September’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

September 30th, 2014

Michael Feurer has been named CEO of Trans World Entertainment.

Gadi Oron has been promoted by CISAC to Director General from General Counsel.

Vine hired Carolyn Penner as its new Head of Communication, taking her away from her position as Head of Product Communications at TwitterRachel Millner is taking over the vacant position at Twitter.

Shelby Kennedy is TuneCore‘s new Vice President of Entertainment Relations, running a new Nashville office.

Marsha Vlasic is the new President of Artist Group International.  Vlasic is leaving her position as SVP of Concerts at ICM, taking all of her clients with her, including Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Strokes, Muse, Moby, Iggy and the Stooges, and Ben Folds.

Universal Music South East Asia has appointed four new regional Heads of Digital and Business Development: Loo Yew Ming is based in Kuala Lumpur, and will travel across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand; Andrew Chan will be in charge of Greater China and will travel across Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan; Ashish Joshi is in charge of Greater India and will travel across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; andJason Roh is in charge of Korea and is based in Seoul.

SFX Entertainment has hired Liz Miller as VP of Artists and Labels.

SPIN Editor-in-Chief Craig Marks left after only three months with the company.

Management company Crush Music (Sia, Wavves, Cobra Starship) has launched Crush Concepts, a new venture that will “help brands with their music initiatives.”

Townsquare Media acquired XXL, which will become exclusively digital.

The Fader has made a number of hires: Naomi Zeichner is the new Editor-in-Chief, Joseph Patel is VP of Content, Shomi Patwary is Senior Video Producer, and Jessica Robertson is Senior Director of Content and Strategy.

Def Jam Recordings named David Bell its SVP of Integrated Marketing and Strategy.

Three Six Zero, a management company with clients include Feed Me, Frank Ocean, and Anabel Englund has hired Arif Mahmud as UK General Manager; Matt Vines and Phil Sales have been promoted to Vice Presidents of UK Artist Management; and COO James Sealey is relocating to Los Angeles to manage worldwide operations.

Event: Speakeasy – Music + Tech Mixer – Tues, Sept 23rd @ The DL

September 19th, 2014

For those of you who don’t yet know, I am a co-founder and COO/General Counsel of Sparkplug, the first community marketplace where musicians can rent out their instruments, gear, and space to each other.

Sparkplug is co-hosting Sneak Attack Media‘s next Speakeasy Music+Tech Mixer with EDMXDJ resource site DJ Tech Toolsmusic website building company Section 101dance music pub DJ Mag, and Bandsintown.

Please join us next Tuesday, September 23 at The DL on Delancey & Ludlow in the Red Room, one flight up. More details and RSVP below. We hope to see you there!


Tuesday, September 23

The DL
95 Delancey St (@ Ludlow)
Please RSVP at:




Event: WIM & MMF Present – The Music Managers Panel

September 10th, 2014


Presented by Women in Music & Music Managers Forum US

When: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pm (Panel 6:30pm to 8:15pm, with short networking reception to follow.)
Where: BMI Offices, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, 30th Floor Conference Space, NYC
*All attending MUST RSVP by September 16th at 2pm (EST).

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

$15 for non-members and FREE for WIM & MMF Members

Today’s music managers are faced with unique challenges. They are not only managing the careers of their artists but also, often times, playing the role of the CEO of a music industry business. Women in Music, in partnership with the Music Mangers Forum US, is proud to present this panel of expert music managers who will address the role a manager plays in today’s industry, strategies that work, strategies that don’t work, anecdotes to inspire and teach us, the economics of being an artist manager, latest issues that are challenging music managers as well as their artists, and much more. Whether you are interested in a career as a music manager, are a music manager looking to learn from your peers, or are in any other part of the industry and want to gain a better knowledge of the landscape we work within, join us for what will most definitely be a very rewarding and interesting evening!

Jessica Herman Weitz, Artist Manager & Partner MCT Management (Nina Persson of The Cardigans / Pearl & The Beard / Dar Williams / Citizen Cope)
Dawn Barger, Founder Post Hoc Management (The National / The Antlers / The Long Count / Sounds of the South)
Alan Wolmark, Owner/President CEC Management (Nicole Atkins / The Kickback) & MMF US Board Member
Barry Bergman, Owner Barry Bergman Management, Ellymax Music Co. / Woodmonkey Music; Founder & President MMF US MODERATOR
Yaya Rey, Owner/President Ya IndieGround House Management (Esnavi / Gustavius Smith) & MMF US Board Member

August’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions and Mergers

September 2nd, 2014

Music messaging app PingTune has hired Rob Bowley is now CTO.

SoundCloud has named Stephen Bryan its new SVP of Business Development and Strategy.

Maria Osherova has been promoted by Warner Music Group to EVP of Human Resources.

Artist Publishing Group hired Angie Pagano as its General Manager, Michael “Kiko” Akiko as Sr. Director of A&R, and Miles Beard as Director of Pop/Dance A&R.

A number of big changes at  SESACJohn Josephson has been named Chairman and CEO; Pat Collins has been promoted to President and CEO of SESAC Performance Rights; and Kelli Turner has been hired as EVP of Corporate Development and CFO.

Madison Square Garden Company hired Sean Creamer as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

BMG Chrysalis U.S. named Brian Suh Senior Director of Business Affairs.

Rob Guthrie was promoted to Head of Operations at Songs Music Publishing.

Zach Horowitz has stepped down from his position as Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group after 30 years with the company. Jody Gerson will replace Horowitz, effective January 1st, 2015, leaving her position as co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing.

Sony/ATV promoted Brian Monaco to EVP, Worldwide Head of Advertising, Film and TV.

Wes Vause was named SVP of Publicity at Warner Music Nashville.

Shiva Rajaraman left her position as YouTube‘s Director of Product Management to join Spotify,

Peermusic promoted Yvonne Drazan to VP of the West Coast Latin Division, and Julio Bagué to VP of the Latin Division for the East Coast and Puerto Rico.

Aspiro AB named Christopher Hart its CFO.

Universal Music Group named Vince Szydlowski SVP of Label Sales at Capitol Music Group, replacing Ron Spaulding, who took the position just 18 months ago.

SpinMedia named Stephen Blackwell  CEO.

Xaxis Director of Product Development  Mike Finnegan has been hired away from Xaxis by Live Nation where he will be VP of Programmatic and Product Innovation.

Gracenote has hired John Batter as its new CEO.

Former CD Baby President Brian Felsen is now President of AdRev.

Ryan McWhinnie is Merlin‘s new Director of Legal and Business Affairs, leaving media law firm Harbottle & Lewis.