Over the last few months I’ve had conversations with a lot of really exciting early-stage music start- ups with a refreshingly diverse array of products and propositions. Many of them though share the same problem: the challenge of getting from great idea and team to market awareness. So, as this blog is read widely by investor and music industry decision makers alike I’ve decided to do my little bit by launching the Music Industry Blog Start-Up Showcase.
Over the next month I will be taking submissions for inclusion from *music* start-ups. I’m specifically interested in early stage music start-ups, so if you are pre-funding, seed and / or chasing Series A then you could be just the sort of company to be featured in the showcase. (There might be the occasional case for a later stage company to be included but there will have to be a very strong case).
The most important criteria of all though, is that your business is interesting, exciting and is doing something different. That doesn’t mean you have to be a unique service or business model (though that would be great). It does however mean that you must at least have a unique approach, a novel twist.
If you are interested in taking part then please answer the questions below and send them to me directly at musicindustryblog AT gmail DOT COM
Closing date for entries is 31st May. I will only be selecting the best of the entries for inclusion so I can’t guarantee your inclusion. I will also be strict in applying impartiality, so that means even if I’m working with your start-up in an advisory capacity it doesn’t mean that you will necessarily be included, (sorry!). For sake of full disclosure I will state clearly if I am advising for, or have been so at any stage, any of the start-ups selected for inclusion.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns please feel free to send me an email or reach out to me on Twitter @mulligan_mark
Music Start-Up Criteria
If you would like your start-up included in the showcase please answer and submit the following.
What capacity are you representing the company in?
The express elevator pitch (what you do in *one* sentence)
What problem are you solving / why does the music industry need you?
What is your business model?
What is unique about what you are doing?
Who do you see as your main competitors and why can you do things better than them?
Why do consumers and / or businesses need your service(s)?
Where do you want to be in 2 years’ time?
What investment stage are you at (boot strapping, seed, series A) and who are your investors?
250 words on your company (include things like management team, value proposition, go-to-market strategy, clients/partners, etc.)