RAC and Goldroom launch a blockchain record label
Dance artists RAC and Goldroom (aka André Anjos and Josh Legg) have launched a new label called Minerva Music. Its twist: it has put blockchain technology at the centre of its distribution strategy. The company is working...
May 2, 2019
DotBlockchain founder Benji Rogers is leaving the company
Benji Rogers was one of the earliest people in the music industry talking about the potential of blockchain technology, and he founded a company – DotBlockchain – to try to deliver some of that potential. Now he’s moving...
March 11, 2019
MyMusicTokens keeps tabs on blockchain-music startups
AudioCoin, Musicoin, Opus, Aventus, Musiconomi and more… Music Ally has written about a variety of startups exploring the crossover between blockchain technology and the music industry, with several of these companies having...
February 25, 2019
Facebook acqui-hires blockchain smart-contracts firm Chainspace
We’ve been writing about blockchain technology and ‘smart contracts’ for a while now, in the context of how they might be used to automatically divide music royalties between musicians, collaborators and team members....
February 5, 2019
Revelator’s Original Works to handle rights and daily payments
Israeli music/tech firm Revelator is launching a new spin-off called Original Works, whose ambitions include processing and paying out streaming royalties to musicians and rightsholders on a daily basis.
January 21, 2019
Sandbox Issue 219: The Tools and Trends That Will Shape 2019
Lead: A new year and a new slate. To kick off the year, we speak to marketers around the business and around the world about what tools they think will be indispensable and what trends they believe will shape 2019. From AR...
January 10, 2019
Edjo uses blockchain and AI to battle digital plagiarism
Edjo is the latest startup hoping to prove that blockchain technology can be a boon for the creative industries. It’s aimed at digital artists, photographers and musicians, with its focus squarely on the problem of plagiarism....
January 2, 2019
Superclubs tackle climate change with D41M campaign
Superclubs Ushuaïa and Hï Ibiza have teamed up for a new initiative raising awareness of climate change. It's called Dance For One Meter (#D41M for short) and last summer alone, it helped to protect 5,000 acres of rainforest. A...
January 2, 2019
Report 419: The 40 Trends of 2018
“May you live in interesting times,” runs the old Chinese curse. The music industry has certainly done that, through the last two decades of digital disruption. Typical to form, 2018 was very interesting indeed. For our...
December 20, 2018
Massive Attack test remix-rights tracking with blockchain startup Blokur
If you’ve not seen Massive Attack’s Fantom app, it’s well worth having a play with: one of the best explorations of how music can be made interactive for fans that we’ve seen. This week, the app has been relaunched...
December 7, 2018
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...
December 4, 2018
Forrester warns of potential ‘blockchain winter’ in 2019
There have been many grand claims for the potential that blockchain technology has for music, over the last couple of years, but relatively little proof that those claims are true. That’s partly because the real potential...
November 8, 2018