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Cameo raises $50m for its celebrity-shoutouts app

Startup Cameo has an app that lets people pay between $5 and $3k to get personalised video messages from celebrities, including Snoop Dogg – also an investor in the company. Now Cameo has raised a $50m funding round to...
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Sofar Sounds raises ‘mind-blowing’ $25m funding round

Live-music startup Sofar Sounds has announced a funding round of $25m, led by VC firms Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures. “It’s absolutely mind-blowing, and I’m excited for the opportunity this creates for...
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Amplify will be the next platform for fans to invest in artists

There are already a number of companies making it possible for fans and high-wealth individuals to invest in musicians, from the familiar crowdfunding platforms like Patreon to the likes of Royalty Exchange. The latest startup...
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Will Smith chips in to $46m funding for esports firm Gen.G

The latest esports startup tapping celebrities for investment is Gen.G, a company best known (to outsiders anyway) for its ownership of the Seoul Dynasty franchise – a team that plays in the official esports league for...
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Music ed-tech startup Skoove raises €3m funding round

Skoove is one of the more interesting music-education startups that Music Ally has covered in recent years: the Berlin-based company has an app billed as “the easiest way to learn piano”. Now it has announced a new funding...
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Boomplay raises $20m in new funding

It has been a busy few weeks for Boomplay, the digital music service that is building across multiple markets in Africa. Last month, it signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group covering a catalogue of 1m songs for...
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Songtradr raises $12m funding round for global expansion

Music-licensing firm Songtradr has announced its latest funding round: a $12m Series B round led by Australian entrepreneur Richard White. It takes Songtradr to $21.5m of total funding so far, following its $4m round in January...
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Music-making firm Splice raises a $57.5m funding round

Splice is one of the most popular online tools for creating music – and accessing samples – with more than 2.5 million users according to its latest figures. That growth, having added a million in the last year, is exciting...
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Fan-messaging startup I Am Pop raises €2m in funding

I Am Pop is one of the startups trying to help musicians and music brands make better use of messaging apps in their marketing. It’s already working with artists signed to labels including Sony Music, Warner Music, AWAL...
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Kobalt tipped for big funding round – possibly more than $100m

Kobalt is already one of the most well-funded companies in the music-rights space, having raised £205m so far including $60m in 2015 and $89m in 2017. And that doesn’t include the separate Kobalt Capital managed fund,...
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Podcasting startup Himalaya Media raises $100m funding round

It’s the week for big podcasting news. Spotify has made waves with its acquisitions of Gimlet Media and Anchor, but other podcasting firms are also capitalising on current interest in the medium. US startup Himalaya...
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Calm raises $88m: should meditation be on Spotify’s audio radar?

Spotify said yesterday that podcasts are just the ‘start’ of its ambitions to focus on all forms of audio. What next? We’d suggest that meditation / mindfulness will be high on the company’s radar...