Executive Shuffle: Tidal, NMPA, ASCAP, Sony Music…

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Amongst the executive changes roiling this week…

Tidal has now appointed Jeff Toig as new CEO, the latest in a revolving door at the company.   Toig previously worked as the chief business officer of SoundCloud, with a successful stint building Muve Music prior to that.   Toig, who steps into the role next month, will be Tidal’s third CEO since re-launch earlier this year.

As (hopefully) ‘permanent’ CEO, Jeff’s role will be to differentiate the company from larger competitors such as Spotify and Apple Music, and figure out how to survive against their massive war trenches.  Tall order, but in order to get competitive advantage, Toig may aim to take advantage of Tidal’s ties with top-tier artists in order to promote live shows, offer exclusive tracks, and give subscribers the chance to meet musicians.

Elsewhere, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) has just promoted Danielle Aguirre to executive vice president & general counsel. Aguirre has served as senior vice president for Business Affairs & General Counsel for the past year.  ”NMPA’s robust legal department is a direct result of the leadership and drive that Danielle has exhibited since she started here,” said NMPA president and CEO David Israelite, President and CEO.

ASCAP has named Lisa Selden as senior vice president of Administration Services.  The news was announced this week, but will be effective starting January.  Selden’s responsibilities will include overseeing the processing and payment of royalty services for clients of administration services.  Selden will also identify opportunities to develop new competitive service offerings for existing and new domestic and international customers. ”Lisa is a key addition to the strong executive team that we are building to evolve ASCAP’s mission to meet the demands of the new music marketplace,” said Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP.

Sony Music joins forces with CeeLo Green to bring Mothership Entertainment. This joint venture will focus on finding and developing soul and R&B artists. Mothership Entertainment is intended to be a creative A&R hub and is fully funded by Sony Music. Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music says, “CeeLo Green is a tremendously successful songwriter, producer and artist who has proven himself to be a gifted and versatile talent. We look forward to developing great new artists and music through our new relationship.”

Elsewhere, EDM promoter SFX hires James Barton to take on a senior role in the company. The role is yet to be confirmed. Barton, who is currently the president of electronic music for Live Nation, is reportedly set to leave after 3 years with the company.