With over 30 years’ experience in the US music business in the areas of music publishing and digital rights, Rick brought his expertise to New Media Law in January of 2009. Rick has received many industry awards including recognition from the Australian Government as a patron of Australian Music Business while he was an Officer at US Performing Rights Organization, Broadcast Music Inc. (“BMI”) heading their Western Region and Australia/New Zealand. Rick was the first person to have the title Chief Music Officer while at digital distributor Supertracks. He went on to create and successfully negotiate the first of their kind “ring tone” and “ring back tone” licenses for SK Wireless/T-Mobile and ad supported digital master use and composition rights licenses currently in effect for in market on-line and mobile on demand streaming services. He has been a contributing author in the area of mobile convergence and created the first of its kind cross border licensing report for Universal Music’s Digital Division, VuNet (RollingStone.com HouseofBlues.com). Rick has been an international speaker on digital rights as a guest of the Korean Government.
Rick was a recording artist in the late 60’s and went on to head creative services departments for CBS Songs (the core of EMI in the US) where he facilitated CBS’s acquisition of United Artists’ Music and Records.
With an extensive knowledge of the music industry and digital business model building strategies, Rick is considered one of the few executives in the world capable of bridging the chasm between technology and music. He is currently focusing on international digital distribution strategies and is actively working with a group of exciting non-traditional hybrid models for clients such as Broadchart Inc, 7 Digital and STIM.