As we head into November, we start to get ourselves geared up for the upcoming holidays, the end of the year and the start of a new one. Here at Local Sounds, we feel the end of the year is a good time to provide our users and customers with an annual report that fills you in on what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and what’s coming in the months ahead.
It’s been almost two (2) years since Local Sounds and Madtown Lounge (now localsounds.com) entered into a relationship and formed a single resource for local music. Now that the businesses are successfully merged and the redesign of localsounds.com is complete, we can focus on expanding our offerings and continue to make improvements.
With that said, our first major change to localsounds.com will be the Music Store. On December 31st, 2012, the Local Sounds Music Store will be retired. Earlier this year we decided to stop accepting new album submissions to the store in response to the ever growing sales of music downloads and the decreasing sales of physical albums. With the birth of so many new forms of music delivery over the last several years, we found that our music store model is outdated and not performing the way we would like or need it to. Artists with albums in the store will be contacted in the coming weeks to decide what should be done with their albums in our inventory.
And just a quick reminder: don’t forget to get your New Year’s Eve gigs entered into localsounds.com ASAP! We are gearing up for our annual NYE promotions and we want you to get the most out of it!
LOCAL SOUNDS MAGAZINE
Our beloved magazine is NOT going anywhere! In fact, we are always looking for volunteer writers, photographers, reviewers and other contributors! If you or someone you know is interested in contributing to Local Sounds Magazine on a regular basis, you can email us and let’s talk!
There are also plans for a redesign of the magazine. We just aren’t sure of the timeline for this.
LOCAL SOUNDS RADIO
What can we say, it’s a work in progress. We have been continuously adding new music to the station, as well as lining up folks to help run and support the station’s efforts. We are also working on some hardware upgrades and should be making the switch to that in the coming months. More as it develops…
THE BUSINESS OF LOCAL SOUNDS
While our member services are very important to us, the business operations behind Local Sounds are equally as important. Due to some recent changes in our lives, we have been forced to reduce the amount of time we spend on Local Sounds and focus on things in smaller batches. Because of this, we have been spending the remaining months of 2012 in a deep, dark dungeon (it’s cold in here!) working on an updated business plan that will help us set our goals and projects for the coming year. With any luck, we will emerge refreshed and ready to tackle all these new challenges!