Austin Robey

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Hi, I’m Austin. I'm interested in collective internet culture, shared ownership, and new models for the online creative economy.

Contact me: austinrobey[at]

Twitter: @austinrobey_

📍Brooklyn, NY


I’m working on something new.



  • Metalabel builds resources, tools, and infrastructure for collectives and creative communities.
  • Ampled is a web-based platform for direct community support of musicians, formed as a collectively owned co-op.
  • Unnamed Friends is a NEW INC member-led, democratically-controlled creative ecosystem grant fund.



Ampled Zine


Public Record: Why I Write

The Creative Independent: How to start a cooperative

Press/ Interviews

Future Laboratory: Neo-collectivism


Primavera Pro Madrid 2023

Wavelengths Summit 2023(Water & Music): Music Community Building and Decentralization: Lessons from History

Reboot: DAOs and cooperatives

Cooper Union: Artworldbuilding

FWB Fest 2022: After Crypto (Required Reading)

WESTAF Creative Vitality Summit: Liberatory Investment Models for the Creative Economy

IDEO: Future Ways of Working

Center For Cultural Innovation: Creative Cooperatives In Practice

Next Gen Entrepreneurship: Platform Co-ops

Owners To Owners: Empowering Your Workers Through Employee Ownership

Cooperation Humbolt: Artists Dismantling Capitalism

Wavelengths Conference 2021: Alternate Streams

Berklee School of Music Innovation Con: Music Models For The New Creative Economy

Platform Cooperativism Conference: NYC 2019

CoCap Nourishing Community Wealth: Oakland 2019

Podcasts/ Radio

Joshua Citarella


8 Ball Radio

Everything Co-op


NEW INC, Y6 Member "Equitable Platforms" Track 2019 & Y7 Community Member of the New Museum cultural incubator

Seed Club Member SC02, social token accelerator DAO

Startupy Curator

Friends With Benefits Member, Events Contributor

Dirt Contributor Y2 cohort member, 2020

Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Venture Fellow, 2015-2017

Grant For The Web research grantee

David Prize Semi-finalist


For the past two years, I’ve been a Visiting Fellow at The New School University for a course titled "Music and Platform Cooperativism".

I've also either spoken at or given guest lectures at:

  • Columbia University
  • School of Visual Arts
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Wake Forest
  • Pratt Institute
  • Parsons
  • New School
  • Berklee School of Music
  • University of Hartford
  • NYU
  • Cooper Union