Token.FM, First Blockchain-Based Direct-to-Fan Music Platform, to Launch Initial Trial in May, Opens Series A Round

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Blockchain, Bitcoin, and token solutions company Tokenly announced today that it will launch its initial trial of Blockchain-based music service token.FM in early May and open a Series A round. token.FM is a direct-to-fan platform, the first to leverage Blockchain technology to address existing media challenges and empower the future of media distribution and fan relationships. Artists control their pricing, distribution, and revenue splits for streaming and sales, with more than 20 times the earning potential of today’s “major” streaming platforms. Fans can support artists directly, receiving true album ownership (i.e. the ability to collect, buy, lend, and resell) and exclusive access to artist chats or experiences, ticket or merchandise pre-sales, and more.

“token.FM is all about deepening the relationship between artists and fans while restoring the sense of music ownership that has been largely missing from the digital music experience,” said Adam B. Levine, CEO of Tokenly. “Now, artists can fully control the distribution of their music and see exactly who their most devoted fans are, rewarding them with exclusive perks. Meanwhile, fans enjoy full ownership of the music they purchase and a closer relationship with their favorite artists and fellow music lovers. In the end, it’s all thanks to the power of the Blockchain, which we are thrilled to take beyond the stage of conception and concretely apply to direct-to-fan music sales for the very first time.”

Using token.FM, artists can tokenize any number of songs into a digital package and set exactly the terms they want for that release, including pricing and quantity for limited/exclusive releases. They can also attach perks such as access to private chats, merch discounts, VIP experiences, and more. Fans who purchase an album via token.FM receive both true ownership of that album and its associated perks. Blockchain technology allows each sale to be identified directly allowing the music itself to serve as the key for access to exclusive opportunities with the artists they love. Media creators are reimbursed directly and transparently for all sales.

Singer/songwriter Tatiana Moroz is the first artist to utilize the token.FM platform, with her full catalog available as both MP3 downloads and “tokenized” albums. Those who purchase a tokenized album receive unlimited streaming rights to that album on token.FM as well as access to an exclusive chat room. Moroz also created a “Super Tatiana Fan” token that provides access to her full catalog, enabling her to set up album pre-sales or a backer subscription model. This Superfan token can provide access to a growing and changing library of media and perks over time. Those who do not wish to buy the album can stream its songs using token.FM’s jukebox-style credits. Songs can be streamed for free, 2.5 credits (about 2.5 cents), or another price set by the artist. Artists keep 80% of revenues from media streaming and sales, and nearly 98% from merchandise.

For more information on token.FM or to pre-register for the service, visit www.token.fm.

Tokenly is a Blockchain technology solutions company specializing in the design and development of practical business applications that leverage Blockchain and tokens. Tokenly solutions make it easy to implement Blockchain features and functionality with as much or as little abstraction for the end user as needed. Founded in November 2014 and based in Napa Valley, Tokenly has an established eCommerce platform, Crowdfunding solution, account management system, and Blockchain wallet. Tokenly’s objective is to build agnostic practical applications that can solve problems and empower new opportunities across many verticals. To date, Tokenly has developed solutions for crowdfunding, logistics, advertising, marijuana supply chain, gaming, eSports, media licensing, and others. For more information on Tokenly, visit www.tokenly.com.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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