In 2016, Canadian Music Week will showcase over 1,000 bands in the 10-day run of the music festival. And while all the musicians are playing their hearts out at night, during the day the business side of music is being discussed and intelligence shared during the 3-Day Music Summit, May 5-7, with executives and performers alike taking part in panels, keynotes, interviews, networking opportunities and workshops, covering social media, live touring, technology, and the global world of creation.

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Part 1 of The Connected Music Series, “Music Sponsorships: The Golden Ticket for Brands That Get It,” covered the benefits, data, and examples of sponsored live events done well by brands, as discussed in the SXSW Music session, "Does Social Media Make Concerts Better?"

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The session featured findings from the report, “We Know Music Fans,” by AEG and Momentum, plus insights from panelists Hugh McIntyre, Music Writer, Forbes; Glenn Minerley, VP Group Director, Music & Entertainment, Momentum Worldwide; Scott Carlis, VP Digital Social Media & Marketing, AEG Global Partnerships; Craig Goodfriend, Industry Manager, Facebook; and Jean-Philip Grobler, St. Lucia.

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This is Part 1 in this Connected Music Series, which features conversations, conference sessions, use cases, reports and data showcasing the digital and technological impact and influence on live music events.

The traditional advertising model in all its forms seems well on its way to Disarray Town. Networks are trying to cram full-length television ads into streaming content viewing models with square-peg-round-hole finesse. Publishers are trying to force-feed their bread and butter ad placements by restricting access until readers turn off their Adblocker (and of course, someone figured out a workaround). Meanwhile, those that haven’t cut the cable television cord (yet) use their DVRs to gleefully fast forward through commercials.

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In our previous piece on FEWS in anticipation of SXSW 2016, I (and I’m sure many others) expected that we would hear about the band’s debut album fairly soon. And so it is, Means will be released on May 20 on Play It Again Sam. This week FEWS also let go of a new single “100 Goosebumps.”

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When you think of SXSW, sessions and keynotes featuring heads of state and Hollywood stars, thousands of band gigs and hundreds of films come to mind. So do lots and lots of parties, all serving up a bevy of beverages. What better time and place for a cocktail app to launch, even in the midst of a noisy, massive conference? "Giving away a free drink, everybody's interested," said Hooch CEO, Lin Dai, "Nobody ever walked away from that conversation."

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Seven League's CEO and founder, Richard Ayers, is taking part in this week's SXsports panel, "Going Global: Taking British Sports Brands Abroad," along with Alexandra Willis, Head of Digital & Content for AELTC Wimbledon; Ben Gallop, Head of Interactive & Formula 1 at BBC Sport; and Chris Harris, Managing Editor for the Arsenal Football Club.

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Today, Twitter and other social media sites were in a flurry of inspiring and educational posts in support of #InternationalWomensDay, in conjunction with Women’s History Month. One such Tweet and video came from Microsoft, asking young girls to name off inventors. They spouted off the men they read and learned about in school and in books. Da Vinci, Edison, Einstein, Graham and Tesla all rolled off their tongues. When asked about women inventors, the girls were not able to name a one, “In school it was always a male inventor. I just realized that,” said one student.

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This 2nd Episode of The Kaffeine Buzz Show SXSW Music 2016 Edition, delves into the topic of small, DIY venues, their importance and influence on musical communities and culture, plus the latest news on showcases, including The British Music Embassy, Music From Ireland, and the Amsterdam Dance Event & Red Light Radio.

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"For the first time, The FADER FORT is expanding its programming to six full days, and two events," said today's SXSW 2016 announcement. Now in its 15th year, FADER FORT feels to be kicking it up a notch beyond the annual extravaganza within it's musical compound during SXSW.

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Autobahn hails from Leeds, releasing two E.P.s prior to their debut album, Dissemble, which came out on Tough Love in August of 2015. The industrial, dark vibe reflected in Dissemble comes from different sources, from their area of origin, the initial concept of Krautrock via the band's Autobahn moniker, and most definitely in the songs themselves. Titles like “Beautiful Place to Die,” “Ostentation” and “Suicide Saturday,” lean in the goth realm of doom and gloom, while at the same time, Autobahn generates emotions of great joy with a touch of pleasure and pain.

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