Disciple creates and powers subscription-based mobile apps
The apps provide fans with the chance to enjoy content that they can find nowhere else in the world and artists the opportunity to create a valuable new revenue stream.
Artist Landing Page
A two-way channel between Artists and fans
Fans pay a monthly subscription for direct access to the Artist, as an in-app purchase through the Apple or Android stores.
Disciple provides tools for the artist and management to generate content that can be pushed out to their audience directly from the Artist's phone or laptop.
We create a bespoke version of the app for the Artist and the only brand your fans ever see is theirs.
For The Fan
An intimate and dedicated channel
- Dedicated artist wall and fan wall for posting messages, audio, photos and video.
- A dedicated social network with Friending, Notifications, Badges, inter-friend messaging and Group chats.
- Live-stream video direct from the artist's phone.
- Hear the artist's whole catalogue and exclusive tracks streamed through the dedicated player.
- Options for exclusive merchandising and upfront access to tickets.
For The Artist
From chore to inspiration
- Instantly publish content from the artist's studio or phone - live-streams, exclusive music, anything...
- Seasoned production team for exclusives and curation.
- Streamlined posting to all social networks.
- Analytics to track interest and interaction levels.
- Admin console to manage and moderate the service.
Benjamin Vaughan: Founder/CEO
Benji, a musician, record producer and entrepreneur, was diverted from reading economics by Twisted Records in 1998. Signed whilst at university, ten years of writing, recording and promotions followed with his own bands, and later as a partner at the label.
Through his work as an artist/producer and partner at Twisted Records Benji has witnessed first hand the huge changes the music industry has faced over the last decade. His experiences, whether playing to sold out crowds around the world, writing commercials for major brands such as Lamborghini and Nike or producing bands have been the inspiration for Disciple Media's technology.
Leanne Sharman: COO
Leanne is a digital media, entertainment and music specialist, who has spent much of her career developing and launching innovative new services and business models. Before joining Disciple Media, Leanne spent six years on the global digital team at Warner Music International, leading digital strategy and business development across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and driving significant revenue growth for artists represented by the company. In her role, Leanne worked with a series of major partners including Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Vodafone, BT and Spotify, defining commercial digital music models across multiple channels including streaming, subscription, ad-supported, on-demand, and cloud-based lockers.
As the first non-US hire for pioneering digital service Napster in 2003, Sharman led and launched the service in the UK in May 2004 prior to the European launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store. She started her career in digital music in the senior management team at Vivendi’s MP3.com in Europe, and has also held senior sales, marketing and commercial development roles at Fox Kids Europe and Disney.
Jeremy Smith: CFO
Jeremy has 18 years finance and investment experience. Most recently he led the venture capital activity of GP Bullhound, a leading European technology-focused merchant bank, prior to which he co-founded Berkeley Energy, a private equity firm focused on renewable energy.
Jeremy started his career with CSFB. He is a Co-Founder, Trustee and Chairman of the Finance Committe of the Carbon Disclosure Project (a $155 trillion institutional investor collaborative) and a founder member of the Steering Committee of the Ibiza Preservation Fund.
A keen tennis player, skier and music listener, Jeremy lives in London with his wife and three children.
Jonathan Morris: CTO
Jonathan has held a variety of senior technology positions including CTO of FT.com, MD of EMEA & Asia Technology and Global Operations for Thomson Reuters, COO for Data Explorers, CEO of mobile services and applications company Box-69, and CEO for Ideascape and TheSwop (the only European company to make the finals of the Silicon Valley Techcrunch50 awards). He also brings significant experience of technology start-ups.
Jonathan regularly advises Private Equity firms on their technology investments, and often speaks at events in the European start-up scene.
Jonathan has a Bachelors degree in Music, studied finance at INSEAD, and lives in West Sussex with his wife and two children.
Matthew Tilley: EVP, Business Development
Matthew joined Disciple to build on a 17 year run of success in the music business. He spent 10 years with Universal Music before moving to EMI in 2006 to become Senior Vice President, International Marketing for the company's US division. During his career Matthew led the international marketing efforts for a range of superstar artists including Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, The Killers, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Norah Jones, Joss Stone and Lenny Kravitz.
Matthew is a Brit who has lived in the New York area for 14 years but has kept his British accent. He is married with a son and enjoys getting up early on Saturdays to watch the English Premier League.
Marc Sheinman: Business Development
Marc went straight into the music industry from college, gaining early experience at independent record labels before working at Sony Music with some of the biggest artists on the roster, in both A&R and business affairs.
Subsequently Marc started his own management company and in 2009 joined forces with Jon Bailey to form Mums The Word Music Group. They merged with SEG Management in 2010 and now represent a portfolio of significant established artists, alongside some of the best new developing talent.
Ben Morfoot: Head of Product
Ben joined Disciple from the consulting firm Accenture working in their Technology Consulting practise. Specialising in Social and Mobility he advised and delivered programmes of change for major FTSE 100 clients across financial services, energy, Government, pharmaceuticals and media & comms.
Ben holds a Bachelors degree in Physics and before coming into technology worked briefly for the UN Development Programme in Kosovo.
Helen Cook: EA to Directors/Business Development
Helen has worked for 10 years alongside high profile individuals in both personal and business environments across the worlds of music, events, fashion and entertainment. She is a power P.A with an extensive address book, which has thrown her into a split role of Executive Assistant and heading up Business Development for Disciple Lifestyle.
Helen now lives permanently in London after spending the last 10 years between Ibiza, London and extensive business travel.