June’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

June 30th, 2014

Maker Studios will be laying off 10 percent of their employees, possibly this week, following its recent acquisition by Disney.

SoundCloud has opened an office in New York and plans to expand from 20 to 40 employees based at the NYC location this year.

Dualtone Music Group named Angie Ruis its new Director of Film & TV Licensing.

John Janick has been named Interscope Geffen A&M‘s new Chairman and CEO, replacing Jimmy Iovine who is moving to an executive position at Apple.

Moves at Sony CorporationNicole Seligman has been promoted to President of U.S. based Sony Entertainment and Senior Legal Counsel of Sony Group; Alex Sancaya has been promoted to Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia.

TuneCore has promoted current President Scott Ackerman to CEO.

Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted John Ehmann from Director of A&R to Vice President of A&R.

Universal Music Australia promoted Michael Taylor and Darren Aboud to Managing Directors of Universal Music Labels Australia.

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers and Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor will both be moving to Apple with Beats.

Streamsound Records hired Teddi Bonadies as VP of National Promotion and Strategic Marketing, Tyler Waugh as National Director of Promotion, and Denise Roberts as West Coast Manager of Promotion

Some new hires at SESAC: Sam Kling was named SVP of Creative Operations; Jessica Sobhraj was hired as Manager, Digital Content Licensing.

Sony/RED named Jennifer Liss its Senior Director of Radio Promotion, moving her over from Sony/ATV.

Shazam hired Patricia Parra as CMO.

Republic Records promoted Rob Stevenson to Executive Vice President of the label from his position as Executive Vice President of A&R.

Talent Manager and producer Eric Ortner has signed a deal with Live Nation’s Vector Management. The two parties are forming Vector OMG to represent journalists and other public figures.

Sony Music Entertainment has named Jennifer Fowler SVP of U.S. Marketing and Revenue Generation.

Artist Group International (AGI) has named Lisa Bashi VP of Operations.

Katy Perry started her own record label, Metamorphosis Music as a joint venture with Capitol Records.

At Triple 8 Management, Jesse Atwell was promoted from VP of Digital Marketing and Tour Marketing to SVP of Marketing and Ricky Brown to VP of Marketing.

Def Jam Recordings promoted Nicki Farag to Vice President of Promotion.

SPIN has named Craig Marks its Editor-in-Chief.

Introducing Sparkplug!

June 15th, 2014

I am beyond excited to announce the recent launch of a company I co-founded, Sparkplug, a community marketplace where musicians and artists can rent their instruments, equipment, and space to each other.   We’re hoping that Sparkplug will make touring, recording, and creating less expensive and more convenient, while also letting artists make money from their gear when off-cycle, between tours or albums.

As part of Sparkplug’s launch, we’re giving away a Martin Road Series DRS1 Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar!  To enter, simply go to www.sparkplug.it and sign up to become a member.  Then, start listing your instruments, equipment, and space.  Each listing gets you an additional entry into the giveaway.  Sharing the giveaway on Facebook also counts as an entry.

Please share with your friends!  I’m happy to personally answer any questions you have about the site and would love any feedback.


New Music Seminar 2014 Panel Picks

June 3rd, 2014

New Music Seminar is right around the corner! The NYC conference will be held June 8 – 10 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.

The full schedule is available here and it’s pretty fantastic all around, but I wanted to share my picks for highlights of the conference.  Say hi if you see me at one of these great panels!

Sunday, June 8:

The Artist is a Business (3-4 pm) – Learning how to run your business (and yes, being an artist is definitely a business) from business managers.  I hope there are talks of numbers – budgeting and tax concerns – and organization.  Not the sexiest of topics but a must-see for artists and other creatives who are unsure of how to manage their business.

CLE: The Legal Big Four (4:30 – 5:30 pm) –  Of course most of the CLE’s are on my list but this one should give a great overview of basic artist agreements.

Monday, June 9:

Independent Labels Coming to Power (3 – 4:14 pm) – Indie labels give themselves a (much deserved) pat on the back and discuss why they may be a better choice for artists than the majors. Panelists are from WindUp Records, Razor & Tie, Mom + Pop Records, S-Curve Music, and Domino, among others.

Women in Music Meetup (4:15 – 5:15 pm) – Round table discussion on how we can recognize and encourage female leaders in the music industry.

Label Heads: The Gamblers (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – Since we’ve already heard from the indies earlier that day, I think it makes sense to give the majors a little attention.  Label heads from Lava, RCA, Republic, Atlantic, Entertainment One, and Warner will discuss how they making signing decisions.

Tuesday, June 10:

CLE: The Music Publishers Movement (10:30 – 11:45 am) – This should be a high level discussion of the impact of technology and globalization on the music publishing industry.

NMS IntensiveWill Page, Director of Economics at Spotify (12:25 – 12:45 pm) – The topic of this quick talk isn’t clear from the program, but I’m hoping he’ll touch upon trends in streaming royalties.

The Venture Capitalist, The Banker, The Record Company, The Music Publisher: Reexamining the business models for the music industry (12:45 – 2:00 pm) – The very length title of this panel speaks for itself.  I’m eager to hear words of wisdom from VCs and a banker on how to develop music company and structure deals and partnerships.

Music Distribution in Transition (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – The distribution company is evolving and emerging as a major player in the music world, as artists now often go direct to digital distribution companies and the distribution companies increasingly offer services outside of their traditional role.

There are also New Music Nights featuring NMS Artist on the Verge Performers and other acts.  The Festival Schedule is available here.  The NMS opening party is Sunday, June 8th @ Webster Hall.