Tech Pitch: Meet and Jam
The music entrepreneurs talk us through their online network and booking system for musicians
Company name: Meet and Jam
Founders: Nick Ford-Young (28) and Peter Fiennes (51)
Background: Ford-Young has been a touring musician and an internet strategist; Fiennes ran Time Out Guides and set up the Time Out Group website
Based in: Leicester Square, London, WC2
Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?
- Meet and Jam is a network of musicians and a live, online calendar and booking system for music studios.
- Musicians can use it to list their instruments, influences, location and genre, post video and audio, and then connect with each other. There’s a ‘Band Planner’ to help them get organised and free classified ads so they can promote themselves or find a new band member.
- Studios can make use of the bespoke calendar booking system – taking online booking and reaching a thriving community of musicians.
Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?
We help musicians connect. There’s a real need for a digital solution to the age old problem of finding new bandmates, or just someone to jam with. The profiles are fully accountable, so you can take a look at a musician’s video and hear their sound before arranging to meet. There is no other bespoke calendar orbooking system for studios.
Are you funded?
We launched in July last year and up until now we’ve been mainly self-funded, with two outside investors. We are in the process of raising extra funding.
What were you doing before starting?
Ford-Young has been in bands and written and taught music for a living, before working as an internet strategist. Fiennes has been in publishing (digital and print) for most of his working life and is also a published author.
What the best thing about where you’re based?
We’re central and we’re in a building with other start-ups, but it’s costing us a fortune in the local bars!