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Music Industry Jobs: Who’s Getting Hired, Fired, Retired, and Promoted
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The music industry kicks off June with more hires, fires, promotions, retires, and a fresh slates of new deals.

Sony Music Entertainment has officially dismissed Epic Records CEO Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid.  Executive Vice President of Media and Strategic Development Laura Swanson is also out.  Since leaving the company, Reid has yet to issue an official statement.  But following news of his dismissal, Reid has cancelled his high-profile keynote speech slated for MIDEM.  The abrupt firing also comes as Reid faces sexual harassment allegations.

BMG has hired Ama Walton as General Counsel in Europe.  The German media lawyer will work out of BMG’s Berlin headquarters.  Speaking on the hiring, Walton said, “I have the deepest respect for people who create music and look forward to playing my part in BMG’s mission to be a better kind of music business.”

SoundCloud has announced that Chief Content Officer Stephen Bryan will exit the company on June 30th. Bryan worked with the company for three years.  Speaking on the departure, co-founder and CEO Alex Ljung said, “Stephen’s ability to negotiate favorable deals for SoundCloud with key industry players was instrumental in getting us to where we are today.  We wish him the best.”

Deezer has lost its Vice President of Music Rights and Label Relations, Julien Simon.

Simon joined the company in 2008.  In an e-mail to staff, Simon said, “It has been a real pleasure for the last nine years to work with all of you, and to be part of this amazing adventure.”

Triton Digital has hired Nicole Kuntz as its new Senior VP of Compliance and Industry Relations.  A certified system information auditor, Kuntz will oversee the MRC accreditation process.  Speaking on the hiring, Triton Digital CEO Neal Schore said, “With an extensive background in digital advertising and audience measurement, Nicole is an incredibly valuable asset to the team.”

After fourteen years with the company, Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie will step down.

In a handwritten memo to staff posted on Twitter, Kaskie said that the decision to step down “[was] wholly my own, but I do so with a supreme amount of confidence and comfort in all that will come next for both of us.”  His final day at Pitchfork will be July 21.

iHeartMedia’s G105 has announced that it renewed and extended its agreement with on-air morning personality Bob Dumas.  This year marks Dumas’ 25th anniversary broadcasting with G105.  Dave Carwile, President of the Virginia/Carolina Region for iHeartMedia said, “We are thrilled to sign Bob Dumas for another three years.  Bob and the G105 brand are synonymous with Raleigh.  We look forward to many more years of entertaining the Triangle community and delivering unparalleled results for our G105 advertisers.  Celebrating Bob’s 25th year and signing a new contract at the same time – these are truly exciting times.”

The T.J. Martell Foundation has appointed seventeen new members to its board of directors.  It has also added two members to its executive committee.  New board members include Warner Music Nashville Chairman and CEO John Esposito and Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta.

APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle will step down in June 2018.  The boards of ARPA and AMCOS have appointed international recruiting firm Odgers Berndtson to recruit a new CEO.

BMI has announced its new board of directors.

Michael J. Fiorile was elected Chairman of the Board.  The former Vice Chair of the BMI Board succeeds Paul Karpowicz, who was elected Presiding Director of the meeting.  The following Board members were also re-elected:  Dave Lougee, President, TEGNA Media;  Mike O’Neill, President & CEO, BMI;  and Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW Network.  Jack Sander will continue his tenure for another two years as Honorary Director.

Mathew Daniel has moved to NetEase Cloud Music as Vice President of International.  The former President of International at R2G, Mathew and his partners pioneered the development of the music licensing market in China.  In a statement, Daniel said, “I am really proud of all we accomplished at R2, going against all odds in a harsh market of institutionalized music piracy.  I am glad to now embark on the next lap with the team at NetEase Cloud Music as they have the most exciting music product in the market, with love of music at its core supported by a positive user experience backed by data analysis.”

ASCAP has appointed digital business strategist Tony Dunaif as Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs.  He will oversee ASCAP’s international business and society relations outside of the US.  Dunaif will report directly to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.  In a statement, Dunaif said, “SCAP’s vast repertory of music reaches everywhere and I look forward to finding new ways of supporting the work of music creators by expanding ASCAP’s global strategic partnerships.”

Universal label Polydor has hired Capital Xtra DJ Manny Norté.  He will work in the urban department across A&R, promotions, and marketing.

And on the dealmaking front…

PMC has appointed Grupo T-Crea as its distributor for Mexico.  It will be responsible for PMC’s entire range of professional products.  Grupo T-Crea CEO Pedro Luna said in a statement, “We were looking to add elite manufacturers to our portfolio and after listening to the quality of PMC’s monitors we knew they were the right fit for our company.  The Mexican market is very conscious of quality and reliability.  It is also very buoyant and we believe there is great potential for PMC to increase market share, especially now that its products are readily available through Grupo T-Crea.”

New York-based independent music publisher Reservoir has announced a new partnership with London-based music management company Big Life Management.  As part of its new agreement, Reservoir will acquire a stake in Big Life Music’s 3,000+ copyrights.  The partnership also extends to Big Life Management’s music publishing arm, Big Life Music.

Sony/ATV has announced a new partnership with Lyric Financial.

The agreement will incorporate Lyric Financial’s virtual ATM platform into the Sony/ATV portal.  This will allow publishers and songwriters to request advances on their earnings.  In a statement, Lyric Financial CEO Eli Ball said, “For the last two years, we have been working to automate what has historically been an extremely cumbersome manual advance process in the music industry.  The vATM… provides songwriters with a clear view of their available earnings and allows them to request advances in less than a minute.”

Propaganda, the UK’s biggest indie club brand, has announced that it will launch its own record label.  The new label joins Autonomy Music Group and will be re-branded as Propaganda Records. Founded by DJ Dan, he said in a statement, “I have known [Autonomy Music Group’s] Richard and David for a number of years.  We have been discussing Propaganda Records for a long time and I could not have wished for better partners in this really exciting project.”

Sony Music UK will merge its two artist and label services, The Orchard and Red Essential, into one company.

Named The Orchard, Red Essential’s co-managing directors Ian Dutt and Mike Chadwick will run the new business.  Jason Iley, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland, said, “Separately, Red Essential and The Orchard have shown they are two great, innovative artist-focused companies.  By partnering, and with the backing of Sony Music globally, the merged business will continue to provide support and benefits to independent artists and labels alike that is unparalleled in the UK.”

Cosmos Music has announced that Scandinavian Songs will rebrand as Cosmos Music Publishing.  “Representing these great international indie publishers and their simply amazing repertoires makes us a serious force to be reckoned with,” Cosmos Music’s Hans Desmond said.

Global advertising agency WPP has made a strategic investment in 88rising.  Based in New York and Los Angeles, 88rising serves digital content to the Asian millennial market.  The company has produced over 500 hours of original content.  That in turn has garnered over 80 million total video views on YouTube and Facebook.  WPP didn’t disclose the terms of its investment.

Arcade Fire has signed to Sony Music’s Columbia Records.  The move ends its twelve-year relationship with UMG’s Merge Records.

Accordingly, the Canadian indie rock band will release their next album, Everything Now, via Columbia Records on July 28.  Arcade Fire will move their entire back catalog to Sony Music Entertainment.


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