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Kevin Arnold


Kevin Arnold is a San Francisco-based music and technology entrepreneur who dreams big, and knows how to put together the structure to make those dreams reality. As the founder of the Noise Pop Festival, IODA, and now OpenAura, he has looked at the music business in new ways, finding solutions that create more opportunities for artists, whether with events, distribution, or the completely new field of digital identity. Arnold founded San Francisco’s internationally renowned Noise Pop Festival back in 1993. Nurturing his inner technology geek, he first learned the mysteries of databases during a stint at Oracle during the 90s Bay Area tech boom, then quickly jumped into the bubbling digital music sector at online music startup Listen.com. As Director of Data Services for Listen, Arnold was able to combine his love for music and technology by guiding the growth and development of Listen’s complex music metadata systems, data integration tools, and music royalty data warehouse for the Rhapsody digital music subscription service. Building upon this experience, in 2003 he founded IODA – the Independent Online Distribution Alliance - to help independent labels find their way in the new world of digital music. Arnold grew the fledgling startup into one of the largest digital distributors of indie music in the world, supporting thousands of labels and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the independent label community. After the acquisition of IODA by Sony Music Entertainment (SME) in 2009, he served as a senior advisor to SME’s Global Digital Business group. With a mandate to focus on core problems facing the evolution of the industry, Arnold came up with the concept of OpenAura, which was subsequently seed-funded by SME in April 2013.