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
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
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
Music Ally Issue 404: IFPI Data & Five Big Questions
Lead: For the most part, the IFPI’s numbers for 2016 were good news – albeit presented with the caveat that we are not out of the woods yet. But digging into the numbers, we have five big questions that need answering...
June 1, 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
Kickstarter launches The Creative Independent site
Kickstarter’s head of music Molly Neumann recently told Music Ally about the crowdfunding firm’s plans to provide more post-funding support to creators. One of those initiatives launched yesterday: The Creative Independent....
September 27, 2016
Kickstarter music plans: Drip relaunch, label partnerships and more
Kickstarter is planning to relaunch subscriptions platform Drip.fm, which it acquired to save from closure earlier this year. The relaunch, possibly later this year, will mark a philosophical shift for the crowdfunding...
September 5, 2016
Kickstarter has created almost 9,000 companies and over 300,000 jobs to date
A new study by the University of Pennsylvania claims that crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has helped get 8,800 companies off the ground and given full-time jobs to 29,600 people as well as part-time jobs to 283,000 more...
August 2, 2016
Are crowdfunding and crowdsourcing music to the ears? (#Midem)
Musicians have been using sites including Kickstarter, Patreon, PledgeMusic and Indiegogo to crowdfund their new projects for years. Meanwhile, new platforms are emerging to help tech startups tap crowds of small investors....
June 3, 2016