Six music tech startups pitching at Berklee tonight

A screenshot of Sonation's Cadenza app.
A screenshot of Sonation's Cadenza app.

Tonight, startups from the Berklee College of Music, MIT, the Harvard iLab, and Northeastern will pitch at Berklee’s first-ever venture day.

The event is being held by Berklee’s new entrepreneurship-focused center, the Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, which launched in January and is headed by Sonicbids founder Panos Panay.

Along with the startup pitches, the event will include a talk on creative entrepreneurship from Berklee student Usman Riaz, a self-taught percussive guitarist, and a panel discussion on whether entrepreneurship can be taught.

The event “will emphasize the distinct creative overtones that are often absent from startup conferences,” Panay said in a news release.

Here are the six startups that will be pitching tonight (with descriptions provided by Berklee):

AudioCommon (MIT) “gives artists and the larger music industry the ability to build geographically separated teams who communicate securely and collaborate in new ways during very early stages of the creative process and beyond.”

GroupTones — “a location-based platform connecting today’s music community. With more than 4,800 members, GroupTones (beta) fosters collaboration by allowing users to intuitively explore and communicate with their local music community.” (Berklee/Northeastern) — “a simple yet powerful portfolio Web app designed to enhance communication within the professional music and entertainment industries. Capable of delivering curated and protected content to any Internet-connected device with a single URL, makes it easy for artists to pitch a concise message to anyone.”

Sonation (Harvard iLab)builds apps that make it easier and more fun to play music while delivering the collaborative experiences musicians crave. Its technology solutions listen to and adjust to users’ musical performance while accompanying them with rich recordings of real orchestras and bands in real time.”

The Loft Sessions (Berklee) “each month, the Loft Sessions brings together forward-thinking leaders in the arts, philosophy, business, and more to look at deep, provocative questions that open up new possibilities for human life in the 21st century.”

Trill (MIT) — “startup with the largest and most varied database of live performances in Boston. Trill helps users find exciting, inspirational, fun, raucous, awe-inspiring shows they wouldn’t find otherwise.”

Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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