Featured Executive: Damien Morjane, Co-founder & CEO of Rights’Up / eddy.app

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Damien Morjane has worked tirelessly on behalf of record labels & artists, making sure they have the right tools to navigate an industry that’s growing more complex by the day. The businesses he’s started and the initiatives he’s pushed have put the illuminative power of new technologies to work for the indie community.

Follow Damien on Linkedin, and eddy.app on Instagram and Linkedin.

Visit the eddy.app site here!

How did you get your start in the music industry, and how it

lead to the work you do today?

Motivated by the circumstances of the father of a friend who’d been shorted on his neighbouring rights (and wasn’t getting the money he’s owed), I co-founded Rights’Up, a digital interface that offers musicians and their representatives a plain view of the revenue to which they’re entitled.

The goal was to blow the fog away from a previously nebulous part of the music industry, supply hard facts (and dollars) to artists who desperately need them, and shine some daylight on the notorious fiscal darkness in which musicians operate. Throughout my career, I’ve always been a defender of financial transparency, and an advocate for trust between musicians and their labels.

In 2019, building on Rights’Up’s success, we launched eddy.app, a user-friendly royalty accounting software that is tailored to the needs of indie record labels and artist-run labels. The idea is simple: empower record labels of all sizes by providing them with the needed technology to better manage their royalties.

Committed to dispelling suspicion and complexity, eddy.app is on a mission to foster trust, clarity, and cohesion between record labels and artists. By offering a more comprehensive, consolidated view of their revenue, eddy.app helps labels and artists make better decisions.

Is there a success story or career milestone that you are most proud of?

Conceptualizing & developing eddy.app has been incredibly rewarding (yet challenging!). Only three years in, the feedback we’ve gathered from our users only reinforces the realization that a solution like eddy.app was, in fact, very much needed. It’s been really great connecting with indie labels from all over the world and seeing how the software has made a huge difference in their day-to-day operations.

Are there any projects you’re working on or company updates that you’re most excited about?

We recently launched our new Seamless Payouts feature, which probably is one of the biggest product updates we’ve done so far. The feature allows labels to automate the whole invoicing and payment process – eddy.app validates payees’ billing and payment data and generates invoices automatically when new royalty statements are ready.

And the cherry on top: we’ve teamed up with Wise to make the payment process as seamless as can be. Users are able to trigger Wise payments in bulk directly via eddy.app, in just a few clicks.

Outside of your work in music, do you have any other hobbies/ particular areas of expertise/interest etc.?

Other areas of expertise include Basil Smash cocktail-making and campfire maintenance.

Anything else to add?

We haven’t officially announced this yet but here’s some exclusive news for you – 2022 will be the year eddy.app and Rights’Up integrate into one platform. A bit of a one-stop-shop for royalties, if you like. Stay tuned!

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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.

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