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Tips for music/tech startups from accelerators and incubators

Startup accelerators and incubators are a familiar part of the technology industry, working with emerging startups to help them build their products and services, and refine their pitches to investors and customers/users alike.

One of the positive trends in recent years has been the emergence of dedicated music-tech accelerators and incubators, backed by labels and other music companies, keen to support innovative new startups.

In the US, the well-regarded Techstars network has been running a music accelerator since 2017, but the UK has its own equivalents too: Abbey Road Red, launched in 2015 by London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, and Marathon Artists Labs, set up in 2016 by independent label Marathon Artists.

In this video, Abbey Road managing director Isabel Garvey and Marathon Artists chairman Paul-René Albertini explain how their programmes work; why they think it’s important for the music industry to have open arms to tech innovators; and offer some advice to startups wanting to work with the industry.

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Abbey Road Red incubator adds two more startups… and a new boss

Abbey Road Studios in London has announced that HumTap and Lickd will be the next two companies to join its Abbey Road Red startup incubator, under the wing of a new boss for the program.

Karim Fanous, formerly head of research and insight at Music Ally (that’s us!) is taking over from Jon Eades, who has been in charge of Abbey Road Red since its launch in 2015.

“Karim is a classically-trained musician and brings a really broad skillset to Abbey Road Red. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he can do with Red going into the future,” said Isabel Garvey, managing director at Abbey Road Studios.

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Abbey Road Red: ‘AI will just fold in to our daily lives’

As manager of Abbey Road Studios’ incubator Abbey Road Red, it’s Jon Eades’ job to bring tech startups into the famous studio complex and help them build partnerships with musicians, producers and engineers, and the wider music industry.

Alumni include startups working on instruments (Roli); educational technology (Uberchord); 3D hardware and audio (Ossic and Titan Reality); online mastering (CloudBounce); film-scoring (Scored); vinyl crowdfunding (Qrates); and online studio bookings (The Audio Hunt).

The latest program is focusing on artificial intelligence with two British startups, AI Music (who we profiled recently) and Vochlea. Eades talked to Music Ally about why AI is interesting for a company like Abbey Road; how he sees this technology developing in the future; and some of the controversies around the area.