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Brian Camelio

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Years active  1974–present
Education  University of Vermont
Role  Musician
Name  Brian Camelio

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Born  October 15, 1965 (age 50) Milton, Massachusetts, United States (1965-10-15)
Occupation(s)  Founder/CEO ArtistShare inc., musician, public speaker, inventor, entrepreneur, educator
Similar People  Maria Schneider, Scott Colley, Jim Hall, Joey Baron, Janis Siegel

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Brian Camelio is an American musician, producer, entrepreneur, educator and founder of ArtistShare., the world’s oldest crowdfunding website for creative professionals.


Camelio is considered one of the fathers of crowdfunding and potentially "a post-modern Ahmet Ertegun" according to Bloomberg News. In 2005, he was the subject of an essay entitled "The One Thing You Can't Download" in The Big Moo: Stop Trying to be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable edited by entrepreneur and author Seth Godin. He has been a speaker or panelist at the 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 and The Future of Music Coalition.

He was a member of the core faculty of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and has been a columnist for All About Jazz since 2010.

Nels cline and producer brian camelio discuss the jim hall live project on artistshare

Music career

Camelio, who grew up in Boston, began his music career at the age of 9 and continued to pursue music at Clark University as a composition major. After finishing his music degree at the University of Vermont with a concentration in orchestral composition, he spent 15 years as a professional touring musician, composer and producer according to Celebrity Access.

Since founding ArtistShare, he has produced six releases for jazz guitarist and NEA Jazzmaster Jim Hall including Hemispheres, the 2008 collaboration with Bill Frisell, and Conversations (2010) with Joey Baron. Camelio has also worked with Trey Anastasio, Phish and Betty Buckley.

Business career

After studying computer programming, Camelio started his first internet business in 1998, an online fundraising portal for non-profit groups. The business was not a success but the lessons learned led him to projects geared more towards technology. Around this time he also authored and published college music theory textbook named Finale Made Easy.

In 2000 or 2001 Brian Camelio founded ArtistShare. ArtistShare is recognized as one of the Internet's first crowdfunding platforms. It also operates as a record label and business model for creative artists which enables them to fund their projects by allowing the general public to directly finance, watch the creative process, and in most cases gain access to extra material from an artist. In 2004, the first ArtistShare release won a Grammy for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording" and became the first album ever to win a Grammy that was not available in retail stores. This is the moment Camelio describes as being his most memorable industry experience.

In a 2004 study by Cathy Allison, a technology expert engaged by the Canadian Heritage’s Copyright Policy Branch "to capture a “snapshot” of current business models and technologies, and to contemplate possible future scenarios regarding the control and compensation for use of music", Camelio is quoted as saying: "ArtistShare is the only viable solution that I can see. With the advent of the latest technology, it is becoming increasingly clear that there needs to be a fundamental shift in how artists do business. That shift involves the expansion of the product offered and a completely different payment schedule. ArtistShare will provide the platform."

The Jazz Review stated in January 2011 that Camelio "now may be considered visionary for perceiving the direction that the distribution of musical recordings was headed in 2001."

In May 2013, ArtistShare partnered with Blue Note Records to form a collaboration titled 'Blue Note/ArtistShare'. The Blue Note/ArtistShare collaboration was forged by Brian Camelio, Bruce Lundvall, and Don Was, President of Blue Note Records.

Selected discography

  • 1987: "Generations" - Jon Gailmor (Bass, Guitar)
  • 1997: "Textures" - Jim Hall (Music Preparation)
  • 1998: "By Arrangement" - Jim Hall (Music Preparation)
  • 2002: "Trio of One" - Sean Harkness (Guitar, Composer)
  • 2002: "Initial Wisdom" - Scott Colley (Composer)
  • 2004: "Magic Meeting" - Jim Hall (Producer)
  • 2005: "Free Association" - Jim Hall and Geoffrey Keezer (Producer)
  • 2008: "Hemispheres" - Jim Hall and Bill Frisell (Producer)
  • 2010: "Conversations" - Jim Hall and Joey Baron (Producer)
  • 2011: "Living Alone And Loving It" - Barbara Feldon (Producer)
  • 2012: "Live At Birdland" - Jim Hall (Producer)
  • 2012: "Jim Hall Live! - Vol. 2-4" - Jim Hall (Producer)
  • 2013: "Newport Jazz Gala!" - Dianne Reeves, Jason Moran, Anat Cohen, Bill Frisell, Edmar Castaneda, Ingrid Jensen, Lionel Loueke, Steve Wilson, and Lewis Nash (Producer)
  • 2016: "Inspired" - John Abercrombie, Rale Micic, Peter Bernstein, Lage Lund (Producer)
  • 2016: "Valse Hot" - Jim Hall and Red Mitchell (Producer)
  • 2017: "With a song in my heart" - Jane Hall and Ed Bickert (Producer)
  • Awards

  • Choc de l'année Award (Jazzman - France) 2005 for Jim Hall - Magic Meeting (producer)
  • Choc de l'année Award (Jazzman - France) 2006 for Jim Hall / Geoffrey Keezer - Free Association (producer)
  • Mayor's Peace Prize - Burlington, Vt. for orchestral composition - 1989
  • ASCAP Young Composer's Grant - 1986
  • VCA Grant - 1986
  • References

    Brian Camelio Wikipedia