Vladimir Philippov

Founder: Heaven 11

Vladimir Philippov is the founder and CEO of Heaven 11, an online platform for copyright registration, management, licensing and processing. With over 30 year of experience in the music business, Vladimir has been wearing many hats, holding expertise in many areas such as artist booking, recording, publishing and licensing.

Starting his musical pursuits at the age of 12 spinning reels at school camp discos in his hometown, Vladimir discovered his passion for music and chose to devote his life to it. Vladimir’s first deal involved selling vinyl records to other music lovers in The Soviet Union in the early 80’s, when foreign music was prohibited, and promoting music of such acts as Deep Purple, Kiss and Pink Floyd was illegal.

In the early 90s Vladimir established New Musik – one of the first companies in Russia which was distributing legally licensed foreign CDs, while most others were benefiting of selling pirated products.

Around a decade later Vladimir smoothly moved on to a neighboring niche of artist management and booking, recognizing his abilities to sell and promote gigs for artists. Eventually he launched his own booking agency LFS, which succeeded to book gigs for such acts as Rihanna, Backstreet Boys, A-ha, Placido Domingo, Anastasia, Sarah Brighton, Bryan Ferry and many others. While promoting music acts Vladimir became involved in artist repertoire marketing and licensing.

2010 became a turning point in Vladimir’s career as he decided to focus on copyright licensing. Vladimir established Broma 16 which quickly became an entry point into the Russian and CIS markets for many of his worldwide partners. While licensing rights across a dozen markets simultaneously, Vladimir spotted inefficiency and lack of solutions for such operations, which led him to start Heaven 11, designed as a complete technology solution for rights management. Going forward, Heaven 11 aims to unlock the global music market potential by improving licensing and royalty distribution processes.

Heaven 11 is an online platform for copyright registration, management, licensing and processing – servicing DSPs, labels, publishers and collective management organizations. Its network-based architecture with machine readable contracts allows rights holders and rights users to manage their repertoire licensing operations and smoothly distribute royalties.
The mission of Heaven 11 is to unlock the global music market potential by improving licensing and royalty distribution processes.
Heaven 11 has already integrated with industry leading music service providers such as Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Deezer, Google Play Music, Spotify, Yandex Music, VK and a dozen of other sources to license repertoire of over 600 publishers from 37 countries. The platform has been introduced to and approved by directors of CISAC.

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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.