Guest Column: How blockchain can help to fix the secondary ticketing market
This guest column comes from Maarten Bloemers, CEO and co-founder of GUTS: "The secondary ticketing market has recently been under scrutiny in the UK, with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) this month publishing...
December 21, 2017
PRS for Music CEO: ‘How to unlock rightsholders’ money around the world’
This guest column comes from Robert Ashcroft, CEO of PRS for Music: "The issues of data, value and protection for songwriters have never been so high on the agenda. In early 2016 I had a conversation with George Howard...
December 18, 2017
Artists, blockchain and experimentation: ‘We’re at the very start of what’s possible’
Imogen Heap’s Mycelia event in London today wasn’t just about announcing a world tour and Creative Passport initiative for artists. There was also a panel of ‘reflective bytes from absorbent minds’ about some of the...
December 8, 2017
Imogen Heap is taking Mycelia on tour… with Creative Passports
We’ve seen a few music-industry conference venues in our time, but never a giant tipi until today. Built in the grounds of musician Imogen Heap’s home in Havering-atte-Bower, it was the location for Heap to talk about...
December 8, 2017
Blockchain music: rights, artists and ‘the big spreadsheet in the sky’ (#SlushMusic)
Jaak is one of the startups exploring the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry. The company is working on a number of pilot schemes, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie has been a regular speaker on blockchain...
November 29, 2017
Valyou X wants to create a blockchain-based stock market for music
The idea of fans investing in music rights is enjoying a flurry of attention in 2017, and blockchain startups are all the rage. It was only a matter of time before startups started putting the two concepts together. One...
November 23, 2017
From ICOs to ISOs: what is an Initial Song Offering?
The chance to own a portion of the rights to a Drake song? Make it ‘Hotline Bling’ and we’re in! Make it ‘Jodeci Freestyle’, a 2013 collaboration with J Cole chucked out for free in the promotional run-up to...
November 17, 2017
Salute Music Makers contest gives cryptocurrency to entrants
Salute Music Makers is the latest attempt to adapt the idea of a musical talent contest to the digital world. Announced in March, it has attracted more than 2,000 entrants so far, with six chosen as finalists this past weekend. Now...
November 3, 2017
Q&A: Blockpool’s Kevin Bacon talks Björk, blockchain and cryptocurrency
Earlier today, Björk announced more details about her upcoming album 'Utopia', including plans to reward fans who pre-order the album with free AudioCoins cryptocurrency, through a partnership with British blockchain startup...
November 2, 2017
Björk hits the blockchain with cryptocurrency fan rewards
Fans will be able to buy Björk's new album 'Utopia' using cryptocurrencies, and pre-ordering it directly from the star or her label will earn them crypto rewards too. The musician has teamed up with British blockchain...
November 2, 2017
Blockchain startup Guts Tickets raises $2.5m (so far) from ICO
Dutch startup Guts Tickets is one of the companies exploring blockchain technology’s potential for the music industry – but in its case, the focus is on selling tickets rather than recorded music. The company has just...
October 31, 2017
YouNow’s Rize app giving cryptocurrency to influencers
We wrote in September about the upcoming launch of live-video app Rize: it’s the work of popular app YouNow, and will blend livestreaming with blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. In fact, Rize will have its own...
October 9, 2017