Dave Kusek

Director of Artist Development, New Artist Model

Dave Kusek is a serial entrepreneur, digital music pioneer and best selling author. His online music school, New Artist Model has helped thousands of musicians around the world pursue musical careers. Create.Biz is his latest venture, an online business school for creative professionals.

Dave is the founder and former CEO of Berklee Online, the world’s largest music school reaching over 30,000 students in 170 countries. Prior to that, Dave was Vice President at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Kusek also helped develop the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), was co-inventor of the first electronic drums called “Synare”, and founded the first music software company Passport Designs, producer of Master Tracks, Encore, and MusicTime software. His efforts, along with others, set the stage for the multi-billion dollar digital music market that exists today.

In 2005 he co-authored the best selling music business book “The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution” which predicted much of what has happened in digital music, including the iPhone, Apple’s SIRI, Spotify, streaming music and the decline of the recorded music industry.

Kusek has written for or been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Billboard, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, Associated Press, Boston Business Journal, MTV, CNBC, SF Chronicle, Forbes, NBC-TV, Nightly Business Report, NPR, Financial Times, and the Guardian. Kusek has been a speaker at Midem, Music Hack Day, Digital Music Forum, NAMM, AES, IEBA, MacWorld, Comdex, SXSW, ADISQ, Digital Hollywood and a featured guest on hundreds of radio and television stations and podcasts around the world.

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