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BandCentral is a new outlet for artists to take control of their careers.

BandCentral officially launched today, offering bands a suite of essential tools that will enable them to take control of their music careers. With BandCentral, artists, managers, and labels can organise all the vital business aspects of band life - everything from tours and fan databases, to merchandise and money - enabling them to develop and sustain successful careers.

BandCentral is already being used by thousands of bands, labels and managers, worldwide and changing the way they work for the better.

Darren Hemmings, Digital Marketing Manager at PIAS, has said: “There's real potential here for BandCentral to change the way artists take control of their careers, and I'm certainly keen to see how labels and artists get to grips with it.”

Danny Sperling, MMF member and manager of Mono Stereo, said: “BandCentral is a revelation to me. Instead of using half a dozen different programs and websites, I simply use just one that works for band, manager and all the key people involved in the inner mechanics of making things happen.”

What is BandCentral and what does it do?

BandCentral provides artists and labels with an online “BandHub” where they can organise and manage tours, fan lists, merchandise, finances and more, as well as communicate with all members of the band and entourage in one place.

Bands can track money coming in and out - from CD, merchandise or ticket sales for example - enabling them to keep on top of their finances in a simple and accessible way.

BandCentral users can also update their social networks, such as Twitter, Myspace and Facebook, automatically from within their bandhub.

BandCentral integrates with SoundCloud, allowing bands to share and comment on mixes or works-in-progress with everyone in their entourage.

Bands have complete control over privacy settings, enabling them to control who in their entourage has access to specific areas of their bandhub.

BandCentral offers both a free (ad-supported) and premium (£5.99 per month) service. The free service gives bands the basic tools they need to get started, while the premium service enables them to manage every aspect of their music careers online.

For more info, go to www.bandcentral.com.

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