The internet democratizes the way consumers get music, by sidestepping the old fashioned mentality of the big record labels who are desperate to maintain their stranglehold on the music industry. That's why I had the idea of bringing musicians and fans together in a more proactive way.
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(PRWEB) March 20, 2008
From a small village in the heart of rural England comes a unique, new kind of independent website devoted to musicians and their fans worldwide.
Designed and built on a tiny budget by Martina and Tim Wilkinson, http://www.themillionpoundsong.com has been created with just one thing in mind -- to provide lots of money, no strings attached, to independent musicians so they can pursue music full-time free from financial dependence on big music labels.
"I wanted to create an income source for independent musicians with a website where fans watch music videos and vote for them -- but in a much more empowering way than other music websites do. I thought 'why not have the fans vote just £1 for their favorite songs, let them download the songs for free, and win cash for themselves too?" Says co-founder Marti Wilkinson.
"You can't put a ring-fence around music anymore -- there should be a direct path between musicians and their fans." says Marti.
"We read recently in 'Computer Shopper' how the music industry is so desperate to earn money for its pirated wares that it's willing to give them away for free to mobile phone users - so long as you buy into a contract with the right mobile phone company."
How it works:
Prize money comes direct from fans to their favorite artist by voting for the songs. The big prize is 1 million British Pounds (approx. 2 million US Dollars) for any song that receives 1 million votes. But musicians need only a thousand votes to start winning cash right away. From then on the more votes they get, the more money they'll continue to win.
It's totally free to become a member -- for musicians and fans alike. Musicians upload their music videos for free, and then fans get to vote for their favorite video and are rewarded with a free mp3 download.
Packed with forum, blog, photos, email, bulletin board, CD promotion and video & text commenting, the website is a fun, feature-rich environment in which music lovers and musicians are able to watch music videos and interact directly with each other.
"People love listening to music and deserve more say in the success of their favorite musicians than simply shelling out hard-earned bucks to fat record labels. Music listeners are no longer happy being spoon-fed just those few artists that get cherry-picked by the music industry giants." Says Marti.
It's not a competition.
"Instead it gives every musician the chance to build a global fan base. Our voters truly have the power to give the artists their big break! Every vote brings the artist more and more financial freedom to do what they do best." Says Martina.
The fans are rewarded for voting too. Every 250th vote entered on the website wins £25 (approx. $50), and every voter's automatically entered to win a free trip to visit the musician they voted for, anywhere in the world.
"The internet democratizes the way consumers get music, by sidestepping the old fashioned mentality of the big record labels who are desperate to maintain their stranglehold on the music industry. That's why I had the idea of bringing musicians and fans together in a more proactive way."
Thinking of others.
On the homepage is a unique feature not to be seen on any comparable music website:
"Music-lover's have big hearts," says founder Marti Wilkinson. "I was inspired by Bob Geldof's 'Band Aid' to try and do something for charity -- particularly for children."
She created 'Vote for Hope' to raise money for the international charity 'World Vision'. Then invited scorching new L.A. band 'Wildcat' to donate every vote for their song "All That Remains" to 'World Vision'. Their crackling new video can be seen in the 'Vote for Hope' section on the homepage.
Lean and Mean.
"Our budget was tiny, but we've done everything in-house with a small, dedicated staff. We all believe in the project and have never stopped working on it to make it the best of its kind." Says Martina.
Graphically the site has a welcoming look. It's refreshingly free of 'geek-speak', and the crisp, colorful style separates it from the typical grunge/metal/hip-hop look of most music sites.
It's easy to navigate, with big, colorful buttons -- courtesy of Tim Wilkinson, an award-winning graphic designer (he designed the logo for Logitech, well known Silicon valley maker of computer peripherals).
"Tim's a musician too" said Marti, "he's always railing about getting his music out to a bigger public and earning enough to be able to pursue his music full-time. One morning, I was up early with a cup of tea, when the idea for the website came to me. There are tons more musicians out there who deserve a financial break."
For information about themillionpoundsong.com©, contact Martina Wilkinson or visit http://www.themillionpoundsong.com
themillionpoundsong.com© is a totally independent website, created by Martina and Tim Wilkinson, dedicated to the shared good fortunes of musicians and fans, worldwide.
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