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Top Innovative Music Startups in the UK

The music industry has undergone a massive transformation over the past decade, with innovations emerging every year. In addition, since the market is constantly evolving as customers increasingly turn to the internet for their music needs, many innovative startups have appeared in the UK. 

Investors in music startups are contributing to the future of music since musicians are using innovative technology when creating, recording, and self-distributing their music these days. Technology has given artists the ability and freedom to record in home studios and even on their mobile phones. In addition, high-tech instruments, the chance to promote themselves on social media, and fantastic software supported by AI resulted in originality in a way the world has never seen.

It brings music technology startups under the spotlight. So we brought together some of the best music startups in the UK for you.

1. ROLI

  • Founded: 2009
  • Founder: Roland Lamb
  • Funds Raised: $44.1M
  • Employee Number: 101-250

ROLI is one of the most well-known music startups in London. They create new and highly expressive musical instruments designed for the age of technology. They are currently one of the UK’s fastest-growing and most successful music tech startups. In addition, they have produced many successful merchandises, such as the ROLI Seaboard and BLOCKS.

2. MelodyVR

Melodyvr
  • Founded: 2015
  • Founder: ​​Steven Hancock
  • Funds Raised: $68.9M
  • Employee Number: 51-100

MelodyVR is a Virtual Reality music platform. With over 650 international musicians, they have the world’s largest archive of interactive music content. It allows users to see the concert from various viewpoints, from the crowd to up on the stage. With the cooperation of several major UK venues, the platform will also live stream performances using Virtual Reality.

3. Instrumental

_Instrumental music startup
  • Founded: 2013
  • Funds Raised: £3M
  • Employee Number: 11-50

Instrumental is a platform that uses AI and data science to discover and identify high-potential, independent musicians. They also provide financing, distribution, playlist support, and partnership possibilities to assist musicians during their development process.

4. AddEncore Musicians

encore
  • Founded: 2014
  • Funds Raised: $919.6K
  • Employee Number: 1-10

Encore is an online music community that connects performers with a wide range of performance opportunities in their local music scene. Their innovative technology connects everyone with the perfect musicians for their event.

5. Keakie

  • Founded: 2016
  • Funds Raised: $2.7M
  • Employee Number: 11-50

Audio platform Keakie uses analytics and an AI engine to customise quality content for its users. They analyse long-form audio content for quality and recommend it to listeners based on personalised algorithms. EU Startups selected Keakie in 2019 as one of Europe’s ten most creative new music tech startups.

6. LICKD

lickd music startup
  • Founded: 2016
  • Founder: Paul Sampson
  • Employee Number: 1-10

It is tempting to use music without paying royalties, especially if you create video content. This, however, might get you banned from certain platforms and endanger your advertising income. LICKD helps you use the music you want legally.

7. Kubik Records

  • Founded: 2018
  • Founder: Jacobo Gearra
  • Employee Number: 1-10

Kubik Records is the world’s first music recording studio to integrate Blockchain Technology in the recording and production of music. Being the first, they have a unique place among music blockchain startups.

This blog post is written by Deniz Ege Altınçicek. 

Sources: Crunchbase, LinkedIn, startup websites

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