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Techstars Music

Techstars Music

Techstars Music is a startup accelerator run by Techstars and leading companies from the global music business: Warner Music Group, Peloton, Silva Artist Management, Bill Silva Entertainment, QPrime Management, Concord Music, Avex Inc., Royalty Exchange, and RecoChoku. We invest $120k into 10 of the best music-related startups from around the world. We provide office space in LA and access to mentors and investors from the global music business.

Applications Open NOW!
Application Deadline Oct 13, 2019
Start of the Program Feb 3, 2020
Demo Day Apr 30, 2020

Location: Los Angeles, CA USA

Questions? Check out the FAQ

Techstars Music Members

  • Avex Inc.
  • Bill Silva Entertainment
  • Concord Music
  • Q Prime Management
  • RecoChoku
  • Royalty Exchange
  • SONY
  • Warner Music Group
  • Peloton
  • Entertainment One
At Techstars Music, we believe the rising revenues in music will lead to a new era of innovation and excitement. We work closely with our members to find new technologies to benefit everyone in music — we search the globe for startups solving big problems by creating new and delightful experiences for fans. Ideas? Reach out to me via Twitter, I’m @bobmoz.
Bob Moczydlowsky, @bobmoz Managing Director, Techstars Music

Artists in Residence

  • Petit Biscuit

    A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Petit Biscuit has converted his classically trained talents into critical acclaim over the course of his career. With a debut album, Presence, that charted worldwide in 2017, he’s also wowed audiences on the live circuit with performances at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, HARD, and more. He recently completed his most extensive tour to date with sold out dates in Boston, NYC, Vancouver, Seattle and Los Angeles. Other highlights of Petit Biscuit’s career include over half a billion Spotify streams, being awarded best live performer at the NRJ DJ Awards 2018, a primetime national TV performance on the esteemed French music award ceremony, Les Victoires de la Musique 2018, covering Phoenix’s “1901” on triple j’s essential Like A Version series, and international radio support from SiriusXM Chill to Triple J.

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  • Jillionaire

    Christopher Leacock, better known as Jillionaire, is a music producer and entrepreneur. His brand grows in demand both in collaboration and in his own right - he has had multiple solo tour runs across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and as an integral member of Major Lazer, he has worked with artists from Justin Bieber to Nicki Minaj. His Brooklyn-based label Feel Up Records continues to develop talent from across the Caribbean diaspora. Having recently re-entered the tech space, he has partnered with a Berlin-based team of artists, developers and scientists to work together on Endel - a mobile app that generates real-time personalized sound environments to enhance focus, relaxation, and sleep.

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  • Brad Delson

    LA Native. Co-founder of Linkin Park and Music For Relief. Very dry sense of humor.

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  • Synyster Gates

    Synyster Gates is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold. He ranks No. 87 on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Gates was voted as Best Metal Guitarist in the World by Total Guitar in 2016 and once again in 2017

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  • YACHT

    YACHT began as the solo project of Jona Bechtolt, a musician, artist, and high school dropout. Jona began recording as YACHT in 2002, releasing Super Warren MMIV, MEGA, and I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real. During this time, Jona released albums with The Blow—including 2006’s breakout Paper Television—collaborated with Devendra Banhart, Little Wings, and The Microphones, was a prolific remixer, and created commissioned performances for Rhizome, The Kitchen, and MoMA. YACHT became a duo with the addition of writer Claire L. Evans in 2009. Their critically-acclaimed See Mystery Lights was named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork and “Critic’s Choice” by the New York Times. The pair have since formed the nucleus of a nervy and experimental live band that expanded and contracted on tours with LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Their 2011 album Shangri-La was followed by a string of singles and EPs, each showcasing a canny design sensibility. On the release of their 2014 EP Where Does This Disco?, WIRED called YACHT "music not as a thing in itself, but the beginning of a chain of experiences which has no edge.” Their 2015 album I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler was released with a conceptual campaign nominated for two Webby Awards. At the end of 2016, YACHT imploded. They returned in 2017 with Strawberry Moon, a pop polemic about online culture, animal rights, and failure. Claire’s book, Broad Band, will be published by Penguin in March 2018.

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  • POP ETC

    POP ETC is Chris Chu, Jon Chu and Julian Harmon. The band has released two full-length albums and are now working on the Infinite Singles Collection…

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  • BOSCO

    Singer, songwriter and visual artist, BOSCO is one of most influential artists to come out of Atlanta in recent time by continuously pushing the boundaries of Atlanta culture and music.

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  • D∆WN

    D∆WN (aka Dawn Richard) is one of music’s most distinctive voices and songwriters, developing her own uniquestyle via a tirelessly independent route.

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Meet the Techstars Music Mentors

Techstars Music startups are mentored more than one hundred of the top music and technology executives and investors on the planet. To see the ever-growing list, please click below.

Meet the Techstars Music Mentors

How does Techstars Work?

Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition, employee recruitment, and M&A opportunities.

What are we working on?

  • New Music Experiences

    Are you reinventing music at home, in a car, in the club, or at a festival?

  • Creation & Collaboration

    Can you improve how we create and share music & video content?

  • Marketing & e-Commerce

    Do you help artists connect directly with fans for marketing & commerce?

  • Content Infrastructure

    Will you improve how we render and deliver music & video content to fans?

  • Rights & Royalties

    Are you working to modernize royalties, rights and licensing?

  • Data, Machine Learning & AI

    What can you build with mountains of user data?

  • Artist Discovery & Curation

    Can you find & create opportunity for the right artist at the right time?

  • Security and Crowd Management

    Are you helping attendees of live events have a safer and more engaging experience?

  • Social Platforms & Games

    How will artistic careers (and fan affinities) get built in modern ways?

FAQ

  • How much funding do Techstars Music startups receive?


    A $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all Techstars companies upon acceptance, in addition to $20,000 in exchange for 6% common stock, plus:

    • Access to Techstars resources for life
    • Acceleration in the Techstars Music program with intense, hands-on mentorship from artists, executives from Techstars Music Member –
    • Companies and the broad music business
    • Connections to the Techstars Network of over 5,000 founders, alumni and mentors globally
    • 400 perks worth over $1,000,000
    • Office space in Los Angeles for the duration of the program
    • Demo Day and other investor connections
    • Equity Back Guarantee, the only one of its kind in the industry

    Historically, Techstars companies go on to average more than $3M raised in outside capital after the program. We believe our stats speak for themselves.

  • Will Techstars Music Member Companies be investors in my company?

    Yes, but not directly. The Techstars Music Member Companies invest in Techstars, which in turn invests in the selected startups. Only Techstars entities appear on selected company cap tables, and we do not take controlling interests.

  • Do we have to come to LA? Who else have you funded? Can I visit?

    Yes, you’ll need to come to LA to participate. But then you can go back home. The rest of these answers are on Techstars.com, where a more detailed FAQ covers a lot of other common questions. We recommend you go HERE and read the whole thing.

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Techstars Music Global Partners

  • SendGrid
  • AWS
  • Cooley
  • Google for Entrepreneurs
  • Microsoft
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • HubSpot
  • DOMO