Every story has a beginning.
The TunesMap story begins with a glowing, vintage, Wurlitzer jukebox.
It was the first thing film music supervisor G. Marq Roswell saw in the London home of A & R legend Nigel Grainge the evening the two first met and forged their lasting friendship. Grainge was an enthusiastic and fastidious record collector, and his jukebox was loaded with the greatest singles of all time. As they listened to hit after hit their conversation turned to what inspires songwriters and musicians, and what cultural influences give rise to songs that define an era. It was a discussion that continued over years, and when Grainge decided to digitize his extensive vinyl collection – including all original cover art – along with a corresponding video library, Roswell began to explore ideas on how they might bring to life the rich cultural context of the definitive music anthology Grainge had assembled. Both recognized that music streaming had changed the listening experience, and that context was all but lost in the digital music sphere.
Enter Erik Loyer, a Southern California digital media artist with a background in cultural technology and a love for music. Through many hours of conversation, multiple rounds of wireframes, mockups, and finally a series of working prototypes, Loyer elaborated the idea of cultural context into documentation, design, and code, demonstrating how it could be realized. Jon Blaufarb, a San Francisco music and tech attorney, provided the bridge to Silicon Valley, establishing key relationships with early supporters like Ty Roberts of Gracenote and providing important business expertise integral to any startup.
The four founders were joined by the team of talented and energized people shown below to realize TunesMap's grand vision.
Our Advisory Board
Jack Sullivan has served as Chief Executive Officer of Broadway Video Entertainment since 2001, with oversight responsibilities for all of the company's business divisions and operations. Prior to that, he was the company’s Chief Operating Officer for a number of years. Sullivan has re-focused Broadway Video Entertainment back to its core business, and strengthened the company's licensing operation, specifically in regards to "Saturday Night Live.” These structural revisions have created new opportunities around the world for the company's program library. Sullivan earned his J.D. degree from Pepperdine School of Law and his undergraduate degree in business administration from Tulane University.
Jeff Rosen has spent the past twelve years as President of the Bob Dylan Music Company. He has also worked as an entertainment and marketing consultant for Columbia Records, Sony Music, Sony 550 Digital Ventures, The Artists Network, RCA Records and Time-Life Records. Rosen has also served as a music writer, appearing in such publications as Musician Magazine, Spin, and High Times. He is also the producer of the Peabody and Grammy award-winning television event No Direction Home (Scorsese, 2005).
Thomas Henri is a successful tech and consumer goods investor. Thomas is TunesMap’s lead investor and on the company’s board of directors, guiding our team on fundraising, strategy, and product.
Ammon Haggerty is a multidisciplinary technology innovator with a passion for solving difficult problems. With more than 25 years in the interaction design industry, he is able to approach challenges from a holistic perspective, introducing novel and game-changing solutions. As a designer, Haggerty believes effortless functionality is an aesthetic goal. As a developer, he uses creativity and experimentation to achieve innovative solutions. As a team leader, he builds bridges and help coordinate diverse skills and perspectives.
Ty Roberts is widely recognized as one of the inventors of enhanced CD technology, and is credited with producing the industry's first enhanced CDs. Roberts joined Gracenote in November of 1998 as a co-founder after the company acquired ION, a multimedia and music technology company that he founded in 1993. Roberts served as Gracenote's chief technology strategist, providing technology direction and overseeing the creation of products and services that leverage the power of the Gracenote database to deliver information services. Most recently Roberts served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Universal Music Group.
Tony Berg has produced recordings by Bob Dylan, Michael Penn, Pink, Aimee Mann, Randy Newman, Lupe Fiasco, Bruce Hornsby, Pete Yorn, Jakob Dylan, and The Replacements. Berg has played guitar with Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, the Neville Brothers, Smokey Robinson, and Morris Day. As Executive VP of A&R at Geffen and Virgin Records, Berg signed Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, A Perfect Circle, The Blue Man Group, At the Drive-In, Remy Zero, Aimee Mann, and Wild Colonials, among others. He is the Creative Director of the Malibu Performing Arts Center, Musical Director at the Mark Taper Forum, and Guitarist in the original Roxy Theatre production of Rocky Horror Show. Formerly Bette Midler's Musical Director, Berg served as a Composer, scoring Robert Altman's A Perfect Couple, and several television series and mini-series.
Robert Santelli is the Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, a 32,000 square-foot facility in downtown Los Angeles with “more music per square foot than anywhere else in America.” Santelli is also the Experience Music Project’s Executive Director, overseeing the development of all museum content, public programming, and education initiatives. He also currently leads development for the British Music Experience. Santelli spent five years with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, most recently as Vice President of Education and Public Programs. A rock ‘n’ roll and blues aficionado, Santelli has published seven books on the subject.
Made in Los Angeles. Inspired by artists.
It’s fitting that TunesMap was born in Los Angeles, a city whose cultural diversity is a fusion of music, film, art and fiction. Brought together by the network of freeways that connect its vast creative landscape, our city embraces artistic freedom.
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