Today I'm happy to announce that ArtistData has been acquired by Sonicbids, a company that connects over 245,000 artists with potential gig opportunities. Sonicbids has been helping artists for almost 10 years, and I feel is the perfect partner to help ArtistData continue to grow and innovate.
I started ArtistData almost four years ago with the hope of making artists' lives easier by giving them a central dashboard to update and manage many of their web profiles. We've experienced unbelievable growth and currently help over 25,000 musicians save time and energy every day. We've posted over 3.75 million updates for our users and assuming it takes about 3 minutes to update each site, that means we've saved musicians over 187,500 hours (or 7812 days or 21.4 years)!!!
It's been the most rewarding experience of my career, and partnering with Sonicbids for the next step is an exciting way to help hundreds of thousands of musicians with this same problem. I'm thrilled about this acquisition for three reasons:
I have spent a lot of time over the past year getting to know the Sonicbids team, taking several trips to their Boston office and meeting with founder and CEO, Panos Panay in different cities and at different events. After spending tons of time together, I am more confident than ever that this is the right move for ArtistData and its members. We share an exciting vision for helping artists with what has become the most important revenue source they have: touring.
Naturally, this acquisition will generate a lot of questions, and I'm hoping this post can address some of them. Some obvious initial questions are:
I've set up this question and answer forum to answer any questions you have about this acquisition. I'm happy to answer anything you're wondering (well, almost anything). Sonicbids also set up an FAQ here.
We'll be releasing a bunch more information soon. I'll also be doing a series on my blog about the process behind making this decision over the next few months.
You'll also be hearing from Sonicbids Founder and CEO Panos Panay. I know he's excited to meet and talk with you.
I want to sincerely thank every one of you for all the support you've given me, the team, and ArtistData over the past few years. We've built an unbelievable community here and I'm so excited to take things to a new level with Sonicbids.