Benji Rogers and Imogen Heap: building the music blockchain

“Of all the places you might attend an event on “Fair-Trade Music, Virtual Reality and The Blockchain”, the headquarters of British music-industry body BPI is one of the more surprising.

Aren’t its most powerful members – the three major labels – exactly the kind of companies who have most to lose from an all-new, uber-transparent system of tracking music rights and paying for usage?

Maybe. Which is certainly one reason for being curious about how such a system would work. But the early evangelists for such a system – notably PledgeMusic founder Benji Rogers, argue that the blockchain would enhance the businesses of the BPI’s members, rather than destroy them.

That’s why the BPI invited Rogers in on a windy Monday evening for the first in a planned series of “thought-leadership events” tackling big topics and new technologies.

He was joined by musician Imogen Heap, who’s also been digging into blockchain technology in recent months from an artist’s perspective. For an hour and a half, they explained what they’ve been doing, what they’d like to do next, and fielded questions from the audience about the potential challenges.”

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