Wednesday, 21 January 2015


Self-service ticketing system provider Ticketscript has appointed a new CTO, André Buren, who will take over from the company's co-founder Ruben Van Den Heuvel, who is shifting over to the job of Head Of Product Innovation.

Psonar, the UK-based pay-as-you-go streaming music company that first emerged in 2011, has announced the appointment of artist manager and The Orchard co-founder Scott Cohen as non-executive Chairman

Arts Council England has announced that Classic FM MD Darren Henley will take over as its new CEO. Davey is moving to head up BBC Radio 3.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers HAS announced the appointment of Elizabeth (Beth) Matthews as the organization’s new CEO. Matthews, former Exec VP and General Counsel of the organization, replaces CEO retiree John LoFrumento, who has worked with ASCAP for 33 years and as CEO for 17 years. Matthews begins her tenure immediately.

The Featured Artists Coalition has announced that is appointing a full-time CEO for the first time in the form of Paul Pacifico. Previously board members Mark Kelly and Crispin Hunt had worked as part-time co-CEOs for the artist repping group.

Deezer has announced the appointment of a new CEO, Dr Hans-Holger Albrecht, who will replace former top man Axel Dauchez, who announced he was departing from the digital streaming company back in April. Deezer jas also confirmed it has purchased Muve Music from AT&T, giving it a sizable userbase over night. The service will be promoted by Cricket Wireless to its mobile customers moving forward under the arrangement. Deezer's North American CEO Tyler Goldman said: "Muve has been one of the bright spots in the music subscription category in terms of getting very significant penetration, like what Spotify did in the Nordics and Deezer did in France. But Muve has been a little bit under the radar, especially outside the US. For a long time it was the largest subscription service in the US, now it's probably the second largest. So over the course of this year, that means Deezer will become one of the largest players in the US".

Music therapy charity Nordoff-Robins has announced Julie Whelan as its new CEO, replacing Marcus Stephan who had been in the role since February 2013. Whelan joins from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

PR man Jon Lawrence has left Stoked to set up his own company, Chalk Press Agency. Clients include Haim, St Vincent, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, Kyla La Grange, Broods and Denai Moore.

Ash Collins has joined Sony Music UK's RCA publicity team as Senior Publicist. Collins has previously worked for Universal, Toast and 9PR. 

And Andy Fixmer has joined Universal Music as the new VP Global Communications. He joins from Bloomberg and will be based at Universal Music's Santa Monica HQ, reporting into Exec VP and Head Of Global Communications Will Tanous.

Universal Music Group has announced two new appointments, with Marc Cimino named Universal Music Publishing's Chief Operating Officer and Narcís Rebollo made President of Universal Music Iberian Peninsula.

US-based music group Primary Wave has announced the merger of its talent management division with Intellectual Artists Management to create, what it's calling "a full service entertainment management company with talent spanning creative industries, from music to film to television and literary". Primary Wave had already added to its talent management business recently by acquiring film and TV agency Evolution Entertainment Partners. The new business, which will operate under the Primary Wave brand, will be headed up by both Primary Wave CEO Larry Mestel and Intellectual Artists boss David Guillod, with Evolution CEO Mark Burg as Vice Chairman.

Former Warner Music executive Conrad Withey has been confirmed as CEO of a new artist development label called PopShack, built on the back of a YouTube-focused multi-channel network business led by marketeer Abi Hanna, who is also Withey's wife.

Apple has acquired Semetric, the London-based business behind music analytics service Musicmetric.

Nick Roden, formerly of ADA and Defected Records, has just been named Director Of International Business Development at music distributor INgrooves.

Alissa Crevier, formerly of Spotify, has just been named Global Head Of Brand at direct-to-fan platform PledgeMusic.

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