Kevin Bacon

Chief Product Officer at Revelator / Original Works

Kevin Bacon is a leading authority on the music industry. Having started his career as a bass player for Comsat Angels (nine albums released during the 1980s), Kevin went on to design and build Axis Studios with support from Island Records founder, Chris Blackwell.

Thereafter followed a 20 year career as a record producer creating Grammy and Brit award winning records and working with many artists from ranging from The Pretenders, The Marleys and David Bowie.
In 2002, Kevin became an A&R consultant for Island Records in the UK, and in 2004 moved into the legendary RAK studios in London which was to become his base for the next 10 years.

In 2004, Kevin co-founded AWAL (Artists Without A Label), a digital music platform that offered a groundbreaking one page artist-friendly contract. By 2011, when AWAL was acquired by Kobalt Music, it had represented over 3,500 artists, including Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys and had released around 400,000 tracks.

Kevin also created and launched Buzzdeck in 2008, the first dedicated music analytics tool giving artists access to iTunes, Spotify and Amazon Digital sales alongside almost every social statistic available. In 2014 it was sold to Federation X, a Swedish technology platform.

Gravitating more and more towards music technology continued to work closely with artists, producers, performing rights organisations and music technology companies, and remains committed to finding new platforms and models for the music industry that best serve artists and consumers alike.

Kevin recently, in 2018, became Chief Product officer at Revelator / Original Works.

“We are transforming the way the copyright industry generates value from data. We believe in efficiency, simplicity and transparency. We are inspired by the opportunities of a digital marketplace based on trust.”

Kevin continues to work closely with artists, producers, performing rights organisations and music technology companies, and remains passionate about finding new platforms and models for the music industry that best serve artists and consumers alike.

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PRESS RELEASE

New York/Barcelona, October 14, 2021. The Future Music Forum: Barcelona has merged with Music Industry City. The two firms will pool their resources to form Nybac Media Inc., which will supervise digital broadcasting, live events, and digital communities for its Music Industry City division.

Founded by music industry veterans, Peter Schwinge, former Partner and General Manager of New Music Seminar, and Founder of Moving Target Group, Mike McCready, Co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, and Niall Doorley, founder of Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Nybac Media provides an international platform that includes a broadcast network with the flagship, Music Industry News at Noon; audio drop-in talk shows and podcasts; year-round digital events; community building on the Music Industry City (MIC) website; and live events including the Future Music Forum: Barcelona.

According to Peter Schwinge, CEO and President, “This merger is a great opportunity for both companies as it will allow them to work together on projects more efficiently while expanding their reach to other areas globally where they would not have had access before. We are able to provide more opportunities for our users and partners and provide them with an opportunity to reach new audiences through the network.”

Nybac Media will rely on their deep industry connections to provide musicians access to industry experts through the MIC platform; equip the next generation of the music industry with tools, education, and networks; foster high-level discussions to affect positive change; and increase partners' access and visibility to the industry. 

“I'm delighted to announce our new partnership. I've spent the last 12 years building the Future Music Forum into what it is today, and perhaps the last 5-6 years actively seeking the ideal partner. It's ironic that it emerged at a time when the events business was perhaps in its most fragile state in living memory. I'm excited to see what we can do to help so many people advance in their careers as the industry begins to bounce back.” said Niall Doorley, Vice President and Head of Global Events.

The Music Industry City website has features for artists and people in the industry to interact in real time through communities and forums, live events, and a metaverse. The site also provides educational resources, online courses, and talks from industry leaders; health and wellness topics specifically tailored to the music industry; a personal and professional development section; a music discovery zone; and a local media outlet showcasing members and partners.

Nybac Media has offices in New York and Barcelona. The next, in-person Future Music Forum conference is set to take place in Barcelona on September 20-22, 2022.