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Imogen Heap is taking Mycelia on tour… with Creative Passports

We’ve seen a few music-industry conference venues in our time, but never a giant tipi until today. Built in the grounds of musician Imogen Heap’s home in Havering-atte-Bower, it was the location for Heap to talk about the next steps for her Mycelia project.

She was unveiling Mycelia’s proposal for a ‘Creative Passport’, which is pitched as a digital identity standard for musicians. It’ll include verified profile information, IDs, acknowledgements and details of works, business partners and payment mechanisms.

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Mycelia talks blockchain music: ‘Artists want to understand…’

The first time Music Ally heard about Mycelia was in July 2015, when musician Imogen Heap talked to Forbes about her hopes for “a fair, true, bright and shining home for music” supported by blockchain music technology and cryptocurrencies.

That year, Heap put her ideas into practice with the release of ‘Tiny Human’, working with startup Ujo Music to make the track and its stems available to buy with the ether cryptocurrency, while using a smart contract to automate the division of its revenues with her collaborators.

Two years on, Mycelia has evolved into a “think and do tank” which conducts research and also runs hack days and campaigns to put artists at the centre of new technological developments, rather than on their fringes.

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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 lawyer Sophie Goossens, it saw Bailer Music Publishing’s Benjamin Bailer; Sacem’s Xavier Costaz; Dot Blockchain’s Benji Rogers; Jaak’s Vaughn McKenzie; and Mycelia’s Carlotta de Ninni giving their views.

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20 music/tech startups we’ll be watching in 2016

At times in 2015, Music Ally felt like a grouch when surveying the landscape of music/tech startups – usually at the sight of the latest ‘Instagram / WhatsApp for music’ social app without an obvious demand from users (never mind a clear business model) in sight.

But as we went over our year’s coverage of new tech companies in or around the music industry, we found more reasons for optimism than we expected. There are still new, inventive startups with the potential to do great things in music.

Here are 20 of the companies we wrote about for the first time in 2015, whose fortunes we’re eager to follow in 2016.