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Black entrepreneurs have been the backbone of the music industry sense the beginning of time. Allowing us to access the resources of counterparts, now opens the door to innumerable possibilities for creators that look, think and dream like us.
What is Build Your Own Dreams? How did it come to be?
Build Your Own Dreams is a Philanthropic Record Label and Digital Marketing Agency founded in 2020 by myself and Brandon Boone. Our separate dreams brought us together for a common goal of empowering creatives to build their own dreams through ownership.
We are passionate about equipping creatives with the knowledge and resources to leverage their careers beyond the music industry. We are the independent label of the new age. specializing in label servicing, branding, digital marketing, brand management, and event curation. We exist to push the culture forward.
What are the long term goals of BYOD?
Our long term goals are as followed:
- Building more owners
- Launching our film division
- Training the next generation of black executives
- Teaching the masses of artists how to effectively run their music business
- Expanding the reach of our brand through merchandising
- Covering the cost of 9 more creatives/ creative entrepreneurs in therapy
Any other exciting company updates?
Some exciting company updates for BYOD would include Kaleb’s album dropping. In addition to an amazing response from his project, his short film was also selected for a film festival, moving him towards dropping his deluxe album, giving him a full album cycle which is super important to us.
In addition to that, we just planned and executed a music festival in ATL in less than 3 months. It was such a success and everyone truly enjoyed themselves!
Lastly, were dropping a Lofi project and t-shirts to sell as well to directly benefit out BYOD fund and send creatives to therapy! Lofi music directly benefited our President and made her feel less anxious. That’s our goal for everyone else.
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A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.