Get The Best Buck For Your Bang - Maximizing Revenue
In an ever changing music business, how does an artist, label, songwriter or publisher stay afloat financially, or better yet, make a profit? What are the new digital tools and services that really make you money? How do you know if someone’s ripping you off and how do you go after them cheaply? What can the touring musician do to increase royalties while on the road? How can creators and copyright owners use data to generate revenue?
Founder TuneCore; CEO 2006 - 2012
President / GM / Co-Founder spinART Records;
On January 26th, 2006, Jeff Price launched TuneCore. Over the next six years he raised over $9MM in venture and strategic capital and built TuneCore into the world’s largest music distribution and publishing administration entity. Its’ customer base sold over 1 billion units of music within three years generating over $500,000,000 in Gross music sales. As of July, 2012, TuneCore represented over 5% of all digital music sales revenue in the United States making it 55% the size of EMI and 35% the size of Universal Music.
Jeff is also co-founder and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Apples In Stereo, Richard Thompson etc) for seventeen years – his label was in strategic relationships with Sony, Warner Bros., Sire, Polygram Music Publishing and others.
spinART records was the first record label in the music industry to offer its catalog of releases via paid download as mp3s.
From 2004 to Present, Jeff contributed to the founding charter and organization of The American Association of Independent Music (AAIM) – a non-profit non-governmental trade organization representing the interests of its independent label members.
From 1997 – 2001 Jeff Price worked with EMusic serving first as a consultant, next as interim VP of Content Acquisition and finally as the Senior Director of Music/Business Development. He contributed towards the creation of EMusic’s initial business model, played an active internal team role in EMusic’s successfully completed $30MM private placement in March 1999 and $90MM second round financing in September 1999 and created and implement the first subscription-based music sales and distribution structure
From 2005 – 2012 Jeff was the CEO/President of TuneCore.
In 2012, he left TuneCore. He now consults for the Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN.
Mr. Price has has appeared on numerous panels including CMJ, In The City, WebNYC, ECMA, Midem, Winter Music Conference, New Music Seminar, Billboard Music and Money Symposium, Independent Music Festival, Music Biz 2005, Audio Soft, MP3 Summit, South By South West, Digital Distribution and the Music Industry and countless others as well as teaches occasionally at New York University, Pace University, Berklee College of Music and more.
In addition, he has appeared on Nightline, CNBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, CW11, and has been interviewed, quoted and featured in publications ranging from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Fortune, Spin, Crain’s, London Daily Mirror, NPR, National Geographic, Wired News, Business Week, The Industry Standard, Boston Globe, Stereophile, to Salon.com, ON24.com, ZDnet, and CNET to many others.
At the request of a congressional panel, he supplied a written deposition in the SEC investigation of Time Warner’s failed acquisition bid of EMI and has provided a witness statement for the SoundExchange arbitration relating to the royalty rate for webcasting
Melissa Goodman has been involved with the music business in NYC for the last decade. Melissa graduated from Indiana University, home to one of the most prestigious music programs in the country, where she surrounded herself with musical talent and learned from some of the best educators in the country. She has an extensive background in Business Development, Music Production, Advertising, Artist Management and Fundraising. She has also played a large role in the success and expansion of several well known NYC based music production companies. Melissa's unique ability to understand the needs of each client, combined with her straightforward and friendly interaction with customers, have been a major attribute of her continued growth and career success. Melissa joined TuneSat as VP of Sales and New Business Development in March 2009.