This pioneering social music platform allows artists to monetize their creations while building an incredible collaborative community. The company offers the draw of a social media platform, an intuitive interface for creating music, and the power of blockchain and NFT technology to help up-and-coming artists get paid what they deserve for their work.
Mused’s mission is to democratize access to music creation and empower musician creators to monetize their work. To accomplish this, Mused offers users an intuitive creation view, the possibility to remix and rerecord posts from other users, and NFTs backed by the MATIC network on Ethereum.
The Inspiration for Mused
The idea came about when Mused founder, and first-year Yale MBA student Nathan Miranda was volunteering at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) youth educational outreach program. Through JALC, Nathan worked with underserved communities in Brooklyn, where tight state budgets and reshuffling priorities left many school districts without adequate funding for music education.
Despite the lack of music programs in the schools, many students were naturally gifted with strong rhythmic and melodic intuitions. In other words, these students had visions for their music in their “inner ear”, but lacked accessible, non-siloed tooling to bring those visions to life. Out of this common refrain, the idea for Mused was born.
To accomplish their vision, Mused offers users an intuitive creation view, the possibility to remix and rerecord posts from other users, and NFTs backed by the MATIC network on Ethereum.
The Intuitive Creation View will present users with a grid of 16 – 32 squares, each of which corresponds to a fraction of a beat. Sound clips, which can either be pre-recorded or recorded live by the user can be assigned to each square. When the complete track (or grid) is played, each square is activated in sequential order to the beat. The goal is that with a bit of experimentation, anyone can create a great sounding short-form beat, chord progression, or even full-fledged song.
Mused will truly be a community-driven and collaborative platform as the platform will allow any music post to be dragged back into the creator view with all original attributes of the track intact. This attractive feature gives countless possibilities for new creations such as vocalists adding lyrics, instrumentals being used for projects, and remixes to be given to the original song.
Through a monthly subscription on the app, every musical post on the platform results in a newly minted NFT on the MATIC + Ethereum blockchain. These NFTs will have smart contracts embedded into them that pay out royalties to the creator when played/streamed or re-sold on the secondary market. With every remix of a post, the contributors to that NFT increase, resulting in split royalties for all collaborators on a track. This aspect is also markedly different from other social platforms, as every post is fully owned by the posters. The community remains in full control of their work, while Mused facilitates discovery and collaboration on these tracks, as well as a low-cost way to generate these NFTs.
The Creator Economy is here to stay and will only be accelerated by blockchain and NFT technology. There are over 50 million people worldwide that are creators with many of them currently excelling on platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, and TikTok. Currently, over 3.2 million global creators make six figures and the decentralized and user-owned movement with Web3.0, it's the perfect time for Mused to catch lightning in a bottle.
In the long-term, Nathan is hoping to incorporate Mused in the elementary school and middle school classroom, as a low-cost solution for school districts to provide music education. Mused for Education would remain a separate product from Mused for Artists and would feature separate functions such as gamified curriculum for melody, rhythm, and harmony based on a student’s listening preferences on Apple Music and Spotify.
On the Mused for Artists front, Nathan is considering initiating a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) to govern the use and functionality of the artist NFTs, allowing engaged
community members to participate in the future of their work. The company is currently in the alpha stage and is actively under development. Nathan is looking to hire technical talent to finish the application for its launch on the iOS and Android App Store.
Nathan has a unique skillset to build Mused as he has been developing applications as a full-stack engineer for the past six years and has performed jazz music with a few quartets around New York City. Nathan has also taught with and performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center since 2015. In addition, Nathan has a few key advisors who work closely with him on Mused. The first is Dr. James Van Wyck, Assistant Dean for Professional Development at Princeton University. Dr. Van Wyck has a keen business sense, helping Nathan keep the founding team lean while the application has been in development. The second is Dr. Eric Bianchi, Associate Professor of Music at Fordham University and a PhD alumnus from Yale University with deep experience and connections in the music education sector.
Please reach out to Nathan Miranda at email@example.com if you would like to learn more about Mused.