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Listen to innovators, change agents, entrepreneurs, creators, and researchers who all are making big leaps, nudging change, creating differently, or watching what is happening from a unique POV.  Dr. Gigi Johnson from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music explores with our guests how tech is transforming how we create, collaborate, and create communities around music in a connected age -- in our home towns and in communities across the globe.

Jul 30, 2018

Jonathan Stone shares the adventures of Rocket Songs, which connects songs with singers from around the world to discover and perform. He talked about the past century or so of relationships between singers and songwriters, and the challenge of connecting those dots now. Their own work in connecting international singers to music now includes master recordings as a licensed product as well. We discussed the challenges of marketing for artists in this prolific era.

Guest: Jonathan Stone, Co-Founder/President and Creative Director, Rocket Songs

Before Jonathan co-founded Rocket Songs in 2013, he enjoyed a long history in music publishing.  He began his career in the music business in 1974 with ATV Music in Los Angeles. Shortly after, he was offered a position with ATV in Nashville as Manager of Creative Services. In 1979, Jonathan moved back to Los Angeles as the Director of Creative Services for MCA Music. At MCA he secured many covers working with such writers as Glen Ballard, Robbie Neville, Mark Mueller, Brock Walsh etc. In 1985, Jonathan accepted a position with the legendary Quincy Jones as Vice President of Qwest Music Publishing/Quincy Jones Productions. In this capacity Jonathan oversaw all aspects of music publishing for Quincy. This also involved doing A&R for Quincy and his various productions including Michael Jackson, Patty Austin and James Ingram. In 1988 Jonathan accepted a position with Windswept Pacific Music, a company founded by Chuck Kaye, Joel Sill and Fujipacific Music of Japan.  Under Jonathan's guidance Windswept went on to become one of the largest independent music publishers in the world publishing the works of Pete Townsend, The Spice Girls, Jeffrey Steele, Kings of Leon, Craig David, Chris Farren, Ashley Gorely, Beyonce, Alice Cooper, Corinne Bailey Rae, Snow Patrol, Wendy Waldman, Ginuwine, Smile Empty Soul, Steve Mac, Mike Elizondo, Matraca Berg, Bridget Benenate, Bruno Mars, etc. In 2007 Windswept was sold to Bug Music. In January 2009 Jonathan again joined with Fujipacific to form Radar Music. In 2013 Jonathan co-founded Rocket Songs, which provides artists with access to songs from professional songwriters, producers and publishers creating new content and opportunities.

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