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In the Age of iTunes and Spotify, Ely Buendia Makes a Brave Bet on Vinyl

The musician founded and now runs an independent record label called Offshore Music

Offshore Music Chairman Ely Buendia (standing, far right), poses with his business partners (from left) Patricia Sarabia, Derick Villarino and Philip Florendo as well as members of the band One Click Straight (seated) during the official launch of Offshore MusicEly Buendia is perhaps best-known ...

by Paul John Caña  | November 03, 2018 09:00:00
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You Can Soon Buy High-Quality, Locally Made Classical Guitars That Are More Affordable Than Imported Brands

This group of academics is standardizing local entry-level classical guitars

Gitara ni Juan is a Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-funded research project that aims to create a compendium on guitar-making in the PhilippinesThe entry-level guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments not just in the Philippines but in the world.Unfortunately, ...

by Cherrie Regalado  | September 04, 2018 09:00:00
Business Ideas

Meet The Man Selling New Cassette Tape Records in the Philippines

Musician and entrepreneur Kurvine Chua is singlehandedly reviving the market for the audio format

Kurvine Chua is the founder and proprietor of United Cassettes Philippines, which imports and locally distributes new music in audio cassette format Local record stores that sell physical records—vinyl, compact discs and even the odd vintage cassette tape or two—have seen a resurgence ...

by Paul John Caña  | July 28, 2018 08:00:00
Run & Grow

10 Crazy Effects Music Has on Your Brain

Here's how different types of tunes affect your productivity, creativity, spending habits and more

If you’re trying to get into the zone while you work, sometimes donning a pair of headphones and pumping your favorite songs is the key to getting things done. You might put on a playlist designed for focus, or you might turn up ...

by Lydia Belanger  | March 22, 2018 06:00:00
Business Ideas

Madonna, Coldplay, One Direction: How MMI is Fast Emerging as a Leading Concert Promoter in PH

CEO Rhiza Pascua talks about growing her company, exactly how ticket prices are set and what’s next for MMI

When pop music superstar Madonna performed two sold-out shows in Manila in February 2016, it marked the end of decades of waiting for many of her Filipino fans. One of the world’s biggest-selling artists has toured the world many times over throughout ...

by Paul John Caña  | December 09, 2017 09:00:00
Run & Grow

(Infographic) 12 Ways That Music Makes You More Productive At Work

Learn how music can help you find your rhythm in the office

Ever find yourself watching the minutes tick by or wishing there was a mute button for co-worker chit chat? There is a simple solution to many of the most common office hour irritations: music.Music can help you get into a “flow state” ...

by Emily Conklin  | October 30, 2017 02:00:00
News and Events

You’ve Seen GDP Figures in Graphs”"Now Listen To Them in a Song

In a creative move, the Philippines’ planning agency turns GDP data into melody

Most of the time, songs are created out of the composer’s thoughts, imagination or emotions. But the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) showed a song can also be inspired by economic data.Composers Allan Feliciano and Top Suzara (also the former vocalist ...

by Pauline Macaraeg  | September 26, 2017 01:00:00
Run & Grow

Play by Your Own Rules in 2017

False assumptions of "rules" are often where great ideas go to die

How successful would you be if there weren’t any rules holding you back? What if I told you there aren’t any?In my work as an executive coach I typically see two kinds of entrepreneurs: those who think the rules exist to help them ...

by John Brubaker  | December 20, 2016 12:00:00
News and Events

The top 10 highest paid celebrities under 30

Forbes lists the young and the richest in the world of sports and entertainment

Youth is truly one of the factors for a celebrity to reign supreme. But youth appears to play even a greater role in the stature of athletes, which was reflected on the latest list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities under 30, as ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | November 17, 2016 05:00:00
Business Ideas

From paper boy to music mogul: Entrepreneurship lessons from Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Superstar rapper talks about what he has learned about building businesses

The Grammy Award-winning album that shot rapper and business mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs to stardom in the '90s was titled No Way Out. But if Combs could decide his true legacy, it's that he has inspired inner-city kids to realize they can get out. ...

by Catherine Clifford  | November 09, 2016 05:00:00
News and Events

”?"It's alright ma, I can make it!”: 20 inspiring quotes from the legendary, Nobel prize-winning Bob Dylan

He hasn’t always been pro-business, but his words stand for risk, creativity and independence

Though musician Bob Dylan – who won a Nobel Prize for literature – is no spokesperson for the establishment or big businesses, he has always been a supporter of risk, independence and new ideas, values that define the entrepreneur.A proponent of following that inner-voice ...

by Lindsay Friedman  | October 20, 2016 03:00:00
Startup Tips

9 lessons on creativity from Prince

"So I decided I was going to push as hard as I could to be a musician and went at it," said the late music icon.

Prince, a pioneering musician and creative, died on April 21 at age 57.This game-changing artist merged his special take on funk and rock into 39 studio albums creating classics such as Purple Rain and Little Red Corvette. His sly, eyebrow-raising music got attention from the ...

by Linda Lacina  | April 24, 2016 09:00:00
Run & Grow

Hanson could have disappeared. Here's why they didn't.

How did the band behind 'Mmmbop' do it? Check our Q&A with the busy blond-haired brothers.

TRIPLE THREAT. People thought they were going to be a one-hit wonder, but Hanson took full charge of their brand and became not just musicians but festival organizers, beer brewers, and marketing masters in their own right. Photo by Bobby Fisher / Entrepreneur Media, ...

by Jason Feifer  | February 14, 2016 08:00:00
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