Founder & CEO – ArtistShare & FanFunded
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.” He is truly a rare blend of creative passion coupled with relentless attention to detail and process. These qualities have been the backbone and driving force behind the 13-year success of ArtistShare and the newly created Fanfunded.com, the next generation of fan funding.
In 2003, Brian created ArtistShare, a state-of-the-art website and software application for the creative community to find funding for their projects directly through their fan bases. This became the blueprint and precursor 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 29 Grammy nominations.
Not resting on his “laurels,” Brian has launched an extension of the ArtistShare business model called FanFunded.com. There will now be a destination for all creative visions that extend beyond the music industry that offers opportunities to many creators that had not had the chance to participate with ArtistShare. As Brian expands the ArtistShare Brand and launches Fanfunded.com, there is already a buzz in creative circles as he builds on past experience and success.
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, and The Juilliard School. He has also 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.
“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
According to Bloomberg News, Brian 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.
ArtistShare, founded by Brian Camelio, is a platform that connects creative artists with fans in order to share the creative process and fund the creation of new artistic works. Unlike other companies the model is focused on the equal relationship of the Artist and the Fan creating an environment and destination for the best fan support in the industry. ArtistShare projects have received countless awards and accolades, including 10 Grammy awards and 29 Grammy nominations. The artist roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists, including Pulitzer prize and Oscar nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, Grammy winners and NEA Jazz Masters.
FanFunded, from the creators of ArtistShare, brings together fans and creators of all types. Offering unique engagement opportunities, the FanFunded community thrives on inspiration and creativity. Building off an unparalleled 13 years of success in crowdfunding, we are dedicated to supporting and providing a sustainable, career-focused solution for the next generation of great visionaries, artists and creators.