Music Biz Association Invites NY Startups

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will give New York-based startups and entrepreneurs all the info they need to break into the music industry at its latest Music Startup Academy event, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at General Assembly West in New York City.

The educational sessions will begin with a keynote presentation from SynchTank/Soundgizmo Founder and CEO Joel T. Jordan, who will discuss SynchTank’s rise to success and the pitfalls they encountered along the way as well as the creation of Soundgizmo and the need to continue developing and reinventing. The event will also feature a spotlight on local startup and SXSW 2015 Accelerator winner Zype, which allows users to create D2C web, mobile and set-top apps for video publishing and distribution.

The remaining sessions will drill down into the key issues of music licensing, music operations and business development, ending with an Elevator Pitch Shark Tank in which companies in attendance will get to apply what they learned as they pitch their products to a panel of expert judges. Those who wish to pitch during the Shark Tank will need to fill out the form and fill out a profile on Music Biz’s Music Startup Network by Friday, Oct. 23. Those who have been selected to pitch will be notified by Monday, Oct. 26.

“The New York startup scene is exploding, and it is important that we harness the city’s rampant creativity and put it to good use on behalf of the music industry,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “By attending our Music Startup Academy, New York-based entrepreneurs can gain the concrete music business knowledge they need to bring their imaginations to life in the form of legal, sustainable companies. Music Biz is proud to foster the next generation of industry innovators, and we look forward to meeting and working with them in November.”

Registration is available now for $75.

For more information or to sign up for the Academy, visit