Sandbox Issue 261: The return of the fanclub? Crowdfunding in 2020
Lead: Crowdfunding in 2020 – Crowdfunding is not a new idea – but following the nosedive of recorded music sales in the early noughts, crowdfunding became a tantalising concept: fanbases could be leveraged into...
September 30, 2020
Music app Endlesss hits Kickstarter target for desktop app
We’ve reported regularly on British music-making app startup Endlesss: from our interview with its CEO last year to its recent launches of an iOS app and its own record label. Now Endlesss is turning to crowdfunding...
June 4, 2020
Today’s positive coronavirus-related industry news (24 April)
Start today with the announcement that Beyoncé’s BeyGood foundation is donating $6m to various community-based organisations, UCLA and the National Alliance in Mental Illness. “Communities of color are suffering...
April 24, 2020
Crowdfunding is still effective – and it’s still not begging (guest column)
This article is an excerpt from Ari Herstand's second edition of How to Make It in the New Music Business: In 2009, I was co-managing one of my favorite Minneapolis bands with my girlfriend. I was actively touring, playing...
November 8, 2019
Liz Longley smashes Kickstarter total to buy album back from label
When crowdfunding platform Kickstarter first started making waves in the music industry in the early 2010s, the pitch from artists was often ‘help me to make my new album independently’. In 2019, in the case of...
October 23, 2019
Roli launches Kickstarter for Lumi educational instrument
British startup Roli has launched a series of inventive musical instruments. Its latest has been unveiled with a Kickstarter pre-orders campaign. The instrument is called Lumi, which is pitched as “the illuminated keyboard,...
June 19, 2019
Kickstarter’s Drip follow-up has been canned before launch
Crowdfunding platform Drip began life as a project out of independent label Ghostly International: a way for indie labels and artists to raise money from fans through ongoing subscriptions. In early 2016 its founders announced plans...
June 17, 2019
Music Memory Box aims to help people with dementia
This isn’t really an industry story, it just seems like a marvellous project that we wanted to flag up. Music Memory Box is, according to its Kickstarter listing, “a simple kit that you can fill together with meaningful...
March 6, 2019
Vocal-AI startup Vochlea Music prepares for Kickstarter campaign
British startup Vochlea Music is raising a seed funding round of £250k ahead of launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its first product. The company has created an artificial intelligence audio engine which...
February 1, 2018
Kickstarter relaunches Drip for Patreon-style creator subscriptions
Kickstarter is relaunching Drip, the platform for artist and label subscriptions that it bought in 2016, shortly after its previous owners warned they were having to shut it down. “Today we launch a new Drip for artists...
November 15, 2017
Former 7digital boss launches Yoto smart-speaker for kids
Smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo and Google Home are a sensitive subject when it comes to children. While both those companies are encouraging developers to create child-friendly ‘skills’, there are concerns around...
November 2, 2017
Kickstarter’s Molly Neuman talks artists, crowdfunding and confidence
Molly Neuman has been head of music at Kickstarter for two years. She used her presentation at the BIME Pro conference in Bilbao to explain how her original career in music as a member of Riot Grrrl band Bratmobile informs...
October 27, 2017