SoundExchange announces a promotion.
Richard Conlon will now serve as Chief Corporate Development Officer at SoundExchange. The former Chief External Affairs Officer will lead the collective rights management organization’s expansion efforts. Conlon and his team will leverage and build on SoundExchange’s core capabilities, business processes, and technical assets. He’ll also coordinate services across the organization’s companies, including SXWorks and CMRRA.
Atlas Music Publishing names a key hire.
Mike Locke will serve as Vice President of Creative Synchronization and Marketing at Atlas Music Publishing. He’ll oversee sync activity and contribute to business development. He previously served at INgrooves, leading the sync licensing department.
Elektra Music Group boosts staff.
Melanie Scull will serve as Vice President of Promotion at Elektra Music Group. Based in New York, she’ll focus on pop radio. Scull joins from RED Distribution, where she served as Vice President of Pop Promotion.
On October 1st, Roadrunner Promotion will change its name to Elektra Promotion.
Myra Dehais will serve as Senior Vice President of Promotion of West Coast/Alternative at Elektra Promotion. Based in San Diego, she has previously worked at Epic, Warner Bros. Records, and RED. Dehais had also served at Atlantic Records as part of the Roadrunner Promotion team.
Jason Martin will serve as Vice President of Promotion of Triple A at Elektra Promotion. Based in Nashville, he joined the Roadrunner Promotion nearly two decades ago. Martin previously served as National Vice President of Alternative and Pop Promotion.
All three will report to Mike Easterlin, Co-President of Elektra Music Group, who will lead Elektra Promotion with Co-President Gregg Nadel.
Bill Millman will return from Chicago to Boston to serve as New England Midwest Regional Manager for Elektra Music Group.
The announcement follows two Elektra Music Group appointments. Based in Nashville, Will McDonald will serve as Vice President of A&R and Marketing. Based in Los Angeles, Shawn Cohen will serve as Senior Director of A&R.
ICMP confirms a key appointment.
John Phelan will serve as Director General of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). Effective October 1st, he’ll succeed Coco Carmona. Phelan will report directly to ICMP’s Board of Directors.
Artista Records announces key appointments.
Brian Vinikoor will serve as Vice President of Marketing at Arista Records. He’ll drive the relaunched label’s marketing strategy. Vinikoor will also work closely with the company’s partners to create comprehensive plans for developing Arista artists’ careers.
Dieuwertje ‘Dee’ Heuvelings will serve as Senior Director of A&R and Marketing. She’ll identify new artists across all genres, including urban and hip-hop. Heuvelings will also build digital-focused marketing strategies for the company’s entire roster.
Ethan Geltzer will serve as Senior Director of Digital Marketing and Branding. He’ll create and execute digital marketing strategies to build awareness around company artists and releases. Geltzer will also work with artists on developing their brand identities.
Based in New York, Vinikoor, Heuvelings, and Geltzer will report to David Massey, President and CEO of Arista Records.
Palais Theatre names a new General Manager.
Neil Cox will serve as General Manager of Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. The former General Manager and CEO of Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch, New Zealand, Cox succeeds Mark Graham, who left the theatre in May. Live Nation Australia, which owns the lease on Palais, made the appointment.
EMMA elects two new members.
Per Kviman and Virpi Immonen will serve as First Chair and Vice Chair at the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA), respectively.
Kviman serves as the CEO of Versity Music and Chair of the Music Managers Forum (MMF) Sweden.
Immonen serves as the CEO of Fullstream Management and Chair of MMF Finland.
Both will serve a minimum two-year term. Keith Harris, EMMA’s inaugural chair, will stand down immediately.
ICM Partners announces new promotions.
Danielle Beckford, Kyle Kernohan, and Liz Pantone will serve as Agents in the Concert Department. All three previously served as Coordinators. Beckford, Kernohan, and Pantone will report to Steve Levine, Rob Prinz, and Mark Siegel, Heads of the Partners and Concerts Department.
PMC confirms a new appointment.
Joining the company, Luke Smith will serve as Sales Manager New York at PMC. He’ll represent PMC’s Pro Audio product range. Smith also has his own company, S.A.S. Audio, which offers recording, mixing, and production services to New York-based bands.
Soundstripe announces administrative team expansion.
Mike Arnoult will now serve as Director of Artist and Label Services at Soundstripe Productions, a newly-created contemporary label. He joined Soundstripe, a music tech company, in November 2016, serving as Artist Relations Director. Soundstripe Productions will encompass A&R, music production, and marketing and administration. This includes music catalog management and licensing across all major digital platforms.
Ashton Myers has joined Soundstripe Productions as Artist Relations Manager. She majored in Recording Industry Music Business with a minor in Marketing at Middle Tennessee State University. Myers, who specializes in artist relations, label operations, and administration, served as Artist/Label Manager for The Mavericks at Mono Mundo Recordings in Nashville.
Position Music confirms a key promotion.
Wendy Griffiths will now serve as Executive Vice President of Sync and Creative Marketing at Position Music. Based in Los Angeles, she’ll build and oversee the pitching, sales, and licensing teams to secure synchronization for the company’s repertoire in advertising, film, television, trailers, and video games. Griffiths previously served as Executive Vice President of Licensing and Synch at BMG.
Columbia Records announces a promotion.
Mike Navarra will now serve as Vice President of Publicity at Columbia Records. A public relations strategist, he has previously overseen campaigns for artists, including One Direction and Harry Styles. Navarra’s promotion comes after Jennifer Mallory was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager for Columbia Records.
Songtrust appoints full-time representatives in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Nashville.
Based in Los Angeles, Alex Gershwin will represent Songtrust as Business Development Representative. Joining from ASCAP, Gershwin will report to Molly Neuman, Global Head of Business Development.
Based in Atlanta, Breanna Harper will serve as Client Acquisition Representative. She previously served at Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records, The Grammy Foundation, and Spotify. Harper will report to CJ Olivieri, Client Acquisition Manager at Songtrust.
Carli Gonderinger, Client Acquisition Representative, will join the Nashville team after an internship stint with Songtrust’s parent company, Downtown Music Publishing. She has a degree in Music Business from Belmont University.
Hitco Entertainment confirms a new appointment.
Joel Klaiman will serve as President of Hitco Entertainment, L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck’s new record/entertainment company. He stepped down as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Columbia Records in August.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra confirms a key appointment.
Gustavo Gimeno, a Spanish conductor, will serve as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director. He’ll serve a five-year term and will start in the 2020/21 season. Gimeno will succeed Peter Oundjian, who served as Music Director for 14 years.
Cornerstone/The Fader announces a slew of new hires.
Felipe Ferreira will serve as Creative Director at Cornerstone/The Fader. He previously served as Creative Director at Sid Lee and Associate Creative Director at R/GA.
Anicée Gladis will serve as Senior Writer. She has previously written for Victory and Vogue. Gladis has also served as Executive Editor of Trace magazine and as Head of Content for Marley Natural.
Chloe Campion will serve as Senior Video Producer. She previously served at Vice.
Brittany Oldham will serve as Director of West Coast brand partnerships. She previously served at Townsquare Media and Pitchfork.
Shauna Alexander will serve as Director of East Coast brand partnerships. She previously led brand efforts for Moogfest.
Shariah McKenzie will serve as Integrated Marketing Strategy Coordinator. She previously served at Def Jam.
Warren Seuradge will serve as Senior Integrated Strategist. He previously served at The Washington Post and Sid Lee.
The new hires come from multiple agencies and cultural media companies, including 72andSunny, Vice, Sid Lee, Moogfest, RCA, and The Washington Post.
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