Milwaukee native Ian McCullough is the creative entrepreneur behind Free Music Land, a peer-to-peer music licensing platform. The company was one of the eight Milwaukee-area startups to receive a $10,000 grant through the MKE Tech Hub Coalition‘s FOR-M incubator program in August.
Known in the music world as Cullah, the founder’s musical journey began when he started piano lessons at age three. His father worked in the computer science industry, so he grew up learning code and participating in family LAN parties. Equally influential was his mother, who played reed instruments as one of the 19 members of the legendary Wolff Family Band.
The Marquette University alum grew up to become both a musician and a computer engineer. He added the role of entrepreneur to his list of careers when he launched Free Music Land in 2021 to help fellow musicians raise their visibility, and ultimately generate revenue, for the music shared on the platform.