Brian Camelio

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Brian Camelio
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ArtistShare Founder/CEO Brian Camelio
Background information
Born (1965-10-15) October 15, 1965 (age 53)
Milton, Massachusetts,
United States
Occupation(s)Founder/CEO ArtistShare inc., musician, public speaker, inventor, entrepreneur, educator
Years active1974–present

Brian Camelio is an American musician, producer, entrepreneur, educator and founder of ArtistShare.[1][2][3][4]

Camelio is considered one of the fathers of crowdfunding[5] and potentially "a post-modern Ahmet Ertegun" according to Bloomberg News.[6] In 2005, he was the subject of an essay entitled "The One Thing You Can't Download"[7] in The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable edited by entrepreneur and author Seth Godin. He has been a speaker or panelist at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University,[8] Midem,[9] The Grammy Foundation at NARAS,[10] ASCAP,[11][12] NYU Law School,[13] Pew Center for Arts & Heritage,[14] The Songwriters hall of fame [15] and The Future of Music Coalition.[16][17]

He was a member of the core faculty of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music[18] and has been a columnist for All About Jazz since 2010.[19][20]

Music career[edit]

Camelio, who grew up in Boston, began his music career at the age of 9 and continued to pursue music at Clark University as a composition major. After finishing his music degree at the University of Vermont with a concentration in orchestral composition, he spent 15 years as a professional touring musician, composer and producer according to Celebrity Access.[1][21]

Since founding ArtistShare, he has produced six releases for jazz guitarist and NEA Jazzmaster Jim Hall[22] including Hemispheres, the 2008 collaboration with Bill Frisell,[23] and Conversations (2010) with Joey Baron.[24] Camelio has also worked with Trey Anastasio, Phish and Betty Buckley.[25][26]

Business career[edit]

After studying computer programming, Camelio started his first internet business in 1998, an online fundraising portal for non-profit groups. The business was not a success but the lessons learned led him to projects geared more towards technology.[1] Around this time he also authored and published college music theory textbook named Finale Made Easy.[27]

ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio, singer Willie Nelson and Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall on Willie Nelson's tour bus.

In 2000 or 2001 Brian Camelio founded ArtistShare.[2][28][29][30] ArtistShare is recognized as one of the Internet's first crowdfunding platforms.[31][32][33][34] It also operates as a record label and business model for creative artists which enables them to fund their projects by allowing the general public to directly finance, watch the creative process, and in most cases gain access to extra material from an artist.[35][36][37] In 2004, the first ArtistShare release won a Grammy for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording" and became the first album ever to win a Grammy that was not available in retail stores.[38][39] This is the moment Camelio describes as being his most memorable industry experience.[1]

In a 2004 study by Cathy Allison, a technology expert engaged by the Canadian Heritage’s Copyright Policy Branch "to capture a “snapshot” of current business models and technologies, and to contemplate possible future scenarios regarding the control and compensation for use of music",[40] Camelio is quoted as saying: "ArtistShare is the only viable solution that I can see. With the advent of the latest technology, it is becoming increasingly clear that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how artists do business. That shift involves the expansion of the product offered and a completely different payment schedule. ArtistShare will provide the platform."[41]

The Jazz Review stated in January 2011 that Camelio "now may be considered visionary for perceiving the direction that the distribution of musical recordings was headed in 2001."[42]

In May 2013, ArtistShare partnered with Blue Note Records to form a collaboration titled 'Blue Note/ArtistShare'. The Blue Note/ArtistShare collaboration was forged by Brian Camelio, Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note Records.[43]

Selected discography[edit]


  • Choc de l'année Award (Jazzman - France) 2005 for Jim Hall - Magic Meeting (producer)[44]
  • Choc de l'année Award (Jazzman - France) 2006 for Jim Hall / Geoffrey Keezer - Free Association (producer) [45]
  • Mayor's Peace Prize - Burlington, Vt. for orchestral composition - 1989 [46]
  • ASCAP Young Composer's Grant - 1986 [47]
  • VCA Grant - 1986 [47]


  1. ^ a b c d Bob Grossweiner, Jane Cohen, Industry Profile: Brian Camelio, Celebrity Access, February 29, 2008. Consulted on October 9, 2011
  2. ^ a b Fred Kaplan, MUSIC; D.I.Y. Meets N.R.L. (No Record Label), New York Times, July 4, 2004. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Brian Camelio on AllMusic
  4. ^ [1], Consulted on February 7, 2015.
  5. ^ Barry Harrell, Crowdfunding is the new creative way to finance movies, CDs and more Archived 2011-04-27 at the Wayback Machine., Austin American-Statesman, April 9, 2011. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  6. ^ Mike Zwerin, Ertegun's Death Is Milestone for Jazz Business, Bloomberg News, December 22, 2006. Consulted on October 26, 2011.
  7. ^ Seth Godin, The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable, Portfolio, 2005, ISBN 1-59184-103-8, pp. 47-48.
  8. ^ Beyond the Sound Bite 2010, Agenda, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  9. ^ (in French) Midem: nouveau modèle économique recherché Archived April 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., January 22, 2007. Consulted on October 15, 2011.
  10. ^ Grammy in the Schools Panel Prepares Students for Careers in Music,, News, March 22, 2005. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ 2010 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, Schedule, Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  12. ^ ASCAP "I Create Music Week" Jazz Panels, Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  13. ^ Panel Discusses State of Music Industry Archived April 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., The Commentator, The Student Newspaper of the New York University School of Law, Volume XLIII, Number 3, October 14, 2009, pages 1 and 4. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  14. ^ PMP Professional Development Event: Brian Camelio of ArtistShare, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, March 25, 2011. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  15. ^ April Anderson, Packed House Presentation By ArtistShare, Songwriters Hall of Fame, September 24, 2009. Consulted on October 23, 2011
  16. ^ Future of Music Coalition What's the Future for Musicians, Confirmed Panelists, October 6, 2008. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  17. ^ All-day event coming up in New York City on October 6th: "What's the Future for Musicians?" Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Consulted on October 23, 2011.
  18. ^ The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music web site, Faculty, Core Faculty. Consulted on October 18, 2015.
  19. ^ All About Jazz - The Art of the Artist to Fan Relationship - Brian Camelio. Consulted on February 10, 2012.
  20. ^ All About Jazz - Brian Camelio User Profile Archived March 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Consulted on February 10, 2012.
  21. ^ Patrick Cole, ArtistShare Taps Web to Earn Musicians Money, Grammys (Update1), Bloomberg News, February 7, 2008. Consulted on October 26, 2011.
  22. ^ National Endowment of the Arts Website
  23. ^ Hemispheres -
  24. ^ Conversations -
  25. ^ Trey Anastasio - Seis de mayo [2] Consulted on October 9, 2011
  26. ^ Phish - Billy Breathes [3] Consulted on October 9, 2011>
  27. ^ Finale Made Easy - Brian Camelio Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Patrick Cole, ArtistShare taps Web, fans to earn its musicians money, Grammys,, February 7, 2008. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  29. ^ Don Heckman, Making fans a part of the inner circle, Los Angeles Times, February 10, 2008. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  30. ^ Joel Rose, After Apple Records: Musician-Run Labels, NPR Music, May 15, 2008. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  31. ^ Kickstarter entrepreneurs doing big business in the UK [4] Consulted on January 5th, 2015
  32. ^ Crowd-Funding 101: What Every Musician Needs for a Successful Campaign [5] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  33. ^ Blue Note to Partner With ArtistShare [6] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  34. ^ Crowdfund it! [7] Consulted on February 7th, 2015
  35. ^ Don Heckman (February 10, 2008). "Making fans a part of the inner circle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
  36. ^ "Can You Spare a Quarter? Crowdfunding Sites Turn Fans into Patrons of the Arts". Wharton Innovation and Entrepreneurship. December 8, 2010. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  37. ^ 02.12.2008: Addendum to recent Wired Article (Part II) Model Number 7: Fan Supported Label/Distribution Archived October 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., David Byrne's Journal, February 12, 2008. Consulted on October 7, 2011.
  38. ^ Maria Schneider Discography - Concert in the Garden [8] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  39. ^ Maria Schneider at [9] Consulted on October 8, 2011
  40. ^ See top of page 1 of the study.
  41. ^ Cathy Allison, The Challenges and Opportunities of Online Music: Technology Measures, Business Models, Stakeholder Impact and Emerging Trends, ISBN 0-662-38335-4. Consulted on October 22, 2011
  42. ^ Don Williamson, ArtistShare: The Label That Involves You In The Creative Process, The Jazz Review, January 29, 2011. Consulted on October 12, 2011
  43. ^ Chinen, Nate (May 8, 2013). "Blue Note to Partner With ArtistShare". The New York Times. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  44. ^ Jim Hall - Magic Meeting
  45. ^ Jim Hall - Free Association
  46. ^
  47. ^ a b New School Faculty Biography Archived August 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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