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Techstars Music seeking second cohort of music startups


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The Techstars Music accelerator is on the hunt for its second cohort of music/tech startups, with applications closing on 15 October.

The final decision on who makes it onto the program is set to be made by mid-December. The first cohort of startups earlier this year have gone on to raise more than $15m of funding, according to program boss Bob Moczydlowsky.

The next program will start in Los Angeles on 5 February 2018, with Techstars casting its net wide. “We’ve already been to Mexico, Japan, Australia, Canada, Boston, Denver, looking for the world’s best technical and business talent… with 10 countries and dozens of cities still to go,” wrote Moczydlowsky.

He also hinted that there may be more member companies joining Warner Music, Sony Music, Harmonix, Q Prime, Bill Silva Entertainment, Silva Artist Management and Era of the Engineer as backers for the accelerator.

Sonos, which was a member for the first program, appears to have dropped off the list for the 2018 incarnation of Techstars Music. We wouldn’t be surprised to see an Amazon, Google or Apple involved in their stead.

Music Ally has interviewed several of the startups that took part in the first program of Techstars Music: check the links below for our coverage:

Playing next door to Alice: Popgun reveals its music AI

Pacemaker wants to create a platform for legal DJ mixes

Amper Music: ‘In the year 2117, AI-generated music will be old hat’

Blockchain startup Jaak unveils MΞTA and plans pilots

Weav gets labels on board for adaptive-music experiments

Robin wants to be music fans’ personal concert concierge

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