NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Indaba Music has announced
that music industry veteran J.J. Rosen has joined the company as CEO. Last
week it was announced that Queen Latifah was appointed co-chair of Indaba's
Board of Directors.
Indaba Music serves as a marketplace for the
creation of new music online, featuring a professional network for
musicians, an online music production platform, digital distribution, and an
Opportunity Marketplace where brands, entertainment companies, and labels
can source new music and talent.
Rosen was previously Executive Vice President of Sony Music Entertainment's
Commercial Music Group. He joined SME in 2002 when it acquired Run Tones,
the mobile entertainment company he co-founded and led as CEO.
Tones, Rosen was a co-founder and President of N2K, an Internet music
pioneer which went public in 1997. Indaba co-founders and previous co-CEOs
Matthew Siegel and Dan Zaccagnino will remain active as Chief Operating
Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, respectively.
"I first became aware of Indaba Music while evaluating digital music
opportunities at Sony. Indaba is best known by major labels and artists as
the leader in aligning its huge base of talented musicians with superstars
to facilitate new collaborations and recordings," said Rosen.
"But as I
learned more about Indaba's broader vision, I became increasingly excited
about the role the company is poised to play in reshaping the music
Musician, actress and businesswoman Dana Owens, known professionally as
Queen Latifah has made a significant investment in Indaba Music and joins
Martha Crowninshield, general partner emerita of the internationally
recognized private equity firm, Boston Ventures, as co-chair of Indaba
Music's Board of Directors.
"Twenty years ago, as an up-and-coming musician, I had to struggle for
opportunities," recalls Latifah in a press release. "What Indaba Music is doing today, is
putting the tools for artistic creation and success right in the hands of
the people. It's really exciting to see how Indaba Music empowers people to
both create and then reap the rewards from their art."
— Crystal Lynn Huntoon