for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at Davidson College

Thomas Athey ’24: Revolutionizing Music Management and Distribution

Technological innovations have revolutionized music production and distribution, allowing artists to have fully functional studios on their computers and enabling them to reach global audiences directly. However, despite these advancements, managing the behind-the-scenes aspects of their careers remains a daunting task for many artists. Organizing collaborations, handling contractual obligations, and ensuring rightful ownership or credit for their work often require juggling multiple tools and services. A staggering 69% of artists report losing money due to administrative oversights.

Enter MESA Wallet. This innovative platform co-founded by Thomas Athey ‘24 offers a comprehensive solution that simplifies and organizes the administrative aspects of a musician’s career. The initial product integrates file organization, collaboration management, and contract handling into one intuitive platform. Future features will include distribution services, data analytics, and fintech services. By bringing these key functionalities together, MESA Wallet not only saves time and reduces complexity for artists but also ensures they have complete control and visibility over the business side of their music careers. This tool empowers artists to manage their administrative tasks with the same ease and efficiency as when they create and distribute their music.

Thomas’s passion for this venture is deeply personal. Growing up surrounded by music, with a professional saxophonist uncle, a brother who attended the best music conservatory in Chicago, and the formative experience of attending Lollapalooza every summer, Thomas developed a profound appreciation for the art form. He recognizes music’s unique ability to evoke emotions, unite individuals, and enrich cultural landscapes. For Thomas, music is more than just a medium; it is crucial to humanity’s well-being. His mission is to help musicians focus more on creating their magical art by alleviating the burdens of administrative tasks.

The next step in developing MESA Wallet is the completion and refinement of the beta product based on user feedback. This critical phase will ensure the platform meets the evolving needs of music creators. This launch will mark a significant milestone for MESA Wallet, transitioning from a developing startup to a sustainable business. 

Thomas Athey’s vision for MESA Wallet reflects his dedication to transforming the music industry. By addressing the overlooked administrative challenges faced by musicians, he is paving the way for a more equitable and efficient future for music creators. His journey with MESA Wallet and the support from the Hurt Hub exemplify the spirit of innovation and compassion, making a meaningful difference in the lives of artists and the broader community.

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