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Good Morning! There have been a lot of great things happening in the music industry this week. This
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Startups and change makers leveraging music and music technology to curate a more creative world.
Good Morning!
There have been a lot of great things happening in the music industry this week.
This Week’s Highlights
The creator of Digster and Spinnup launched a new platform for fans to invest in an artist rather than them signing to a label.
TikTok adds a way to buy things in the app through a Hashtag Challenge.
Will merch save the music industry?
Startup Spotlight:
Startup spotlight this week is on a music player for livestreams called, The player allows the livestreamer to use license free music to incorporate into their videos. The company is taking submissions from artists to include their music in the library. The livestreamer pays a subscription fee per month to use the music library. Interesting concept and obviously solving a need for this market.
Hope you all have a great weekend!

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After Slamming Apple for Removing Its iPhone Headphone Jack, Samsung Removes the Headphone Jack on Its Galaxy Note 10

Amazon Prime Student subscribers can add an Amazon Music Unlimited membership to their plans for $0.99 a month. College students can also sign up for a six-month trial to get access to the streaming service.

What Data Is Telling Us About the Booming Business of Developing Artists On the Road

TikTok, the short-form video platform favored by young adults and teens, has launched a new feature that allows users to shop for products associated with a sponsored Hashtag Challenge, without leaving its app. These sponsored challenges are Gen Z-friendly marketing campaigns where users are prompted to post videos of them using a product.   •   Share

Google‘s Area 120 Is Testing Fundo, a Crowdfunding Service for Creators

Instagram Saves Are The Hot New Engagement Metric

Audiomack the music discovery platform has partnered with Warner Music Group.

Programming Improvisation

As we celebrate the astonishing run of “Old Town Road” while it begins its ride into the Hot 100 sunset, the music industry is undoubtedly eager to examine its historic success. Here are five takeaways for the music industry as it tries to find the next “Old Town Road”.

Will merch save or doom the music industry?

This musically challenged guinea pig is going to become an artist—or at least record one (sort of) song.   •   Share

New Apple Music and YouTube Music playlists might keep you listening for long term

How Global Insurance Brand MetLife is Partnering with Startups to Power Innovation in Financial Wellness

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Techstars Startup Digest Music is curated by:
Corey Crossfield Corey Crossfield - Music Digest Curator
Josh Ford Josh Ford
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