We are bringing the digital revolution to institutional music publishing. Schools and other institutions spend 1 billion dollars a year on sheet music for concerts. MusicSpoke provides a digital marketplace where music professionals can purchase the sheet music they need directly from the composers they love.

With the increased use of technology in classrooms and as more professional musicians perform off of iPads, the demand for digital content is increasing exponentially.

The MusicSpoke Marketplace is a B2B, digital marketplace that brings music professionals (buyers) and composers (sellers) together. We make it easy for buyers to purchase sheet music by allowing them to hear and see the entire score before purchasing, and our entire inventory is available for immediate digital download. Composers love MusicSpoke because they retain copyrights and control over their scores, earn more money compared to traditional publisher royalties, and know who is purchasing and performing th...
We are bringing the digital revolution to institutional music publishing. Schools and other institutions spend 1 billion dollars a year on sheet music for concerts. MusicSpoke provides a digital marketplace where music professionals can purchase the sheet music they need directly from the composers they love.

With the increased use of technology in classrooms and as more professional musicians perform off of iPads, the demand for digital content is increasing exponentially.

The MusicSpoke Marketplace is a B2B, digital marketplace that brings music professionals (buyers) and composers (sellers) together. We make it easy for buyers to purchase sheet music by allowing them to hear and see the entire score before purchasing, and our entire inventory is available for immediate digital download. Composers love MusicSpoke because they retain copyrights and control over their scores, earn more money compared to traditional publisher royalties, and know who is purchasing and performing their music.

The current music publishing industry requires composers to give up their copyrights, over 90% of the revenue from sales, and 50% of their performance rights. In addition, composers have no way of knowing who is purchasing their music, where it is being performed, or any way to verify the accuracy of the publisher’s reports.

Sheet music publishing is a global industry, with over $1 billion in sales in the United States. Our potential customers include over 450,000 purchasing institutions in the U.S. This includes educational institutions from elementary schools to Universities. It also includes churches, civic ensembles, and professional performance organizations. Each one of these institutions has a budget to purchase sheet music that ranges from $500 to $20,000 per year.

MusicSpoke retains 30% of all sales. This is consistent with other proven, content-creator models like iTunes and Amazon Direct Publishing. We have additional ways to monetize the platform including advertising revenue, premium subscriptions, and featured listings.

We market to our customers through industry specific trade shows and publications, and by utilizing existing social media networks. Because we are primarily B2B, our customer acquisition costs are low and largely related to general marketing.
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NMotion
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NMotion NMotion is Nebraska's Startup Accelerator based in Lincoln, NE
NMotion - Summer 2016
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NMotion - Summer 2016 Startups Made Real - #AgTech • #SportsTech • #MarketingTech • #HRtech
Prosper Startup Accelerator
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Prosper Startup Accelerator Prosper is focused on accelerating the best female-led startups worldwide
NMotion - Summer 2014
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NMotion - Summer 2014 NMotion is a startup accelerator based in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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NMotion Alumni NMotion is Nebraska's Startup Accelerator based in Lincoln, NE

Advisors

Beth McKeon
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Blake Lawrence
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Blake Lawrence Built and sold 25-employee social media agency. Former Nebraska football player.
Brian Ardinger
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Brian Ardinger Founder @NXXTco, @NMotionStartup @theiopodcast; Co-founder @Econic; EiR @NUtechVentures; Former CMO @Nanonation
Jonathan Ruybalid
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Jonathan Ruybalid

Employees

Ryan Wyse
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Ryan Wyse CTO

Recommendations

Ari DeGrote Founder at Upward & Inward

I just love Jennifer and Kurt with MusicSpoke! You'd be hard-pressed to find a more persistent and hard-working startup duo. They recently moved from Lincoln, NE to Kansas City, MO and they dove head first into the startup community - smart move! They office out of the Sprint Accelerator and we've had the pleasure of seeing their progress; accepting them into Cohort 5 of The Mentor Network, making into the Pipeline fellowship, cheering them onto a $50,000 LaunchKC grant, being a part of ScaleUP KC and more! Jennifer is always looking to improve herself and her business. She takes action and is humble enough to be coached constantly. She proactively seeks opportunities to learn, even when it's getting pitch feedback for the 500+ time! I'd highly recommend MusicSpoke for any program that furthers their pursuits! It would be to your advantage as well!

Doug Dresslaer Co-Founder at Doug's Team

MusicSpoke is disrupting an industry that is ripe for change and Jennifer and Kurt are the right team to lead the way. Their experience and talent is helping MusicSpoke grow on a daily basis. MusicSpoke is changing the model for composers and performers and Kansas City is excited to have such a great company growing here. Plus, MusicSpoke is always giving back to our community helping other entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed!!

Darcy Howe

Jennifer and Kurt are an exemplary combination of industry experience, business acumen and passion.

As a long time investor I have seen entrepreneurs who run the spectrum in business execution.

Jennifer and Kurt have demonstrated talent, perseverance and optimism. Additionally they give generously to the entrepreneurial community in numerous ways with a ‘give first’ attitude.

They are a real plus to the KC community which is eager to help them succeed.

Jonathan Ruybalid Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University

Jennifer and Kurt are effectively applying their business model to the opportunity in the sheet music industry. Their combination of marketing - business experience, industry knowledge and respect, and initiative are building blocks for MusicSpoke's success. MusicSpoke is changing the opportunities for composers and performers and creating a community around and for both.

Blake Lawrence CEO at opendorse

MusicSpoke has the ideal combination of founder experience. Jennifer is a phenomenal marketer, communicator, and knows how to build a business that creates value for its customers and stakeholders. Kurt has a brilliant mind for music, and knows the problem MusicSpoke is solving all-too-well. Together, these two will take MusicSpoke far -- creating incredible opportunity for the sheet music and conductor community.

Erik Meyer

Jennifer & Kurt are taking the sheet music industry on by storm by their expertise in business and music. Their new model benefits the creative artists AND the consumers who purchase their music. This was long overdue in an industry that was stale and bland. Composers can keep their musical integrity and the rights to their creations, and performers get access to better pieces and a direct link to the composers. Since joining Musicspoke, I've had my compositions performed all over the world, found music that I probably wouldn't have found before, and have connected with other composers and performers in ways that wouldn't happen under the old business model.

Ben Pankonin Co-Founder at Social Assurance

I have watched Jennifer and Kurt from the beginning and continue to be impressed with their execution, knowledge of the industry and hustle. They are destined for success.

Robert Ross

MusicSpoke is a long-overdue new paradigm in music sales and distribution. Long may they wave!

Ian Ring Senior Software Engineer at NetSuite

In an otherwise predatory industry, MusicSpoke is a beacon of sensibility providing real value to both music producers and customers.

Brian Ardinger Member at GAN

MusicSpoke is changing the way composers connect and sell. Their team has directly felt the problems with the traditional music publishing industry and has set out to change the way sheet music is published, shared and sold.

Nathan Howe

From the composer's point of view, MusicSpoke is hands-down the best delivery mechanism I've used. I get to keep my copyrights, I get a very fair cut of the purchase price, and MusicSpoke has built a supportive community of good composers. MusicSpoke works because they invest in good musicians and give them autonomy.

Matt Westenburg Co-Founder at Travel Integration Services

Jennifer & Kurt are a great team. They both have the drive and the passion to make MusicSpoke successful. MusicSpoke is a great platform to buy & sell sheet music.

Brian Ardinger Member at GAN

Jill Thayer Liliedahl

MusicSpoke is a perfect fit for NMotion. They are a well-rounded, highly experienced team poised to take on the music publishing industry. As serial entreprenuers, their participation in NMotion will show long-lasting dividends for the local startup community. They will be a welcome addition to the 2014 cohort as collaborative and hard-working entrepreneurs.