If you actively manage your band’s profile through different social networks, and if promote your gigs on more than one gig listing, chances are you’ll find a service like ArtistData quite helpful. Its concept is to automatically update websites you use to promote your music. ArtistData seems to focus particularly on concert listings, which is a good thing seeing how boring it is to place your gig info on the many sites that allow you to (mostly when you are planning a tour) but it also allows you to update other profile data helping you save time. For users in the US, ArtistData can automatically send out a band’s gig listing and information to local media.
From their home page’s description:
ArtistData tirelessly works to give musicians more time to be creative. We’re building solutions to automate the monotonous updating of artist websites, social network profiles, concert databases, Twitter, official news feeds, iCal, local press, fan newsletters, and even tour books. When an artist updates our site, we update all their sites. Our current users save hundreds of hours, giving them more time to do what they love: creating music.
ArtistData looks promising in a world where bands get easily overwhelmed by the many web 2.0/promotional tools at their disposal. The service is still in beta and its founder Brenden Mulligan is hard at work adding features and perfecting the system.
I tried it out with our Gigdoggy Showcase that’s taking place in Montreal (on the 18th of April – six bands and lots of doggies on stage!) and it works great.
So if you’re band is well versed in the social-networking arts, ArtistData will certainly come in handy. Thousands of bands have already signed up including international acts like Amy Winehouse and Jack Johnson.