Roxanne de Bastion: ‘What I learned crowdfunding from my own website’
“You'd be surprised by who's willing to support your music." These were the words of my singer songwriter friend E.W. Harris back in 2010 (insert a thick US Southern drawl for a more accurate quote). He had just...
March 6, 2018
Vocal-AI startup Vochlea Music prepares for Kickstarter campaign
British startup Vochlea Music is raising a seed funding round of £250k ahead of launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its first product. The company has created an artificial intelligence audio engine which...
February 1, 2018
She Makes War: Laura Kidd on the experience of crowdfunding an album
UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She's crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here's her take on the experience as an artist. "In...
January 31, 2018
Kickstarter relaunches Drip for Patreon-style creator subscriptions
Kickstarter is relaunching Drip, the platform for artist and label subscriptions that it bought in 2016, shortly after its previous owners warned they were having to shut it down. “Today we launch a new Drip for artists...
November 15, 2017
Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids
Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around...
November 2, 2017
Kickstarter’s Molly Neuman talks artists, crowdfunding and confidence
Molly Neuman has been head of music at Kickstarter for two years. She used her presentation at the BIME Pro conference in Bilbao to explain how her original career in music as a member of Riot Grrrl band Bratmobile informs...
October 27, 2017
First projects from Kickstarter ‘Make Vinyl’ initiative go live
When we interviewed Kickstarter head of music Molly Neuman last September, she made it clear that partnerships were high on her agenda. One of the first was with vinyl-crowdfunding startup Qrates for an initiative called...
August 9, 2017
Patreon set to process $150m of payouts in 2017
Crowdfunding platform Patreon has been talking about its growth for a profile on The Verge, with some new stats to digest. “Half its patrons and creators joined in the past year, and it’s set to process $150 million...
August 4, 2017
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler is stepping down
Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is looking for a new CEO, after its current boss Yancey Strickler revealed he is stepping down from the role. Strickler was one of Kickstarter’s three co-founders in 2009, and became...
July 28, 2017
Kickstarter backers have funded 25k music projects with $175m
Kickstarter music boss Molly Neuman revealed a new milestone for the crowdfunding service on Friday: 25k funded music projects so far. “The 22,702 independent creators behind those 25,000 projects have recorded albums,...
April 24, 2017
PledgeMusic, Wheeler Walker Jr, and glow-in-the-dark-jizz-gate
Most artists who use fan-funding platform PledgeMusic are full of praise for it. Less so country artist Wheeler Walker Jr, whose campaign for his new album ‘Ol’ Wheeler’ has been scrubbed from the site and fans refunded. PledgeMusic...
March 6, 2017
Stagelink expands to the US after extending seed-funding
Concert-crowdfunding startup Stagelink is expanding to the US, after finalising an extension of the seed funding it raised last summer. That round has now swelled to a “seven-digit total” according to the Berlin-based...
February 28, 2017