Blue Note Records, whose current artist roster includes Wayne Shorter, Terence Blanchard, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, José James and Norah Jones, has partnered with the crowd-funding platform ArtistShare to create Blue Note/ArtistShare.
The new joint label Blue Note/ArtistShare will provide what Blue Note describes in a press release as “an additional channel for Blue Note to help nurture and promote up-and-coming young jazz artists, while creating a platform that offers a unique opportunity for fans to become directly involved with the creation of new music by tomorrow’s jazz stars.”
The Blue Note /ArtistShare collaboration was forged by ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio, Blue Note Chairman Emeritus Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note Records. Under the arrangement, the release states, “Blue Note will be involved in the selection of artists, and will lend its iconic logo and promotional support to the finished album, along with the potential to upstream the artist to the official Blue Note Records roster for future releases. Blue Note/ArtistShare will allow the artist full ownership of master recordings, and will reach out directly to ArtistShare’s community of fans to offer a unique experience where the physical copy/digital download of an album is not necessarily the end product. Rather, the intimate relationship and insight into the creative process become valuable intangibles that cannot be acquired elsewhere.”