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    Mycelia's initiative to develop a comprehensive map of all skills within the music industry.

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Mycelia is 

Founded by Imogen heap, we are a growing collective of creatives, professionals and lovers of music.

Our mission is:

+ To empower a fair, sustainable and vibrant music industry ecosystem involving all online music interaction services,

+ To unlock the huge potential for creators and their music related metadata so an entirely new commercial marketplace may flourish,

+ To ensure all involved are paid and acknowledged fully.

+ To see commercial, ethical and technical standards are set to exponentially increase innovation for the music services of the future,

+ To connect the dots with all those involved in this shift from our current outdated music industry models, exploring new technological solutions to enliven and positively impact the music ecosystem

Events on our radar

Events Mycelia speaking

BETT London

17th January 2017
27 January 2017, ExCel London http://www.bettshow.com/    
Events Mycelia attending

Blockchain Expo London

17th January 2017
23-24 January 2017, Olimpia London Home
Events Mycelia attending

DAVOS 2017

17th January 2017
Davos, 17-20 January 2017 Imogen Heap was one of the 40 artists selected to go to Davos, the annual World Economic Forum meeting. She is going to represent Mycelia in some new tech meetings   https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2017
Events Mycelia speaking

SIME 2016

4th July 2016
November 15-16 - Stockholm
Events Mycelia speaking

SONIC VISIONS

4th July 2016
12th of November 2016 - Luxembourg
Events

Future Music Forum

4th July 2016
September 19-21 2016 - Barcelona

Media

Headliner Magazine

2nd June 2016
The signs that Imogen Heap was going to be a game changer came at an early age. As has been the case with many of our brightest musicians, Imogen did not get along well with her music teacher at school but found herself in the small cupboard which had an Atari and some music software on it, 25 years ago! She read the manual and so began her work with music and computers. She attended the prestigious BRIT School of performing arts after that to do her A-levels. Here she learned about mixing and engineering, recording real audio. She met her manager there at the age 0f 18 and even before she left school had a record deal. As is normal, Heap has had her ups and downs with labels… Fed up with the battles, Heap went independent at the age of 25 when she wrote and self produced her album Speak for Yourself. A vocoded acapella song, Hide and Seek, from this album gained its fame when featured in the popular teen drama, The O.C. (which broke quite a few artists), and even more so when it was heavily sampled in the number one hit song, Whatcha Say, by Jason Derulo. The O.C. was Imogen’s first real breakthrough moment, and also the first time thousands of people heard her music and found themselves asking, ‘how did she do that? Imogen’s next album was followed up by the Grammy winning Ellipse, which she video blogged the whole process (including the building of her home studio) and he rmost recent album Sparks, saw her doing a project for every song. Taking her to work with a Chinese City for Xizi She Knows, developing her music gloves for Me The Machine and making a running app with Run-Time. Videos and making of documentaries were made for each song. Here’s a link to the sampler for a taster of each song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poMt0o78HO0 Today, Imogen is focused on her Mycelia incentive, of which she reveals all below. We sat down with the sound master herself to find out more about this plan to save the music industry from itself by turning it not so much on its head, but on its feet. ARTICLE BODY TEXT: In a nutshell, Mycelia (http://www.imogenheap.com/mycelia/) has become a think and do tank, for the purpose of connecting the dots between artists, services and fans to create a sustainable music industry ecosystem. This involves overseeing the building and protecting of a verified database for the music community creatives, their work, and their collaborators. We want to see an open database that describes the whole music industry, so that everyone involved can be recognized and rewarded. To enable the artists and their teams to shape how their music is used from one day to the next. Currently a song is uploaded and then it is as if it just falls off a cliff. Very little data about what it gets up to and so leaves the artist in a much poorer

Imogen Heap: Decentralising the music industry with blockchain – Tech City News

14th May 2016
Award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap is on a mission to decentralise the music industry. Could blockchain technology hold the key? Yessi Bello Perez reports. Known for her musical prowess and as one half of British electronic duo Frou Frou, Grammy-winning artist Imogen Heap is also a technologist and one who’s striving for the decentralisation and democratisation of the music industry. Heap developed an interest in technology at an early age. She explains that, when she was 12, her parents split up and she went to boarding school. “I spent a lot of my time there hiding in a cupboard that had a computer in it – that was my first introduction to music and programming,” she said. “It was the first time I could see something on a screen and I could type something in on a keyboard and out the notes would come. It was just an incredible opportunity for me to finally hear back all the music that was in my head.” As the years went on, she used her school recording studio and learned about electronic music, recording techniques, amplification and so on. All the time sat in the school cupboard paid off, as Heap secured a record deal at the age of 17. Now, aged 38, she has one Frou Frou album and four solo albums under her belt and has an extensive knowledge of the workings of the music industry. One thing she has learned is that there is a great lack of transparency in the industry, a problem she feels technology is best suited to remedying. Recently, the artist has been exploring the potential of blockchain technology, which is already creating waves in financial services and is now showing great promise in other areas, such as the arts. Blockchain “Blockchain is the catalyst for change in the industry. It’s a new piece of technology, in the same way MP3 was. It’s a step in the right direction,” said Heap. Blockchains could enable artists to release their tracks themselves and gain greater control over the terms of the release and the profits received. They could use smart contracts to dictate who gets what share of the money generated and, on the consumer side, they could even implement a tiered pricing structure depending on who is purchasing the track and for what purpose. It could operate a similar premise to photo sharing platforms such as Flickr – those using an artist’s music for non-commercial purposes could get hold of it for free, while those wanting to use it on, say, an advert, would have to pay a fixed amount. Heap said it would give artists greater control over pricing, something which they have little to no say on currently. She thinks it would be great for artists to be able to action flash sales on their tracks, or issue them for free to those under the age of 16, for example. Let’s say there’s a natural disaster in Asia, the artist could decide to syphon all

MYCELIA Hacks

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Mycelia Hack Weekend

Sonos Studios, 21 Club Row, London E2 7EY
1st-3rd April
1pm – 6pm Friday
10am-6pm Saturday (5pm Sunday)

Mycelia THINK + DO Weekend

Sonos Studios, 21 Club Row, London E2 7EY
8th-10th July
1pm – 6pm Friday
10am-6pm Saturday (5pm Sunday)