User Report: Backbone Brings Music Festival to the Masses
— The Jamaica Plain Music Festival (www.jpmusicfestival.com
) started in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain in 2011 when a
group of musicians and fans decided to produce a local event that put
a spotlight on music artists, bands, orchestras, ensembles and choirs
that live or work in the neighborhood.
Maitland-Lewis interviews Boston-area recording studio owner Dan
Cardinal at the Jamaica Plain Music Festival. The Backbone Network’s
control panel is on the computer screen.
wanted to find ways for more people to hear the artists we’d
selected and thought about how we could bring the music from the
field in Jamaica Plain to anyone who wanted to hear it from around
the world. Musicians and their fans shared information via Facebook,
Twitter and email about the stream from Backbone helping us get the
word out around Boston and around the world.
the Jamaica Plain Music Festival did not have a large budget,
Backbone Networks helped make everything happen smoothly and
professionally. It was easy to set up and work with the company’s
Backbone Radio streaming service. Using Backbone Radio we streamed
the concert to 10,000 people around the world in 2012 and again had
great listenership in 2013.
ability to operate our station anywhere was critical. To do this for
the JP Music Fest we took a stereo feed from the main mixer into a
Mackie ProFX8 mixer. We had two Shure SM58 microphones, one for the
host and one for the guest. We used a Clear
WiMax modem for Internet connectivity.
addition to streaming the music from the two stages (where we rotate
the music back and forth, so there is very little down time), we
interviewed musicians, sponsors and festival producers. In 2013, we
greatly increased the interviews, conducted by Boston radio
personality Melissa Guadette and Ben Maitland-Lewis of Presskit.to.
These interviews were terrific, giving a behind-the-scenes insight
about the performers for listeners and giving the audio stream
something to cut away to in between transitions between musical sets.
Jamaica Plain Music Festival streamed broadcast worked so well that I
used Backbone Radio with another client of mine, the Future of Music
Coalition (futureofmusic.org), for their annual Future of
Music Summit. The organization started in 2000 and is a national
education, research and advocacy nonprofit for musicians.
Future of Music Summit is a different kind of event, with keynote
addresses and panels. We streamed more than a dozen panels at the
Summit in 2012 and worked with Backbone again this past October.
so much changing in the music industry, it is terrific that we’re
able to deliver the ideas and discussions from the summit to
listeners around the U.S. and world who are not able to get to
Washington for the event to be there in person.
the Future of Music Summit, we took a stereo feed from the main
control booth of a lecture hall at Georgetown University. Using
Backbone’s simple On-Air Studio software, it was easy to deliver
the audio and reach a far greater audience with this event, a goal
for any live event. It was simple using Backbone Radio.
information, contact Paul Kamp at Backbone Networks in Massachusetts
at (617) 848-1176 or visit www.backboneradio.com.