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Former BMI Executive Jim King Joins VNUE, Inc.

Mr. King Will Assume The Role of CTO As Company Continues To Strengthen Management Team

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VNUE, Inc., today announced that Jim King, former Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Technology at BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) has joined the company, and will take on the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Mr. King has held CIO, CTO, and COO level roles with leading global information services, media and publishing companies including McGraw-Hill (S&P Global), Brightpoint, PR Newswire (Cision), LexisNexis and Reed Elsevier PLC, and leadership roles with such companies as Microsoft and NCR/AT&T Bell Labs.  He is also founder of multiple startups including Core Rights, which developed technology focused on machine learning-based sales lead generation and venue music licensing utilizing blockchain technology.

"Jim King brings to VNUE a wealth of valuable knowledge in the area of music licensing and the PROs and MROs, and the technology that is changing the landscape of that business model," said Zach Bair, CEO of VNUE.  "Jim will be the driving force in pulling our various products, services, and technologies together, particularly as it pertains to Soundstr, our groundbreaking music recognition technology platform (MRT), and working together with our executive team to further develop our strategy to build a cohesive and modern ecosystem for transparent and accurate rights management in music and media, through our own development as well as acquisition of various other technologies."

King said, "As both a venue owner and a technology and operations leader, I see the need for a simplified and transparent music and entertainment rights environment as well as the distinct need for creators to have their assets properly valued to promote a more efficient industry.  Technology, practical business processes, value-oriented economics, and collaborative data-rich solutions are emerging and I am excited to be working with a team that represents both the consumer and the creative aspects of the entertainment marketplace."

While at BMI, Mr. King, a Nashville resident, won the Nashville Technology Council's prestigious CTO of the Year Award.  In 2013, under King's leadership, BMI also ranked number 26 in InformationWeek's top 500 list of innovative companies.  King added, "Music companies across the industry supply chain run on tremendous amounts of data – measured in the trillions of transactions in some cases.  With BMI I was fortunate to gain an understanding of the large and complex scale of today's digital music world – and to work with so many dedicated people across the industry."

About VNUE, Inc. (www.vnue.com)
VNUE, Inc., (OTC: VNUE) is dedicated to further monetizing the live music experience for artists, labels, writers, and publishers, by bringing together technology such as its set.fm (www.set.fm) platform, exclusive license partner and "instant live" pioneer DiscLive (www.disclive.net), and music recognition technology (MRT) Soundstr (www.soundstr.com), which helps businesses pay fairer music license fees based on actual music usage. The veteran entrepreneurs, artists and songwriters behind VNUE are passionate about the future of their industry and ensuring that rights holders' value is not lost amid always-changing technology. VNUE's team led by CEO Zach Bair, known as the pioneer in "instant live" recording, has produced live content and created experiential products for over 15 years for artists and companies including Slash, Seether, Peter Frampton, Foreigner, The Pixies, Blondie, EMI, Capitol Records, Rob Thomas, Bad Company, REO Speedwagon, Devo, and many more.   In addition to Bair, the company's leadership team also includes Lou Mann, former GM of Capitol Records and former president of House of Blues Media Properties; Jock Weaver, former president of Hard Rock International, founder and former president of TBA Entertainment, and chairman of Heritage Trust Company (www.heritagetrust.net), a private equity firm; Tony "Montana" Cardenas, founder of DiskFaktory and a platinum-selling Capitol Records recording artist and writer formerly with the band Great White; Jeff Zakim, former head of Digital for Blue Note Records, and Global Digital Strategy for EMI Music; and advisors Nick Lippman, of famed artist management firm Lippman Entertainment; and Nan and Bob Kingsley, of Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40.

 

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