From our first concert to our first kiss, music holds some of the best memories we have ever made. It should come to no surprise to you that startups are making waves the music scene. Whether you create beats in your apartment or want to find new and upcoming artists in your area (before they’re mainstream, we know), there’s a startup working on making it easier and more accessible for you.
From ticket sales to composing, startups are revolutionizing the way that music is created and shared across the world. Whether you’re into classical music or hip hop, selling or consuming, there is a startup for you! If you’re interested in a career in music, read up on some of our favorite music tech startups in NYC that are hiring for non-technical positions.
Why they're awesome: Buying tickets for concerts can be stressful and expensive. With hundreds of ticket providers on the web, it’s easy to get ripped off. Rukkus is here to change that. Rukkus is a ticket marketplace with a proprietary search engine that helps you find the best and cheapest tickets to events via web or mobile. Armed with talent from companies like Facebook, Google, and Goldman Sachs, it’s no wonder that Rukkus is one of the top-ranked ticket sales apps available! And the best part? You can find tickets to all of your favorite sports events too!
The Mastermind: Founded by Manick Bhan
How you join: Currently hiring for a Fan Operations Internship, Customer Advocate, and Content Strategist positions.
2. Hello Stage
Why they're awesome: For classical music professionals looking to connect with those outside of their tight-knit circles, it can be tough. HELLO STAGE is looking to bridge different parts of the community into one social networking platform -- think of LinkedIn of music. Not only does it help musicians get their names out there, but it also serves as a method for promoters to find and book musicians for their shows. With HELLO STAGE, musicians get to publicize their skills, promoters get to advertise their own events, and fans get to connect with their favorite artists! Now that’s awesome.
The Mastermind: Founded by Bernhard Kerres
How you join: Currently hiring for Digital Native positions.
Why they're awesome: If making jams is your thing, then you’re going to love RecordGram. It’s an app that essentially crams an entire recording studio into your phone. Better yet, it lets you collaborate with other artists and producers to create and share sick beats. No matter where you are, how much money you have, or how much experience you carry, you can pursue your passion on RecordGram. You don’t need to have personal connections with a producer to do so! Musicians will love the convenience of the app, making it easier than ever to create and share their work. On top of that, you can network and collaborate with other passionate musicians around the globe!
The Masterminds: Founded by Erik Mendelson, Shaw Mims, and Winston Thomas
How you join: Currently hiring for Growth Hacker/Marketer positions.
Why they're awesome: Publishing music and keeping your digital rights can be crazy complicated and dramatic. Getting your music stolen and monetized is incredibly common place and ain’t nobody got time for all that. That’s where Songtrust comes in. Songtrust helps songwriters and artists everywhere manage how they publish their music and exercise their related rights. As a customer of Songtrust, you will get news, tips, deals, and opportunities in the music publishing world. When you publish your music, Songtrust helps you collect your royalties (fancy word for earnings) every quarter. It handles much of the business side of things so that you can focus on what you do best: creating music.
The Mastermind: Founded by Justin Kalifowitz
How you join: Currently hiring for Business Intelligence Analyst/Manager positions.
5. Zyer Music
Why they're awesome: Sometimes you’ll stumble across a song (or five) that you wanna share with your buddies. Sending 20 different Youtube links in a group chat to your friends is not only time-consuming, but also annoying... Don’t be that friend. Luckily, Zyer Music is here to help! This social networking app lets you obsess over music with other people who are just as passionate as you are. Once you create a profile, you can post music and playlists on your page, and share it with your friends without feeling like you’re spamming them. It makes music sharing easy and hassle free, the way it should be. On the opposite end, musicians can use the platform to connect directly with their fans, creating a unique, tight-knit community that fans might not find anywhere else.
The Mastermind: Founded by Anthony Cimaglia
How you join: Currently hiring for Social Media Manager, Social Media Intern, and Project Manager positions.
If you’re looking to get your voice heard in the NYC music startup scene, whether you have a passion for disrupting the music industry or have a deep appreciation for the art itself, take a look into these companies to find out if they’re right for you. Your next career could be just a beat away!
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Gabriela Balicas is currently a Senior at Rice University, and the Content + Social Media Intern at Planted. Once upon a time, she studied bioengineering, but when she realized she couldn’t 3D print herself a perfect boyfriend, she decided to study sports medicine instead. When she’s not flexing in the mirror, she enjoys scrolling through drake memes and puppy videos on IG...and founding two separate clubs at her school, teaching undergrad classes, and running two successful food and photography blogs.