The Latest in Music Industry Jobs

The Latest in Music Industry Jobs
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The Latest in Music Industry Jobs
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Lauren Nagel, Pandora’s new Vice President and Executive Creative Director

May has been absolutely packed with music industry hirings, firings, and retirings.  Here’s our exhaustive round-up.

We start with Canadian PRO SOCAN, which just announced their latest Board of Director additions.

The Board, which is evenly split between writer and publisher members, will make these additions official on June 19th in Toronto.

On the songwriter side, new names are Patricia Conroy, Damhnait Doyle, Martine Groulx and Diane Tell.  They will join incumbents Victor Davies, Edward Henderson, Stan Meissner, Glenn Morley and Marc Ouellette.

On the SOCAN music publisher side, Cheryl Link of Peermusic Canada will join.  She joins incumbent directors Jennifer Mitchell (Casablanca Media Publishing / Red Brick Music Publishing), Earl Rosen (De Sade Songs), Rosaire Archambault (Éditorial Avenue Inc.), Denis Wolff (Ho-Tune Musique), Janice Staub (Hyvetown Music Inc.), Gary Furniss (Sony / ATV Music Publishing Canada), Patrick Curley (Third Side Music Inc.) and Vivian Barclay (Warner Chappell Music Canada).

James Smith joins Live Nation Japan.

Live Nation has hired James Smith as Vice President of Touring and Festivals in Japan.  He has previously booked Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, and The XX for Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest outdoor music festival.  Based in Tokyo, Smith will report to Live Nation Japan President John Boyle.

Billboard Boxscore editor Bob Allen resigns.

Bob Allen, a longtime editor for Boxscore at Billboard, has tendered his resignation.  Sources say that he may move to Pollstar.  Former Billboard colleague Ray Waddall will oversee editorial for Boxscore.

Jim Duguid and Dru Masters join PRS Board.

PRS members have made appointments to the PRS Board at its 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Music creators Jim Duguid and Dru Masters will serve as Writer Directors of the Performing Rights Society (PRS) Board, replacing Crispin Hunt and Mick Leeson.  Composer Edward Gregson will return to the Board.  Concord’s John Minch and Bucks Music Group’s Simon Platz have been re-elected as Publisher Directors.  Stephen Davidson and Mark Poole were also re-elected as external Directors on the PRS Board.

Merlin turns 10 — and announces three key hires.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Merlin has announced three key hires.  Marta de la Hoz joins as Head of Reporting.  Chaida Kapfunde will serve as Head of Technology & Development.  Quentin Martins will work as Member Operations Manager.

Ditto Music poaches Chris Mooney from rival Tunecore.

Ditto Music, an online music distribution and services company, has hired Chris Mooney as its Head of US Operations.  He has worked with rival Tunecore for eight years.  Mooney will be based in New York.

Island Records promotes Darcus Beese.

Island Records has promoted Darcus Beese to the role of President. He succeeds David Massey who will now work at Sony Music.  Beese will move from the UK to New York City.  He starts on July 1st.

Eric Records hires Dontay Thompson.

Epic Records has named Dontay Thompson as Senior Vice President of Rhythm and Crossover Promotion.  He will report to Executive Vice President Rick Sackheim.  Thomspon has previously worked at Entertainment One, Bad Boy Entertainment, and the now-defunct Radio & Records.

UTA signs Randy Jackson.

United Talent Agency (UTA) has signed music industry executive and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson.  Jackson has previously collaborated with high-profile artists, including Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Keith Richards, among many others.

BMLG hires Christine Salomone.

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) has hired Christine Salomone as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.  She has over 15 years of entertainment and content experience in New York, Los Angeles, and Sydney.  Salomone joins the company from NBCUniversal, where she served as Director of Branded Entertainment.

Erin Mills and James Paterson named Directors at Listen Up.

Listen Up, a London and LA-based music promotions company, has promoted Erin Mills and James Paterson as its new directors.  Both had joined the company as interns before working their way through the company’s ranks in the radio and press departments.  Listen Up currently represents Wiley, Marshmello, Elderbrook, Porter Robinson, Waka Flocka Flame, Children Of Zeus, Patrick Topping, Loco Dice, Black Coffee, Tale Of Us, Solardo, and Jonas Blue.

Michael Cohl joins Civilized Worldwide.

Civilized Worldwide Inc. has announced that former Live Nation Chairman and concert producer Michael Cohl has joined the company as an investor and a member of its Board of Directors.  The company currently operates, a news and entertainment website, and Civilized Studios, a multi-platform video network.

Pandora promotes Lauren Nagel.

Pandora has announced the promotion of Lauren Nagel.  She will now serve as Vice President and Executive Creative Director.  As Vice President, Nagel oversee the company’s creative offerings, elevating and applying the learnings of storytelling on the platform across the brand as well as original content offerings.  She also serves as Co-Chair of Pandora Women.

Kate Logan named General Counsel International at Warner Music.

Warner Music has named Kate Logan as its new General Counsel International.  Based in London, she’ll be responsible for the major label’s legal and business affairs outside the US.  Logan will report to Warner Music Executive Vice President and General Counsel Paul Robinson.

Adam Friedman named President of Banc of California Stadium Entertainment.

LAFC Sports, owned by Tom Penn, has announced the formation of Banc of California Stadium Entertainment (BOCSE).  Adam Friedman will serve as President of BOCSE and Executive Vice President of LAFC Sports.  Based in downtown Los Angeles, he’ll report directly to Penn.

Televisa names Lele Pons as host of La Voz Mexico.

Mexican multimedia network Televisa has named social media influencer Lele Pons as the host of ‘La Voz Mexico,’ the Mexican version of The Voice.  She’ll host the show’s next season, premiering October 14th, 2018.

Roc Nation announces key signings to its publishing operation in Nashville.

Roc Nation has signed Mustard, Cary Barlowe, Steven Lee Olsen, and Brandon Day to Rhythm House, the company’s joint venture in Nashville with singer and songwriter Jesse Frasure.

Dice announces three key hires.

Ticketing and music discovery app Dice has announced three new appointments.  The company has hired Jason Edwards as Head of Music UK.  In a newly created role, Dice has appointed former NME senior staff writer Leonie Cooper as Editor.  Patrick Duffy has also joined the company from Airbnb as Creative Lead.

Proper adds three new members.

Indie distributor Proper has hired three new members across its London and Dartford offices.

In a newly created role, Proper has hired Erika Brennan as Head of Business and Commercial Affairs.  She previously served as the Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs at BMG UK.  Proper has also hired Sue Brown as Royalties Manager.  She previously worked at Plangent Visions, Zomba Music, and Union Square Music.  Indie veteran Pete Dodge will provide project management overview across a series of planned developments to Proper’s existing services and systems.

Meredith Graves named Director of Music at Kickstarter.

Kickstarter has named Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves as its Director of Music.  She currently runs indie label Honor Press and has previously worked as an anchor at MTV News.  In a post on the company’s blog, Kickstarter also confirmed that music projects have received the most funding on the platform.  These include “27,488 albums, performances, independent venues, archival re-releases, and experimental events that span genres and geographies.”

Keith Naftaly named President of A&R at RCA Records.

RCA Records has named Keith Naftaly as President of A&R.  He previously served as Executive Vice President and Head of A&R.  Naftaly will remain based in the label’s New York headquarters.

UMPG’s Evan Lamberg named President of City of Hope’s Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry Board.

City of Hope, an independent research and treatment center for cancer, has announced its new Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry Board President.  In the two-year position, Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group North America, will oversee efforts and fundraising strategies for the Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry Group.  The division is comprised of a wide range of industry executives, including all major labels, law firms, artist management, music publishing, concert promotion/touring, and digital and gaming companies.  Lamberg takes over for Peter Gray, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Promotion & Media at Warner Bros. Records.  Gray’s two-year term ended December 30th, 2017.

Jessica Phelps named General Manager at The Orchard.

The Orchard has named Jessica Phelps as General Manager of its Nashville office.  In her new role, she’ll lead strategy, development, label management, and marketing for key Orchard artists and labels in the market.  Phelps will also heighten and maintain relationships with key accounts and clients across a variety of genres.  She’ll also attract, sign, and retain new talent to grow The Orchard in Nashville.  Phelps will report to COO Colleen Theis.

Brad Saks named Director of Programming at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

The Durham Performing Arts Center has named Brad Saks as Director of Programming for Concerts, Comedy, and Special Events.  The veteran concert promoter will start his new job on May 21st.  He’ll handle all concert, comedy, and special events booking at the performing arts center.  Saks has previously worked at AEG Live.

Concord Music signs deals with Sean Lennon and Teddy Sinclair.

Concord Music has announced two new deals.  The company has signed a worldwide agreement with Sean Lennon.  The deal includes the artist’s catalog and upcoming second album due in 2019 on ATO Records.  Concord Music has also signed a global publishing agreement with Teddy Sinclair to represent her forthcoming writing.

Scott Maclachlan joins Warner Music Australasia.

Warner Music Australasia has appointed Scott Maclachlan as Senior Vice President of A&R.  Co-founder and Director of Saiko Management, Maclachlan has developed artists, including Lorde and Sol3 Mio.  He will report to Niko Nordström, President of Warner Music Australasia, and will divide his time between the company’s Auckland and Sydney’s offices.

SoundCloud hires Mark Eisenberg.

SoundCloud has hired Mark Eisenberg as Senior Vice President of Content Partnerships.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at SoundExchange.  Eisenberg will advance SoundCloud’s global content licensing efforts.  He will also strengthen the platform’s relationships with record labels, publishers, PROs, and collecting societies.  Based in SoundCloud’s New York office, Eisenberg will report to Chief Operating Officer Michael Weissman.

Symphonic Distribution announces two key hires.

Indie distributor Symphonic Distribution has hired former Orchard executive Nick Gordon and former Universal Music executive Jamie Feldman.  Gordon will serve as Chief Client Officer and General Manager in New York.  He previously served as Vice President of Client Services at The Orchard.  Feldman, Symphonic’s first hire in Los Angeles, will serve as Content Development Specialist.  He previously served as Senior Director of A&R at Universal Music and Director of A&R at Capitol Music.

Andrew Colvin and Adam Voith join WME.

WME has hired music agents Andrew Colvin and Adam Voith from Billions.  Based in Nashville, the duo brings a roster of clients including Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Jason Isbell, and Vampire Weekend.  The move comes after former CAA Nashville co-head Scott Clayton joined WME as a partner.  Ex-CAA festival department co-head Matthew Morgan and Buster Phillips also joined WME.

Clive Miller joins Support Act as CEO.

Clive Miller has joined Support Act, an Australian charity, as its new CEO.  The registered non-profit organization raises funds to provide crisis relief arising from illness and accidents among people working in the Australian music industry.  Miller will start on May 21st and will replace current CEO Joanna Cave, who leaves Support Act after 5 years.

Jana Gibson heads up APRA AMCOS membership.

Jana Gibson has accepted the role of Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS.  She’ll start on June 1st.  Dean Ormston, the current Head of Member Services, will serve as CEO of APRA AMCOS starting July 1st.  In the new role, Gibson will oversee member initiatives, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office, SongHubs, SongMakers, and outreach programs.

Tom Coulson-Smith joins Warner Chappell Music.

Warner/Chappell Music has announced that Tom Coulson-Smith will join the company as A&R Manager.  Based in London, he’ll report to Amber Davis, A&R Director of Warner/Chappell Music UK.

Rafael Martinez earns a promotion at BMI.

BMI has promoted Rafael Martinez to Executive Director of Business Affairs of Creative.  He’ll continue focusing on the business affairs needs of BMI’s Creative team.  In addition to his current duties, Martinez will now identify emerging music trends and talent.  He started working at BMI in 2004 in the company’s legal department as Director of Business Affairs.

Angela Watts exits Spotify.

Angela Watts, a high-ranking Spotify executive, will leave the company after eight years.  Watts joined the company in 2010 as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.  The company named her Director of Spotify UK in 2013.

Nancy Hood joins SoundCloud.

SoundCloud has announced that Nancy Hood will join the company as Senior Vice President of Listener.  She’ll lead the growth and expansion of SoundCloud’s global consumer listener business, which encompasses consumer subscriptions and advertising.  Based in New York, Hood will report to SoundCloud’s Chief Operating Officer, Michael Weissman.

Jeff Sosnow receives a promotion at Warner Bros. Records.

Warner Bros. Records has promoted Jeff Sosnow to Executive Vice President of A&R.  He will oversee the signing and developing of artists for both Warner Bros. Records and Reprise.  Sosnow had served as Senior Vice President of A&R since 2012.  He has worked with artists including Tegan and Sara, ‪Deftones, Mastodon, ‪Mac Miller, AJR, Death from Above, ‪The Head And The Heart, Twin Shadow, ‪Houndmouth and Rufus Du Sol.

Entercom makes two key hires.

Entercom has hired two executives for its brand.  It has named Pamela Russo as Senior Vice President and General Manager.  She will focus on advertiser and consumer products, client development, and revenue growth.  Christopher Rosen will serve as the editorial director of  He will lead content development, editorial, and video strategy for the platform.

Donald Glover signs a publishing deal with Kobalt.

Kobalt Music has signed a publishing deal with actor and rapper Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.  The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration – global synch and creative services – for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s teams of collective songwriters and artists.

Sara Osborn’s appointment at ISM.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has appointed former Music Publishers Association (MPA) executive Sarah Osborn as Head of Services and Operations.  Since leaving the MPA in 2015, she has worked as a freelance consultant.  Osborn has provided project management services to music publishing and wider creative industries.  She will start serving in her new role on May 1st.

Compass poaches key music industry executives.

Compass, a real estate tech company, has made several key hires from the music industry.  Matt Rosenberg, Eventbrite’s Chief Revenue Officer, will hold the same position at Compass.  Khurrum Malik, Spotify’s Global Director of Product Marketing, will serve as Chief Marketing Officer.  The company hopes to have a 20% market share in 20 major US cities by the end of 2020.

Nina L. Diaz earns a promotion.

Viacom has promoted Nina L. Diaz to President of Programming and Development for VH1, MTV, and Logo Group.  She previously served as Executive Vice President of Programming and Development.  Diaz will report to Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1 and Logo Group.

Featured image by The One Club for Creativity (YouTube screengrab)