- 13 music industry trade groups have written an open letter requesting more information about what would constitute lawful or unlawful activity in Google and Verizon’s recently proposed open Internet proposal. You can read the entire letter here. (via the RIAA blog)
- SXSW is on the verge of launching a competition called the Music Accelerator, a kind of king-making competition for music companies which will pit 12 businesses against one another. Producer Chris Valentine expects about 100 businesses to apply for entry to the competition, which will take place on March 16, 2011.
- Kickstarter has attracted the attention of the hardcore-as-fuck XBXRX, who are using it to raise money for children orphaned by the Rwandan genocide. They’ve curated a limited edition compilation that features work by No Age, Dan Deacon, Xiu Xiu, Tre Told ‘Em (a side project featuring Greg Gillis and Frank Mussara of Hearts of Darknesses). Check out the campaign.
- If you’ve ever been curious about which of your songs really resonates with your fans, a new site called Rank’Em allows your fans to fight it out over which of your songs they like best, and why. The database contains over 400,000 artists, and it relies on user submissions, so you can definitely add your discography to that and let your super-fans fight to death over which of your live albums is better.