Bryson A. Nobles is the co-founder and CTO of Music Tech Works, which creates insanely simple tools to facilitate sync music licensing. Started in 2019 with his partner Jarrett Hines, the company’s focus is to grow the music sync market by organizing who owns the rights to what music and streamlining the process of acquiring a license for that music. Music Tech Works’ first product is rightsholder.io, a music copyright research platform with a database of more than 60 million songs – one of the largest rightsholder databases in the world. Nobles’ focus is on helping people solve problems with data and technology, and at Music Tech Works, he handles product development, and interpreting data science.
Nobles and Hines have been working together on various projects for almost a decade. From 2012 to 2016, Hines and Nobles worked together at the digital split sheet app SongSplits; Hines as an artist manager and Nobles as the creator of the platform; and again from 2018-2019 at the digital asset management startup ExchangeGeeks. Music Tech Works combines these previous experiences of music tech and platform building to organize data and create solutions for the music industry.
Nobles and Hines are already being recognized for their innovative approach and Music Tech Works’ growth potential. In 2020, they were a part of the Google for Startups Founders academy, awarded capital from the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund, chosen for the 2019-2020 Project music Accelerator cohort in Nashville, TN, and finished up the year by closing a round of funding from Collab Capital, an early-stage investment fund focused on start-ups by Black founders. In 2021, Rightsholder.io was selected as a Venture Atlanta Showcase company and to be a part of the Techstars Music Accelerator program. Not only that, but they were chosen as the winner of the Music Marketing & Data Analytics category at the music tech startup competition Midemlab.
Nobles grew up near Chicago and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. Over his 20-year career, he has worked across many industries, including music, education, banking, management consulting, and retail; in management, product development, and market research roles. The co-founder and CEO of SongSplits from 2011-2017, he then became the CTO of the Dream Bigger Media Group, which invests in music entrepreneurs. Since April 2017, he has acted as Entrepreneur in Residence at Bonaventure Equity LLC. And most recently as an entrepreneur in residence with Entrepreneur Select LLC – The fund manager for the first ever investment fund by Entrepreneur Media. Beyond work, Nobles provides resources and mentorship to black high school juniors and seniors applying to college. While Music Tech Works is headquartered in Atlanta, he and his family are based in New Jersey.