BandLab’s vision is simple: A future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music. Founded in 2015, BandLab is the next-generation social music creation platform on a mission to break down the technical, geographic, and creative barriers for musicians and fans. Free-to-use, the mobile-first cross-platform DAW and social ...
Social Music Creation Platform BandLab Amplifies Growth With New Round Valuing Company at $425M
This additional round of investment accelerates the company’s commitment to global accessibility of music creation, artist empowerment, and development.
Singapore, May 23rd, 2023: BandLab Technologies, the Singapore-based parent company of flagship social music creation platform BandLab has announced the addition of USD $25M in a new round of Series B1 financing that raises the valuation of the company to USD $425M post-money.
Led by existing investor Cercano Management (formerly Vulcan Capital) with super-pro rata participation from Prosus Ventures, this additional tranche of capital is a significant milestone for BandLab Technologies. This builds on its previously announced Series B round in 2022 and accelerates the company’s vision to empower more creators worldwide with accessible music creation tools from mobile to desktop.
This new funding will see BandLab Technologies further grow its workforce and double down on emerging creator campaigns. This ongoing commitment to expanding the team and intensifying marketing efforts aims to advance the development of cutting-edge music creation tools while extending the company's reach and support to untapped communities of musicians and fans. BandLab will also channel additional resources towards supporting services such as leading music education platform BandLab for Education and other similar initiatives.
At the heart of BandLab Technologies' offerings is BandLab, a groundbreaking platform that empowers aspiring music creators around the world to create, collaborate, and share their music online with an emphasis on emerging artist discovery, community, and fandom. With a wide-reaching community ranging from first-time creators to viral TikTok stars to GRAMMY-winning producers, BandLab’s award-winning comprehensive ecosystem is an end-to-end creator-centric destination.
Ranked as Fast Company’s most innovative music company in 2023, BandLab’s deep array of features includes cross-platform digital audio workstation Studio, leading royalty-free sample and loops service Sounds, AI music generator tool SongStarter and more, all designed for creators to easily spark new musical ideas. The company’s vibrant ecosystem also includes leading professional-level digital audio workstation Cakewalk, artist services platform ReverbNation, and recently acquired beat marketplace Airbit.
Since its Series B round in 2022, the company has seen remarkable milestones from its community of over 60M registered users, with groundbreaking artists such as d4vd, ThxSoMch, and Luh Tyler trending on global charts and experiencing major label success. Additionally, the introduction of direct fan subscriptions, discovery, and promotional analytics tool Boost, as well as the launch of Opportunities via Reverbnation continue to elevate the range of services available to artists at the start of their creator journey. BandLab’s commitment to bridging the gap between independent artists and labels has seen numerous hero stories and collaborations emerge, serving as an inspiration to the rapidly growing world of aspiring creators worldwide.
"We are at a captivating juncture where technology and art intersect, bringing down the conventional barriers to creativity," says Meng Ru Kuok, BandLab CEO & Co-Founder. "In this transformative era of mass music creation, our dedication to artists, aspiring musicians, and creators worldwide has never been stronger. Not only are we democratizing music creation on a global scale, we are fostering a community where everyone can express themselves through music, irrespective of their resources or technical prowess. With this investment, we step forward into a future where every smartphone owner has the potential to be a unique music artist who is protected, empowered, and heard."
Managing Director & Head of Southeast Asia at Vulcan Capital, Tommy Teo, says, "Since our original investment, BandLab has been steadfast in demonstrating its exceptional potential in making music creation accessible and enjoyable to a global audience. BandLab's dedication to nurturing creativity and fostering collaboration among its growing community of highly-engaged users is truly unique. We believe in their vision and the power of the BandLab platform to unlock the next generation of artists and fans and to bridge the creation gap between established markets and emerging, underserved areas. As we continue our support for the company, we expect that BandLab will play a vital role in driving a vibrant future for music creators worldwide."
BandLab’s vision is simple: A future where there are no boundaries to making and sharing music. Founded in 2015, BandLab is the next-generation social music creation platform on a mission to break down the technical, geographic, and creative barriers for musicians and fans. Free-to-use, the mobile-first cross-platform DAW and social network, unites the entire creator journey into one place, boasting a suite of features and tools for creators to make music, share their music with fans, earn a living, and even top the charts.
To find out why over 60 million creators love and use BandLab, visit bandlab.com or sign up for free on the App Store or Google Play. BandLab is the flagship product of BandLab Technologies, which also includes professional-level digital audio workstation, Cakewalk, beat marketplace, Airbit, and artist services platform, ReverbNation.
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About Cercano Management
Cercano Management (formerly known as Vulcan Capital, the investment arm of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen) is a global asset manager that provides investment advisory and family office services to ultra-high net worth individuals and their families as well as their foundations, charitable organizations, and other related entities. Headquartered in Bellevue, WA, Cercano manages assets across a range of venture capital, private equity, private credit, and public equity strategies. Cercano’s Asia headquarters in Singapore focuses on early-stage private investments and has invested in over 20 companies in the region since its inception in July 2019.