Fans rarely use the site as designed, to explore new independent music and vote for the newly discovered bands. ArtistSignal is much idealized and trying new schemata to find a way to perfect a system that does not exist. Like similar websites we have found, it is mostly musicians supporting musicians. Most sites try to attract you, the listener, but only attract musicians to support themselves and other musicians for whom they have empathy. That is not to say that the artists don’t have their own family, friends and fans voting for them; however, the majority of support comes from fellow musicians. It is because of the support, camaraderie and friendships we have developed via ArtistSignal over the past year that we have consistently been in the top 25 of vote recipients.
Ownership of the site has changed recently. The site started placing ads and lowered their top prize from $10,000. The split of $5,000 of has not changed. Money has seriously corrupted the site. A few months ago groups of musicians began banding together to create voting groups. Cheating has also entered the picture, making the competition for the top prize impossible to reach while maintaining integrity. This has fractured the mutual musician/fan support. ArtistSignal is doing what they can to repair these issues, but to fellow musicians on the site, the cheating seems to have been ignored; thereby deemed acceptable.
Regardless of the issues and changes that ArtistSignal is going through, it is an honor for us to have been selected as a Staff Pick for July. We did not contact them to request their consideration; we were contacted in June with their decision. We are grateful to ArtistSignal for all of their support of independent musicians and proud of our accomplishments on their site.