Presented by Sacem

Call for entry for the leading international music startup competition is now open!

In 2021, Midemlab will be running its 14th edition. Since its creation, this is almost 300 music startups from 47 countries that have taken part in the competition.

The competition features the most promising international music tech startups that offer innovative solutions, helping the music industry build new consumer experiences.

This year, Midemlab category “Live Music Experiences” will spotlight the most innovative solutions around for bands, fans, venues, producers, promoters, with a special focus on Live Streaming and VR solutions.

20 finalists will be selected by our selecting partners Music Ally, the leading digital strategy and knowledge company for music business, The Lynk, agency that connects creative industries & startups and Panache Ventures, venture capital firm specializing in early-stage startup investments.


Midemlab 2021 Jury Members revealed


This year, the international Midemlab jury brings together senior tech & music from prestigious entertainment and tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Transsnet and Live Nation; investment firms such as Panache Ventures and Beringea; record companies Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group; and influential music tech institutions including Arabian Prince, Abbey Road Red, Music Tech Germany and The Lynk.


Expectations of music professionals and investors have evolved with the current economic situation. To help you develop the best application responding to industry needs and to maximize your chances to become one of the next Midemlab finalists, we will run a free digital live event on 08 April.

Midemlab sponsor Sacem and partners of the competition (including an investor) will share tips on how to build the best application. The session will end with a 15-minutes Q&A, during which participants will be able to ask questions about the competition and the Midem Startup Programme.

Why you should apply?

  • It’s Free to apply
  • Pitch on stage to a professional jury in front of an international audience
  • Gain visibility and recognition from the global music industry
  • Meet advisors, new business partners, international media and investors
  • Bring your business to the next level
  • Winners receive free Legal, PR & Marketing advice, mentoring, individual pitch to VC firms, one free registration to Midem 2022, and much more…



Three jury members of Midemlab 2020 share thoughts and expectations about the 13th edition of the music tech startup competition. They offer their insights on what sets certain startups apart from others and share their predictions around the role of music tech in the industry.

Eligibility Criteria

        ✔ Available to attend Midem if selected to pitch
        ✔ New company (less than 5 years old)
        ✔ Business-ready: already launched or in beta stage
        ✔ Independent, not affiliated to a group
        ✔ Genuinely original and innovative, with international viability

Enter one of the 4 categories

        ✔ Music Creation & Education
        ✔ Music Distribution & Discovery
        ✔ Music Marketing & Data/Analytics
        ✔ Live Music Experiences

Key dates

  •         18 January 2021: Call for entry opens
  •         16 March 2021: Jury members announced    
  •         12 September 2021: Deadline for application
  •         Mid-October 2021: Finalists announcement
  •         Competition during Midem Digital Edition (16-19 November 2021)

Key documents

        Terms & Conditions
        Midemlab 2020 Finalists


Selected Midemlab’s success Story

is now one of the most popular in the music streaming scene.

raised over $12 million since their participation to Midemlab.

brought together 17 million people who have pledged $4.7 billion, funding over 174k creative projects.

has now 15 million active users and 6 million concerts and festivals are listed on the platform.

was acquired by Apple four months after participating to Midem.

raised $3.1 million right after Midemlab and was selected to join Techstars Music in Los Angeles.

was acquired by Spotify in 2014.

was acquired by Pandora in 2015.


Selecting partners

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