Funnel Music has appointed former Island, Live Nation and Maverick exec Tim Delaney to the position of CEO.
Delaney (pictured) has more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment business working at labels including Island, Mercury, RCA, Arista and J Records in the US, UK, Australia and Asia. He has also held senior roles at Live Nation and with a number of music and ticketing start-ups. Most recently, he worked with Maverick as part of U2’s management team.
Founded by music industry veterans Ric Yerbury and Alex Pilkington, Funnel Music aims to to address the need for longer term artist development and the creation of sustainable careers.
Funnel Music is levelling the playing field for talent and creating real opportunities for long-term success
“I have always been drawn to companies who strive to apply new ways of thinking to the music business," said Delaney. "Artists have long faced unnecessary barriers to entry through lack of access to experience and expertise. By offering industry professionals the opportunity to be part of sustainable artist careers and incentivising them to participate in early stage development, Funnel Music is levelling the playing field for talent and creating real opportunities for long-term success.”
Delaney joins a board that includes former V2 Records MD David Steele, who is also director of artist management, and Funnel Music COO Joss Yerbury, previously senior label manager at InGrooves. They are supported by Music Glue Founder Mark Meharry and US-based former president of Sony Music International Rick Dobbis and Joe Romulus.
Yerbury, co-founder and executive chairman of Funnel Music, said: “Tim Delaney is an internationally respected industry executive who has worked at the most senior level at some of the most high-profile music companies and with some of the biggest artists in the world. He has wide-ranging experience across both music and technology, most recently helping new companies grow their offerings. He brings valuable insight and leadership to businesses such as our who are developing new ways to approach the artist/industry/fan dynamic.”