Early blockchain music startup Jaak has shut down
British startup Jaak was part of the first wave of firms trying to put blockchain technology to use in the music industry. It was part of the first Techstars Music accelerator in 2017, and launched a pilot with partners...
March 24, 2021
Startups explain the lessons they learned working with the music industry
In the Music & Tech Springboard series of videos we've produced with the BPI, we've heard from collecting societies, lawyers, advisors, accelerators and incubators, and labels about their advice for music/tech startups. But...
May 27, 2020
Indie labels and tech: ‘We’re not going to start building our own blockchain…’
How can independent labels make the most of disruptive new technologies, from blockchain and AI to virtual and augmented reality? A session at the Midem conference last week explored the issue. The panel included Jason...
June 11, 2018
Jaak hails its first blockchain music-rights pilot with rightsholders
British blockchain startup Jaak has revealed details of its first music-industry pilot, with partners including Warner Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Global Music Rights and BMG. China-based consultancy Outdustry,...
May 2, 2018
How can blockchain make a real impact on music?
Today's by:Larm conference in Oslo included a panel on blockchain technology and the music industry. No wait, stop! Don't click away! Come back! In fact, there have been so many blockchain panels at music-industry conferences...
March 1, 2018
Jaak CEO warns music industry not to get ‘bored with blockchain’
There is, to put it mildly, a lot of hype and misinformation around the world of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) – including their potential for the music industry. Music Ally...
February 15, 2018
20 music/tech startups we’ll be watching in 2018
Here at Music Ally, we covered a lot of new music/tech startups for the first time in 2017. We've now chosen 20 of them that we think have the potential to make an impact in 2018 and beyond, from analytics to artificial intelligence,...
January 3, 2018
Blockchain music: rights, artists and ‘the big spreadsheet in the sky’ (#SlushMusic)
Jaak is one of the startups exploring the potential that blockchain technology has for the music industry. The company is working on a number of pilot schemes, and its CEO Vaughn McKenzie has been a regular speaker on blockchain...
November 29, 2017
Jaak announces first blockchain pilot with Viacom
British blockchain startup Jaak has plans to work with music rightsholders and collecting societies in the near future. But its first pilot is with a company outside the music industry: MTV’s parent company Viacom. Jaak...
August 8, 2017
Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships
Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
June 28, 2017
What can blockchain really do for the music industry? (#midem)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a music-industry conference in possession of a good audience must be in want of a blockchain panel. Midem had one this morning as part of its copyright summit. Moderated by...
June 8, 2017
Techstars Music accelerator names its first class of startups
The new Techstars Music accelerator has announced the 11 startups who’ll be taking part in its first program this year. Music Ally readers will spot some familiar names on the list, including DJ-app creator Pacemaker,...
February 22, 2017