Music and Literature Industries Ripe for Disruption?

04/21/2015 | By Samantha Deakin

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Startup Weekend Sheffield

June 26th, 2015

Pause your playlist. Fold the corner. And other 'hold the phone' analogies as well. You heard us right. The next Startup Weekend Sheffield will be the first IN THE WORLD to attempt to launch startups who disrupt the music and literature industries with technology.

FIRST IN THE WORLD. That's pretty cool.

And we'll be bringing you a kick-ass set of coaches, mentors, speakers, and judges to help you take your startup from concept to launch... and beyond. This event will also welcome some amazing new sponsors for Startup Weekend Sheffield, and with them come great prizes to help you get a leg up post-event.

There are many reasons you should come to Startup Weekend Sheffield: Music & Literature. But here are some of the reasons our organisers are excited to be part of this event...

Kate Geller

Growing up in Sheffield surrounded by everything from folk to niche I have always been a huge music fan and working at The Innovation Centres I am passionate about the power of startups to drive diversity and innovation. At university I started to research the connection between music and social inequalities, I explored hip hop as a social movement questioning racism, then for my Masters curated a tour of women’s experiences in music for the Sheffield Music Map. For me disruptive technology in music helps to democratize it, for example accessible affordable production software like Fruity Loops and Reason and pirate radio stations run out of bedrooms and garages helped Grime and UK Hip Hop to flourish and created a public voice to a marginalised group. Even artists like Justin Beiber, who started as a Youtube star, are dependent on new technologies. Disruptions in music technology allow music to be made in new ways, allow us to access different types of music and allow musicians and producers to be in control of their own destiny. I'm really excited to see what comes out of Startup Weekend Sheffield: Music & Literature and what potential effect it could have on the music industry.

Elizabeth Shassere

It is a real privilege to be a part of Startup Weekend Sheffield: Music & Literature this June. I participated in my first Startup Weekend Sheffield last November and I got so much out of it, and the people I met as part of it have continued to be so supportive, I am keen to give something back. This unique focus on music and literature also brings together two of my favourite things with the technology I was introduced to and continue to learn since my first Startup Weekend experience, and I can’t think of a better way to widen both the artistic community and digital community’s thinking about the potential of both when we come together. We can truly be disruptive when we share our skills and perspectives, and a Startup Weekend is a fun way to do just that!

Samantha Deakin

I can't profess to work in either the music or literature industries, but like most other people am a lifelong consumer in both. I have felt the changes the disruptions in these industries have had on the way we experience music and literature. I now carry all of my books with me wherever I go on my Kindle and research what I should be reading next through Goodreads. I listen to playlists on Spotify that I've not even had to create. I change my soundtrack every day depending on my mood rather than my music collection. A true Startup Weekend addict, I too am intrigued and excited to discover where new innovations - through tech and entrepreneurship - will take music and literature. It would be awesome if the next big thing were to start right here in Sheffield.

Tickets for Startup Weekend Sheffield: Music & Literature are officially on sale at the incredible early bird rate of £40. Students can get a great deal by entering the promotional code 'STUDENT' for a 20% discount (you'll need to show us your student ID on the door). Prices will go up to the standard rate of £50 from the beginning of June.

Who will take the first gamble on their startup...

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