Music Tech Europe Academy launches and opens call for applications

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The first music-tech focused project backed by Music Moves Europe

On February 15, Music Innovation Hub (IT) and Media Deals (DE) are launching the European capacity building program Music Tech Europe Academy.

The first Music Moves Europe project focused on music-tech, with the objective to further develop the European music-tech ecosystem by supporting rising innovators, startups, and SMEs across Europe.

2020 has proved to us more than ever how the music system not only needs to keep pace with the constant evolutions but to anticipate those changes and even drive the change.

A substantial and growing part of the innovations in the music sector takes place outside the traditional music industry and most of the change came and will continue to be coming from the bottom up.

The Music Tech Europe Academy aims to discover highly talented music-tech innovators, entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs who are using technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Blockchain, VR, AR, 3D Audio or MetaData in order to create scalable and sustainable solutions for the music sector.

It’s a hybrid and scalable training scheme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Commission and coordinated by Music Innovation Hub (IT) in partnership with Media Deals (DE).

Anna Zò, project manager, Music Innovation Hub
Anna Zò, project manager, Music Innovation Hub

Our goal is to further develop the music tech ecosystem in Europe and create a level playing field between tech-savvy entrepreneurs, artists, music industry players and investors, to allow joint innovation efforts for the future music sector.

By looking for scalable solutions with a long-term ambition, taking into account environmental as well as social impact, MTE Academy fosters the development of a sustainable, inclusive, diverse and competitive music-tech ecosystem in Europe, with increasing and better access to funding and investment opportunities in music-tech startups and innovations.

says Anna Zò, project manager at Music Innovation Hub

How it works

Call for applications open February 15 to March 15. After being selected by a highly qualified jury, 10 participants will benefit from a 7-months program of online mentoring with top-level experts in music and technology, exclusive industry meetups with experienced founders and managers of successful enterprises in vertical sectors, 3 days of Hybrid Academy in Milan after which an online investment pitch session in front of financiers will be granted to those participants who reached the readiness level over the course of the program.

Besides completing the mentoring program with their respective fellows, during the Academy the fellows will also benefit from:

One-to-one meetings with the other mentors, participants, music-tech companies and experienced founders from vertical industries that investigate the business models and investment strategies of the participants.

Open exchange of experiences from successful founders and leaders in vertical industries that have already implemented successful models for digitalisation to their business.

Feedback from different types of financiers (Venture Capitals, public financiers, institutions/foundations, Business Angels, banks, Financial intermediaries, crowd-funding platforms etc.) who will be invited to join the Academy.

Networking activities.

The announced mentors at this stage include Thierry Baujard (CEO, Media Deals), Turo Pekari (Senior advisor, Teosto), Matteo Tambussi (Blockchain investor & developer), Yvan Boudillet (Founder, TheLynk), Juliane Schulze (Board member, Media Deals).

As a European Network of Investors for Creative Industries, we hope this initiative will offer scalable projects that could fit our investors’ expectations and thus strengthen the growth of the music sector across Europe.

says Thierry Baujard, CEO, Media Deals

You can read here the conditions how participate

To apply, fill out the Application form here and please upload the requested documents:

  • Pitch/company presentation, which includes team, vision, strategy, economics, business model and stylistic references (inc distribution plan for the next 3 years)
  • Short video in English (max 3 mins)
  • Demo of the project (if available)
  • CVs of the person applying and potential teammates