Marathon Artists LABs 2018: startups target music monetisation
Independent music company Marathon Artists launched its LABs accelerator in 2016, bringing together a group of six music/tech startups to work with its label, management and publishing arms, as well as a group of external...
June 11, 2018
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
Midemlab 2018 pitches: Music creation and education startups
20 music/tech startups are finalists in this year’s Midemlab contest at the Midem conference in Cannes. This morning’s first session saw the music creation and education startups pitching their wares. The judging panel...
June 6, 2018
Sandbox Issue 205: Merchandising and Swift Sales
Lead: In part two of our online and social media merchandise special, we go beyond Instagram to look at the wide variety of tools and platforms opening up here, how to best deploy them and where they can be used to make artist/fan...
May 30, 2018
Peex wants fans to create their own five-channel mixes of gigs
Unsatisfied with the sound levels at a concert? A new startup called Peex says it’ll offer fans the chance to customise the audio in real-time. The company’s technology takes an audio feed from the soundboard at...
May 25, 2018
Ticketfly co-founder’s blockchain startup Tari reveals plans – including ticketing
In early April, Music Ally was first to report on a new startup from ticketing firm Ticketfly’s co-founder Dan Teree. Codenamed Big Neon, it was slated to be a “highly scalable, mobile-centric event ticketing platform”...
May 23, 2018
OptimiseLab uses AI to predict ‘music popularity scores’
Another day, another AI/music startup – this one hailing from Toronto and called OptimiseLab. It’s using the slogan ‘538 for music’ – a reference (we think) to well-known statistical-analysis blog FiveThirtyEight,...
May 22, 2018
The 20 hottest music tech startups of 2018 (according to Midemlab)
Midemlab has become one of the most well-established features of the annual Midem conference in Cannes, providing a forum for music/tech startups to pitch their wares to an industry audience. This year's crop of finalists...
May 3, 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
Report 414: Blocked Up
Our latest Music Ally report explores the outlook for blockchain music startups in 2018, after several months of bad news around blockchain firms, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies. Will the wobbles in the...
April 30, 2018
Fruit Punch Music promises to be ‘Spotify for kids’
On a recent family road-trip, while skipping the *many* tracks currently in Spotify’s Top 50 chart that have explicit lyrics, we wondered again why the streaming service hasn’t ever offered a ‘radio edits’ mode for...
April 16, 2018
Blockchain startup Soundpruf to pay artists AND fans for Spotify streams using cryptocurrency
We’ve heard about some intriguing music-focused blockchain startups in our time, but Soundpruf is taking a new spin entirely on the intersection between cryptocurrencies and music. “Soundpruf will offer a web/mobile...
April 13, 2018