Let's build a better future for music together.

People talk about music as a reflection of our world, but we believe it's so much more. Music is a tool that artists use to help shape culture. We believe musicians' voices are vital, so we work with them to create tools and knowledge they can use to take control of their own careers.

CASH Music is a nonprofit organization focused on educating & empowering artists & their fans to foster a viable & sustainable future for music. We believe the best way to ensure a sustainable future for music is to invest in its creators.

Musicians are our partners, not our customers, and all our tools will always be free to use. As a nonprofit organization we can’t be purchased or acquired, so we aren't going anywhere. Let's build a better future for music together.

What we’re building

Our mission talks about education and empowerment. Education happens through writing, video, and more on this website and our blog; through events that we throw for the public and curate with partners. We also work directly with musicians to build free and open tools, empowering them to control their careers online — from promotion and sales to growing the connections to their audiences.

Who we are

Jesse von Doom

Executive Director, Strategy & Technology

Jesse is a designer, developer, artist advocate, and fellow with the Shuttleworth Foundation. He helped start CASH Music in 2007 and has been working with artists on the web for nearly two decades.

Maggie Vail

Executive Director, Outreach & Education

Maggie has over 20 years of experience within the music industry both as a musician and an independent label executive. She was integral at preeminent indie label Kill Rock Stars, rose to VP, leaving for CASH Music in 2011. She also currently runs Bikini Kill Records and plays bass in Hurry Up.

Christopher Leckie

Creative Director

Christopher has over 10 years experience as a designer & developer. He was previously Digital Creative Director at Beggars Group UK (4AD, Rough Trade, Matador, XL, Young Turks). He has worked on all aspects of digital marketing, creative strategy and execution for artists of all sizes and genres.

Katy Goodman


Katy is a programmer and musician. She learned to code while building a game for her band Vivian Girls. Since then she's continued to learn new technologies and started a new band, La Sera. She splits her time coding and actively working as a musician.

Tracy Neale

Support & Community

Tracy Neale is a Montreal-based artist and zinester. She co-runs Fan Death Records, books tours, and participates in all things DIY. She built her first website from scratch in 2001—an Aaliyah tribute website. She is currently studying Art History at Concordia University in Montreal, QC.

Daniel Bogan

He Wouldn't Leave Our Slack

Daniel accidentally started developing on the web in the murky mid-'90s, and unfortunately won't leave it alone. He runs a little nerdy interview website called The Setup, and needs a lot more sleep.

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

  • Dave Allen

    Founder and bassist for Gang of Four and Shriekback. Op ed columnist for The Guardian.

  • Jerri Chou

    Co-founder of All Day Buffet, The Feast, TBD, and Lovely Day.

  • Jonathan Coulton

    Musician, singer-songwriter & internet superstar.

  • Pascal Finette

    Director, Office of the Chair at Mozilla. Entrepreneur. Runner.

  • Jake Friedman

    Co-founder of Lovepump United Records and partner at We Are Free Management.

  • Zoë Keating


  • Danyel Smith

    Co-founder HRDCVR, founder of The Smithian.

  • Tony Schiller

    Leader in the strategic marketing industry.

  • Ben Swanson

    Co-founder of Secretly Canadian and partner at Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, and Fort William Artist Management.

  • Amaechi Uzoigwe

    Manager, El-P and Run The Jewels, head of digital & branded at GRAiNEY Pictures.

  • Tobi Vail

    Musician with Bikini Kill, The Frumpies, The Old Haunts, and Spider and the Webs, zinester and feminist critic.

  • Andrew Weissman

    Partner at Union Square Ventures.

  • Emily White

    Artist and athlete manager. Founder of Whitesmith Entertainment.


CASH Music a nonprofit organization registered in the state of Oregon. We have a pending application for 501(c)(3) status in with the IRS, part of a lengthy process to get our federal tax exempt status. Being a nonprofit means we have no investors or ownership, so our funding comes from other areas.

Our total 2015 operational budget is $310K USD. Our biggest funder is The Shuttleworth Foundation. Their support comes as part of a fellowship The Shuttleworth Foundation awarded Executive Director Jesse von Doom. We also received income from events and merch sales, public donations, and sponsorship support from MailChimp. Our server costs are donated in-kind by Rackspace and all CDN costs are donated in-kind by MaxCDN. We wouldn’t exist without the help of these organizations and many others, so if you have a minute maybe join us in telling them thank you.