Speaker Wires: Company Founders

Written by Rory Burbeck | January 14, 2014

SXSW Music isn’t just a place for amazing up-and-coming bands and music fans - it’s an event where some of the brightest and most innovative minds from the music industry come together to discuss the future of the business. The SXSW Music and Media Conference features many speakers who embody the entrepreneurial spirit and have founded their own companies in the music industry. We’re highlighting four of them here in today’s edition of Speaker Wires.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker J Sider

J SIDER
SXSW 2014 Session: Will Artists Make Money on Big Music Platforms?

James “J” Sider has been named to Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30 list - a well-deserved achievement considering that the man founded BandPage, one of the largest music platforms in the world, used by over 500,000 musicians. Musicians use BandPage to control their content and commerce in real time across Xbox Music, VEVO, Live Nation, Rhapsody, and many more. Prior to creating BandPage in 2009, Sider spent years working his way up in the live music industry, doing the dirty work in music venues, managing bands and booking and promoting shows.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Jeff Price

JEFF PRICE
SXSW 2014 Session: Thank You For Letting Us Take Your Money

A SXSW 2014 Music Speaker not known for taking a break, Jeff Price has successfully founded more than one music start-up in his career. Price was one of the founders of TuneCore, an online music distribution service that made it much easier for indie bands to make their music available via online retailers. Price has since left TuneCore and started Audiam, a service that helps artists get paid for use of their music on YouTube. He is also a co-founder of spinART Records and is a consultant for Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Benji Rogers

BENJI ROGERS
SXSW 2014 Session: It Takes Money To Make Money: Alternative Funding

Benji Rogers comes from a strong music business background - his mother, father, and stepfather were all managers, publishers, and musicians. Benji Rogers began his music career in 1999 as an independent musician and saw firsthand how difficult it is to make a living on your music alone. His experience as a musician no doubt contributed to the founding of PledgeMusic, a direct-to-fan platform that assists artists with raising funds to tour and record.

SXSW 2014 Music Speaker Paul Resnikoff

PAUL RESNIKOFF
SXSW 2014 Session: The 7 Hottest Topics in Web Music Tech in 2014

Those of you who read Digital Music News should recognize this name. Paul Resnikoff is the founder and publisher of the online publication that provides quick, informative daily music news stories. Digital Music News has since become one of the most widely read sources of information in the music industry and a daily stop for many of us in the business (myself included). Prior to running Digital Music News, Resnikoff was head of the digital music initiative at Lycos, managing relationships with several major labels.

Keep up with the list of Music Conference Sessions here.

Photo credits:
J Sider photo by Maggie Boyd
Jeff Price photo by Vanessa Velazquez
Benji Rogers photo by Yoomi Park
Paul Resnikoff photo by Rebecca Hedges Lyon