Providing the most accurate evaluation and identification of new American music talent

February 7, 2011, New York, NY – New Music Seminar (NMS) announces The Artist on the Verge Top 100, the most comprehensive list to date for emerging artists in America. The first published Artist on the Verge Top 100 is available now. https://www.newmusicseminar.com/aov/

The NMS Artist on the Verge Top 100 is compiled based on analytics both online and traditional. Factors considered include: music sales (physical and digital) ticket sales, frequency of gigs, touring history, merchandise sales, media (both online and print), social media activity, online buzz and other factors as determined by the NMS Music Committee.

Artists are further evaluated by using an arsenal of analytics from NMS Partners: BigChampagne, Next Big Sound, ReverbNation and OurStage; music industry experts and tastemakers. From this collected data, the NMS Music Committee selects The Artists on the Verge Top 100, which are listed alphabetically, regardless of genre.

Other listings are purely subjective or based solely on music sales, this chart takes into account every criteria that helps identify a developing artist’s trajectory toward success.

Although no chart is perfect, NMS believes The Artist on the Verge Top 100 is the most authoritative listing ever assembled of breaking artists. This is the first time a listing has been compiled that measures all facets of an artists’ career.
To be considered, artists must have never sold over 10,000 albums, must not be signed to a major or significant independent label and must have U.S. domicile. Additional criteria measured include:
• Quality and uniqueness of the songs
• Quality and uniqueness of the production and recording
• Quality and uniqueness of the live show (videos other than a straight live performance are not accepted by NMS)
• Quality and uniqueness of artist image, concept and platform
• Artist career momentum and the buzz they have built
• Social media and other activity on MySpace Music, Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, OurStage and other music and fan sites
• Questionnaire filled out by each artist and researched by the NMS team to check that all the information submitted to be correct in terms of touring, merchandise and sales of music, both legal and illegally
• Analytics performed by BigChampagne’s “Ultimate Chart” and “Next Big Sound”

For each New Music Seminar (New York/Summer and Los Angeles/Winter), the top three available artists are selected to perform with the opportunity to win over $50,000 in marketing, promotion, music equipment and consultations from some of the top industry leaders in their respective fields. The Artist on the Verge Project is designed to break an artist’s career by exposing them to some of the most connected leaders of the NEW music business and expose their music to the public.

The Artist on the Verge Project is a closed process and solicitations are never accepted or considered. The NMS Artist on the Verge Project is NOT an open contest for artists to submit their music to NMS like other contests, which are subjective in nature. NMS does not charge artists to enter or to be selected.

See Final Schedule & Speakers here: https://www.newmusicseminar.com/blog/event-details/schedule/

Registrations and reservations are available by going to www.NewMusicSeminar.com.

About the New Music Seminar
From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference with a mission; to create a just, sustainable and profitable music business and to help artists break through the growing glut of artists and releases to success. Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable event gives music business executives, technologists, and artists the knowledge, tools and connections to step into the tomorrow’s music business today.
The two-day, three-night conference includes a symphony of five “movements” (focused discussions) over the course of two days, twenty-two18-minute Intensives (presentations) from key industry leaders, 25 mentoring sessions, 3 nights of music showcases, High-Level Industry Summit Meetings as well as the NMS creative workshops focused on Live Performances, Vocal Performances, Producing and Songwriting, with ongoing networking opportunities throughout.

For more NMS information or to interview co-founders Tom Silverman or Dave Lory contact WE + PR – Pam Workman: (646) 351-6700; pam@workmanentertainment.com or Pamela Lipshitz: (917) 859-6852; pamevelip@gmail.com

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