(CelebrityAccess News Service) – Al Teller, the former chairman &CEO of MCA Music Entertainment Group, including the record label and publishing division, and former president of CBS Records and Columbia Records has joined the board of directors of INgrooves. San Francisco-based INgrooves, a digital label and distribution company, has quickly established itself as one of leading providers of dance and electronic music content to the digital music services such as iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and MusicMatch. In his role on the board of directors, Teller will lend his 30 years of music industry experience to INgrooves and its goal of creating the dominant record label in the new digital era.
"I am excited to be joining INgrooves' board of directors," says Teller "The music industry is undergoing fundamental change, and there is an enormous need for new companies to address the needs of artists and consumers in a more effective manner than provided by established music companies. INgrooves is speaking to those needs directly by giving artists and labels seamless access to digital distribution and providing music fans the ability to discover new music. INgrooves is at the cutting edge of this paradigm shift in the music industry."
Robb McDaniels, CEO and co-founder of INgrooves, comments, "It is an honor to have someone with Al's experience and knowledge joining our board. INgrooves is about changing the face of the music industry and the relationship between artist, label and consumer, and having Al Teller's leadership as part of the formula ensures our success in this pursuit."
Upon his departure from MCA in 1995 Teller founded Red Ant Entertainment, a premier international record label, which merged with the music distribution company Alliance Entertainment Corp. in August of 1996. He served as chairman and CEO, president and director of Alliance Entertainment Corp until 1998. From 1998 through 2001, he was the founder and CEO of Atomic Pop, a cutting edge online record label and entertainment company, where he led the company's direction, negotiated strategic alliances and partnerships, and oversaw all operations. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen