Latest Music Industry Gigs: Universal Music, Vurbl, Warner Music, PRS for Music, More

Music industry veteran Moses Martiny, Sony Music Publishing’s new SVP of global digital commercial strategy. Photo Credit: Ivan Weiss

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

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Downtown Music Holdings

Downtown has promoted seven-year company veteran Andrew Sparkler to chief business officer, while former Songtrust exec Brad Yuan has been elevated to COO and Loredana Cacciotti has transitioned from Downtown’s FUGA to serve as SVP of digital licensing and business affairs.

Universal Music Group

Edgeout Records has opened an office in “UMG’s Iconic East Iris Studios” in Nashville, with senior director of digital media and content Jena Yannone relocating to oversee the new division’s day-to-day operations.

Vurbl

Vurbl has brought on former Spotify higher-up Alex Underwood as chief revenue officer.

Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group has hired Andre Torres – also a former Spotify exec – to serve as SVP of catalog development and marketing for its recorded music global catalog team.

RCA Records

SME’s RCA Records has upped longtime team member Jamie Abzug to SVP and head of publicity.

Warner Music Finland

13-year Warner Music Finland employee Ramona Forsström has been promoted to general manager.

PRS for Music

Former Roc Nation and Def Jam exec Fabienne Leys has been tapped to lead PRS’s “North American member and industry relations.”

Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing has promoted former PRS for Music and EMI Music higher-up Moses Martiny to SVP of global digital commercial strategy.

Kobalt

Kobalt has named former RCA and BMG exec Jeannette Perez president and COO.

Saban

Former Rock Mafia exec Corey Berkowitz has become Saban’s head of pop and urban A&R.

Platoon

Apple’s Platoon, which last week partnered with Sagun to launch a lo-fi record label, has hired former Moment House (and Apple) higher-up Dionte Goodlett as head of A&R.

New York University

Chicago-born singer-songwriter Jamila Woods is set to join NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts – and specifically the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music – as artist-in-residence for the 2021-2022 academic year.