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Direct Links to your BandPage and new Timeline Layout


Since Timeline for Facebook Pages was announced, we’ve received a lot of questions asking how artists can feature BandPage as their default landing tab. Today we’ve released new BandPage Direct Links – http://fb.bandpage.com/artistname – The best way to send your fans to your BandPage. The Direct Link can be placed anywhere – your blog, Twitter bio, SoundCloud, website, Facebook Wall Posts, etc – and your fans will go directly to your BandPage.

To find your Direct Link, login to BandPage.com and go into the editor for the BandPage that you would like to link to.

  • Click Settings -> Click ‘Fb.bandpage.com’
  • There you will see your Direct Link for your BandPage and an option to request a new link if you desire.

Share your new Direct Link with your fans to send them directly to your BandPage on Facebook, even if BandPage is no longer your default landing tab. As a Best Practice, we suggest that you use the new Direct Link on all of your online profiles, websites, and posts that link to your Facebook Page.

As of today, all BandPages have access to the new Timeline layout. We encourage you to Preview Timeline for BandPage and upload a new 810px by 360px banner to take full advantage of the new layout! After much research and feedback from you and others in the industry, we’ve moved Photos, Videos, Store and About sections to the top of your BandPage to make it easy for your fans to discover more about you.

All Facebook Pages will transition to Timeline this Friday, March 30th, and we have you covered. You can now get a sneak preview of your BandPage optimized for Timeline for your existing Timeline pages! To enable the new Timeline layout of BandPage you must visit your BandPage on Facebook, where you will see an option to preview or switch to the new BandPage. Please make sure to upload a new banner image before April 15.

We’re excited to launch our new direct links and release the new Timeline layout for everyone. If you have any feedback or questions about this release, post in the comments below or contact us on Twitter or Facebook.

BandPage HQ at SXSW 2012 – Many thanks!

We had a great time in Austin at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year. BandPage HQ was 10 days and nights of great music with over 250 bands and artists that played, and an attendance of over 25,000 SXSW-ers.

Needless to say, we had a blast and we’d like to thank the folks that made it all possible: the SXSW community and attendees that came to party down, and our amazing sponsors that made BandPage HQ an experience to remember.

Thanks to the following sponsors that helped us put this together, we could have done it without you:
Heard Entertainment, JakPrints, Devolver Digital, Gobbler, Gone Off Deep Productions, Big Picture Media, Adler Integrated, Formspring, SUPERGOODMUSIC,, Mohr Davidow Ventures, SoundCloud, Flavorpill, CCR, Guerrilla Management, StarMaker, Tastemaker, BandsinTown, Suburban Noize Records, Alienware, Blue Microphones, Brainfeeder, mulu and Summit Series, Deli Magazine, Topblip, Empire Avenue, Greyday Records, IMG, Indaba Music, Keep A Breast Foundation and EmergenC, Liquipel, SongTrust, Sound Exchange,The Roxy Theatre, The Service Company, TheBikeSeat.com, Ticketmob, To Write Love on Her Arms, TopSpin, Warp Records, Mobile Backstage, Coalatree Organics, Dim Mak, Electrostub, Six1Five, I Am Sound Records, Sony Entertainment Network.

Here are some photos from our week at BandPage HQ:

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For more photos, check out our BandPage HQ SXSW album on Facebook here.

Last week we also announced that BandPage now powers over 500,000 artists on Facebook, and to celebrate we launched several new features for Facebook Timeline. The announcement received a lot of excitement and interest from musicians and press around the world.

Here are some Press highlights:
Techcrunch
Forbes
Hypebot
Billboard (Article 1), (Article 2), (Article 3)
ZDNet
USA Today
Time Magazine
The Verge
All Facebook
The Next Web
The Associated Press
Vator News

Many thanks again to everyone who made this possible, to the 500,000 Artists that use BandPage every day, the music fans and bands that had a great time with us at BandPage HQ, SXSW and the city of Austin, our Sponsors and crew at BandPage HQ, and the BandPage team that put everything together.

We’ll see you again next year!

BandPage HQ at SXSW 2012

BandPage is going big in Austin at SXSW 2012 this year, with events March 9th-17th at BandPage HQ. Come see fantastic live music, experience amazing visual and auditory displays, and have great drinks with great people.

We’ve been having a blast so far, and we have tons of great nights ahead of us – so come on down! We’ve got Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Daedelus, MNDR, Shinobi Ninja, Das Racist, and many more!

Visit our BandPage HQ site to RSVP and check out our lineup: http://sxsw.bandpage.com/

We’ll have many more updates to come on our blog, and you can follow the action live on Twitter with @BandPage: http://twitter.com/bandpage

Here are some pictures from our first couple of nights – this is just the beginning!

New BandPage features for Facebook Timeline

Today we’re excited to announce that BandPage now powers over 500,000 musicians around the globe! We’re celebrating this milestone with the launch of several new features that will help artists connect with fans and share their music through Facebook. We’re rolling these features out over the next few days, but we’ve got all of the details below.

Your BandPage Just Got Bigger:
We’ve updated BandPage to allow you to take advantage of the wider 810 pixel Timeline layout, giving you a larger canvas to express yourself and connect with fans. The new BandPage has an increased banner size at 810px by 360px, so you now have more room to promote your music and showcase your videos.

Facebook will transition all Facebook Pages to Timeline on March 30th, All BandPages will not receive the Timeline layout automatically (yet). To enable the new Timeline layout of BandPage you must visit your BandPage on Facebook, where you will see an option to preview or switch to the new BandPage. BandPage for Timeline will launch in the next few days, but here’s a screenshot to give you a heads up.

More Sharing & Visibility:
Artists will be able to instantly and easily promote their latest songs, videos, and show dates when updating their BandPage.  It will post updates to your Page’s Wall when you add new tracks, show dates, and videos. This is one of the best ways to take advantage of the new Timeline features.

Additionally, we’ve added new buttons that will allow your fans, with just one click, to tell their friends about your latest content across Facebook. Tracks can now be marked as a “Favorite”, which connects to a Fan’s Timeline and updates their friend’s Facebook Ticker with an update about your track.  Fans can mark your show dates as “I Want To Go” and “I’m Going”, which will post to their Timeline and Ticker as well. If your Shows have a Facebook Event, fans will RSVP when they click “I’m Going”.

With this launch, fans will now add the BandPage application to their Timeline, which will showcase their latest activity on BandPage. For fans, this is a great way to showcase their favorite musicians and the shows that they’re going to, and for Musicians the BandPage app on Timeline will help spread the word about your music.

Here is what BandPage looks like on a fan’s Timeline:

BandPage, as displayed on a fan’s Timeline when they look at their BandPage activity:

This is a huge day for BandPage! In the coming months you can expect more innovation and tools that will make your musical life easier and more productive – we can’t wait to show you what’s next.

Sincerely,
J Sider and the BandPage Team

Facebook announces Timeline for Pages

Today, Wednesday February 29th, Facebook announced that Pages will switch to a Timeline layout on March 30th, 2012. While Timeline brings a new layout for your page, we have been prepared for this and already upgraded your BandPage.

To help you prepare your Page for the new Timeline layout, we’ve created Best Practices for Facebook Timeline Pages.

The slideshow above runs through all of the different changes coming, the new features that have been added, and suggestions for how you can take advantage of Timeline. Timeline creates a lot of new opportunities for BandPage, and we are very excited to bring you new features and additions that will make BandPage even more useful for musicians and fans.

We’ve got some great things coming, and we’d love to hear your feedback, or any questions that you may have. Please feel free to respond in the comments below, or contact us on Facebook or Twitter with your thoughts.
Cheers,
J Sider and the RootMusic Team

Noise Pop Culture Club

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If you’re in San Francisco in February, you’ve got to check out Noise Pop. Musicians and artists from around the world come together to put on some great shows, with Noise Pop championing what they call “independent culture”. If there’s one event in particular that you shouldn’t miss, it’s the Noise Pop Culture Club on Saturday February 25th, at Public Works.

No, there won’t be any sightings of Boy George, but there will be a lot of great art and a number of featured guests and hands-on sessions discussing the creation of music, art and film.  Guests include the Re:Generation Music Project, BAMM.TV, The Bold Italic, and more!  All of this for only $10!


Make sure to check out the Noise Pop Culture Club page for the full run down on who and what will be there.

RootMusic is proud to partner with Noise Pop for another year of fantastic music and art that takes over San Francisco. This year Noise Pop features The Flaming Lips, Built To Spill, Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord, and many many more!

You can get the full details on Noise Pop’s lineup on their BandPage!

This is a Call for Dedicated BandPage Musicians!

It’s a New Year, and it’s a time of new beginnings. To start us off, we’ve decided to create a group of BandPage Bands, Musicians, and managers that are running great Facebook Pages. We’re interested in working with you to experiment, try new things, learn, and then share what we learn with all BandPage artists.

Here’s a video we made with some more details:

If you’re interested, please go to http://bit.ly/BandPageGroup and fill out our form. We’ll get back to people slowly, and gradually build the group out over time.

Thank you for your time, we’re excited to make something great together!


Sam Houston
Community Manager @ RootMusic

Make the Move to BandPage

The show is booked. You’ve posted some fliers in coffee shops and music stores around town. Now after all the hard work to get people to the show, the pressure’s on to put on a great show and sell some merch so that you can get enough gas money together to go to the next city.

That’s the usual sequence of events, but it doesn’t have just be that. Things can be much easier, your friends and fans  spread the word, and later that night you’re playing for a packed house.

BandPage can help you get there.


This is the RootMusic commercial that we released earlier this year. The video starts off with a band posting a flier on the street, and a guy walks by and decides to check it out. BandPage is that virtual flier out on the street, except that the “flier” is accessible by hundreds of millions of people all over the world, and can easily be spread and shared across the web.  BandPage has your songs, videos, photos, tour dates, and everything is integrated into Facebook so your fans can tell their friends about you with a click of a button.


We believe connecting with your fans in innovative ways is the future of the music industry, and we’re excited to continue to evolve BandPage for musicians all around the globe. If you’re using BandPage already or you haven’t dove in just yet, please check it out and let us know what you think.  We love hearing your feedback!

The Evolution of BandPage

Over the past year and a half, RootMusic has gone from a few people in a living-room to a company that works with over 250,000 musicians from all over the world.

We thought it would be helpful to list out a few of the things that we’ve launched for BandPage over that time. Take a look through the list below and make sure to click on any of the features you would like to learn more about or want to ask any questions about BandPage.

We’re really excited to be where we are today, and look forward to building more for you! Thanks for your support!

Bye BPFF, Long Live Music Monday

Ever have a case of the Mondays? At RootMusic we think one of the best ways to make Mondays awesome is discovering and listening to new music, and that’s why we’re starting BandPage Music Mondays.

You may be familiar with BandPage Follow Friday (#BPFF on Twitter), and BandPage Music Mondays will be the new shiny replacement for BPFF. We’re always trying to help bands reach new listeners, and with Music Mondays we will reach even more fans since Music Monday is already popular on Twitter and blogs. Sure, it’s a bit of a change from what we’ve been doing, but we think it’s a change for the better!

So how’s this going to work? Every Monday we will ask everyone to post their Music Monday suggestions on our BandPage Facebook Page, and we invite you to Tweet your own Music Monday suggestions on Twitter. When you share your Music Monday, make sure to use the band’s Listn.to link so that fans can quickly check out the band’s BandPage.

What’s even cooler? On Twitter you can post your Music Monday with a couple hashtags (you know, those words with the # sign in front), which makes it really easy for people on Twitter to discover your music in Twitter Search. The hashtags that we’re going to use are #BandPage and #MM (Music Monday’s Hashtag).

Here’s an example Music Monday tweet:

I’m really diggin’ this new @Phantogram EP. Check them out http://listn.to/PHANTOGRAM #MM #BandPage

That’s it! We’re looking forward to having our minds blown with all of the awesome new music coming in, and we can’t wait to share the love with thousands of fans and musicians all over the world.

See you on Music Monday!