Music. Tech. Entrepreneurship.

Announcing Project Music Portfolio, the next evolution of the
first-ever music tech accelerator

Based out of Music City, Project Music is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to foster innovation within the music industry, a core business vertical in Nashville's economy. To meet the unique needs of music-minded entrepreneurs building music-centric business, the EC is providing a year round music entrepreneurship focus that brings music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups desiring to grow music industry revenue. Project Music was developed in partnership with the Country Music Association.

 

ACCELERATOR-LEVEL SUPPORT
THAT MEETS YOU WHERE YOU ARE

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WHAT IS PROJECT MUSIC PORTFOLIO?

Through Project Music’s Portfolio program, we leverage the full support of our expertise and the Project Music network to accelerate the success of select music-minded entrepreneurs. This program is open to entrepreneurs running growth-oriented startups in the music industry.

Enrolled entrepreneurs are provided with year-round, industry-leading on-demand support and quarterly programming. Program spots are limited and applications are competitive. Participants do not need to be based in Nashville, but must be able to attend a minimum of four, in person, intentionally curated events over the course of the year.


WHO IS PROJECT MUSIC
PORTFOLIO FOR?

Entrepreneurs looking to significantly accelerate the development of their game-changing startups who are…

  • Creating, launching, or growing their startups in the music industry.

  • Looking to be part of a supportive, collaboration-oriented community of entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and partners committed to shaping the music industry of tomorrow.

  • Committed to the program's offerings and requirements.


HOW WILL PROJECT MUSIC PORTFOLIO HELP ME?

We work year-round with participating entrepreneurs to provide custom-tailored experiences that optimizes the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s resources and networks. Entrepreneurs are assigned their own Portfolio Manager responsible for optimizing their experience, maintaining a current understanding of their condition and needs, and helping them sustain momentum month-to-month.

Program Resources Include:

  • Access to 180+ advisors & 50+ music-industry leaders

  • Connection to partners throughout the music industry and startup landscape

  • On-demand support from the EC entrepreneur community


 
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Download the full program overview above to learn more about the payment structure and money back guarantee.

 

Applications will be open until January 26, 2018. The program will run from March 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019.

*Payments for the program will be made in quarterly installments. Participants will not receive capital nor will you be required to give equity. Read More in our FAQ.

Why not the accelerator?

Currently, we have no plans to run an accelerator in 2018. Portfolio is the next evolution of the first-ever music-tech accelerator program in the U.S., which kicked off three years ago at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. After running this specific accelerator along with other accelerators and programs at the EC, we’ve leveraged participant feedback and learnings to create Portfolio. This program model takes the same resources of the original accelerator program - connections, curriculum & community - but revamps how they are delivered so that they are custom tailored to each entrepreneur's needs. Additionally, by stretching out the program offering from 3 months to 12 months, the program pace is less interruptive and more sustainable. We will be able to accept more teams into the program at a single time, while also delivering more relevant value as it is needed and the entrepreneur is ready. The mission of Project Music is to foster innovation in the music industry, and this helps us do that. 

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THE RESOURCE VAULT

We have four distinct categories of value in our resource vault. Below, we give examples of what each of these components really looked like for an entrepreneur. For a detailed overview of each of these components click below to download the full program overview. 


1. STARTUP PROCESS EXPERTISE
We'll teach you not only the ins and outs of the music
industry, but also invaluable startup and pitch curriculum. These same tools helped RecordGram solidify their
business & win the 2017 TechCrunch Disrupt Startup
Pitch Competition.

2. INTERNAL ADVISOR NETWORK
Interested in getting a licensing deal with Sony? It
helps to get advice from Sony Music Nashville's former
CEO along the way, like Project Music Team Remix Hits did.

3. NETWORK PARTNER EXPERTISE
We have a network of partners outside our roster that are a
veritable who’s who of the music industry willing to meet with entrepreneurs we send their way. Trying to partner with Big Machine Label Group?
They already know what it's like to partner with Project Music
alumni company Jammber

4. COMMUNITY
When you join Project Music Portfolio, you are joining an elite group of entrepreneurs and supporters who uniquely understand
what you are going though and want to help. You can see our
amazing Project Music alumni here.

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Testimonials

 
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The business needs great music tech companies and teams to solve the problems that the digital world has created. I hope that I can help guide the right companies to success.
— Joe Galante - Program Advisor, Former chairman of Sony Music Nashville
 
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I loved the community that I gained from Project Music— and it wasn’t only meeting advisors or industry professionals who provided feedback. My cohort peers, and Project Music alumni proved to be essential as I crafted my pitch, developed business strategies, and learned more about cutting-edge trends. The Christian music networks that I gained with the help from Project Music was extraordinary. From meeting Chris Tomlin’s manager, to Tamela Mann’s publicist, the access to these contacts and their feedback continue to play a role in determining how we shape Scripturally Sound.
— Kimberly Lannear - Scripturally Sound, Project Music Alumni
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I engage with Project Music because I believe in the program and the people. Encouraging and mentoring the next generation of creative business minds is essential to the long-term health of this business we all love, and Project Music is a great vehicle for that. And it’s not a one-way street—mentors learn plenty from the entrepreneurs, and their enthusiasm is often a much-needed encouragement when we go back to our ‘day jobs’.
— Duff Berschback - SVP of Legal Affairs and Business Development for Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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