Vote for my SXSW 2017 Panels!

August 25th, 2016

I’m proud to be a part of three outstanding panel/event proposals for SXSW 2017.  Please help me out by voting and spreading the word!

Passport to Women in Music: A Global Review

Women in Music Meet Up

Sonic Connections: Making Music Globally

CD Baby Guest Post: Music Libraries Explained

August 6th, 2015

I recently wrote an article for CD Baby, explaining how music libraries work and some things to consider before signing with one.

Check it out here!

Event: NY Music Tech Meet Up

October 27th, 2014

I’m very please to announce that Sparkplug will be giving a demo of our site at the NY Music Tech Meet Up on November 5th.

Details and tickets available here.

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: 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.


Vote for my panels to be at SXSW 2015!

August 23rd, 2014

I am part of two different panels proposed for SXSW Interactive and Music.  Your support is very very appreciated! Please click the links below to vote.

Building Trust in Community Marketplaces

Trust is one of the most important elements in building any online community, particularly in the ‘share’ economy as possessions, homes, resources, and skills are traded, rented, and sold.

This panel explores different strategies and approaches to building a responsible and secure community marketplace. Experts from within the industry will share successes and failures, risks and rewards of community marketplaces.

We will discuss features to integrate into your platform to develop trust and safety within your community marketplace, as well as when and how to incorporate social media to strengthen community ties. The panel will also present different approaches to user disputes and complaints, insurance policies and liability, and customer service.



Sync in 2015: Newest Trends, Tools and Techniques

Sync licensing is a primary revenue stream for many artists. With the advent of new business models and technologies, artists can continue to generate revenue opportunities beyond just the original placement. During this panel we’ll examine the latest developments in synchronization licensing strategy and monetization. Panelists will delve into the details of content ID, micro syncs and multi channel networks, while focusing on the best ways to monetize content on YouTube and other online platforms. We will discuss innovative approaches to brand partnerships and strategic syncs as well as outline major deal terms, negotiation tactics, and potential red flags.


July’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

August 1st, 2014

Warner Bros. Pictures promoted Niki Sherrod from VP to SVP of Music.

Def Jam promoted Rodney Shealey to EVP of Urban Promotion from his previous position of SVP of Promotion at Island Def Jam Music GRoup.

Some changes at Clear Channel: Maynard Cohen was named SVP of Programming; Brian Lakamp was promoted to President of Technology and Digital Ventures; Liz Sarachek Blacker was hired as EVP of of Hispanic Strategy and Sales; and Mike Scott has been promoted to Regional Market Manager of Mobile/Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg.

Music Sales has brought on Bree Winwood as its new Head of Synchronization and Annie Roseberry as an A&R consultant.

Proper Music Distribution made a number of promotions: Carol Zuma has been promoted to Head of Finance, Erica Day to Head of Inventory and Logistics, Esther Tewkesbury to Head of Product and Marketing, and Gray Warner to Label Manager.

Music Managers Forum Chair Brian Message has stepped down after four years, with Diane Wagg and Stephen Budd replacing him as Co-Chairs.

The Agency Group is opening a Miami office, focusing on the Latin and Hispanic market. Jeremy Norkin, the new Director of Latin Operations, will oversee the office.

Kobalt Label Services named Tom Smith VP of Sales and Marketing.

INgrooves named Jesse Flores its Senior Director of Product Management.

Warner Music Group promoted Tim Fraser-Harding to President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music and Mark Pinkus to President of US Catalogue and Rhino Entertainment, replacing Kevin Gore who is leaving the company.

Michael Cerda is leaving his position as SVP of Product and Technology at VEVO.

Beatport‘s CEO,Matthew Adell, is stepping down.

Traci Adams is now Senior VP of Promotion at Epic Records.

Andrew Gould has been promoted from VP to SVP of Creative at BMG Chrysalis.

Global Radio named Ian Hanson as COO.

The Hollywood Reporter  has added Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop to its senior editorial team.

Downtown Records added three members to its synch licensing team - Jennifer Pearce, will be based out of Downtown’s NYC office, and Céleigh Chapman and Tarik Bradford will work from Downtown Records’ newly opened LA office.

AWAL North America named Sarah Landy General Manager.

Baboom, Kim Dotcom’s music service, hired Tony Smith as CFO.

Def Jam Recordings has promoted Mundo Garcia to West Coast Regional Manager.

Streamsound Records hired Jennifer Shaffer as its Northeast Manager of Promotion.

Columbia Records named Darice Lee its Associate Director of Rock and Alternative Promotion

Atlantic Records hired Evan Lipschutz as Vice President of A&R.

Ben Lambert, CFO of U.K. performance rights organization PPL, is stepping down for “personal reasons”.  Christian Barton is being promoted to Finance Director.

Disciple Media has hired Leanne Sharman as COO.

Google‘s Product Manager of YouTube Music, Chris LaRosa, is leaving his position to join an unnamed startup.

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.


May’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

May 31st, 2014

Ticketfly named Steve Oliver its COO.

Leo V. Williams IV has been named General Manager of Creative of rights management company ole. Williams will be General Manager of Creative in Los Angeles.

Stephen White is stepping down from his role as President of Gracenote.

Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Ethiopia Habtemariam to President of Urban Music and Co-Head of Creative in the U.S., reports Billboard.

Warner Music Group has added Mathias DöpfnerNoreena Hertz, and Oliver Slipper to its board.

7Digital‘s U.S. President, Vickie Nauman, is stepping down four and a half years after launching the company’s U.S. operations.

Dean Gillard has been named VP of International Marketing and A&R at PM:AM Recordings, Universal Music’s global dance network.

Jarl Mohn has been appointed the new President of NPR, replacing Gary Knell, who left to become President and CEO of National Geographic.

VH1‘s EVP of Talent and Music Programming, Rick Krim, has left the company.

Deezer‘s U.K. Managing Director, Mark Foster, is stepping down.

Richard Conlon is leaving his position as SVP or Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media at BMI.  Also at BMI, Tina Hart was named Executive of Writer/Publisher Relations in Europe.

David Nathan is moving from Republic Records to Big Machine Label Group.

Downtown Music Publishing is launching Downtown Music Benelux in Amsterdam in partnership with Hot Streak Music with Hot Streak’s Co-Founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst serving as Managing Director of the new company.

Bill Lubvitz has stepped down from his position as Vice President of Promotion at Nashville indie label group Black River Entertainment.

Dennis Blair has moved from his position as SVP of Rock Formats at Universal Republic to SVP of Promotion at RCA Records.

Motown Records named Myisha Brooks its new VP of Creative Relations and Marketing.

Warner Bros. Records added Taryn Haight and Lauren Lipsay to its dance music marketing team.

Exfm has shut down.

Artist management company In De Goot Entertainment  started In De Goot Recordings, distributed by Sony/RED.

Isa Namerow has been named SVP of Business Development and Publisher Relations at XAPPmedia.

Lively named Scott Kawa its new Director of Venue Relations and Tour Marketing.

Some changes at Cold River RecordsJim Dandy has moved up to VP of Promotion; Mary Lynne O’Neal was promoted to National Director of Promotion; and Shannon Thomas has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Adam LaRue has been named Epitaph and Anti- Records‘ new Director of Marketing.

Susan Mazo is the new SVP of Global Communications at Universal Music Group, leaving her position as SVP of Communications and Marketing at Warner Music.

Damian Christian has been promoted to Director of Promotions at Atlantic Records UK and SVP of Promotional Strategy at Warner Music UK.

Sony Music UK‘s VP of Industry Relations, Emma Pike, is stepping down.