Congratulations to the 2013 DMW Music Leadership Awards’ recipients!  The inaugural awards recognize music-tech leaders across three categories: Music Tech Startup to Watch; Music Tech Trendsetter to Watch; and Music Technology to Watch. The awards recipients were determined through an open nomination process that resulted in over 100 nominations and a voting process involving 20 industry leaders who served as jurors. For more information about the DMW Music Conference and Awards, please visit:
The winners and finalists are:

Music Tech Startup to Watch:

  • Winner: BandPage
  • Bandsintown
  • Chirpify

Music Tech Trendsetter to Watch:

  • Winner: Abe Burns, Digital Operations, Guy Oseary
  • iHeart Radio Management Team

Music Technology to Watch:

  • Winner: AEG Digital Media
  • Soundhound

The jurors for the 2013 Awards are Dorothy Hui, VP, Digital Marketing, ROC Nation; Jon Vanhala, Head of Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Republic Records, Universal Music Group; Jesse Israel, Co-Founder, Tech Operations, Cantora; Matt Ringel, Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing, Red Light Management; Owen Grover, SVP, Content Partnerships, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises; J Sider, Founder & CEO, BandPage; Anthony ‘Ant’ Demby, Music Curator, Consultant, Manager, Dembycratic & HumbleRiot; David Marcus, Principal, Echo and Sway; Aimee Higgins, Former Vice President, Strategic Solutions, Pandora; Nick Lippman, VP & Manager, Lippman Entertainment; Rachna Bhasin, SVP, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Sirius XM Radio; Yi Ping Ho, Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group; James Blades, Artist Manager, McGhee Entertainment; Abe Burns, Digital Operations, Guy Oseary; Brandon Martinez, Co-Founder & CEO, INDMUSIC; Reggie Williams, SVP of Programming, Music and Specials, BET Networks; Jessee Kirshbaum, Co-Founder, SoundCtrl; Cortney Harding, Partnerships, Soundrop; Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic; and Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire. Jurors were prohibited from voting on categories where they or their companies were nominated or have a substantial financial interest.

“DMW is thrilled to recognize these innovative and forward-thinking executives and companies who are building the content, technologies and business models that will shape the future of the music industry,” said Digital Media Wire’s CEO and Publisher Ned Sherman. “We look forward to providing a place to recognize and celebrate their leadership and contributions at the 2013 DMW Music Conference and Awards.”

“It was an honor to co-chair the inaugural DMW Music Awards. The high caliber of nominees made the final selection of the winners extremely difficult as they were all world-class contenders. We look forward to next year’s participants. The bar has now been set very high,” said Ted Cohen, Managing Director of TAG Strategic who co-chaired the awards with Sherman.

The awards recipients will be recognized in an exclusive awards dinner for industry leaders and special guests hosted by Digital Media Wire and the law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP at The Cutting Room in New York City on February 20 as part of the DMW Music Conference (aka Digital Music Forum). Details:

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