La La Land?

I’m still waiting for anything new in La La Land. For those who missed out on the news from last month, La La promises to be an online CD trading post, with a revenue sharing model for artists whose CDs are circulated. I like to see innovation and experimentation in music sharing, so I’m hoping my unauthorized plug of LaLa.com yields some benefit for them, however small.

Here. From the horse’s mouth (their press release from March 7):

‘lala.com’ works like an online music co-op where members trade-in CDs they have for CDs they want from other members. CDs are sent through the mail in pre-paid envelopes provided by ‘la la’. “Trading CDs is an affordable way to experiment and try new music,” said Bill Nguyen, ‘la la’ co-founder. While there is no obligation to do so, ‘la la’ is setting aside 20% of trading revenues for musicians.

Sounds good to me.

4 thoughts on “La La Land?”

  1. Here’s a quick glimpse into our plans. We have a formal announcement coming so the folks in PR would kill me for saying everything.

    If you need an invite, please pre-register on the site.

    la la plans to create a registry where artists can come and identify themselves and claim ownership for each album they’ve been a part of.

    We’ll ask for certain forms of identification to make sure the individual is who they say are, and then do a basic check using industry databases.

    Once registered, the artist will receive 20% of the $1 la la fee everytime one of their CDs is traded.

    If there are disputes amongst artists over percentages, we will mediate in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

    If no resolution is reached, the money will go to our 501(c) charitable foundation. This foundation will focus on providing performing musicians with basic services and support.

    While the contributions to musicians is voluntary, we are building this program into the culture of our company so every employee, customer, and partner will begin to understand the economic hardships (not rewards) of being a professional, performing musician.

    bill

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