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What’s next in music tech? Midemlab names 20 finalists

Global music industry conference Midem has named the 20 finalists in this year’s Midemlab music tech startup competition. Winners will be announced during this year’s free Midem Digital Edition being held November 16-19.

OUR PICKS: Nominees Ristband, Enjoy, and LAIFE led the list of promising music tech startups that we’re now tracking.

20 new members of Midem’s exclusive club

Previous Midemlab winners include Soundcloud, The Echo Nest which was acquired by Spotify, Next Big Sound (acquired by Pandora), BandPage (acquired by YouTube), and Asaii (acquired by Apple).

Audoo raised $6.M soon after the 2020 competition and Super Hi-Fi closed a major deal with SONOS. Since last year’s competition, Midemlab 2020 finalist TRASH has been acquired by VSCO.

“Midemlab is always the place to discover fantastic music tech startups with the potential to disrupt, improve and enhance our industry. This year is no exception,” said Midem Director, Alexandre Deniot. “We received 203 incredible submissions from 34 countries, a testament to the fact that the dynamism of entrepreneurship in the music industry is still intact and in great shape, despite the difficult time we’ve been through these past 18 months.”

Midemlab 2021 Finalists

This year’s 20 finalists were selected by Midemlab partners Music Ally, Panache Ventures, and TheLynk.

Music Creation & Education

  • Amptrack Technologies (Sweden), an Online Music Creation app
  • Audio Design Desk (USA), an AI-assisted DAW, smart sampler and sound library in one simple app
  • Enjoy (China), an AI music training partner
  • HyVibe (France), a solution that turns the world into a speaker
  • Infinite Album (USA), a copyright-free, AI-powered, custom game soundtracks for livestream gamers

Music Distribution & Discovery

  • Hidden Bands (Canada), a free music discovery app
  • Moonai (Spain), an app that uses science-based & personalised sounds to alleviate menstrual pain
  • Music Traveler (Austria), a platform for musicians to find a place to be creative
  • Reveel (USA), the Business OS for Content Creators
  • Rippla (UK), social platform allowing fan communities to connect around their passion for specific artists

Music Marketing & Data/Analytics

  • ANote Music (Luxembourg), marketplace for investing in music royalties]
  • LAIFE (Germany), AI Music to relieve mental health issues and enhance performances
  • Rightsholder (USA), a solution that creates insanely simple tools to facilitate synch music licensing
  • Secret Chord Laboratories (USA), a music forecasting for creators and their teams
  • Westcott Multimedia (USA), an automated advertising solution that dynamically launches campaigns for catalog music

Live Music Experiences

  • Anything World (UK), a platform where everyone can create their wildest 3D dreams
  • Instrument of Things (Germany), a music technology company that uses the Internet of Things to turn electronic musical instruments into virtuoso experience
  • Live Now (UK), broadcasts exceptional online ticketed concerts to fans at home
  • Mach1 (USA), unifies spatial and multichannel audio for creators & developers
  • Ristband (UK), the bridge between real-world concerts and gamers

Bruce Houghton is Founder and Editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and serves as a Senior Advisor to Bandsintown which acquired both publications in 2019. He is the Founder and President of the Skyline Artists Agency and a professor for the Berklee College Of Music.

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