Bryan Calhoun is an amazing guy; a real human being in an industry (music) that’s still plagued with big egos and a sense of entitlement. He’s extremely pro-artist, and understands business in the digital era better than most experts. As VP of New Media and External Affairs at SoundExchange, Bryan works to ensure that digital performance royalties get to artists and rightsholders. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg; his full bio is after his picks (which are after the jump).
50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head
Dead Prez, Let’s Get Free (2000)
Devin the Dude, To Tha X-treme (2004)
Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere (2006)
Omar, Best By Far (2008)
Outkast, Speakerboxx/The Love Below (2003)
The Rebirth, This Journey In
[Editor’s note: not available to stream]
Kanye West, College Drop Out
Bryan Calhoun is the VP of New Media and External Affairs at SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings. The U.S. Copyright Office has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of recording artists and master rights owners. Bryan is instrumental in reaching out to artists and rights holders, enhancing and strengthening the role SoundExchange plays in and educating the music business community.
Bryan holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia. As a disc jockey for the university’s radio station and a member of the school’s student event programming team, he was already active in the music business upon graduation. Bryan went on to found a concert production company (producing hip-hop shows in the early 90s with Cypress Hill, Tupac, Digable Planets, and many others) before moving into street promotions and retail marketing. During an active career, Bryan has worked at record distribution companies and done A&R, marketing and business development for major and indie labels.
In 2003, Mr. Calhoun opened Label Management Systems, LLC, whose clients have included MSN Entertainment, G.O.O.D. Music, Disturbing tha Peace, Monster Cable and others. Additionally, he created business tools for indie labels and artists with the Music Business Toolbox and Label Management Systems Financial Management Software. In recent years, he has focused on new media issues consulting for the likes of Kanye West, Ludacris and others including working closely with powerhouse management company Hip Hop Since 1978 (Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne, Drake and Young Jeezy).
Bryan has been influential in advocating for the Performance Rights Act which would entitle artists to be paid when AM and FM broadcasters us their work. He is actively involved in looking at future business models in the music industry contributing significantly to the open financial modeling tool (APriceForMusic.com) which looks at the potential and feasibility for an access to music charge. In addition to his service on the Boards of the Future of Music Coalition and University of Georgia Music Business School, he is a frequent speaker and panelist at music industry events.