Laura Jaramillo (Co-Founder/CEO, Sona), Eelko van Kooten (Founder, Collabhouse), Faris Zaher (Founder/CEO, Sonomo), John Acquaviva (Co-Founder/Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners), Sam Feldt (DJ, Founder, Fangage)
Moderator: Alex Brees (Co-Founder/CEO, un:hurd)
Many new music-tech startups talk about taking on the big incumbents, and claim to be mission driven towards democratising the music industry. To what extent do we see and expect real change versus inflated claims? We zoom in on new music investment platforms aiming to open up the market for consumers, introducing new (direct) artist fan relationships, new creator flows, and new monetisation models. What role does blockchain / web3 tech play, and how does it fit the democratisation narrative? How might the role of existing music labels change? Is democratization happening and do we believe it will be driven top-down or bottom-up?