Posts tagged #non-profit


Independent Ear has reorganized to be one of the few Non-Profit Record Labels in the World!

(Product :: Career Development & Product Development)

(Product :: Career Development & Product Development)

New York, NY -- Notes to the Soul, nonprofit, acquired Independent Ear, record label, currently valued at $1.1M, via a unanimous donation by all Independent Ear shareholders in December. This acquisition marks a consolidation that combines strengths of a traditional label with a nonprofit to guarantee high quality and high impact services to musicians.

“We go to school to learn a skill; however, we are not taught to make a career or business of that skill. Independent Ear’s merger with Notes to the Soul is addressing that issue in general and creating a strategy that will revolutionize how we support music careers,” says Ryan Block, General Manager.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 36% of musicians are self-employed. Music career development has become more and more important. Independent Ear is working on that challenge and is pulling together top music industry professionals to help. This business model and Notes to the Soul’s career development program help the music community and the roster of artists to define their brands, tell their stories, expand their available revenue streams and to maintain healthy work/life balance.

IE is tightening the relationships between the artists & their support team, which adds a much-needed layer of accountability in an industry that notoriously lacks it. By putting the interest of the artist & community first, there’s an opportunity to create an integral balance between artists needs and financial sustainability. Independent Ear’s move transforms the mission of the organization to truly push for artist financial freedom and equality of rights within the business of music - as never before seen.

Independent Ear (IE) is a full-service music label/publishing house dedicated to disrupting the status quo inside of the music industry, through an artist-driven model, providing traditional music label services in conjunction with non-traditional methods of marketing.

Notes to The Soul (NTTS) is dedicated to inspiring positive social change through sustainable music education and empowerment programs to benefit the socio-economic and musically disenfranchised.

Posted on January 8, 2018 and filed under Announcement, Blog.

Shoudout! Partners with Block Media Group/Independent Ear to support a number of local and national charities.


Shoudout! Partners LLC, developer of the social music apps Shoudout and Shoudify, has partnered with Block Media Group and its affiliate music label,  Independent Ear, to enable a handful of rising music artists to connect with their fans through in-stream shoudouts, while also generating donations for their favorite charities.


With its two apps, which are available for free download on both iOS and Android, Shoudout Partners has introduced a brand new way for people to socially connect by simply recording six second messages which can be heard by their friends and peers in-between songs of their favorite Spotify playlists through Shoudify, or between station skips on Shake Radio, a web based radio search engine incorporated directly into the Shoudout app.  The platform is Crowd based, whereby users of the Shoudout app can form shoudout crowds with their friends and thus insure a high degree of relevance for each shoudout dropped.


Through the partnership, Shoudout has developed six “Crowds,” each for a specific artist to connect with his fans, whereby every shoudout dropped into a crowd generates a $1 Shoudout Partners donation to the artist’s charity of choice.  The current participating artists and their Crowds are as follows...


Adam Davenport - Actor/EDM Artist - Crowd: Artists for ACLU - Charity: ACLU, which for almost 100 years, has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.


Cliz - Hip Hop Artist-  Crowd: May Nothing Stop You - Charity: Any Given Child, which is an arts program that teaches children the vital importance of the arts as well as providing them with an alternate avenue to pursue their passion and succeed.


Phillip Ryan Block - CEO Block Media/Independent Ear - Crowd: Independent Ear Family - Charity: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which offers help to not only those struggling with the thoughts of suicide but also supports those affected by it.


Nick Urb - Folk Pop Rock Artist - Crowd: Nick Urb Music - Charity: Notes for Notes, which helps provide kids free access to musical instruments.


Dylan Lloyd - “Cool” Pop Artist - Crowd: Fans of Dylan Lloyd - Charity: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Julian Acosta - Rock & Roll Blues Artist - Crowd: We Built This City On Rock & Roll - Charity: The Seedling Foundation, which supports Texas based children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.


Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Announcement, News.