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Big Neon blockchain-ticketing startup prepares for launch

In April this year, Music Ally stumbled upon an intriguing music startup called Big Neon, through its profile on an investment website. The profile explained that Big Neon's co-founders included Dan Teree, former CEO of...
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Pirate Studios raises $20m to expand self-service studios network

British startup Pirate Studios has raised a $20m funding round, which it will use to continue expanding its network of self-service rehearsal, DJ and production studios. That network currently numbers 350 studios across the...
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AI-music startup Popgun evolves: ‘We’re gonna make hit pop songs…’

In June 2017, Music Ally interviewed Stephen Phillips of Australian startup Popgun about his company's development of an artificial intelligence (AI) called 'Alice' that was capable of playing piano with humans. Alice...
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Fanbase launches as blockchain-powered music fan-rewards platform

The latest blockchain startup hoping to make an impact in the music industry is Fanbase, which is launching a platform to help artists mint their own tokens, which fans will be able to buy to access exclusive content, VIP...
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NumberEight raises funding for AI tech that could help music-streaming services

Artificial-intelligence startup NumberEight has raised a funding round after completing three trials of its technology with music-streaming companies. The London-based company raised the undisclosed amount from investors...
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Free music app Trebel is adding 300k new users a month

Startup Trebel Music has flown below our radar until now, having originally launched in beta in 2016, before its commercial launch in the US and Mexico last month. The app lets people download an array of popular songs and...
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MusicLife raises $5m for blockchain-based ‘music exchange’

We may be over the first rush of ‘initial coin offerings’ (ICOs) given the growing number of blockchain startups announcing funding from more traditional sources. Singapore-based MusicLife is the latest example around...
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Humbolt launches ‘ethical’ indie-focused streaming app

The latest startup hoping to provide independent artists and labels with a streaming home is called Humbolt. Based in New York, it has launched a mobile app, following a beta period that kicked off earlier this year.
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MusiciLuv brings AR and social features to music education

Is the musical potential of augmented reality (AR) just about comedy lenses and photo-filters on Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram? We’re intrigued by the potential of a new startup called MusiciLuv, which is looking to...
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People is ‘not The National and Bon Iver’s streaming platform’

People isn’t just a digital service: it’s as much about a two-day gathering of musicians in Berlin, organised by a collective including members of The National and Bon Iver. But it does also now have a digital element. “We...
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Blockchain music-streaming startup Audius raises $5.5m

“SoundCloud on the blockchain?” was the TechCrunch headline last night that made us spit out our tea in surprise. But this isn’t the actual SoundCloud, but rather a new startup called Audius whose business model...
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Startup Thenexus to launch ‘blockchain-ready’ distributor Muso

A blockchain-ready music distributor? But of course: it’s 2018 after all. The platform in question will be called Muso when it launches by early 2019, and it’s the work of a startup based in Malaysia called Thenexus. “Low...