Official mayk Litepaper. Last modified: dec 2021. This document is a work in progress as we begin contributing to the web3 music economy and work more closely together with the mayk community to bring new voices and sounds into music. We describe a bit about who we are and what we are exploring.
Welcome to mayk - a community of makers!
1/ What we believe
We started mayk to democratize music and empower anybody to become a music creator as we truly believe that “with the right tools, anybody can mayk it”. What does that mean? Building safe creative spaces with powerful music tools, distribution and monetization. What drives us is our excitement to make music creativity more universally accessible so we can empower the next billion music creators to follow their passions!
As we are mission driven and focused on the success of a new wave of music creators, we're excited to help creators in the ways they want help, including song ownership & getting their songs into blockchains & other platforms that help them progress on their musical journeys. We are focusing on playful experimentation, eagerness-to-learn, and community cooperation as part of our core DNA & values -- and entering this journey with open ears and hearts.
The creator and artist economies are mostly top-heavy and focus on main-stream appeal. We believe in the power of sub-communities and want to support creators that experiment with a new relevant sound for these communities. Our community inspires us with how they use songs and why they love making songs. Some examples:
Our early community is excited about collaborating on music with an encouraging community, and understanding the ownership of songs they make in web3 & on new platforms. Hence, we are excited to contribute to building a new music ecosystem by providing a creative on-ramp for music creators to enter web3. That’s why we keep researching and developing the best audio production tools for collaborative song making on any platform (starting with iOS mobile)
2/ What we’re building
Our team is excited to contribute to the new-music web3 space in an authentic and meaningful way. To that end, we are
We are committed to continually looking for sustainable, greener solutions that reduce our impact on the planet as we are thinking about the benefits of blockchains for music creators. That’s why we decided to first build in partnership with low-gas & low-carbon chains that are aligned with our core value around accessibility (and are excited by chains like Solana, Polygon, Tezos and Avalanche)
3/ Why are we building for web3?
Through 2021, our focus was on researching and developing a simple, accessible music tool. Since we’ve seen success with amateur creators making songs on their phones, we are interested in enabling simpler models of ownership, autonomy and community for the creators. Which will mean among other things:
We believe we can help music creators receive validation and support for their creations, with faster payouts and opportunities for fans to be ‘super-supporters’ of their favorite artists, by building an ecosystem around music creation, with simple tools for creators at the start of their music journey. The next Billie Eilish can make songs from her phone, sell copies of her songs as NFTs, and reward her early supporters & fans. One true fan can be all a music creator needs to find value in her own voice, even if niche in nature. We hope to enable meaningful connections within niche creative communities, helping a new wave of creators develop their culture and sound.
4/ The mayk.it app (a mobile music creation studio)
With mayk.it you can create, share & publish songs in minutes. Our tools are focused on the beginner, and help illuminate a path for creators to go as far as they want with their sounds:
5/ What’s the community about?
mayk is a fun place for people who aren’t afraid to experiment with sound, let loose, and have fun expressing how they feel through songs. Be yourself or be whoever you wanna be and shape the community. Our community includes music creators, enthusiasts, and supporters, with a focus on inclusivity and diversity, valuing:
6/ Milestones & Roadmap
2021:** R&D / Enter the space
2022+:** What we’re thinking about next:
To be continued... Got some ideas or feedback? We would love to get in touch!