"But even then, with the world population so huge, placing your endeavor at the forefront of public attention for anyone willing to contribute to, is a purely brilliant idea. That is exactly what was playing in the mind of Boston musician Brian Camelio when he founded ArtistShare, the world’s oldest crowdfunding website for creative professionals, in 2003. Following the immense success of this brave new idea, other websites soon followed suit, and crowdfunding, became a full-fledged industry."

~ Forbes Magazine, 2016

 

 

 

"ArtistShare founder Brian Camelio is a true visionary. I see the ArtistShare business model as a key component of the future music business."

- Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records -  Chairman Emeritus

BrIan Camelio

Brian is an accomplished musician, composer, public speaker, educator, inventor, entrepreneur and digital marketing expert.   Most notably he is credited as being a pioneer of modern "crowdfunding".  In 2001, he created ArtistShare, a website and software application for creative artists to fund projects directly through their fan bases which later became the blueprint for many of today's crowdfunding websites.  In 2004, the first ArtistShare project won a Grammy award and became the first album in history to win a Grammy that was not available in retail stores.  Since then ArtistShare fan-funded releases have received a total of 10 Grammy awards and 20 Grammy nominations.

According to Bloomberg News, he is considered to be one of the fathers of crowdfunding and potentially "a post-modern Ahmet Ertegun".   In 2005, he was featured in the marketing book "The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable"  by entrepreneur and author Seth Godin.

As a pioneer in his field he has been an invited guest speaker at Judge Business School at Cambridge University, Midem, The Grammy Foundation at NARAS, ASCAP,  NYU Law School, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage,The Songwriters hall of fame, The Future of Music Coalition, George Mason School of Law, The Juilliard School and has been an adviser to the Canadian Heritage Copyright Policy Branch when researching copyright reform in Canada.

Brian is a U.S. Patent holder and a strong advocate of the protection of intellectual property rights for aspiring inventors and creative artists.