Dae Bogan is a music rights expert, serial entrepreneur, author, and music creators’ rights advocate with over fifteen years of experience in the music industry.
A Billboard “2019 Digital Power Players” honoree, Dae currently serves as Head of Third-Party Partnerships at The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) where he lead’s The MLC’s strategy of engaging third-party entities that provide support to creators and publishers in the areas of rights administration, data management, operations, and education. Concurrently, he is an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where he develops and teaches the music industry entrepreneurship course for which he was recognized in Billboard’s “The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017.”
Prior to his roles at The MLC and UCLA, Dae founded music rights administration technology company TuneRegistry (acquired by Jammber in 2019); unclaimed music royalties and licenses search engine RoyaltyClaim (acquired by HAAWK Inc. in 2017); and in-store music video network Maven Promo (acquired by EMPIRE Distribution in 2017). Dae has also owned and operated an independent record label (Loft24 Records), a music publishing company (Loft24 Publishing), and a boutique artist management firm (Renaissance Artist Management) until 2012 when he pivoted to music tech.
Dae is passionate about innovation at the intersection of music and technology. He was the first Innovation Fellow at the UCLA Center for Music Innovation and has served as a mentor or advisor to startup founders through SXSW Music (Austin), SXSW V2V (Las Vegas), Capitol Music Group’s gBeta MusicTech (Los Angeles), The Rattle (Los Angeles), 2112 (Chicago), Project Music (Nashville), Muckerlab (Silicon Beach), Hot House (San Luis Obispo), and Founder’s Institute (Los Angeles) among others.
Through his consultancy firm, Rights Department, Dae has consulted with music tech and digital media companies from around the world to develop business strategies as well as comprehensive intellectual property compliance guidance including identifying fundamental IP requirements, negotiating and securing content licenses with music rights organizations (CMOs, PROs, MROs), rights administrators, record labels, and music publishers and recommending technical and royalty accounting solutions to fulfill license administration requirements.
Dae holds an MA in Music Industry Administration with a focus on music publishing and copyright administration from California State University, Northridge and a BA in sociology from the University of California.