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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 Aug 22, 2019
Application Deadline Oct 13, 2019
Start of the Program Feb 3, 2020
Demo Day May 5, 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 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 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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    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?


  • 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, where a more detailed FAQ covers a lot of other common questions. We recommend you go HERE and read the whole thing.

Techstars Music News & Updates

Latest stories

  • Techstars Music 2020:音楽テックに向けたグローバルでの資金調達を成長させているアクセラレータープログラムが今年も始まります!

    「Entertainment One」が新たにTechstars Music メンバーに参加。 現在、Techstars Music発のスタートアップは、Techstars後に6,700万ドル(72億円)の資金調達を達成 2019年5月2日、Techstars Music が開催した「Demo Day」に300人以上のベンチャー投資家、音楽やメディア関係のエグゼクティブ、プラットフォーム技術のリーダー達が参加。 Techstars Music発のスタートアップは、アクセラレータープログラム後に1500万ドル(16億円)を追加調達し、17社で合計6,700万ドル(72億円)の資金調達を達成した。 アメリカでは、新学期が始まるシーズンで、 新しいノート、新しい目標、そして少しの幸運で、新鮮な視点や成長の機会があります。 Techstars Musicにとっても、2020年に向けたアクセラレータープログラムをスタート、次のスタートアップを見つける時期です。 現在、申請を受付中(です。 Techstars Musicは、これから4カ月半かけて、8カ国以上12都市以上でOpen office hours(リクルーティング面接)を開催し、グローバルな音楽ビジネスの現実的な問題を解決するワールドクラスのチームを探し出します(8月24日(土)、NYでスタートします。全スケジュールはメッセージの最後をご覧下さい!)。 12月には、10社のスタートアップに合計120万ドル(各社に約1,300万円)を投資し、2020年2月4日からロサンゼルスで開催される13週間のアクセレータープログラムにご招待します。 ロサンゼルスで、この10社は、音楽業界で最もパワフルな企業でもあるTechstars Music のメンバー企業と直接やりとりをすることになります。 2020年のTechstars Musicメンバー企業は、Warner Music Group、Q Prime Management、Bill Silva Entertainment、ソニー、Concord、Royalty Exchange、レコチョク、エイベックス、Pelotonと・・・・・・ …また、我々は、世界的独立系映画製作会社であるEntertainment One(eOne)がメンバーに加わったことを発表できることを嬉しく思います。同社はホラー映画「Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark」、大ヒットTVシリーズ「The Rookie」、子供向け番組「Peppa Pig」「PJ Masks」で知られています。また、eOneはイギリスの著名DJ・プロデューサーJax Jonesをマネジメント、LA出身の話題のラッパーBluefaceを送り出したレーベルです 我々はeOneの音楽及びイノベーションチームと直接連携し、他のメンバー企業と同様に、スタートアップ企業を彼らのビジネスに関連するあらゆる側面につなげていきます。 世界中に15のオフィスを構えるeOneは、成長を続ける音楽テクノロジーのエコシステムに実際に意味のある貢献を即座に提供する態勢を整えています。 ようこそ! つまり、アーティストマネージャー、ライブイベント会社、ストリーミングプラットフォーム、コンシューマー向製品メーカー、世界的な著作権保有者から成る強力なチームが、すべてスタートアップの成長を加速させ、音楽テクノロジーのエコシステムにより多くの資金を引き付けるために活動しているのです。 実際、 過去2年間に我々のメンバーは、スタートアップ企業を、公共テレビ経由で日本市場に参入させ、音楽コンテンツのグローバル配信を安全に実施し、世界で最も価値のある音楽コンテンツの一部の実験的なライセンス交渉を支援してきました。 また、Techstars Music卒業のスタートアップに対し10件の直接的な...

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Techstars Music Global Partners

  • Chargebee
  • Pilot
  • Twilio SendGrid
  • AWS
  • Cooley
  • Google for Startups
  • Microsoft
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • HubSpot