SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

August 15, 2007 07:00 ET

PassAlong Networks Announces Speakerheart Spin-Off

Speakerheart to Focus on Artist Self-Publishing and Promotion

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwire - August 15, 2007) - Music distribution developer PassAlong Networks™ today announced that it is spinning off Speakerheart™, an online platform for independent artists and bands to upload and sell their own music, as its own company, Speakerheart LLC.

"PassAlong Networks has always been passionate about connecting artists with fans, and empowering artists through Speakerheart is definitely part of that equation," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "The market demand for this product warrants a staff that can dedicate its full efforts to establishing Speakerheart as the go-to site for independent musicians and their fans."

Speakerheart is a Rich Internet Application (RIA) built using Adobe® Flex™ software that enables independent artists to publish, promote and sell their music online. Artists can upload their own music, create track samples, set their own prices and sell it all side-by-side in custom storefronts. Additionally, artists can access sales reports and receive payments for their sales through the simplicity and security of PayPal.

Speakerheart artists also have access to promotional tools called Shelves, which can be pasted on any website that allows Adobe® Flash® software and includes many social networks, such as Facebook®, Friendster and MySpace™, plus artist blogs and fan sites.

Jozef Nuyens and Brad Edmonson will head the new company, Nuyens as CEO and Edmonson as President. Both are co-founders of PassAlong Networks. The initial Speakerheart team includes members with previous work experience at Microsoft, Perot Systems, Sprint, EA-Electronic Arts, William Morris Agency, Warner Chappell Publishing and Muzik Mafia, among others. Nuyens, an independent producer who owns The Castle Studios in Franklin, Tennessee, is currently on the Board of NARAS, the association that organizes the GRAMMY® Awards.

Speakerheart is in a closed beta period while it signs up artists for its platform. Participating artists range from new, emerging acts to well-established performers with dozens of albums and prior hit singles. Artists can now log in to reserve their storefront at www.Speakerheart.com.

About Speakerheart™

Speakerheart is a music community built by artists, for artists. At Speakerheart.com independent artists can upload their own albums and tracks, set prices and sell it all side-by-side in custom storefronts. Artists can easily manage their online presence across the entire Web through this unified service. Speakerheart operates its world headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

About PassAlong Networks™

PassAlong Networks develops digital media innovations and services designed to enhance the Connected Consumer™ ecosystem while empowering artists and fans. PassAlong's core technologies include: media libraries, digital media store-building platforms and Web services through the StoreBlocks™ division; consumer-direct media displays, widgets and notification services through the OnTour® division; non-DRM protection technologies and media tracking through the FreedomMP3™ division. Current initiatives include advertising premium incentive programs, ad-supported revenue models, variable-pricing programs and in-car music downloads, mobile devices, media place-shifting and device-shifting, digital video libraries and social networks. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

OnTour, StoreBlocks, freedomMP3, PassAlong, Connected Consumer, Passing-and-Points and Speakerheart are trademarks of PassAlong Networks.

All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • PR Contacts:
    Lindsay Cleveland
    PassAlong Networks
    B: 615.425.5864

    Skip Franklin
    PassAlong Networks
    B: 615.425.5999

    Jeff Fox
    The Blueshirt Group, for PassAlong Networks
    B: 415.828.8298