Paul Sanders - Co-founder, state51, Consolidated Independent & Playlouder MSP

Paul Sanders is a co-founder of state51, established in 1991 and one of the UK’s leading interactive music and media companies. Paul has worked with Virgin Records (1994-2000), Cable and Wireless (1997), BT (1999), EMI (1997-2000), Sony (1999), and Channel 4 (2001) developing strategy and delivering award-winning internet, broadband and interactive television projects.

Since 1999 Paul has been developing the state51 conspiracy, an online co-operative for music, with some of the Europe’s most cutting edge independent record labels. The conspiracy combines global digital distribution, marketing, mail order, and direct digital sales.

In 2002 he co-founded Consolidated Independent, a music technology services company with a mission to give the independent sector equal access to the digital marketplace. CI provides the technology and logistics to support clients such as Sanctuary, Vital-PIAS, Beggars Group, Pinnacle and many other leading independent labels and distributors.

In 2004 Paul co-founded and is Strategic Director of PlayLouder MSP, a broadband ISP licensed for music, establishing an entirely new business model for digital music.

Paul is an adviser to AIM on digital music technologies, an occasional columnist for MusicAlly, the digital music newsletter, and a regular speaker at industry conferences.