Exclusive – Sonicbids, a company that operates a website that helps bands get more gigs, has acquired ArtistData, a publishing platform used by musicians to update and publish their content across the Web.
The acquisition and impending integration of the service will enable Sonicbids to not only help musicians book gigs, but also to promote those gigs to fans, social networks, concert databases, local newspapers and more. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Sonicbids says more than 245,000 musicians use its solutions to manage their Electronic Press Kits (EPKs) and book gigs around the world, and that it has attracted over 21,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world. Last year, over 71,000 gigs were booked using Sonicbids, the VC-backed company adds.
Founded back in 2006 by Brenden Mulligan, who will be joining Sonicbids as VP Strategic Development as a result of the acquistion, ArtistData counts more than 25,000 independent and signed musicians as members. Those users can go to the website to enter gig-related information from one central dashboard and publish that data across the Web in no time, to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and nearly 30 other sites.
Sonicbids plans to integrate ArtistData’s functionality into its product by the end of this year.
ArtistData’s free offerings will continue to be free and as a welcome gift, its premium offerings will also be free to users, from now through September 1, courtesy of Sonicbids.
Both companies have this morning announced the acquisition to their members – check out Mulligan’s letter for ArtistData’s side of the story and Sonicbids founder Panos Panay‘s take on the news (bonus: FAQ).
ArtistData’s core belief is simple: Musicians should only enter data once. ArtistData is a service that allows artists and managers the ability to post information only once and have it updated across many online destinations simultaneously, including Eventful, Jambase, MySpace, PureVolume, ShowClix, VIRB, Mojam, Musi-cal, Twitter, Facebook and many more. In addition to online sites, ArtistData notifies local media about upcoming performances, allowing musicians to get listen in upcoming calendar listings in local markets they are playing concerts in. Artists can...
Sonicbids is the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. It connects more than 400,000 bands with 30,000 promoters from over 100 different countries. Additionally, the company’s recently launched Social Music Marketing™ product suite enables brand marketers to reach and engage music fans and consumers using rich music-oriented content. Sonicbids has been the launching pad for many of today’s hottest artists and has many exclusive partnerships with premier events like South By Southwest (SXSW), Bonnaroo...