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A lifelong mental health advocate, fan of music & supporter of those who create it lead Phillip Ryan Block to bring a crazy dream to reality and create a music company with little industry experience back in 2011. That company was Independent Ear. Founded under the knowledge that 1. the music industry is flawed and 2. relationships have the ability to change the world.

Independent Ear was the catalyst for what has become a unique career for Ryan including the creation of We, The Collective a creative business development agency in addition to the launch of a mental health focused podcast called The Open Heart Collective.



Mark is the founder of Burntcoat Capital. He is also the Managing Partner and a member of its investment committee. His primary responsibilities include overseeing Burntcoat Capital as well as qualifying investments, conducting due diligence, executing transactions and monitoring portfolio companies. The mission of Burntcoat Capital is to invest in socially and environmentally responsible companies and implement best business practices in these areas. Mark’s prior experience is in finance, private equity and real estate investments. He is also an entrepreneur. Mark currently sits on the board of several portfolio companies and nonprofit organizations.

Mark dedicates a significant portion of his free time as a volunteer and advocate for environmental causes and he supports several environmental nonprofit organizations through Burntcoat Capital’s enrollment in 1% for the Planet.




From an early age it was clear that music was Jasper his passion, growing up he studied the classical guitar. His passion for music ultimately lead him to audition for the Royal Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands, where he developed himself into an accomplished performer. Seeking to further develop himself, he started working towards another degree for Media en Entertainment management, allowing him to specialise on the performance and the business side music industry. Eager to learn and wanting to be a positive influence on the music industry, he found the perfect placement with Independent Ear Music Group.



If I have to describe myself, I would say I found it important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, doing sports, having good company around me, making good food & drinks and combining everything with music. In my life everything is better if you combine it with music. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to work in the music industry in the first place, to be as close as possible to the music itself!

As a student I got the opportunity to work at Independent Ear Music Group, to grow as a person and fulfil my dream of working in the music industry. I want to bring my ideas to the table and create something with the people of Independent Ear Music Group.

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