Patreon launches its own native video player for creators
When Patreon launched in 2013, YouTubers were a big part of its initial community of creators: Patreon was how they raised money from fans, but their content remained on YouTube.
November 4, 2022
The Sandbox Guide to… Patreon
Patreon has become a key platform for musicians of all stripes – perhaps to be expected of a company co-founded by a musician: Jack Conte, of band Pomplamoose, and who remains the company’s CEO today. Patreon has emerged...
October 5, 2022
Patreon faces backlash after layoffs of some security staff
There are concerns for artists and creators using the platform, after a row broke out following the layoff of some of its cybersecurity team.
September 12, 2022
Fan-funding startup Fanhouse raises $20m of its own
Fanhouse is a Patreon-style fan-funding service that has decent chops raising money for itself too.
May 12, 2022
ANote Music’s rights sales grew 550% to €6.5m in 2021
ANote Music is one of the companies trying to build a business out of helping artists and labels to sell music rights.
February 21, 2022
B2B music firm Bopper turns to the crowd for latest funding
Bopper, one of the startups trying to shake up the way music is licensed for ads and branded content, is raising $2m of funding to continue growing.
February 2, 2022
Kickstarter’s ‘decentralized crowdfunding’ plans get backlash
The plans are for "the development of a decentralized crowdfunding protocol that will make it possible for people to launch and fund creative projects anywhere".
December 17, 2021
Sonicly launches its music crowdfunding platform in beta
There's a new music crowdfunding platform in town: Sonicly. It has launched in invitation-only beta, co-founded by Andrew Eisele (a former executive at TargetSpot, Medialets and JW Player) and Brian Camelio, who besides...
September 16, 2021
How can memberships and tips economies work for musicians?
Once upon a time, when the music industry talked about crowdfunding it generally meant Kickstarter and other project-based platforms where artists and other people could raise money directly from their fans. There are...
May 28, 2021
Twitter adds ‘Tip Jar’ donations feature including Bandcamp
Tips economies are increasingly big business on social apps and video services of all kinds. Now Twitter is making its move. It is introducing a feature called 'Tip Jar' that will help people to donate directly to other...
May 7, 2021
Patreon and Clubhouse funding rounds come with $4bn valuations
Neither Patreon nor Clubhouse are ‘music/tech startups’ specifically, but both are highly relevant to our industry and – particularly in Patreon’s case – its artists. And it seems both companies may be rocking...
April 7, 2021
Artist Bhad Bhabie made $1m-plus from OnlyFans in six hours
Rapper Bhad Bhabie is the latest artist experimenting with fan-funding platform OnlyFans, and she's making good money already. She joined the platform last week, and posted a screenshot on her Instagram showing her takings...
April 6, 2021