As the world’s leading music-based entertainment company, UMG has a unique responsibility to ensure a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem around music and digital media. After all, UMG is a collection of companies founded by the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of the music industry. Today, that culture of risk-taking and invention lives on as there are more entrepreneurs working within the UMG family than ever before. Our goal is to help drive the creation of the next generation of music-related start-ups to deliver exciting experiences to consumers and new ways for our artists to engage fans.
To advance an environment of growth in the music space, UMG created a number of digital innovation initiatives including the UMG Accelerator Engagement Network, Capitol360 Innovation Center, our in-house incubator Abbey Road RED, Digital Innovation Licenses and events within the digital music ecosystem, including hackathons, panel discussions and educational programming on the business of music.
Our company values are deeply embedded in supporting creators of all kind, including those focused on digital technology. We are the home for music’s greatest artists, innovators and entrepreneurs.
ACCELERATOR ENGAGEMENT NETWORK
Through our Accelerator Engagement Network, UMG supports leading technology accelerators in major entrepreneurial hubs around the world to foster the next generation of music-related start-ups. Click here to learn more about UMG’s Accelerator Engagement Network, our official accelerator partners and how to apply to their programs.
LABEL AND STUDIO INITIATIVES
Universal Music Group’s world-renowned labels and recording studios have long been synonymous with cutting-edge technology and artistry. To continue this tradition, our labels and studios have created unique forward-thinking programs to contribute to the technology ecosystem. Click here to learn more about our label and studio initiatives including Abbey Road RED, a technology incubator located at London’s Abbey Road Studios, and Capitol360, an innovation center located in Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California.
DIGITAL INNOVATION LICENSES
To help entrepreneurs bring exciting new products to market, we are making Digital Innovation Licenses available to early-stage companies. These streamlined licenses require a minimum of process and time for the startup. To find out more and apply for a Digital Innovation License from UMG, please click here.
Universal Music Group is proud to deepen our partnership with the start-up community by hosting and sponsoring hackathons around the world. To learn more about UMG’s involvement with hackathons, click here.