Spotify Co.Lab events will teach musicians about the industry
First direct-licensing deals, then a direct-uploads tool in testing. Now there’s another way Spotify is working with artists directly, although this is focused more on education. The company has launched a new series of...
September 28, 2018
YouTube reaches new milestone: 1.9bn logged-in monthly users
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has revealed a new milestone for the service: 1.9 billion logged-in users a month, up from 1.5 billion in June 2017. Wojcicki published the figure in a blog post giving YouTube channel-owners...
July 23, 2018
Tonara 360 takes a new spin on music-education subscriptions
Tonara is one of the companies trying to shake up the way people learn to play music, with an app that promises to make learning piano, violin, clarinet and other instruments fun. It already offers a $9.99-a-month subscription...
July 3, 2018
Google and OK Go launch ‘sandbox’ for use in classrooms
US band OK Go’s latest brand partnership is with Google, and it has an educational focus. The pair have launched something called the OK Go Sandbox, which they describe as “a collection of materials created for and...
March 19, 2018
Jazz legend Scott Henderson talks taking guitar lessons online
Guitarist Scott Henderson's career has seen him mixing jazz, blues, funk and rock in his solo work, as co-leader of fusion band Tribal Tech, as well as playing with artists like Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea. He's also got...
January 2, 2018
Startup Kurv touts the ‘world’s first wearable guitar’
London-based startup Kurv is working on what it claims is “the world’s first wearable guitar”. To which the logical response is ‘hang on, aren’t all guitars wearable?’ Well, all bar slide-guitars anyway. But...
November 23, 2017
Skoogmusic talks hardware, education and accessible music-making
“I think music has a really important role for us socially, and for our emotional health. In the same way we learn to cook from scratch, we should be learning to make music, and not eating so many ‘ready meals’ in how...
September 28, 2017
Chorus guitar-learning app includes chords and lyrics
Music Ally has been writing about a number of music-learning apps and startups recently. Chorus is a brand new one that appears to be launching soon. Pitched as ‘Musixmatch with guitar chords’ it’s a smartphone app...
September 5, 2017
Skoove talks music education, apps and publishing partners
“If you look at the available data from a lot of very good surveys, around 60% of people in first-world countries would like to learn a musical instrument. Six-zero! But only a small fraction make that dream a reality…” Dr...
August 30, 2017
Mind Music Labs wants to make every instrument ‘smart’
“What we’re working on is not just the performance. What we believe is that the next revolution is to have every instrument smart and connected…” Michele Benincaso is the CEO of Mind Music Labs, the Sweden-based...
August 30, 2017
Tomplay reaches 50k musicians with interactive sheet music
Sheet music is perhaps the oldest element of the modern music ‘industry’ as we know it, but it’s no surprise to find a number of startups exploring how it can evolve in the digital world. Swiss firm Tomplay is one...
August 17, 2017