Dick Huey founded digital media marketing, social strategy, and consulting powerhouse Toolshed in 2001, and has orchestrated over 350 digital campaigns in his career. Toolshed is currently utilizing proprietary technology to search, analyze, and interact via social media platforms on behalf of clients.
Huey is a new media pioneer, who launched the New Media department at the Beggars Group (XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade) in 1997, licensed the Group’s groundbreaking digital catalog, and set the Group’s strategic direction. Toolshed music and media clients include the Beggars Group and Merge Records, and artists such as The Civil Wars, MNDR, Ani DiFranco, and Nels Cline.
In 2011 Huey consulted Swedish music service Spotify, and in that capacity was the US point person responsible for the acquisition of independent label and artist catalogs for the July 2011 launch of the service in the United States.
He is a founding new media committee member for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), a board member representing Matador Records at Soundexchange, and a board member at CASH Music, which builds open source music technology for artists. Toolshed has had early advisory board relationships with Tunecore, RoyaltyShare, Sir Groovy, and Loudfeed.