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Audius is a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music. 

 

It does this by being fully decentralized: Audius is owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world. Audius gives artists the power to share ...

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  • 09/16/202109/16/2021

Audius Announces $5 Million Strategic Investment From Katy Perry, The Chainsmokers, Nas, Jason Derulo, Pusha T, Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, Electric Feel Ventures, Martin Bandier, And More

In a move that leaves no question as to the blockchain winner in the music space, Audius, the blockchain-enabled music platform with more than 6 million monthly users, announced a new $5 million round of strategic funding today from several of the biggest names in the music industry.
 
The capital injection partners Audius with some of the biggest names in music on and off stage. Artists including The Chainsmokers, Katy Perry, Nas, Steve Aoki, Jason Derulo, and many more join industry...

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  • Billboard, Highlight, 09/30/2021, The Deals: UMG to Write 'Prescription Music,' Katy Perry and The Chainsmokers Invest in Audius Text
  • Rolling Stone, Feature story, 09/16/2021, Katy Perry, Nas, and Jason Derulo Are Investing Big in a Spotify Rival Text
  • Complex, Feature story, 09/16/2021, Pusha-T and Nas Invest in Audius Streaming Service Aiming to Add ‘Significant Revenue Streams for Artists’ Text
  • Music Business Worldwide, Feature story, 09/16/2021, MARTIN BANDIER, SESAC’S JOHN JOSEPHSON, AND GUY OSEARY’S SOUND VENTURES JOIN $5M FUNDING ROUND FOR BLOCKCHAIN STREAMING SERVICE AUDIUS Text
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09/16/2021, Audius Announces $5 Million Strategic Investment From Katy Perry, The Chainsmokers, Nas, Jason Derulo, Pusha T, Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, Electric Feel Ventures, Martin Bandier, And More
09/16/202109/16/2021, Audius Announces $5 Million Strategic Investment From Katy Perry, The Chainsmokers, Nas, Jason Derulo, Pusha T, Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, Electric Feel Ventures, Martin Bandier, And More
Announcement
09/16/2021
Announcement
09/16/2021
In a move that leaves no question as to the blockchain winner in the music space, Audius, the blockchain-enabled music platform with more than 6 million monthly users, announced a new $5 million round of strategic funding today from several of the biggest names in the music industry. MORE» More»

In a move that leaves no question as to the blockchain winner in the music space, Audius, the blockchain-enabled music platform with more than 6 million monthly users, announced a new $5 million round of strategic funding today from several of the biggest names in the music industry.
 
The capital injection partners Audius with some of the biggest names in music on and off stage. Artists including The Chainsmokers, Katy Perry, Nas, Steve Aoki, Jason Derulo, and many more join industry heavyweights like Maverick Founder Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, John Josephson of SESAC, and Martin Bandier, former CEO of Sony Music, to anoint Audius as the favored music platform for artists and as the music industry’s blockchain winner.
 
Some of the biggest artists in the world see the need for alternatives to the current business model. The Chainsmokers, for example, are excited to revisit the roots of their initial success, specifically the ability to share new content with fans more directly:
 
“We got our start sharing music directly with fans and so we are really aligned with the way Audius uses the blockchain to enhance the artist-fan relationship. We plan to upload the stuff we play live, which we wouldn’t typically share on traditional music platforms. It’s a purer alternative to the more polished album rollouts that we will continue to deliver. As an artist it’s empowering to share different creative choices and to test stuff out in a lower-stakes environment. Additionally, for us the role of developing a community around our music has always allowed us to grow and motivated us to take risks. Audius continues to empower the artists and their community to seek freedom in all aspects of their art as the music business hopefully shifts more in favor of the artists fueling the economy.”
 
Music has often been an early adopter of disruptive technology, and it seems blockchain will be no different. Mainstream adoption of Audius is happening in front of us, as over six million users are listening and engaging on a monthly basis. The platform, which recently announced a partnership with TikTok, is now the largest decentralized consumer product on earth and the fastest-growing streaming platform outright.
 
Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop legend Nas puts it bluntly: “I’ve known that blockchain will change the world since I invested in Coinbase five years ago and I believe it might be the most important technology to ever hit the music industry. Everyone who uploads to Audius can be an owner, you can't say that about any other platform.”
 
Launched in late 2019, the Audius community has grown to over six million users monthly in just under two years. Artists such as Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Russ, Diplo, Skrillex, MadeinTyo, Deadmau5, and over one hundred thousand other artists have all uploaded music to the site, which serves as a boundless creative music community rather than a competitor to traditional online music platforms. While the network has catered favorably to independent artists in the past, this news reflects Audius' first step toward integrating with the existing industry in a cooperative and exciting way.
 
This latest investment was originated by Blockchange Ventures, an early stage blockchain venture fund. It has made over eighty investments in the space and manages over $1 billion in assets.  
 
AUDIUS STRATEGIC INVESTORS INCLUDE:
 
Katy Perry
Nas
The Chainsmokers
Jason Derulo
Pusha T
Steve Aoki
Mike Shinoda
Disclosure
Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures
Martin Bandier
Michael Kives
Charles Goldstuck
Austin Rosen’s Electric Feel Ventures
Mark Gillespie
John Josephson
Matt Colon
Tom Windish
Victor Victor Ventures
Shivam Pandya
 
About Audius:

Audius is a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music. It does this by being fully decentralized: Audius is owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world.

Audius was founded in 2018 and serves over 6 million users every month, making it the largest crypto application ever built.
 
Learn more at https://audius.co

Announcement
09/16/2021

08/16/2021, Decentralized music platform Audius is the first streaming service to integrate with TikTok Sound Kit
08/16/202108/16/2021, Decentralized music platform Audius is the first streaming service to integrate with TikTok Sound Kit
Announcement
08/16/2021
Announcement
08/16/2021
Audius, fresh off achieving the major milestone of 5 million monthly active users, is announcing a partnership with TikTok that will allow creators to share their work across platforms. MORE» More»

Audius, fresh off achieving the major milestone of 5 million monthly active users, is announcing a partnership with TikTok that will allow creators to share their work across platforms.

With this integration, Audius, the community-owned decentralized music protocol that is now the largest decentralized consumer blockchain app, is now also the first DSP to launch with TikTok Sound Kit. The feature officially went live this morning for all Audius community members.

“We’re proud to be one of the earliest launch partners for TikTok Sound Kit and to give the artists on Audius a chance to increase their exposure even more,” said Forrest Browning, Audius Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer. “We have a great community and we’re thrilled to give them easy access to share their music to TikTok Sound Kit.”

The 100,000+ artists on Audius are now one click away from reaching TikTok’s estimated 1 billion users. The entire process, which simply consists of uploading a track and clicking “Share to Tiktok”, takes less than a minute. Tracks can then be played behind their own videos and are available to be selected by the entire TikTok user community.

Audius currently boasts an impressive lineup of headlining artists that will surely gain some traction from this new feature, including Skrillex, Weezer, deadmau5, Russ, Mike Shinoda, Diplo, Madeintyo, Odesza, Disclosure, Alina Baraz, and Wuki.

“A lot of times artists can get in their own head and feel like they’re stuck. I think that having all of these new avenues is amazing for creativity,” said Wuki, an artist/producer who boasts more than 400,000 followers and 5.6 million likes on TikTok. “Knowing that any track has the potential to pop off motivates me to be more productive and keep grinding.”

TikTok Sound Kit is available on desktop and mobile. Download the Audius app to get started.

About Audius

Audius is a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music.

It does this by being fully decentralized: Audius is owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world. Audius gives artists the power to share never-before-heard music and monetize streams directly. Developers can build their own apps on top of Audius, giving them access to one of the most unique audio catalogs in existence.
 
Backed by an all-star team of investors, Audius was founded in 2018 and serves millions of users every month, making it one of the largest crypto applications ever built.
 
Learn more at https://audius.co.

Announcement
08/16/2021

08/05/2021, 5 Million Monthly Active Owners: Audius Becomes Biggest Consumer Blockchain App
08/05/202108/05/2021, 5 Million Monthly Active Owners: Audius Becomes Biggest Consumer Blockchain App
Announcement
08/05/2021
Announcement
08/05/2021
The community-owned decentralized music protocol is now the one of largest consumer apps based on the blockchain ever. MORE» More»

The community-owned decentralized music protocol is now the one of largest consumer apps based on the blockchain ever.

Audius, the decentralized music app, has grown to five millions users, becoming one of the first truly successful consumer-facing Web3 apps. Since its launch in 2018, Audius has seen steady organic growth thanks to community-run marketing. 

“Blockchain can do really amazing things for music. It can improve music fans’ experience and guarantee artists’ control over their valuable work,” says Roneil Rumburg, co-founder and CEO of Audius. “We have worked to create a strong, engaged community and an easy-to-navigate interface, and that’s what’s attracted and kept fans and musicians on Audius.”

As a decentralized protocol, every Audius user is also an owner. Audius’ utility token offers these owners clear ways to influence and change the service to fit their needs. As a result, Audius has become a popular place to experiment for tech-loving artists like deadmau5 and 3lau, but it has also provided a much-needed haven for specialized scenes and cross-genre exploration, music that’s often underserved by existing streaming music services and platforms. What happens and what takes off depends on the community, now 5 million strong. 

“Because our community decides what features they want and need, they come up with initiatives and build the things they want,” Rumburg explains. “They are invested in the community, because in the end, they own it.” 

About Audius
Audius is a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music. 

It does this by being fully decentralized: Audius is owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world. Audius gives artists the power to share never-before-heard music and monetize streams directly. Developers can build their own apps on top of Audius, giving them access to one of the most unique audio catalogs in existence. 

Backed by an all-star team of investors, Audius was founded in 2018 and serves millions of users every month, making it one of the largest crypto applications ever built.

Learn more at https://audius.co

Announcement
08/05/2021

06/07/2021, To the Creators, the Value: Audius Puts Ownership in the Hands of Artists and Fans
06/07/202106/07/2021, To the Creators, the Value: Audius Puts Ownership in the Hands of Artists and Fans
Announcement
06/07/2021
Announcement
06/07/2021
What if artists owned the means of distribution and promotion? That radical question launched Audius, the decentralized music protocol and largest consumer-facing blockchain-based app running today. MORE» More»

What if artists owned the means of distribution and promotion? That radical question launched Audius, the decentralized music protocol and largest consumer-facing blockchain-based app running today.

 

Audius was designed to put control and ownership into the hands of creators and fans, building a community and an ecosystem where ideas flowed from those using it. “We want to give power to the artists who are making the system valuable and we realized that meant we had to give ownership to artists using it,” explains CEO and Co-founder Roneil Rumburg. “In any reasonable view of the world, what makes UGC platforms like YouTube and Soundcloud valuable is the content. Who’s making it? The creators. The tech isn’t the value, the content is, and we knew we had to reorient the system to valuing it appropriately.

 

Born from disillusionment with existing UGC and streaming platforms, Audius’ founders wanted to preserve all the best qualities of the music communities they loved while giving new opportunities to the artists who made the music happen. “We were power users of Soundcloud and then later of Spotify,” says CPO and Co-founder Forrest Browning. “We were building these castles out of sound, but then we’d come back and half the songs were gone. You can't build a robust community when the music’s always disappearing.”

 

Rumburg and Browning were the kind of super fans who cared about and needed that community. Rumburg avidly collected music, doing deep dives into new genres and compiling extensive playlists and libraries, the kind of user who discovers there’s a limit to the number of songs certain streaming platforms let you like. He and Browning both loved Soundcloud for its artists and the innovative new interactions--from mashups to remixes--they inspired among fans.  

 

Tired of watching the music they loved evaporate due to licensing or metadata woes, they decided to create a new system that would prevent this problem. What’s more, they imagined a world that rewarded artists more adequately for their work. “We wanted to make the data transparent via artist-controlled rails,” Rumburg notes. “And with the cost of distributing music close to zero, we didn’t see the need for all the middlemen.” 

 

They decided that blockchain, paired with a user-friendly, familiar interface, could accomplish their goals of permanence, transparency, and empowerment. Both Browning and Rumburg had impressive tech backgrounds to match their passion for music. Browning had built consumer apps and mobile games before raising several million dollars for an enterprise software startup that eventually sold to VMWare. He was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30. Rumburg had been working in cryptocurrency and blockchain for years and helped Kleiner Perkins start a new venture fund. 

 

Though they had the tech down, Rumburg cautions that, “The tech is a small piece of the puzzle.” 

 

The community of artists and fans Audius hoped to cultivate was more important. Thanks to its token, AUDIO, its community has a clear way to contribute to and shape Audius. The token, which has no value outside the platform, helps incentivize positive contributions and behavior, and has inspired some innovative initiatives among Audius users. For example, users proposed a portion of the community treasury of AUDIO be used to give grants to encourage everything from festival founding to playlisting and remixes by creators, administered by a group of avid creators and users. 

 

Audius also allows users to propose and create new features. There was an enthusiastic contingent on Audius that desperately wanted dark mode. The Audius team had other priorities to tackle first, so a user built it himself. “The community spoke to us by going out and doing it themselves. They knew best what they wanted,” muses Rumburg. “We want them to act on what’s best for the community, not wait around for our permission.”

 

While the co-op model of ownership and governance marks a significant change in the way music is distributed and enjoyed, the truly exciting part comes with the new types of interactions the tech unlocks for Audius’ highly creative user community. “When we think about artist-fan relationships, we see the tech is a means to an end. It’s not about the token; it’s about the cool new features because of the crazy tech behind the scenes,” says Browning. “It’s about tapping into all of the cool things people miss about Soundcloud and creating new ones, ways that help you engage the superfans who want exclusives or behind-the-scenes content or every single rough mix you’ve ever made.”

 

“The root is artist empowerment. The downstream effect we believe will be better artist monetization in the long run,” says Rumburg. “But you can’t get there without the power and freedom to make things useful.”

 

About Audius

 

Audius is a digital streaming service that connects fans directly with artists and exclusive new music. 

 

It does this by being fully decentralized: Audius is owned and run by a vibrant, open-source community of artists, fans, and developers all around the world. Audius gives artists the power to share never-before-heard music and monetize streams directly. Developers can build their own apps on top of Audius, giving them access to one of the most unique audio catalogs in existence. 

 

Backed by an all-star team of investors, Audius was founded in 2018 and serves millions of users every month, making it one of the largest crypto applications ever built.

 

Learn more at https://audius.co

Announcement
06/07/2021