After graduating Cum Laude from Clark College Atlanta he came to Miami as the youngest regional promotion man ever for Capitol Emi Records. He was awarded the EMI America - Platinum Album for Highest Percentage of Sales. Clive Davis heard of his accomplishments and offered him a regional promotion job working the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama., Mississippi, Tennessee, and North & South Carolina. During his tenure as regional promoter, he acquired 6 Gold Albums from Arista Records. Planting roots in South Florida, he created Joey Boy records, Miami’s first Cuban / African American owned record label boosting sales of over 4 million units. 12 of the labels 15 acts were from the local Miami area and where trained in presentation, manners and musical delivery. In 1994 he created THE MUSIC SPECIALIST Website (www.asha.com) a website dedicated to education of the entertainment industry. Music Specialist World Wide Web Site rated “Top 5% of all sites on the Internet” by Point Survey in 1995. In 1996 Allen became the Director of Urban Sales for the K-TEL CORPORATION where he instituted the first major catalog of direct to VHS / DVD movies. In this capacity he created the marketing and sales plan for K-TEL Urban video sales which eventually became SIMITAR ENTERTAINMENT. . With over four decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product development, licensing, sales, promotion and distribution for national and international markets, he has worked with labels including Ariola, Arista, Capital, EMI America, Island, K-Tel, Mercury, Sony, Stax and Warner Bros. Records. As Industry Consultant, he provides business operations back office services for many music industry clients. Independent labels and publishers rely upon his expertise in the areas of publishing administration, licensing, royalty recovery, business affairs, label operation, business administration and the digital marketplace.
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