Eventbrite adds a new member to its Board.
Jane Lauder, granddaughter of cosmetics magnate Estée Lauder, will now serve on Eventbrite’s Board of Directors. She currently serves as Global Brand President of Clinique, overseeing all aspects of the brand. Lauder has spent the past 22 years in the Estée Lauder Companies, serving on its Board of Directors since 2009.
Apple poaches an executive from NRL.
Rebekah Horne will now serve as Head of Services and Music at Apple Australia and New Zealand. The former National Rugby League (NRL) executive has previously served at MySpace as Head of International Operations and DMG Australia. In the new role, she’ll lead operations of the App Store, iTunes, Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple News, and iBooks. Horne will report to Tony King, Vice President of South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
BASE Hologram confirms a key appointment.
David Parr will serve as Executive Vice President of BASE Hologram. He’ll sell the company’s content for residencies in museums, retail centers, and other destination events. Parr previously served at X3 Productions, overseeing sales, marketing, and touring.
CMRRA confirms leadership shuffle.
Caroline Rioux will step down as President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) in 2019. She’ll remain as a strategic adviser, serving both CMRRA and her unnamed successor.
Veronica Syrtash will now serve as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Corporate Development. She’ll oversee all external facing functions, including publisher relations, licensee relations, corporate legal affairs, enforcement, rate-setting negotiations, and tariff proceedings. Syrtash previously served as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs.
Concord Music unveils two promotions.
Rebecca Berman will now serve as Senior Vice President and Co-Head of International at Concord Music.
Michael Nance will also serve as Senior Vice President of International.
Both will focus on expanding the company’s global infrastructure. Berman and Nance will also craft global sales and marketing strategies for artists across its labels, including Concord Records, Fantasy Recordings, Fearless Records, Loma Vista Recordings, and Rounder Records.
Morris Higham Management adds team member to management team.
Robert Filhart will oversee management for Arista Nashville’s Carlton Anderson at Morris Higham Management. He’ll oversee management for country newcomer Carlton Anderson. Filhart previously served 10 years as Director of Creative at ASCAP.
Deckstar Management/YM&U Group confirms a new hire.
Christine Chiappetta will serve as Director of Radio at Deckstar Management/YM&U Group. Per Billboard, she’ll coordinate the promotion and marketing of YM&U’s artists, including Steve Aoki, Blink 182, and Cheat Codes. Based in Los Angeles, Chiappetta will also work with the group’s UK roster. She has previously served at Columbia Records, Mercury Records, and Island Def Jam Music Group.
SME poaches a Royal Caribbean Cruise executive.
Sol Rashidi will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer at Sony Music Entertainment (SME). In the newly created role, she’ll build and lead a global team focused on advancing the company’s data strategy. Rashidi previously served as Chief Data and Cognitive Officer at Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Based in New York, she’ll report to Dennis Kooker, President of Global Digital Business and US Sales.
UMG ups a VP.
Theda Sandiford will now serve as Senior Vice President of International at Universal Music Group (UMG). In the new role, the veteran music executive will lead global consumer marketing and commercial strategies for artists signed to Republic Records, Island Records, and Def Jam Recordings. Sandiford previously served as Vice President of Commercial Partnerships and Streaming at UMG. Based in New York, she’ll report to Michael Alexander, Executive Vice President of International Marketing at Republic, Island, and Def Jam.
MelodyVR confirms a promotion.
Iain Funnell will serve as Senior Vice President Creative of Content and Editorial at MelodyVR. He’ll spearhead the company’s creative output and original content strategy, working closely with production and post-production teams. This will help labels and artists better engage with VR as part of their campaigns. Funnell will report to Anthony Matchett, Founder and Chief Financial Officer.
Pandora hires a top exec and poaches another from Warp Records.
Lindsay Bowen will serve as Vice President of Podcasts and Entertainment Content Partnerships at Pandora. The podcast veteran will lead the company’s external partnerships for podcast and entertainment initiatives. Bowen will also work closely with the curation and programming teams to define product offerings for podcasts. He previously served as a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams, and Sheppard LLP.
Christine Colbert will also serve as Senior Manager of Industry Relations – Indie. She joins from Warp Records where she served as North American Project and Communications Manager. Based in New York, Colbert will report to Marisa Fair, Director of Industry Relations.
Columbia ups a VP.
Erika Alfredson will serve as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Columbia Records. Based in Los Angeles, she’ll lead the West Coast marketing team and report to Jenifer Mallory, Columbia’s General Manager.
Warner/Chappell Music poaches a top exec from EMMACSACM.
Carlos Ruiz Díaz will serve as Managing Director at Warner/Chappell Music Mexico. He joins from EMMACSACM (Mexican Music Publishers and the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico), where he had served since 2013. Ruiz Díaz first started out at Warner Music Mexico in 1991. He has also served at Universal Music, AOL Time Warner, and Univision. In his new role, Ruiz Díaz will report to Gustavo Menendez, President of Warner/Chappell Music Latin America.
Top executive at Columbia Nashville set to retire.
Cliff Blake, Director of Northeast Regional Promotion at Columbia Records, will retire on December 17th. Sony Music Nashville recently shifted Blake from Arista to Columbia in September. Per All Access, the 47-year veteran had served at Warner Bros. and Republic Nashville.
USRN names a new executive.
Gina Suarez will serve as Affiliate Relations Rep at United States Radio Networks (USRN). She recently served at AdLarge Media, handling affiliate relations. Suarez will work with music-formatted radio stations to use USRN’s programs and its Prep, Comedy, and Production services. The radio and music industry veteran has served at A&M Records, Columbia Records, and Warner Music Group.
Big Machine Records’ Director steps down.
AJ Calvin, Director of Northeast Promotion at Big Machine Records, will step down. He’ll serve through November. Per All Access, Calvin has accepted a “soon-to-be-announced” opportunity outside of promotion.
Warner Music Group ups two legal executives.
Trent Tappe will now serve as Senior Vice President/Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Chief Corporate Governance and Securities.
Maryrose Maness will also serve as Senior Vice President/Deputy General Counsel. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Chief Employment as well as Corporate Infrastructure Counsel.
Music Row entertainment law firm rebrands and adds partners.
Matthew Beckett and Molly Shehan will serve as Partners at Milom Horsnell Crow Kelley Beckett Shehan PLC (MHCKBS). Per Music Row, the 45-year-old Music Row law firm was previously known as Milon Horsnell Crow Kelley. Clients include Keith Urban, Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams Jr., and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
CODA poaches two execs from UTA and announces a slew of promotions.
Tom Taaffe and Anna Bewers, two leading live agents at UTA, have joined CODA, a European live music agency.
Taaffe previously served at The Agency Group since 2006, and then UTA after its acquisition. He worked with many acts in the rock, indie, metal, and Americana genres, including While She Sleeps and Amos Lee, among others.
Bewers served at The Agency Group since 2006. She has worked with Nothing But Thieves, State Champs, and Cavetown, among others.
CODA had also made several promotions.
Andy Clayton and Ryan Penty will serve as agents starting in January 2009. Both had served as Bookers for partner Agent Alex Hardee.
Two new Bookers have joined Hardee’s team – Holly Rowland and Eleanor Ashley. Receiving promotions, both will serve as Agent Assistants at CODA.
Rebecca Bates will now serve as Booker for Mike Malak. She previously served as Assistant.
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