Dick Huey moved to New York City in 1997 to work for independent label powerhouse the Beggars Group (XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade). He created and staffed the group’s new media department, determined its strategic direction, and licensed its groundbreaking catalog of world-class independent music from artists like the Pixies, the Prodigy, Throwing Muses, and many others. He retained an ongoing strategic consultancy to executive management of the Beggars Group through 2014.
He founded Toolshed in 2002, a NYC-based digital strategy, marketing, and music rights licensing service for consumer brands, media, tech, sports, and entertainment companies. Toolshed has since worked with over 350 ground-breaking artists and companies in its 14-year history, including Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, MNDR, Matador Records, Touch and Go, Merge Records, and many others.
Huey was a consultant to Spotify and led its US independent label licensing efforts prior to and during its US launch in 2011. He has also provided digital licensing and consulting services or was an early advisor to Red Bull Music Radio, SoundExchange, Jaxsta, 8tracks, The Orchard, Digital Rights Agency, Red Mountain Ski Resort, and Tunecore.
Huey is currently Head of Partnerships for the Sydney-based official music credits and metadata supply company Jaxsta, and in that role successfully delivered data partnerships with the three major labels and with independent rights collective Merlin.
He is a strategic digital consultant to the US independent record label Merge Records, and an advisor and strategic consultant to Techstars accelerator winner Paperchain.
He is a past Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, based in Washington DC. He is a current and original committee member of the American Association of Music (A2IM). He held a 9-year board seat at SoundExchange representing Matador Records, and has held board seats at CASH Musicand as board chair of the Future of Music Coalition.
Huey is a USSA-certified downhill ski racing coach and committed biker and mountain biker, and also runs a farm in the Hudson Valley of NY.