‘LinkedIn for music’ launches base in UK

Posted on February 23, 2021 by Jonathan Symcox

Vampr

Vampr, dubbed the LinkedIn for creatives, has raised £570,000 in funding and opened an office in London. 

In an oversubscribed crowdfunding round, the US company raised the maximum permitted in a 12-month window, with more than 2,000 investors taking its total investment raised to £1.9 million as it plans a Series A round. 

The funding will go towards further expansion with a desktop experience and new live streaming tools planned to allow creatives to broadcast their performances to the world. 

Described as the only 360° self-service platform for artistsVampr was founded in 2015 by Josh Simons and multi-award-winning songwriter/guitarist and tech entrepreneur Baz Palmer. 

It began as a groundbreaking social-professional network for creatives, enabling more than six million connections across 190+ countries to create hundreds of thousands of musical works along the way.  

It has been designed to provide everything from distribution, publishing, education and other digital services to a fast-scaling network of over 750,000 users.  

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The company’s premium service, Vampr Pro, includes digital distribution, allowing users to share their music on leading music streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, while keeping 100% of their royalties. 

It is already used by many industry heavyweights to source new talent: from Kanye West’s Grammy-winning producer, Antony Kilhoffer, to Rae Khalil from hit Netflix music competition show Rhythm + Flow, hosted by Queen Latifah and Chance The Rapper.  

It claims everyone from music industry executives at Warner, Sony and Beatport to institutional investors, NHL players and even stay-at-home parents have invested in the Vampr platform. 

In the past year, the startup has seen its monthly active users grow by 400% and experienced a 1,273% increase in revenue. 

“We are thrilled to have successfully closed another equity crowdfunding campaign,” said Simons.  

I want to thank each and every one of our 2,054 investors, many of them also Vampr users, my team for supporting Baz and I throughout the raise, and of course the entire Vampr community which continues to blossom as the platform improves.” 

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