It’s in The Cards: NFCs and the Future of Music

Community Musician announces the release of the Community Music Card. The Collectible Music Card is a newly created patented product that claims to revolutionize how music will be produced by artists and consumed by audiences around the world. Developed by Community Musician, the Collectible Music Card holds the song or album until it is successfully uploaded onto one’s mobile device. Essentially, it is acting as the modern CD, with an added bonus that the design is similar to that of a trading card and is purchased in the same manner as a gift card.
Music fans can buy Collectible Music Cards after their favorite artists’ shows with the band’s other merch. The card enables fans to enjoy and display the collectible artwork of the band and the convenience of “tap to play” on their phone. Tapping the card on the phone also adds the song to the fan’s “private” library in the Community Musician App so fans don’t have to carry the card to listen to songs if they don’t want to. “Tap ‘N Play” does this using the NFC (near field communication) chip embedded in each card. The NFC reader is already built into every smartphone. Scott Arey, the CEO of Community Musician, quickly developed the technology to adapt the NFC chips used in debit and credit cards to play music on the phone.

Importantly, fans know that they’re supporting the artists they love who keep the vast bulk of the profit since the transaction occurs outside the app stores, which is positive for both the musicians and the fans.

“We’re going to make it possible for everyday musicians today to do something I never could, to make enough money so they don’t have to work full time while trying to be an artist,” Arey said. “We’ll do this by giving them a product they can sell directly to their fans, like CD’s and vinyl, that still has all the convenience of music on the phone.”

Scott Arey knows from where he speaks. As a young musician, Arey signed with Warner Music and began touring as a warm-up act for the Indigo Girls, but he quickly discovered he couldn’t make enough money to pay his bills. Nothing has changed in the last 30 years. If anything, it’s gotten even harder for musicians to earn a living wage.

Arey plans to gain early adoption for the cards at the grass roots level by having Community Musician provide music rehearsal spaces to independent artists and providing them cards to sell to their fans before scaling to record stores in partnership with speaker companies. Once enough critical mass is achieved, Community Musician will leverage the existing infrastructure and distribution relationships to sell the cards in big box retailers in 50+ countries around the world.As this product emerges, Arey and his team plan on teaming up with speaker companies so users can “tap and play” on wireless speakers that are ubiquitous in dorm rooms, homes and businesses today.

The cards are seen as combining the best of CDs and large music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and with them, powered by new artists with new music, Community Musician hopes that its Collectible Music Card can carve a substantial corner in the roughly $60 billion music industry.

“One of the things we’ve all lost as fans is the ability to share, trade and sell music to each other face to face like we did in the heyday of LPs and CDs. With our tech we can have it all . . . the physical face to face sharing and the convenience of a million songs in your pocket,” Arey noted. “The best part is when you buy music on our cards you’re really putting cash in the hands of local artists that badly need your support. This is a revolution that’s going to happen, because for new music to survive, it must.”

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Ether Cards NFT Platform Rewards Early Users with Dust Token Airdrop

Ether Cards, the leading dynamic NFT platform whose technology has brought real-world utility to the creation of dynamic NFTs of Steve Aoki, LaMelo Ball, and Mike Tyson NFTs, has airdropped 27 million Dust tokens to the entire Ether Cards NFT collection which consists of 10,000 unique NFTs.

The 27 million Dust can be exchanged for up to 27 CryptoPunks starting on October 8, marking it as one of the largest airdrops of 2021. The 27 CryptoPunks up for exchange are worth around $10,6 million, according to the NFT price estimation service DappRadar. The 27 CryptoPunk pool can be viewed on Larva Labs website.

This airdrop marks the significance of Ether Cards’ position in the Dynamic NFT space as it prepares for the public launch of its NFT self-serve platform. Ether Cards’ self-serve platform allows any artist, brand, athlete, or public figure to create, launch and manage dynamic NFTs to engage, grow, and monetize their communities.

Andras Kristof, Ether Cards Founder and CEO, says, “The Dust token drop and CryptoPunks giveaway are a way for us to give back to our Ether Cards community so that they can enjoy even more benefits as dedicated users of the platform. We’re excited to continue to bring these exclusive opportunities to our own cardholders as well as the wider Ether Card community.”

Ether Cards secondary market sales volume is over $9,4 million, according to the NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Dust can be used across the entire Ether Card ecosystem, including to reserve NFTs issued on Ether Cards’ platform ahead of other buyers. It rewards the holders of Ether Cards and users of the Platform by enabling them to level up to bigger benefits the longer and more the Dust tokens are held. Dust also activates certain Traits of NFTs issued using EC’s platform.

Following the CryptoPunks giveaway, Ether Cards will rollout distribution of several other NFTs including 30 Meebits, 25 Mike Tyson NFTs, 50 Alpha Cards and 250 Founder Cards.

About Ether Cards 10,000 NFT Collection

The Ether Cards Collection consists of 10,000 dynamic NFT membership cards that give exclusive benefits to the Ether Cards Platform (ECP) and across the wider ecosystem. This includes Dust collection, gamified bonuses, free NFTs, early access and exclusive discounts to partner NFT Drops, fee discounts and waivers, and access to a vibrant community.

About Ether Cards

Ether Cards is an NFT gamification and monetization platform that connects real-world utility with the digital space. This platform allows talent, celebrities, and projects to connect with their communities in engaging and unique methods, while simultaneously unlocking new monetization channels.

The team behind Ether Cards consists of industry veterans and experts throughout the blockchain sector. With more than 50 years of combined experience behind them, they have supported and worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the Ethereum Foundation, Chainlink, Brave and their technology was used to launch LaMelo Ball, Mike Tyson, Steve Aoki dynamic NFTs.

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Hallmark Cards, Inc. Adds Janet Rollé to its Board of Directors

Hallmark Cards, Inc. has announced Janet Rollé as a new member of its board of directors. Rollé is an experienced media executive who has held leadership roles at companies that include CNN, BET, MTV Networks and HBO. Rollé is currently the general manager of Parkwood Entertainment.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Janet’s talent and depth of experience join our board,” Hallmark’s Executive Chairman Don Hall, Jr. said. “Having led marketing, programming, business development and consumer experience for some of the world’s largest and most influential entertainment and media companies, we’re excited about the expertise Janet will bring as we continue to create synergies across Hallmark Cards, Crown Media and Crayola.”

“I’m honored to be named to the board of directors at Hallmark,” Rollé said. “It’s a family of cherished brands that touches our lives in so many ways. The human and emotional connection that these brands nurture is more important now than ever before.”

Rollé earned a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and an MBA from Columbia University. She serves on boards of directors for BuzzFeed and Carver Bancorp and has served on the nominating committee of the U.S. Tennis Association.

Rollé joins Hallmark Cards Inc.’s current board members Nancye Green, founding partner, Donovan/Green; David Dillon, retired CEO of the Kroger Company; Mike Perry, Hallmark CEO; David Hall, Hallmark executive vice-chairman of the board; and Don Hall, Jr., Hallmark executive chairman of the board.


About Hallmark

For more than 100 years, family-owned Hallmark Cards, Inc. has been dedicated to creating a more emotionally connected world. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri and employing 27,000 worldwide, the approximately $3.5 billion company operates a diversified portfolio of businesses. The Hallmark Global business sells greeting cards, gift wrap and related products in more than 30 languages with distribution in nearly 100 countries and 100,000 rooftops worldwide, including a network of company-owned and independently-owned Hallmark Gold Crown stores in five countries. Crayola® offers a wide range of art materials and creative play toys designed to spark children’s creativity around the globe. Crown Media Family Networks operates three cable channels – Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama – in addition to Hallmark Publishing, a leading publisher of uplifting eBooks, audiobooks, and print editions, and Hallmark Movies Now, a subscription-based streaming service. Crown Center is a real estate development company that manages the 85-acre hotel, office, entertainment and residential campus surrounding Hallmark’s headquarters. For more information, visit

Universal Gift Cards What to Know and How To Use Them

Melbourne, Australia, 26 July 2021, ZEXPRWIRE, A universal gift card is a type of prepaid card that can be used just about anywhere. It doesn’t matter what store you want to use it at, or if it’s a restaurant.

If you’re not sure what to get for someone on your list this year, consider a universal gift card. These cards are widely available and can be used at many different stores, restaurants, and online retailers.

It’s the perfect present when you have no idea what to get them but want to make sure they’ll enjoy whatever it ends up being.

What are the benefits of using a universal gift card?

One thing that people find to be very convenient about this type of prepaid gift card is that you don’t have to worry about what store it’s from or if they take cards at all. You can use the money on the card to purchase items from any of the retailers in that program, which is very convenient.

Other benefits of a universal gift card include:

  • You don’t have to worry about whether they want it or not, because you’re giving them money.
  • You don’t have to worry about giving someone the wrong size, style, or color.
  • It’s a good option for people who are hard to shop for because you know they’ll be able to find something they want.
  • You can use it online and in stores
  • Some of them have no fees, or at least very low ones.

Who can use universal gift cards?

Anyone can use a universal gift card. There’s no need to worry about age, gender, occupation, or anything else in that regard. It’s there for anyone who needs it and wants it.

It is not just available at certain stores either – you can find them everywhere, from supermarkets to electronics retailers like Best Buy and Target.

How do you get a universal gift card?

There are three main ways to purchase these types of prepaid cards: online, in-person from retailers like Walmart and Target, or by phone.

  • You can find them at many different retail stores – all the way down to supermarkets.
  • You can order them online and have them delivered to the address you specify.
  • You could even get one by phone – just call a customer service line and ask for one. They will send an agent out with your card if you’re not in that store’s area, or they might mail it to you instead.

Where to use them?

This type of card is widely accepted – not just at certain stores. They are available in many different types, brands, and styles, so make sure you’re getting the right one for your needs.

Companies that offer these cards include Visa®, American Express®, MasterCard® Discover™, Diner’s Club International LLC®, JCB Card Company Limited®, UnionPay®, etc.

This will allow you to use them just about anywhere – no matter what store, restaurant, or online retailer you’re going to visit this holiday season!


The best present you can give this holiday season is a universal gift card. It’s perfect for people who are hard to shop for because they allow recipients to use their money on anything, from clothes and electronics to food and groceries.

A universal gift card also makes it easier for the recipient – there’s no need to worry about what store or type of clothing they want. They’re available in many different brands, styles, stores, restaurants, online retailers – even supermarkets!

Hop on the bandwagon and purchase a universal gift card for your loved ones this year. You’ll be happy you did!