Although it may appear as if the music industry is currently being run by a handful of tech giants with little room for startups to prosper in a cut throat environment, on closer inspection we can see there are some shining lights on the horizon with a number of innovative new startups emerging.

As a music enthusiast I have been thrilled to see some of these ventures establish themselves as bold new alternatives in 2017 who are giving the power back to the artists, fans and music enthusiasts in a market which was once stagnating.

The diversity of ideas in this sector is truly remarkable, ranging from apps which get you on the guest-list to your favourite concerts to sites which allow real musicians to connect with professional producers online. Below are ten up and coming startups that really caught my eye, and from whom I expect big things in the coming year.

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1. Gruv Music

A brilliant and innovative new app which allows anyone to easily create their own original music, regardless of music ability or background. It is extremely easy to use and highly addictive to anyone who has the creative impulse.

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2. Magic Instruments

This app is for anyone who’s ever yearned to play a musical instrument but does not have the time to learn from scratch. It’s MI guitar is an amazing shortcut that allows users to play their favourite songs within minutes and feel the exhilaration of being a top rockstar.

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3. Stage Link

Stagelink is an app for music artists which allows them to track fan-driven, real time demand so they can effectively plan their careers and tours. This app allows artists to predict sales and income with precise accuracy which would be the ideal tool for those looking to make a sustainable career in a highly competitive music industry.

4. Sound Better

SoundBetter is a highly innovative app which allows artists to affordably connect with professional music producers and other industry insiders, polish their recordings and take their music to the next level.

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5. Harmonix Music

Harmonix is one of the leading pioneers in the music gaming industry, creating some of the coolest games which will appeal to users with hugely diverse and different tastes. Titles are available in genres ranging from vintage rock to modern dance and chart music to provide endless hours of musical fun.

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6. Hype Machine

Hype Machine is an amazing way to learn about new music and up and coming artists. It helps you keep up to speed with all of the latest trends by tracking many respected music blogs and presenting its findings in a way which is accessible and user-friendly.

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7. Jukely

Jukely has revolutionized the way that live music lovers and gig goers can attend the coolest music events in town. For only 25 USD/month subscribers are added to a giant pool of concerts and can add themselves to the guestlist to anyone of their choosing, meaning that users essentially get to see more great shows and are exposed to new music and events on a regular basis.

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8. Red Note

Rednote is a great new app for music lovers which allows users to create and share posts with along with their favourite songs, lyrics, photos, fonts and lyrics on social media.

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9. Fresh Planet

Fresh planet are the multi award winning creators of the biggest interactive online music quizzes which anyone can join. With a number of different genres spanning modern pop to classic rock this app will be sure to keep you hooked to excitement.

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10. Indify

Indify is a must-have app for modern music fans. It cleverly analyses online trends to predict the future of music and the next biggest stars of the industry so that users and music lovers alike can stay one step ahead of the game.

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