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Music Tectonics was founded to explore the deep seismic shifts that keep the music industry unsettled. At the fifth annual conference in 2023, we’ll delve into the consequences of these shifts and the new fault lines poised to change the industry yet again. Music Tectonics unites music tech innovators across ...

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  • 09/26/202309/26/2023

Music Tectonics Unveils Program for America’s Leading Music Innovation Conference

AI, DIY, Gaming, Super Fandom, Investment, and the Creator Economy are Top of Mind for Fifth Annual Conference October 24-26 in Santa Monica, CA

As technological upheavals shake up how music is made and enjoyed, there’s one place where industry innovators gather to spot what’s on the horizon—and it’s by the beach in Santa Monica. Music Tectonics brings together thinkers, movers, shakers, and makers in music and tech for three days in October. In this roller-coaster...

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  • NXT Now, Feature story, 09/19/2023, Music Tectonics Names Five Finalists in its Swimming With Narwhals Startup Pitch Competition Text
  • Hypebot, Feature story, 09/19/2023, Music Tectonics names 5 music tech startup finalists Text
  • Music Connection, Feature story, 09/15/2023, Music Tectonics Reveals its Pitch Competition Startups Text
  • Music Ally, Feature story, 09/01/2023, Music Tectonics names 10 semi-finalists for 2023 startups contest Text

News

09/26/2023, Music Tectonics Unveils Program for America’s Leading Music Innovation Conference
09/26/202309/26/2023, Music Tectonics Unveils Program for America’s Leading Music Innovation Conference
Announcement
09/26/2023
Announcement
09/26/2023
AI, DIY, Gaming, Super Fandom, Investment, and the Creator Economy are Top of Mind for Fifth Annual Conference October 24-26 in Santa Monica, CA MORE» More»

AI, DIY, Gaming, Super Fandom, Investment, and the Creator Economy are Top of Mind for Fifth Annual Conference October 24-26 in Santa Monica, CA

As technological upheavals shake up how music is made and enjoyed, there’s one place where industry innovators gather to spot what’s on the horizon—and it’s by the beach in Santa Monica. Music Tectonics brings together thinkers, movers, shakers, and makers in music and tech for three days in October. In this roller-coaster year that’s seen record-setting music revenues, a bumpy ride in tech investment, and an AI boom causing a stir in every creative industry, an event like this is more vital than ever.

2023 conference sessions explore current and emerging trends in the music business with the help of speakers who are top innovators in their fields. Standouts include: 

  • “Music Meets AI: Navigating a Positive Future” with streaming experts Angela Abbott of TIDAL and Con Raso of Tuned Global in conversation with Marina Guz of Endel, an AI music and wellness company that leads the way working with artists and major labels.

  • “The Explosion of Musical Creativity in Gaming & Esports” with Maria Egan of Riot Games, David Knox of Reactional Music, and Aadit Parikh, an entertainment and new media investor at Sony Ventures.

  • “Strength in Numbers: Growth of the Independent Artist and the Future of DIY,” a fireside chat by Andreea Gleeson of TuneCore with Kristin Robinson of Billboard.

  • “The State of Creativity in Music Tech” with Dani DiCiaccio of Splice and Daniel Rowland of LANDR, moderated by Dani Deahl, BandLab.

See the full schedule of sessions at the Music Tectonics website here. 

Music Tectonics is designed to help attendees meet the future of music head-on. In 2019, the conference put on an AI Talent Show long before generative AI became headline news. In this year of AI, expect nuanced conversations and transformative experiences with AI music. “I named this event Music Tectonics because we explore the shifting trends that change the industry sometimes suddenly and sometimes incrementally, the way the earth’s tectonic plates cause quakes and make mountains,” explains Music Tectonics director Dmitri Vietze. “Music tech founders, label execs, artist teams, investors, and industry stakeholders come back to Music Tectonics each year because they learn about what’s about to emerge as well as what the state of innovation is.”

One way the conference instigates cutting-edge innovation is through Swimming with Narwhals, a startup pitch competition for young tech companies poised to shape the future of music. Five finalists will present their pitches to an audience and a panel of music tech investors at the conference. This competition is welcoming and anti-shark, but making it through to the finals is no mean feat. “It's inspiring to witness the wave of innovation happening right now in the music industry, and the rich spectrum of companies reshaping the music landscape, from revolutionizing ticketing to redefining music video creation,” said Sony Ventures’ Aadit Parikh, a judge at the semi-final. Learn more about the finalists and the competition here.

Music Tectonics’ ecosystem-wide reach is supported by the companies that are driving innovation. Top level support from leaders based in three continents, Kuack Media Group, LyricFind, and MU:CON, demonstrate the international impact of the conference. Sponsors Beatdapp, Innovation Norway, The MLC, Moises, Music Reports, Reactional Music, Revohloo, RoyFi, SESAC Music Group, TuneCore, TunedGlobal, Downtown Music Holdings, and MAM bmat represent every corner of the music industry where innovation is bubbling up.

Music and tech innovation thrive on connection and conversation, so the Music Tectonics schedule makes space for networking, meetings, and serendipity. “We chose eclectic venues by the beach strategically,” explains Music Tectonics head of events Shayli Ankenbruck. “Everyone feels more relaxed and open when they watch the sun set over the ocean or ride a carousel together. We’re all tired of conferences in hotel basements and on Zoom screens.”

Those connections don’t begin and end in October: the conference is just one way Music Tectonics convenes the music tech community. “Ticketholders can start networking in our new event app right now,” says Eleanor Rust, Music Tectonics marketing director. “Throughout the year, we hold free ‘Seismic Activity’ online events for our international community as well as in-person meetups at major events like SXSW. Our podcast checks the pulse of music innovation in a different corner of the industry each week.” 

To stay in the loop on all the ways Music Tectonics brings music innovators together, sign up for the Music Tectonics newsletter on its website.

Program Highlights:

Music Tech Investment Panel
Bruce Hamilton, Mech Ventures; Rishi Patel, Plus 8 Equity Partners; and Joe Tou, Sony Ventures; moderated by Tatiana Cirisano, MIDiA Research

Music Meets AI: Navigating a Positive Future
Angela Abbott, TIDAL; Marina Guz, Endel; and Con Raso, Tuned Global; moderated by Allie Garfinkle, Yahoo Finance

The Explosion of Musical Creativity in Gaming & Esports
Maria Egan, Riot Games; David Knox, Reactional Music; and Aadit Parikh, Sony Ventures, moderated by Vickie Nauman, Consultant

Strength in Numbers: Growth of the Independent Artist and the Future of DIY
A fireside chat with Andreea Gleeson, TuneCore; and Kristin Robinson, Billboard

The State of Creativity in Music Tech
Dani DiCiaccio, Splice and Daniel Rowland, LANDR; moderated by Dani Deahl, BandLab

Monetization Beyond Streaming
Amit Nerurkar, Bandcamp; Rian Rochford, Loma Vista Recordings; and Michael Shanley, Music Reports; 

Fueling Fan Engagement: Creating Meaningful User Experiences
Darryl Ballantyne, LyricFind; Tracy DeBarros, Revohloo; and Tine Nitsch, Amazon Music

Untangling Music Data for the Benefit of All
Dae Bogan, The MLC; Britnee Foreman, Exceleration Music

Rising Tech: Expanding Music Distribution Through New Technology
Alisha Outridge, TuneCore and Mauhan Zonoozy, Spotify; moderated by Amelia Daly, Solana Partnerships

The X Billion $ Problem: Emerging Solutions to the Music Industry’s Streaming Fraud Conundrum
Morgan Hayduk, beatdapp

Untapped Opportunities in the Mobile Market
Juan Saavedra, Kuack Media Group

Illuminating Artist Deals: The Inevitability of Fairness
Peter Harvey, RoyFi, moderated by Tristra Newyear Yeager

Transmedia Approaches to Music The Intersection of Hollywood, Gaming, and Music
Brando Bauman

AI Innovation House
An AI Music Demo Experience

Swimming with Narwhals Final Pitch Competition
Pitches by Aux, Get Moments, MAYK, Offstage, RealCount

Conference Schedule Overview:

  • Tuesday, October 24: Santa Monica Pier Carousel 

Keynote, Music Tech Carnival, Startup Carousel Demo Day, Opening Party

  • Wednesday, October 25: Annenberg Beach House 

High-Energy Panels, Exhibitors around the Pool, and Startup Pitch Competition Finals

  • Thursday, October 26: Expert DOJO and Universal Music Group offices

Closing Keynote, Workshops, and UMG Startup Bootcamp

 

About Music Tectonics
Music Tectonics was founded to explore the deep seismic shifts that keep the music industry unsettled. At the fifth annual conference in 2023, we’ll delve into the consequences of these shifts and the new fault lines poised to change the industry yet again. Music Tectonics unites music tech innovators across industry boundaries to share insights and get business done. A variety of experiences in unexpected venues offers attendees many opportunities for making meaningful connections, scheduling meetings, and serendipitous encounters. The fifth annual conference returns to Santa Monica, CA, October 24-26, 2023. Join us for three days of programming about the future of music that prepares you to ride the next seismic shifts shaking up the industry.

 

Announcement
09/26/2023

09/18/2023, Music Tectonics Names Five Finalists in its Swimming With Narwhals Startup Pitch Competition
09/18/202309/18/2023, Music Tectonics Names Five Finalists in its Swimming With Narwhals Startup Pitch Competition
Announcement
09/18/2023
Announcement
09/18/2023
Five forward-thinking startups in music tech are selected as finalists to pitch at the fifth annual Music Tectonics Conference 2023 in Santa Monica, CA, October 24-26. MORE» More»

Five forward-thinking startups in music tech are selected as finalists to pitch at the fifth annual Music Tectonics Conference 2023 in Santa Monica, CA, October 24-26. 

Every year, early-stage startups from every corner of the globe apply to the Swimming With Narwhals Pitch Competition for a chance to present their innovative business to a panel of music tech investors. In its fifth year the conference received a record number of applications, with companies using innovative tech solutions to solve music industry problems.

The semi-final jury of music tech investors evaluated pitches on the originality of their ideas, product-market fit, and potential for success in order to select finalists to pitch at the in-person conference. The decisions were so close—a tie in fact—the Music Tectonics team made the decision to open a fifth finalist spot for this year’s fifth annual Music Tectonics Conference. 

Meet the 2023 Swimming With Narwhals Pitch Competition Finalists:

  • Aux (London, UK) - a generative AI model that takes a text prompt (eg. "808 kick") and generates infinite audio samples.

  • Get Moments (Prague, Czechia) -  a platform that lets live event organizers collect and monetize user-generated video from concerts, festivals, and sports matches.

  • MAYK (Santa Monica, CA) - voice tech with a focus on UGC song creation tools.

  • Offstage (San Francisco, CA) - a superfan platform that makes fan data accessible and actionable.

  • RealCount (New York, NY) - an analytics platform for live music’s key performance metric: tickets sold.

The five finalists will demo their products at a “Startup Carousel” (at the Santa Monica Pier Carousel) and will present their final pitches in-person on October 25. Finalists have two opportunities to take home a win, by audience vote and by jury choice. The winners of the Swimming With Narwhals Startup Pitch Competition will receive a feature in a press release about the competition, founder interviews on the Music Tectonics Podcast after the event, and a free badge for the 2024 conference.

Music Tectonics’ Pitch Competition has fostered a community that welcomes out-of-the-box ideas, international companies, and non-traditional founders. “We don’t instruct the judges to consider anything other than the merits of the pitch,” remarks Head of Events Shayli Ankenbruck, “so I see our diverse competitors as a sign that we’re helping level the playing field and having a positive impact on the future diversity of the music tech industry.”  

“Our Narwhal finalists represent the highest impact sectors that will define the next ten years of growth in music: easy music creation, generative AI, live music, fan-created content, and super fandom, adds Music Tectonics director Dmitri Vietze. “We brought in some of the most active music tech investors and they made impeccable choices!”

About the Swimming with Narwhals Competition
Spotlighting creative startups through this competition is one of the ways the Music Tectonics conference focuses on music innovation—wherever it’s shaking up the industry. Music Tectonics’ competition keeps the focus on real-world innovators who are poised to make waves in the music industry. Read more about the competition at the Music Tectonics website.

About Music Tectonics
Music Tectonics was founded to explore the deep seismic shifts that keep the music industry unsettled. At the fifth annual conference in 2023, we’ll delve into the consequences of these shifts and the new fault lines poised to change the industry yet again. Music Tectonics unites music tech innovators across industry boundaries to share insights and get business done. A variety of experiences in unexpected venues offers attendees many opportunities for making meaningful connections, scheduling meetings, and serendipitous encounters. The fifth annual conference returns to Santa Monica, CA, October 24-26, 2023. Join us for three days of programming about the future of music that prepares you to ride the next seismic shifts shaking up the industry.

Announcement
09/18/2023

08/31/2023, Music Tectonics Reveals its Pitch Competition Startups Poised to Shape the Future of Music
08/31/202308/31/2023, Music Tectonics Reveals its Pitch Competition Startups Poised to Shape the Future of Music
Announcement
08/31/2023
Announcement
08/31/2023
Meet the ten music tech startups selected as semi-finalists to pitch at the annual Music Tectonics pre-conference MORE» More»

Meet the ten music tech startups selected as semi-finalists to pitch at the annual Music Tectonics pre-conference 

A new wave of startups is emerging that are making good on the promise of edgy developments like artificial intelligence, web3, and supercharged fandom to innovate how music is created, enjoyed, and monetized. As part of the annual Music Tectonics online pre-conference and in-person conference in Santa Monica, music tech startups from all around the globe enter the Swimming With Narwhals Pitch Competition, where imagination and innovation meet reality by handing the stage to startups that are fostering creativity and solving music industry problems. 

Each year, ten startups are selected from a highly competitive slate of applicants by a panel of experts in the music innovation startup landscape. 2023’s semi-finalists will pitch at the Music Tectonics online pre-conference on September 13:

  • Aux - a generative AI model that takes a text prompt (eg. "808 kick") and generates infinite audio samples.

  • Creativemind - Korea’s first-ever AI music composer, with human-like songwriting abilities.

  • Dequency - web3-enabled music rights portal, connecting rights holders and visual creators.

  • Everwave - a collaborative music production DAO.

  • Get Moments: a platform that lets live event organizers collect and monetize UGC video from concerts, festivals, and sports matches.

  • Lune Acoustics - a hardware and software companion that removes barriers to learning guitar.

  • MAYK - voice tech with a focus on UGC song creation tools.

  • Offstage - a superfan platform that makes fan data accessible and actionable.

  • RealCount - an analytics platform for live music’s key performance metric: tickets sold.

  • VisualLabs - a Generative AI video creation tool.

They will be supported by an audience of Music Tectonics Conference ticket holders as they make their pitches to a jury of three experienced music tech investors:

  • Tracy Maddux, Downtown Music Holdings

  • Aadit Parikh, Sony Ventures

  • Juliette Rolnick, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Music industry analyst extraordinaire Mark Mulligan will kick off the online event with a keynote presentation powered by MIDiA Research’s data and insights. This pre-conference is only open to conference ticket holders. To join them, get tickets at MusicTectonics.com/conference.

About the Swimming with Narwhals Competition
Spotlighting creative startups through this competition is one of the ways the Music Tectonics conference focuses on music innovation—wherever it’s shaking up the industry. Music Tectonics’ competition keeps the focus on real-world innovators who are poised to make waves in the music industry. Read more about the competition at the Music Tectonics website.

About Music Tectonics
Music Tectonics was founded to explore the deep seismic shifts that keep the music industry unsettled. At the fifth annual conference in 2023, we’ll delve into the consequences of these shifts and the new fault lines poised to change the industry yet again. Music Tectonics unites music tech innovators across industry boundaries to share insights and get business done. A variety of experiences in unexpected venues offers attendees many opportunities for making meaningful connections, scheduling meetings, and serendipitous encounters. The fifth annual conference returns to Santa Monica, CA, October 24-26, 2023. Join us for three days of programming about the future of music that prepares you to ride the next seismic shifts shaking up the industry.

Announcement
08/31/2023

07/13/2023, Music Tectonics Opens its 2023 Swimming with Narwhals Music Tech Startup Pitch Competition Applications
07/13/202307/13/2023, Music Tectonics Opens its 2023 Swimming with Narwhals Music Tech Startup Pitch Competition Applications
Announcement
07/13/2023
Announcement
07/13/2023
Music Tectonics Conference has opened applications for Swimming with Narwhals Music Tech Startup Pitch Competition. MORE» More»

Music Tectonics Conference has opened applications for Swimming with Narwhals Music Tech Startup Pitch Competition. Startups working in music innovation are invited to apply and attend the conference October 24-26. Early Bird rate tickets are available for $249 before August 15, plenty of time to buy a badge before Pitch Competition applications close August 8. Find competition applications and conference tickets at MusicTectonics.com.

The Music Tectonics Conference is now in its fifth year of cultivating a community where music innovators from all over the ecosystem connect across industry boundaries— investors, advisors, labels, distributors, future-savvy artists, and more. If you’re a startup founder in the music tech space, that heady mix of potential partners and clients is catnip. “Music Tectonics is where the magic happens,” says repeat attendee James Hill, founder of music startup ever.fm, “Seriously. This industry is 10% tech and 90% people. Music Tectonics is where the people are and where you need to be.”

From the get-go, Music Tectonics’ pitch competition welcomes startups by keeping barriers to participation low. It’s affordable—the only application fee is a conference badge. “I loved that it was not some crazy $1,000 fee, which is what some competitions will charge,” explains Jessica Powell, winner of the 2022 competition with her startup Audioshake. “I think that’s a total racket. Instead it was just, ‘Hey, you're coming to the conference. You can enter as well.’”

The visibility of pitching and winning comes with benefits, as the first Swimming with Narwhals winner Jacquelle Amankonah Horton attests. “Winning the Music Tectonics startup competition completely catapulted my company,” Horton recalls. “It was the first time I spoke publicly about my vision outside of moonlighting on the project, and the direct support I received from the judges, industry leads who saw or heard of me from this stage, and the amazing fellow attendee community is what led to me closing a $2.2M seed round from top industry companies just a few months later. So grateful and feel indebted to the MT family for this kickoff.”

As a competition, Swimming with Narwhals is no shark tank. Sure, only a few competitors will make it through to the final pitch session in front of the whole conference—but pitching is just one way startup applicants get involved. At every stage, juries of expert entrepreneurs and investors interact with and encourage competitors. Juries for the 2023 competition have yet to be announced, but past judges have included investors from Amazon Investor Fund, Union Street Ventures, Sony Ventures, Caldecott Ventures, and Expert DOJO, as well as experts from Techstars Music, Capacitance, and Wasserman Music. In keeping with that easy-going spirit, Music Tectonics’ pitch competition doesn’t come with prize money–2023 winners will get a feature in a press release about the competition, a founder interview on the Music Tectonics Podcast after the event, and a free badge for the 2024 conference.

The Swimming with Narwhals Startup Pitch Competition puts the spotlight on winning startups and welcomes all applicants into the MT community. “I enjoyed every second of this competition!” says Xann Schwinn, winner of the 2021 competition with her startup Biiah, “I am constantly inspired by the startup founders I meet in this space, and Music Tectonics curated a welcoming space for these founders, a new generation of music tech startups, to show up to tell the world what important problems they are solving for our industry.” 

The competition is just one aspect of Music Tectonics’ for startup-friendly design. In 2022, organizers debuted the Startup Carousel demo day. Narwhal applicants and finalists showcased their innovations at the Santa Monica pier Carousel for conference attendees in a fun, informal setting. “I came directly from TechCrunch, and honestly, thought this was way better,” says Holly Hagerman, 2022 semi-finalist, Carousel participant, and founder of AmptUp, “I love the intimate feel, where you can create a tribe, see people repeatedly, build relationships, and meet quality people.” 

The bottom line is that music innovation startups need  to be at the Music Tectonics conference— so diving in with the Narwhals just makes sense! Find competition details and a simple application form at MusicTectonics.com

Competition Timeline:

August 8           Applications close at 11:59pm Pacific Time

August 15         Last day to purchase badges at the Early Bird rate  of $249.

August 29         Ten Semi-finalists announced

September 13   Semi-finalists pitch at the Music Tectonics Online Preconference

September 18   Four finalists announced

October 24        Startup Carousel demos at Music Tectonics in Santa Monica, CA.

October 25        Finalists pitch in-person at the conference.

October 26        Jury choice and Audience Choice winners announced at the conference.

Announcement
07/13/2023

04/24/2023, Music Tectonics Conference unveils first wave of heavy-hitting speakers
04/24/202304/24/2023, Music Tectonics Conference unveils first wave of heavy-hitting speakers
Announcement
04/24/2023
Announcement
04/24/2023
Limited early bird tickets now on sale for music innovation conference October 24-26, 2023, in Santa Monica, CA MORE» More»

Limited early bird tickets now on sale for music innovation conference October 24-26, 2023, in Santa Monica, CA

The first wave of confirmed Music Tectonics speakers are big thinkers from music industry companies who bring a high-level view over the future of the business to the fifth annual conference:

  • Keynote: Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab Technologies CEO & Co-Founder 

  • Angela Abbott, TIDAL Senior Manager, Business Affairs + Music Licensing

  • Lauren Apolito, HFA/Rumblefish SVP, Strategy & Business Development

  • Dani DiCiaccio, Splice VP of Content

  • Bruce Hamilton, Mech Ventures General Partner

  • Rishi Patel, Plus Eight Equity Partners General Partner

  • Michael Pelczynski, SoundCloud VP Strategy

  • Daniel Rowland, LANDR Head of Strategy and Partnerships

  • Máuhan M Zonoozy, Spotify Head of Innovation & Market Intelligence

Coinciding with this first wave of speaker announcements, Music Tectonics has opened ticket sales with a limited number at the “Super Early Bird” rate of $199. They’ll be available until May 19, unless they sell out first! Then the early bird rate of $249 goes into effect until August 15.

The fifth annual Music Tectonics conference takes place over three days and an eclectic variety of venues in Santa Monica, California. 

Conference Schedule Overview:

  • Tuesday, October 24: Santa Monica Pier Carousel 

Keynote, Music Tech Carnival, Startup Carousel Demo Day,Opening Party

  • Wednesday, October 25: Annenberg Beach House 

High-Energy Panels, Startup Pitch Competition Finals, Exhibitors around the Pool, and Off-the-Wall Activations

  • Thursday, October 26: Expert DOJO and Universal Music Group offices

Startup Pitch Competition Winner Announced, Workshops, and UMG Startup Programming

Music Tectonics Conference programming responds to where the innovation is bubbling up now, and where it’s about to break out. “We were talking about current buzzwords before they were cool!” explains conference director Dmitri Vietze. “At our first conference in 2019 we held an ‘AI talent show’ and a ‘blockchain cage match’ to spark conversations about controversial emerging technologies. We continue to scan the horizon for the next seismic shifts while we keep space for maturing those conversations.” 

Since that first 2019 conference, Music Tectonics has made its name as a conference that brings leading innovators together from all over the music industry ecosystem to connect and make deals. Varied experiences and unexpected venues set the stage for making meaningful connections, scheduling meetings, and serendipitous encounters.

“We’ve held the conference in hotels, online, in the metaverse, and on a carousel by the beach, but wherever we gather the focus is on getting business done,” conference planner Shayli Ankenbruck remarks. “We just might do business while riding on a colorful horse or watching a sunset over the Pacific Ocean.”

Announcement
04/24/2023