|University of Connecticut, Bachelors of Arts||1980|
|Computer Science, Music, Marketing|
Dave Kusek is a senior technology and marketing executive and consultant with a track record of creating successful new businesses. He is currently General Manager of Digital Cowboys Consulting.
Kusek is responsible for helping to create the market for digital music. In 1980, he founded the first music software company, Passport Designs, which made it possible for musicians to record and produce their music at home with its award-winning software. Kusek is a co-developer of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) industry standard that opened up electronic music to millions of people. His efforts, along with others, set the stage for the multi-billion dollar digital music market that exists today.
Dave Kusek created berkleemusic.com, a hugely successful online music school berkleemusic.com for the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Berkleemusic has become the world’s largest music school. Kusek is also the co-author of The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution a best-selling music business book.
Kusek has written for or been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Billboard, Wired, Christian Science Monitor, Associated Press, Boston Business Journal, MTV, CNBC, SF Chronicle, Forbes, NBC-TV, Nightly Business Report, NPR, Financial Times, Guardian, and a featured speaker at Midem, Music Hack Day, Digital Music Forum, NAMM, AES, IEBA, MacWorld, Comdex, Digital Hollywood and has been a featured guest on radio and television stations around the world.