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Tonos Calls it Quits
Article by David Nevue - The Music Biz Academy
July 2003


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Wow, Talk About a Sudden Collapse.
The following Tonos announcement, released on July 23rd, surprised everyone, including us. Tonos, an online musician's network founded by Oscar/Grammy winning lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, is to shut down effective September 1st.

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Dear members:

It is with regret that we inform you of the decision by the Tonos Board of Directors to close down Tonos Entertainment Inc.

After 4 years of operation and significant investments by its stockholders, the economic climate has made it impossible to continue operating.

We are exploring ways to keep Tonos going but unless a merger or new investment comes through quickly we will cease operations on September 1st.

In the interim, most of the features on Tonos will continue to work but all of the Industry Opportunities and the A&R drop box will be closed, as will the message boards as of July 23rd, 2003. T-mail will continue to operate and we encourage all the members to trade email address, etc. so that the contacts that have been made through Tonos can continue.

Music that has been submitted to Tonos prior to July 23, 2003 will be listened to, and we will work, as we always have, to have the music heard, considered, and signed by our contacts in the music industry. All A&R selections will be sent to the industry reps in question with the member's personal email addresses and phone numbers included in the packages they receive.

All of the Industry Opportunity Top Picks and A&R Drop Box Finalists and Semifinalists will be posted throughout the month of August on the Tonos Announcements forum of the Message Boards, so you can remain up-to-date on which members have been forwarded in all of the remaining Industry Opportunities and the A&R Drop Box for June and July.

Tonos wishes you all the best of luck. Please keep creating and keep your dreams alive.

Best,

Tonos Entertainment Inc.
A message from Carole Bayer Sager"


Watch Out, the Next Step is a Lulu...
One of the great services Tonos offered was a place for musicians to collaborate together on projects over long distances. What will all those Tonos folks do now? I might suggest migrating over to LuluMUSIC, a free service for musicians seeking online music collaboration. Publish your 'partial' song and other musicians will come along and contribute other instrumentation for you. Or, if you're looking for something challenging to work on, contribute your own music styling's to projects already in the works. Lulu's a great place to hang out and play.

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David Nevue is the founder of The Music Biz Academy. He is also a professional pianist, recording artist, full-time Internet musician, and author of the book, "How to Promote Your Music Successfully on the Internet."


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