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MUSEXPO 2023 CONFIRMS MORE INFLUENTIAL U.S. & GLOBAL EXECUTIVES TO ITS UPCOMING EVENT MUSEXPO 2023 CONFIRMS MORE INFLUENTIAL
U.S. & GLOBAL EXECUTIVES TO ITS UPCOMING EVENT


MUSEXPO

MUSEXPO 2023 www.musexpo.net the highly regarded annual global music business conference and showcase event will return to the “Media Capital of The World,” Burbank, California from March 19th – 22nd.
Panos A. Panay
Panos A. Panay
MUSEXPO joins a week-long series of events that includes the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit, the esteemed A&R Worldwide gala dinner event, and more, as it brings together the international music community for key insights and discussions on the evolution of the worldwide music business.

The event has unveiled dozens of new speakers for its forthcoming “United Nations of Music” event from within the various touchpoints of the worldwide music business from A&R, music publishing, management, digital, streaming, radio, booking and live, distribution, marketing, technology, synchronization (film, TV, videogames, eSport, trailers, promos), performance rights and so much more.

Just added to the MUSEXPO 2023 opening global keynote panel for this year’s event is Panos A. Panay, President, Recording Academy® (GRAMMY’s). Panay drives business growth across the entire organization to further expand the service offerings for Academy members and the industry. With a focus on identifying new partnerships, global expansion and leveraging new technologies, he drives strategic advancement for the Academy’s objectives and fosters a culture of innovation. Panay has been recognized in Fast Company’s Fast 50, Inc Magazine’s Inc 500, Mass Hi-Tech All Stars, and Boston Globe’s Game Changers. For his work with Sonicbids, Panay was also profiled in the book Outsmart by best-selling author Jim Champy and spoke at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland as part of his work with Open Music. He has been a guest on programs such as CNBC’s “Squawk Box” and a guest writer about entrepreneurship for Forbes, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Inc Magazine, among others.
Vikram Mehra
Vikram Mehra
Also, joining the MUSEXPO 2023’s opening global keynote panel is Vikram Mehra, Managing Director, Saregama Music, which is one of India’s oldest and most prolific music companies. Mehra has been a key driving force for the global growth of the company, and was the architect behind the highly successful technology device and music player Carvaan, which become one of the most successful new audio devices within India and SE Asia for Hindi and catalog music. Prior to joining Saregama he worked at Tata Sky for 10 years, holding positions of Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. During his term he was responsible for multiple roles including Subscription Revenue Management, Churn Management, Brand Marketing, New Product Development, Customer Analytics, Interactive Service Operations, Consumer Research and PR. He has also worked with the Star TV as Vice President for four years from 2000-2004. He was part of the Digital Platforms Group, that spearheaded Star’s foray into DTH and cable services in India. Vikram is currently the Chairman of Indian Music Industry (IMI), the apex body representing music companies in India, and also sits on the board of IPRS, the Govt. registered performing rights society of India.

The event has unveiled dozens of new speakers for its forthcoming “United Nations of Music” event from within the Among the group of music, media, digital and entertainment industry minds confirmed to join MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2023 are: Adam Taylor, President & CEO, APM Music, Anita Chinkes-Ratner, Sr. Vice President & Head of Music & Licensing Strategy, Paramount; Aton Ben-Horin - Executive Vice President, Global A&R, Atlantic Records Group; Big Boy, Host, Big Boy’s Neighborhood (Premiere Networks); Ashley Pimenta – GM & VP Marketing, Element1 Management; Clinton Sparks, Entrepreneur, Investor, DJ, Producer, Songwriter (Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rick Ross, Pitbull, Ludacris, Big Sean, 2 Chainz); Danica Bates, Sr. Director of Creative Music Strategy, Paramount; Danny Garcia, CEO, Playlister Club; Debra Delshad – Sr. Director, Synchronization & Music Licensing, Angry Mob Music; Dennis Hausammann, CEO, iGroove AG; Ellen K, Host Ellen K Radio Show, KOST 103.5 FM Los Angeles & Ellen K Weekend Show (iHeartMedia); Gabriela Prisciandaro - Director of Talent, VEVO; Garrett Capone – Vice President & General Manager, Crush Music / Crush Ventures; Hiba Irshad – former Head of A&R, JioSaavn; J. Charley Londońo – Founder & Attorney, Counsel Plus Co., Jesper Skibsby - CEO & Founder, WARM (World Airplay Radio Monitor); Jonathan Lane, Founder & Music Supervisor, Clearly Music; Kara DioGuardi, Songwriter, Producer, Entrepreneur (Ashlee Simpson, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, P!nk); Karl Kongkham, Managing Director, Warner Music Thailand; Katy Gavillet – Vice President, Creative Music, FOX Entertainment; Kenny Ochoa, Head of Music Curation & Creative Licensing, Snap Inc.; Kenny “Tick” Salcido – Sr. VP / Head of A&R, Red Bull Records; Lisa Worden - Vice President Rock & Alternative Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA’s New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group; Livy Rodriguez-Behar, Music Supervisor, Dreamboat Music; Mamie Coleman, Executive Vice President & Head of FOX Entertainment Music; Mandar Thakur, COO, Times Music (India); Mark Chipello – Vice President / Head of A&R, Position Music; Mark Sutherland, Contributing Writer, Music Business Worldwide; Mason Cooper – President, Songrunner Entertainment; Matt Pinfield - Host “New & Approved” KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host; Michael Frick, VP, Creative, MNRK Music Group; Mike Fink – Head of Creator Services, DistroKid; Nick Haussling – Music Supervisor, Walton Isaacson; Oum Pradutt - Founder & Managing Director, Phase1 Events & Entertainment Pvt Ltd (India); Pamela Charbit, A&R Manager, Atlantic Records; Phil Quartararo, President & Chairman, The Hello Group; Ric Salmon, CEO, Driift & Director ATC Management; Rich Goldman, President & Founder, Riptide Music Group; Ritch Esra, Publisher, The Music Registry; Rochelle Holguin Cappello, Sr. Vice President, Creative Music Strategy, Paramount; Ron Fair, A&R Executive, producer, songwriter, composer & former Chairman, Geffen Records/President, A&M Records & CCO/Executive VP, Virgin Records; Ryan Kofman – Creative Director, Music, FOX Entertainment; Sabrina Del Priore, Sr. Vice President, Creative Music Strategy, Paramount; Sam Juneman, Sr. VP, Head of Marketing & Services, ADA; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO; Sydney Lopes, Head of Hip Hop / R&B, Artist Partnerships, Spotify; Tarsame Mittal, Founder, All About Music & TM Talent Management (India); Taylor Jones – CEO, The Hello Group; Thaddeus Rudd, Co-President / Mom + Pop Music and Toussaint Hunt, Director of Creative Music Strategy, Paramount; Tyler Bacon, President & CEO, Position Music; Tricia Holloway, Global Music Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. Many more speakers will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Clinton Sparks Danica Bates Danny Garcia Delmar Powell
Big Boy Clinton Sparks Danica Bates Danny Garcia Delmar Powell
Ellen K Kara DioGuardi Kenny Ochoa Livy Rodriguez-Behar Mamie Colemen
Ellen K Kara DioGuardi Kenny Ochoa Livy Rodriguez-Behar Mamie Coleman
Mandar Thakur Michael Frick Pamela Charbit Sabrina Del-Priore
Mandar Thakur Michael Frick Pamela Charbit Rochelle Holguin Capello Sabrina Del-Priore
Sam Juneman Sydney Lopes Tarsame Mittal Toussaint Hunt Tyler Bacon
Sam Juneman Sydney Lopes Tarsame Mittal Toussaint Hunt Tyler Bacon

Pete Ganbarg
Pete Ganbarg
In addition, the key music supervision and licensing group from Paramount TV will feature as part of a special synch session panel at MUSEXPO 2023, with multiple members of its team participating, for an exclusive deep dive into the dozens of film, TV and other synch projects they’re involved with. MUSEXPO delegates will also have an opportunity to present their music for upcoming synch projects that the global TV network is involved with.

MUSEXPO will also include the presentation of the coveted “MUSEXPO International Music Person of the Year” award during a special VIP Awards Gala Luncheon on Tuesday, March 21st. Next year, MUSEXPO has confirmed that it will present this honor to one of the most influential and respected minds in the global A&R community, Pete Ganbarg, President A&R, Atlantic Records & President ATCO.

MUSEXPO will also present its first-ever “International Media Person of the Year“ award to one of the most influential and respected executives in television, Mamie Coleman, Executive Vice President & Head of FOX Entertainment Music, during a special gala dinner that will take place on Wednesday, March 22nd in the “Media Capital of The World” – Burbank, CA, which is home to The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Studios, ABC TV, Activision, iHeartMedia, Warner Bros. Pictures, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, The CW Network, Legendary Films, Universal Pictures, ESPN, Insomniac Games and many others.
Joel Denver
Joel Denver
Joel Denver, President & Co-Founder AllAccess Music Group will also be honored by the US and international music community for his fifty years of service and support for the radio and music industry as he’ll receive the inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” during a special event with colleagues from the radio and record label community on Monday, March 20th, 2023.

To register to attend the event with the current A&R Worldwide discount, or for organization and group discounts contact Dusty Bisla at dusty@anrworldwide.com.

For more information on event sponsorship, showcase opportunities and event partnerships contact Sat Bisla at sat@anrworldwide.com.

Information on direct flights to the Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA area is available at www.musexpo.net.



JITZE DE RAAFF NAMED AS NEW PRESIDENT AT CTM ENTERTAINMENT BV JITZE DE RAAFF NAMED AS NEW PRESIDENT AT
CTM ENTERTAINMENT BV

CTM Entertainment BV
Jitze De Raaff has been named as the new President of CTM Entertainment BV, which is based in Hilversum in Holland but has global impact and reach.
Over the past few years, Jitze has played a leading role in developing CTM’s music activities since becoming Managing Director of CTM Publishing & Music in the Benelux, where he has played a key role in the company’s signing and development of writers, artists and creatives, as well as broader A&R oversights. With this new position Jitze, who is also co-shareholder of CTM Entertainment, will also become responsible for all other activities of CTM Entertainment.
Jitze De Raaf
CTM has interests outside of music that includes, master recordings, management, film, Television, productions and other key entertainment related touch-points and investments in rights and catalogs.

CTM has become the No.1 independent music publisher in the Benelux over the course of the past few years.

Outside of his new role, Jize will also play a more active role in the international expansion of CTM, outside the Benelux, together with André de Raaff, CEO of CTM Entertainment.

A&R Worldwide has had a close working relationship with the senior executive team at CTM Entertainment for a number of years and has watched the company grow its creative and business interests actively and substantively.



U2, THE KILLERS PRODUCER STEVE LILLYWHITE SELLS MUSIC RIGHTS TO ROUND HILL U2, THE KILLERS PRODUCER STEVE LILLYWHITE
SELLS MUSIC RIGHTS TO ROUND HILL


Round Hill Music

Round Hill Music has acquired a catalog of producer royalties and rights from rock producer Steve Lillywhite. Lillywhite’s production credits include artists such as U2, The Killers, Morrissey, The Talking Heads, and The Rolling Stones.
Round Hill has spent over $200 million across 40 acquisitions in 2022. The deal with Lillywhite has not been disclosed, but it is estimated to be in the eight-figure region.
Steve Lillywhite
Lillywhite has made a measurable impact on rock and roll having contributed to over 500 records from artists including The Killers, Peter Gabriel, Counting Crows, Psychedelic Furs, Phish, and is recognized for helping launch the global success of U2 and launching the Dave Mathews Band’s first three albums.

Lillywhite has won a GRAMMY for “Producer of The Year” in 2005 and produced U2’s How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, which won a GRAMMY the same year for “Best Rock Album” and “Album of the Year,” as well as additional awards.

Round Hill’s acquisition of Lillywhite’s producer rights include the royalty income from U2’s Boy, October, and War, Dave Matthews Band’s Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash, and Before These Crowded Streets, The Rolling Stones’ Dirty Work, Phish’s Billy Breathes, and Siouxsie and the BansheesThe Scream.



SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING UK SIGNS NAOMI KIMPENU & LAUNCHES SONGWRITING CAMP IN W. AFRICA SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING UK SIGNS NAOMI KIMPENU
& LAUNCHES SONGWRITING CAMP IN W. AFRICA

Sony Music Publishing UK
Sony Music Publishing UK (SMP) recently signed breakthrough singer, songwriter and producer Naomi Kimpenu to a worldwide publishing agreement.
East London, England native Naomi Kimpenu has quickly established herself as one of today’s most exciting new talents with her award-winning EP Prelude, featuring powerful hits such as “Only” and “Who I Am.” Written, recorded and produced by Naomi, Prelude earned her the prestigious “Rising Star” honor at the 2022 Ivor Novello Awards in recognition of her creative achievements and songwriting skill. She has also received acclaim from the likes of Jack Saunders and Sian Eleri on BBC Radio 1, Jess Iszatt on BBC Music Introducing, Dan Alani on Reprezent Radio and many more.
Naomi Kimpenu
Sony Music Publishing has also launched its inaugural songwriting camp in West Africa, which takes place in Accra, Ghana from January 5-12, 2023. The SMP Ghana Camp reflects the company’s efforts to expand support and drive growth opportunities for creative communities across the African continent.

Spearheaded by Head of A&R, Africa Wale Davies, the week-long event will encompass a wide range of activities including sessions with top songwriters, artists and producers; creative/A&R mixers; wellness activities; and community outreach workshops aimed at supporting the next generation of songwriters.

The SMP Ghana Camp will coincide with Detty December, celebrated across Ghana and Nigeria with various concerts and festivities. The initiative brings together a diverse community of songwriters from across SMP’s global roster including Tems, Ladipoe, Lojay, Guiltybeatz, Ozedikus, AV, Berwyn, Moon Willis, Johnny Coffer, Rymez, and more.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


Sunset Blvd Records
VETERAN U.S. A&R RETURNS IN NEW ROLE

VETERAN U.S. A&R RETURNS IN NEW ROLE: A&R Worldwide has learned that veteran A&R executive Tim Devine has returned as the new Head of A&R for Sunset Blvd. Records. The label is currently home to artists such as James Brown, Willie Nelson, Chuck Berry, Dr. John, Smithereens and many others. The company recently signed Peter Case and Everclear and currently has deals in the works with a dozen additional acts according to Devine. Prior to leaving his high-profile A&R roles at Columbia Records and Capitol Records in Los Angeles, Devine had signed or A&R’d artists including Mazzy Star, Beastie Boys, Concrete Blonde, Paul McCartney, Bonnie Raitt, Katy Perry and others. Sunset Blvd. Records is actively seeking to sign established artists who are currently free of their major label or larger independent deals.

Kid Fonque
DEFECTED APPOINTS ALLAN NICOLL TO HEAD OF A&R

DEFECTED APPOINTS ALLAN NICOLL TO HEAD OF A&R: Defected Records has appointed Allan Nicoll (Kid Fonque) as Head of A&R as a part of the label’s team evolvement in 2023. Nicoll, previously based in South Africa where he has spent two decades as a key player in the electronic music scene, will be relocating to London. Nicoll began as a DJ under the name Kid Fonque and promoter and has since became a label manager and established radio and TV host. Nicoll has his own imprint Stay True Sounds and has launched careers for artists including China Charmeleon, SGVO, Bruce Loko, Dwson, Fka Mash, and more.

Molly Payton
BUCKS SIGNS MOLLY PAYTON FOR UK, EIRE & EUROPE

BUCKS SIGNS MOLLY PAYTON FOR UK, EIRE & EUROPE: Bucks Music Group has signed New Zealand-born artist and songwriter Molly Payton to an exclusive deal for publishing in the UK, Eire and Europe. Payton’s debut EP, Mess, was released in April 2020, showcasing her own brand of vulnerable melancholy, taking influence from the likes of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell. Her second EP, Porcupine, followed quickly in October 2020. Recorded with Oli Barton-Wood, Porcupine is bigger, fuller and louder, aided by the addition of a band – the Swedish-formed, London-based indie group Francobollo. Payton is signed to Mushroom Music Publishing for the rest of the world. Bucks Music Group and Mushroom Music Publishing have a close and longstanding relationship, representing each other’s catalogs in their respective home territories.

Todd Moscowitz
SONY MUSIC & ALAMO RECORDS LAUNCH SANTA ANNA

SONY MUSIC & ALAMO RECORDS LAUNCH SANTA ANNA: Sony Music Entertainment and Alamo Records Founder & CEO Todd Moscowitz have joined to launch a new artist and label services company called Santa Anna. Lee L’Heureux, former Geffen Records General Manager, will lead Santa Anna as well as assume the position of Alamo Records President. He will report to Moscowitz and will work alongside Juliette Jones, COO Alamo Records. The company will be based in New York City reaches a year and a half milestone after the acquisition of Alamo Records by Sony Music Entertainment. Alamo was founded in 2016 and has helped break acts including Rod Wave, Blackbear and Lil Durk.

DJ Hanzel
CREATE MUSIC GROUP SIGNS DJ HANZEL

CREATE MUSIC GROUP SIGNS DJ HANZEL: Create Music Group has announced the exclusive signing of DJ and arch-rival of Dillon Francis, DJ Hanzel to a global distribution deal. Hanzel, who hails from Duseeldorf, Germany, has finally succeeded in separating himself from the disgruntled Francis. Although the two have collaborated on production in the past, the working relationship has since soured. This year the deep house DJ released two singles “Make Me Feel” and “Talkin,” and showcased his skills at Coachella with a surprise performance. He plans to utilize his time at Create to hatch a plan to create music without listening to it.

King
WARNER MUSIC INDIA SIGNS KING

WARNER MUSIC INDIA SIGNS KING: Warner Music India has signed popular Indian singer and performer King to its esteemed artist roster. This partnership was kicked off earlier this year with Warner Music India mapping out a large plan and vision for King up to 2027. WMI recently released his third studio album, Champagne Talk, with 8 tracks, and since then each song has been ruling social media platforms and global charts, with his massive fan base growing more and more each day (from 2 million to over 11.5 million monthly Spotify listeners). In India, King continues to rule with “Maan Meri Jaan” which was No.1 on the Spotify Daily Top Songs India, overtaking the recent Bollywood sensation Kesariya. The song has surpassed 100 million audio streams on DSPs since its release in October.

Naomi Asher
NAOMI ASHER ELEVATED AT SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING

NAOMI ASHER ELEVATED AT SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING: Sony Music Publishing UK (SMP)recently announced the promotion of Naomi Asher to Vice President, Songwriter Services and Neighboring Rights. In her elevated role, Asher will serve as the go-to contact for SMP UK’s catalog songwriters and clients and will be responsible for expanding opportunities and driving success for their songs both locally and internationally. She will also continue to oversee the company’s Neighboring Rights division. Asher will remain based in the company’s London office, reporting to SMP UK Co-Managing Directors David Ventura and Tim Major.

De La Soul
DE LA SOUL JOINS STREAMING PLATFORMS

DE LA SOUL JOINS STREAMING PLATFORMS: As recently announced by the GRAMMY-winning hip-hop trio De La Soul, the group’s iconic catalog will be released on digital streaming services for the first time ever on March 3, 2023, with support from Reservoir Media, and distributed by Reservoir-owned Chrysalis Records. In 2021, Reservoir secured De La Soul’s back catalog through the company’s acquisition of legendary independent hip-hop label Tommy Boy Music. The Reservoir and Chrysalis teams have since worked with De La Soul, and their record label, AOI, to bring their music to digital streaming services. Reservoir is pleased to share that De La Soul’s first six albums, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989), De La Soul Is Dead (1991), Buhloone Mindstate (1993), Stakes Is High (1996), Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000), and AOI: Bionix (2001), will be available to fans everywhere March 3, 2023, on the 34th anniversary of the release of their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising.

Curve Royalty Systems
DOWNTOWN ACQUIRES CURVE ROYALTY SYSTEMS

DOWNTOWN ACQUIRES CURVE ROYALTY SYSTEMS: Downtown Music Holdings has announced that it has acquired Curve Royalty Systems (Curve). Founded in 2019 by Tom Allen, Richard Leach and Ray Bush, all veterans of internationally recognized music companies such as Cooking Vinyl, Essential Music and ADA, Curve is the preeminent royalty processing platform built to deal with the scale and demand of the modern digital music industry. Curve is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions that Downtown has made in recent years. In addition to Curve, the group acquired a series of companies, including FUGA, CD Baby and all its subsidiaries. Additional investments in Beatbread, Vampr and other creator-led music companies have added to the commitment by Downtown to support all profiles of businesses in the music ecosystem.

UROK Management
UROK MANAGEMENT ADDS NEW HIRES & PR TEAM

UROK MANAGEMENT ADDS NEW HIRES & PR TEAM: UK-based artist and music management company UROK, recently revealed key hires and moves within its London office. Father and son duo, Roy and Sam Eldridge have been behind some of the UK’s most recognized artists since establishing UROK over 15 years ago, including Plan B, Jess Glynne, Tom Odell, Liam Gallagher, Jade Bird and FLO. The business gears towards further success in 2023 with a new team, bringing together more experience and talent to manage more artists worldwide. Tayla Dhyll will be stepping into UROK’s newly created role - Head of Audience. Joining Tayla as a new hire is Sophie Lane, who will take on the role of Sr. Artist Manager working on two of the company’s major new management signings. Alongside the new recruits, four internal promotions have been announced which will strengthen the strategic position of the business. UROK’s longest serving employee, Chris Kasa, has been promoted to Sr. VP of Artist Management, Afoma Ojukwu, who initially joined UROK as an assistant in 2020, will join the artist team in her promoted role as Artist Relations Manager, Steve Sasse steps into the senior management team as the new A&R Director across records, publishing and producer management for the entire UROK roster, and Annabelle Scott-Curry will work closely with UROK on a consultancy basis as its new Creative Director.

Greg Wells
BEYOND MUSIC ACQUIRES GREG WELLS CATALOG

BEYOND MUSIC ACQUIRES GREG WELLS CATALOG: Beyond Music, the Asia-based investment and management company focusing on music rights aggregation, recently acquired the music catalog of notable Canadian GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Greg Wells, who has produced and written songs with the likes of Adele, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Dua Lipa, Quincy Jones and Katy Perry, among many others. This is the first time a Korean company has directly acquired a North American music catalog since BTS’ label HYBE bought Ithaca Holdings from Scooter Braun last year. Beyond Music’s first major US acquisition aims to accelerate its growth to become a global music rights management company with more than 26,000 Asian and international music rights. Last September, CT Investments, a division of its parent company Contents Technology, launched KPOP and Korean Entertainment ETF (“KPOP ETF”), giving investors the chance to participate in the growth of Korean pop music and culture.

Rachel Chernoff
ONY MUSIC NAMES NEW DS & A SR. VP

SONY MUSIC NAMES NEW DS&A SR. VP: Sony Music Entertainment (SME)has announced Rachel Chernoff has been appointed to the newly created role of Sr. Vice President of Data Science & Analytics (DS&A). Based in New York, she reports to Dennis Kooker, President of Global Digital Business (GDB) at SME. Chernoff leads a newly combined team that brings together the GDB group’s Strategic Analytics and Data Science functions and is responsible for driving the continuing growth and prioritization of the company’s data capabilities worldwide. Working in partnership across the SME Partner Development, Global Product, Sales & Analytics teams, Chernoff is focused on continuing to enhance and develop analytic- and data science-based tools, techniques and expertise that support the needs of Sony Music’s labels and businesses around the world. She also leads the ongoing evolution of SME’s data capabilities with external partners worldwide.

Concord, Stax
CONCORD & STAX RECORD HOST DEBUT WORKSHOP

CONCORD & STAX RECORD HOST DEBUT WORKSHOP: Last month, Concord Music Publishing and Stax Records hosted the first-ever in-person sessions of their songwriting workshop for Stax Music Academy students in Memphis, Tennessee. Though this is the first in-person workshop, Concord’s publishing team has been working with Stax Music Academy students for the last three years, providing an annual six-week virtual songwriting workshop series featuring its top music business experts and renowned songwriters and producers. This year’s workshop was a hybrid experience, taking place virtually over Zoom and concluding with an in-person listening party and feedback sessions at the Academy. The 2022 cohort of ten students shared their original music and got insight from music industry experts including producer and GRAMMY award-winning songwriter Varren Wade, Founding Soulsville President & CEO Deanie Parker, Concord Sr. VP of A&R Jeremy Yohai, and Concord A&R Sr. Manager Matthew Megan. Over the six-week workshop, discussion topics ranged from songwriting for media such as film and TV, writing for their own artist projects versus for other artists as well as working through writing techniques, song arrangement, production and more.

Kate Loesch
KOBALT HIRES KATE LOESCH AS SR. DIRECTOR CREATIVE

KOBALT HIRES KATE LOESCH AS SR. DIRECTOR CREATIVE: Kobalt has announced the hiring of Kate Loesch, Senior Director, Creative. Based in Los Angeles, Loesch is tasked with signing artists and writers as well as working with the global Kobalt creative roster. Originally from New York, Loesch has built a successful career signing and developing artists at major labels, including UMG and Sony Music for over seven years. Most recently, at Capitol Music Group, she A&R'd across genres and helped bring a new and exciting class of artists to CMG's roster, specializing in development and left-of-center sounds. Her signing roster included singer-songwriters Jutes, DeathbyRomy, Emeline, as well as one of the pioneers of emo rap/rock, Lil Tracy, and rapper Toosii. Kate also worked closely with Masego, whose project received a Grammy nomination for Best Progressive R&B Album last year.

Copyright Loyalty Board
COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD OFFICIALLY ACCEPTS NEW RATES

COPYRIGHT ROYALTY BOARD OFFICIALLY ACCEPTS NEW RATES: The Copyright Royalty Board recently accepted a settlement known as ‘Phonorecords IV’ or ‘CRB IV’ that will improve streaming royalty rates for songwriters and commenced January 1, 2023. The settlement ensures that songwriters and music publishers will be paid a headline rate of 15.35% of a given interactive streaming service’s US revenue by 2027. This will be phased in throughout the five-year period beginning with a rate of 15.1% in 2023. Music publishers may be paid via a ‘Total Content Costs’ calculation that ensures song rightsholders are paid a certain minimum figure as to what each service pays recorded music rightsholders in a year. Services affected by the new CRB IV rates include Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google/YouTube Music, Pandora, and Spotify.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mike Dungan, Dan Chertoff, Taylor Testa, Ericka Coulter, Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Josh Favor, Catherine Wharton, Jeanette Perez, Mike Knoblach, Kevin Weaver, Jason Iley, Cathy Mathalone, Troy Carter and Rudy Chung.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mike Dungan, Dan Chertoff, Taylor Testa, Ericka Coulter, Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Josh Favor, Catherine Wharton, Jeanette Perez, Mike Knoblach, Kevin Weaver, Jason Iley, Cathy Mathalone, Troy Carter and Rudy Chung.


JACKASS OF THE WEEK

Have you ever sent a text message you regretted, clicked on the wrong link, posted an inappropriate message or image on social media, 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 lives. The New Year has started out very cold, wet and rainy in most parts of the world, however that hasn’t stopped jackass moments from occurring even with new year resolutions! Click HERE to get a dose of some unsightly New Year’s behavior in this unseasonably cold and snowy weather.


A&R WORLDWIDE'S ARTIST OF THE WEEK - LUKE NOA A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – LUKE NOA

Luke Noa

When he was barely in his teens, Germany's Luke Noa began writing songs and playing his first shows with his band Luke Noa and the Basement Beats. Early in their career, they won a band competition which led to a gig at the Southside Festival–that was the catalyst for Luke’s career. After high school graduation, Noa has worked tirelessly on his songwriting and live shows. With musical influences ranging from Rikas and Go Go Berlin, Noa is now considered one of the most talented German songwriters of his generation. In November, he released his EP Wide Awake, which details Noa’s love for Italy in the 80s, of past awakenings and newfound love in finely honed and arranged songs. The EP’s title track begins with a scratchy guitar strumming, with massive drums and intricate choirs with lyrics reminiscent to U2’s “With Or Without You.” Listen to “Wide Awake” HERE, and you can contact mgmt@luke-noa.com for additional information on Luke Noa, as well as available opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE'S VIDEO OF THE WEEK - LIME CORDIALE A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – LIME CORDIALE

Lime Cordiale
Australian duo Lime Cordiale had an exceptional year as the Leimbach brothers finished six months of touring, which included over 80 shows and 21 countries as they impressed European, UK and American audiences. Their video for “Apple Crumble” received an ARIA nomination for Best Video and they had a number of headline New Year’s shows. Instead of taking break and slowing down, Louis and Oli released a brand-new single for their fans titled “Colin.” The song is inspired by childhood memories and the melodies that guided them. The track is filled with nostalgia and inspiration for Colin Hay of Men At Work, who soundtracked their formative years. The band were introduced to Colin in Los Angeles and now the three are friends. One day during the lockdown, Colin would go live on Instagram with his guitar and Oli picked up his guitar and played along with him and that afternoon, he wrote the beginning of the song that would end up being “Colin.” Experience the video for “Colin” HERE, and contact Andrew Stone at andrew@chuggmusic.com for additional information and any available opportunities with Lime Cordiale.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 1/8/2023


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, January 8th, 2023: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 50 radio stations on six continents weekly including: Flux FM Berlin, Germany; NINETYSIX Radio (Indonesia); JioSaavn (India); Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; WZRH–FM New Orleans, LA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix, AZ; KRML “102.1FM” Carmel, CA; KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno, CA; Radio 1, Mumbai, India; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); 96.2 ZFM The Netherlands; WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM” Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, OH; 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; Rock 96.5FM Zambia; 897 FM Bratislava, Slovakia; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, NY; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia; WRUR 88.5FM Rochester, NY; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY; KZND Anchorage, AK; KQCJ Quad Cities, IL; Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany; Indie Xfm Los Angeles and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States, as well as many others internationally.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

DOLORES FOREVER – “Funeral” (Sweat Music, Sweden)
HUNDRED REASONS – “Glorious Sunset” (Fierce Panda/SO Recordings, UK)
NOBLE – “Lost In You” (Metrosonic Records, Portugal)
CIRCA WAVES – “Do You Wanna Talk” (Unsigned, UK)
RHETT REPKO – “Tell Me That It’s Not Over” (Unsigned, N. America)
MASI MASI – “Moaner Lisa” (Unsigned, UK)
INHALER – “Love Will Get You There” (Polydor, Ireland)
BELDON HAIGH – “Money Back” (Unsigned, UK)
RED RUM CLUB – “Vanilla” (Modern Sky, UK)
SLOPES – “This Is Goodbye” (Sony, Norway)
WILL LINLEY – “All The Girls” (BMG, South Africa)
THE LOTTERY WINNERS – “Love Yourself” (Modern Sky, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Shot Shot Cherry” (Polydor France)
THE RILLS – “Landslide” (Unsigned, UK)
APECS – “Baby Prophet (Unsigned, UK)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
OLI FOX - “Half As Much” (AmperSounds, UK)
THE AMAZONS – “How Will I Know” (Fiction/UMG, UK)
KAMRAD – “I Believe” (Sony, Germany)
THE FEENS – “Eyes Open” (Digital Disto, UK)
MONSTER FLORENCE – “Borstal” (Project Melody Music, UK)
MOLLY PAYTON – “Ruins” (BUG Records, UK)
TEENAGE DADS – “Teddy” (City Pop, Australia)
MADYX – “Trip Around The Sun” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Telephone Love” (Jam X Recordings, UK)
CAT BURNS – “People Pleaser” (Sony, UK)
PALE WAVES – “Clean” (Dirty Hit, UK)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Reputation” (Unsigned, Scotland)
EUT – “Step By Step” (V2, Holland)
ASYLUMS – “Instant Coffee” (Cool Thing Records, UK)
SURF ROCK IS DEAD – “Tough Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
LOUIS BERRY – “It’s Gonna Take Time” (Unsigned, UK)
DEAF HAVANA – “Going Clear” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE HAUNTED YOUTH – “Teen Rebel (Mayday Records, Belgium)



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