Headquarted in Los Angeles, RYLTY exists to help artists take back control of their music catalogs. We do this by consolidating all catalog and royalty data onto a single platform. We then use that data to provide our artists with a level of transparency, analysis, and oversight that has never been available before.
RYLTY’s underlying technology was originally built and tested by Nicholas Judd and Andrew Ullah as an internal tool at Leftbrain to help their music clients recover lost royalties and maximize catalog values. The technology successfully recovered over $1 million in the first year, adding an additional $10 million in catalog value, and quickly became the lead driver of Leftbrain’s unprecedented growth from 2020 to 2022.
In order to commercialize the technology and capitalize on its success, Nicholas formed RYLTY as an independent subsidiary of Leftbrain in 2022. He then recruited an all-star, co-founding team of Andrew Ullah, Leftbrain; Joy Rosenstein, Millennium Management; and JC Mauras, Virtu Financial to convert the technology into a scalable, enterprise grade product.
Nicholas Judd Co-founder & CEO
Over his fifteen-year career, Nicholas has helped manage the finances for superstar acts including Doja Cat, Mariah Carey, and Tiesto. He is the founder of Leftbrain, a tech-enabled music business management firm that saw triple-digit growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicholas has been included in both Billboard’s Top Business Managers list as well as Trusted Advisor’s Future of Business Management list. CPA Practice Advisor named him as one of their 20 Under 40 Top Influencers that are helping to drive the accounting industry forward. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
JC Mauras Co-founder & CTO
Juan Carlos (JC) is responsible for driving the technology vision of RYLTY. He has co-founded several fintech startups while also holding senior leadership roles at large fintech companies with responsibilities ranging from engineering to business development. JC joins RYLTY from Virtu Financial where he was Head of Sell-Side Product and Product Strategy. He is excited to bring fintech's technical sophistication to the music industry as a way to improve transparency and empower music creators. JC holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Hamilton College in New York. In his spare time, he travels the world on rock climbing expeditions.
Andrew Ullah Co-founder & CRO
As Chief Royalty Officer, Andrew has dedicated his career to improving payments for music creators, uncovering nearly $20 million in misallocated or withheld royalties. His client portfolio has spanned genres and generations, including Bebe Rexha, Death Cab for Cutie and Joey Ramone. He also co-produces & co-hosts Money in the Air, an educational podcast on Neighbouring Rights, our industry’s most misunderstood type of income. He graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music.