Blockchain-music startup Vezt reveals advisory board
Vezt is one of the blockchain-music startups that Music Ally is keeping tabs on in 2018. Its pitch to fans is ‘share ownership in your favourite songs’, with artists able to sell portions of their rights to fans and...
April 19, 2018
VR concerts startup Ceek to use blockchain smart contracts
Ceek is one of the startups looking for a business model in broadcasting music concerts in virtual-reality. Now it’s adding a splash of blockchain technology into its mix, and yes, inevitably this involves a token sale. “Ceek...
April 16, 2018
Blockchain startup Soundpruf to pay artists AND fans for Spotify streams using cryptocurrency
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music. “Soundpruf will offer a web/mobile...
April 13, 2018
Former Armonia CEO Virginie Berger joins VC fund LeanSquare
Virginie Berger has joined Belgian venture-capital fund LeanSquare as a venture partner, moving from pan-European licensing platform Armonia, where she served as CEO for the past two years. As well as being founder of...
April 11, 2018
SEC files charges over ICO that was promoted by DJ Khaled
This may seem obvious in the light of some recent news stories, but prominent artists really do need to be careful when endorsing brand-new blockchain startups running ICOs. The latest example is a company called Centra,...
April 4, 2018
Ticketfly co-founder teams up with Monero lead on blockchain-ticketing startup Big Neon
One of the co-founders of ticketing firm Ticketfly, Dan Teree, is now working on a blockchain-based ticketing startup called Big Neon. Teree left Ticketfly in September 2013, and his LinkedIn profile lists him as co-founder...
April 3, 2018
Blockchain music startup Opus is ‘ready to conquer’ in May
Music Ally is in the process of compiling a list of current blockchain-music startups, and at the time of writing we’re up to 31. One of them is Opus, which has been developing an “open-source decentralised music-sharing...
March 28, 2018
Google publishes latest report on how it tackles ‘bad ads’
Among the areas of historical tension between music rightsholders and Google has been the use of its advertising network on piracy sites. Although in this case, Google has been pretty responsive, regularly providing updates...
March 14, 2018
How can blockchain make a real impact on music?
Today's by:Larm conference in Oslo included a panel on blockchain technology and the music industry. No wait, stop! Don't click away! Come back! In fact, there have been so many blockchain panels at music-industry conferences...
March 1, 2018
Check out the Music Ally digital sessions at by:Larm 2018
The by:Larm festival and conference is always a highlight of the year for Music Ally, and we're delighted to be heading back to Oslo this week for the 2018 event. We're also running five panel sessions and a couple of...
February 27, 2018
Report claims 46% of ICOs from 2017 are already defunct
Fears that the mania for blockchain startups and initial coin offerings (ICOs) are a bubble will hardly be assuaged by a new report published by news site Bitcoin.com. “Tokendata, one of the more comprehensive ICO trackers,...
February 26, 2018
Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get ‘bored with blockchain’
There is, to put it mildly, a lot of hype and misinformation around the world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including their potential for the music industry. Music Ally...
February 15, 2018