Join Upstream’s Featured Panel with Joel Madden, Beatclub, and BRON Studios at Benzinga’s NFT Listmakers Event

By Anastasia Samaras

Benzinga’s NFT Listmakers Event

Upstream is excited to be hosting the featured panel at Benzinga’s NFT Listmakers virtual event taking place on February 23, 2022, at 10:20 EST. This year’s panel will revolve around music and film using NFTs to drive the future of fan engagement.

Attendees can watch the entire NFT Listmaker’s event on Benzinga’s YouTube channel broadcast from 9:00–11:00 am EST with our featured panel beginning at 10:20 am.

Join panelists Joel Madden, Singer from Good Charlotte and Founder of Veeps; Gary Marella, CEO, and Co-Founder of Beatclub; Aaron Gilbert, Chairman, and CEO of BRON Media Corp on discussing Digital Merchandise NFTs for fan engagement and more. The conversation will be moderated by Mark Elenowitz, Co-Founder of Upstream and Horizon.

The Benzinga Listmakers Series brings together thought leaders to discuss key insights surrounding the latest trends in the fintech community. There will be a discussion about market insights from industry insiders, an overview of what’s new in 2022, and what’s to come in the NFT industry. This year’s panelists have made a big difference in the industry by introducing new NFTs to the market or making these investments more attainable to the average investor.

This event brings together major NFT contributors including top NFT exchanges such as, Dapper Labs, OpenSea; top NFT promoters Gary Vee/VaynerNFT, Hunter Orrell, and Ja Rule; and top NFT projects including Axie Infinity, Timbaland’s Beatclub platform, CryptoPunks, etc. Upstream’s thought leadership panel will explore how the music and film industries are using NFTs to drive fan engagement and what it means for Web 3.0.

An Important Discussion

Non-fungible tokens “NFTs” quickly became a household acronym with interesting developments happening across a plethora of industries.

The curiosity surrounding NFTs has uniquely broken out of the crypto bubble we find digital currencies, DeFi, and other blockchain innovations stuck in.

NFTs, bring with them a sense of familiarity and community, which, combined with the emerging trend of creators and end-users taking back ownership in the digital world, has created a fast-moving company wave of adoption.

NFTs continue to make headlines selling for thousands or millions in 2021 alone. The total trading volume across 14 NFT marketplaces, including OpenSea, Rarible, Axie Infinity, SuperRare, NBA Topshot, rose from $85.7 million in 2020 to $19.6 billion in 2021.¹

We’re seeing NFTs that look like digital trading cards, memes, videos, NFTs that act as social status symbols on social media platforms, tickets or unlock membership, even NFTs that give back to charity.

An amazing example of this is Women Rise. A 10,000 arbitrarily produced collection by the universally acclaimed visual craftsman Maliha Abidi. The objective of the collection is to make the NFT space more diverse and comprehensive by establishing more women characters as well as proceeds going to funds whose priorities are gender equality, girls’ schooling, and the emotional well-being of marginalized groups.

These days fundamentally anything can be transformed into and sold as an NFT. We’re just at the beginning of digital merchandise and NFTs reaching our everyday lives. Integrating NFTs with music and film represents a revolutionary next step to empower creators and bring more immersive fan engagement experiences to fans. In this exclusive panel, we’ll explore this new frontier with those at the forefront of this digital revolution.

Benzinga NFT Airdrop powered by Upstream

Upstream will also be powering the NFT Airdrop taking place during the virtual event, releasing 50 free Benzinga NFTs valued at $2500 which are redeemable for a VIP Pass at the Benzinga Trading Festival June 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Interested participants can get prepared by downloading Upstream and creating an account ahead of the event. The code to claim an NFT will be revealed on Benzinga’s YouTube channel broadcast and on Upstream’s Discord server: at 11:00 am EST.

Upstream showcases how NFTs are becoming more streamlined and accessible to the masses with no third-party integrations, no gas fees charged to users, and next gen. investor protections. Interested parties can reach us at

How to Participate


Simply download Upstream and create an account. Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market, is a regulated exchange. Upstream requires your photo ID and other details to stay compliant and keep our trading community safe and secure. It also means that you get insurance on your cash account for up to $250,000. Upstream ensures all your personally identifiable information is secure and in accordance with the most stringent global data protection rules.


The code to claim an NFT will be revealed on Benzinga’s Youtube channel broadcast and on Upstream’s Discord Server. Once you have the Claim Code, open the Upstream app, tap Investor, then NFT, then NFT Claim. Here you will enter the code to claim your NFT while the Airdrop is open.


Attendees will receive a push notification and the NFT will be added directly to your portfolio on Upstream to collect or trade with other fans.

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About Upstream

Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market, is a fully regulated global stock exchange for digital securities. Powered by Horizon’s proprietary matching engine technology, the exchange enables investors to trade shares in IPOs, NFTs, U.S., and international dual-listed equities, and celebrity ventures directly from the app Interested issuers can reach the team at

About Horizon

Horizon is a fintech company that builds and powers global securities exchanges with an integrated suite of software for compliant issuance, management, and secondary trading of securities. Their in-house solutions combine Wall Street and Silicon Valley to power the next generation of securities offerings and trading in the U.S. and globally. Learn more at


Upstream is a MERJ Exchange market. MERJ Exchange is a licensed Securities Exchange, an affiliate of the World Federation of Exchanges and full member of ANNA. MERJ supports global issuers of traditional and digital securities through the entire asset life cycle from issuance to trading, clearing, settlement and registry. It operates a fair and transparent marketplace in line with international best practice and principles of operations of financial markets. Upstream does not endorse or recommend any public or private securities bought or sold on its app. Upstream does not offer investment advice or recommendations of any kind. All brokerage services offered by Upstream are intended for self-directed clients who make their own investment decisions without aid or assistance from Upstream. All customers are subject to the rules and regulations of their jurisdiction. By accessing the site or app, you agreed to be bound by its terms of use and privacy policy. Company and security listings on Upstream are only suitable for investors who are familiar with and willing to accept the high risk associated with speculative investments, often in early and development stage companies. There can be no assurance the valuation of any particular company’s securities is accurate or in agreement with the market or industry comparative valuations. Investors must be able to afford market volatility and afford the loss of their investment. Companies listed on Upstream are subject to significant ongoing corporate obligations including, but not limited to disclosure, filings and notification requirements, as well compliance with applicable quantitative and qualitative listing standards.




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