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Universal Music Australia President George Ash to step down at the end of the year

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Universal Music Australia & New Zealand President George Ash will step down at the end of the year. The company said a successor will be appointed “at a later date."

UMG said in a statement that Ash's departure was “a long-planned personal decision to focus on new goals and projects, whilst leaving the company under the leadership of a new generation of executives, who will continue to build on the legacy of creative and commercial success that has flourished during his tenure.”

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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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Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas sign global deals with Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing

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Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Droptine Music Publishing have partnered to sign country songwriters and performers Russell Sutton and Tommy Karlas to global publishing deals.

Sutton has penned songs such as his his first No.1 single 'My Boy' by Elvie Shane and 'Whiskey On You' by Nate Smith. Karlas has written songs for artists including Blake Shelton, Warren Zeiders, Old Dominion, Randy Travis, and Montgomery Gentry. He released his debut songwriter album entitled 'Put It In Drive'.
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BMI promotes a group of executives from within its creative team

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US music rights society Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has announced a series of promotions within the company’s Creative team.

Rafael Martinez has been appointed to newly created roles as Vice President, Strategy and Business Affairs, Creative. Based in New York, he reports to BMI’s Executive Vice President, Creative and Licensing, Mike Steinberg. Martinez joined BMI in 2014 as a Director of Business Affairs and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Business Affairs and Creative in 2019.
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Musical chairs — Week 5, 2023

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BMG's Thomas Coesfeld

German entertainment and media group Bertelsmann has picked Thomas Coesfeld to succeed Hartwig Masuch as CEO of music division BMG, effective January 1, 2024. Coesfeld has served as CFO of BMG since April 2021. The change in leadership is part of “a long-term succession plan,” according to Bertelsmann. Masuch will remain associated with Bertelsmann in an advisory capacity. Coesfeld will also take a seat on the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee (GMC), whic...

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