Social app Triller turns on money-making features for users
We’ve written about smartphone app Triller before: first when it launched in 2015 as an app to help people create their own music videos for tracks, and again in June this year when it signed a licensing deal with Universal...
July 13, 2018
Amanda Palmer has raised nearly $1.6m so far on Patreon
A story about Amanda Palmer crowdfunding leading the Music Ally Bulletin? Today’s email is brought to you by 2012… But no: Palmer continues to be one of the most successful crowdfunders in the music world, but nowadays...
July 12, 2018
YouTube expands money-making features with Channel Memberships
YouTube’s latest announcement is about its full community of creators, rather than just musicians. It’s one to take notice of though: especially for anyone working with independent, emerging artists who are building...
June 22, 2018
Roxanne de Bastion: ‘What I learned crowdfunding from my own website’
“You'd be surprised by who's willing to support your music." These were the words of my singer songwriter friend E.W. Harris back in 2010 (insert a thick US Southern drawl for a more accurate quote). He had just...
March 6, 2018
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
She Makes War: Laura Kidd on the experience of crowdfunding an album
UK-based musician Laura Kidd writes, produces and records music as She Makes War, with three albums under her belt so far. She's crowdfunding her fourth using PledgeMusic: here's her take on the experience as an artist. "In...
January 31, 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
Patreon set to process $150m of payouts in 2017
Crowdfunding platform Patreon has been talking about its growth for a profile on The Verge, with some new stats to digest. “Half its patrons and creators joined in the past year, and it’s set to process $150 million...
August 4, 2017