pandora for use in a commercial setting. I’m really excited to be able to tell these folks that we now have an offering just for them. We have recently established a partnership with a company called DMX. They’re an innovator in the commercial music space and have integrated Pandora into a product that is designed for use in business establishments. It is a very affordable solution that enables all types of businesses from car dealerships to medical offices to salons and coffee shops to play Pandora.
With this service, businesses can effortlessly personalize their in-store music program to match their environment and brand, and create the perfect in-store and in-office sound for you, their customers.
The next time you’re settling into the dentist chair or – much better – sidling up to a bar, ask them if they’re playing Pandora. If they’re not, you can tell them to check it out here: www.dmx.com/pandora
Over the past few years we’ve heard a growing chorus of listeners asking about our plans for bringing Pandora into the car. Many of you are likely plugging your smartphones into an aux jack to get Pandora through your car speakers already, but we know that the long term solution is something more seamlessly integrated with the vehicle.
To that end, for several years now we’ve had an extensive engineering and business effort underway to bring Pandora into vehicle dashboards – and it’s now starting to bear fruit, with Pandora-enabled cars and trucks actually hitting the showrooms.
We’re currently partnered with 11 of the world’s most well-known automotive brands and many aftermarket manufacturers and have had a steady stream of vehicle launches over the last few months. We thought it would be useful to pull together a list of the car companies and car audio manufacturers whose products support Pandora…just in case you’re in the market for a new ride or you’re retrofitting your sound system. Read More →
Year after year, we are consistently blown away by the popularity of Holiday music on Pandora. This year we thought it would be fun to survey some of our users to get their perspective on Holiday music and we found that just as we suspected, they certainly do have a sense of humor!
Check out the questions and results, below. We are sure you will be feeling full of good cheer (and maybe even “Eggnoggy”) by the time you’re finished reading…
Happy Holidays and Happy Listening! Read More →
Tim Westergren, CEO of Internet music upstart Pandora, tells CNBC’s Julia Boorstin how his company is reinventing radio.
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We’re proud to announce that we’ve officially added a new genre to Pandora: Children’s Music!
We’ve hunted down some truly excellent children’s music for our collection, and our Music Analysts have spent months listening to every one of these songs. They’ve categorized the songs along hundreds of musicological traits so playlists are kid-friendly, musically interesting, and combine a great mix of familiar songs and fun new discoveries.
With Pandora’s built-in variety, never again will you have to listen to the same CD on repeat for weeks at a time. Anyone who’s under the impression that most children’s music is cheesy or that there isn’t much out there, is in for a treat. Read More →
The “Musicology Show” is back, with a new show about jazz drumming. Pandora music analyst Jeff Anthony pulls back the curtain on our jazz genome to show us the signature styles of Elvin Jones, Tony Williams and “Philly Joe” Jones — arguably three of the greatest drummers who ever picked up sticks.
As always, it’s free to subscribe to “The Musicology Show” in iTunes or in any other feedcatcher (Google Reader, Juice, etc.)