Allen Johnston

Your Entertainment Industry Educational Connection

About

Your Entertainment Industry Educational Connection

Allen has held the position of Director of Urban sales for the K-Tel Corporation, Simitar & associated labels, V. P. sales for Mind Seed Corporation and Southeast regional director of promotion for Arista, EMI, Ariola and Fantasy Records. 

For a period of over ten years he was co-owner of Joeyboy Records, J.R. Records, On Top Records, American Faith Records, Joeyboy Publishing BMI, Beam of Light Publishing ASCAP, To Soon To Tell Publishing SESAC, and Bazooka Film works

He now consults new and existing entertainment businesses, increasing their revenue streams while making them technically astute. He develops international content licensing agreements, and mobile delivery to Africa, China, Brazil, India, Europe and USA. Allen is an accomplished speaker and has lectured for the American Bar Association, the Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee Bar Associations Continuing Legal Education Divisions and numerous conferences in China, India, South Africa, France, UK and United States.

Summary

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Experience
  • Allen L. Johnston The Music Specialist - Your Entertainment Industry Connection P.O.Box 310540 Atlanta

  • Georgia 31131 Telephone: (305) 829-9010 Cell: (404) 734 5566 On The Net: http://www.asha.com EXPERIENCE More than five decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product development

  • licensing

  • sales

  • promotion and distribution for national and international markets. MUSIC SPECIALIST - Hialeah Florida / Atlanta Georgia President: Entertainment Industry Consultant

  • Public Speaker

  • Writer

  • Educator

  • International Licensing specialist (1996 -Present) GLOBAL SOUL GROUP – Atlanta Georgia COO Mobile distribution / Streaming (2015 – Present) MUSIC SPECIALIST GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION – Atlanta Georgia President Digital Distribution (The Orchard) (1998 – Present) JUS` BLUES MUSIC FOUNDATION Marketing / Promotion Specialist (June 2010 – Present) ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY CONNECTION Chairman (November 2011 – present) SOUTHEAST URBAN MUSIC CONFERENCE – Atlanta

  • Georgia Co-Chairman (Feb 2010 – June 2012) A.M. NEWMAN & ASSOCIATES – Hillsboro Beach

  • Florida Senior Director International Markets

  • Acquisitions (May 2006 – May 2013) MINDSEED STUDIOS – Oakland

  • California Vice President Sales & Marketing

  • Acquisitions Nov 2006 – Present ESP 3 – Holland

  • Netherlands Director Promotion / Marketing (April 2007 to April 2009) GLOBAL PROJECTS EVALUATORS – Atlanta

  • Georgia Project Director (June 2005 – Present) PEEPIN THE SCENE EZINE - Las Vegas

  • Nevada Technology & Entertainment Writer (May 2005 – November 2013) DR-LOVE.COM – Atlanta

  • Georgia Consultant

  • Technology Writer (Feb 2005 – Present) BOOGIE REPORT – Abbeville

  • Alabama Technology & Entertainment Writer (Feb 2005 – Aug 2008) CUMMINGS ENTERTAINMENT GROUP – Conyers

  • Georgia Sales & Promotion (May 2005 – October 2005) STREETWIZE RECORDZ – Atlanta

  • Georgia Senior Consultant (September 2004 – May 2005) LUKE RECORDS AND FILMS - Miami Florida Director Marketing & Sales (February 2004 – June 2004) POWERHOUZZ RECORDS – Hollywood

  • Florida Vice President Sales

  • Promotion

  • Marketing June 2003 – Present INFOCUS MAGAZINE – MIAMI

  • FLORIDA Technology & Entertainment Writer (June 2003 – Jan 2013) MINDSEED CORPORATION – Oakland

  • California Sales & Marketing Director (May 2003 – August 2014) PLATINUM RECORDS – Atlanta

  • Georgia Sales & Marketing Director March 2003 – December 2003 OIC of DADE COUNTY FLORIDA – Miami / Ft. Lauderdale EDUTAINMENT - THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC Educator (June 2001 – Sept 2004) SHORT STOP RECORDS INC – Houston Texas PRESENT TIME PUBLISHING BMI – Houston Texas SHORT STOP WEAR INC. General Manager (April 2001 – December 2001) O.B.ENTERTAINMENT – Las Vegas

  • Nevada Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing (Jan 2000 – Nov 2000) INNER CITY NEWS – innercitynews.com Miami Bureau Chief

  • Technology Editor (Ongoing) SIMITAR ENTERTAINMENT

  • INC. Consultant serving as A&R Urban projects for Beast Records

  • Beast Video

  • Revival Records & associated Simitar distributed labels (May 1996 – Jan 2001) URBAN MUSIC CENTER – Hialeah Florida President: International Licensing

  • sub-publishing

  • distribution (1998-Present) INTERSONIC - Tampa. Florida Senior Vice President; Software and Web site development and maintenance company (1995 -2001) K-TEL INTERNATIONAL (USA). INC. –Minneapolis. Minnesota Consultant serving as National Urban Sales Manager for the Cold Front label (June 1995-March 1996) JOI BRIA PUBLISHING B.M.I. (1995 – Present) JOEY BOY RECORDS JAPAN - Tokyo. Japan President; cultivated and responsible for development of new artists and products for Japan as well as development of all marketing

  • promotional plans and video releases

  • preparation of all daily correspondence and negotiation of all contracts (1994 - 1995) BAZOOKA FILMWORKS. INC. - Miami. Florida Co-President; responsible for development of Joey Boy

  • On Top and JR music videos

  • negotiated and developed other video projects

  • and created new programs for company counseling division (1992 -1995) JOEY BOY RECORDS. INC. - Miami. Florida President; coordinated promotion

  • marketing and distribution of records and tapes; negotiated contracts

  • arranged sales and payment. Sold interest in this company (as well as Joey Boy Records Japan

  • Bazooka Film works

  • Joeyboy Publishing B.M.I

  • Too Early To Tell Publishing -ASCAP and Beam of Light Publishing - SESAC) to business partner (1985 – 1995) BEAM OF LIGHT PUBLISHING - SESAC - Miami. Florida President; coordinated writers and musicians to create new songs

  • acted as liaison with other publishing houses

  • writers and A&R departments

  • and served as consultant to publishing administrator (1985-1995) A.L.J. PROMOTIONS-Miami. Florida Owner/Operator; provided independent record promotion

  • marketing and merchandising for RCA

  • Arista

  • Tommy boy

  • RFC Atlantic

  • and Capital record labels (1983 - 1988) EMI AMERICA RECORDS

  • INC. - Atlanta. Georgia Southeast Regional Manager; responsible for promotions

  • marketing and merchandising for seven southeastern states

  • including supervising sales personnel

  • performed weekly multi-media sales presentations at Miami and Atlanta offices

  • prepared press kits and maintained files; earned Platinum Record for Performance to % of Quota

  • Platinum Album for Highest % of sales (1981-1983). ARISTA RECORDS - Miami. Florida District Manager; responsible for promotions

  • marketing and merchandising in Florida

  • Alabama and Mississippi (1979-1981) ARIOLA RECORDS - Atlanta. Georgia Local Promotions Manager; (1978-1979) FANTASY RECORDS - Atlanta. Georgia Local Promotions Manager; (1976-1978) EDUCATION Clark College n/k/a Clark Atlanta University - Atlanta

  • Georgia Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Minor in Marketing Certificate of Completion – MOBE Master’s Series LICENSURE Federal Communications Commission - First Class Engineer’s License AFFILIATIONS African-American Caribbean Cultural Arts Commission-Board Of Directors American Federation of Musicians American Society of Composers

  • Authors & Publishers (A.S.C.A.P.) National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Broadcast Music Inc. (B.M.I.) MCPS-PRS – United Kingdom Buma / Stemra - Netherlands Harry Fox Agency MOBE (Marketing Opportunities in Business and Entertainment – Executive Advisory Board Society of European Stage Authors & Composers. (SESAC) Harry Fox Agency National Black Programmers Coalition- Executive Board (past) Southern Christian Leadership Conference Sunshine Jazz Organization Diaspora Arts Coalition – Past President Heart of the City - Executive Board HONORS AND ATTRIBUTES Historical Award – National Black Program Coalition (NBPC) (2014) Recognition of Excellence – City Of Atlanta (2013) Black Music Month – Fulton County Commissioners (2013) Regonition of Excellence – Jus` Blues Music Foundation (JBMF) (2012) Record Executive of the Year - Florida Recording Entertainment Consul (FREC) (2005) Record Executive of the Year – Georgia Secretary of State (2004) The MIC Conference First Record Executive of the Year Award (2003) 2 Certificates of Appreciation Diaspora Arts Coalition (2002) 3 Certificates of Appreciation OIC DADE County (2002) 12 Dade County - Certificates of Appreciation Educator of the Year Award – Negro Business Women of Dade County (2001) Reader’s Digest “Look Smart” Editor’s Choice Award The JACK.THE.RAPPERS. Superior Achievement in Black Music Award (1996) Right Connection Entertainment Lifetime Achievement Award (1996

  • 1997

  • 1998) Jumpin’ Jack/BRO Best Record Promotional Person Award (1996) Music Specialist World Wide Web site rated “Top 5% of all sites on the Internet” by Point Survey (1995) Dade County Black Music Month Music Achievement Award (1993) Nelson Mandela Rally - Letter of Appreciation (1990) EMI America -Platinum Record for Performance to % of Quota Fiscal 1981-1982 EMI America - Platinum Album for Highest Percentage of Sales Metropolitan Dade County Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service

  • 1992 Metropolitan Dade County Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service

  • 1990 Miami Dade Community College Certificate of Appreciation

  • 1989 Metropolitan Dade County Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service

  • 1989 Metropolitan Dade County Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service

  • 1988 Arista Records

  • Inc. – Gold Album (Sales) - Ray Parker

  • Jr.’s “Two Places at The Same Time” Arista Records

  • Inc. - Gold Album (Sales) - Dionne Warwick’s “Dionne” Gold Albums (5 additional Excerpt of Recent Public Appearances and Publications September 2014 – Americana Music Association – Nashville

  • Tenn 2 CLE Seminars “FROM THE SONG TO THE BANK”

  • “SYNC LICENSING” August 2014 – Jus` Blues Music Foundation – Tunica

  • Ms Co-Director June 2014 – Mid Central Music Conference – Omaha

  • Neb Keynote Speaker March 2014 – Urban Network Conference – San Diego

  • Cal Presenter – Financial Panel September 2013 - Americana Music Association Conference – Nashville

  • Tenn. Presenter – CLE Seminar

  • “FROM THE SONG TO THE BANK”

  • “SYNC LICENSING” August 2013 - Jus`Blues Music Foundation - Memphis

  • Tenn - Co-Director June 2013 - Black Music Month (SESAC) - Atlanta Georgia - Organizer March 2013 - Sounds Of The Xity - Beijing

  • China - Presenter - Festival Panel January 2013 - Entertainment Industry Connection - Atlanta

  • Georgia Director October 2012 - Speed Networking - Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter September 2012 - Moshito Conference - Johannesburg South Africa August 2012 – Peachtree Village International Film Festival – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Sync Lic Panel August 2012 – International Soul Music Summit Conference – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Speed Networking Panel August 2012 - Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Technology Conference – San Francisco Presenter – Moderator Seminar April 2012 - Southeast Urban Music Conference - Charlotte

  • NC - Co-Director September 2011 - Americana Music Association Conference – Nashville

  • Tenn. Presenter – CLE Seminar

  • “INTERNATIONAL TOURING”

  • “FROM THE SONG TO THE BANK”

  • “SYNC LICENSING” August 2011 – Peachtree Village International Film Festival – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Sync Lic Panel August 2011 – International Soul Music Summit Conference – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Speed Networking Panel June 2011 - Southeast Urban Music Conference - Atlanta Georgia - Co-Director January 2011 - Midem Music Conference – Cannes

  • France November 2010 - Miami Music Fest / Urban Network Conference - Miami Florida - Moderator 2 panels September 2010 - Americana Music Association Conference – Nashville

  • Tenn. Presenter – CLE Seminar “FROM THE SONG TO THE BANK”

  • “SYNC LICENSING” September 2010 - International Soul Music Summit - Atlanta Presenter - Workshop Organizer August 2010 - International DJ Trade Association Conference - Atlanta Presenter - Moderator Panel February 2009 - Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Technology Conference – San Francisco Presenter – Moderator Seminar January 2009 - Midem Music Conference – Cannes

  • France August 2008 – Americana Music Association Conference – Nashville

  • Tenn. Presenter – CLE Seminar August 2008 – Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Technology Conference – Memphis Tenn. Presenter – Moderator Seminar August 2008 – International Soul Music Summit Conference – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Indy Label Panel June 2008 – Hood Hard Day – Atlanta Georgia Presenter - Distribution Panel March 2008 – Urban Network – Newport Beach

  • California Presenter - Unsigned label workshop January 2008 – Midem Music Conference – Cannes

  • France Presenter – Indy Label Panel September 2007 – Mid Atlantic Music Conference – Charlotte NC Moderator – Indy Label Panel July 2007 – International Soul Music Summit Conference – Atlanta

  • Georgia Presenter – Indy Label Panel June 2007 – Hood Hard Day – Atlanta Georgia Moderator - Distribution Panel March 2007 – Urban Network – Newport Beach

  • California Presenter - Mentors workshop April 2006 – Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival – Atlanta Georgia Moderator Distribution Panel March 2006 - Southeastern Music Community Fest – Charlotte

  • NC Presenter – Independent Label / Publishing Jan 2006 - African American Research Library – Broward County Florida (Music Education booklet) Presenter – Publishing July 2005 – Southeast Urban Music Conference Presenter - Independent Record Label Workshop June 2005 – Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival Presenter - Distribution April 2005 – Urban Network – Palm Springs California Presenter - Mentors workshop March 2004 – Urban Network – Palm Springs California Presenter - Digital promotion & distribution Oct 2003 – Music Industry Conference – Birmingham

  • Ala Presenter – Publishing Made Easy June 2003 – Diaspora Arts Coalition Miami

  • Florida Presenter – Publishing For New Artists June 2003 - South East Music Conference Presenter – Independent Record Labels Presenter – Financial Freedom as an Artist May 2003 - Gospel Music Workshop of America Presenter – Gospel Traditions Oct 2002 – Sports Film & Entertainment Committee 3rd Annual Conference Moderator – The World of Music Publishing Oct 2002 – Gosplosion Jacksonville

  • Florida Presenter – Gospel Traditions August 2002 – “Publishing Quick & Easy” June 2002 – Black Music Month Dade County – Heart of the City Committee Presenter – Gospel Traditions May 2002 – Demo to Dollars / Greenville S.C. Keynote Speaker April 2002 – NYU Masters Marketing Program Lecturer March 2002 - The Southern Konnection 3rd Annual Conference – Keynote Speaker / Presenter March 2002 - Demo to Dollars Keynote Speaker Jan 2002 A&R Music One Panelist – The Art of the Independent Deal Dec 2001 – Nichols Cyclopedia of Legal Forms annotated 5 contracts included within the Movies

  • Music & Musician section Nov 2001 National Black Programmers Coalition (NBPC) Presenter – College Careers Workshop Sept 2001 Third Coast Music Convention Panelist – Marketing & Music June 2001 Black Radio Exclusive (BRE) Convention Panelist – Independent Music May 2001 Edutainment – The Business of Music Course written for OIC of Dade County July 2000 Midwest Radio & Music Association (MRMA) Panelist – Internet Radio & New Technology June 2000 Right Connection Music Conference Keynote Speaker Apr 2000 MOBE Marketing Opportunities in Black Entertainment Presenter – Entertainment & Technology Panel Oct 1999 In Focus Magazine “Technology Summit of the Americas” Sept 1999 Rap Sheet Convention “Moderator: Film & Hip Hop” “The Independents – distribution

  • marketing

  • sales” “Technology and Hip Hop” Sept 1999 Marketing Opportunities in Black Entertainment (MOBE) “Independent Film Marketing” Aug 1999 Black Business Association of Greater Miami / Sports

  • Entertainment and Fashion Conference May 1999 National Black Programmers Coalition / Real Deal Seminar – Albany Georgia Co-coordinator April 1999 National Black Programmers Coalition / Real Deal Seminar – Clark Atlanta University Co-Coordinator April 1999 Houston Producers Conference “Music & Film the Marriage” Nov 1998 National Black Programmers Coalition Annual Scholarship & Awards Conference Co-Chair Person Oct 1998 Dade County Parks & Recreation “Music Business 101” Jun – Sept 1998 Dade County Parks & Recreation “The Business of Music” a series of seminars Jan 1998 – 2005 featured technology writer for National Black Programmers Newsletter

  • Inner City Newspapers – CT. Mar 1997 National Black Programmers Coalition/ Atlanta Chapter “New Possibilities on the Internet Apr 1997 Dade County Parks and Recreation Dept. Apr 1996 Jumpin’ Jack Annual Salute to Nightclub Disc Jockeys Record Pool Convention Atlanta

  • Georgia; Host of “Mentors’ Panel” Aug 1996 Jack the Rapper’s Convention Technology Room – Co-coordinator Nov 1995 ASCAP/En-Light Showcase and Seminar - Atlanta Georgia Guest Panelist - “Networking” (Job Opportunities in the Music Industry) and “The Future of the Music Industry” (Information Superhighway) 1995 Continuing Legal Education of Georgia

  • Florida and Tennessee; “How to Break Into the Rap Market

  • for Attorneys” 1994 Continuing Legal Education of Georgia

  • Florida and Tennessee; “The Future of the Rap Market” 1993 Publisher’s Digest. “The Rap Marketplace” 1993 Southeastern Music Conference - Tampa

  • Florida 1977 “Record Promotions and Marketing: An Overview”

Education
  • CLARK COLLEGE ATLANTA