VNUE is a music technology company founded in New York City in 2013, dedicated to further monetizing the live music experience for artists, labels, writers, publishers, and literally all stakeholders, by creating new and exciting products; by leveraging automation technology and second-to-none experience in the instant live space; and by identifying issues such as lack of transparency with performance rights organizations and solving this through innovation and our patent-pending solutions.
The VNUE team is an experienced group of technology entrepreneurs, artists and songwriters who are passionate about the future of the industry, and ensuring that the value of the rights holders are not lost in the context of new and ever-changing technology.
VNUE is the exclusive licensor of “instant live” pioneer DiscLive, offering high end collectible products such as CDs, USB drives and laminates, that feature our fully mixed and mastered live concert content. The company also utilizes their set.fm technology to help artists and labels render real revenue from live shows by making that content available to the set.fm platform immediately after the show, utilizing our DiscLive expertise.
VNUE is rolling out Soundstr, music identification technology to venues, bars, restaurants, radio stations, and more, to ensure that artists are being properly compensated for music that is performed, and also to ensure that businesses pay by use, rather than expensive blanket license agreements. VNUE is revolutionizing how royalties are paid, and injecting transparency into an otherwise complicated and murky world.
VNUE is led by a team of music and technology veterans, with both large company and startup experience, all of whom possess deep relationships and multiple successes, including exits.
Zach Bair, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board – Founder & Former CEO of Voyence; Founder & former CEO of Immediatek (IMKI), CEO of DiscLive; former president Abbey Road Live Americas (EMI Music); founder owner of multiple music venues; 30+ years of experience in technology and the music business; lifelong musician, visionary, and inventor with multiple patents to his credit.
Lou Mann Executive Vice President and Board Member – Former Exec VP and General Manager of Capitol Records; former president of Media Properties for House of Blues; former executive with MCA records. 30+ years in music.
Jim King, Chief Technology Officer – Former SVP Technology, BMI; former “C” level roles at McGraw-Hill, Brightpoint, PR Newswire and others; president and founder of CoreRights and multiple startups; expertise in blockchain technology and music rights management.
Jock Weaver – Former president of Hard Rock Café International, who took that company public on the London and American stock exchanges simultaneously; founded TBA Entertainment and grew it into one of the larger live event companies in the nation at the time, before selling it to a group including Whitney Capital, Irving Azoff, and Bob Geddes; he brings strong finance and live music industry knowledge to VNUE.
Tony Cardenas-Montana, Chief Content Officer and VP Artist Relations & Board Member – Founder and former president DiskFaktory; platinum-selling musician and writer; Longtime tour coordinator with DiscLive.
Nan and Bob Kingsley, Advisor – Legendary Country Music DJ Bob Kingsley and his wife/business manager Nan Kingsley are an important part of VNUE’s radio strategy, as well as our strategy in country music. With over 40 years in radio, and with a syndicated show on over 300 stations, the Kingsleys bring a vast amount of value and experience to VNUE, and our strategy with Soundstr. Nick Lippman, Advisor – Nick is one-half of the father/son duo of Lippman Entertainment, an artist management firm representing such artists as Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Ryan Cabrera, and in the past managed artists like David Bowie, George Michael, and many others. Nick has spearheaded many technical innovations with his clients, including holographic videos and “instant live” downloads with VNUE’s set.fm.