Exploring Innovation in Music & Cities
SoundHive Innovation is the R&D arm of a social enterprise – built to create opportunities for talent in the music and music technology industries. Formed by Chris Ilett – an Artist/Producer & Songwriter who also has a strong background in tech and digital transformation in the public and private sector.

Our Projects


SoundHive Social

We put on an event to give people a chance to connect. The kind of event you can attend alone and leave with new friends.
We turn the live music down and allow people to talk. The result: complete focus on the artists.

City Network

An extension of the Social. The event works so well at building a regular audience & close community that we want to expand to other cities & create a network of regular events, resulting in easy touring opportunities.

Music Tech Startup Accelerator

Focusing on arts & music industry-related technology solutions, we will rapidly grow young companies working in this sector. A managed startup programme helps to create an employment boom of higher-paid roles within cities.

Immersive Audio Capital City

We have a unique opportunity to work with the biggest labels in the world, which would create a huge boom in employment for audio engineers, and raise the global profile of the city as experts in emerging audio technology.

Songwriter Cities Fund

A support system to enable rapid development through better studio tools, a collaborative community and opportunities to thrive. Investing in artists' work and reinvesting profits into the next wave of artists.

Livestream Interactive

Brexit has massively impacted UK artists' ability to tour throughout the EU and internationally at a time when the arts industries have been hardest hit by the pandemic. It's the perfect time to invest in innovation - enabling artists to reach global audiences through live-streamed shows. We'll monetize this with incredible, interactive audience experiences.

Music Services Incubator

Many businesses just need help to get started - space for music-related activities is very difficult to find, and expensive to lease whilst finding first regular customers.

It's a problematic barrier to entry.

We hope to incubate businesses if they're good for the community or promising for the economy.

Community Hubs

A closer-knit community of music-related creatives from all genres & social backgrounds. Actively aiding collaborations, networking, friendship, development of scenes, and education events

Enabling a community to benefit from a vast array of experiences. Some might call it Knowledge Transference. We call it art.

Let’s create the extraordinary