NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VNUE, Inc., today announced the addition of radio veteran John Madison to its executive team. Mr. Madison has spent over 25 years working in radio, and has been brought into VNUE as an advisor to assist in the rollout of the Soundstr music recognition technology into that sector.
VNUE CEO Zach Bair said, "We are excited to have John involved with the company. We believe that he will contribute greatly as it relates to adoption of Soundstr into the industry, helping to establish VNUE as the market leader in transparency and in the auditing of radio play so that the correct stakeholders are paid, and that music licenses are fair and equitable."
In addition to several leadership roles in the music industry, including as Executive Vice President with Warner Music Group, Madison has also held high profile positions in radio. He has worked as Senior Vice President at Pyramid Broadcasting, where he was responsible for several large markets including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Phoenix.
He also served as Senior Vice President at AMFM, formerly Chancellor Media, which at the time was the nation's largest radio broadcasting company. Mr. Madison was responsible for station operations in major markets, focusing on increasing leadership, increasing revenue, and developing and executing new music marketing programs. He also was a member of a corporate team that undertook a broad-based internet strategy intended to leverage the value of the company's leading national station portfolio and proprietary content.
Madison said, "VNUE has the right idea with Soundstr, and I'm looking forward to helping get this technology into radio. It will provide transparency across the board, and we hope that by leveraging this technology, we can not only keep radio licensing costs in line, but also, ensure the right songwriters are being compensated."
At VNUE, Madison will be a direct advisor to CEO Bair and his executive team, helping to implement strategy with major radio station groups.
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, 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.