Cortney Harding

Cortney Harding

Professor and Author (US)

Cortney Harding is a professor, author, and consultant working at the
intersection of music and virtual reality. Harding works with
technology companies to partner with musicians and labels to create
immersive, groundbreaking virtual reality content. Her knowledge of
both the music and technology industries positions her to create
experiences that move both industries forward.

She has over ten years of experience in the music industry, including
four years as a writer and editor at Billboard, where she assigned and
edited the music section. Since founding her consultancy, she has
worked with a number of leading startups in the fan engagement,
monetization, virtual reality, and cryptocurrency spaces.

Harding’s book, “How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations About
Music and Technology” was published in January 2016, and is available
here. Her next book, “How We’ll Listen Next: The Future of Music From
Streaming to Virtual Reality,” was released February 1, 2017 and is
available here. She is also the co-editor of the Music Business
Toolbox and the second edition of “Music Success in Nine Weeks,” and
writes regularly for Cuepoint and Upload VR, among other outlets.

Additionally, Harding is a professor at the Clive Davis School of
Music at NYU, and has been a frequent speaker at conferences like
SXSW, Further Future, Canadian Music Week, SF Music Tech, and the
Rights Tech Summit.

She is also the co-founder of Dreamfuel, a crowdfunding startup that
helps athletes and teams raise money for their training and equipment
needs while engaging with a wider community of fans and supporters.

Harding received an MPA from New York University, and her BA from
Wellesley College. She lives in New York City, and is a thirty-three
time marathoner and ultra-marathoner.