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How Audius Governance Works

Governance is the process by which AUDIO token holders enact change to Audius through on-chain proposals.

It allows the community to directly shape future iterations of the platform and is the core principle driving Audius’s decentralized infrastructure.

In this post, we’ll cover how governance works in Audius, and what you can do as an AUDIO holder to get involved.

Governance Portal


The Audius Protocol Dashboard Governance tab provides a view of Audius Governance and an interface to vote on proposals with a connected wallet:

Here you can see a list of all Active and Resolved proposals in chronological order along with whether they have passed or failed.

Every governance proposal comes with a breakdown of the following parameters:

ProposerThe address responsible for submitting the proposal
DescriptionA quick synthesis of what the governance proposal entails
ForThe amount of votes in favor of the proposal
AgainstThe amount of votes against the proposal

All proposals are subject to 5% of staked $AUDIO quorum and 50% majority.

This means that for a proposal to pass, at least 5% of all staked $AUDIO must vote on the proposal and more than 50% of the votes must be ‘For’ the proposal.

Today, only those running a node may make a proposal on-chain. In future, the set of permitted proposers could be expanded in any way the community sees fit.

Governance Process

Effective governance is much more than voting on proposals on-chain, and something that we want to make even more accessible at Audius.

Here’s a breakdown of Audius’ evolving governance ecosystem, including the tools, processes and logistics behind AUDIO voting.

Please note that some users may be more inclined than others to facilitate the duration of this process, and we recommend anyone interested in shaping Audius to contribute in whatever ways possible, even if that means just starting a conversation around a topic on Discord!

On-chain Voting

Using Figment’s most recent governance proposal as an example, you can see that different node operators and delegators voted in favor of extending the voting time from 48 to 72 hours.

Given that the total number of votes (1 AUDIO, 1 vote) was above the quorum requirement of ~11M $AUDIO and the 50% majority (100% voted in favor) the proposal passed!

In doing so, the changes from this proposal were executed through the governance contract, changing the voting window from 48 hours to 72 hours!

Community MultiSig

Once a vote has been passed, the governance contract executes the proposal.

However, Audius also features a community multisig as a veto of last resort, referenced in the whitepaper in the “short-circuiting” subsection of the governance section.

This means that a set of 9 Audius community members have the ability to stop a malicious proposal from passing. In the event the multisig is used, 6 of the 9 signers must sign a transaction to nullify the proposal.

As Audius continues to mature, the community can at any time vote to remove this veto ability from the system as well.

More details on the signers of this multisig as well as the intent for its use will be shared in a future blog post.

Evolving Governance

Audius governance is an evolving process geared at giving all $AUDIO holders a voice of future iterations of the platform.

The process detailed above is likely to change in line with new tools, product upgrades and onramps to allow for all token users to easily review and participate in governance decisions, regardless of their technical knowledge.

We’re excited to share more details around governance in the near future and look forward to building out the community-owned streaming protocol that is Audius!