We love music and “music people.” Our commitment to the creation of .music is a natural and inherent extension of our desire to serve all members of the Music community through a trusted namespace that respects their rights as creators.
We believe in the infinite potential of artists, songwriters and musicians. We believe in the value of all musical expression. We believe in enhancing fan engagement and the power of audience connection. We believe in the surrounding infrastructure of people that support the growth and development of music and its creators throughout the world.
Loren Balman, CEO, is a 30-year veteran of the music and entertainment business that included the founding of two multi-million dollar entertainment companies and the executive management of five record labels. As a label executive and by way of Artist Development, Marketing and Production, he has earned more than 30 Gold and Platinum records, a Grammy nomination and five Dove Awards. Prior to founding .music llc, Loren was deeply involved in developing forward looking business models that utilized both music, arts and technology disciplines.
John Styll, President & COO, is an entrepreneur who founded a music magazine publishing company in 1978 and served as its CEO for 23 years. This experience in music journalism led to a seven-year stint as head of two music trade associations. For the last eight years, John has dedicated his efforts to the expansion of the Internet and the safeguarding of creative rights.
John Frankenheimer, .music General Counsel, is Partner and Chairman Emeritus of the international entertainment and intellectual property law firm Loeb & Loeb. John’s practice is centered in the entertainment and media industries, where he has been at the epicenter of the Music community as a trusted advisor to its leadership.
Keith Thomas, VP of Artist Relations, is a six-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter with 40 Billboard #1 hits to his credit. Keith has worked with an elite spectrum of artists including Katy Perry, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Kings of Leon, Amy Grant, James Ingram, Jessica Simpson, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Mandy Moore, Gladys Knight and many others.
We have been working with the global Music community since 2008 to make this Top Level Domain, .music, THE avenue and THE destination for artists, musicians, songwriters, students, teachers, instrument makers and other music professionals across the globe. Our goal is to connect them, promote them, nurture them, support them, be advocates for them and help safeguard their intellectual property and creative rights. Our vision is to provide the solid foundation of their own domain identity and home that will give wing to their dreams and aspirations.
The current choices in TLDs have not offered a space where music can be safeguarded, sustained and enjoyed for the benefit of creators and consumers alike. We want to change that.
The International Music Council’s “five music rights” guides our values-driven mission:
The right for or all children and adults:
- to express themselves musically in all freedom
- to learn musical languages and skills
- to have access to musical involvement through
participation, listening, creation, and information
The right for all musical artists:
- to develop their artistry and communicate through all media, with proper facilities at their disposal
- to obtain just recognition and remuneration for their work