Niclas Molinder, CEO
”Berklee’s Open Music Initiative shares our passion to develop an open and transparent music industry for creatives as well as businesses. We're glad to be part of this significant collective and advance the music innovation together."
Richard Stumpf, CEO
”The future of the music industry and all of its participants will rely on fair compensation for creators and accurate data across mediums that move billions of song to ensure proper payments. It's a combo o A) getting rates rights (for us as a publisher this lives largely with Congress and the need for copyright overhaul allowing for market negotiations) and B) accuracy and cross-utilization of unique song data. The OMI, which is centered around world-class academic institutions and promotes universal ownership, will pick up where the GRD, centered around competing stake holders and proprietary ownership, failed. Atlas aggressively seeks to pursue pathways that ensure fair pay for our creators. The OMI is lighting that path in the world of data standards in new media."
Phil Barry, Founder
"Berklee’s Open Music Initiative represents a fantastic opportunity for everybody involved in the drive towards a more open and efficient music industry to get together in a neutral setting and start to move towards consensus on a common set of goals and priorities. We believe that all parts of the music ecosystem stand to gain from cutting away complexity and unlocking new opportunities and business models for music content that can drive growth for creators, rights holders and technology companies alike."
Laurent Hubert, BMG US President Creative & Marketing
"Unnecessary complexity and outdated processes ultimately costs songwriters and artists money and damages the credibility of the music industry. That's why BMG is delighted to support this initiative. We look forward to a really collaborative approach to resolve these issues and commend Berklee for leading the way."
Tracy Maddux, CEO
"CD Baby has worked with hundreds of thousands of independent artists for more than a decade to develop their careers, and has long embraced increased openness as the way forward. I’m excited to radically reimagine how artist and songwriters will manage their copyrights, promote their art, and achieve transparent compensation for their work.”
Oliver Noram, CEO
“Chainvine offers solutions that identify, track and transact digital assets, this can be anything from IP to assets that have been digitised via data, in the case of music we are using Blockchain for both IP management and Syncing we enjoy collaboration in our field and see technology as evolutionary not revolutionary.”
Joe Conyers III, VP Tech
"Music’s standards, notably music publishing, is largely outdated and has not caught up with the digital era. Today’s industry needs open source standards to create time and cost efficiencies, grow the pie, and increase transparency for music rights owners. Downtown is excited to collaborate on this forward-thinking initiative."
Levent Karahan, Founder & CEO
"It is time for the music industry to unleash its true potential! In order to do so global standards need to be agreed upon. Let us use the Open Music Initiative as an effective and creative vehicle to establish a clear map, so we all can focus on getting the job done and create something great!''
Eddie Schwartz, CEO
"The immense promise of the digital age in this century will only be realized if all of us in the music ecosystem work together to ensure a sustainable share of the proceeds find their way to those who actually create the music millions of us enjoy everyday. I am excited to be a part of the Open Music Initiative and help in building shared solutions that have significant potential to move us toward that crucial goal.”
Bill Rosenblatt, President
“The Open Music Initiative has the potential to get techies, lawyers, and business people working off the same script instead of being at odds with each other or operating in relative vacuums. This can only be a good thing for the future of the music business.”
Vladamir Phillippov, CEO
“Open Music Initiative brings a fresh air to breath and opens a new horizon for music industry to develop in a new commercial models, having all the benefits of deeper data access and transparency.“
Marcus Cobb, CEO
"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.”
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."
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."
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."
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.”
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."
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”
Christophe Waignier, Resources and Strategy Director
“As a collective non-profit society of songwriters, composers and publishers, we are dedicated to protect artist and their rights. Facilitating metadata exchange within the music industry by using new technologies is a key point which Sacem has been focused on for a long time ago to provide more transparency, efficiency, fair return and innovative services to its members all over the world. OMI is clearly a step forward in this direction."
Dennis Kooker, President, Global Digital Business
"Sony Music is pleased to be collaborating with leading companies from across the music industry to explore new shared solutions for exchanging data in a streaming-driven business. We support efforts to enhance the efficiency of the marketplace for rights holders, and we are committed to serving our artists through a number of transparency-related initiatives. This also includes our policies on equity sharing and breakage, as well as our recently relaunched royalty portal, which gives Sony Music artists quick and easy access to robust analytics around their sales and streaming activity."
Matt Fenby Taylor, Vice President, Creator Product & Content Operations
"Creators are at the forefront of everything we do at SoundCloud, as we continue to build a place where all forms of musical creativity can live. As an open platform ourselves, the Open Music Initiative (OMI) addresses issues that are fundamental to how SoundCloud operates. We look forward to working together with OMI, their partners, and our peers to solve this important issue facing the industry, and further enable the open and transparent sharing of data around music, its ownership, and usage."
Jonathan Price, Head of Communications
"We think transparency across the entire music economy is essential to rewarding artists, songwriters and everyone involved in the creation of music fairly and rapidly. We’re really happy to be part of an effort that is exploring innovative ways to do that with new technologies."
Tim Luckow, Co-founder & COO
"Stem is excited to participate in the Open Music Initiative. We feel open data will help ensure creators get paid consistently for their work and look forward to collaborating with a coalition of like-minded companies to develop standards that improve the music ecosystem as a whole."
Marko Ahtisaari, CEO and Co-founder, Sync Project
"As the use of music expands to new exciting areas - like therapeutics for health - we need sustainable business models for artists, rights holders and new businesses alike. With the Open Music Initiative we’re building a foundation for new, fair uses of music."
Turo Pekari, Innovation & Discovery
”The Nordic music market is at the forefront of the digital transformation, leading the way for the future of music consumption. Teosto, the Finnish collective management organisation for music authors and publishers, is actively working with academic researchers, music start-ups, developers and the open data community to breed new music innovation. Teosto sees that Open Music Initiative and its mission is important, and wide cooperation between academia, the music industry, technology platforms as well as music creators and rightsowners, is needed in order to come up with the future solutions for music licensing and rights management.”
Brian Justie, Terrible Records and Department of Cultural Capital
"The Open Music Initiative represents an opportunity for a pragmatic shift in the tone of conversation in and around the music industry, hopefully catalyzing much needed structural change. While streaming has garnered nearly household utility status, largely accepted as industry panacea, there remain vital questions regarding rights-holder transparency and artist autonomy that make up the core of this initiative. I am eager to seize this opportunity for collaboration with likeminded stakeholders."
Scott Ackerman, CEO
"TuneCore is proud to be supporting an organization dedicated to championing some of our most closely-held core beliefs. Namely, that through advances in technology, advocacy, and collaboration throughout the industry, we can make a better world for artists and their fans by protecting the rights of every artist, allowing them to be compensated for their art fairly and transparently, and ensuring that fans around the world will therefore benefit from the fruits of their hard work."
Jesse Grushack, Director
"Ujo Music is excited to be a part of the Open Music Initiative and is looking forward to building a fair and transparent music industry. We don’t believe this will be accomplished alone and we applaud the efforts of Panos and ICE to bring everyone together."
Ty Roberts, CTO
"Innovation is critically needed to address the myriad opportunities and challenges facing artists as technological change transforms every aspect of the digital music ecosystem. We are excited about the prospects of collaborating with this diverse and distinguished group of key players to promote development of comprehensive, fair and efficient compensation structures to capture the value generated by music and music-related content, and properly reward the creative talent responsible for it."
Sarah Meiklejohn, Lecturer, Computer Science and Security and Crime Science
"There has been a lot of recent development of the emerging technologies that support transparency, as well as attention paid to their potential in various social applications, but a crucial next step is a concrete setting that can provide a testing ground and help refine their potential. The setting of music rights seems perfect for this, and the neutrality of the Open Music Initiative hopefully means that real progress can be made without individual agendas or business interests getting in the way. I'm very excited to be involved!"
Matias Zabaljauregui, Founder
"Open Knowledge builds the foundation for creating sustainable societies through opening and democratizing science, education, government, culture and innovation. The emergence of Sharing Economy is reinventing the way we produce and consume products, resources and services by combining accessible production mediums with digital platforms to organize small creators. The Open Music Initiative is our effort, as music creators, professionals and researchers, to embrace this evolution. We represent the latin american consortium with members from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay."
Howie Singer, SVP, Chief Strategic Technologist
“Every advance in music delivery technology has simultaneously expanded the avenues through which the music of artists and songwriters reaches its audience, and presented challenges to ensuring that creators are properly compensated. At WMG, we have long believed that our artists are our partners, and that what is good for them is good for us and for the entire industry. We look forward to working with the members of the OMI to help foster a media rights infrastructure that serves creators and music fans alike.”
Christophe Muller, Head of YouTube International Music Partnerships
"The Open Music Initiative is an important cross-industry effort that addresses the complicated challenges impacting rights management in the digital age. We look forward to working with everyone involved towards solutions that benefit creators and rightsholders, and ensure they are paid transparently, accurately and quickly."
“The issues we face across the music industry are complex but what we want is simple: A thriving creative economy that benefits everyone, from creators to companies to consumers. Open Music Initiative presents an opportunity to solve some intractable problems and to change the narrative between music and tech."