7digital is delighted to announce the appointment of Dick Wingate to expand business initiatives and partnerships in the U.S, thus expanding the company’s global footprint. Wingate brings to 7digital more than 40 years of experience in the music industry with senior executive leadership roles in content, technology and business development and a proven track record of growing businesses on multiple platforms at the intersection of music and technologies.
A renowned senior record label exec before he went on to become Chief Content Officer at Liquid Audio, Wingate played an integral role in their 1999 IPO and negotiated the tech industry’s first digital distribution licenses from the major labels. As President, Media Development for Nellymoser, he helped develop the first mobile applications for Warner Music, MTV, ABC-TV and many others. His senior positions in the record industry included SVP Marketing, Arista Records; SVP A&R, PolyGram Records; Director, Talent, Epic Records; and Product Manager, Columbia Records where he worked closely with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Peter Tosh, Bon Jovi and many others.
“7digital is the leading global music platform in the B2B space with a strong value proposition to multiple industries that represent exponential growth to the industry – such as the fitness, automotive, gaming and social media space. I look forward to working with the team.” said Wingate.
“I’m excited to have Dick join the team and leverage his seniority, music industry knowledge, and experience in technology solutions in the market,” Paul Langworthy, CEO of 7digital. “Dick’s track record in creating successful business opportunities in the industry over many years will be incredibly valuable to 7digital as we focus on expanding the footprint of our global scalable music-as-a-service platform in social, gaming and fitness in Northern America.”
On the back of announcements of five new contracts with home fitness clients in 2021 including FORME and Barry’s, the demand for 7digital’s music-as-a-service platform has led the company to announce this additional executive appointment to support the continued growth in industries providing consumer music experiences in North America. Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer, Wingate will be targeting outreach to strategic industry verticals including DSP’s, social media companies, gaming publishers, and home fitness innovators.
Wingate’s latest role is Principal and Founder at DEV Advisors, an entertainment and media consulting firm. He has spoken at dozens of industry conferences, and has been quoted in the NY Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Wall St Journal and has been granted lifetime membership at NARAS (the Grammys).
Without a doubt, crafting the right music experience to meet fluctuating customer expectations and dynamic competitive pressures is always top of mind when we are speaking to our current and prospective music clients. To maintain and serve music in a global market, 7digital’s platform is fully integrated with more than 300K labels and publishers and accessible via the API platform. This summer, we mark the expansion of our partner ecosystem as we’ve launched pre-built integrations with some of the top music tech companies in the world to help organizations extend and supplement our service capabilities across all industries.
Our platform partners are carefully selected against current needs identified in the market and provide integrations that strategically customise the core functionality of the 7digital platform, tools, and service. All integrations are found on the 7digital partner integrations directory which is designed to allow current 7digital customers and prospects to find the right companies to work with to create their desired user experience.
The program ties 7digital into the wider music ecosystem, bringing together to provide more powerful solutions to the needs of streaming, digital fitness apps, social, automotive, gaming and more.
Who are some of the partners in this program?
There are currently 4 announced partner integrations, with plans to expand that in Q4. Recently, 7digital revealed an integration with Muzooka, the world’s largest verified asset database with a pre-approved database of artist images, links, and other media assets. Muzooka has notable contracts with BMI and the Recording Academy and their platform allows brands to deliver a highly visual experience to their users to maximize engagement on music streaming platforms across all industries.
Earlier in the summer, 7digital also announced a partnership with Super Hi-Fi, the audio technology company leveraging AI to deliver next generation music experience to bring advanced playback and AI-powered recommendations as new features available to 7digital’s playlisting and curation tools.