April’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

April 30th, 2015

Tim Kelly, previously GM of Pacific Marketing at Sony Australia, has now been appointed Managing Director of Inertia Music

Artist Pitbull recently split from his manager Charles Chavez, with whom he has worked since 2007.

Concord Music Group has acquired Vanguard and Sugar Hill from Welk Music Group.

Christine Pepe has been promoted to VP of Business and Legal Affairs at ASCAP.

ASCAP also recently appointed Alice Kim as EVP of Chief Strategy and Business Development. Kim was previously the founder of Digiconsult, a digital consulting service.

Taeko Saito has been appointed head of International A&R at Downtown Music Publishing. 

Mariah Carey has left her long time publicist Cindi Berger. While she searches for a new one, current EVP of Media and Strategic Development at Epic Records Laura Swanson is covering.

Eliah Seton, previously SVP of International Strategy and Operations, has been promoted to President of Alternate Distribution Alliance at Warner Music. 

Doghouse Records, Kitsune, and Hit City U.S.A. have all joined INGrooves Music Group.

Event: Women in Music & Strategies for Wealth Present “Women Taking Care of Business”

April 9th, 2015

Women In Music & Strategies for Wealth Present

“Women Taking Care of Business”

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:30pm – 8:45pm

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007


Women have more control and influence in the financial world than you may think:
  • We make 85% of all purchasing decisions*
  • We are job creators, starting 70% of all new businesses*
  • 87% of us manage household finances and 94% pay the bills*
  • The number of women earning 6-figure and higher salaries has quadrupled in the last decade*
We are taking care of business at work and at home, but here are some staggering statistics that shouldn’t be ignored:
  • Only about 7% of women feel “very confident” about living comfortably after retirement*
  • 16% are actively preparing for retirement*
  • A startling 80% of baby boomers will not be financially secure for their retirement*

*The foregoing statistics were provided to us by Strategies for Wealth.

Women in Music is presenting this expert wealth management panel. We have gathered a group of professionals in financial management, business management, and accounting who are going to help you learn how to take control your finances, demystify investing, and make your money work for you! Invest in yourself now and become the WTCOB of your work-life, home-life, and financial-life.
Jessica Sobhraj, Manager, Digital Content Licensing – SESAC
  • Robert Soler, CFA – Strategies For Wealth
  • Sheila M. Geraghty, Attorney at Law – Reed Smith, LLP
  • Vanesa Hagicostas, Business Manager – Tribeca Business Management
FREE for WIM Members & $15 for non-members. Click HERE to join WIM and take advantage of member benefits and discounts!
All attending MUST RSVP by April 15th at 2pm (EST) at http://WIMWealthMgmtPanel. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.



March’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

March 31st, 2015

Rick Krim has moved from Republic Records to Co-President of A&R at Sony/ATV, where he will primarily be responsible for West Coast happenings.

James Steven has been promoted from his position as SVP of Marketing to EVP of Communications and Marketing at Warner Music Group.

Christina Wrighton has been appointed Office Manager of Creative Nation, leaving behind her former position at Kobalt.

Courtney Lowery has been hired as the VP of Publicity at Epic Records. 

Charles Davis, previously Director of Licensing at Warner/Chappell Music, has now been appointed Director of Spirit Music Group.

Wolfgang Kundrus is now the Senior Director and Software Architect at EastWest Sounds, a title that comes to him after he led the development of Persons Studio One.

February’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

February 28th, 2015

After only eight months, Sony Music Australia’s General Manager of Asia Pacific Marketing Tim Kelly leaves his position.

Music Director Alan Gilbert announced his planned resignation from the New York Philharmonic in 2017.

Chris Graham leaves behind his position as VP of Sales and Marketing at Wind Up Records for an Artist Relations position at Amazon Music.

Future of Music Coalition has a number of new appointments, including Casey Rae as CEO and seven new board members: Ryan Chisholm of Nettwerk Music Group, Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Benji Rogers of Pledge Music, Merrill Garbus of Tune Yards, Dick Huey of Toolshed, Ken Umezaki of Digital Daruma, and Vicki Nauman of CrossBorderWorks and SXSW.

Thomas Hesse joins MusicxMatch’s Board of Advisors, leaving behind an executive position at Sony Music.

The National Music Publisher’s Association welcomes Amelia Wang, formerly Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Judy Chu, as VP of Industry Relations and Government Affairs.

Universal Music Group’s President Rob Wells announced this month that he will be stepping down from his position after 14 years.

Mark Norman left LiveNation for the same title, SVP of Global Touring, at AEG Live.

Gregg Nadel, previously SVP of A&R and Marketing at Atlantic Records, has been appointed GM of Elektra Records.

Lauren Ceradini departs from Epic Records to join Capitol Music Group as VP of Publicity.

Venancia de Castro has been appointed as the new Executive Director of AEG Brasil.

Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, is stepping down from his position to create and manage his own company focusing on content creation.

SoundExchange makes two new appointments this month: Jacqueline Peterson, previously SVP of Corporate Communications at LiveNation Entertainment, is their new SVP of Communications, while Mark Eisenberg, formerly Global Head of Content Acquisition and Strategy at MixRadio, is their new SVP of Strategic Initiatives.

Gabe Tesoriero of Def Jam Recordings has been promoted to EVP of Media and Artist Relations.

Frank Taubert is stepping down from his position as CEO of 24-7 Entertainment to serve as an advisor to 24-7’s parent company, Media-Saturn Holding.

Jackie Shuman, previously Head of Sync at Crush Management, has been appointed Music Supervisor for Good Ear Music Supervision.

Schott Music has appointed Richard Dinnadge as International Business Development Director.

ASCAP has promoted former SVP of Distribution and Repertory Lynne Lummel to EVP of the new Transformation Management Office.

Global Entertainment has appointed Randy Phillips as their new CEO.

87th Annual Academy Award Winners

February 23rd, 2015

Awards season is abound, and it’s now time to honor those in the film industry who were honored for their achievements at Sunday’s Acedmy Awards. A full list of winners is available here, but a few notable winners are listed below.

  • Best Picture won by American Sniper
  • Actor in A Leading Role won by Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
  • Actress in A Leading Role won by Julianne Moore for Still Alice 
  • Best Supporting Actor won by J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Best Supporting Actress won by Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Best Animated Feature Film won by Big Hero 6
  • Best Director won by Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman 
  • Best Music won by Alexander Desplat for Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Best Short Film won by Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed for Feast

Event: Innovative Women in New Music- A Concert Music Showcase, Brunch, and Panel

February 10th, 2015

Meet industry professionals in an intimate setting at the Women in Music upcoming brunch and networking panel. Organized to celebrate new and unique work by female musicians, this event includes networking over a buffet brunch, an artists’ and composers panel, and a concert music showcase. The keynote speaker for the event will be Laurie Anderson, with additional performances by Katherine Supové, Angelica Negron, and Martha Mooke. General Admission seats are available at $40, while a $50 VIP seat includes a complimentary Bloody Mary and coffee as well as front row premium seats.


57th Annual Grammy Award Winners

February 8th, 2015

The time has come again to celebrate those in the music industry who were honored for their achievements at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. A full list of winners is available here, but a few notable winners are listed below.

  • Best New Artist won by Sam Smith.
  • Album of The Year won by Beck’s Morning Phase
  • Best Rock Performance won by Jack White for “Lazaretto”
  • Best Rap Performance won by Kendrick Lamar for “I”
  • Best R&B Performance won by Beyoncé feat. Jay Z for “Drunk In Love”
  • Best Dance Recording won by Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynn for “Rather Be”
  • Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media won by composer Alex Despat, for Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Best Music Video  won by Pharrell for “Happy”
  • Producer of The Year, Non-Classical  won by Max Martin
  • Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella won by Pentatonix for “Daft Punk”
  • Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical won by Tijs Michiel Verwest for John Legend- “All of Me (Tiesto Birthday Remix)”

January’s Notable Hirings, Firings, and Promotions

January 30th, 2015

Zach Horowitz has left the National Music Publisher’s Association. He will be replaced by Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Publishing.

Nick Roden, formerly the Commercial Director at Defected Records, has recently been appointed by INgrooves Music Group as the Director of International Business Development.

After only seven months, Mike Randall left his position as Head of Revenue at Snapchat.

Warner Music Latina has promoted Gabriela Martinez to SVP of Marketing for Warner Music Latin America and General Manager of Warner Music Latina.

Rdio’s UK Team has brought in three new hires, including Hong Nguyen as the Head of  EMEA, Alex Vlassopolus as VP and Head of Business Development, and Luke Anthony as Director of Business and Legal Affairs.

PledgeMusic appointed Alyssa Crevier as Global Head of Brand, for which she has left her position as Global Manager of Artist Marketing and Original Content at Spotify.

Chris Giansante, former Senior Analyst at ole, has been promoted to General Manager of Administration.

Mahesh Narayanan joins Saavn as their new COO, leaving behind an operational leadership position for advertising company Sociomatic.

Black Dog UK, a brand representing directors of celebrity music videos, has appointed Katie Dolan as its new Head.

Gary Gersh, formerly CEO of The Artists Organization, has joined AEG Live as President of Global Talent.

December’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

January 2nd, 2015

My lovely friend Bridget Unger Perdomo has left her position as Director, Commercial Music Group at Sony/ATV.  Bridget is now Director of Clearance at Music Dealers.

Scott Cohen joined pay-as-you-go streaming service Psonar as a non-executive Chairman. Cohen is co-founder and International VP of The Orchard.

Peter Lloyd was named Creative Director of Music Publishing at Disney Music Group.

Puma named Rihanna Creative Director, where she will oversee the brand’s line of women’s clothing and recently attended a creative session at Puma HQ in addition to becoming a brand ambassador.

Brianne Pinns has been promoted to VP of Public Relations at Cashmere Agency.

Fred McIntyre and Richard Cohen have joined Mixcloud‘s Board of Advisors.

Deezer hired Beth Murphy as CMO.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento is retiring on January 1st after 33 years at the company.

Songwriting and production team Rock Mafia has formed a joint venture with Downtown Music Publishing.

UMG’s Capitol Music Group hired Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney as VPs of Publicity.

Mike Tunnicliffe has been named Universal Music Group‘s EVP of Business Developments and Partnerships, effective January 1st.

Sony Music UK hired Indy Vidyalankara as Director of Communications. She is leaving her position as Communications Manager at the BBC, where she is Communications Manager.

Decca Records promoted Rebecca Allen to Managing Director.

My Favorite Christmas Songs – Playlist

December 16th, 2014

You may not know this about me, but I love Christmas music.  So, in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to put the legal and industry posts aside and do something a little more fun, sharing my personal Christmas playlist for 2014.  This year, the playlist is leaning more towards classics, jazz, and mellow tunes.  Let me know any great tunes I’ve missed!

Extra disclaimer – This is definitely not legal advice!

Happy holidays!