POSITION YOURSELF FOR THE FUTURE, WHICH IS NOW!
"To master paradigm, you must be able to identify the paradigm shifts that are going on around you and position your brand accordingly." - C. Michael Brae
C. Michael Brae - Entreprepreneur/Record Executive
Mr. Brae As a native New Yorker, Mr. Brae began his career on NYC’s Wall Street after graduating with a double Bachelor's degree in Marketing in advertising from the University of San Francisco. He currently also holds a Master’s Degree and currently is working towards a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership. Mr. Brae began Hitman Records in 1991 and solidified a joint venture with SOLAR (Sounds of Los Angeles Records - “A Division of RCA Records”). Later in 1997, Mr. Brae obtained and secured "exclusive distribution" through corporate Tower Records distribution arm Bayside Distribution. Hitman Records then began a period of artist acquisition and development, which focused on Hip-Hop, Rap, R&B and Gospel genres. During this period, Mr. Brae represented well-known and established artists, such as Samuelle (double-platinum and Grammy award winning singer from the R&B group Club Nouveau) Mac Dash Mone (former member of the double-platinum group Digital Underground) and Johnny Paycheck who produced 6 gold albums, 1 platinum album, 1 double platinum and 33 hits. Currently, Mr. Brae has closed several major partnerships and distribution deals, as Planetworks, which has partnerships and distribution partners Universal Music Canada, HMV Canada, to name a few. Mr. Brae business entrepreneurship savviness has been harnessed in the academic world as has taught over 8 years of business courses in the Music Industry as an adjunct professor at several prestigious universities and colleges as UCLA (Entertainment Studies), San Francisco State University (MRI), University of the Pacific (Music Business), Los Angeles Film School, Dominican University of California, MediaTech Institute and has conducted music business seminars at SAE (Nashville) to name a few. He has authored several editions of "Music Distribution: Selling Music in the New Entertainment Marketplace, which is used as a music business course book throughout colleges and universities. Mr. Brae has just recently released “Totally Packaged” a new music reality TV show which aired 13-weeks on CHN Network and is now available on Amazon and other retailers. Mr. Brae has been featured in Billboard Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, College Music Journal, SF Weekly, Black Enterprise Magazine, Atlas Plugged, UCLA Bruins Newspaper, Nashville Pride to name a few. Currently he is Chairman on the Board of Hitman Records, Inc., MP4Player Inc., and Youth Vision Inc. a non profit 501(c)(3) organization and in addition, a board member for AADA (American Asian Development Association) based in San Francisco and Hong Kong.
Mr. Brae has authored several editions of "Music Distribution: Selling Music in the New Entertainment Marketplace, which is used as a music business course book throughout colleges and universities. In addition, he has written several articles in publications as Music Connection, Atlas Plugged, and others to name a few.
CEO & Founder of Hitman Records, Inc. a major independent record label with corporate headquarters in San Francisco with US National Retail Distribution and CD Manufacturing. Joint Venture Hitman Records, Inc / Blue Pie Productions - Australia (2007), Founder & CEO of MP4Player ™ and MP4Tunes - Established Joint Venture with Blue Pie Production with over 6-million music download capabilities. Founder and Chairman of Vision Distribution, LLC. - a company that distributes books, cds and dvds based in Nashville. Founder of the Music Recording Industry Business Program Cal State East Bay University-Cont Ed - Hayward, CA. Founder of the Middle Tennessee Mass Choir (2009) Nashville, TN. Co-Founder and Chairman of Youth Vision Inc. 501c (3) non profit organization based in Beverly Hills, CA. The charity publishes books for youth, while guiding and developing them in becoming authors.
Mr. Brae business entrepreneurship savviness has been harnessed in the academic world, as he has taught over 8 years business courses in Music Industry as an adjunct professor at several prestigious universities and colleges as UCLA (Entertainment Studies), San Francisco State University (MRI), University of the Pacific (Music Business), Dominican University of California, Globe Recording Institute, in addition to conducting Music Business Seminars at SAE (Nashville) to name a few.
A worldwide dynamic and entertaining keynote speaker that can inspire and motivate audiences with the ability to help people become more confident, skillful, resourceful in the industry. Mr. Brae has been a featured several times as a music business seminar keynote speaker at SAE (Nashville), panel speaker at The California Lawyers for the Arts "Music Business Seminar" (San Francisco), Lecturer & Keynote Speaker at "You in Music/Maximum Bass" - Business Seminar - Music & Arts Community (Bahamas), Speaker & Presenter at the Sinte Gleska University of California "World Outstanding Chinese Award (Hong Kong).