After 500m app downloads, Gismart kicks off external investment with Jambl
British music-apps developer Gismart has quietly become one of the bigger firms in the apps world, with more than 500m downloads of its products – which include Beat Maker Go, Piano Crush and DJ It. Now the company is...
December 10, 2019
Songwriting duo Stargate invest in social music app Voisey
In June, Music Ally reported on a new social-music app called Voisey, which we described as “Smule’s Sing! Karaoke meets TikTok”. It had just raised a funding round from investors including management firm ie music’s...
December 6, 2019
WMG-backed Artiphon launches Kickstarter for Orba instrument
Artiphon is one of the startups making new kinds of musical instrument, raising $1.3m from a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign back in 2015 to make its first device, the Instrument 1. Then, in March 2019, the company raised...
November 26, 2019
Big-data startup Audigent raises $6.7m Series A funding round
Startup Audigent has raised a $6.7m funding round for its business as a ‘first-party data platform’ for entertainment, sports and lifestyle clients. The investors include some familiar names too: Warner Music Group...
November 22, 2019
Audio-tech startup Accusonus raises $3.3m funding round
Greek startup Accusonus has raised a Series A funding round of $3.3m, which the five year-old company will use to continue developing its “human-friendly audio software”. That means tools that use machine-learning technology...
November 5, 2019
Ticketing exchange Lyte announces a $15m funding round
Here’s a new buzzphrase for the live-music industry: ‘post-primary ticketing’. What’s that? According to ticketing firm Lyte, it’s “private label ticketing services offered to fans by the most iconic sports and...
October 10, 2019
Music-for-gaming startup Five Vectors raises $1m funding round
A startup hoping to forge more links between the music and esports industries has raised a $1m seed funding round. The company is Five Vectors, and its business is focused around working with artists to create original...
October 10, 2019
Warner Music Group invests in CryptoKitties maker Dapper Labs
At the NY:LON Connect conference this January, Warner Music Group’s Jeff Bronikowski talked about WMG’s startup investments “in sectors we want to learn about… it’s more about learning about sectors and adjacent...
September 13, 2019
Alibaba reportedly buying a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music
Big moves are afoot in China’s music-streaming world, with reports that tech giant Alibaba is acquiring a 20% stake in NetEase Cloud Music, as part of a wider $2bn investment in the latter’s parent company NetEase. MBW suggests that...
September 6, 2019
Music/tech VC firm DBTH Capital raises a €35m fund
The latest company hoping to make a splash in the music/tech investment scene is DBTH Capital, whose founding partner is veteran music executive Virginie Berger. It’s got some money to make that splash too. “Happy to...
September 4, 2019
Warner Music Group talks startups, technology and investment
In Music Ally's latest analysis report, we take a look at the three major labels' strategies around music/tech startups and investment. The full report is for Music Ally subscribers only, but you can sign up for a free trial,...
September 3, 2019