Public Media & Digital Music Innovation
Public broadcasters have long played a vital role in media, providing citizens with independent information through universal entertainment. Publicly-funded organizations like CBC and NPR have championed new music, supporting artists that struggle to find audiences on commercial outlets and helping provide a test-bed for innovation. Free from the constraints of commerce, they have strayed into areas where private enterprise might otherwise thrive. Does this inhibit the economies of places where public broadcasters operate?
JONAS WOOST first started working in the music industry at the age of sixteen with PIAS Recordings before relocating to London in 2001 to join dance label Kickin Music. He then went to work with Ministry of Sound, one of the most successful independent record labels in the UK and syndicators of dance music worldwide. Jonas assumed the role of Head of Music at Last.fm towards the end of 2005 and led the Music Department in dealing with record labels, artists and other music owners from all over the world. Jonas and his team were in charge of acquiring content as well as maintaining relationships with existing partners. In 2010 he relocated to Vancouver to focus on his digital media consultancy working with clients such as transmitNOW, Gigulate and the Vancouver Film School.