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Ray Daniels

Ray Daniels

CEO, R.A.Y.D.A.R. Management

Ray Daniels is the CEO of his own music conglomerate RAYDAR Management LLC, responsible for chart-topping hits for artists such as Lizzo, Doja Cat, Beyoncé, Ciara, Rihanna, Usher and many more. He is one of the most accomplished executives in today’s music business, with an accomplished track record as an A&R, music consultant and broker known for negotiating some of the biggest publishing and artist deals signed over the last five years.

The Demise of the Major Deal: What Happens Next?

10/11/22, 7:00 PM

The last fifteen years have seen transformative change in the music industry, driven in large part by the widespread emergence and adoption of streaming services that have opened up opportunities like never before. Today, the way that artists get access to funding is finally catching up. While most artists used to view getting signed by a label as a marker of career success, the traditional companies no longer control exposure and distribution like they once did. So if artists can build a platform and a fanbase themselves, why do some of them still give up ownership of their music or control of creative decision making in order to access investment to advance their careers? Companies like beatBread are finally helping artists draw a line in the sand between ownership and investment. So when is it right for the artist to stay independent, and when does the traditional label model still work? The Demise of the Major Deal: What Happens Next? brings together managers, distributors and investment capital to discuss the future of creative investment, and the shift in power that puts control firmly back in the hands of artists.