Roadie Medic‘s medical director, Dr. Arun Castro, has been awarded the Music Ally NEXT Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the recent NEXT conference in London, which was supported by Universal Music Group. The platform recognizes young entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the music tech space and comes with valuable support from UMG’s digital innovation team.
Based in London, Roadie Medic is a unique clinic catering to touring musicians, providing tele-led consultations and other services aimed at preventing burnout and promoting optimal health for artists and their teams. The company’s goal is to become a go-to resource for touring musicians, offering health checks and optimization before, during, and after tours.
Castro faced stiff competition from a group of highly impressive nominees, including Ravdeep Anand, Co-Founder of Fairplay, which is a sync licensing company based in India. Anand believes that sync licensing can provide a viable new income stream for artists, and his company provides pre-cleared music tagged for specific situations and moods. Fairplay also plans to offer a platform for buying and selling beats and clearing samples, while currently working on striking deals with ad agencies and brands.
Jideofor Okoro, Co-Founder & COO of Josplay, has developed a platform that utilizes “human and artificial intelligence” to improve the discovery, understanding, and use of African music. Okoro believes that poor metadata has prevented African music from reaching its full potential, and Josplay cleans up metadata while also providing an audio analysis tool, automated tagging of tracks, and a custom API for businesses to plug into.
Stream by Stream, founded by Easnadh Reddington, partners with labels and artists to redirect fan funds to environmental projects. Stream by Stream also helps to promote artists who donate a percentage of their funds to partnering projects. The company aims to help the music industry to support climate initiatives, and at present, 40% of the percentage of income that the artists pay towards climate initiatives goes to Stream by Stream to cover their costs. However, this will be reduced to 10% in the future. The platform currently has 130,000 users, with many smaller artists engaged, but the company is looking for larger artists to get involved.
Finally, Lewis Crosbie, CEO & Co-Founder of Komi, has created a smartlink storefront that combines multiple functions and channels into one personalized store, designed for musicians but also used by sports stars. Komi currently works with over 1,000 artists and offers a range of features, including direct-to-fan sales, merchandise sales, social media links, and streaming links. Komi has also partnered with brands such as Adidas and Puma to help them engage with artists and their audiences.