According to Mastercard, the payments giant has launched non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that grant access to the Mastercard Artist Accelerator program, designed to support emerging musicians. Developed in collaboration with Polygon, the NFT project highlights Mastercard’s intent to embrace Web3 technologies.
Mastercard Launches Second NFT Offering
In January, Mastercard announced its partnership with Polygon to support up-and-coming artists through the Mastercard Artist Accelerator program. During the NFT.NYC conference, the company unveiled NFTs that provide entry to this program. “Until the end of the month, music and Web3 enthusiasts can redeem Mastercard Music Pass NFT,” the company stated on Wednesday.
When unveiling the music artist program, Mastercard did not reveal the participating musicians, as they had not been chosen yet. The selected artists are R&B soul singer Young Athena, Venezuelan vocalist Manu Manzu, Nigerian-based artist LeriQ, pop sensation Emily Vu, and West Indian hip-hop/pop-soul artist Cocoa Sarai. Mastercard notes that these artists will receive guidance from five experts and access to an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered music studio by Warpsound.
“[The artists can] kickstart their content creation, obtain mentorship, and acquire tips for using blockchain to monetize their work and build a fan community within the Web3 environment,” elaborated Mastercard’s announcement. Fans can redeem the Mastercard Music Pass NFT until the end of this month. This marks the company’s second NFT offering since June 2022 when it collaborated with Moonpay, Nifty Gateway, Candy Digital, The Sandbox, Immutable X, Spring, and Mintable to provide NFTs for cardholders.
Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard’s chief marketing and communications officer and president, stated that the company’s goal is to help people and partners worldwide understand blockchain and digital assets better while also demonstrating how Mastercard technology can support this ecosystem. “We also believe that Web3 has the potential to powerfully connect people and build communities around shared passions,” added the Mastercard executive.
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