ArtistData is designed as an online tool for musicians and performers. Here, bands and events can be managed. The site is intended to help up and coming artists get a better grasp on their schedules, keep fans up to date and allow more free time to hone their skills and practice their trade. The site also comes with Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter connectivity to expand the audience even further. Artists can enter their information once and have all their social networking bases covered.Show more screenshots »
Operating as a part of SonicBids since June 2010, ArtistData has enjoyed significant growth since it was founded in July of 2006 by Brenden Mulligan. Described as a musician’s syndication platform, ArtistData beta went live in 2008. The site later won the Chicago Innovation People’s Choice Award in 2009. Today the ArtistData team includes Director Jason Rio, Lead Developer Lincy Peyoli, Senior Engineer Brandon Passley, and Senior User Experience Designer, Matt Williams. The site is currently used by over 25,000 artists.
ArtistData is unique in the way it brings together so many social networking mediums and other tools musicians need to get out in front of more fans. While sites like Twitter and Facebook can be extremely beneficial for artists, they can also be very time consuming. Logging into each one and submitting an update can become grueling. Up-and-coming artists need all the time they can to devote to their music. ArtistData stands out in the way it has connected all the important sites and tools musicians need and allows for one click updating to them all.
ArtistData embodies a very warm, rich color scheme. The sleek logo makes the site attractive to both creative personalities and professionals. Here, visitors can easily navigate to all the important resources they need to manage their account through the convenient site layout. Images are found that help direct users, but not so many that the detract from the overall experience offered by ArtistData.
Creating an ArtistData account is easy. New users can click the blue “sign up now” button positioned prominently at the center of the homepage. From there, the new user must choose who they are from three options: an artist, a manager or label company, or a venue, promoter or talent buyer. Requested information includes the name of the artist the account is for, the users first and last name, country of origin, email address which doubles as a username, and a password. A phone number is also requested as well as an artist website, if one exists.
ArtistData offers three different membership types, all of which are relatively budget friendly. The base account is offered for free. This account type allows for only one user per account, RSS feeds, automated day of show reminder status feature, unlimited data synchronization to popular social networking websites, unlimited concert data, CSV exports, and customizable show widgets. The gold account costs about $10 a month and includes unlimited users, basic concert calendar through Google calendars, direct linking to artist blog, website, or Facebook. The last account option is the platinum account, which runs about $25 a month. This membership offers access to data through XML and RSS feeds, local media alert tools, extended details, priority support, tour book and day sheet generation, and accelerated synchronization.
All hopeful artists can appreciate what is offered through ArtistData. The three account types are offered at a low price, starting with free, so even a budding musician can enjoy the benefits of ArtistData. Bands and performers who are serious about what they do can get a leg up through better organization offered by ArtistData tools.