Today, we are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with BandPage, the most authoritative, up-to-date content in the music world. Bands can now create a custom fan community in minutes, combining publishing, community and their BandPage content in a way never before seen.

BandPage was launched in 2010 as an application that allowed musicians to create customized fan pages on Facebook. It has evolved to become the central profile more than 500,000 musicians use to automatically update their music, tour dates, photos, videos, and About content on other social channels such as SoundCloud, Twitter and Pandora, as well as their website or WordPress blog.

BandPage teamed up with Ning to bring robust community features to bands that are ready to go beyond Facebook, a static website or blog and let their biggest fans take center stage. Unlike other social platforms, Ning lets bands and fans connect, converse, and create content together through tools such as band- or fan-led: blogs, forums, photo sections, and more. And Ning gives bands complete ownership, access, and control of their branded online communities, where they can nurture, cultivate, and empower their most loyal admirers.

A fan community in minutes. Really.

This new partnership makes setting up a fan community super simple and fast for BandPage users. A band initiates the process by connecting its BandPage account to Ning. Ning’s technology transforms that content into a unique social site with a news blog, fan forum, music, tour dates, band photos, band videos and an About page. The band then uploads a header and background image and, if needed, makes adjustments to copy font and color. That’s it. The band is now ready to invite their most fervent admirers and start the conversation.

Run River North is a great example. They approached us last Thursday about building a fan community on Ning. Within a day, they had launched Runrivernorth.com and were already inviting fans to join them and make their new community a destination. Bright Moments is another artist who was keen to add a dynamic community element to its social and web presence. In just a few clicks, the Bright Moments Community was born. Check out these new sites – and join if you are fan!

Chris Wiltsee, director of business development at BandPage, says about this unique partnership, “bands want feature-rich flexible social networks and are eager to integrate their unique content into those networks. Ning is clearly striving to meet this need and BandPage is pleased to welcome Ning into its growing base of content partners.”

The possibilities are endless

Bands who want to engage with their fans on a deeper level can take advantage of the power and flexibility of Ning 3.0 to add features and custom pages on the fly: fan photo section, individual band member blogs, a private street team forum, contests, and more. In Dada Life’s Dada Land, for example, Citizens can climb the member ranks and become Ambassadors by completing missions. The possibilities really are endless.

We invite you to try Ning for free for your band by going to www.ning.com/bandpage.

 

 

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