Monday, 13 October 2014

The Revolving Door

In the wake of the 'Tinderbox' row in Denmark,  two co-founders of the new festival and staffers with Scandanavian booking agency have left the agency. Brian Nielsen and Flemming Myllerup, who are also involved in the Northside and Grim Feast festivals, have seemingly departed in a bid to relieve some of the tension in Scandanavian. Roskilde Festival, Smukfest, Nibe Festival and Jelling Musikfestival had all refused to work with Scandinavian because of its ties with Tinderbox. More here.

Neil Diamond has appointed talent agency William Morris Endeavor on a worldwide basis. It's the first time the singer, who is managed by his wife Katie McNeil Diamond, has used the services of a booking agency in some 30 years. Confirming the deal, WME's Head Of Music Marc Geiger told reporters: "Neil is truly a living legend and remains one of the most influential and prolific artists of all time. We are incredibly honoured to be working with him as he embarks on another step in his remarkable career". Diamond has also signed ti Universal Music Publishing.

Canadian Music Week has announced Justin Kwan as the event's new Festival Manager. Kwan will manage the festival's bookings department, oversee venue relations and production requirements and contribute to the festival's programming, expansion and creative direction.

Madison Square Gardens has appointed David Goodman as its president of productions and live entertainment. he joins from broadcaster CBS. And MSG, the joint venture between MSG and Irving Azoff has acquired a 50% stake in ATM Artists, the EDM specialist.

Music and entertainment law firm Collins Long has announced the appointment of Praveen Bhatia as a Partner at the business, joining the company from Sheridans.

The family of rock guitarist Malcolm Young have confirmed reports that the 61 year old AC/DC man has been diagnosed with dementia. AC/DC had announced that Young was retiring from the band and he's been replaced in all capacities by his nephew, Stevie Young.

Panos Ayassotelis of Paragon Artists and Eli Booker at ATM Artists, both booking agents who specialise in EDM,  have launched a new agency together called Connected Artists. Between them represent the likes of Avicii, Erick Morillo, Moby and Axwell /\ Ingrosso.

Roger Waters is NOT in Pink Floyd! he has issued a statement saying "David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called 'Endless River'. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd. I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago. I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, 'Momentary Lapse Of Reason' and 'The Division Bell', nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with 'Endless River'. Phew! This is not rocket science, people. Get a grip".

The Mute Group has promoted David McGinnis, a Mute man since 1999, to the position of Head Of Mute Song, the firm's publishing company.

•Steph Segaer, formerly of Domino Records and most recently of Stellar PR, is returning to former employer Columbia Records, within Sony Music UK, as Senior Radio Promotions Manager.

•The Chief Executive of UK media regulator OfCom Ed Richards is to resign at the end of this year. Richards, who has held the position since 2006, has said he feels it is "the right time to move on". 

The head of Universal Music's distribution division in the US, Jim Urie, has announced he will depart the major at the end of the year.  And Scott Greer has been announced as the new Executive Vice President of Universal's Capitol Music Group in the US. "

Warner Bros Australia's MD Mark Poston had stepped down. He took the role in January, a year after leaving his previous record industry role as Chairman of EMI Australia.

Universal Music has announced new expansion plans for Abbey Road Studios and a new Managing Director Isabel Garvey, who replaces Jonathan Smith, Three new recording and mixing spaces are to be built. Two new studios are to be designed with a view to attracting more new artists, while a Dolby Atmos suite will be constructed to help boost Abbey Road's film score business.

Alice Glass of Canada's Crystal Castles is leaving the band to pursue a solo career.

Jockey Club Live, the  joint venture between Jockey Club Racecourses and Live At The Races, has announced a new partnership with AEG Live. Under the new deal, AEG Live will book artists for and promote events at Jockey Club-owned racecourses under the Jockey Club Live banner from next year onwards.

Secondary ticketing company StubHub has employed a new Editor-In-Chief, Jonah Freedman, to oversee music and sports content on it's website 

and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has signed a new management deal with Larry Rudolph's ReignDeer Entertainment.

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