Blue Note Records and ArtistShare Form Partnership To Showcase New Talent
Two well-known labels, Blue Note Records and ArtistShare, have formed a partnership with a focus on releasing albums by new jazz talent. The partnership, called Blue Note/ArtistShare, unites Blue Note—one of the most legendary music labels of all time—with ArtistShare, the entity that pioneered crowd-funding on the Internet.
Under the arrangement, Blue Note will be involved in the selection of artists, and will lend its logo and promotional support to the finished album, along with the potential to upstream the artist to the official Blue Note Records roster for future releases. Blue Note/ArtistShare will allow the artist to retain full ownership of master recordings.
The new business model is a hybrid that combines the tremendous name recognition of Blue Note with the 21st-century practice of Internet crowd-funding, wherein organized groups of fans contribute money to pay for things such as an artist’s recording and production costs.
The Blue Note/ArtistShare partnership was formed by ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio, Blue Note Records President Don Was and Bruce Lundvall, chairman emeritus of Blue Note Records.
“Young artists worldwide are making fresh musical statements left and right, but are forced to do their own marketing campaigns, too, often when their main focus should be their creative output,” said Lundvall. “ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio is a true visionary. I see the ArtistShare business model as a key component of the future music business.”
Among the artists currently on the Blue Note roster are Wayne Shorter, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Gregory Porter, Robert Randolph and José James. Blue Note was founded in 1939 and has released recordings by such iconic artists as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey.
ArtistShare was founded in 2003 as the Internet’s first fan-funding platform. Musicians who have released albums through ArtistShare include Jim Hall, The Clayton Brothers, Chris Potter, Maria Schneider and Ryan Truesdell.
Blue Note Records is part of the Capitol Music Group, a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group.