April’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

April 30th, 2014

Universal Music Group is dismantling Island Def Jam Music Group, turning it into three separate entities - Def JamIsland, and Motown.  As a result, at least twelve people have reportedly been fired. In terms of moves –  Motown Records is moving to Los Angeles to join Capitol Music Group with Ethiopia Habtemariam as its new President, promoted from SVP, in addition to continuing her role as EVP and Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group;  Steve Bartels, moves up from President and COO to CEO of Def Jam, with  Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua and Dion “NoI.D.” Wilson as the new EVPs and co-heads of A&R; and  David Massey will continue to run Island Records as President.

Barry Weiss, is stepping down from his role of Chairman and CEO of East Coast Labels at Universal.

UMG has promoted A&R executive Karen Kwak to EVP of A&R, U.S. Recorded Music.

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has replaced Dennis Dreith as administrator of the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund.

Warner Music Group has announced two new classical labels –  Warner Classics and Erato, their new classical labels.  Alain Lanceron will lead the new labels as President.

Tony Gervino has been named Billboard Magazine‘s Editor-In-Chief.

Spotify hired former Google advertising head Alexander Kubaneishvili to head operations in Russia, suggesting there may be upcoming expansion in that region.

Beats Music hired Bozoma Saint John as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Marketing.

Dan Silver is the new Vice President of Creative at Riptide Music Group.

Jason Iley has been named Chairman and CEO of Sony Music U.K. & Ireland.

Travis Carter is now A&R Manager at Warner/Chappell.

Karsten Dyhrberg Nielsen is the new CEO of STIM.

Rob Hallett left his position as President of International Touring at AEG Live.

Atlantic Records Group named Kevin Weaver President of Film and Television, in addition to his position as EVP of Atlantic Records Group.

Cooking Vinyl brought on Verity Griffiths as Head of Sync.

Amanda Walk Dobbins stepped down from her position as Sr. Director of Alternative / Rock Promotion at Columbia, moving to Republic Records as VP of Alternative & Rock Promotion.

Sound Diplomacy named Danny Keir its new Director of Artist and Label Services.

Words & Music hired Mary Kate Melnick as Director of Creative Licensing.


Event: Rules of the Road – The Art of Global Touring

April 15th, 2014

Women in Music has another fantastic panel coming up this week, this time focusing on touring. Details below!

Rules of the Road:
The Art of Global Touring

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Additional panelist added, and post-panel cocktails scheduled – see information below. RSVP deadline is Wed., April 16!

Location: BMI
250 Greenwich Street/7 World Trade Center, 30th floor
New York, NY 10007

Join us for cocktails & networking after the panel (9pm) at the Millenium Hilton Hotel (55 Church St, New York, NY 10007)
RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/1elWsNy
*RSVP is required by Wednesday, April 16th at 2pm EST for entry as space is limited.

WOMEN IN MUSIC PRESENTS Rules of the Road: The Art of Global Touring
In an age where digital music sales are on the decline and the use of streaming services and new media are on the rise, live performance income matters more than ever for both emerging and established artists. Join us as industry experts discuss the unique challenges of touring in 2014 and share tips on how to book, promote, and execute profitable tours to ensure financial stability and long-term success in the U.S. and abroad.

Topics will include:

  • How to attract an agent
  • Crucial relationships: venue staff and talent buyers
  • Strategic partnerships, branding entities, and related deal structures
  • The influence of new technology on touring
  • International touring etiquette
  • The cash cows of touring: merchandise and tax rebates
  • Challenges of touring for a woman in music

Randy Henner - Senior Vice President of Booking, Live Nation
Paul Clegg - Tour/Artist Manager; owner of Rock Star Logistics/Crossland Bussing
Alisa Preisler - Agent, The Agency Group
Elizabeth Sun - Vocalist/Percussionist, Gogol Bordello

Maureen Ford - President National Sales, Live Nation Media and Sponsorships

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is FREE for WIM members, $15 for non-members.
Click HERE to join WIM today to start taking advantage of member benefits!

All attending MUST RSVP by April 16th at 2pm EST.