SOURCE: PassAlong Networks

September 11, 2008 17:25 ET

Speakerheart Expands Executive Team

Jeff Skillen to Manage Artist-Focused Indie Music Service

FRANKLIN, TN--(Marketwire - September 11, 2008) - Media distribution developer PassAlong Networks™ today announced that Jeff Skillen, a former Executive Vice President at Gibson Guitar Corporation and founder of SkillSet Consulting, will be guiding the Speakerheart™ executive team. Speakerheart, a division of PassAlong, is an online platform for independent artists and bands to upload, promote and sell their own music. Skillen will head all artist relations, marketing and corporate development for the service.

"Because of his experience with artists and also his background in the corporate world, Jeff is able to work with independent artists to create amazing, tangible results," said Dave Jaworski, co-founder and CEO of PassAlong Networks. "Jeff was the obvious perfect choice for developing this service. He has the experience, the contacts and the skills needed to take Speakerheart to an entirely new level."

Skillen has diverse entrepreneurial experience in virtually all facets of the entertainment industry, including digital media, A&R, production, management, publishing, business affairs, sales, e-commerce, marketing and distribution. In addition, Skillen has extensive senior executive level experience at world-class companies in both the entertainment and technology fields.

Skillen created SkillSet Consulting in 2007 to provide services to a wide range of clients to assist in the development, capitalization, marketing and/or branding of new and existing business ideas in the realm of entertainment and new media. Prior to forming SkillSet, Skillen was Executive Vice President at Gibson Guitar Corporation where he was responsible for strategic partnerships, branding, worldwide entertainment relations and new technology initiatives. Under his direction, Gibson achieved extraordinary results in working with high profile artists, industry executives and media to achieve remarkable brand awareness, product placement and marketing value for Gibson brands.

Skillen is also a member of NARAS, serves as an Expert Scholar for the Gerson Lehrman Group and is a Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University. He has previously been a member of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) Communications Committee and a member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Audio Technology Advisory Board.

About Speakerheart™

Speakerheart is a music community built by artists, for artists. At Speakerheart.com 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 the unified service. Speakerheart's headquarters are in Nashville, Tenn.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks, a (RED) music partner, works to empower artists and fans by enhancing the Connected Consumer™ ecosystem. PassAlong's suite of services includes StoreBlocks™, OnTour®, freedomMP3™, Rostr™ and subsidiary Speakerheart™, with current initiatives ranging from advertising premium incentive programs, ad-supported revenue models, variable-pricing programs, 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, Tenn. For more information, visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com.

OnTour, StoreBlocks, Rostr, 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 Contact:
    Lindsay Marlow
    615.425.5864