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Snafu launches AI-powered ‘Snafu Music Fund’ financing for indie artists backed by $7m spherical led by Pophouse Leisure

Sweden-based Snafu Information has attracted a good bit of business consideration since launching in February 2020 with $2.9 million in seed funding.

In 2021, Snafu, a document label and A&R instrument that makes use of synthetic intelligence to find new music, accomplished a $6 million funding spherical led by Pophouse Ventures, with participation from TheVentureCollective, ABBA member Agnetha Fältskog and Savan Kotecha.

The spherical got here shortly after the corporate added Per Sundin, former CEO of UMG Nordics who signed Avicii and Tove Lo, and songwriter/producer Savan Kotecha as shareholders.

Now, Snafu is asserting what it says is a brand new $7 million spherical of funding “in fairness and credit score”.

The brand new funding spherical was led by Pophouse Leisure and in addition introduced alongside music supervisor Marc Jordan via his funding fund Blue Amber Investments, multi-platinum artist LP, Supercell co-founder Mikko Kodisoja, and Danish VC agency Blackwood Ventures.

Sweden-based Snafu makes use of an AI A&R instrument dubbed ‘EMMA’ which it says has been educated to “discover undervalued artists based mostly on a variety of metrics”.

Snafu says that its proprietary algorithms analyze thousands and thousands of knowledge factors from over 150,000 songs per week, “figuring out artists whose music is undervalued and wishes amplifying”.

“We then design offers that make sense for the mission, offers the place artists nonetheless really feel unbiased,”  the corporate explains on its web site.

In line with Snafu, ‘EMMA’ has recognized “quite a few rising stars” for the Snafu Information label, such because the TikTok hit tune perhaps my soulmate died by iamnotshane, which has amassed over 75 million streams throughout all platforms since its launch final yr.

Snafu says it has signed round 75 artists in complete, together with the likes of Hit-Boy, iamnotshane, Bayli and RANI.

Most just lately, Snafu Information began utilizing its AI algorithm to determine catalogs of unbiased artists that it says “could possibly be reaching wider audiences”.

Snafu then invests in these artists via up-front money advances and what it calls “catalog progress methods” by way of its newly-launched Snafu Music Fund.

Snafu says that these advance offers see the label license songs for an agreed interval and that it doesn’t purchase rights from artists by way of the fund.

If, for instance, Snafu’s AI identifies a tune by an unbiased artist and initiatives that the tune would generate a sure degree of income over a two-year interval, the label would supply the artist an advance and a short-term contract of round two years. Snafu says that when the contract is over, and the artist has recouped, the artist retains ‘full possession of their materials’.

(Nevertheless, separate from the Snafu Music Fund, the corporate says that if an artist indicators a full-label take care of Snafu, they break up the grasp rights 50/50.)

Mira Howard, who leads Snafu’s Music Fund, says that “in only a few months,” Snafu has “paid nearly $2 million in advances to unbiased artists” by way of the Snafu Music Fund. Snafu says that it has labored with over 30 artists by way of the fund to date.

“Slightly than specializing in generative AI, our intent has all the time been to craft algorithms that highlight undervalued expertise throughout the globe.”

Ankit Desai, Snafu Report

Mentioned Snafu Information CEO & founder Ankit Desai: “Once we based Snafu, we had already acknowledged that AI was poised to be a catalyst for change within the music world.

“As creators at coronary heart, we wished to leverage this know-how to uplift the quite a few proficient artists worldwide. Slightly than specializing in generative AI, our intent has all the time been to craft algorithms that highlight undervalued expertise throughout the globe.”

Added Desai: “There may be already a wealth of unbelievable human-created music being launched on daily basis that doesn’t have the chance to be heard. We bought into this enterprise as a result of we have been touched by the unifying energy of music.

“We see that our objective is to make use of know-how to carry folks along with different folks, not along with one other algorithm.”

Mira Howard, who leads Snafu’s Music Fund added: “The response has been large. In only a few months, we’ve paid nearly $2 million in advances to unbiased artists.

“What’s extra, a lot of them, together with Edo and Jo and Matt Duncan, have greater than doubled their month-to-month listenership since becoming a member of Snafu’s Music Fund. We’re enthusiastic about what lies forward.”

“What Snafu is doing with Snafu’s Music Fund, utilizing AI to determine artists for monetary assist, can permit extra artists to earn a residing from their artwork.”

Marc Jordan

Marc Jordan, supervisor and investor in Snafu Information, stated: “One of many greatest challenges unbiased artists face is monetary.

“It prices cash to tour, to complete an album, and even to make a residing as a inventive. What Snafu is doing with Snafu’s Music Fund, utilizing A.I. to determine artists for monetary assist, can permit extra artists to earn a residing from their artwork.

“That’s the place the way forward for the music business is headed.”

Elsewhere within the music financing house, financing startup Duetti, which acquires indie artists’ music rights, just lately closed its $32 million funding spherical from traders together with Viola Ventures and Viola Credit score, Roc Nation, Untitled and Presight Capital.

The startup, based by former TIDAL Chief Working Officer Lior Tibon and a former Apple Music Enterprise Growth govt, Christopher Nolte, claims that it has “turn into an important enterprise instrument” for over 60 unbiased artists together with CVBZ, Sylvan LaCue, and Croosh, and that it has partnered “on offers throughout over 100 tracks”.

To this point, Duetti claims that it has facilitated music rights acquisitions that noticed artists obtain as much as $400,000 per deal.

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