WARNER MUSIC POLAND NAMES KINGA SIENNICKA MANAGING DIRECTOR
Kinga Siennicka has been announced as Managing Director, Warner Music Poland with immediate effect. Based in Warsaw, Siennicka reports to Alfonso Perez–Soto, Warner Music’s EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new title is a promotion for Siennicka from her previous role as Vice Chair of Marketing and Promotion, Warner Music Eastern Europe.
Siennicka says, “Taking up the leadership of our company in Poland is a real privilege. We’ve got a creative and dynamic local music scene and we’re an increasingly important market for international acts too. We can make more of a global impact for our domestic talent while building deeper connections between our overseas artists and their Polish fans.”
Perez–Soto adds, “I’m so pleased that Kinga has agreed to step into this role. Itâ€™s an exciting time for the development of our business in Poland as we increase investment in local artists and grow the presence there of our global stars. Kinga always puts the artist first and that’s the approach that’ll continue to guide our strategy.”
Siennicka’s music industry career began over two decades ago as local product manager for indie label Kompania Muzyczna Pomaton, which was acquired in 1995 by EMI. She continued her career at EMI, eventually becoming VP, Marketing for Central and Eastern Europe and Promotion Director for Poland. Siennicka maintain that role when EMI Poland became part of Warner Music Group in 2013.
Among the local artists signed to Warner Music Poland are Sylwia Grzeszczak, Mela Koteluk, Mary Komasa, Pola Rise, Anita Lipnicka, T.Love, Smolasty, Piotr Ziola and Natalia Szroeder.
SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES FRANK ROGERS AS CEO
SPIRIT MUSIC NASHVILLE
Spirit Music Group has appointed Frank Rogers to Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Music Nashville. The new role will see Rogers leading all aspects of Spirit Music Nashville’s creative and operational activities.
“Frank Rogers is a rare talent – from his ability to produce and write #1 hits to his amazing business acumen,” said Jon Singer, Chairman, Spirit Music Group. “Frank has a vision for Spirit Music Nashville and I have no doubt he will execute on that vision and exceed expectations. We are fortunate to have Frank lead our talented writers and staff in this next chapter. I also want to thank Daniel Hill for all of his years of service and have the utmost respect for him.”
“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the talented staff and roster at Spirit Music Nashville,” said Frank Rogers. “The entire Spirit Music Group team has been wonderful partners for myself and Fluid Music Revolution. I look forward to continuing to build something special with both the Spirit and Fluid teams.”
Rogers is a multi–platinum producer and songwriter who has garnered numerous honors including thirteen Country Music Association award nominations, as well as a win for Album of the Year with Time Well Wasted from Brad Paisley. Additional credits for Rogers include work with Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley and Scotty McCreery. Rogers has also co–written a collection of No.1 songs, including “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” by Brad Paisley; “Alright” and “This” by Darius Rucker; “Five More Minutes” and “This Is It” by Scotty McCreery; and “Backroad Song” by Granger Smith.
Having moved to Nashville in 1990, Rogers got his Music Business degree from Belmont University where he met friend and future collaborator Brad Paisley. He then worked for EMI Nashville Production and launched respected Nashville indie publisher, Sea Gayle Music, with Paisley and Chris DuBois.
In 2016, Spirit Music Group formed a multi–faceted deal with Frank Rogers and together established Fluid Music Revolution. The agreement saw Spirit acquiring Rogers’ one third interest in certain copyrights from Sea Gayle Music while leveraging Rogers’ executive abilities and creative talent. He also joined Spirit’s roster as a songwriter, and the company exclusively administers all of his new compositions worldwide.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES KEY PARTNERSHIP & NEW SIGNING
Universal Music Group (UMG) and multi–platinum producer and songwriter Tommy Brown have announced the launch of Champagne Therapy Music Group, the start of a new global partnership between UMG and Brown. Under the agreement, Brown, who most recently topped the charts with Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” and “7 Rings,” will sign and develop new talent to Champagne Therapy Music Group, working alongside UMG’s network labels for release, marketing and promotion. Brown is a Grammy–nominated producer and songwriter whose credits include producing successful albums for Ariana Grande (Yours Truly, My Everything, Dangerous Woman, Sweetener, and thank u, next), Nas (Life is Good) and T.I. (Trouble Man, Paper Work, Dime Trap), as well as work on tracks with Big Sean, DJ Khaled, Macy Gray, Fifth Harmony, Jhené Aiko, Ludacris, T–Pain, The Black Eyed Peas and Meghan Trainor.
“Champagne Therapy Music Group is the next step for me to grow as a producer and entrepreneur,” said Brown. “I’m excited to create a home for artists who share my creative vision and who are constantly working to impact culture around the world. I want to thank Sir Lucian Grainge and Naim McNair for this opportunity and their on–going support.”
Additionally, UMG has finalized an exclusive global recording agreement with Nigerian singer/songwriter, Tiwa Savage, one of Africa’s most popular artists. The deal will see future work from Savage released globally via UMG with projects executively produced by Regime Music Societe’s Efe Ogbeni and Vannessa Amadi–Ogbonna. Savage made history when she became the first female ever to garner the Best African Act honors at the 2018 MTV European Music Awards. 2018 also saw her become the first African female to sell-out the IndigO2 venue in London, and she was selected by Chris Martin to perform at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg alongside Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Jay Z. Vogue US also named Savage as one of the world’s Top 100 Inspirational Women in Fashion which was followed by British Vogue’s December 2018 issue naming her as one of 10 women that are changing the face of music globally. Among the singles released by Savage are included “Mr Lova Lova” (ft Duncan Mighty), “Diet” and “Tiwa’s Vibe” which all hit No.1 on the African charts.
Tiwa Savage said, “My biggest goal is to make Africa proud. I’m so excited for this moment and I’m thankful to Sir Lucian Grainge and my new UMG family for their belief in my dreams. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career and I’m more ready than I have ever been.”
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Arketek Publishing have partnered to sign a worldwide publishing deal with emerging singer/songwriter, Saint Bodhi. The topliner from South Central Los Angeles already counts credits with a number of pop and urban acts such as Tinashe, Kiana Lede, Lauren Sanderson, !llmind, T Minus, Nic Nac, Jason Evigan and D.A. Doman. The deal marks the first cooperation between Sony/ATV and the publishing operation of the LA–based management/A&R consulting firm, Arketek, founded by former Roc Nation artist manager and A&R, Edith Bo, and engineer/producer, Stan Greene, whose work includes that with Rihanna, Big Sean, Kehlani and Jaden Smith.
As it prepares to roll–out its on–demand streaming offering, Walt Disney has tapped former Goldman Sachs executive, Michael Cerda, as VP Product for Disney+. Based in San Francisco, Cerda will report to Sr. VP Product Management, UX & Design for Disney Streaming Services, Jerrell Jimerson. At Goldman Sach’s, Cerda had most recently overseen the company’s online lending offering, Marcus, as Chief Product Officer. Prior to that, he served in executive roles at Facebook and Vevo. Disney+ is scheduled to enter the N. American and Western European markets, as well as select parts of Asia, early in 2020. It’s expected to make its way to additional territories across 2021.
SiriusXM–owned Pandora has announced a new partnership with Ticketmaster which will see Pandora using real–time data from Tickmaster’s API to notify fans of shows for artists in their area based on their listening history. The new collaboration comes after Pandora sold Ticketfly to Eventbrite over a year–and–a–half ago for $184 million. The new integration between Pandora and Ticketmaster resembles a similar one between Pandora and Eventbrite, which they finalized a year after the Ticketfly sale. With SiriusXM parent company, Liberty Media, owning a 34% stake in Live Nation the new partnership is a natural step to bring Ticketmaster’s concert line–up to the platform.
In other SiriusXM news, the company revealed they had let go 60 members of their team following their acquisition of Pandora Media. The number accounts for about 1% of the total workforce of the combined entities which, according to 10–K filings to the SEC, count 4,600 employees.
iHeartMedia, Inc. has revealed the successful completion of its restructuring process. As a result of the comprehensive balance sheet restructuring, iHeartMedia’s debt has been reduced substantially from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion. Additionally, alongside the completion of the restructuring, and following its Plan of Reorganization, iHeartMedia and Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (CCOH) have fully separated, creating two independent publicly–traded companies. As previously announced, Bob Pittman will maintain his role as Chairman & CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., and Rich Bressler as President, COO & CFO of iHeartMedia, Inc. A new Board of Directors has also been appointed including Pittman and Bressler, as well as Jay Rasulo, Gary Barber, Brad Gerstner, Sean Mahoney and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan.
15–time Grammy–nominated artist Bryan Adams has signed with CAA for representation. Adams garnered initial fame with his 1983 full–length Cuts Like a Knife and the 1984 follow–up album Reckless. Since that time, he’s sold over 65 million records globally, counting hit singles such as “Summer of ’69,” “All For Love” and “Heaven.” His 1991 single, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” resulted in Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, having been written for the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Adams released his 14th studio full–length effort, Shine a Light, in March which debuted at No.1 on the Canadian Album charts, with its lead single and title track having been co–written by Ed Sheeran. Adams just launched the Shine a Light tour and will also co–headline eight dates with Billy Idol starting in August.
Twitter has revealed a round of new partnerships as it looks to grow its footprint in the live and on–demand programming arenas. Among the new deals are included those with Live Nation and the MTV Video Music Awards. With Live Nation, Twitter is set to host an exclusive content and festival series from the live event firm which will include 10 concerts from 10 different acts across 10 weeks, to roll–out later this year. Content will include features from Governors Ball and Lollapalooza among others. Additionally, MTV is set to bring a Twitter–exclusive live stream to the social network under the banner of “Stan Cam” at the VMAs which will include live reactions from the audience as well as backstage content. Viacom will also be delivering red carpet coverage to Twitter. Additionally, Twitter revealed a partnership with Univision Communications, seeking to “better serve the Hispanic community.” The partnership covers Spanish–language entertainment, sports and news content, including Univision’s coverage of the 2020 U.S. Elections, the Premios Lo Nuestro and Premios Juventud awards, as well as soccer updates from the Liga MX and UEFA Champions League. Posts on the social platform will also include updates for reality TV shows La Reina de La Canción (Queen of the Song) and Mira Quién Baila (Look Who’s Dancing).
Live Nation’s venue portfolio continues to expand as the company has revealed it has become the exclusive booker for Soma, the San Diego music venue which now becomes part of Live Nation’s more than 1,700 club and theater stable. The 2,300–capacity venue first opened its doors in 1986, becoming a popular dance club before welcoming live performances from acts such as blink–182, Green Day, Rage Against the Machine and Tool. The venue moved locations in 1994 and brought in major artists including Faith No More, Fugazi, Sublime, Radiohead, The Ramones, The Smashing Pumpkins and No Doubt before closing in 1999. The venue re–opened in 2002 and since then has seen performances from Switchfoot (whose sold–out show at the venue was eventually released as their Live in San Diego DVD), Kendrick Lamar, Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Deadmau5 and Chance the Rapper. Additionally, Live Nation and Orange County’s Chain Reaction venue have unveiled a strategic partnership that will look to “amplify concerts across both companies’ club and theater venues in Southern California and expand Chain Reaction’s festival presence in the region.” The 23–year–old all ages venue has remained independent until the announcement and, up until last year, had been alcohol–free.
As its portfolio continues to grow, Live Nation has already revealed it expects double–digit operating income and adjusted operating income growth for 2019, as its Q1 earnings for the year showed in increase in revenue of 17% to $1.7 billion over the same time last year. The live event firm did post a $24 million operating income loss but anticipates a healthy start to 2019 with its AOI for the first three months of the year reaching a high of $115 million. 2019’s Q1 report also revealed that 15 million fans attended Live Nation concerts, rising 22% year–upon–year. The concerts division saw revenue grow 27% and through mid–April, the company has already sold 49 million tickets for concerts taking place this year. Ticketing revenue decreased 9% year–upon–year for Q1, which Live Nation attributed to earlier onsale dates late in 2018. Despite the dip, Live Nation–owned Ticketmaster has still sold 4 million more tickets for shows this year through mid–April than the same period last year. Sponsorship revenue for the company also increased 1% year–upon–year.
The newest global ad initiative from Spotify sees the streamer channeling memes as it seeks to further its messaging as a leader in supporting music discovery. The campaign’s two angles include an initial targeting of millennial users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, the U.K. and U.S. and makes use of the “Me, Also Me” meme to emphasise the platform’s ability to provide “music for every mood.” This aspect focuses on out–of home, digital, TV, radio and social arenas as it directs attention to Spotify’s playlist and podcast offerings. The second aspect of the campaign looks to engage younger audiences for Spotify in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, France, Italy, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa and Spain, with ads focusing on Spotify’s role as a music discovery tool. This round of ads will feature popular local artists from the respective territories.
Pulse Music Group and the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, a part of New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, have announced a new partnership to award a graduate of the program a development publishing deal with Pulse. The Clive Davis Institute has an annual graduating class of approximately 60 students who would be eligible to receive the deal with Pulse, which requires all applicants to be graduating Seniors of the program, and at least 18 years of age. The winning graduate will have the opportunity to develop their songwriting and advance their career in music with the support of Pulse’s A&R team. Applicants will submit three songs and a personal mission statement which will be reviewed by Pulse’s A&R team. The Pulse team will interview finalists and ultimately select a winner. Pulse will provide the selected graduate with A&R support in the form of introductions to the industry, writing sessions, feedback on songs/creative work, assistance with studio, synch licensing, and publishing administration.
Imran Ahmed’s In Real Life label has finalized an exclusive worldwide recording partnership with AWAL, the label services arm of Kobalt Music. The deal sees In Real Life’s roster benefiting from AWAL’s distribution and marketing divisions for releases from acts such as New York’s Nathan Bajar and ML Buch. Under the deal is also included publishing for Peggy Gou. Ahmed’s background includes over 12 years as XL Recordings’ Head of A&R where his signings included Vampire Weekend, Jungle and Jai Paul. Having transitioned from London to LA to launch In Real Life, Ahmed also hosts a monthly show on NTS Radio.
Hulu has revealed its U.S. subscriber number has reached the 28 million user threshold as it continues its fast growth. The number marks a 40% increase of about 8 million subscribers over the same time last year. Outside of the 1.3 million users on Hulu via promotions such as free trials, the platform counts 26.8 million paid subscribers. Hulu’s aggressive approach to the market has seen the platform rolling out initiatives such as bundling with Spotify Premium as well as decreasing the price of its ad–supported tier offering to $6/month. Hulu had been owned equally by Disney, Fox and NBCUniversal. With Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox, it has now become a majority stakeholder in Hulu, though NBCUniversal maintains three executives on the Hulu board and significant influence as a founding member of the venture. Hulu remains second in the streaming market to Netflix, which just revealed its U.S. paid subscribers had reached over 60 million however, Hulu’s growth has been much faster over the last five years, increasing by 133% with Netflix only growing its user base by 75% over the same period.
Vanessa Reed has parted ways with her role as CEO for PRS Foundation after 11 years to join New Music USA as President & CEO. Reed will be based in New York and assumes her new role following the departure of Ed Harsh who had been with New Music USA for 17 years. Deborah Steinglass has been serving as interim CEO for the organization and will remain in the role until Reed arrives. Reed’s tenure at PRS Foundation saw the organization’s resources for artists, songwriters and more triple across initiatives such as the Momentum Music Fund, created in partnership with Arts Council England in 2013, the New Music Biennial and Women Make Music. She also secured major partnerships with the likes of Spotify and BBC Music Introducing. During her time with PRS Foundation, over £26 million (or $33.6 million) was awarded to around 4,100 new music projects. Reed also established the Keychange gender balance campaign in 2017 for the music industry in addition to serving as Board member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Chair of Sound UK Arts.
Downtown Music Publishing has signed a publishing administration and catalog marketing agreement for the George Gershwin catalog with the Godowsky family and Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to the historic American songwriter and Porgy and Bess authors, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward. Along with many of Gershwin’s preeminent works, the agreement encompasses management of over 300 previously unpublished songs by Gershwin that have been largely unavailable since their discovery in the ’80s. Among the unpublished works are unused songs from classic films such as Shall We Dance and A Damsel in Distress, as well as songs that were posthumously co–written with Brian Wilson. Porgy and Bess is set for a major revival at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, opening in September 2019. The show’s iconic “Summertime” continues to be recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, inspiring over 25,000 renditions including those by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin and Willie Nelson.
Tinder has announced a new feature being billed as Festival Mode as its finalized partnerships with leading promoters such as AEG and Live Nation. The new offering, launched May 1st, sees users able to show which major festival they’re attending and find matches and chat with others who are attending the same festival. Currently available via Festival Mode are events such as EDC (Las Vegas & Florida), Hangout Festival (Alabama), All Points East and British Summer Time (London), Governors Ball (New York), Parklife in the U.K. and Bonnaroo (Tennessee).
Apple posted higher than anticipated earnings last week for Q2, reaching $2.46 per share on revenue of $58 billion, surpassing expected numbers of $2.37 on $57.5 billion. The increase was driven by music and other services with iPhone sales seeing a drop. Across its product line, Apple reported sales of $31 billion for iPhones, $4.9 billion for iPads, $5.5 billion for Macs, and $5.1 billion for wearables as well as services revenue of $11.45 billion. Apple services, iPads and wearables beat expectations, with Macs and iPhones underperforming. Apple also revealed success for the second–generation of their AirPods earbuds, as well as a double–digit increase for Apple Music marking the best quarter reported for the sector.
Concord has revealed a number of key promotions to its global team as it continues to build. The only London–based promotion for Sara Lord, sees her rising to Sr. VP, Synchronization & Project Development for the company. Additional promotions include, in New York, Lidia Kim to VP Legal & Business Affairs and Dana Siegel to Sr. VP of Marketing & Catalogue Development. In Los Angeles, Hazel Malit rises to Sr. VP, Accounting, Record Music; Joe McEwen to Sr. VP, A&R; Brett Merritt to VP, Project Management; and Carrie Smith to VP, Creative Services. The Nashville office has also seen the promotion of Dawn Mueller to VP, Copyright.
Minerva Music has rolled–out as a new label under Grammy–winning remixer André Allen Anjos (R.A.C.), and LA–based producer/DJ, Josh Legg (Goldroom). At its launch, Minerva becomes the first label to distribute music entirely on the Ethereum blockchain. R.A.C. is no stranger to the decentralized digital currency arena, having become the first artist to release an album via the Ethereum blockchain in 2017 with EGO, his most recent full–length. Set to be released through Minerva is music from emerging talent such as Metsá, Chela, Nolan Garrett and NASAYA, the latter of which will provide the imprint’s debut release on May 8th. Minerva Music also has partnerships secured with startups Stem, which tracks and organizes revenue streams for artists and labels, and Ujo Music, which seeks to ensure stress–free transactions between sellers and consumers. R.A.C. worked with Ujo for the launch of his webstore which sold EGO using Ether cryptocurrency.
A&R Worldwide has learned that former Warner Music Entertainment Central Europe A&R executive consultant Ken Ogihara has recently started a new position in Music & Artist Relations for German/Switzerland/Austria at TikTok.
Philip Gonzales, Co–Founding Partner of Los Angeles–based brand marketing agency Crftwrx, tells A&R Worldwide that he recently accepted a position as Chief Marketing Officer for the popular TV show, World of Dance. World of Dance currently broadcasts on NBC Television in the U.S. and is syndicated in multiple territories worldwide.
Nielsen has added around 200 new Canadian radio stations across 137 new markets to its BDSradio monitoring offering. The new property additions come alongside Nielsen’s extension of their deal with SOCAN that allows the PRO to receive radio airplay reports to ensure rights holders are paid. Stations will receive 24/7 monitoring through the digital service and for the first–time ever count 14 Christian music formats and a station based in the Yukon. Additionally, 29 French–language stations are being added, joining the 41 already monitored.
Good Neighbour has been launched as a new neighboring rights firm under a partnership between Mushroom Group and Susan Cotchin, a leading music rights and royalties executive. Cotchin’s career began in 2000 at the U.K.’s Performing Artists’ Media Right Association (PAMRA) which is now merged with PPL and AURA. She then headed to Melbourne in 2003 where she set–up her own company, International Royalties Rescue (IRR). In launching the new entity, Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group has acquired IRR for an undisclosed sum as Cotchin assumes Managing Director duties to lead the new operation. Longtime Mushroom Music Publishing staffer, Zoe Coverdale, also joins Good Neighbour as Business Development Manager, bringing 12 years of experience overseeing Mushroom Music’s international division. Among the clients IRR brings under the new venture are acts such as Gang of Youths, Empire of the Sun, Jet, The Avalanches, Middle Kids, The Temper Trap, Paul Kelly, John Farnham and others.
The David Gresham Entertainment Group has finalized a deal to distribute across all of Sub–Saharan Africa, “Self Control,” the No.1 Billboard Dance Chart hit from Kendra Erika. Kendra Erika has achieved 3 top ten songs on the Billboard charts in less than 3 years. The deal leverages David Gresham Entertainment Group’s distribution and licensing support for “Self Control,” which spent 29 weeks on the 2019 Billboard Dance charts. Trained in classical and jazz, Kendra Erika has also seen success on the Billboard Dance Chart with singles “Under My Skin,” which reached the No.6 position in 2017, and “Oasis,” which reached No.9 in 2016. All three songs were produced by Grammy Award–winning producers, Damon Sharpe and Eric Sanicola. Kendra Erika has performed in major dance clubs nationally and internationally, including opening for Jason Derulo during an exclusive private benefit concert in in Miami, Florida. Kendra Erika is set to release her new song, “A Deeper Love,” this summer.
ASCAP announced last week that total revenues for 2018 topped $1.227 billion, an increase of 7% over 2017. Additionally, ASCAP distributions surpassed the $1 billion threshold for the second year running, with $1.109 billion in royalties paid out to its members, marking a 10% increase of $102 million, year–over–year. ASCAP domestic revenue from U.S. music licensing increased by 7% to reach $906 million with revenue growth also reported across audio streaming (25%) and audio visual (7%), as well as general and background, encompassing over 800,000 bars, grills, taverns, hotels, retail stores, fitness centers and other businesses (9%). ASCAP secured $321 million in foreign revenue for 2018, an increase of 7% over 2017. Domestic distributions from ASCAP–licensed and administered performances in the U.S. rose to $814 million, an increase of 12.5% over 2017, with foreign distributions reaching $295 million, an increase of 4%. The number of individual music performances processed by ASCAP’s proprietary data matching systems skyrocketed into the trillions in 2018.
WME has added hip–hop artist Juice WRLD to its roster for representation by a team of agents at the firm. Juice WRLD had previously been looked after by Andrew Lieber at MAC Agency who commented, “It was a tough call for [Juice WRLD’s team] to make. For me to stay on as his agent I would have had to dissolve my agency and move to one of the bigger building agencies. I chose not to do that, it was an easy decision for me.” The artist’s breakout single “Lucid Dreams” reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year with his album, Death Race for Love, reaching the top of the Billboard 200 chart in March. Juice WRLD is currently on tour through a number of arenas and auditoriums, supported by Ski Mask The Slump God, on dates secured by WME.
Primary Wave Music Publishing has announced the appointment of Jane Reisman as their new Chief Financial Officer. Reisman brings more than 25 years of finance, accounting leadership and music industry experience to Primary Wave. In her new role, Reisman will oversee all financial functions for the company including business planning, accounting, royalty processing, fund administration, reporting, audit and tax. She assumes the responsibility from Ramon Villa, who as an early partner of the firm has served the dual role of CFO and COO. With a full time focus as COO, Villa will continue to oversee the day–to–day operations of Primary Wave’s offices on both coasts, focusing on the deal and acquisition process of the firm, as well as working with the company’s in–house marketing and branding teams to help drive a number of new IP initiatives and projects. Reisman started her career earning her CPA license with Ernst & Young, where she worked with clients in all facets of the music business, including publishing, concert promotion and labels. She then spent 12 years with Sony Music, eventually becoming Head of Finance for Epic Records. Most recently, Reisman was Founder and CEO of JPR Consulting. Across her career, she has been CFO for organizations and startups involved in music technology, documentary film production, nonprofits and tech & wellness.
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced a new initiative that will support a number of key regions outside of London as it seeks to provide its members with resources and expertise. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, AIM is rolling out a “Regional Champions” initiative, to set up three regional hubs created in the North of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Additional regions will be launched as the initiative continues to grow. Each of the three initial regions will have an “Ambassador” and a “Champion” who will be tasked with cultivating strong local networks with the indie music sector in their areas, while providing support, expertise and access to resources. AIM will also support existing local work via partnership with events such as Edinburgh’s Wide Days, Unconference in Leeds, and Output Belfast, while also bringing AIM Socials and AIM Academy events to the regional hubs, providing self–releasing artists, as well as small and established rightsholders, with the knowledge and skills to grow sustainable businesses. This comes following AIM’s launch of its “Regional Bursaries” earlier this year, which saw a number of delegate passes to AIM’s brand new flagship conferences, AIM Sync and AIM Connected, offered to members based outside London with some of their costs covered. Confirmed as representatives for the AIM team under the new Regional Champions program are: Ambassador Tony Morley (Leaf Label) and Champion Sam “Whiskas” Nicholls (Music:Leeds) for North of England; Ambassador Lyndon Stephens (Champion Sound Music) and Champion Francesca O’Connor (Quiet Arch) for Northern Ireland; and Champion Michael Lambert (A Modern Way) with an Ambassador to be announced for Scotland.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mark Bennett, Vijay Nair, Michael Taylor, Karl Anderson, Dumi Oburota, Jenny Ring, Alexander Ljung, Ron Laffitte, Paul Pontius, Caroline Elleray, Mike Smith, Wendy Griffiths, Steve Strange and George Goodrich.
JACKASS OF THE WEEK
Have you ever sent a personal IM to the wrong screen name, accidentally replied “send all” on an E–mail, or made a total ass of yourself? Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. You may have heard the term “close call,” right? Well, click HERE to see some too close for comfort close calls!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– VIDEOCLUB
As a 13-year–old adolescent, Adéle Castillon began uploading entertaining videos on YouTube. She would offer her reviews on current topics and conduct interviews, including one with the Dalai Lama for Dissemblances Magazine. At the age of 16, as her channel continued to grow rapidly, this allowed her the opportunity to land her first film role in Dominique Farrugia’s Under The Same Roof. She continued to act with parts in television shows such as 2015’s Studio Bagel and the current show Quotidien, as well as such films as 2017’s Sous le même toit and 2018’s School’s Out. As Adéle continues to grow and share her talents, she can now add music to her resume with her band Videoclub. Adéle formed the band along with singer–songwriter Matthieu Reynaud, son of French jazz guitarist Régis Reynaud, and the duo released their debut single “Amour Plastique” in September of last year. The pair return with new music by the way of the single “Roi” which translates to ‘king’ in French. The tune is filled with vintage melodies, reminiscent of the 80s, but with a current feel to it. Listen to Videoclub’s “Roi” HERE and contact Clotaire Buche at clotaire@junzi–art.com for additional information and all inquiries.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – JOHN FLOREANI
Melbourne, Australia’s very own John Floreani is inspired by romantic tragedy and beauty in life’s most simple anomalies. The honest and authentic vocalist of the global rock powerhouse Trophy Eyes is set to release his most exciting music with his debut solo album, sin, due next month via Hopeless Records. Floreani unveiled the new single “Echoes,” the first piece of new solo music since 2016’s “Cleveland, OH,” which is based on his own personal journey, and is about memories, love and emotion one leaves behind in a home after moving on. The new album is the highly anticipated follow–up to his 2014 EP Terrace. The new single is accompanied by the Luke Franceschini–directed music video, which is moving, emotional, brave and paints a picture of modern–day love. Watch the video for “Echoes” HERE and contact manager Eddie Deal of Unified Music Group at email@example.com for additional information on John Floreani and all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/5/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 5th, 2019: The weekly import show. Heard on over 70 radio stations on six continents weekly including: The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles, Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK–FM Portland OR; KNDD “The End” Seattle WA; KCJK–FM “Alternative x1051” Kansas City MO; WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH–FM New Orleans; KHTB Salt Lake City, UT; KBZT–FM 94.9FM San Diego CA; KKDO “94.7FM” Sacramento CA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix AZ; KRML “102.1FM” Carmel CA, KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno CA; KMAX Windsor/Ft. Collins, Colorado; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM” Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; KVNV–FM Reno NV; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; East Radio–FM Shanghai, China; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; KVNV “NV89” Reno, NV; KSKI–FM, Sun Valley/Twin Falls, ID; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, New York; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia, WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY and on The Independent FM (iHeart Radio) in the United States and many others. Also, on the worldwide web and twice–weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany, as well as streaming on one of the world’s fastest growing streaming platforms, Saavn.
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ALEX LAHEY – “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
TEN TONNES – “Lucy” (Warner Music, UK)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Miracle” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rehab” (Sureshaker, Australia)
LONGFELLOW – “Iscariot” (Unsigned, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Something Bigger Than This” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
SPORTS TEAM – “M5” (Holm Front, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People” (Unsigned, N. America)
CIRCA WAVES – “Times Won’t Change Me Now” (Prolifica, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Money” (Chugg Music, Australia)
CALLOW YOUTH – “Did It Really Matter” (Waterskin Records, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Jubilee” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island, UK)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Venom” (DD Music, Switzerland)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
BALTHAZAR – “Wrong Vibration” (Play It Again Sam, Belgium)
BLACK FUTURES – “Me.TV” (Sony, UK)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
WHENYOUNG – “Never Let Go” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
MANI ORRASON – “I Swear It’s True” (Unsigned, Iceland)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Less Is More” (SO Recordings, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Quicksand” (Unsigned, N. America)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
SHE DREW THE GUN – “Paradise” (Skeleton Key Records, UK)
RAT CITY FEAT. ISAK HEIM – “Kind Of Love” (Sony Music, Norway)
KIM CHURCHILL – “After The Sun” (Rufus Nomad, Australia)
TUNDRA – “Navy Red” (R.E.P.E.A.T. Records, UK)
BENE – “Soaked” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
TREE LINED STREETS – “Transformation” (Unsigned, Ireland)
EMME LENTINO – “Oxygen” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
LUKA STATE – “What’s My Problem” (Project Records, UK)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including The Vitriots, Alex Lahey, Rat City, She Drew The Gun and Sloan Peterson)