Bruce Furst has spent nearly two decades as president of Ashber Corporation, a company that specializes in licensing music content for use in films. More recently, he has joined the team at Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation. Over the course of his career, Bruce Furst has distributed music featuring high-profile artists including Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross, and Tony Bennett.
Tony Bennett’s career has consisted of numerous successful singles, including 30 charting singles and three No. 1 hits. In 1967, Bennett released “For Once in My Life,” which peaked at No. 91 in the United States. It would stand as his last top 100 single for nearly 35 years.
In 2011, Tony Bennett achieved a unique record with the release of “Body and Soul.” The single charted at No. 87, bringing an end to the longest gap between charting singles for a living artist. Bennett sang alongside Amy Winehouse for “Body and Soul,” which was followed by duets with popular singers such as Michael Buble and Lady Gaga. The renewed interest in Bennett’s career resulted in his 2014 album of duets with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. At 85, he became the oldest living artist to secure a No. 1 album.
After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s in political science, Bruce Furst went on to earn a juris doctor. He is currently serving as the president of Ashber Corporation, a music production company based in Austin, Texas. Bruce Furst has engaged in contract talks with many high-profile potential clients, one of whom is Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga is one of the most decorated artists currently performing. A consummate musician, she already has multiple Grammy Awards under her belt. She has also been recognized in the acting department, having earned a Golden Globe for her role on the television series American Horror Story.
In yet another addition to her long list of awards, the Perfect Illusions singer was recently named the hottest summer superstar by MTV. The winner of the competition was determined by an online poll where she took the top spot with over 65 million votes. She blazed past other competition, leaving behind Zara Larsson in second place with 40 million votes and Justin Bieber with 15 million.
Lady Gaga is currently on a world tour featuring her latest album, Joanne. Recently, she was recognized as the first female artist to have ever headlined at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
A professional within the entertainment industry, Bruce Furst is the president of Ashber Corporation and CEO of the Intergalactic Royalty Operations Corporation (iRoc), both located in Austin, Texas. Similar in function to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), iRoc aims to license and distribute royalties for performances of copyrighted materials that occur in any area off of planet Earth. To that end, Bruce Furst has worked with NASA and has had preliminary contact with corporations that are involved in making space travel a reality for private citizens. One such company is SpaceX.
California-based SpaceX was founded in 2002. The company designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft with the ultimate mission of carrying humans into deep space. To accomplish that goal, SpaceX has developed state-of-the-art rockets that can be launched and relaunched a number of times, dramatically reducing the cost of missions to outer space.
On March 30, 2017, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully completed history’s first re-flight of an orbital rocket. The rocket landed, unharmed and in perfect condition back at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The ability of a rocket to be reused has the potential to transform space travel, making it overall less expensive.
SpaceX has successfully completed a number of unmanned missions with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. Designed to carry and deliver cargo or a crew, the Dragon has delivered supplies via the Falcon 9 to the International Space Station several times and has transported satellites into a low Earth orbit.
A music industry executive with more than 16 years of experience, Bruce Furst is president of Ashber Corporation in Austin, Texas. Also involved in charitable causes, Bruce Furst supports Amnesty International.
Amnesty International provides numerous ways for individuals interested in human rights to get involved in its work. Individuals can volunteer at one of the organization’s offices by translating documents, conducting research, assisting with accounting and human resources tasks, raising funds for human rights education, and collaborating in online communities. Most volunteers work part-time for up to six months, and the organization covers food and travel expenses.
Another way to get involved in the work of Amnesty International is to sign petitions to influence politicians to take action in a number of areas, from protecting the rights of earthquake victims in Nepal to demanding equality for marginalized groups around the globe. Finally, individuals can contribute to Amnesty International by becoming members of the organization and sharing their ideas to help inform future human rights campaigns.
To learn more about Amnesty International and ways to get involved, visit www.amnesty.org.