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.
Huey is the Head of Partnerships for Sydney-based Jaxsta, which is building an official music credits database, he is the interim Executive Director at the Future of Music Coalition, and is a ten-year digital licensing consultant to Merge Records.
He is a founding/current new media committee member at the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). 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.