In a virtual event beginning at 2 p.m. EDT today, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center will formally introduce the inaugural cohort of its expanded and rebranded “Project Music & Entertainment” accelerator.
Launched in 2015 as “Project Music” and developed in partnership with the Country Music Association, the program was designed to bring music, technology, and business leaders together to accelerate the development of industry-changing start-ups. Five years later, it was expanded to include all aspects of the entertainment industry to include music, sports, film, esports/gaming, and publishing, and this is the first cohort for that expanded program.
Three of the 14 participants are from the Nashville area and include:
- All Access Advance, a Software-as-a-Service platform managing live events for touring artists, venues, and events in real-time from a single dashboard;
- Sounds Sphere that helps artists and songwriters create great songs faster and with less cost; and
- StatStak that has radically redesigned athletic data dissemination through the creation of an athlete-centric data storage solution.
A fourth participant got its start in Chattanooga. That company is Pass It Down, a digital exhibit design platform that helps cultural institutions create engaging visitor experiences.
The balance of the cohort companies come from California (five), Canada (two), and three other states. They are:
- BeatConnect from Montreal. The company says that it connects musicians and producers in an innovative, shared environment that allows for synchronous and asynchronous collaboration regardless of the instruments and tools used.
- Collyde of Los Angeles. The company is focused on sports and brings the power of live social media engagement for organizations to own and monetize their audience.
- Ewagers of Carbondale, IL. It is an online wagering platform specifically focused on video games.
- FanFix is another Los Angeles that is designed to allow influencers to better monetize their platform and give fans more exclusive, intimate access to premium content via subscription.
- FanKave from Santa Clara, CA that says it brings “magic to brands by transforming social content into brand-safe, visually rich stories across digital channels.”
- LabelRadar of Boston is a music submission platform that streamlines the demo submission process across the music industry, helping artists get heard while also allowing labels and promoters to review new submissions in an effective way.
- Quicc of Wichita, KS that allows the repurposing and distribution of video content in seconds without the need for a media empire.
- Renaissance.app from Vancouver is a fan engagement tool that helps music labels and artists amplify the early traction needed to land on popular playlists and tap into a community of their superfans.
- TotalVu from Marina Del Rey, CA is a video experience platform for venue operators and producers that utilizes 64 cameras in sync with sub-second latency to provide new and expansive ways to delight their audiences.
- Vyrill from San Francisco that bills itself as a user-generated video content discovery, analytic, licensing and commerce platform, powered by proprietary artificial intelligence technology, that enables social commerce and product marketing.
“Project Music & Entertainment” is a year-long program featuring monthly programming and ongoing support.