Music Industry Jobs: Who’s Getting Hired, Fired, and Retired

Music Industry Jobs: Who's Getting Hired, Fired, and Retired

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What are the latest moves in top music industry jobs?

Yes, there are music industry jobs again!  Here’s the rundown, in no particular order.

iHeartRadio West Virginia announced a new Area President.  Having worked as VP for Sales & Marketing for Major League Lacrosse, Mark Furman will start effective immediately.  He’ll work with the programming, business, and sales teams for radio stations in Huntington, Parkersburg, and Wheeling.

New York Public Radio announced that Shannon Connolly—formerly of Viacom—will serve as Senior VP and General Manager. At Viacom, she built and managed a cross-functional team responsible for growing digital reach and revenue. The team worked with MTV, CMT, shows like Unplugged and Crossroads, and live events including the Video Music Awards. She’ll head up WQXR, New York’s all classical music station.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Mitch Glazier will helm the major label trade association.  Currently SVP, he’ll take over after current Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman retires in January of 2019.  Sherman will exit as the Republican-controlled Congress tackles copyright reform and radio performance royalties.

Launched by Warner Music UK, Kieron Donoghue will lead Artists to Watch Records.  He currently works as VP, Global Playlists Strategy & Curation at Warner Music.

F Block Music Publishing appointed Ryan Farley to the newly-created Head of A&R position.  He previously worked as a Warner/Chappell A&R manager for 5 years.

Proper Music Group has appointed Jon Higgs to spearhead the British firm’s expansion to a larger warehouse in Dartford. The new Head of Operations previously worked for 15 years at HMV. He oversaw national fulfillment for retail and e-commerce.

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Interscope Records promoted A&R executive Manny Smith to SVP of A&R. He first joined Interscope as an intern and transitioned into coordinating A&R activities.

Sony/ATV has promoted British executive Guy Moot to President, Worldwide Creative.  This position adds to his existing role as UK Managing Director.

Sony/ATV also added Ian Holder as Vice President, Creative.  Based in New York, he’ll report to Sony/ATV SVP, Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina.  He previously worked as Director of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI.

Spotify added British executive Jack Stephens to its staff as Creator Partnerships Manager. Stephens will report to Shane Tobin, Spotify’s Head of Creator Insights and Activations.  He’ll oversee the company’s Fans First campaigns.

Spotify also brought in Paul Smith.  He’ll join the company as Director, Head of International Licensing.

Monti Olson joined Warner Bros. Records as Senior Vice President of Artist and Repertoire.  He’ll be based out of the company’s Burbank, California headquarters and will report to the label’s president, Dan McCarroll.

Shiva Rajaraman formerly worked with Spotify and YouTube.  Now, Shiva Rajaraman has joined Apple.

Founder of MetaPop and former Beatport CEO Matthew Adell will join Native Instruments.  He’ll lead new strategies for the company’s online product portfolios as Chief Digital Officer.

Ninja Tune brought in two new additions, Isodel Palos and Rob Buckley, to their sync department.  Palos will continue at her old role as Head of Film & TV at Ninja.

Big Machine Label Group Director of Marketing and Social Media just lost Braden Carney.  He left the label to head the digital department at UpgradeMedia.  Braden’s work assisted twenty number 1 albums at BLMG.

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Euan McLeon will lead the Internet video engineering team at Comcast.  He’ll take charge of the Comcast VIPER Team that works with design, development, and software deployment that distributes internet-based videos across media platforms.

Geffen Records will relaunch with veteran A&R executive Neil Jacobson as President.  He has been with Interscope for 15 years and signed big names like LMFAO, DJ Snake, and will.i.am, among others.  He told Billboard that he had always wanted to run Geffen.

The BBC announced their new 14-member board appointments.  The broadcast conglomerate appointed five non-executive directors, including former Virgin Cinemas and Virgin Entertainment CEO Simon Burke.  House of Lords member and former Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Ian Hargreaves also received appointments.  In addition, technology entrepreneur Tom Ilube and Arts Council England chair Nicholas Serota will also join.

ASCAP’s President and Chairman Paul Williams announced the 12 writer and 12 publisher members elected to serve on the PRO’s board for a new two-year term starting on April 1.  Most notably, songwriter/composer Michelle Lewis will join.  She has written songs for Cher and Little Mix.  Most recently, she brought a lawsuit against the DOJ over the 100% licensing mandate.

Westwood One promoted Mark Wildman to EVP/Strategic Partnerships.  In his new role, he’ll lead the company’s business development initiatives for network and spot sales.  He joined Westwood One in October 2016.

Vimeo brought in Alana Mao as Vice President and Head of Original Content.  The company also added Kesila Childers and Kelly Miller, who will serve as executives.

New Era & Marketing enlisted Harold Frogèt as their new Vice President of Corporate & Private Events.

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Amazon brought Michael Aragon on board as Vice President of Content for Twitch.  Amazon first bought the large gaming video streamer and social networking platform in 2014 for $970 million.

MGM named Sam Toles as Senior Vice President of Digital and New Platforms.  He’s coming in from Vimeo and will help implement new internet-video content.

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