The leading international music startup competition

In 2020, Midemlab will be in its 13th year. Since its creation, more than 250 music startups from 36 countries have taken part in the competition.

The competition features the most promising international music tech startups offering cutting-edge solutions to help the music industry build new consumer experiences.

This year, Midemlab launches the brand new “Music Live Experiences” category to spotlight the most innovative solutions around live music for bands, fans, venues, producers, promoters, and more.

Twenty finalists will be selected by our partners Music Ally, the leading digital strategy and knowledge company for the music business; The Lynk, an agency that connects creative industries and startups; and Plus 8 Equity, a music tech venture firm.

Why should you 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
  • Take your business to the next level
  • Winners receive free legal, PR and marketing advice; mentoring; a registration to Midem 2021; and much more!

Discover Midemlab's success stories

is now one of the most popular of 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.

2020 Jury Members

To be announced soon...

Eligibility Criteria

        ✔ Available to attend Midem if selected to pitch
        ✔ New company (less than five years old)
        ✔ Business-ready: already launched or in the beta stage
        ✔ Independent, with no affiliation to a group
        ✔ Genuinely original and innovative, with international viability

Enter one of the 4 categories

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

Key dates

  • 2 December 2019: Call for entries opens
  • Mid January: Jury members announced
  • 18 February 2020: Deadline for applications
  • Early April: Finalists announced
  • 4 June 2020: Midemlab competition at Midem

Key documents

        Terms & conditions
        Midemlab 2019 Finalists


Selecting partners

Programme partners

Supporting and media partners