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Published on March 4th, 2020 | by Clayton Durant

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Chosen By Fans: Bandsintown’s Big Break spotlights emerging artists gaining momentum with live music fans

Bandsintown, the leading live music discovery platform, is on a mission to help artists grow their career. Just in time for SXSW, Bandsintown is announcing a new round of six Big Break artists, five of whom will perform at an official SXSW showcase, along with Jay Wile, a 2019 program alum.

Since September 2017, Bandsintown has looked for artists attracting followers (called Trackers on Bandsintown) at breakneck speed, jumping from a few hundred to several thousand fans over a period of six months. Once brought into the program, Bandsintown promotes them for a year, and provides mentoring, training, and industry-specific tools to help them take their careers to the next level.

Past Big Break artists include Peach Pit, Bones UK, Cautious Clay, and YUNGBLUD.

“Bandsintown connects 530,000 artists and 55m fans, all registered to the platform. We can spot who’s making serious headway in attracting audiences at a very early stage of their career, sometimes even before music streaming services, as artists now tour first,” explains Bandsintown Managing Partner Fabrice Sergent. “We call it ‘data-driven,’ but that really means fans are choosing these excellent artists by engaging with them.”

“Being one of the Big Break artists with Bandsintown has been really impactful to my career at an early stage,” says Jay Wile, who has continued to gain momentum thanks to the program. “To be able to build a relationship with their team and have support from them around my releases have helped me reach new audiences across the world. With their help, I’ve been able to perform in major markets, gain new fans at my shows, and make impressions that will last a lifetime.”

This Big Break class features artists Aidan GallagherKelly Finnigan99 Neighbors, Baby RoseLiily, and Renforshort. This year’s class will be offered various resources from Bandsintown including free promotion across Bandsintown and its affiliates, showcase opportunities at industry events, one-on-one mentoring sessions with experienced music marketers, booking agents or managers and training from Bandsintown on how to grow a bigger fanbase.



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Clayton Durant is the founder and CEO of CAD Management, an entertainment consulting company that focuses on event, tour, and strategic management for indie artists and brands. Email him at [email protected] to connect.


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