David Kusek is a digital music executive with a successful track record of applying new technologies to creative industries. 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.
Kusek is the co-author of The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution a best- selling music business book. Kusek also provides strategic consulting and advisory services to companies and individuals involved in the music and entertainment industries via his consulting business Digital Cowboys.
David Kusek has created 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 teaching tens of thousands of students a year globally. Kusek and his team are currently at work developing a network for professional music makers to actively engage in online commerce, direct-to-fan marketing and career development.
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 speaker at 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.
Honors and Awards and Associations:
Best Software Product 1995 MacUser Magazine. Editors Choice, 1993 Macuser Magazine. Readers Choice Award 1994, Multimedia World Magazine. Outstanding Achievement 1993, TEC Award. Best New Product 1990, Macuser Magazine. Most Innovative Product 1990, 91 Music and Sound Awards. Editors Choice Award 1992, PC Magazine. Win Awards 1992, Windows Magazine. 2005, 2006, 2007 UCEA Excellence Award. UCEA Award for Best Online Music Course in US, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Member: National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys), National Association of Music Merchants, Audio Engineering Society, MIT Enterprise Forum, MIDI Manufacturers Association (founding member), International Association of Jazz Educators, US Distance Learning Association, University Continuing Education Association.