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STOCKIN' UP: Steve Wynne admits that his new record label concept is in its infancy, but says the music industry's current state has created a market for radical ideas about music promotion, and Stock and Roll is indeed that. The label, which currently has four acts and is soliciting more, is primarily Web-based and is modeled after the stock market. Stock and Roll is encouraging fans to buy $10 shares of stock in its artists, allowing the fans to legally download all the band's music and access interactive Web events, win free concert tickets and other similar perks. In addition, the shares would work like any common stock -- if the band becomes successful, dividends will be shared with all stockholders. The company currently has four groups on its roster -- rockers Jon Tierney and the Truth, R&B/funk-leaning Superhoney and jam bands Just Before August and Fungus Amungus. Wynne says he was recently contacted by a hip-hop artist in Nigeria who is interested in joining the label. "We are just getting the word out," he says, "so there have only been a few reservations in our bands to date, but the word seems to be spreading fast." Free downloads by each of the bands are currently available at the label's site, and an Internet TV station is in the works. Please see: www.billboard.com/bb/tangledweb/index.jsp

The Tangled Web By Troy Carpenter & Brian Garrity

STOCK AND ROLL in the Providence Phoenix ...

Providence Phoenix 
STOCK AND ROLL By Bob Gulla

A new local organization with an innovative idea is looking to change the way rock and roll is made and marketed. Stock and Roll is seeking successful artists as advisors and spokespeople. Steve Wynne, the company's president and founder, began the organization as both a record label and a music TV station. "Stock and Roll will change the very nature of the music industry," he says, "by allowing fans to legally download all music for free and buy shares of stock in our artists for less than the price of a CD." According to Wynne, Stock and Roll accounts for all of the problems created by the digital age, accepting the technological capability, the legal reality and, more importantly, the fact that millions of people want free music. "We're giving both sides what they want," he says. "Stock and Roll provides the artists with majority ownership rights, and greater loyalty from the fans. The artists can raise up to $1 million dollars in funding, and up to 100,000 fans will act as marketing agents because they are literally invested in the music." As an added incentive to investors who seek to have the profits of music help to fund reputable non-profit organizations, Stock and Roll will match or double any donation made from the proceeds of the company. "It is feasible that up to 60 percent of the profits of Stock and Roll could go to charitable organizations," Wynne adds. "As the artists are seeking more control, and the fans are seeking free music and a way to be more involved . . . as the legal battles over Kazaa and other Napster clones can never actually be won . . . Stock and Roll is the cure for an ailing industry." Go to www.stockandroll.com for more information (and some free downloads), and check out some firsthand accounts of band experiences with this new company - a few of the locals who are already involved include Jon Tierney and the Truth, Just Before August, Superhoney, and Fungus Amungus.

Stock and Roll was featured in the recent special edition issue of Decibel Magazine, the article can be found in Locobazooka or online at www.DecibelMagazine.com.

Stock and Roll a brand new record label, and Music TV station has developed a way to solve the greatest threat facing the music industry today, while giving the artists and the fans exactly what they are seeking. Stock and Roll will change the very nature of the music industry, as it allows fans to legally download all music for free and buy shares of stock in our artists for less than the price of a CD.

Stock and Roll accounts for all the problems created by the digital age, accepting the technological capability, the legal reality and more importantly the fact that 350 million people want free music. we are giving them what they want. Stock and Roll provides the artists with majority ownership rights, and greater loyalty from the fans. The artists can raise up to $1 Million dollars in funding, and up to 100,000 fans who will act as marketing agents because they are literally invested in the music. We are also creating an online Music TV Station to provide our artists with worldwide visibility.

Also of note we are seeking well known musicians to help with our second round of funding and to act as advisors. As an added incentive to investors who seek to have the profits of music help to fund reputable non-profit organizations, Stock and Roll will match or double any donation made from the proceeds of the company. It is feasible that up to 60% of the profits of Stock and Roll could go to charitable organizations in perpetuity.

As the artists are seeking more control, and the fans are seeking free music and a way to be more involved. as the legal battles over Kazaa and other Napster clones can never actually be won. Stock and Roll is the cure for an ailing industry.

With your help we can change the music industry and maybe even the world.


 

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