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Ben Brannen

Co-Founder & Pres
After playing in bands and finishing college in Seattle, I moved to LA to work in music. Landed as an A&R guy/song plugger at BMG Music Publishing where the first song I pitched and placed received a Grammy award nomination. I started signing artists to pub deals. One of the indie bands I developed signed to RCA Records and asked me to manage them full time. I took the opportunity and for the next 8 years owned and operated my artist management company and indie record label where I oversaw the careers of 9 artists signed to both major and indie labels. I spent the first 4 years on the road tour managing and selling merch all over the world. After 12 years in the industry it was clear we all survived off merch sales, so I needed to find a better way to manage that business and maximize its revenue. This need spawned the idea for atVenu.