Earlier this year, we launched Music Ally SI:X, our new global showcase, contest and mentorship support program for music/tech startups.

Today, we’re announcing the 36 finalists. Spread across six categories, the list of finalists is below.

What happens next? We’re delighted to have six sponsors on board for Music Ally SI:X, and they’ll be playing a crucial role.

Amazon Music, FUGA, PRS for Music, The Raine Group, Reed Smith and Universal Music Group will be selecting a winner in each of the categories, who’ll get a mentoring program from those sponsors and Music Ally; other business and educational resources; and presenting spots at the NY:LON Connect conference in London in January.

We think the Music Ally SI:X finalists are an excellent snapshot of the startups innovating in and around music in 2022.

The list is below, and you can also browse the finalists from our website landing page here. Tomorrow, subscribers to Music Ally’s premium service will be receiving our latest quarterly report, which includes longer profiles of each finalist.

Music Creation & Hardware

Arpeggi Labs – Music-making and remixing meets web3 technology
Audioshake – Stem separation technology to find new income streams
Beatoven – A creative AI from India making production music
DAACI – AI music including dynamic scores and game soundtracks
PatchXR – Playful interactive music in the metaverse
Starmony – Finding a new generation of artists starts with their voice

Marketing, Promotion & D2C

BaseNote – Helping fans to invest in artists… without a blockchain in sight
Fanbace – Democratising merch for artists wherever they are in the world
Hawkr – Eco-friendly print-on-demand merchandise for artists and fans
SonX – Web3 tools for community building, and rewards for the fans who sign up
Un:hurd – A ‘one-stop music marketing shop’ driven by artists’ data
Viktrs – Interactive music videos that want to bring fans closer to artists

Data, Analytics & Tools

Audiowolf – Supercharging sync strategies by measuring music in advertising
Curve – A royalty system done right for the modern music industry
Cyanite – AI-powered music analysis and recommendations for catalogues
Infinite Catalog – Tracking royalties of all kinds, and charging a dynamic price for it
Levellr – Helping artists to manage messaging communities in existing apps
Tjoon – Artist tools and education for Africa’s growing music economies

Music Education

Big Ear Games – Teaching composition skills through accessible mobile games
Biiah – Helping people of all abilities to refind their singing voices
Freedrum – A drumming education startup… without the physical drums!
NAL Media – A new take on mentorship matching for the creative industries
Ocean – Web-based music making for all levels of artists (and students)
Virtuoso – Masterclass-style video courses from artists and producers

Live, Experiential & Gaming

Beatstream – Livestreamed concerts, but focused on audio rather than video
Music League – Gamifying music discovery with themed song submissions
Popins – Turning artists into 3D holograms for performances in AR
Soundr – Virtual artists who can perform, play games and interact with fans
Volta XR – Cutting-edge XR visuals using just a laptop and webcam
Xone – Bringing the metaverse to mobile phones with a few web3 twists

Distribution & Consumption

AfroCharts – Bringing the music of Africa to listeners on the continent… and far beyond
DistroDirect – A white-label platform hoping to spawn thousands of music distributors
Gramrphone – Simplifying livestreaming with an all-in-one tool for artists
Music Health – Putting music to work in the treatment of dementia and other conditions
Nusic – Music as metaverse real estate, with an ambitious web3 play
OnJam – A virtual venue for live and pre-recorded concerts – and fan engagement

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