In 1999, the ﬁle sharing website Napster was launched and it provided anunprecedented accessibility to music digital downloads that changed the world
s musicindustry forever. Eleven years later, industry professionals are forced to become moreﬂuid in their business approach. “What we're really talking about here is the shift in theway we think about music. We're stuck between two worlds: the world of ten years ago,where music was privately owned in discreet little chunks (CDs), and a new one thatseems to be emerging, where music is universally publicly accessible.” -- DamianKulash of the band OK Go.
What makes our company stand out are the multitude of musical experiencesboth partners, John Paul Sharp (JPS) and Paul Michael Escalante (PME), bring to thetable: music education, vocal performance, music business, technical recording andmixing skills, composition, arrangement and performance. We are a team of proliﬁcsongwriters and recording artists who are able to produce music on demand with littleneed for polishing adjustments. As music industry professionals in Denver, Colorado forwell over six years, our team is competent, talented and driven to produce consistent,quality music products in the form of digital copy.
Our company offers original music content in the form of digital downloadsthrough three product brands: JPS, PME and Slightly Different People (SDP). Whilerevenues from all brands go back into the company, our efforts are mainly based on thenew SDP brand for its openness to inclusivity and ﬂexibility for collaboration. Ourproducts may be found through online music distribution sites like iTunes orAmazon.com but you may also hear our work on ﬁlms, television, video games and liveconcerts.
FTB is positioned in the independent music market, and thus its approach is toattract consumers who consider themselves enlightened listeners, or connoisseurs ofinspiring, uncensored, and thought provoking music. In the mainstream, FTB musicwould be most likely heard on college and internet radio stations.
The ﬁnancial structure of the company is based on the current investments ofJPS and PME, which includes all costs of establishing the internet branding of FTBsubsidiaries, and all project studio investments (instruments, computers, software, andpost production materials). We seek our funding on a project by project basis, where wegive our community of listeners and fans the opportunity to take ownership over thesuccess of our company. We hope to create a reciprocal cycle of inspiration with ourcommunity, through our contribution to the arts. Our investors take a pivotal role throughthe speciﬁcity of funding speciﬁc projects.
The main goal of our company is to sustain our current and future creative worksin the attempt to ensure that we are able to contribute to society in a meaningful,appropriate way. Our company stands on the belief that inclusivity and interactivity withour communities is a key component of learning how to thrive in today
s ﬂuid, heavilydynamic music industry. It
s what makes our entrepreneurial lives social.
Free the Beat, LLC2 of 20 December,2010 John Paul Sharp Paul Michael Escalante
Free the Beat, LLC2 of firstname.lastname@example.org