Ben Richards

Ben Richards

Ben Richards

Ben has a high level of experience across three key music industry areas: as an artist, a technology developer, and as a business professional. This unique perspective enables him to translate real world experience into practical advice and innovative tools to help artists make better decisions and further their career.

His artist experience includes being signed to Universal/Motown & Island Records. He has performed at festivals including Coachella, Bamboozle and SXSW. He has written songs with hit songwriters including Linda Perry, Mike Chapman, Billy Steinberg and Mike Elizondo as well as producing numerous records.

As a music industry professional Ben has been a peer advisor for Aus. Music Council of the Arts, a keynote speaker for American Express: Room for Thought series, and the international ambassador for the MusizOz organization. He has organized key industry showcases in Sydney, Los Angeles and Austin (TX) and has successfully A&R’d the development of multiple artists on their way to signing deals.

With a passion for technology Ben has always sought to leverage the latest tech movement to assist artists. He was one of the first iPhone and Android developers in Australia and currently develops Facebook Applications for national brands while advising both new and established artists on social media strategy and crowd funding.

The sum of these creative and technical experiences has led to the development of Riplez.org – a site that employs a patented process known as Leveraged Crowd-funding™. This model helps artists to fund recordings and plan their career while inspiring fans to promote original music.