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Marathon Artists has its own startup accelerator

The latest tech accelerator comes from an interesting source: London-based independent music company Marathon Artists, which we associate more with artists like Courtney Barnett and Jagwar Ma. The company already has management...
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Will BandPage’s YouTube sale spark open tools for musicians?

Direct-to-fan firm BandPage was acquired by YouTube last week, although subsequent reports of an $8m price for a company that had raised $27.6m in funding took the shine off the news somewhat. Attention is already turning...
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Spinnin’ Records leads $500k funding for Tizr

Tizr is a recently-launched livestreaming-video service that’s a bit like a Periscope or Meerkat with an emphasis on musicians. Now it has raised a $500k funding round led by dance label Spinnin’ Records, which joins...
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Fab.fm is a Tinder-like service for making music playlists

There are umpteen ‘Tinder for X’ startups using the swipe-right-or-left mechanic for discovery, including music. Fab.fm is a new service taking a different spin: it uses the Tinder-style interface for creating music...
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Music Ally Report 382 – Startup Shutdown

Our cover feature surveys the startup boneyard to try and understand precisely why so many music services, all promising a fizzing new future at their launch, hit the wall quickly, found out they were in the wrong lane...
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MetaPop aims to find a business model in remixes

Remixes and mash-ups are one of the reasons SoundCloud has such a bustling community, but also one of its biggest copyright headaches. A new startup co-founded by former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell is hoping to find a legitimate...
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Spotify/YouTube mash-up Wefre ‘paused’ due to legal concerns

Last week, we reported on a new site called Wefre that had the potential to give music rightsholders a few sleepless nights. The site tapped the APIs of Spotify and YouTube to offer free, on-demand streaming music, with...
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Crowdmix social-music network to launch in May

Well-funded social music service Crowdmix will launch in May, according to its co-founder and chief product officer Gareth Ingham. He revealed the plans in an introductory speech at AIM’s Indie-Con conference on Friday...
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Wefre mashes up Spotify and YouTube – and says it’s legal

Aurous may have been squashed within days of its launch, but the next free-music headache for rightsholders could be Wefre. Based in the Canary Islands, the site is reminiscent of Spotify’s desktop app, using that service’s...
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Cür Music strikes licensing deals with major labels

We were first with the news of US music-streaming service Cür Music’s launch yesterday. Now we can report on the licensing agreements that made the launch possible. In the last week, parent company Cür Media has published...
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Spotify buys two social startups: Soundwave and Cord Project

Spotify is on the acquisition train once again, snapping up two social-app companies: Irish startup Soundwave and New York firm Cord Project. Soundwave launched its Android and iOS app in June 2013 as a way for people...
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Clubbing app Beatguide shuts down

We’re sad to report on the first startup shutdown of 2016, as dance-events app Beatguide announced that it is closing its doors. “Goodbye, friends. We gave it a shot! We had a great time. Much love from Berlin,”...