Afterparty Raises $4M in Unsolicited Funding Round, Introduces World’s First NFT Ticketing Platform for Artists

The latest funding round brings the total capital raised by the startup to $7 million.
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Quick take:

  • Over 25 entrepreneurs, creators, and VCs participated in the round, including Paris Hilton and Blockchange Ventures.
  • Afterparty introduces the world’s first NFT ticketing platform for artists.
  • The community funding round accelerates platform growth.

NFT platform, Afterparty, announced today that it closed a $4 million unsolicited funding round, bringing its total capital raised to $7 million. 

Over 25 entrepreneurs, creators, and VCs participated in the strategic community round, including Paris Hilton, Spencer Rascoff (Zillow), Jason Calacanis (The Syndicate), David Friedberg (The Production Board), Nicole Farb (Headline), Andre Iguodala (NBA player, Catalyst Fund), Rudy Cline-Thomas (Mastry, Inc.), Reade Seiff (Sunset DAM) and Desiree Gruber (Full Picture).

Other participants included early-stage crypto fund, Blockchange Ventures, along with Acrew Capital and TenOneTen Ventures which co-led Afterparty’s seed raise. The strategic community round will accelerate the platform’s growth as Afterparty introduces the world’s first NFT ticketing platform for artists, answering an unmet need in the music industry for transparent, verifiable and artist-first ticketing.

“When we launched Afterparty, we knew we were creating a new model for NFTs based on lifetime ‘membership’ access and IRL experiences,” said David Fields, CEO of Afterparty. “What we didn’t know was just how much and how fast the idea of ‘Coachella meets Art Basel’ would resonate with our dynamic community of investors, artists, creators and fans. Now, we are using that valuable support to create something that gives back to the entire music ecosystem.”

Afterparty launched the world’s first NFT-gated art and music festival held physically in Las Vegas, held over two days from March 18 – 19. Headliners The Chainsmokers and The Kid LAROI played to over 6,000 attendees, while model Heidi Klum and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter live minted NFTs.

The inaugural token-gated festival provided a large-scale proof of concept that creators can use NFTs as a tool to unlock interactive, real-world experiences. With the new NFT ticketing platform, Afterparty is taking an artist-first approach to put the control of the ticketing services sector in the hands of artists and fans by removing the possibility of ticket scalping and high fees that come with Web2 ticketing services.

Afterparty is taking the art and music NFT festival to Los Angeles on Oct 29 – 30. To attend the festival, punters will have to acquire Afterparty’s second-generation Guardian NFT collection, dropping before the festival kicks off. 10,000 NFTs will be minted as VIP passes to the Los Angeles Festival and a “lifetime festival membership.” Holders of these NFTs will get priority access to buy a VIP ticket to the festival every subsequent year.

Afterparty NFT holders have enjoyed perks such as access to live-minting parties at a secret location in the Hollywood Hills which were attended by singer Sia, Youtuber Bryce Hall, and Tiktoker Vinnie Hacker.

Since launching in 2021, Afterparty has scaled its community to include music artists including Nile Rogers and Echosmith, celebrities like Josh Duhamel and Heidi Klum, and creators like Loren Gray, King Bach, and Teala Dunn.

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