Ampled (2019-2023)

Ampled (2019-2023)


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Ampled was a web platform that allows music artists to be supported by their community with direct, recurring payments. Structured as a co-op, Ampled was 100% owned by its artists, workers, and community (not VC investors) with the ultimate goal of creating a permanent vehicle for artist prosperity—not an acquisition or exit.

As an organization, Ampled positioned itself in stark contrast to Silicon Valley ethos through a commitment to radical transparency, democratic governance, and broad-based user ownership.

Founded in 2019 by a group of designers, software engineers, and musicians, Ampled helped artists gain sustainable and predictable income in today’s streaming economy, and gives them agency and ownership of a platform they rely on.



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