He is a senior digital music executive with decades of experience in publishing, distribution, content management, digital media, business development, and sales.
As President of Viewpoint Consulting Services, he provides strategic and business development services to a wide variety of music, social media and entertainment companies.
VPCS specializes in advising start-up companies on how to achieve their growth targets while navigating the confusing rights structure of the online economy.
Prior to VPCS, Steven was the CEO and Co-Founder of BFM Digital, a digital distribution company representing 650 labels to hundreds of digital music services globally including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Youtube, Google, Tidal, and Rhapsody.
In 2014, BFM successfully exited in an acquisition by The Orchard (majority owned by Sony). He also brings his expertise as a faculty member at the highly-regarded Los Angeles College of Music teaching courses in their music business bachelor’s program.
His curriculum includes Global Music Business, Digital Distribution, History of Digital Music, and Royalty Accounting.
Currently, he is the Head of Operations and Business Affairs for Beatroot Distribution (a Division of Made In Memphis Entertainment) [www.beatrootmusic.com] The healthcare industry is another of his passions, Steven was in the very first cohort of board-certified patient advocates.
Founded in 2017, his company, Metis Advocacy, helps clients navigate the complex and confusing healthcare system, saving them thousands of dollars on their medical bills, and encouraging them to be well-informed healthcare consumers.
Meet The New Boss (Same As The Old Boss): What are the challenges applying current music protection laws and policies to the metaverse?
Talk Description :
When Napster was invented in 1999, it represented the first time that music users were able to dictate how music could be distributed. Before that, the music industry made the rules and controlled the consumption of music.
Thanks to Napster, music fans had the power to change the paradigm completely. Napster was a reality check and showed that technology has always outpaced music copyright laws.
Now we are at the precipice of another technological leap into Web3 and the metaverse. And once again, we are faced with the challenge of how to apply current laws and procedures into the world of blockchain, NFT’s and virtual worlds.
This requires creators and consumers, alike, to become educated in the complexities of the current music industry.
The next step is to encourage a creative approach to apply current laws while embracing innovation that the metaverse represents.