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Advisory and Consulting Services to Help Navigate the Complex  Global Digital Music Landscape



Music | Technology

Products | Business

US | International

Rights | Data

Partners | Deals


CrossBorderWorks is the Los Angeles based consultancy and advisory firm of Vickie Nauman, who manages a portfolio of forward-thinking digital media and technology companies.​​

Statement from the Founder

I built this respected consultancy on a simple philosophy:


I draw upon my direct experience creating & licensing music models


I am product focused, so I help companies license, build, and launch


I share my unique knowledge base of the music ecosystem, industry players and market dynamics  


I leverage a worldwide network in music and tech but only work with companies I personally believe in

And I want to actively help shape the future of the digital music industry




Working with experienced pros in music will help save you time, money and headaches. 

CrossBorderWorks can spin up initiatives, license music, act as project or company advisor, guide strategy, and yes, fix problems. Core interests are innovative uses of music, emerging tech, and creating new business models.  It is an exciting time for music with no end in sight for music opportunities.

Music Rights & Licensing:  New technologies and products require viable models, a licensing framework married to functionality, and deal execution.  CrossBorderWorks starts with your vision and goals, and develops the following: 

ARC - Artist-Centric Models - Artists, labels, platforms want to make a specific artist catalog available digitally, which requires master, publishing and name/likeness.  Must-have for artist-focused initiatives. 

Music in Games/Video Models - One-off sync or bulk sync with rights that are inclusive of master and publishing.

Full Catalog Models - Blanket, broad catalog deals either directly licensed or via statutory licenses.

Relationships - Music is a relationship-driven industry with both licensors and service providers, often needing partner translation.

International Expansion - Expanding US rights abroad, or entering the US, each territory has its own challenges.

Rights Tech Stack - Systems and processes to operationalize rights, reporting, messy metadata, and settlement.

Launching Music Products:  Getting a set of music rights is the start, not the finish line.  Many companies struggle with the unexpected complexity of building music products so CrossBorderWorks offers experienced guidance, and experts are on hand: 

Music Software Products - Best practices for UI/UX, guidance on feature development and product-market fit with recognized leader Joni Hoadley (Sonos, Spinner, Musicmatch) 


Performance-Focused -- Live streaming and artist performance is evolving and needs an informed and connected approach with live music veteran Stuart Berk (production, tour/artist manager)


Music and Audio Specialists - Do you know what music you want?  Help is available on music curation, audio production, and podcasting with Amanda Wilde (KUOW, KEXP, curator), Will Boston (songwriter, publisher, curator) and Mikel Ellcessor (WNYC, Radiolab, podcasting)


Legal:  All music licensing requires experienced legal counsel.  CrossBorderWorks works efficiently with your counsel, or can bring trusted, highly regarded, specialized outside counsel to you with Tom Frederikse (Partner, Clintons), Monika Tashman (Partner, Manatt), Jeff Liebenson (Principal Liebenson Law), Elizabeth Moody (Partner, Granderson Des Rochers)

Advisory Work as Subject Matter Expert:

Nauman acts as strategic advisor on new music initiatives for large organizations, does M&A work providing insights and closing blind spots, helps expand a product or service strategically, and serves as startup advisor to guide long term success.​​





Services & Team


Client portfolio is constantly evolving and in addition to those listed below, Nauman works with all music-adjacent industries who need help navigating the music industry, music companies seeking to engage deeper with tech, as well as early stage startups. Most current list on LinkedIn.  Several startups have successfully exited with CrossBorderWorks-led custom music models, deals, and music integrations.

Active relationships with digital business and sync departments at Universal, Warner, Sony, Sony Publishing, UMPG, Warner Chappell, Merlin, Beggars, and many more labels, publishers, PROs, and distributors, as well as emerging sync platforms and rights administration services.

My Digital Music Journey in the Trenches


When I tried the first Napster in 1999 on my 14.4 modem, I knew that the world of entertainment had just changed forever.  It also kicked off what has become a 20+ year digital odyssey to understand and help shape this multi-dimensional digital puzzle and evolving global landscape.  

This journey started when I joined the product team at one of the first legal music services called MusicNet, a JV between RealNetworks and major labels; then built KEXP’s Webby winning DMCA-compliant service; did music business in China and an MBA at the London School of Economics; worked on the product team at wireless home audio pioneer Sonos; and then started up and led the US business for UK B2B platform 7digital, in which I worked with hundreds of startups and corporations, and licensed every conceivable model.  

Since 2014 I have been running CrossBorderWorks, sharing knowledge and experience with my clients. 

I've seen every digital music mistake imaginable, and I help you avoid them.   I know where the landmines are buried in the sand and help steer you away from them.  I understand how deals, financial models and rights function, and help simplify this for you. 

Technology is rapidly evolving with capabilities we could only dream of a few years ago, and music enhances all of it. The pandemic accelerated adoption and we are now in a golden era of innovation with music in games, live streaming, fitness, and niche music apps. These, along with the metaverse, AI and decentralization, all require equally creative business models and strategy. 

Music was the canary in the digital coal mine back in 1999, and that bird is now free and thriving.  It's time for bold, new ideas and another reinvention with Web3.

                            Vickie Nauman

                            Founder & CEO


Thought Leadership


The global music industry has a dynamic of all parts moving at the same time, which makes it very difficult to keep pace.  Nauman frequently speaks and debates on panels about rights, data, emerging tech, transparency and digital music trends, as well as gives talks at universities and events.  


These discussions at industry events and with the media serve not only as a way of fostering public dialogue about hot topics and ongoing challenges, but also as a means of educating the next generation. 

A few highlights: 

SXSW Austin TX (2005-23) - gaming, innovation, connected devices, blockchain, rights tech, wearables, next gen UX, music culture, music in China, HQ audio

More Than Just a Game (2023) - metaverse and gaming

NY:LON/Music Ally NYC/London (2017-23) - metaverse, investment, models, platforms 

Music Tectonics (2019-22) - innovation, metaverse, value of music, rights

US Patent Office Summit DC (2018-19) - rights, data, copyright law

US Copyright Office Roundtables LA/DC (2014, 2021, 2023) - MMA/MLC, Web3/NFTs 

MusicBiz Nashville (2012-2023) - innovation, rights, licensing, data, new models

Trusted Advisor (2022-23) Web3, Gaming

Music Finance Forum (2019-22) - trends, data, buying/selling catalogs

Rights Tech/Digital Ent. Week (2016-22) - blockchain, metadata, finance, sync licensing

Who Knew Nashville (2018) and Smartest People in the Room (2020-21)

Midem Cannes France (2016, 2020) - trends in music/tech, startups

Ad:Tech Summit Tel Aviv (2014) - music trends

CES Las Vegas (2012,14) - HQ audio, connected devices

Eurosonic Netherlands (2014, 2023) - artist royalties

Speaking in Nashville at Who Knew  
 credit:  Jeff Fasano Photography


Nauman is a frequent source for providing entertainment reporters with context and quotes around industry movements, trends, and changes in the landscape. 


A few selected features:​


EDM (2024) Daft Punk in Beat Saber

Trapital (2023) Music and Gaming 

EDM (2023) AI Can Improve Lives of Electronic Musicians

Guardian (2023) Artist-Fan Connections   

Music Business Worldwide (2023) Inspiring Women Series - Landscape and Changes of Streaming Models

Synchtank (2023) In the Clearance - Indie Writers in Games

Billboard (2022) Growth in Sync Revenue 

Music Ally (2022) Licensing Music in the Metaverse

Music Tech Fest podcast (2020) Music Software Law Product 

Music Ally (2022)   Music in the Metaverse   

ASCAP (2022) Music NFTs with Pooh Bear  

Synchtank Age of Songwriter Report (2022) Growth

Music NFTs for Bloomberg (2021) NFTs Shift Power to Artists

Vickie Nauman/Will Page Fireside Chat (2021) Music Tectonics 

Variety Buying/Selling Catalogs (2021) Ins and Outs of Music Catalog Sales

Vickie Nauman interviewed for Smartest People in the Room (2020) 

The Verge (2019) Metadata is the Biggest Little Problem Plaguing the Music Industry

KillRockStars podcast 'Future of What?' (2018) Music's Black Box 

UCLA Music Innovation podcast (2018) Music 3.0 The Artist Led Revolution  New York Times (2018) Death of XXXTentacion

Complete Music Update (2017) Cost of Entry for Music Startups 

Bloomberg Tech Business live TV (2016) Artist Exclusives 

Bloomberg (2016) Prince's Push for Control Set an Example for Today

Marketplace Radio (2016) about Soundcloud Go Offering   

Billboard (June 2014) The 5 Biggest Headaches in the Apple-Beats Deal

Inc. (2014) -  How Neil Young Won Kickstarter 

Vickie Nauman  Opinion Writing 


Music Startups Require More than Product Market Fit (2024) Music Business Worldwide

AI Can Help/Hurt Music (2023) Variety

Crossover in Music and Gaming (2023) Billboard

Web3 Is Ushering In Artist-Centric Era (2023) Music Business Worldwide

Web3 Differentiator (2023) - Scarcity and Niches Music Ally

Bringing Artists into Metaverse (2023) Clio

Co-Existing Ecosystems and Music 3.0 (2018) - our emerging industry appears to be artist led 


Sustainability in Music (2017) - melding the old and the new to create a more modern industry


Reimagining the Music Business (2016) - a case for moving beyond data silos, flawed norms, and music/tech gaps

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