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Cheeky Startups aka Cheeky Ventures

We're exploring the idea of a space for music startups in London. Part co-working space, part incubator, part accelerator. Space, support, advice, mentorship, funding. If you're interested in getting involved, as an entrepreneur / founder / startup, mentor or investor (Angel / VC / corporate), please email rupert@cheekyventures.com

Below is a list of music startups I've found. Some of them are in London.

AIM startups is a [UK based] programme designed to help creative entrepreneurs off to a good start with a new business. With a low interest loan they will be able to cover their start-up costs, and attending training and workshops will give them valuable insight into launching a business. Applicants will receive help and support from the very first steps with perfecting their business plan through their first year of operating their business. Our motto here is AIM for successbecause we want to help you best as we can in creating a successful business.

Creative businesses have faced significant difficulties in accessing finance from banks since almost the beginning of time, and unless you can borrow from family or friends, or attract private investors to fund you, you may not be able to get the business off the ground. Private investment is a valid option for secondary finance for when you have already had some success, but at the very starting stage it usually means selling a relatively big portion of your business for a fraction of the potential value. Borrowing from friends and family also comes with a risk; arguments relating to money are the arguments that most commonly break relationships. Then theres us: affordable, unsecured startup loan designed to fund initial costs to get your business up and running, and business specific training and mentoring designed to maximise your chance of success.

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Music + Tech + Entrepreneurship = Project Music. Project Music is the first music tech accelerator in the USA and the first accelerator to focus on building the future of the music industry. The 8 startup graduates of the first Project Music cohort tell their story in this video created by the Edde Brothers.

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8stem

8Stem is a multichannel audio format. An artist-centric company deepening the relationship between musicians & their community.

AirTurn makes wireless page turning pedals for reading digital sheet music hands-free. I was one of the very first professional musicians to become completely paper-free nearly 16 years ago. AirTurn makes digital accessories for musicians that are sold around the world.

Bittunes is "Monetised Global Indie Music Distribution, where users earn Bitcoin simply by buying and (automatically) sharing."

buzzeem

The 1st streaming music service, design for upcoming artists.

Enter your email address to get early access

COMING SOON...

cademi

Cademi is the UK's first music lesson marketplace. Cademi’s mission is one, to match students with their perfect teacher. The experience of learning an instrument comes from the connection you have with your teacher. Similar taste in music allows students to become passionate about their instrument and learn much more. Cademi’s comforts permit students to search for their music teacher in their area in just a few quick clicks…no more being part of a traditional music school! Cademi has been made for you, so if you have any comments on how the service could be improved we are always here to help and receive your feedback.

"Ever since I was little I played many different instruments, from the piano to the guitar, and from the bass guitar to the violin, but I never focused on one instrument. During my university years, I gave guitar and piano lessons, and discovered what was the problem that prevented students from being the best they could be: the ways of teaching were boring and dated, the student’s music taste did not match that of the teacher, and even more so, finding a quality teacher was not easy!’’

‘’After many years of playing the bass guitar, I stopped playing once I moved to Australia. When I returned to the UK I decided I wanted to start playing again. I began researching online for teachers in my area, but all that I could find were teachers without a profile or any of their background information. This is when the idea of a service like Cademi came to mind. Cademi was going to be created so music teachers could have the opportunity to promote themselves, and students like myself would be able to search for teachers and find their perfect match. It all began there!’’

clang music

CLANG is a music streaming service letting you discover artists from all around the world on a world map. Berlin

creative-commission - music briefs service that connects labels, managers & artists with a community of creative talent across video, design, photography & digital.

Interview with Raya at CrowdMix

Exciting place for brands to engage & entertain music fans.

dart music

Dart Music

Keep 100% of your royalties.

Digital distribution for classical music.

Get your music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play.

demodrop

DemoDrop is the social network for aspiring music producers.

Anyone can upload their own music productionsand send them to record labels, artist radio shows and more. As a receiver you have a clean and simple overview of all the tracks you've received, you can see which tracks you haven't listened to or haven't replied to yet. As an uploader you can make your track available to other demodrop users so they can listen and comment on it, to help improve your music productions.

dubseed

MUSIC AT ITS CORE

The first and only social hub devoted to stem tracks.

Dubseed Gives More Control Over Tracks, Music Sharing

Stem files are the future, and Dubseed is at the front of the movement.

dancemusicnw.com/dubseed-music-service

eto

eto music practice apps not only make practice fun, but they also teach the student to read music. The eto music player allows the student to select and change the tempi for practice and select bars to repeat. Apps & Discount Bundles on iTunes

The apps & music are produced & published by 4 professional musicians based in Wales, and the apps are now selling in 35 countries. eto has been chosen to supply the Music practice apps to some 1,500 school choirs in the UK.

Eto produced apps for the Welsh Anthem (iTunes) for the National Library of Wales & the theme tune of the BBC TV show EastEnders.

eto Apps at the Young Voices concerts. eto were recently featured on BBC News

#etomusicplayer / @applaudmktg / facebook.com/WebPractice

flat.io

flat.io makes composing music online super easy & collaborative

Use the easiest tool to create sheet music collaboratively

Write your music scores online

gigmit.com - More than 1,500 promoters & 20,000 bands & DJs ...

huzza.io - Incredible live-streaming for musicians.

idagio

Idagio - The new way to enjoy classical music.

Launched in August 2015, Idagio is a platform where musicians share their recordings and connect with a growing global classical community.

World class musicians & ensemblessuch as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Ray Chen are already using Idagio to share their recordings. Their music is being enjoyed by a growing audience of classical musicians & listeners from more than 70 countries around the globe.

illumie

illumie - connecting music lovers with musicians

iMusician Digital - Sell, manage & monetise your music online.
Digital Music Distribution: iTunes, Amazon, Spotify or 250+ other shops. YouTube Monetisation: it's harder than you think, but we make it easy for you! Music Publishing Administration: We’ll collect your royalties for you.

JamSpring helps musicians of all level unleash the music inside them in a way no chord library, tab database, or lesson ever could.

JamSpring is an insanely cool new guitar app (iOS, Windows) which uses its incredible listening technology to capture what musicians play on their guitar and connect them with their full musical potential through key and style-oriented scale and chord recommendations that are based totally on users’ musical ideas.

It sucks when you can’t fully express the incredible music you feel bouncing around inside you because you lack the knowledge of music theory or have the skills but are feeling a bit stuck creatively.

JamSpring uses a unique listening technology to identify the key a musician is playing live or via previously saved tracks stored in its in-app recording studio and offers up tailor-made chord and scale options to help them build out their musical ideas based on the style of music they’re looking to create.

“This app is all about directly giving you the tools and inspiration you need so you can take the musical ideas bouncing around in your head and make them reality. “ says Darren Brady, JamSpring’s co-founder.

The app allows users to record multiple song parts, mix them, edit the mix, and play the fully edited song back. Additionally, musicians can collaborate with other JamSpring users to write songs and exchange ideas remotely, eliminating the frustration of managing time zones and finding practice space just to create a rough song demo or make music with friends.

Whether a guitarist wants to improve his playing, is seeking new inspiration, wants to express herself more fully, or is looking to jam with others without a pre-existing knowledge of scales and theory, JamSpring provides a host of tools for guitarists of every level of experience.

Darren Brady, Co-Founder, darren@jam-spring.com
www.jam-spring.com - +44 (0)7530 807 437

Interview with Patrick at JUKEDECK

Create unique music for your videos in seconds.

kollekt.fm - connect all kinds of music websites.
Stay up to date with the latest & greatest music!

Krue.TV

Krue.tv - Livestream music platform. Twitch TV for Music. If you are a musician, broadcast yourself live today! If you love music then there are a lot of artists that fit your style.

Lessons Near Me - for teachers, tutors & trainers UK wide.  Initially, there will be 500 one year memberships available on a first come first serve basis. Covering the entire teaching spectrum, Lessons Near Me will not isolate, but instead give every tutor the opportunity to succeed whether they teach english, chess, drama or water polo. Whatever it is, we're here to help. 

We have strived to create a service that rewards great teachers by giving them a tool to be discovered & succeed. They'll have a platform to exhibit skills & talents which make them unique and an honest, fair culture where great teachers are rewarded for great teaching.

Facebook - @LessonsNearMe - LinkedIn - info@lessonsnearme.co.uk

melboss.com - The new music hub.
The best way to accelerate your career.

melosity.com is a free online music studio where musicians can collaborate together on the same track from anywhere. No need to be in the same room or share files. (Dublin, Ireland)

"MixButton is a new high end online mixing website, perfect for unsigned / up & coming artists / bands / songwriters / producers. MixButton offers an online mixing service where users can pick a package based on their needs, then send over their stems and get their track (s) worked on by real people in real studios under detailed instruction from the customer. Packages also include the chance to review and change something they don't like or alter to personal preference after they get themix returned. The final mix is returned to their desktop within 1 week. Our idea is to become the main brand users want to go to for online mixing, similar to how Landr is for online mastering."

Mix'd app = Music connects us - Finally, a dating app for music lovers.

musicdealers.com - high-quality music licensing platform providing pre-cleared music, custom song creation, and major rights clearance for content creators. Music is universal – defying age, language, and culture. It’s shared, it’s talked about, it’s emotional, and that’s powerful. Music Dealers has worked with more than 600 clients around the globe and across industries to add real, measurable value to their projects through the use of authentic music

musicgurus

MusicGurus is an online music education service including world-class musicians.

London, UK.

music gorilla

We're happy to be a partner of MusicGorilla.com. They connect artists & their music w/ labels & opps for tv & film placement. They've showcased artists to RCA, Island Def Jam & more.

MusicSpoke - We are building the world's largest marketplace for artist owned sheet music. Cofounders @jennrosenblatt & @kurtknecht.  Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

musicspoke

musikee

Musikee is an advanced web platform where artists coordinate their fans & street teams, involving them in online & offline promotional activities in exchange for exclusive rewards.

The mission is to convert anonymous “Likes” and “Follows” on social networks in concrete actions, focused on the artists promotion, giving to artists & managements a unique & specific tool to stimulate & orient the online & offline actions of the fans.

Fans complete the activities proposed by the artist - i.e. flyering, promo, shopping, UGC (User Generated Content) creation, contents sharing - and obtain the chance to access to exclusive rewards though for them by the artist himself. The artist, instead, can easily involve the fans, reach his objectives and spread his music thanks to the fans’ help.

Noted.fm – Social music discovery.

Mixes social & algorithms to find songs you like from people you trust.

Discover Music from Friends; Follow people to find & listen to songs you'll love from the people you know.

Share Music with Followers; Create a soundtrack to your life by posting your favorite music.

The Future of Finding Music; By combining music libraries, friends & our "secret sauce" that learns your tastes as you interact, Noted is a personal music-discovery experience.

Founder Ben Hewitt created Nusiki which looks like it pivoted into noted.fm

beta-pitch-for-noted-social-music-discovery

noted fm

"Notetracks - a collaborative platform to review, record and share your music ideas provides an intuitive and interactive way to take notes for audio on your iPad, iPhone & iPod touch exclusively for iOS. Presenting mix notes, lyrics, or general review comments in a way that is easily accessible. Store projects or share with collaborators, all in a mobile and easy to use format for users on the go."

notetracks

Sell tickets with Promogogo is a management tool for live events & entertainment.

Ticket sales + social media + campaigns. London, UK.

record bird

Record Bird

Never Miss A Beat.

Get notified about new & upcoming records

from your favourite bands and musicians.

repost soundcloud network

Repost is the industry’s fastest growing multi-channel Soundcloud network. As a business, we offer monetizationin the form of advertising, contentprotection, and added profile features to artists & podcasterson the platform. As a culture we believe that the world of streaming music is changing, and while anyone has the ability to build their own audience, they should also have the ability to make a living from that audience."

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roli.com - Founded in 2009 by Roland Lamb, we make hardware & software products & services designed to expand the bandwidth of interaction between people & technology. The Seaboard GRAND is a radically new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface and puts expression back at your fingertips.  Inspiration at your fingertips.

skoove

Skoove is a fun music learning app offering the world’s first interactive online piano lessons. The app works with your piano or keyboard via web browser and adapts to your pace, giving you real-time feedback. Play popular songs and learn the correct piano playing techniques and music theory. Play your first melody today - sign up for free now on Skoove.com!

Skoove on Facebook Skoove on Twitter Skoove on LinkedIn

Unleash your playlists - soundsgood.co

Cross-platform playlist curation service for influencers.

Join the world's first community of music influencers on Soundsgood & create beautiful editorial playlists for your audiences.

Publish them across all music platforms inc., Spotify, Deezer, YouTube & SoundCloud. Update them on Soundsgood which synchronizes all your changes everywhere.

Share a unique universal player that all your fans can stream with their favourite streaming platform.

Analyze your audience and your playlists across all music platforms. 

soundsgood

soundtrap

Soundtrap is a user-friendly, online recording & collaboration studio.

Make music online together! Stockholm, Sweden.

Studio Sessions TV

Studio Sesions TV broadcasts people that are producing music, just like twitch.tv does with games, and livecoding.tv does with programmers. Watch, chat and learn music producing by watching others. The broadcasters can cerate exclusive broadcasts only available for people that subscribe to their channel."

tigmus - this is good music

Interview with Tom @ tigmus. London, UK.

'AirBnB for concerts'

TopTrack

Basic toptrack includes advertising, and 1 permanent track upload slot (you can load it, delete, and reload something else as often as you like).

TopTrack Pro has no advertising, includes 5 permanent track upload slots, as well as a feature called: "Close to Me" that identifies other TopTrack artists in your vicinity (you can select the range to search) that you can reach out to contact. This is a way our artist community can connect and possibly collaborate.

Email me at rupert@cheekypromo.com for a free upgrade to TopTrack Pro

We could also potentially provide special Featured status, and additional track slots to established artists with established social mediafootprints. This would give them more exposure and can promote more music.

tribe app - Find nearby concerts & festivals, check in @ the venue, and rage on!

tubelike

Discover YouTube Music by Hot or Not - tubelikeapp.com

Tuned Inn

Tuned-Inn is effectively a music-orientated social networking site which allows independent musicians or those working in the industry to find and connect with each. It is mainly aimed at and would benefit those who may not have access to other artists or people working in the industry.

Let's say for e.g. that you are a producer looking for singers and songwriters. You can put this information into a certain section of the app and it will match you will singers and songwriters who are looking for producers. From here you can visit each artists page, go through their portfolio of work and decide to connect with them if you wish.

There is also a Forum section where users can share problem/issue they are facing or strike up any topic of conversation.

There are also other standard features such as news feeds etc.

"Hey Rupert, Stuart’s a bit busy today so I’m replying.  Thanks for your reply. I hadn’t heard of Music Gateway before.  We’re slightly different in that we don’t limit ourselves to just music, it’s for everyone involved in any creative industry from film, photography, design, music, art and everything in between. So you can truly collaborate and promote yourself across the arts.

We also aim to be more of a network for the creative industries, rather than just a job board/job postings.  The vision of [twine] is to connect all creatives around the world. At the moment it is really difficult to find people to work with online because different sectors of the creative industries use different services (SoundCloud, Vimeo, Behance, etc) but you all have these connections through your own personal networks. With [twine] we can really improve your own personal network so if you need a cinematographer, graphic designer, producer, etc, you’ll be able to. It’s early days for us at the moment but we are trying to grow getting as many creatives on board as possible to make this vision a reality.  We have over 87,000 creatives on board currently (not sure how many of them will be musicians, but I should imagine most of them are as this seems to be the audience that are engaging with us the most at the moment)."

whitestone.io - Interactive music experiences. Create, collect, truly experience music online. @whitestonesays - tweets @thetouit  @wowters - Facebook

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bronzeformat.com - BRONZE is a new way for music to exist, in which the recorded material is transfigured, generating a unique version on each listening.

choorpy.com — Online music-discovery platform, creating offline opportunities for independent musicians in sync, live gigs, international festival slots & record & publishing deals.

curmusic.com - Welcome to the next generation of social music.  Record with anyone, anywhere, on any DAW.  Enter your email to keep up to date with news and events, and get early access to CÜR.  Sign up for your FREE account now.

EarMashin - Pandora meets Instagram for emerging artists. EarMashin is a 100% free independent music streaming service exclusively featuring singles and albums by independent artists and free/promotional music by signed artists. Our goal is to streamline the way users discover emerging music. Our content is curated and uninterrupted by ads for the ultimate listening experience. We are a community driven platform (similar to instagram) that helps music enthusiasts discover new music, share their discoveries and experience their favorite new artists live through events.

fanum.fm - music discovery platform built to provide a community where every individual's taste contributes to a better music experience.

feat.fm - the online community featuring live, social and interactive gigs from any artist, anywhere, anytime! Register for our beta now.

flux.noii.se - FLUX:FX is a professional multi-effect audio processor app for the iPad that lets you ‘play’ your effects. Innovative, intuitive and exciting, FLUX:FX lets you manipulate any audio signal into something entirely new, and redefines the possibilities of audio and live performance in an app with an almost unlimited range of effect options. FLUX:FX is a truly authentic digital platform for designing your sound. Winner of the ANR Sonic Joy award for best iOS effects and an FWA mobile design award.

groovebug.com - Deeper Music Experiences for the Fans Who Matter Most

inkster.com - Toronto, Canada based Inkster International is the only platform in the world that encompasses all types of art. It bridges the gap between social media and e-commerce for artists everywhere

jukely.com - See More Shows. Get into a different show every night for one flat fee, starting at £25 per month.

landr.com/en - Master Tracks. Instantly. Professional Audio Mastering. Sound like a pro. Instant results at a fraction of the cost of studio mastering. Try it for free, or Sign Up Now.

leaf.fm - The perfect music companion. Leaf.fm lets you listen to millions of songs for free and access exclusives directly from the artists you love.

melographic - music publication with a difference: Often music photography is seen as peripheral but Melographic sees it as integral.

MuCitie Studios Live Sessions - Every Sunday 4-5pm London GMT, Mucitie Studios presents Live Sessions, giving up-and-coming, exciting new artists the chance to showcase their material with a live set. You will be performing from our live room and the show will streamed in full HD, available to watch on radioprovoque, and available to share via the Livestream app. It will be a great platform for talented musicians to share and promote their music, and play to their fans. If you would like a 20 minute feature slot, please email info@mucitie.com with an example of your music and a description of what you do and we will be in contact.

musikki.com - living music platform that aims to bring together all the World's musical knowledge, content and services.  app.musikki.com

musistic.com - first ever technology that allows limitless creative musical collaboration.  By developing a simple to use plug-in that works across nearly all digital audio platforms, Musistic has revolutionized how musicians work remotely.  And has changed not only the process of asynchronous creative collaboration but music itself.

mymuco.com - "MyMuCo KIDS and MyMuCo Teacher are two apps that have been created to bring the music lesson into a new generation of ingenuity. The MyMuCo KIDS app is designed as a tool to assist students to practice their music at home in an engaging way. MyMuCo Teacher is designed to create an easy-to-navigate interface for all music teachers to conduct the music lesson and track their students' weekly progress.”  facebook

numubu.com - Global music industry network, live streaming & social networking. Create an artist, group, business or listener profile for free.

Recast.fm - Radio stations have perfected the music playlist, but listening to the radio is a frustrating music experience - one of inconvenience and interruptions. Recast combines radio and music streaming by letting you tune in to the playlists of all your favourite radio stations, and many more, with all the convenience of a music streaming service.

showmango.com - Attend concerts & live DJs in London from just £9 a month with no entry fee.  No commitment, no hidden fees and your first month is free!  We list all kinds of music events from electronic, indie, rock, house, techno, reggae, drum and bass, to pop and acoustic.  Whenever you see an event you'd like to attend you can grab your free pass and simply turn up at the door with your ID - no tickets required.

songsilo.com - online music promotion.  Hi There [Rupert], I've followed you on Google+ for some time and wanted to reach out to you with a possible relationship. I am one of the co-owners of songsilo.  We are always looking for new talent to showcase (at no charge) on our site. We wondered if any of your artists would want the free exposure of their music on our site? I was thinking it may be another avenue to expose your artists work to our thousands of users. Please let me know if this interests you at all.  Thank you for your time! Best, Gina Edwards ( Director of Development)

strumm.co.uk - [Pinterest for guitars] The place to share your guitar collection and discover those of your friends and our awesome community!

SupaPass.com - Be VIP to your favourite band. More than just the music. Be first in line, never miss out. A better deal for fans and bands. "Best European Startup" SXSW

TuneCore
Sell your music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify & more.
Be part of our successful artist community.
* Get a fair deal. Keep 100% of your sales revenue.
* Distribute easily and quickly.
* Share your music. Grow your fan base

usefulmusic.com - It may seem odd to call music useful.  Music is meant to stir the imagination; take you out of yourself.  It's the stuff of dreams, surely?  But consider this: if you want to learn to play music you must use a musical instrument. An instrument, therefore a useful - well, an essential tool! A nd your choice of music is essential. If the music bores you, or is awkwardly written for the instrument, motivation to practise vanishes.  Not so here: All the music composed, arranged and selected for usefulmusic.com, at every level, has a melody you can appreciate and harmonies that do more than just accompany. Further, the pieces are expertly written to suit the instrument and the player's level. On this site, the music is selected to inspire the learner to want to play and so to practise and improve - truly useful music

viewmygig.co.uk - East Midlands, UK based ViewMyGig scouts & promotes unsigned singers in the UK.  2015: Will be hosting concerts featuring the next generation of artists.

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