Jeff Price

QUICK HITS: Hoopla streaming; SoundExchange anniversary; Jeff Price

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:05pm

Library music streaming: You can borrow ebooks from public libraries with an intermediary app called OverDrive. Now, a similar service has arrived for borrowing music and movies from local libraries, assisted by software app Hoopla. Hoopla stands between provider (media owners) and libraries, which must grapple with a buying model different from CDs and DVDs. The result, when it all comes together, is that library patrons can “borrow” music and movie titles by streaming them. Only a few dozen libraries across the U.S. are in the program currently.

SoundExchange celebrates its 10th: Anniversary, that is. SoundExchange, an important part of the commercial music ecosystem, is a performing rights organization that collects and distributes royalties to musicians and labels. Those royalties derive from many different venues, though broadcast radio is legally exempt from paying royalties to performers and labels. (Some broadcast groups do pay artist/label royalties in accord with open-market negotiation. That is a key point in the recently introduced Free Market Royalty Act.) Here is an infographic summarizing SoundExchange’s growth and collection amounts.

Jeff Price unloads: Jeff Price, founder of Audiam (which finds and distributes hidden royalties on YouTube) and TuneCore (a digital distributor of independent music), unleashes a meaty rampage (here) on the thesis of why selling music is no longer important in the age of Internet radio. “Spotify doesn’t need to stream the music it carries, nor be profitable from those songs it does stream, in order for its investors and owners to reach their financial finish line of selling the company or taking it public to make billions.” It might seem unusual for an accomplished venture entrepreneur to expound an Occupy Startups theme, but it does provide a knowing perspective.

New additions to Summit agenda: ABC News Radio's Steve Jones, TuneCore's Jeff Price

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:45pm

Steve JonesToday RAIN announces the addition of two more industry executives to the agenda of RAIN Summit West 2012: ABC News Radio VP and General Manager Steve Jones and Jeff Price, Founder/CEO of TuneCore.

The conference takes place Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas (more info below).

Steve Jones (pictured right) oversees content, business development and technology for ABC Radio’s news, entertainment and sports programming. In addition, Jones leads ABC Radio Digital, which licenses audio content to services like Slacker, AOL Radio, mSpot and Microsoft.

Jeff Price (pictured below left) founded TuneCore, the largest distributor of music, artists and labels in the world, in January 2006. He contributed to the founding charter and organization of The American Association of Independent Music (AAIM) and has served with spinART and eMusic.

Jeff PriceOther speakers set to appear at RAIN Summit West 2012 include Pandora SVP of Advertising Sales Steven Kritzman, Managing Partner of TAG Strategic Ted Cohen, TargetSpot CEO Eyal Goldwerger and others.

ESPN SVP, Production/Business Divisions Traug Keller will keynote the conference. RAIN will announce more speakers and panel topics in the coming weeks.

RAIN Summit West will take place on April 15 at the former Las Vegas Hilton, now called the LVH -- Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It will conclude with the always-anticipated tradition of the poolside RAIN Reader Cocktail Party.

The Summit is an official “Co-Located Education Program” of the NAB Show. Registration includes access to the NAB Show Exhibit Hall and a catered box lunch. RAIN registrants can save $100 on NAB registration.

For registration and sponsorship information, visit

Other RAIN Summits are planned for later this year in Dallas (at the RAB/NAB Radio Show) on September 18th and in Berlin, Germany on October 5th.

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