Meet the .MUSIC Team
Founder & CEO
Constantine Roussos is a Greek-Cypriot entrepreneur, musician, songwriter, engineer and producer. Constantine has engineered and produced albums by artists and bands that include A Family of Snail, Katie Quinlan, Some Change from US, A Pigeon's Rhythm and many others.
Constantine publicly spearheaded the .MUSIC global music community-led initiative in 2008 to provide the global music community with a verified, trusted and secure .MUSIC domain name extension to create a safe heaven for legal music consumption, connection and engagement. Today, the .MUSIC Initiative is supported by music organizations with members who represent over 95% of global music consumed.
Constantine earned a bachelor degree in Business Entrepreneurship and a minor in Music Industry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He continued his education at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, becoming a certified music sound engineer. He continued his education at Pepperdine University in Malibu where he earned his MBA. His last educational journey was graduating from Harvard Business School’s prestigious Owner-President Management program. Constantine has given presentations and spoken at prestigious universities as well as music and tech industry panels around the world, including ICANN, Harvard Business School, USC, UCLA, NYU, Georgetown University, Pepperdine University, Social Media Week, Internet Week, NARM, CMJ, Future of Music Coalition Summit, Popkomm, SoundCTRL and San Francisco Music Tech. Constantine has also been featured in major publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Billboard, Word Trademark Review, Hollywood Reporter, Bloomberg, New York Post and many others. Constantine has also won numerous awards, including the Top Business Plan award at USC and the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition Regional Finals Crowd Favorite award.
Constantine also manages Roussos Group of Companies in sectors that include property, land and development, virtual real estate and e-commerce.
Founder & CEO
Operations & Legal Counsel
Before the advent of Instagram and Twitter, Jason was helping Fortune 100 brands like NFL Properties and Pfizer protect their trademarks and police their online presence. Over the past decade, he has worked in the domain name space as counsel and advisor to some of the largest domain name portfolio owners in the world. He also co-founded a digital marketing conference to help educate creators, startups and others on new TLD and other branding opportunities.
Since 2011, Jason addressed nearly all facets of the ICANN new gTLD process, including, but not limited to preparing applications for new gTLDs, Legal Rights Objections, Community Priority Evaluation and Objections, Requests for Reconsideration and petitions to the ICANN Board. He has also worked with parties in connection with the resolution of nearly 10 string contentions, and with the sale of gTLDs. He remains active with ICANN by participating in working groups, and acting as a sub-chair to amend and improve rights protection mechanisms.
His experience also includes securing the rights for another Domain Registry operator where he served as COO for that company. In that role, Jason was responsible for preparing and shepherding the application through the gTLD process; handing ICANN compliance matters; submitting an RFP and selecting the Registry Back-End Provider; building and managing global Registrar relationships; and sourcing and managing initial software design partners for a WordPress theme and plug-in development, and digital marketing partners to enable the company to launch.
Since 2012, Jason has been part of the DotMusic Limited team working on its quest to run what will be a “game changer” – a safe, trusted, community based TLD for .MUSIC. He has utilized his legal and business experience to lobby and work to ensure that .MUSIC is able to operate as a Community based TLD.
Today, he is primarily responsible for domain industry partner and ICANN relationships for the Company. He is excited to build out the .MUSIC Registry and Registrar distribution channels, and to select and work with the Registry’s technical provider to ensure that Music Community Members will be able to register their own .MUSIC domain names. He is also working closely with technical and marketing teams to ensure that .MUSIC provides the Music Community with tools, protections, products and support they need to showcase and protect their music.
Jason obtained his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1998, and he graduated cum laude from Temple University in 1995 with dual degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. He can be reached at Jason@music.us
Operations & Legal Counsel
Chief Music Industry Liaison
Paul is President/CEO of global technology & digital media solutions company, Zamek World Marketing, Inc and a Partner in DotMusic Limited. Since 2011 Paul has worked as part of the DotMusic Limited team in liaising with and solidifying the support of the many trade organizations representing every facet of the global music community.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Paul Zamek is a 45 + year veteran of the international entertainment industry. Prior to arriving in America, Paul served as SVP Marketing of EMI (South Africa) and VP A&R and General Manager of Capitol Records, (South Africa) Managing Director of RPM Records, and on the Board of Directors of the Johannesburg based Gallo Group.
Established in 1990, Zamek World Marketing has performed a wide range of services for its clients including artist management, licensing, publishing and master catalog representation, branding strategy in mobile & broadband entertainment television production and character /product licensing. While serving as President/CEO of European Multimedia Group Inc.(EMG), he helped launch Scandinavia’s first DVD & CD digital services DVD-On and CD-On for the Modern Times Group, MTG. He has worked in various capacities for a long list of dignitaries and recording artists including Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Stephane Grappelli, Elton John, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Neil Diamond, Tina Turner, Barry Manilow, and the estates of Johnny Cash, John Denver, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Dean Martin and Conway Twitty.
Zamek World Marketing’s bespoke USB division has created and delivered custom drives for artists, brands and clients, including The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Beach Boys, Daft Punk, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon, Bon Jovi, Vince Gill, David Guetta, as well as several artists, labels and and brands.
Zamek World Marketing is the Executive Producer for Supergroup Entertainment, a global music themed competition format which launched the pilot season last year on MTV .Project Supergroup is a music competition program showcasing the creation and evolution of the best new bands around the world and It is the only show to include musical composition and songwriting as essential qualifications.
In the 90’s Paul pioneered the licensing the pet category with Warner Bros. Consumer Products by creating “Sylvester Cat Litter” “Road Runner Ice Melt” and “Twitty Bird Wild Bird Food- The Only Brand That Really Sings” with long time business associate Conway Twitty.
Paul launched the Nashville operation for the Track Marketing Group and In addition to performing artists, his corporate client list continues with Apple Corp, Gibson Guitars, ReedMIDEM Organization, Disney, the pub cos and labels associated with Universal Music Group, Capitol Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, CAA, APA, ICM and WME, Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, Peterbilt Trucking Company, General Motors, The Ford Motor Company, AARP, Time Warner and Walmart Stores.
Paul’s industry memberships include Country Music Association, The Recording Academy, The International Licensing Merchandisers' Association ,Consumer Electronics Association, Americana Music Assoc.
Since arriving in America in 1985, Paul and his wife Dez have become proud US citizens and reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
Chief Music Industry Liaison
Head of Business Development
Robert has worked in the music business for over 40 years as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer, founder, venue programmer and music supervisor. Known for developing talent, businesses and new music business technologies, Singerman has represented R.E.M., Professor Longhair, Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, Sun Ra, Sonny Fortune and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists from various genres. He has worked as an executive, partner, Board member, or as a consultant, with many international companies and music trade organizations.
Robert directed the EU’s European Music Ofﬁce, The French Music Export Ofﬁce and the Brazilian music export organization, Brasil Music Exchange in North America. He’s helped organize trade missions for the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Quebec, Spain, Portugal… in many countries, globally. He’s spoken at conferences in over 30 countries, including at SXSW, Midem, Womex, Canadian Music Week, Mondo, SIM SP, fluvial, FimPro, Mapas, Circulart, NMS, FAI, Megaphono, Indie Week (Toronto), Music Matters, Digital Hollywood, Reeperbahn, Medimex, Waves, Eurosonic, NY:LON and the World Cultural Economic Forum, among many others.
In 2017, he created CAB, (Chile, Argentina, Brazil Music Trade Mission Tour), where over 150 international music business executives and artists have interacted with key local professionals at over 15 different music conferences in five South American countries, over the past three years, continuing in late 2019.
Robert is SVP of International Publishing for LyricFind, the leader in legal lyrics, LyricMerch, and soon legal lyric translations. His main mission over the past 15 years has been giving music authorized, monetized subtitling solutions, (live and online, mobile), so that music becomes truly global, through the universal understanding of the lyrics. He’s a partner in .MUSIC, Mondo, SyncSummit, Heaven 11, among other forwarding music business companies. He's consulted other international music companies, organizations, conferences, technology companies and language oriented start-ups.
Working on music business development for .MUSIC, Robert has been helping rally support for the music community top level domain since 2011.
EVP Global Music Partnerships
Head of Enforcement
Joshua Myers has worked in the technology industry for more than 13 years. As an entrepreneur, director of development, and digital marketer, he has helped grow several startups, taking one Seattle company from 3 to 30 employees in the span of only 2.5 years.
Since 2012, Josh has played an active role with .music, focusing outreach and on anti-piracy and the protection of intellectual property. As head of the Enforcement Division, he is working with the Dotmusic team to develop and employ technologies that will prevent cybersquatting, aid in the Validation of Community members, and create dispute resolution mechanisms to ensure the legality of content and its use .
As a domain space manager of over 300 web properties, Josh saw the need for these systems while providing security, maintenance, and monitoring server activity to insure availability. He has worn many hats and seen many different perspectives within the tech field, giving him the ability to think outside the box when creating new solutions.
Josh has also founded digitalvoice.agency which included web development and digital marketing services within the digital economy. He has successfully taken clients to the top of search pages, while building out solutions to meet their business goals.
When Josh isn’t working, he is either at the beach surfing, or studying new trends in anti-piracy within digital content. His goal is to protect the creativity of each and every person within the .music domain. By protecting the creation of new content, he hopes to protect the creation of new culture.
Head of Enforcement
Head of Technology
Travis is responsible for DotMusic’s technology teams and development. Travis has experience in project management, development, and has worked in all aspects of the domain name industry, as well as owning his own digital media agency. This includes planning, developing, and managing technology teams to create platforms for clients in various industries. This mix of business and technology has developed a skill set that helps contribute to the business conversation and bridges the gap into technology.
Travis has many years of experience in the domain vertical and this experience contributes greatly to his role. His time at Thought Convergence, the owner of Domaintools.com (the most popular Whois Lookup tool on the internet) and TrafficZ (which offers domain owners and aggregators a platform to manage, analyze and maximize their return on domain investments) helped gain valuable insights and experience in the field of domains. Travis was responsible for generating substantial revenue for TrafficZ by analyzing traffic, clicks and keywords being utilized to fine tune the traffic acquisition and keyword targeting for maximum click through rates to maximize return on investment. Travis was also the Doubleclick architect (a Google-owned advertising platform formerly known as DART — Dynamic Advertising Reporting and Targeting — an ad-serving technology which allowed clear targeting and reporting of ad-serving for websites within Doubleclick’s/Google’s network and technology sectors) for Velocity Services, now Penske Media Corporation, and their premium portal platform targeted for major brands, which included MLB, Neopets and PBR.
When Travis is not on the computer he is playing his guitar. Travis has been a musician all of his life, and grew up in honky-tonks playing with his father’s band. He is an in demand guitar player and vocalist, and currently plays in multiple music projects including a blues rock band called the All Stars, a funk band called Hardwood Cherry, a country band called Native Stone, and a hard Rock band called Mother Kelly. Travis is a prolific song writer as well and is working on releasing albums with each of his music projects.
Head of Technology
David brings with him over 25 years of experience within the entertainment, experiential and media sectors.
David is the Head of North America for Midem and the Founder of DLH Strategic Marketing, a firm that helps organizations create and implement effective marketing. Current and previous clients include Xlrator Media, Festicket, Fest300, Ottawa Bluesfest, O’Cannabiz, and Canadian Music Week conferences. Hazan’s music marketing experience includes senior positions at The Orchard, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, MTV Networks, Putumayo World Music, and Wind-up Records. At Wind-up Records, he was the EVP of Sales & Marketing, where he created and directed the marketing and release campaigns for multi-platinum Grammy winners Evanescence, as well as Creed, Seether, Finger 11 and more. Hazan has booked festival, arena, casino, theater, performing arts centers, and club engagements for artists including Melissa Etheridge, Paul Shaffer, WuTang Clan, Lil Kim, and the Jersey Boys original Broadway Cast.
David speaks frequently as a moderator and panelist at leading conferences around the world. He started his career in Montreal as a drummer and bandleader.
Ralph Simon is acknowledged as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment & content industry. Over the last 17 years, he has been a prominent global mobile trailblazer and innovator, helping grow the mobile entertainment, health and content industry while playing a central role in its impact and presence.
Today, mobile is a key platform to reach the over seven billion mobile subscribers worldwide. Simon heads London-based Mobilium Global Group, which provides high-level strategic counsel and guidance to individuals, brands, companies and organizations across the entire mobile spectrum, from mobile handset makers and telco operators, to technology companies, media companies, healthcare organizations, movie studios and TV networks, global music artists and TV personalities, ad agency groups, brands, and platform providers around the world. Specifically, Simon recommends innovative, practical ways to expand an individual or company’s mobile social media presence through brand development and profile enhancement, all of which help not only to grow revenues, but also to maximize mobile profile attention and impact in order to achieve profitability. This includes the use, distribution and mobile marketing of mobile apps, health and education content, entertainment content, mobile music, mobile games, mobile money, mobile social media, and mobile media technology and applications.
In late 2013, Mobilium Africa launched the first comprehensive, pan-African and Africa-specific mobile health delivery network known as Smart Health Hub. (http://www.gsma.com/newsroom/gsma-announces-mhealth-partnership/) With one billion people and some 800 million mobile subscribers, Africa has amazing potential for mobile device growth across all sectors and will play a key role in the development of the global mobile industry. Mobilium Africa has licensed the innovative Smart Health Hub health and wellness platform to Samsung, one of the world’s largest mobile device manufacturing companies. The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria & the World Health Organisation (WHO) are official participants in Smart Health Consortium, as is SafePoint Single-Use Syringes, and it also has the support of the World Health Organization Maternal & Newborn Health arm (PMCNH). Smart Health Hub is part of a wider range of mobile commerce, software and innovation that Mobilium has begun to bring to the entire African continent and rest of the world. This will include mobile health, mobile wallet technology, mobile payment systems and new ways of using mobile gamification, mobile social messaging, mobile social music & mobile social lifestyle buffering.
Simon also works with global thought leaders, media companies, media properties and creative artists to identify global mobile revenue opportunities and shape their mobile strategies worldwide. In addition, he works closely with the GSM Association, the global governing body of the international mobile phone industry. The GSMA organizes the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In May 2013, CTIA – The Wireless Association, based in Washington, DC, appointed Simon as its official Global Ambassador. The CTIA is North America’s principal wireless and mobile trade association, whose members include all the major telcos, device manufacturers and infrastructure industry players. Simon helps CTIA to expand its spheres of technology & policy influence in North and South America, and in emerging markets and developing countries internationally.
Simon began his career co-founding the Zomba Group of music companies (including record label Jive Records) in London in the 1970s, building it into the world’s leading independent music and music publishing company. In the early ’90s, he came to the US as executive vice president of Capitol Records and Blue Note Records in Hollywood, and built EMI’s burgeoning new media business into a successful and significant global enterprise. In 1997, Simon correctly predicted that mobile phones would become the indispensable voice/social networking-and-music companion for consumers and their increasingly mobile lifestyles. He created a start-up called Yourmobile and persuaded US and UK music publishers to embrace this new mobile medium by granting what would become the very first ring tone rights. Yourmobile became the first commercial ring tone company in the Americas, Europe, UK, Australia and Africa, and spurred a new and international mobile entertainment industry. By 2003, Vivendi Universal purchased Yourmobile, renaming it Moviso, where Simon remained as an advisor. Today, Simon is popularly known as the ‘Father of the Ring Tone.’
Between 2005 and 2009, Simon served as the mobile producer for three of the highest profile, live global broadcast events in recent history. Live 8, Bono & Sir Bob Geldof’s nine-city global concert, brought mobile connectivity to nine capital cities and an international television audience of over 800 million viewers. This enormous people-powered call-to-action resulted in the G8 countries reducing the debt of the world’s poorest nations. He also orchestrated the mobile component for Live Earth, Al Gore’s production that spanned 10 countries and brought impactful information about global climate change to a worldwide audience of over 500 million television viewers and online participants. In 2009, Simon also produced the mobile component for the 2008 TED Conference (www.ted.com) Prize-winning project Pangea Day, a global multi-platform broadcast featuring short films from international filmmakers. By integrating a mobile/SMS layer to all these worldwide events, Simon helped set the standard for integrating mobile technology as an essential element in global television and event broadcasting.
The influential trade publication Mobile Entertainment magazine named Simon as one of the world’s Top 50 Executives in Mobile Entertainment for 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010, and in 2007, he received its special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Global Mobile Entertainment Industry. Internationally, Simon is known as an impactful and popular speaker on all aspects of mobile commerce, content & the creative digital industries. He has delivered keynote addresses at major international gatherings, including the annual Music Matters/Digital Matters conferences (Singapore); South Asian Mobile Conference (Colombo, Sri Lanka); Music Matters India (Mumbai); Presidential Innovation Forum Conference (Moscow); Mobile World Congress (Barcelona); Pioneers Tech Festival (Vienna); TED Global (Oxford); Connected Creativity (Cannes); the World Copyright Summit (Brussels and Washington, D.C.); Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) annual conference; The Kofi Annan Centre for ICT Excellence (Accra, Ghana); MusExpo (Los Angeles); the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance conference (San Diego); Rutberg Wireless Influencers’ Conference (Palos Verdes, California); SXSW (Austin, Texas); and numerous other high-level speaking engagements around the world.
Currently, he serves on the boards of several companies, including Hungama Digital Media Entertainment (India’s major mobile content producer), and The World Summit Awards and World Youth Summit Awards – both subsets of the United Nations and its Millennium Development Goals. Simon is a board advisor to the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (San Diego, California), the global leader in the fast-growing wireless connected health industry, and he is Chairman Emeritus of the influential Mobile Entertainment Forum – Americas, which he founded. The MEF (www.mefglobal.org) is the global voice of the international mobile content industry. He also serves on the Global Business Council for Education (GBC-Education) – the GBC came into being at the urging of the Rt Hon. Gordon Brown MP, former British Prime Minister, and now Special Education Envoy for the U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon Ralph Simon travels the world on a relentless search for the latest in mobile and device innovation, the best new emerging markets’ start-ups, and with special emphasis on relevance to Europe, Africa, Asia & the Americas. He has formidable knowledge about ways to deliver mobile content, “social broadcasting” and entertainment and grow the creative industries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences in the USA.
Paul served as counsel with dotMusic Limited’s early participation and campaigning at ICANN 33 Cairo through ICANN 36 Seoul. A champion of new community TLDs, he also extended support for the original .nyc city TLD, as COO of ConnectingNYC. He co-organized and hosted the Master of Your Domain new TLD launch conference at Herrick Feinstein LLC in 2011.
He is an entrepreneur, publisher and technologist based in NYC. Paul is co-founder of Athleisure Mag, a leading voice in active lifestyle by blending high fashion editorial, celebrity wellness and lifestyle features and reviews. It garners 22M+ impressions monthly and read on digital newsstands at luxury hotels and resorts, airlines, cruises and attraction hubs, as well as with its multimedia podcast network, Athleisure Studio. Past covers include music stars Gianluca Vacchi and Nervo, and features include John Bon Jovi, Steve Aoki, Desmond Child, Icona Pop, Nathan Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, A-Trak’s Goldie Awards, The Life and Time$ of DJ AM, Mad Day Out – The Beatles, and Burning Desire: The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Prior, he co-founded SoCin, an early social TV conference, and was part of 2nd Screen Society. He was also Transmedia Director for NYC’s largest connected art project, The Water Tank Project, shedding light on the import of global water conservation. He speaks regularly on social entertainment and connected lifestyle, including at AWE, CLSA, FIT, Flash Fwd, Internet Week NY, #SHIFT, SMW, SXSW and SVG League Tech Summit, and is a regular contributor to Luxury Daily on luxury brand best practices for new media and campaigns. He graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and is admitted to the NYS Bar.
Ronald Mooij (1950) entered the world of Collective Management organisations in 1969. He left the CMO STEMRA in 1994 as managing director of this organisation, to become Secretary General of BIEM, the worldwide organisation for mechanical rights organisations in Paris.
Among his achievements are that STEMRA was amongst the CMO’s with the lowest admin costs in the world. He introduced central-European licensing in 1982 as system that was further enhanced in 1988, las but not least, the fight against music piracy, that he started in early 1970, to leave it in 1994 as a very efficient organisation in which authors, music producers, and film companies co-operated in the fight against piracy from one central coordinated point.
The main effort he made in BIEM, besides the opening of new offices in Budapest and Singapore, is that the organisation saw the longest period of maintained (high)rates in the history of the organisation.
Loren Balman is responsible forcharting new territories and creating new revenue and audience opportunities for artists, songwriters and music creators from anywhere on the planet. Prior to .MUSIC, Loren Balman was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Far Further LLC, a global music community development company for the .MUSIC top-level domain.
Balman is a 40-year veteran of the music and entertainment business who, possessing diversified corporate experience is one of its most talented leaders. Prior to Far Further, Balman was tapped for a Seattle based think tank, whose focus was the development of future business models within the entertainment and lifestyle industries. He was a co-founder of Squint Entertainment and founded Everland Entertainment, where he signed, developed and marketed the multi-million selling Veggie Tales 3D animation series. He was heavily engaged with the growth and development of Word Entertainment’s mainstream distribution - first with the establishment of an agreement with A&M Records, and then for more than 10 years with Epic Records and Sony Distribution.
Balman served as Word - Curb - Warner’s Label Group President and was key in creating record breaking top line revenues and bottom line operating income. He served on the divisional executive staffs of ABC Publishing, ABC-Cap Cities, Gaylord Entertainment, and DC3 Entertainment. Balman has designed and executed hundreds of international marketing campaigns resulting in more than sixty million record sales including multi-platinum artists Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Six Pence None The Richer, Al Green, Point of Grace, Sandi Patti, and Jaci Velasquez. Balman has earned more than thirty Gold and Platinum records, a Grammy nomination, and five Dove Awards for production, photography, and art direction.
John Styll is President/COO of Far Further LLC, which was a “community” applicant for the forthcoming .MUSIC top-level domain. John has more than 45 years of experience working with the music community in radio, publications, association governance, and new media. This multi-faceted professional history has given him a comprehensive understanding of both the business and artistic aspects of the music world.
Prior to Far Further, he served as a consultant to music community organizations including SoundExchange and NAMM. He was the President and CEO of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA). Those organizations provided education and networking conferences, media relations, advocacy, awards programs and more. During his nearly seven-year term he worked closely with all facets of the music business and also served as a member of the Music Community CEO Group.
Prior to running these organizations, for 23 years John was the President and CEO of CCM Communications, a company he founded in 1978 and which published groundbreaking magazines such as CCM, The CCM Update, Youthworker Journal and Aspire. In 2001 and 2002, after selling his company, he served as publisher of the Life@Work Journal, a business magazine.
John is an alumnus of Leadership Music. He also served as a founding member of the Nashville Music Council, which is co-chaired by the Mayor of Nashville. He was also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Governors of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
He is an author and a speaker and continues to be quoted in newspapers, magazines, blogsand on radio and television. He has also received numerous gold and platinum record plaques for his assistance with the careers of top-selling music artists.
He is a native of Southern California and majored in business administration and mass communications at Orange Coast College and California State University at Fullerton and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.