Cortney Harding is a professor, author, and consultant working at the intersection of music and virtual reality. Harding works with technology companies to partner with musicians and labels to create immersive, groundbreaking virtual reality content. Her knowledge of both the music and technology industries positions her to create experiences that move both industries forward.
She has over ten years of experience in the music industry, including four years as a writer and editor at Billboard, where she assigned and edited the music section. Since founding her consultancy, she has worked with a number of leading startups in the fan engagement, monetization, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency spaces.
Harding’s book, "How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations About Music and Technology" was published in January 2016, and is available here. Her next book, “How We’ll Listen Next: The Future of Music From Streaming to Virtual Reality,” was released February 1, 2017 and is available here. She is also the co-editor of the Music Business Toolbox and the second edition of “Music Success in Nine Weeks,” and writes regularly for Cuepoint and Upload VR, among other outlets.
Additionally, Harding is a professor at the Clive Davis School of Music at NYU, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences like SXSW, Further Future, Canadian Music Week, SF Music Tech, and the Rights Tech Summit.
She is also the co-founder of Dreamfuel, a crowdfunding startup that helps athletes and teams raise money for their training and equipment needs while engaging with a wider community of fans and supporters.
Harding received an MPA from New York University, and her BA from Wellesley College. She lives in New York City, and is a thirty-three time marathoner and ultra-marathoner.
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