Steve Stoute

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Steve Stoute

Founder & CEO, United Masters

Founder & CEO, Translation


Steve Stoute is an advertising entrepreneur and music industry innovator. Stoute serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of UnitedMasters and Translation. With funding from Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz, and 21st Century Fox, Stoute’s companies operate at the intersection of technology, culture, innovation, and storytelling.


UnitedMasters is a revolutionary platform that enables artists to operationalize and maximize their creative and economic potential while allowing them to maintain full ownership over their master recording rights. Translation is an award-winning agency bringing together creative and insights to connect brands to culture. Translation works with some of today’s leading brands including State Farm, Beats by Dre, and the NBA.

Prior to founding Translation in 2004, Stoute was a music industry executive at Sony Music and Interscope Geffen A&M. He produced albums for Mariah Carey and Nas, led the production efforts for Gwen Stefani and Enrique Iglesias, and executive produced the Academy Award-winning “8 Mile” film and soundtrack. Stoute is the critically acclaimed author of “The Tanning of America,” a member of the Advertising Hall of Achievement, and has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business and Executive of the Year by Ad Age.

Stoute serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation and as an advisor to SocialWorks, a nonprofit founded by Chance the Rapper that supports public schools.

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