Boston: The Hidden Hub of Music and Technology

10/17/07Follow @wroush

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Sonicbids
Headquarters: Boston, MA
Year Launched: 2001
CEO: Panos Panay
Funding: backed by Edison Venture Fund

Sonicbids is a website that helps bands and people who book or license music connect with one another. Over 120,000 bands are registered with the site, as well as 10,000 music promoters responsible for scheduling musicians for venues as diverse as music festivals like South by Southwest, cruise ships, restaurants, museums, wineries, and video game soundtracks. Bands pay a fee to upload electronic press kits, which Sonicbids shares with promoters (who also pay a fee). “We’re not a matchmaker, in terms of proactively putting musicians and promoters together, but we provide a platform and a marketplace,” says CEO Panos Panay. “It’s up to them to make the connection.” Nearly a quarter of Sonicbids’ user base is outside the United States, according to Panay. … Next Page »

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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  • http://www.theinformati.com J Mark Inman

    This is all true, as a Boston area musician, I can say that there are much more opportunities here for musicians than most anywhere else. I believe Boston has the most shows than any other city on any given night. The technology is also very true, with MIT, etc. however, it is a very tough business to be in. I own a record label and just released an album for the band theINFORMATI http://www.myspace.com/theinformati And we believe it will explode because of the Boston/Cambridge scene.

  • http://www.sturtevant.com/contact Reed Sturtevant

    Don’t forget Tourfilter, the most popular concert notification service: http://www.tourfilter.com

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  • gary

    In addition to Tourfilter, there’s also http://tourb.us and http://bandsintown.com. Boston appears to be a concert tracking hub!

  • Kyle

    In terms of local area software companies with some sort of music/media technology, there also is Peermeta (www.peermeta.com) in Acton with a mobile content / Web 2.0 twist.

  • http://www.venueczar.com Michael Howe

    So it seem like after Venue Czar conquers Vermont, they should target Boston? Venue Czar is the ultimate localized online booking platform.

  • http://www.conduitlabs.com Nabeel Hyatt

    You could add us to this list as soon as we’re out of stealth mode. (http://www.conduitlabs.com)

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  • http://backbone.com Paul Kamp

    Backbone Networks is another local company in this space. We provide internet radio automation systems and is the system behind the IBS Student Radio Network. There are over 30 station on the network and a number of them are local including:

    Simmons College
    New England Art Institute
    Babson College

    Separately, a non-profit start up is the Public Radio Exchange in Cambridge. They are the online clearinghouse for Public Radio content.

  • http://www.EccentricNewEngland.com Glen Peladeau

    New England has a great recource of musicians who have many opportunites and folks who are ready to help them with their careers. The cites Boston, Providence & Worcester all offer great venues and support services.

  • http://www.artistir.com Derek

    I’m from the Boston area and am in the process of creating a music promotion website, Artistir. It’s not just for local musicians or bands either, but we’re steadily getting more and more.

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  • Mason

    Thanks for this, I just finished my AD in programming after working as a sound engineer for the last 7-8 years so I really appreciate the compilation of these companies because I want to eventually work writing audio software.