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DAVID VENTURA & TIM MAJOR PROMOTED TO LEAD SONY/ATV’S U.K. OPERATIONS



Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman and CEO, Jon Platt, has announced the promotions of David Ventura and Tim Major to President & Co–Managing Director, and Co–Managing Director, respectively. The two executives will report to Platt while leading the company’s U.K. operations. They will be supported by William Booth who is also promoted to EVP, Chief Operating Officer, and reports to Ventura and Major.

David Ventura & Tim Major
Platt said, “Our UK company is critical to the global success of Sony/ATV, so I am delighted to have two exceptionally experienced and talented executives leading it. David Ventura has a rare gift for A&R that brings out the best in our songwriters and builds enduring, successful careers. David’s abilities are complemented by Tim Major’s incisive legal skills and business acumen. I am confident that our UK team will deliver our strategy of making Sony/ATV the ultimate home for songwriters.”

Ventura joined EMI Music Publishing’s London office in 2010 as VP, European Creative, having previously served as Creative Director of NRJ Music, part of the Paris–based NRJ multimedia group. He transitioned to Sony/ATV in 2012 following the acquisition of EMI Music Publishing as VP, A&R Europe, and was made Head of A&R, U.K. in 2015 while assuming additional duties as Sr. VP, International. Among the artists and songwriters he has signed or worked with are Clean Bandit, Martin Solveig, Passenger, Kygo, Jorja Smith, Sigrid, Two Inch Punch, JP Cooper, Mark Ralph, Becky Hill, Louis The Child and, more recently, Octavian, Banx & Ranx, Camelphat and Skepta.

Major came to Sony/ATV U.K. in 2013 as Legal & Business Affairs Manager. In 2014, he was promoted to Director of Legal & Business Affairs and three years later, to General Counsel/VP, Legal & Business Affairs. Having trained as a solicitor at London law firm Russell–Cooke, he began his industry career with U.K. recorded music trade association, the BPI, in 2007 as an in–house lawyer before heading to Universal Records in 2011 as Legal & Business Affairs Manager for Commercial Media Partnerships & Globe.

Booth joined Sony/ATV U.K. in 2012 as Deputy Managing Director following time with PRS for Music, where he was Director of Licensing. He was Deputy Managing Director of EMI Music Publishing U.K. from 2003 and 2010, and before that spent 10 years at Sony/ATV as Sr. VP, Europe. His background also includes time with London Records, with his legal career starting at London law firms Clintons and Harbottle & Lewis.


SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES NEW JV WITH ADAM DAVIDSON & LAURA MAYER



Sony Music Entertainment has announced a new joint venture with leading podcast developers, Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer, that will seek to discover and develop original podcast talent and programming. Davidson is the Co–Founder of NPR’s “Planet Money” and an award–winning contributor to “This American Life,” and Mayer is a top podcast and public radio producer formerly of Stitcher, Panoply Media, and WNYC among others.

Adam Davidson Laura Mayer
The JV will generate and distribute original scripted and unscripted programming across multiple podcast genres and subjects. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Davidson and Mayer will helm the currently unnamed company, using their expertise to develop talent and unique storytelling while tapping into Sony Music’s expertise in content creation and supporting new technologies for monetization.

Commenting on the deal, Davidson and Mayer stated, “It is a thrilling time to be in podcasting with major media and tech companies paying increasing attention to the industry as it quickly grows. Sony Music so impressed us with their focus on supporting artists and the creative process. They understand what it takes to attract the best people and create the conditions where they can do their best work.”

Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment said, ”Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer are acclaimed, visionary journalists and leaders in the podcasting industry and they share our creator–first approach to content development. We want to enhance opportunities for talented storytellers in this rapidly evolving audio entertainment segment. This partnership will help creators grow their brands and share their work with global audiences across a variety of services and platforms.”

According to Edison Research, there are over half a million active podcast shows currently in existence with the number of Americans listening to podcasts having more than doubled over the last four years.


LOGAN MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT & SOUND COLLECTIVE REVEAL NEW JOINT VENTURE



Logan Media Entertainment (LME) and Sound Collective have announced a new JV between the companies under the banner, VISION. The launch of the new division, focusing on songwriting, production, artist management and label services, will sit between the two existing companies.

The partnership was spearheaded by leading artist manager and Founder of LME, Craig Logan (Dido, Anastacia, Andreya Triana, Twinnie), and Sound Collective’s accomplished producer and songwriter manager, Will Blake (Sky Adams, Danny Shah, Knoxa, Paul Whalley). Both companies will work out of LME’s London–based offices at Rollover Studios, with the JV led by LME’s Co–Managing Directors, René Renner and Vikki Josephs, and Sound Collective’s songwriting and production team, Blake and Nora Tamminen. Both teams will work collectively to help cultivate, develop and release music via the company’s own label, Hi Tea Records.

Logan, who founded LME in 2010 says, “I am delighted to join forces with Will Blake and his team. Will has been incredibly successful in a short space of time with his hands on approach and drive. He has built a much respected client roster of pop, dance and indie producers. The additional resources and expertise that we will add to this JV will be invaluable for our clients. Our collective rosters will give us a great presence across pop, dance and electronic music.”

Renner says, “Our relationship with Will and Nora has grown over the last two years and we look forward to seeing how we can work together to integrate both companies where clients have the opportunity to tap into new resources. We aim to grow the songwriting and production side of our artists more. I’m excited about the new opportunities that will come our way and our strategic and creative services that we can provide to our existing and potential clients.”

Blake comments, “I have big respect for Craig Logan and his team. I am looking forward to focusing on continuing Sound Collectives growth and excited to be entering a JV with LME on a joint management platform. Between our wide expertise across both areas it will provide existing and future clients a better service on a global level. Combined we are attractive to a whole range of new artists, writers and producers.”

The new company is currently seeking additional hires in management and A&R with applications accepted by email to stephanie.mudgett@lmeworldwide.com.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



A deal has been finalized to see Disney fully taking over Hulu from Comcast. The news comes as both media firms get ready to roll–out their own streaming platforms. Comcast currently owns a third of Hulu and will be allowed to sell its stake to Disney commencing in 2024 for a minimum of $5.8 billion. Up until that time, Comcast will maintain a role as a silent investor. The move by Disney comes after it assumed majority ownership under its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment businesses.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced today their partnership with the Estate of the most awarded female artist of all time, Whitney Houston. Houston remains one of the best–selling music artists of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide across seven studio albums and two soundtracks, all of which have been certified Diamond, multi–Platinum, Platinum, or Gold by the RIAA. Houston is also the only artist to chart seven consecutive No.1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and was the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at No.1. Her career–defining version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” remains the best–selling single of all time by a female artist. Houston’s career saw her garner 411 awards including six Grammys, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, an Emmy, an MTV VMA, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, and more. The new partnership will see Primary Wave, The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and Primary Wave’s executive team working closely to help ensure Houston’s brand expands to even wider audiences. The Estate of Whitney E. Houston will have access to Primary Wave’s entire marketing team, digital team, publicity department, branding team, and publishing infrastructure, which includes licensing and synch opportunities. Primary Wave has also acquired a stake in the singer’s music assets which includes royalty streams from her hit songs “Count On Me” from the critically acclaimed film Waiting To Exhale, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” “I Got You,” “Like I Never Left,” and others, as well as a stake in her master recording royalty income stream and writer’s share, and Houston’s name and likeness. The latter includes profit share in her hit films The Bodyguard (both the film and musical), Waiting To Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, Cinderella and Sparkle.

Live Nation continues to grow its portfolio as the company has acquired PDH Music, a Danish booking agency and artist management firm. The deal builds up on an existing relationship that the two have had over the past few years as it looks to capitalize on the demand for local artists in Denmark. Under the acquisition, PDH Music will transition from its current location in Østerbro to Live Nation’s offices in Frederiksberg. PDH’s Founders Henrik Seifert and Micky Pramming, as well as their team, will maintain operations as PDH Music under the Live Nation Denmark umbrella.

Spotify has rolled out its own version of a “Stories” offering similar to social platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and others. Differing from those services’ versions, that allow the sharing of visual sequences to stay public for 24 hours, Spotify’s Storyline offering gives artists the ability to present further background on their music or creative process to be available for length of time they decide. The new functionality is available via Spotify’s apps on iOS and Android and appears during playback on songs similar to partnership between Spotify and Genius for “Behind the Lyrics.” The Storyline pop-up can include lyrics, images or text as specified by artists and labels.

On the heels of Kinga Siennicka’s appointment as Managing Director of Warner Music Poland, it’s been revealed that Piotr Kabaj is parting ways with Warner Music Group (WMG) after a career in the music industry spanning almost three decades. Kabaj co–founded Pomaton in 1990, originally to publish songbooks, before then expanding into local recorded music. In 1993, the company became a licensee for EMI, before being majority owned by the global music company. In 2013, it was sold to WMG as part of the Parlophone Label Group divestment process following the break–up of EMI. Kabaj then became President of Warner Music Poland and Eastern Europe. In 1991, Kabaj also co–founded ZPAV, the Polish IFPI National Group, on which he sat as a management board member from its launch and actively created a new Polish music business in the post–Communist era. Across his time with Pomaton and Warner, Kabaj championed local artists such as Jacek Kaczmarski, Maanam, Bajm, Dzem, T.Love and Republika, as well as more recent breakout acts such as Natalia Przybysz, Maria Peszek, Mela Koteluk, Agnieszka Chylinska and Sylwia Grzeszczak. Kabaj also led the successful acquisition of Polskie Nagrania by WMG in 2015.

Spirit B–Unique has finalized an exclusive publishing agreement with writer/producer Jon Shave who is part of the widely–successful production trio, The Invisible Men. Works by the unit have generated more than 2.5 billion streams on Spotify and more than 30 million record sales globally. Shave is managed by First Access Entertainment as part of a team that includes Laura Lukanz, Rema Chuhan and the firm’s Co–Founder, Sarah Stennett.

U.K. music licensing company PPL reported its highest ever annual results for 2018, driving by sizeable growth to international collections. 2018 saw total collections reaching £246.8 million ($318.9 million), a 13% increase over 2017, including record payouts of £210 million ($271 million) to performers and recording rights holders, also showing an increase of 16% over the previous year. PPL’s growth was led by a 43% spike in international revenues, reaching £71 million ($92 million), while broadcast/online collections in the U.K. brought in nearly £84 million ($109 million), an increase of 5%, and public performance/dubbing increased by 3% to £92 million ($119 million). An increase was also seen in the total number of performers and rights holders that received payments, reaching 105,000 from 98,000 in 2017.

A new digital ticketing platform has been rolled out by Ticketmaster under the banner of SafeTix as it seeks to combat fraud in the live event space as mobile tickets continue to gain popularity among fans. The SafeTix offering generates an encrypted barcode that updates every few seconds, allowing fans to scan mobile tickets for entry to shows or sporting events. The technology integrates with Ticketmaster’s Presence software for venues and allows more control from promoters and venue operators on how tickets are purchased and shared. SafeTix will be made available to NFL stadiums this summer and will be implemented at venues using the Presence platform for tours. Additional features available under SafeTix includes the ability for venues to better track attendees with each ticket associated with a fan’s mobile device as well as additional communication tools for venues to directly contact event attendees.

Tencent Music Group (TME) posted first–quarter results that just surpassed Wall Street estimates with revenue reaching ¥5.74 billion Chinese yuan ($855 million), which marks about a 40% increase over the ¥4.12 billion earned in the earlier–year period. Investors had anticipated revenue of $850 million for the company. At $239 million of the total revenue figure were Tencent’s online music services including subscriptions, sub–licensing and album sales. Paid music services generated $106 million across assets such as QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music. TME posted a net operating profit of $171 million, an increase of around 23% year–upon–year. Driving the Q1 cost of revenues was content and licensing fees, and revenue sharing, which saw an increase of 52.2% to $552 million. Gross profit for the quarter rose 20.8% to $303 million and total operating expenses increased to $155 million, 28.3% over the same time a year ago. TME’s monthly active user for mobile increased only slightly by 4.6% from 625 million to 654 million while paid users across music apps increased 27.4%, to 28.4 million. Figures also revealed a decrease in spending for monthly active users across music services with average revenue per user dropping 1.2% to $1.21 per user. Tencent’s social apps, including WeSing, saw an increase of 28.1% to around $18.54 per user. Figures reported from March 31st, revealed a combined cash and cash equivalents total for TME of $2.70 billion.

In other Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) news, the company revealed last week that its Co–President and Director, Guomin Xie, will be parting ways with the company due to “personal reasons.” Xie’s departure will be effective June 6th and the news comes alongside a round of additional management shifts. Tencent Music’s Co–President and board member, Zhenyu Xie, assumes the role of Chief Technology Officer where he will report to Cussion Kar Shun Pang, TME’s CEO. Additionally, Linlin Chen and Lixue Shi have been tapped by the company to look after their Kugou and Kuwo operations, respectively. They both currently serve as Group VPs and will report directly to Pang.

Kobalt has finalized a worldwide agreement with The Other Songs which encompasses publishing administration, creative services and synch for The Other Songs’ catalogue and future works. A live music event, The Other Songs is a platform that offers artists, producers and executives to hear artists and songwriters perform their available written works. Since launching, the events have welcomed performances from over 100 songwriters in the U.K. and U.S. The Other Songs rolled–out their label and publishing divisions in 2018 and now counts 12 acts signed to their roster including songwriter RuthAnne. The new arrangement will also see the two companies collaborating on the development of songwriters and artists.

Singapore–based music and tech firm, BandLab Technologies, has purchased iconic British rock magazine brand New Musical Express (NME) a year after it published its last printed magazine. Having been owned by TI Media (formerly Time Inc. UK), U.K.–based publication Uncut was also included under the deal. While financial details haven’t been revealed, the deal is expected to close by the end of this month. BandLab has also recently acquired Guitar.com and MusicTech with its own flagship product a social music offering under the banner of BandLab.

CAA has added singer/songwriter/rapper Lil Nas X to its roster for worldwide representation. Having generated viral fame last December with his rap country single “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X saw the single generating attention via social media platform TikTok. Since that time, the track has been certified three-times Platinum and has garnered over 300 million streams globally, breaking the record held by Drake’s “In My Feelings” for most streams in a week, and has reached the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. Lil Nas X’s first live performance came at April’s Stagecoach Festival where he took the stage alongside collaborators Billy Ray Cyrus and Diplo. He also recently performed at Miami’s Rolling Loud and is expected to be billed at a number of other summer festival events.

In other CAA news, the firm has added veteran agent Ferry Rais–Shanghagi to their music touring team. Previously, Rais–Shanghagi was overseeing APA’s electronic and dance division. In moving to CAA, he will be based in LA and bring along clients including Matoma, Two Friends, Chantel Jeffries and Baynk. His industry career began when he founded MHS Sessions, an entertainment production company that saw him producing more than 500 shows for artists such as Justice, Rick Ross, Zeds Dead, Excision and others.

Revelator has announced the launch of the music industry’s first Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright application powered by smart contracts technology. Artist Wallet allows for faster, more efficient payment advances to artists and music makers, by turning future receivables into instant royalty payments. When a song is streamed online or played on the radio, rights holders are notified directly on their mobile device, and can safely access and cash out their royalties in the Wallet at any time. The smart contract platform is designed to enable accurate real–time splits of rights holder’s royalty positions, providing enhanced visibility for clearance and settlement of royalty transactions. Payments are automatically distributed to all the stakeholders at the same time. The underlying infrastructure is powered by Revelator Pro, a cloud–native full–stack copyright administration platform serving over 90,000 rights holders in more than 25 countries. In an industry–first partnership, Revelator, BMAT and Teosto, a PRO from Finland, are working to advance the way performance royalties are paid by introducing near real time monitoring and processing of radio performance data. Alongside instant payments, the Artist Wallet provides digital asset registration, splits and contract management, transparent account reporting, and access to a network of applications designed to transform the speed of business transactions.

SoundCloud has announced Josh Nicoll as its new Head of Independent Label Services. Nicoll will be based in London and report to SoundCloud’s Global Head of Music, Artist Relations and Label Services, Lisa Ellis. His new role will see him supporting existing relationships for the company while growing their connections across the music industry, specifically with independents. Nicoll had previously been with PIAS where he executed campaigns from acts such as Flume, Editors, Father John Misty, Sophie, Nilufer Yanya, Circa Waves and Two Door Cinema Club. His career began at Universal Music.

As a result of his recent MUSEXPO 2019 showcase performance, Mumbai–based Indian rapper MC MAAR–T has finalized a global publishing agreement with LA–based 411 Music Group. In showcasing at MUSEXPO this past March, MAAR–T became the first Indian hip–hop artist to showcase at the event in its history. His song, “Hey Bombay,” was also selected for playback during the “FILM, TV, TRAILERS, VIDEO GAMES, ON–DEMAND & MORE: YOUR CHANCE TO PITCH FOR REAL SYNCH OPPORTUNITIES” session at the global music conference and was discovered by a number of different music supervisors who have expressed an interest in licensing the track.

AWAL has named Daniel Stuart as Sr. VP of Business Affairs, United States. In joining AWAL, Stuart will be based in the company’s LA office and will assume oversight of all U.S.–based legal affairs. Stuart’s background includes representation of a number of emerging and established music acts, entrepreneurs and companies having spent time at firms such as Holmes, Paterno & Soriano; Manatt, and Phelps & Phillips and creating the initial draft of California’s current Coogan Law in his first years as a lawyer. He also spent time as a music broadcast journalist during a tenure as Editor of the national urban radio program RadioScope in addition to launching The Hip–Hop Countdown & Report and creating the radio documentary Marvin Gaye: We Miss You.

Merlin has announced the appointment of Akira Nomoto as full–time General Manager for Merlin Japan. Effective immediately, Nomoto brings a deep level of experience and expertise to the agency’s global membership in what is the world’s second largest music market. Nomoto was most recently at Spotify Japan, where, over the course of six years, he rose through the ranks from Head of Artist & Label Marketing to Director of Licensing & Label Relations. Nomoto had previously led Apple’s Label Relations & Music Programming initiatives in the territory. At the 2018 Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) conference, Merlin revealed that distributions to Japan–based members had increased 200% year–on–year. Nomoto assumes the new role from Haji Taniguchi who, alongside Kaoruko Hill, established Merlin’s Tokyo office in October 2016. To recognize her contribution to Merlin’s successful entry into the Japanese market, and her expertise in all areas of music rights and licensing, Hill has been promoted to an expanded role as Head of Member Services and Operations for Merlin Japan. Since launching in May 2008, Merlin has licensed more than 25 key digital services including Facebook, YouTube Music, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Alibaba, NetEase and Tencent, and has reached a number of high value copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members.

Charlie Walk has been named as the next “World Unity Ambassador” by blockchain–driven social music competition, Music World Cup (MWC). The former Republic Records President will assume a public role to introduce the Music World Cup platform to public audiences as the upcoming global competition prepares its first edition later this year, allowing emerging acts to upload their performances for exposure to new fans. Alongside the announcement, Walk and MWC have unveiled a new scholarship via his recently–launched Music Mastery mentorship initiative which will see five emerging artists selected for a six–week online development program.

Beatport has unveiled its new Beatport Link subscription service for DJs. Currently in beta, the offering allows the capability for Beatport’s music catalog to be streamed directly into performance software. The Beatport Link roll–out also includes the beta release of Beatport Cloud which counts a round of new features for Beatport users including full track previews, unlimited re–downloads of tracks purchased previously, and a new library section. Additionally, the first performance software integration was revealed bringing Beatport Link to Pioneer DJ’s WeDJ app with Beatport Link integration with Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox software scheduled to be released in fall of 2019. When it’s full version hits the market, Beatport Link will be the only platform offering an Offline Performance Mode.

ICM Partners has added 10–time Grammy winner Chaka Khan to their roster for worldwide representation. The singer/songwriter and actor will be looked after by a team of agents under Partner and Head of Music, Mark Siegel. In a music career spanning almost five decades, Khan has created works across a diverse range of genres encompassing R&B, gospel, pop, country, rock and others. With 22 albums released and 10 No.1 songs across the Billboard charts, she has garnered seven RIAA Gold–certified singles and 10 RIAA Gold and Platinum–certified albums. February saw her release her first new studio full–length in over 10 years with Hello Happiness.

MTV has tapped Brian “B. Dot” Miller to serve as its new lead music correspondent for MTV News. The new role will see Miller building upon its coverage across all genres while focusing in on hip–hop. Miller will be tasked with the creation of new music franchises, coverage of live events, and the moderation of one–on–one interviews across digital properties such as Office Hours. Miller comes to MTV from Tidal where he will maintain his co–hosting duties on the Rap Radar podcast with Elliot Wilson. In a career spanning 15 years, Miller has also spent time as Content Director for RapRadar.com and as Sr. Director of Editorial and Playlists for Epic Records.

Joe Litvag has been tapped as Partner & President of Live Entertainment for Blackbird Presents. The industry veteran joins the firm that is one of the leading creators and producers of concert tours, music festivals and music–centric filmed entertainment. Litvag’s new role will see him looking after Blackbird’s full portfolio of live event projects while leading development for new initiatives in the live event space. He will be based in Blackbird’s New York headquarters and will work closely alongside Keith Wortman, the firm’s chief executive. Litvag most recently had served as AEG Presents’ Sr. VP for the past 15 years where he led the development of the company’s live entertainment footprint in the Midwest. His resume also includes 10 years at Contemporary Productions/SFX Entertainment/Clear Channel Entertainment where he climbed the ranks to VP of Concerts.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Dutch music industry professional, Thomas de Raad, has formed his own management, publishing and A&R consultancy company under the banner of Tommy Advice. The new firm officially opened up offices in Amsterdam last month. Among de Raad’s clients are included singer/songwriter and international model Ruben Pol, French DJ/producer Arno Cost, and upcoming Dutch producer Jara de Werd. Alongside his former employer, CTM Publishing, de Raad has also started the publishing JV Tommy Advice Publishing. In line with the development strategy for new artists, the company has set up a record label under its management division named New Ams Records, which will serve as stepping–stone for emerging talent.

Music marketing platform and smart–link management company, Linkfire, has revealed today that it is opening its platform to all users with new tiered membership plans for personal and business accounts. With personal plans ranging from free to $25/month, Linkfire’s services become available to a wider audience of independent artists and other independent content creators. Business plans start at $50/month and are ideal for labels, distributors, marketing services teams, and others looking to optimize and scale their promotion structures with advanced analytics and re–targeting data. Linkfire’s platform automatically populates links to a number of sites including streaming, download, and artist platforms, using just one service link or ISRC/UPC code, as opposed to requiring each link be entered manually. Artists and their teams can then share a single Linkfire smart link with fans, who can select their preferred service to access content. Linkfire’s location–based tools and data services also provide global marketing insights on engagement, streams, downloads, and fan preferences from all traffic sources. Alongside the new launch, Linkfire has recently partnered with Bandsintown, Ticketmaster, and others to grow its offering to also encompass smart links for tour promotion. Prior, Linkfire’s smart links and data analytics were available on an invite–only basis, focusing on marketing teams for major and indie record labels.

Funnel Music has appointed industry veteran Tim Delaney to the position of CEO. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the business to Funnel Music, Delaney has spent time at record labels including Island, Mercury, RCA, Arista and J Records in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Asia. He has also held senior roles at Live Nation and with a number of successful start–ups in the music and ticketing sectors. Most recently, Delaney worked with Maverick as part of U2’s management team. He will also join a board that already counts former V2 Records Managing Director David Steele, who is also Director of Artist Management for the company; and Funnel Music COO, Joss Yerbury, previously Sr. Label Manager at Ingrooves. They are supported by Music Glue Founder Mark Meharry, former President of Sony Music International, Rick Dobbis, and Joe Romulus, both of whom are based in the U.S. Funnel Music was founded by music industry veterans Ric Yerbury and Alex Pilkington to address the need for longer term artist development and the creation of sustainable careers. Their model, powered through its Shared Outcome Agreement, combines key elements of rights holding music companies and artist services offerings providing a unique, one–stop solution covering all aspects of the artist’s career.

PRS for Music has announced a new CEO in Andrea Martin who will take over the role on June 17th following the departure of Robert Ashcroft from the role after 10 years leading the organization. Martin brings her experience that includes roles as President & CEO of three international business divisions within Readers Digest Association as well as Managing Director of Data Services for the U.K.’s Royal Mail and President of ADT Canada. With PRS for Music, she will take on leadership of 500 staff across two locations in London along with three JV, representing the works of 140,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

APA has added Nashville start Charles Esten to its Concerts division for music representation. Esten played Deacon Claybourne on the popular ABC and CMT series which led to him revisiting his path as a musician. In the past six years since his appearance on the show, Esten has performed hundreds of shows including three sold–out performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the Nashville In Concert performances. Additional performances include the C2C Festival at the O2 Arena, Australia’s CMC Festival, Stagecoach Festival and CMA Fest alongside shows in a number of iconic country venues. January saw Esten selling–out a 12–city solo tour throughout the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands. Esten will maintain an acting career with upcoming roles including those on Netflix’s Outer Banks as well as a recurring role in Tell Me Your Secrets (TNT).

Moves have been made to bring the long–running successful Eurovision Song Contest to the U.S. as the music competition just wrapped its 64th edition this past weekend. Swedish production firm Brain House has been entrusted by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with the exclusive license for the brand to be presented to potential partners in the U.S. as it hopes to bring the format stateside under the banner of the American Song Contest for an inaugural run in 2021. The news follows 2017’s announcement that SBS Australia had been provided the license for Eurovision Asia Song Contest (launch date to be announced), a one–night event that counts 17 Asian–Pacific country participants. The Eurovision Song Contest is considered the world’s largest music event, generating around 200 million viewers globally with over 30 countries, primarily within Europe, presenting an act to perform an original song.

Veteran Canadian music figure, Deane Cameron, passed away last week at the age of 65 following a heart attack. Having held the post of EMI Music Canada’s President for almost 25 years, Cameron was an integral part of some of Canada’s most successful artists, both in the country and worldwide. Among the plethora of acts Cameron signed while leading EMI since 1988 were his school friend Tom Cochrane, as well as Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte–Marie, Glass Tiger, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Rita MacNeil, The Moffatts, Helix, Econoline Crush, The Rankin Family, The Tea Party, Moist, Prism, Susan Aglukark, Alfie Zappacosta and Luba, with more recent signings including Nickelback, Serena Ryder, k–os and Johnny Reid. Cameron’s start in music came as the drummer for Harvest alongside Cochrane before he took a job in the EMI warehouse as a teenager. He transitioned to a number of music–focused jobs that included time with indie distributor, GRT, which counted international label clients such as Virgin, Island, ABC and Sire. He returned to EMI in 1977 as Manager, Talent Acquisition and made a fast rise through the ranks to Director and subsequently, VP. When he was named President in 1988, he became the youngest Canadian President of a major label. Cameron’s career saw him championing independent Canadian companies and artists, as well as global acts. He received a number of honors including being made a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors a citizen can receive.


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A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– THE DUNTS



The Dunts are united by an undeniable ferocity and tongue–in–cheek sensibilities, rapidly becoming one of Scotland’s hottest exports. Boasting vicious, yet intelligently energetic anthems, the quartet recorded both their debut EP Not Working Is Class and the follow–up, Self Proclaimed Council Punk, with producers Chris Marshall (Gerry Cinnamon, Rascalton, The Van–T’s) and Johnny Madden (of the indie rock outfit Baby Strange). Their songs “Witch Hunt,” “Dimitri” and “Birds And The Beez” collected spins on KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KKDO Sacramento, leading to packed rooms at their debut SXSW appearance in March. Adding to accolades from NME, their new single “Bad Decisions” was hotly–tipped by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and was released on Friday. The Dunts are set to perform alongside Bastille, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and more at Scotland’s TRNSMT Festival in July, with upcoming performances at France’s Cabaret Vert Festival alongside twenty one pilots and Foals, and the Camden Rocks Festival this summer. The Dunts secured global booking with Paradigm Talent Agency with the help of A&R Worldwide last year. Listen to “Bad Decisions,” the brand new track by The Dunts HERE and contact Jim Frew of Lost Management at jim@lost–management.com, as The Dunts are available for label signing, publishing, branding and synch opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – JAZZ MORLEY

U.K. singer–songwriter Jazz Morley has had an exciting year since her debut at MUSEXPO 2018, which saw her secure representation from UTA Global Head of Touring, Neil Warnock. Since then, Jazz has gone on to perform on stages including The Royal Albert Hall and British Summer Time Hyde Park and earning over 10 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music. Jazz has also picked up support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, Billboard, ELLE and Nylon, confirming that she is one of the U.K.’s brightest unsigned talents. Jazz even earned praise from Elton John when he said on his Beats 1 Rocket House show that [Jazz is a] “representative of the new era of music. Absolutely Fantastic!” Channeling artists such as Annie Lennox, Alicia Keys and Jessie Ware, Jazz comfortably sits alongside such esteemed influences and continues to raise the bar. She recently performed to a sold–out audience at The Great Escape festival in Brighton and her summer diary is packed with upcoming shows supporting George Benson in Paris and two nights at the Hammersmith Apollo, in addition to two nights with Tom Jones at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Jazz recently released her new single “Parallel World,” taken from her upcoming EP of the same name. The song is full of soul and raw emotion that showcases her effortless vocal performance and natural ability to paint a picture with the passion behind her lyrics. Fearne Cotton of BBC Radio 2 said of the track, “Soulful and ethereal… absolutely beautiful.” Discover Jazz Morley with the visual to “Parallel World” HERE and contact Ed Hill, Director, ANEKO Music, at ed@anekomusic.com, as “Parallel World” is pre–cleared on masters and publishing for global synch opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/19/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 19th, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

YONAKA – “Lose Our Heads” (Atlantic Records, UK)
APRE – “Gap Year 2008” (Polydor, UK)
BITTER’S KISS – “Changing Tides” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rehab” (Sureshaker, Australia)
TEN TONNES – “Lucy” (Warner Music, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Something Bigger Than This” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Connection” (3Beat Records, UK)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “You Haven’t Loved, Until You’ve Lost” (Unsigned, UK)
COCO BANS – “Pray” (Unsigned, N. America)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
ALEX LAHEY – “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
TREE LINED STREETS – “Transformation” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Moonlight Breakfast Records, Romania)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Dead Rose” (Unsigned, N. America)
MANI ORRASON – “I Swear It’s True” (Unsigned, Iceland)
SPORTS TEAM – “M5” (Holm Front, UK)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Miracle” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
TALISCO – “Closer” (Roy Music, France)
LITTLE COMETS – “American Tuna” (The Smallest Label, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Cheeky” (Unsigned, N. America)
LONGFELLOW – “Iscariot” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Quicksand” (Unsigned, N. America)
MAGNUS MIA – “Jubilee” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Less Is More” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE RESPONSE – “Tallest Walls” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island, UK)
EMME LENTINO – “Oxygen” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
BLACK FUTURES – “Me.TV” (Sony, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Magnus Mia, Mani Orrason, APRE, Callum Beattie and John Floreani)