Previously, Dae 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 founded an in-store music video network (Maven Promo), which was later acquired by EMPIRE Distribution in 2017. Dae also founded the world’s first aggregator and search engine of unclaimed music royalties and licenses (RoyaltyClaim), which was acquired by HAAWK in 2017. Dae’s music IP and startup business strategy consultancy, Rights Department, is currently in hiatus.
In the world of academia, Dae develops and teaches the Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation course at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which was recognized by Billboard among its list of “The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017.” Dae was also the first Innovation Fellow at the UCLA Center for Music Innovation and has taught at Emerson College; California State University, Northridge; SAE Institute Los Angeles; and has guest lectured at USC Marshall School of Business and the College of the Canyons.
Dae’s research into the global music licensing ecosystem has been cited in articles, textbooks and government-commissioned reports around the world. His work in copyright administration, music publishing, and royalties contributed to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the economic impact of the Music Modernization Act.Dae holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Music Industry Administration from California State University, Northridge.