"OMI as a neutral, open-sourced approach to identifying creative works and rights holders in the digital age is long overdue. Berklee is in the perfect position as a stellar academic institution to lead the initiative. This is what 'Make Way for Music' is all about. Not only is Jammber honored to be apart of it, we are committed to lending our efforts and technical expertise to help ensure it's success and adoption worldwide."
Justin Sirota, CEO
"We pledge to contribute any knowledge we can provide towards the definition of a new music standard that will better serve music creators. We can also assist in the technical architecture definition and engineering of the new global systems. We will re-engineer a demo version of our public and scholastic music platforms to read and write data to the global ledger, as a proof-of-concept to share with the OMI. This demo will show how any music creator can easily upload their works to the global ledger, perform edits, and distribute."
Jesse Walden, Co-Founder
"At Mediachain Labs, we believe an open, decentralized solution for sharing media metadata can enable new efficiencies and value creation for creators, rights owners and software developers. The Open Music Initiative’s neutral academic position and advocacy for openness is crucial to facilitating dialogue, progress and collective benefit for the vastly distributed music community."
Rob Kaye, Founder and Lead Developer
“The music industry is an incredibly fragmented place where in-fighting and big egos are the norm. Where many attempts to fix these problems have failed, I hope that the Open Music Initiative can bring open source, open data and open minds to the industry to finally improve the state of the industry.”
Middlesex University UK
Marcus O’Dair, Convenor of the Blockchain for Creative Industries Research Cluster
"Though the consumption of music has changed dramatically in recent years, the architecture that facilitates that consumption is increasingly archaic. We’re excited to be part of this groundbreaking initiative to help create new standards and deliver a fair share of value to content creators and industry representatives alike."
MIT Media Lab
Neha Nerula, Director of Research, Digital Currency Initiative
“The internet led to an explosion of innovation precisely because of its open architecture. We now have the tools to build an open architecture for music rights, using a decentralized platform. We’re excited to work with BerkleeICE and the Open Music Initiative to create a foundation for innovation, not only in rights management but in music itself."
MRD-Music Revenue Data Inc. / PowerScoreMusic
Marty Simon, Founder/CEO
"As a Global representative of significant Film and TV music creators and rights owners , MRD is excited to connect our experience and knowledge with other founding members of OMI. Our mission has been to constantly advocate and improve the niche area of Audio/Visual rights collections. We strongly support this opportunity to share vision, dialogue and progress for the creative community."
Music Managers Forum (UK)
Brian Message, MMF Director
"A unique initiative in that it brings together players in the music space that are often at each others throats. I very much hope that those leading the founding entities put aside their differences and drive global solutions to such a critically important foundation for all of us”.
Jeremy Silver, CEO
“A digital music industry needs a digital architecture for efficient licensing and rights exchange. OMI is a bold, ambitious step in that direction. We’ve all been waiting to see how the academic world could contribute to the music industry. This might just turn out to be how. Being Switzerland isn’t easy, but Berklee is well placed to give it a whirl.”
New Torch Entertainment
Nick Susi & Ethan Schiff, COO & CEO
"With current technologies, there's no reason why creatives and their collaborators and rights owners shouldn't be able to depend on quick, simple and accurate payouts for the usage of their work - and Open Music is a big step forward in bringing the right parties together to address the issues and to work together in finding the right solutions."
Raphaël Schumann, CEO
"Newzik provides musicians with a tool to buy, read and manage sheet music, in addition to audio and video files. As a multi-format digital platform, we consistently confront the difficulty of identifying and compensating the owners of copyrighted material. We are thrilled to share our expertise with Open Music and develop concrete use cases that focus on sheet music royalties."
Next Decade Entertainment
Monica Corton, Senior Executive Vice President
“I am very excited to participate in Berkelee’s Open Music Initiative. I truly hope we can use the open sourced platform to reach rights holders whose music is most probably used in the digital space, but compensation is not reaching the respective songwriters and publishers. That said, we have to be extremely careful about integrating this new data with the existing music publishing data, so that it doesn’t cause a huge amount of counterclaims and that it doesn’t encourage or incorrectly pay copyright trolls.”
Alan Graham, Co-founder
"In 2016, OCL will release a multi-repertoire framework for rights owners, developers, and citizens called Totem, which can identify any creative asset (without fingerprinting), instantly auto clear the usage rights for instances like user-generated content, provide usage data in real-time to rights owners, monetize and track the life of derivative works, indemnify developers, reduce the need for DMCA takedowns, generate scarcity, and more. Totem was designed to bring rights owners, artists, developers, and citizens closer together as partners, not adversaries. We believe cooperation is key and hope the OMI can be a foundation to facilitate this. We’ve always planned to open source some of our technology, and we’re happy to share that technology, along with the knowledge we’ve garnered over the past 3 years with the OMI."
Tim Westergren, Co-founder
"This is a very important effort and we're deeply committed to bringing more transparency and simplicity into the industry. We look forward to working with such a great group and building something that is truly impactful.”
Benji Rogers, Founder & CSO
"It's been great to be a part of this initiative and along with the rest of the Dot Blockchain Music team I'm excited for what is to come. It's great to see so much alignment in a space that is normally so divided."
Christy Crowl, Founder, CEO
"ProMusicDB: the professional music credits database and archive has been on the front lines of aligning its structure with both academic practices and commercial industry standards, and shares in both artists' and academia’s mission to preserve music history in the digital world. It is with high hopes that we support and share a mission with the OMI that can accommodate the commercial use of industry data to function more efficiently on behalf of artists, with an endgame that ultimately insures the preservation of the cultural treasure of musicians and artists that data has come to represent."
Peter Harris, Founder
"Resonate is committed to participating in all initiatives seeking to facilitate innovate improvements in efficient and fair payments to all content creators. Fair trade music is in our core DNA and we will actively collaborate with any and all open source projects that have creating a more open, transparent system as their primary goal."
Bruno Guez, CEO
"I've never been more excited about the music industry as today we have a real opportunity to transform the way rights owners are compensated, create new revenue models and empower value creation at scale. The convergence of new technologies and open standards in intellectual property rights will create a more efficient marketplace, and move the industry to a more transactional economy. The future is all about real-time data and real-time payments."
Chris van Houten
“Our goal is to create a working rights system using today’s technological possibilities to enable the music sector to finally become the future focused industry of tomorrow! We believe that transparency and simplicity is needed for the music industry, hence our firm commitment and enthousiasme in joining OMI and all it’s partners”