Dick Huey launched and led the New Media department at the Beggars Group (XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade) from 1997 to 2001, licensed the Group’s groundbreaking digital catalog, and set the Group’s strategic digital path. He launched Toolshed in 2001. Toolshed was instrumental in providing top independent record labels and artists out-of-house new media marketing, digital strategy, and digital licensing services prior to the launch of most digital music services, and before most labels provided this service in-house. Toolshed has since worked with over 350 ground-breaking artists and companies in its 14-year history.
He is a founding/current new media committee member at the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), and board president at the Future of Music. He served a nine-year term as the independent label representative for Matador Records at SoundExchange, and has held or holds advisory or consulting roles at Spotify, 8Tracks, Digital Rights Agency, RoyaltyShare, and Tunecore.
He has managed the careers of several music artists signed to Kill Rock Stars, Simple Machines, Beggars Banquet, and Glitterhouse Records.
Peter Zimmerman (Contractor Lead / Social Media and PR) began his career at WXPN Philadelphia’s The World Café (now syndicated on NPR), where he worked closely with host David Dye doing programming and marketing revolving around the shows many esteemed guests. He then moved to marketing responsibilities at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden – the Smithsonian’s modern/contemporary art museum – where he coordinated lecture series with artists like Matthew Barney, Yoko Ono and Wolfgang Tillmans, and the AfterHours night events. In 2010, he joined the staff of Glide Magazine as music editor, before joining Toolshed in 2012 to direct online publicity efforts and design unique social media strategies.
Peter became a contractor for Toolshed at the end of 2015, and participates selectively on PR and social media projects. Peter is based in San Francisco, CA.