Concert discovery service Songkick has hired Shazam’s Nick Fishbaugh, joining its Los Angeles-based business development team.
Fishbaugh was previously Shazam’s senior director of global music partnerships.
The announcement of his move away from the music identification platform comes in the same week MBW learned that board member John Sykes, MTV’s co-founder, left Shazam.
Fishbaugh (pictured) will be tasked with expanding Songkick’s reach and artist partnerships on a worldwide scale.
“This has been a monumental year for Songkick, and with the addition of Nick we’re able to connect with more incredible artists around the world, and further enhance the live experience,” said Songkick CEO Matt Jones.
“With the addition of nick we’re able to connect with more incredible artists around the world.”
Matt Jones, Songkick
“We’re witnessing a tremendous year of growth across our platform, and as we continue to work with more artists and remain a transparent, pioneering technology partner, we’re paving the way for additional announcements to come.”
Fishbaugh has direct experience as an artist manager, having represented both Pat Magnarella Management and The Collective.
In June last year, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries invested millions in a merger between Songkick and artist ticketing service Crowdsurge.
“We are thrilled to combine forces with CrowdSurge and bring together our innovative technologies and expertise,” said Ian Hogarth, co-founder of Songkick, at the time.
“One of the biggest challenges facing the concert industry is that on average between 40% and 50% of concert tickets go unsold, simply because fans don’t know a show is happening.
“Songkick and CrowdSurge have both been tackling this problem independently, and together, we’ll make it easier for more fans to go to more shows, while helping to ensure sell-out audiences for artists.”
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