Topspin’s clients include Arcade Fire, Beck, Eminem, David Byrne, Brian Eno and more than 2,000 other artists, many of whom don’t have label contracts.
Still, the company is not yet profitable. Rogers regards that fact with the same optimism he had as a teenage father heading off to college.
“There are fewer than 50,000 artists whose main gig is their music,” Rogers said. “My belief is that number will grow. If we work hard as a company to make it possible for artists to make a living we can grow that number to 100,000. Music is a $60-billion business. If half of that is generated by that middle class of 100,000 artists, that’s a sizable market.”