The People Behind the Restoring Music Foundation
Phillip E. Daniels (Co-founder)
Entertainment & Media Attorney
Originally from the UK, Phil is a an entertainment attorney and founder of LA-based media and entertainment law firm, Ginsburg Daniels LLP.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Phil worked at the BBC in London, where he looked after legal matters in the BBC’s internet, interactive & music businesses, working with a range of BBC content from Little Britain to Fawlty Towers to Doctor Who. In 2004, Phil became licensed as a California attorney and in 2005, he was hired to work for a boutique media law firm in Beverly Hills, where he represented artists such as Beyonce, Herbie Hancock, Black Eyed Peas and Gwen Stefani.
In 2009, he started Daniels Media Law, where he focuses on representing music, film, TV and web talent. Phil’s clients include artists, producers, composers, authors, actors, writers, directors and digital media companies. He is active in advising clients in the web TV production space working on shows such as Goodnight Burbank and The Cabonauts. Other clients include JibJab, Philip Carlo, Chris Seefried and Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars.
Chris Purifoy (Co-founder)
Music Crusader. Innovator. Technologist.
Chris Purifoy is an entrepreneur from Nashville living in Los Angeles, CA. He is the co-founder of the Restoring Music Foundation. In 2009, he wrote the article, Defining the Music Industry Crisis and distributed it on Linkedin. The article was well accepted by the entertainment community on Linkedin, prompting 6 additional editions of the article crowdsourced from the collective thoughts of the linkedin music community. 5000+ comments later it was finalized on the 7th edition. The article would later become the cornerstone of the Restoring Music Foundation. Chris and the entertainment attorney, Phillip Daniels, founded the RMF one year later in 2010.
Chris sits on the Music Education Policy Roundtable, a government lobbyist group dedicated to higher standards for music education. He got his start in music on tour with Mat Kearney & Aware Records for John Mayer's Nothing Left To Lose Tour, then over the years managed several recording acts before becoming an entrepreneur in the emerging tech industry. Currently Chris is working on two exciting projects; one in Big Data & one in Celebrity Wines. Some of his previous projects include: @iSchoolMusic, a learning management system for music educators, @FundMusicEd, a crowdfunding platform for the arts in schools, and @Olive, a marketing tool for music groups, film studios, and marketers. You can see a full list of his projects here.
CEO Social Animal, Serial Entrepreneur, Media Strategist & Consultant
As CEO of Social Animal, Tyler drives the strategic vision for the company. A serial entrepreneur and sought-after speaker with extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry, Tyler launched his online career in 1995 as an electronic music publicist for artists including ChemicalBrothers, Daft Punk, Nine Inch Nails and Orbital.
Over the past 6 years, he’s produced music videos, commercials and short films, as well as hundreds of episodes of online content for companies such as Clear Channel, Turner, and Sony. His content has been featured in USA Today, CNN, OK! Magazine, Mean Magazine, Nylon, Racket, MySpace, Funny or Die, Super Deluxe, Bebo, Veoh, the Daily Reel and many other on and off-line publications.
Prior to Social Animal, Tyler created an online and emerging format radio station for Clear Channel (erockster.com), started a law practice specializing in entertainment and emerging media (Madon Malin, P.C.) and founded an online production company (SFT media). Tyler is a member of the New York Bar, the American Bar Association and an inaugural member of the International Academy of Web Television. He is a graduate of Marquette University and the Fordham University School of Law. Tyler has also recently launched Mulafo.com, a suite of tools intended to empower the online creative class from concept through to distribution and monetization.
Music Industry Veteran
Marc Nathan is a veteran of four decades within the recorded music industry. At 15 years old he wrote a fan letter to Todd Rundgren, and weeks later was doing promotion for Ampex Records. Subsequent promotion gigs followed at Bearsville, Casablanca, Playboy, and Mushroom. In 1978, at age 23, he was the youngest Vice President, Promotion in the industry, working Ramones and Talking Heads records at pop radio for New Wave pioneers, Sire Records. More promotion success followed with I.R.S., Modern, ATCO and Atlantic, and in 1989, Nathan transitioned to A&R after discovering the pop/dance hit, "I Beg Your Pardon" by KonKan (Atlantic.) Top 10 records in three more formats followed, with Linear (pop), KingMissile (alternative) and TerryTate (R&B.)
In 1995, Nathan was brought in to RisingTideRecords, by DougMorris, and soon the label became Universal, and Nathan acquired talent along the lines of TheHunger (rock), MerrilBainbridge (pop), CashMoneyRecords, which was to spawn platinum albums by Juvenile, The Hot Boys, B.G. and Lil' Wayne, and the five million selling debut from Mississippi rockers 3 Doors Down. At Farmclub.com, Nathan headed A&R efforts for the unique company which featured a website, a television show (USA Network) and a record label.
Returning to more traditional music companies, he worked in the A&R departments at MCA, Virgin and Capitol. Additionally, Nathan founded Flagship Recordings, which released debut albums by BarenakedLadies singer, StevenPage (TheVanityProject) and BrettDennen. Owner of over 50,000 pieces of recorded music on vinyl, cassette, CD and an eight-track tape or two, Nathan has both feet firmly planted in the desire to help with the restoration and valuation of recorded music. His passion is renowned to the many artists and music executives whose paths he has crossed in the past 40 years.
New Media Strategy and Transformation
Mr. Carmichael thrives on finding and implementing workable solutions to the issues transforming our media landscape. Over 15 years, Mr. Carmichael has led transformation at organizations such as The New York Times, AOL, Bertelsmann and Cablevision, and managed successful start-ups such as JibJab and GetBack Media. Today, Mr. Carmichael is an owner of a number of early stage start-ups including DigSound, which is focused on streamlining the digital music supply chain. He resides in Los Angeles, and is a proud parent of two budding music fans, Josie and Wake.
John Purifoy is an ASCAP composer and arranger with numerous published choral anthems, musicals, piano and vocal works recorded by Carol Lawrence, Anita Kerr, the Chicago Master Chorale and other artists. His oratorio for chorus and orchestra, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS, narrated by Alex Haley, won the Freedoms Foundation Award for musical programs. He is the composer and lyricist of the stage musical, LAMBARENE, which received workshop productions at the state theatre of New Jersey and the North Shore Musical Theatre near Boston.
His collaborations and arrangements include works by Senator Orrin Hatch, John Jacobson, Adam Guettel, and the recent choral adaptation of GOD BLESS US EVERYONE composed by Alan Silvestri for the Disney film, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. These and other works are featured with the Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation.
John lives in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Vicki, a TV producer.