Slip·Stream is latest startup licensing music to creators


There has been a flurry of startups in recent years licensing music to YouTubers and other creators, including Lickd, Uppbeat and Thematic. Not to mention production music firms (Epidemic Sound, most famously) and labels like Monstercat and No Copyright Sounds (now NCS) who have developed licensing models for these uses.

Now there’s another company for the list: Slip·Stream. It’s in the same ballpark as the first three startups above, promising “Music for your content. No takedowns. Creator safe.” Launched with a catalogue of more than 50k tracks, it’s using a subscription model of $12.99 a month or $95.99 a year, targeting video creators, livestreamers and podcasters.

Slip·Stream has also been busy on the corporate side. It raised a $3.25m funding round this month, led by Third Prime with LightShed Ventures, Operator Partners, and Dash Fund also chipping in. It has also acquired an independent label, Commission Music, and is rebranding it as Slip·Stream Records to release music commercially, as well as to creators.

Written by: Stuart Dredge