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  • 10/24/201910/24/2019

Jammber Unveils North America’s First Splits Platform with Song Registration and Royalty Tracking

(Nashville, Tenn. - October 24, 2019) Innovative music payment and workflow management company, Jammber, has announced the release of North America’s first end-to-end royalty management platform, called Jammber Splits. Comprised of three main components: tracking the people working on a song and their ownership, automatically registering that song and ownership across North American agencies  and collecting royalties via Jammber Money, Splits is the first and only complete rights...

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10/24/2019, Jammber Unveils North America’s First Splits Platform with Song Registration and Royalty Tracking
10/24/201910/24/2019, Jammber Unveils North America’s First Splits Platform with Song Registration and Royalty Tracking
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10/24/2019
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10/24/2019
Jammber, has announced the release of North America’s first end-to-end royalty management platform, called Jammber Splits. MORE» More»

(Nashville, Tenn. - October 24, 2019) Innovative music payment and workflow management company, Jammber, has announced the release of North America’s first end-to-end royalty management platform, called Jammber Splits. Comprised of three main components: tracking the people working on a song and their ownership, automatically registering that song and ownership across North American agencies  and collecting royalties via Jammber Money, Splits is the first and only complete rights management service on the market. The mission of Jammber Splits is to make proper credit and faster royalty payments for creators as simple as possible. 

Designed specifically with the creator in mind, the Splits app settles ownership percentages and captures all the necessary metadata needed to collect royalties from the conception of the song. While several other companies have attempted to create apps to capture song ownership, Jammber’s Splits is the first to offer built-in song registration. This means for the first time in history, writers and producers have the ability to register their songs with their PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SOCAN), Sound Exchange, and HFA directly from their phone for just $.50 per song. The company firmly believes giving creatives the easier access to registration leads to  higher royalty revenue, which will give more creatives the opportunity to make a living doing what they love.

“The song is at the center of the universe of music, and ownership is at the center of the song. It drives recognition, powers payments and royalties and even inspires further creation. When people are creating music together the conversations around ownership are incredibly nuanced. At Jammber we want to continually demonstrate how the psychology of great design can simplify complicated tasks and empower creatives and the entire industry to be more efficient,” explains Jammber CoFounder and CEO Marcus Cobb. “What makes Jammber Splits different is how simple it is to use while also being flexible. Anyone can get started within a few clicks. The idea of writing a song with your friends one moment and registering it to get paid the next moment from the palm of your hand was thought to be impossible until now.”

Current users have gravitated to many of Splits game-changing features, including access to split sheets for multiple different types of ownership (composition, recording and more), the capability to share the split information with their admin team through a “follower” feature and PDF exports, as well as, the ability to upload audio files and chat in app with fellow collaborators. This is also the first songsplits app available in multiple languages -- English, Spanish and French.

“We built Jammber Splits with DIY creatives in mind but clean ownership data has broad industry impacts. Many times when a song is uploaded to the Internet it has information about the artist performing it but no information about the songwriters or producers,” says Cobb. “As a result, the majority of global organizations spend between 15%-20% of their operating budget trying to identify rights holders in order to get them paid from little more than a song title. A free ownership app available globally for Apple iOS and Android, in multiple languages, will bring down those costs for organizations all over the world.”

It is a proven fact that creatives who establish ownership of their work will generate more revenue over time. The amount of revenue streams creatives have to track have grown exponentially. The vast majority of creatives have ten or more streams to follow. Looking to streamline this collection process, Jammber has created an all-inclusive royalty tracker and payout service inside Splits called, Jammber Money.

“Jammber Money is all about getting creatives paid faster. Music copyright law is very complicated. But getting paid should be simple. Creatives on our platform simply add a song to their Jammber Money catalog. We help validate it, register it and collect royalties for them across North America. At the end of every period the funds are automatically deposited into their bank account so they can make a living doing what they love,” says Cobb. 

In the past year, the launch North America’s first end-to-end royalty management platform, Splits, has been just the tip of the iceberg of what Jammber has accomplished. In the summer of 2019, Jammber announced their acquisition of TuneRegistry, secured investments from influential organizations like the Rise of the Rest, and hosted a groundbreaking activation at the Music Biz Conference. Already looking ahead to the coming year, Jammber will be releasing more tools to help creatives get credit and get paid faster.
For more information about Jammber, visit www.Jammber.com.
 
About Jammber
Jammber the first and only self-serve, end-to-end rights and royalty administration platform for North America. Our mission is to streamline the complicated process of metadata collection to ensure creatives receive proper credit and faster payment for their work. Comprised of a diverse group of music creators, business and tech experts, the company is based in Chicago and Nashville. Jammber got its start in Nashville's Project Music, the music tech accelerator program, and has acquired over $5.5M in investor funding since it’s conception in 2013. 
 
Jammber currently serves over 600 clients that have created thousands of projects, using tools created by the company. Some of those projects include sessions from Paul McCartney, U2, and One Republic, spanning genres from country to hip-hop. 

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10/24/2019

02/27/2017, Meet Marcus Cobb, Advocate for the Entertainment Industry's Underdogs, Founder of Jammber
02/27/201702/27/2017, Meet Marcus Cobb, Advocate for the Entertainment Industry's Underdogs, Founder of Jammber
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02/27/2017
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02/27/2017
From poverty in El Paso, to Microsoft's youngest team leader, to lingerie designer, to music industry entrepreneur, Marcus has led an amazing life. "I knew this is what I'm made for, using technology to help improve and enrich lives - and this is music, music is important to all of us. We had to do something." MORE» More»

Technologist and entrepreneur Marcus Cobb defied the odds. Born in poverty in a tough neighborhood in El Paso, he moved from abuse, neglect, and quasi-homelessness to Microsoft’s youngest team leader in a matter of a decade.

His fascination with computers and passion for programming, coupled with just enough support at just the right times, helped the young African-American man forge a path forward. That path eventually led him to create Jammber. It’s the first serious platform for managing payment and paperwork for the entertainment industry, a company that champions efficient fairness in aid of the underdog.

It feels natural that fairness and transparency are guiding ideas for Cobb. He saw some of life’s darkest sides, from juvenile detention to disrupted education. He knows all too intimately what it means to be treated unfairly. However, as Cobb relates in moving detail in NFL linebacker Tim Shaw’s recent book, Blitz Your Life, he also learned how to muster limited resources and grow them into something formidable.

“I grew up in a lower income area of El Paso, TX, surrounded by gangs, drugs, and a variety of other factors, which would have probably lead me down the path many young minorities in those situations find themselves in. Except for a few differences,” Cobb notes. “I had access to computers and computer labs since I was in 2nd Grade at Hacienda Heights Elementary School. The computers and seemingly endless books at the library, even book mobiles, kept my imagination open and would lead to this career.”

Cobb may not have had support at home, but his community--caring neighbors, teachers, principals--offered constant support for his interests, from science fair projects to robot building. It showed Cobb what a difference a few, committed people can make--even with limited resources. Jammber is a testament to that: From bootstrapped startup, Cobb has grown the company in a few short years, thanks to $1.5 mil in seed capital and interest from major music business players. The company has Letters of Intent from major labels and big indies like Big Machine.

Race shaped Cobb’s experience, but never cast its shadow over his hopes and sense of his own ability to succeed in technology. “I didn't know being black mattered so it didn't to me,” Cobb reflects. “Not as a weakness or a shortcoming of any type for sure.  Being one of the best is often a result of being one of the most passionate.  True, I've been the only black technologist at most organizations I've worked at, but I was one of the best and all they really cared about was if I was adding value.  It was peculiar because it was rare but if anything it was my job to expand the ‘brand’ of what it meant to be black...beyond sports and hip-hop.  At the same time, I was just being me.”

Though Cobb has been an avid music fan and performer for much of his life, he came to the business side of music indirectly. After a number of modest attempts he eventually started and sold a software company, but realized after years of technology he was ready for a change. “I was burned out on coding. My partner and I just walked away from our successful consulting business,” recalls Cobb. “I had money saved up. I decided to do what I wanted. Something I was passionate about.”

He loved fashion, but didn’t have the usual skillset for developing a clothing line. “I was a technologist my whole life. I became a lingerie designer. I couldn’t draw or sew, but I could tell a story and build a team around it.” To turn tales into intimate apparel, he tapped into a community online filled with people willing to barter and collaborate, to make something happen. It resonated powerfully with Cobb’s own experience. “They were like me: They wanted to create the next amazing thing, even more than they wanted to make money. Money is important but creatives need to create.”

The spirit of this community, the supportive enthusiasm instead of dog-eat-dog competition, got Cobb thinking. Several challenging projects involving musicians and bands revealed a whole set of interlocking problems in the music business. “Here was this other creative industry I loved, but plagued by inefficiency and century-old business practices.” What if he could help create a collaborative space in music, similar to the one he’d found in fashion?

The idea morphed over time, from more freeform social platform to focused project and business management. “The biggest problem in music is that people don’t get paid,” Cobb states. “There are reasons, some of them unpleasant, for this. But one big one is the limited resources for dealing with an extremely complex set of business relationships.”

Another challenge: People in the music business seemed to accept the status quo, even if they despised it. “When we talked to people in the industry, they were focused on a different problem set entirely. Why did they tolerate this?” Cobb asks. “Because it had always been that way, and because they loved what they were doing.”

The Jammber crew decided enough was enough and sketched out some ideas for a platform that would relieve the main pain points. When they presented their idea at a pitch session for a business accelerator in Nashville, Project Music, investors in the room were skeptical. “We had a standing ovation from the musicians there. But two investors pulled me aside and said you’re making a huge mistake,” recalls Cobb. “One of those investors later became the first to write a check. She told us we lost our marbles in April, but wrote the first check in November. She saw the problem and saw we were creating value.”

Cobb and his team united existing resources (partnering with leaders in payroll and HR ADP) and bleeding edge technologies (blockchain and real-time metadata generation) to build a platform that covered all the bases. It’s attracted enough investment for this lean company to meet very ambitious goals, as Cobb has his entire life.

“We’ve been fortunate that it’s been easy to close capital because of our momentum, but they haven’t already seen the value, the potential. I see a lot of potential. I’ve been in growth companies before,” remarks Cobb. “I know I’m in one now.”

Beyond financial consideration and growth, however, Cobb sees Jammber as an extension of his experiences, the hope, commitment, and desire to give back. “When you're a product of that kind of collective support in that kind of environment, it creates this core sense of obligation and deep, deep empathy,” muses Cobb. “When we saw stacks of returned paychecks that never made it to musicians all over the country, and we learned this was systemic, it struck that chord in me. I knew this is what I'm made for, using technology to help improve and enrich lives - and this is music, music is important to all of us.  We had to do something."

About Jammber

Jammber is a pioneering platform serving the creative industries with simplified, intuitive ways to track credits, payments, and paperwork in one single, handy place. Based in Chicago and Nashville, the company got its start at the Project Music accelerator, quickly acquiring over $1.2M in investor funding. Now available to the public, its early clients include Brooklyn Basement Records and Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard, and there are more to come. Dozens of letters of intent have been received by top players in the industry including Sony Nashville, Warner Nashville, Big Machine Label Group, and 7 time Grammy award-winning producer Reid Shippen. 

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02/27/2017

02/13/2017, Jammber Teams up with ADP to Add Sleek Payroll and HR Functionality to its Platform for Creative Industry Professionals
02/13/201702/13/2017, Jammber Teams up with ADP to Add Sleek Payroll and HR Functionality to its Platform for Creative Industry Professionals
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02/13/2017
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02/13/2017
Jammber, the innovator in entertainment industry project management and payment solutions, is teaming up with payroll and HR leaders ADP to create a seamless way for music and other entertainment professionals to pay--and get paid. MORE» More»

Jammber, the innovator in entertainment industry project management and payment solutions, is teaming up with payroll and HR leaders ADP to create a seamless way for music and other entertainment professionals to pay--and get paid.

In the past, musicians and other creatives had to wait months, if not years, to receive payment for studio or other creative work (if the check arrived at all). Though many industry players work in good faith, the complex and repetitive paperwork and documentation often make payroll a nightmare for the business. Jammber has made it their mission to transform this process, knowing expertise from major players would bring faster transformation.

“We’ve been working hard to make it easy to do what was very complicated for too many years in our industry,” explains Jammber CEO Marcus Cobb. “Partnering with ADP demonstrates our level of commitment to creating a trustworthy, highly efficient way to track and pay for work.”

Jammber has worked with ADP to adapt the payroll specialist’s platform specifically to entertainment industry needs. This white-label partnership will help Jammber roll everything related to a project--from who was in the studio to who needs what tax form--into a one-stop shop. Instead of heading to one platform for metadata entry, one for payroll, and one for calendar or contract management, industry pros can simply log into Jammber. No more endless open tabs or session timeouts, no more lost paperwork.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Jammber, and look forward to helping this organization strive in their business mission,” remarks Nicole Halim, ADP’s District Manager.

Jammber currently serves labels, producers, publishers, and management companies, an expanding customer base tired of the tangles caused by analog paperwork and complex project management tasks. Early letters of intent have been received from award-winning producers and labels from Sony Nashville, Warner Nashville, and Big Machine Label Group.

“We are striving to do what few have attempted before: to create a clear solution that cuts through the murk and inefficiency that’s plagued creative industries like the music business,” muses Cobb. “With great partners like ADP, we’re succeeding, and this stands to benefit everyone involved, from session players and engineers to die-hard fans.”

About Jammber

Jammber is a pioneering platform serving the creative industries with simplified, intuitive ways to track credits, payments, and paperwork in one single, handy place. Based in Chicago and Nashville, the company got its start at the Project Music accelerator, quickly acquiring over $1.2M  in investor funding. Now available to the public, its early clients include Brooklyn Basement Records and Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard, and there are more to come. Dozens of letters of intent have been received by top players in the industry including Sony Nashville, Warner Nashville, Big Machine Label Group, and 7 time Grammy award-winning producer Reid Shippen. 

Announcement
02/13/2017

12/15/2016, From Three Years to Three Minutes: How Jammber Gets Musicians and Music Pros Paid In a Fraction of the Time by Slicing Through Red Tape
12/15/201612/15/2016, From Three Years to Three Minutes: How Jammber Gets Musicians and Music Pros Paid In a Fraction of the Time by Slicing Through Red Tape
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12/15/2016
Announcement
12/15/2016
Why don’t people get paid in the entertainment business? Red tape and the complexity of project management. Jammber, the automated platform for entertainment rights and business management, wants to change this, doing for the entertainment industry what PayPal did for online payments. MORE» More»

Why don’t people get paid in the entertainment business? Red tape and the complexity of project management. Jammber, the automated platform for entertainment rights and business management, wants to change this, doing for the entertainment industry what PayPal did for online payments.

“For every hour of studio time, there are a few hours of paperwork,” states Marcus Cobb, the developer and designer who co-founded and now heads Jammber. Dozens of people touch each studio track, and they need credits, tax forms, and other compliance measures. That leads to a whooping total of 450 hours of paperwork.

The delay of paperwork, from union timecards to I9s, does more than drag out project timelines. It means that session players and songwriters sometimes wait years to get paid for what should be a simple business arrangement--if the check ever comes at all. Similar tax and reporting forms demand the same data but have to be filled out multiple times. The industry doesn’t do direct deposit. The pain points are legion.

Cobb and the Jammber team have bootstrapped their way to a solution, taking a lean, mean entrepreneurial approach to a broad and complicated problem set. Jammber manages the entire music production process, keeping track of everyone involved, making sure the work flows, letting collaborators sign off on important steps digitally, and helping labels and artists file forms correctly. It’s a perfect fit for the music business, though Jammber has seen interest from other industries with similarly complex workflows and project management tasks.

“No one is capturing this data at the studio level en masse. Some other platforms and services are trying, but they don’t touch the whole ecosystem, including the paperwork,” Cobb explains. “Jammber captures a holistic view of the process as early as possible.” This holistic vision has led to partnerships with major players in HR and other fields, like ADP.

Cobb has been fascinated by computers and machines since boyhood, building robots and programming games starting in grade school. Growing up in an extremely tough neighborhood in El Paso, Cobb was in the peculiar position of being both scholarly and gifted, and surrounded by poverty and violence. His passion for computer science and determination to gain a decent education drove him to seek something else, and eventually he landed a job as one of the youngest team leaders at Microsoft.

He honed his skills in the corporate context, moved into consulting. Cobb, however, longed to do something substantive, something all his own. A friend and colleague Adam Clabaugh, Jammber’s original co-founder, agreed. “We stopped dead in our tracks and we did a show and tell. I had all these business plans in notebooks,” Cobb recalls. “We came up with five criteria: Something we were passionate about, something with residual income, something we were proud of, that impacted people for the better and that had the potential to one day become a billion-dollar business.”

They wrote the earliest iteration of Jammber up on the whiteboard. It had promise. The two shut down their consulting business more or less overnight.

To his surprise, Cobb found himself diving into the entertainment business. The technologist also had an artistic side, both in music and fashion. He created intimate apparel lines. He worked on a music video for Pitbull. He worked to put together a girl group, a process he found rife with frustrations. These diverse projects gave him a keen awareness of the faults and injustices of the creative industries, how difficult it was to keep on top of a project and how much many entertainers and musicians struggled to get a couple hundred dollars from a few hours of work.

Their original idea won the team a spot in the Nashville, TN music business accelerator, Project Music. The program introduced them to major players in the industry, from label heads to rock stars. It got them thinking. “Project Music pulled back the veil of the industry and we saw how the money moves,” says Cobb. “We saw that 30-50% of people don’t get credit for their work or don’t get paid at all, or get paid years later. We knew we had to do something about it.”

They were on week twelve of a fourteen-week program. But they decided to tear down their plan and start from scratch. “We did a shot of tequila and pivoted,” laughs Cobb. “We pitched Jammber that Friday. We got a standing ovation from the musicians in the room. Two investors pulled me aside and said you’re making a huge mistake. One told us we had lost our marbles.” That was in April, “but she wrote the first check in November. She saw the problem and saw we were creating value.”

The value stems from the combination of workflow management and savvy about the extremely siloed and fragmented processes of the music business, where the various stages of a project may involve completely different teams with different needs. It tracks all credits and payments, creates accurate metadata from day one, notifies all collaborators when certain tasks are due or completed, and allows them to sign off digitally on important paperwork.

“On more generalist platforms, team workflow isn’t really addressed well, in terms of automating compliance, nothing like the way Jammber works as this automated business manager for creatives,” Cobb notes. “It applies across agencies. I’ve had construction companies and health companies come to us, curious about how they might use our tools. I think that this is the natural evolution of the technology. We understand now what collaboration looks like online, and we know now how to shape it to maximize efficiency.” It’s a factor long missing from the music industry, something Jammber promises to change.

 

 

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12/15/2016