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Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Alan Cross

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Music Technology Event Round 5: How to Start a Music Startup

My fifth Music Technology event is here! And this time, we’re asking the question: How do you start (and fund) a music startup?

Me and my peeps have joined forces with leading global venture capital seed fund/startup accelerator 500 Startups  and music startup DownToJam to bring you an entrepreneurial-focused event. We’re calling it “Startup Lessons from Music Tech Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists.”

Our first presentation will cover the successes and failures faced by many music entrepreneurs as they launch their startup and struggle to make a profit. After that, we’ll hear an investor’s perspective into three distinct opportunities for startups in music technology: Distribution, Monetization and Creation.

Even though we’re a total non-profit group, we will provide free pizza, snacks, drinks, and adults beverages (courtesy of Steam Whistle). You can’t network on an empty stomach, right? But we need you to RSVP (we need to know how much pizza to get).

I’ll see you there! Details below:

Event Agenda: Thursday, June 2

6:00 Doors open/Networking
7:00 Presentations Start
8:00 Open Floor/Networking
9:00 Doors Close

Location: Lighthouse Labs at 46 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor (on the corner of King Street West and Spadina, South of King).

Our Speakers and Presentations:

Troy FullertonCo-Founder and CEO, DownToJam, Inc.
Talk: Backstage Pass: The Story of Tech Startup DownToJam.com

It’s 2016. You’re a musician seeking other musicians to start a new project, to fill a spot in your band, or simply to jam for fun. What do you do? Troy Fullerton, Co-Founder and CEO of Toronto-based startup DownToJam.com, believes the best option for musicians today is his company’s free social network. In this presentation, he’ll take you back to the beginning and walk you through the successes and failures that helped his startup reinvent the way musicians connect.

Selcuk Atli, Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Talk: Opportunities in Music Technology: Distribution, Monetization and Creation.

Selcuk Atli is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups by day and a singer song writer by night. In this presentation he will give a brief background on the similarities of his startup and musical journeys, and provide an investor’s perspective into three distinct opportunities for startups in music technology: Distribution, Monetization and Creation.

Please email us at nathalia@musictechnology.ca if you have any questions or if you’re interested in joining our line-up of presenters at our upcoming events.

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About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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