Universal Music to develop collectible NFTs in deal with Curio platform

Universal Music Group has struck a partnership with NFT platform Curio to develop NFT collections for its record labels and artists.

The deal is a major move into a potentially new revenue stream by the world's largest music company, which, like its rivals, depends heavily on streaming music for its financial survival.

Universal Music said it plans to work with Curio to develop digital artwork and other collectibles for the company and its artists.

Curio also will serve as an online outlet where fans can buy officially licensed NFTs, starting in March with a collaboration from Capitol Music Group and the British singer-songwriter Calum Scott.

Michael Nash, Universal Music Group's executive vice president of digital strategy, said NFTs and Web3, the coming generation of the internet built on blockchain technology, present an opportunity for labels and artists to create unique digital products for fans at a time when streaming has made access to music ubiquitous.