The advancement of new technology has long been a source of hope and concern for artists and creators, and AI is no exception. But the partnership between BeatStars and Lemonaide promises to bring more than hope to the creator community – the two visionary companies are setting the standard for using AI the right way.
BeatStars Founder and CEO Abe Batshon and Lemonaide Co-Founder and CEO Michael “MJ” Jacob were musicians long before launching their respective music tech companies. That’s not the only thing the two have in common – both started their entrepreneurial journeys on a mission to empower other aspiring creators to overcome barriers, including those held back by an archaic system that made it challenging for up-and-coming talent to succeed.
“I started BeatStars out of a personal passion to empower creators in every way possible, whether it’s helping them find new revenue streams or providing them with new tools to inspire their best work. - Abe Batshon
"MJ and the Lemonaide team share the same passion and mindset – we’re on a unified mission to support and protect creators while empowering them to create their best music,” says Batshon.
The fact that these two visionaries have come together to form a strategic partnership seems practically pre-ordained – Lemonade’s Michael “MJ” Jacob started his music career as a BeatStars member. “This really feels like a full-circle moment,” says Jacob. “I can’t wait to see the creativity sparked among the BeatStars community as a result of our partnership.”
The partnership between BeatStars, the global leader in the new beat economy, and Lemonaide, a ground-breaking new startup in music AI, is exciting news for both the industry and individual creators. But what makes this strategic alliance so compelling is the commitment of both companies to set the ethical standard for the music industry’s adoption of artificial intelligence.
BeatStars and Lemonaide are committed to using only ethically-sourced AI to empower creators. What does that mean, exactly? That means the AI is trained through a voluntary community of producers who are compensated for sharing their work, and whose feedback is openly encouraged. As Batshon points out, “Our approach, as always, is to treat our community as partners.”
Ethical AI also means purposefully limiting the role of artificial intelligence to short musical ideas that spark inspiration, expand creative boundaries, and break producers out of the dreaded “beat block.” Lemonaide’s ‘homegrown” AI is created by musicians for musicians, specifically to inspire producers with idea starters to help them develop their best work, rather than generate complete works that could replace producers in the creative process.
“There are companies out there right now taking a more secretive approach to training datasets, and they’re taking advantage of artists,” says Jacob. “I started off as a musician, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure we protect the musician, especially with technologies like AI.”
Jacob knows that, for creators, this latest technology evolution can be supportive or destructive – both Lemonaide and BeatStars are committed to being on the supportive side. "Whether we like it or not, AI is coming to music creation,” he says.
“We want to be the company that defines the proper paths to take in utilizing new technology advancements, to use AI in helpful ways, while always keeping the artist front and center as the ultimate decision maker." - Michael "MJ" Jacob
BeatStars started 15 years ago with the same mission in mind – to support the creator community – which is why the partnership between the two companies presents such a powerful alliance for music producers, creators, and artists. “Everything we do is community first, that will never change” says Batshon. “The way we’re approaching AI is no different. We’re setting the standard.”
Stay tuned for this powerful AI integration, coming soon to BeatStars Marketplace and Pro Page plans.
For more information on Lemonaide, visit their website here.