General Assembly Announces Music Start-Up Classes


Hot music start-ups abound in New York, even though Limewire (NYC) was sued and shut down, Amie Street (Long Island) was acquired by Amazon and shut down, and a neutered Kazaa (NYC) limps along in relative obscurity. Still, the Hype Machine (Brooklyn) is going strong and (Soho) getting off the ground; Grooveshark also has an office at WeWork and Spotify is hiring here. The Music Hack Day hackathon at General Assembly produced at least 72 projects and was also well-attended by hackers and given a lot of attention by investors and media.

Now General Assembly is announcing Music Start Up Academy, a series of six classes starting April 14 to teach music tech entrepreneurs how to start a company.

“The Music Start Up Academy is a series of six sessions designed to reduce barriers to entry into the music business for entrepreneurs,” the press release reads. “The coursework will provide a clear roadmap to success by offering actionable insights into the core structure, legal framework, content deals, business models, and the “nuts n’ bolts” of getting things done to build a legal, streamlined, and competitive music property.”

The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at General Assembly for $30 per session or $150 for the full course; courses will be taught by different instructors from music start-ups and companies; an RIAA rep is teaching a session on piracy. Registration is open now.

The series was developed by the New Jersey-based nonprofit National Association of Recording Merchandisers, a trade association for the business side of music,and

General Assembly Announces Music Start-Up Classes