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Musical Chairs — Week 16, 2022

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Mike Shinoda, co-founder of US rock band Linkin Park, has been appointed as Community Innovation Advisor at Warner Recorded Music (WRM) to “serve as a sounding board for Warner Recorded Music as the company looks to experiment with new and emerging technologies.” Warner Music said that in this “first-of-its-kind post,” Shinoda will work closely with the company’s leadership and business development teams “to help shape the company’s artist-centric approach to Web3.” “With Shinoda’s support, WRM will continue to partner with artists to bring their creative visions to life and build communities across new platforms, products, and experiences, while exploring new revenue streams,” said Warner Music. “There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to Web3; every artist and community is unique,” said Shinoda. “Warner has made some strong first steps in this space, and I look forward to playing a role in further exploration — supporting artists in creating new opportunities, and connecting with fans in unimaginable new ways.” Max Lousada, CEO, Warner Recorded Music, said: “Central to our DNA at Warner is that we start with the artist experience. A passionate creative who’s deeply embedded in the rapidly evolving world of Web3, Mike’s perspective here will be invaluable. As we continue to accelerate deals and build out our expertise across the company, together we’ll navigate the possibilities at the intersection of music and technology with thoughtfulness and authenticity — to the benefit of our entire musical community.”

Bob Roback, the CEO of Ingrooves Music Group, is leaving the Universal Music Group-owned services and distribution company for the independent sector after seven years in the job. In a memo sent to his staff, disclosed by MBW, Roback said: “[There] is no easy way to say that the time has come for me to pass the Ingrooves CEO torch and pursue new challenges. The same entrepreneurial spirit that brought me to Ingrooves is now drawing me to a new path.” Roback was instrumental in the global growth of the company, in particular in the past two years. He also engineered the sale to UMG in 2019. Said Roback: “I have no doubt that Ingrooves will continue to succeed and innovate beyond expectations. I am proud of our team and grateful for all of the contributions you have each made.”

Ingrooves’ Bob Roback

Sarah Feldman has been appointed Director of Creative at Reach Music‘s newly-opened Nashville office. Feldman used to work as consultant for Reach, and will be in charge of all creative matters, including A&R and songwriter collaborations. Reach Music was founded by Michael Closter in New York City almost 30 years ago. Reach’s catalogue includes works from Zac Brown, Chuck D, Common, Lisa Loeb, John Mayer, Lindsey Stirling and Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton. “We initially worked with Sarah Feldman as a local consultant and she did an impressive job supporting our clients and copyrights in all creative matters,” Closter notes. “Once we had set up an office in Nashville, it was a natural progression and perfect scenario to be able to offer Sarah this full-time position.”

Reach Music’s Sarah Feldman

The newly appointed Executive Editor of The New York Times, Joseph F. Kahn, has named two veteran Times journalists, Marc Lacey and Carolyn Ryan, to serve as Managing Editors, effective on June 14. “Both will share with me responsibility for overseeing the breadth of our coverage and news operation,” said Kahn in a memo to staff. Lacey, 56, was Assistant Managing Editor who previously oversaw The Times’s national coverage; and Ryan, 57, was Deputy Managing Editor, overseeing the hiring of more than 400 journalists.

Jonathan Vlassopulos, currently VP, Global Head Of Music at gaming and metaverse platform Roblox, has announced in a LinkedIn post that he intends to step down from his job. “At the end of the month, I’ll be moving on from Roblox,” wrote Vlassopulos. “While it has been a dream job and I’m immensely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, the time has come to embark on my next adventure.” Vlassopulos did not disclose what his “next adventure” will be. He said he would stay on as an advisor to Roblox to help the platform “continue to execute on their music strategy.” He is widely credited from bringing the new metaverse platform closer to the music sector. He added: “I came on board, thanks to [Roblox General Counsel] Mark Reinstra, to lead our expansion beyond games into music as we sought to reach a new and older demo of users with a plan to establish ourselves as a leader in the space.” Vlassopulos said his plan was “to conceive and create new formats for artists to connect directly with their fans, unlock new monetisation opportunities, license a rights cleared music catalog for our devs and build a top class team.”

EUROPE

Warner Music has promoted Izabela Ciszek-Podziemska to the newly created position of General Manager of Warner Music South East Europe. In this new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the company’s operations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. She reports to Alfonso Perez-Soto, President of Emerging Markets, Warner Recorded Music. Ciszek-Podziemska was previously Head of Business Development, South East Europe at Warner Music. In that role, she was responsible for securing exclusive licensing and distribution deals with a number of leading music companies in the region. Ciszek-Podziemska commented: “Over the last few years, we’ve been building great relationships with some of the region’s most exciting and engaged music companies. We plan to keep developing our relationships, while expanding our remit even further across the region. There are so many incredible artists here and I hope to help them reach a global audience. Ciszek-Podziemska started her career at BMG, before taking on the role of Head of Music at ITI Film Studio. She also worked for Sony Music Entertainment before joining Warner Music in 2016 as Digital Business Development Manager for South East Europe. She was promoted to Head of Business Development for South East Europe in 2020. Perez-Soto added: “Iza is a brilliant executive who has done a fantastic job growing our business in South East Europe. This new role will give her greater responsibility and the backing to go and find more great artists like Minelli. We want to partner with local experts from the region and help them develop a new generation of international superstars.”

Warner Music’s Izabela Ciszek-Podziemska

UK

Jane Carter has been promoted to President of Universal Production Music, a division of Universal Music Publishing Group in charge of production music. Based in London, she reports to Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG. Previously, Carter served as Managing Director in the UK for Universal Production Music. In her new role, Carter will “oversee the entirety of Universal Production Music and its entities worldwide, leading the company’s innovation and production music growth strategy across the rapidly evolving content creation business.” UMPG said that through the promotion, Carter became the first woman to lead global production at a major music publishing company. Gerson said, “Jane’s much-deserved promotion to President is an indication of my commitment to solidifying Universal Production Music as the premier production library in the world through improved technology, innovation and best-in-class music.” Carter added, “Universal Production Music is a successful company with original and creative thinking at its heart. I’m looking forward to working with our global teams to propel the business into its next phase.” Prior to joining Universal Production Music, Carter was Business Manager and Executive Producer for film composer George Fenton, managing his Publishing catalogue and live event portfolio. Carter was also responsible for Fenton’s partnership with BBC Worldwide. She also has worked with composers such Michael Nyman, Max Richter, Craig Armstrong and Steven Price. Carter has also held roles at BBC Worldwide Music Publishing, BBC Music and Warner Classics UK.

UMPG’s Jane Carter

ISRAEL

Noah Roth has joined data platform and asset management company Revelator as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Based in Jerusalem, Israel, Roth reports to Revelator COO Herb Zlotogorsky. His role is to “usher in the music services company’s next phase of growth at a time of increased innovation in the industry.” He was Vice President Global Sales & New Customer Acquisition at Azami Global, an Intellectual Property technology and services start-up. “Noah brings essential expertise to Revelator at a vital time, when we have built a dedicated customer base but are now ready to do so much more, as the music business is expanding and growing more complex and multifaceted,” said Bruno Guez, founder and CEO of Revelator. “His fresh, but informed perspective is the perfect fit for what we need right now.” Roth said: “What’s really exciting about Revelator is what the company is building at the intersection of web2 and 3. The company’s sales have grown by more than 100% in a year. Revelator’s product has proven product-market fit in a large market. A strong core product, plus a groundbreaking innovative one, means Revelator is uniquely positioned to take off, something I’m looking forward to being a part of.”

Revelator’s Noah Roth

JAPAN

Japanese songwriter GEN Tetsuya has been elected as Chairman of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). He will serve for a two-year-term ending March 31, 2024. He previously served as Chairman of JASRAC’s Distribution Committee. He replaces Haku Ide. “I strongly believe that now is the time for rights-owners and JASRAC to grow together for the development of music in Japan and for peace around the world, believing in the power of music,” said Tetsuya.

JASRAC’s Gen Tetsuya

Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Golnar Khosrowshahi, David Israelite and Mike O’Neil will deliver keynotes at IMPF’s Global Music Summit in Palma

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Golnar Khosrowshahi, Founder & CEO, Reservoir Media; David Israelite. President & CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and Mike O’Neill, President & CEO of US music rights society BMI have been confirmed as keynote speakers for the IMPF Global Music Summit, organised by the Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) in Palma October 1-4.

Co-funded by the EU’s Creative Europe programme, the IMPF Global Music Summit Palma will take place for the thi...

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AEPO-ARTIS outlines key priorities for the Hungarian Presidency of the EU

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AEPO-ARTIS — the organisation representing 39 European performers' collective management organisations from 29 different countries — has urged the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union to focus on "strengthening cultural participation and the role of culture in society" as priorities of the European Work Plan forCulture 2023-2026.

In a letter to Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who acts as President of the Council for the European Union for the six months ending December 31, 2024...

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Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and BMG seal a strategic partnership

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Montréal-based Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Bertelsmann-owned music company BMG have announced a new strategic partnership to manage Cirque du Soleil’s music catalogue and "explore a range of music-oriented collaborative initiatives."

Under the agreement, BMG will now serve as the record label home for Cirque du Soleil’s catalogue of original scores, soundtracks, and new album releases, as well as the music publishing home administering its compositions. In addition, the two part...

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