The Latest Music Industry Gigs: FFRR, Spirit, Reform Alliance, Calm, SESAC, SME

The Reform Alliance takes shape.
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The Reform Alliance takes shape.
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The Reform Alliance takes shape.

Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.

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Full Frequency Range Recordings (FFRR), which is a dance imprint of Warner Music that was founded in 1986 by DJ Pete Tong, has appointed A&R executive and DJ Andy Daniell as its new president. Daniell previously worked for Defected Records, which is a British independent label.

Smack has promoted Robin Palmer. She will become the company’s chief creative officer, where she will be responsible for managing and developing the company’s roster of songwriters.

Spirit Music Nashville has announced that Kara Jackson and Katie Flynn have both joined the company as creative directors. They will report to Frank Rogers, who is the company’s CEO. Jackson previously worked as a creative coordinator for BMG while Flynn was a catalog manager for Universal Music Group.

Former Director of Brand Partnerships at Universal Music Group Courtney Phillips has just joined Calm as Head of Music. Calm is a top sleep and meditation app.

Sony Music Entertainment has just tapped Maciej Woć as its Managing Director for Sony Music Entertainment Poland and Eastern Europe.  He will be reporting into Daniel Lieberberg, president of Sony Music for Continental Europe and Africa.

The Syndicate has hired Billy Burrs as its senior vice president of artist development and global commerce, which is a newly created role at the company. Burrs previously worked at RCA, where for 15 years he was the company’s senior vice president of rock music.

SiriusXM announced the hiring of Denise Karkos as its chief marketing officer. She was previously the chief marketing officer at TD Ameritrade, and she will be responsible for the marketing efforts of both SiriusXM and Pandora.

The Reform Alliance, which is headed by Jay-Z and Meek Mill, announced that it has hired Bob Pilon as its president and chief growth officer. Pilon was previously the chief development & partnerships officer for ONE, which is an international advocacy and campaigning organization that Bono co-founded.

Elsewhere in the music industry, SESAC Nashville announced that it had promoted Lydia Schultz and ET Brown to senior directors, creative services. Schultz, who joined the organization in 2016, will manage the organization’s country genre while Brown, who joined in 2009, will manage Americana and pop/rock genres. Both will report to Sam Kling, who is the senior vice president of creative operations.

We Are Hear has hired Nanci Walker as its head of music publishing and film & TV. She will also be an A&R consultant and will report to Linda Perry, who is the founder of the company. Walker previously held A&R positions with Columbia Records, peermusic, Island Def Jam and UMPG.