Creators worldwide chase their dreams of turning their passion of music into a career. As a college student at Stanford, Scott Arey, fortunately struck a deal with Warner Music Group — performing live shows in Las Vegas & San Francisco. However, even with those connections, it quickly became apparent that making money in the music industry was extremely challenging. Scott shifted his focus to a career in business but continued to perform and record music as a hobby.
As Scott navigated through an accomplished professional career, he never forgot the hardships creators faced. As a result, Community Musician ("CM") was born with a mission to remake the music industry so that musicians can earn a living wage pursuing their craft.
Community Musician is an entertainment technology company focused on providing creators with the resources many young musicians don't have today.
- Blockchain-based app & platform
- Patent-pending collectible music cards
- Rehearsal space rental
- Artist sourcing
- The music market is projected to double in size by 2030 — reaching $142B annual revenue
- CEO, Scott Arey, was the former CFO of Gearbox which was acquired in early 2021 for $1.3B
- GC, Alisa deRosa, was the former GC and COO for Beyonce's Parkwood Entertainment
- Veteran management team that has driven multi-billion-dollar valuations, Silicon Valley tech, IPOs and Grammy awards
- Community Musician app is available for download (App Store & Google Play)
- Collectible Music Card has been produced
The music industry is forecast to grow ~2x by 2030 to reach $142B annual revenue and yet creators cannot make a living wage today. That’s because streaming is driving revenue growth in the music industry and as of 2021 accounted for 83% of recorded music revenues.
Unfortunately, even with streaming, creators still struggle. A 2020 Business Insider report found that artists on Spotify earn as little as $0.0033 per stream. Making it worse, 70% of recorded music consumed is catalog music (music that was released >2 years ago).
There is very little money being paid to artists for new music on streaming platforms. Artists have resorted to selling vinyl records at their shows. 10 years ago there were <1m vinyl records sold in the U.S., but that figure has grown to ~42m in 2021. Record aisles are once again in big box retailers. However, for many creators, records are proving to no longer be a viable option as demand exceeds supply.
- High minimum orders (typically 1,000+)
- Extensive wait times (typically >1 year)
With a limited supply of vinyl and an influx of demand by the creators, the effects are being felt by studios and rehearsal space businesses. In each of the Top 50 cities in the U.S., creators looking for rehearsal space are oftentimes put on waitlists as they’re operating at near capacity and already have an existing waitlist.
The Community Musician management team has developed a strategic plan to enable those looking to unlock a career in music, without the blockers creators are currently facing. The CM team plans to implement:
With a term sheet (a nonbinding agreement outlining the basic terms and conditions under which an investment will be made) in hand, CM's goal is to acquire Nick Yannariello's Puddletown Studios in Portland, OR for its first acquisition. Nick has assembled one of the best music rehearsal space businesses in the U.S. today and we believe is a dominant player within the Portland community with 8 buildings and ~350 rehearsal rooms representing a community of >8,000 musicians. Nick is a member of the Community Musician management team, responsible for spearheading the roll up strategy using the operational systems, processes, and methodologies he's developed through his extensive career.
Through a roll up strategy, the opportunity exists to acquire businesses and welcome their customers to the CM family & ecosystem.
Note: Please be aware these statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a high degree of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other important factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company and its management.
- On Day 1, after each acquisition, every member of every band in the rehearsal space becomes a user of the CM app in order to pay for their rehearsal space. With each acquisition of a rehearsal space business, CM can potentially add 1000s of commercially enabled users to the CM app.
- The CM app provides creators with a community and platform to engage with each other and buy/sell goods and services with other creators (e.g., recording and production, lessons, session players, equipment, etc.).
- The CM app provides creators the ability to engage with their fans to sell recorded music, concert tickets, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and more.
- The CM app empowers creators by giving them the tools they need to acquire, manage, and energize their paying patrons. With a subscription-style payment model, fans pay their favorite creators a monthly amount of their choice in exchange for exclusive access, extra content, or a closer look into their creative journey. The "patronage platform" model was pioneered in 2013 by Patreon, a company that hosts approximately 200,000 creators. Please keep in mind that the success of Patreon does not guarantee that Community Musician will be able to achieve the same results.
CM management believes the patent-pending Collectible Music Cards can consistently be produced at a lower price, fraction of the size, and more rapidly available. Imagine the best of both physical & digital.
How it works:
- An artist buys them from CM and sells them to fans at their shows (just like vinyl) and the fan has a collectible with artwork, lyrics, etc.
- Instead of needing a record player to play the vinyl record, the fan taps the card on their phone which instantly plays the song & adds it to their library. Powered by the same Near Field Communication (NFC) chips, used in credit cards, which are also available in almost every smartphone on the market today.
- Transaction occurs outside the Apple or Google System which means no ~30% transaction fee charged to the creator, fan, or Community Musician.
This innovative distribution model ensures that creators can attain a fair market value when selling the art they create.
As traction is gained with early adopters, Community Musician plans to pursue partnership opportunities with speaker companies, selling the Collectible Music Cards first in record stores and then in big box retailers taking advantage of the existing infrastructure built for gift cards.
CM believes this no-cost model for sourcing new talent has the potential to enable Community Musician to offer more favorable terms to the artists — a greater portion of profits when they distribute their music through existing distribution models (e.g., streaming, vinyl, synchronization, etc.).
In the entertainment industry, creators have been forced to navigate a challenging financial landscape. Many creators have turned to other careers because of this. Community Musician is committed to changing this narrative.
Community Musician's growth strategy is centered around rollups — acquiring & consolidating the music rehearsal space market in the top 50 cities in the U.S. As with most acquisitions, the acquiring company inherits a customer/client base, which is pivotal to building the CM community & ecosystem.
Through rollups, Community Musician has devised a plan to provide creators (i.e., musicians) with the resources to "re-write" or "rewrite" the script.
- Build a digital community for artist and fan engagement
- Alternatives to traditional streaming & vinyl record sales
- Talent identification — develop an ecosystem that allows for creator discovery
Community Musician’s desired customer base includes both the creators and consumers of music. Initially, we envision the customer base and revenue being heavily weighted towards the creators (i.e., musicians) and driven by:
- Monetization of the digital platform whose initial primary user base is intended to be for the creators
- Rent and other fees associated with the physical rehearsal and recording studios
- Selling the Collectible Music Cards to the creators for resale to their fans
Once we have achieved a certain scale in the customer base of creators, Community Musician plans to participate as record label and publisher in selling the content created to the consumer market in live music performance, physical, radio, streaming, download, synchronization, etc.
The music market is projected to double in size by 2030. Community Musician's goal is to capture 5% of this $142B market.
Music rehearsal space businesses operate today in every Top 50 U.S. city, most at max occupancy and delivering high profit margins. How are creators expected to create when they lose access to rehearsal space?
The market is dysfunctional, artists are left unable to earn a living wage. Community Musician has set out to rewrite this narrative.
- Former CFO of Bank of America's Commercial Bank
- Former CFO of Bank of America's International Trade Bank
- 5 years as CFO of a publicly traded company
- 25+ years of start-up experience / patent holder
- 35+ acquisitions made
- Lifelong musician formerly signed by Warner Music
- Stanford University
- 10+ acquisitions made
- 25+ year legal career
- 8 years at premier Entertainment Law firm Grubman Shire & Meiselas whose clients include music industry luminaries such as Sting, Madonna, U2, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Rod Stewart, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Luther Vandross, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Wkend.
- Dartmouth College
- $1.8B Series A as Head of Americas for Automation Anywhere
- $74M investor exit as Managing Director of Alsbridge, Inc.
- 20+ years of start-up experience
- 10+ acquisitions made
- SMU Law
- Director of the Board, Brack Capital Real Estate
- 20+ years of start-up experience / patent holder
- 10+ acquisitions made
- Stratford University
- Founder of B2B SaaS company CrushErrors.com
- Co-founder Interactive Light
- 25+ years of start-up experience / patent holder
- 35+ acquisitions made
- Columbia University
- Former Owner, Hawthorne Theatre, a 600-person concert hall in Portland, OR for national tours and regional acts
- Former touring musician as lead singer of DFiVE9 toured with national acts such as Tool, Filter and Rage Against the Machine.
- Frostburg State University
Use of Proceeds
If the offering's maximum amount of $1,070,000 is raised:
|Use||Value||% of Proceeds|
|General & Administrative||$508,785||47.5%|
|Acquisition of rehearsal space||$508,785||47.5%|
This is an offering of Common Stock, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in Community Musician, Inc.. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by April 21, 2023 at 10:59pm ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. Community Musician may issue additional securities to raise up to $1,070,000, the offering’s maximum.
If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:
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The Offering Statement is a formal description of the company and this transaction. It’s filed with the SEC to comply with the requirements of exemption 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933.
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- Nov 29, 2022Men’s Journal covers Community Musician CEO,...
Men’s Journal covers Community Musician CEO, Scott Arey, on the importance of not just staying in shape but being athletic as a way to stay mentally young and cope with stress. “I’m now leading a new startup [Community Musician] through its early days. At 60, I’m the oldest member of the executive team, but the others aren’t far behind,” said Arey. “Staying mentally young, coping with stress and having the vitality necessary to drive the business forward is a strategic imperative to make Community Musician a great company that is helping musicians all over the world.”Click here to read the article in Men’s Journal
- Nov 17, 2022International Business Times covers Community...
International Business Times covers Community Musician’s plan to reform the music industry with its patent-pending Collectible Music Cards which can be produced at a fraction of the price of vinyl records, have a smaller environmental impact and deliver the lion’s share of the profit into the hands of the artists. A large percentage of musicians that you know and love are likely living hand to mouth” said Shirley Manson, lead singer of Grammy award-winning band Garbage. “So many of the artists that we revere and hold dear throughout history would have been utterly destroyed by this system entirely. Musicians cannot survive without being paid fairly for their music.”Click here to read the article in the International Business Times
- Nov 8, 2022Community Musician investors, We are immensely...
Community Musician investors,
We are immensely grateful to our growing investor community and all the support that you bring. Crowdfunding only works when our investors tell like-minded people about this great opportunity to reshape the music industry with our patent-pending technology. Artists deserve the right to earn a living wage for creating the music we all love, and funding Community Musician can help make that a reality!
Yours, Scott Arey, CEO
- Oct 25, 2022Tech Times covers Scott Arey's "Journey of...
Tech Times covers Scott Arey’s “Journey of 1,000 Miles” from his start as a warm up act for the Indigo Girls to his 10 years at Bank of America as the CFO of the Commercial Banking Division and International Trade Bank to his 25+ years of startup experience culminating in the launch of Community Musician (CM). Whether or not Arey can lead CM in a way that forever alters the landscape of the music industry could be a billion-dollar question. Just before launching CM, Arey took a company valued at $66 million to a $1.3 billion exit in less than three years. Arey will not be alone in leading the company, as he is partnering with CM President Derek Toone, who has also driven hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value, most recently leading the Americas region at Automation Anywhere, which had one of the highest Series A valuations in Silicon Valley history at $1.8 billion in 2018. Arey believes that he has the resources and the personnel to take CM to the next level.Click here to read the article in the Tech Times
- Oct 20, 2022Community Musician is featured in this recent...
Community Musician is featured in this recent piece, which shares some thoughts from CEO Scott Arey and more details about the company’s patent-pending Collectible Music Cards, the new technology for music distribution that is both retro and revolutionary. Fans can now possess a tangible form of music like a CD or vinyl record, but with the convenience of a one-tap transfer to their smartphone libraries and without having to own a turntable or CD player.
“One of the things we’ve all lost as fans is the ability to share, trade, and sell music to each other face to face, like we did in the heyday of vinyl records and CDs. With our tech, we can have it all: the physical face-to-face sharing and the convenience of a million songs in your pocket,” said Arey. “The best part is when you buy music on our cards you’re really putting cash in the hands of local artists that badly need your support.”Click here to read the article in the Daily Caller
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