Tuesday, 14 July 2015


Cécile Rap-Veber has been named Director of International Collections at French collection society SACEM – which represents over 153,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in the region.

TIDAL has lost its second CEO in two months as Peter Tonstad RESIGNED FROM the HD streaming company. Tonstad becAme interim CEO of TIDAL in April after ex-boss Andy Chen parted ways with the company.

ATC Live, the booking agency that is a sister business to the ATC artist management group, has announced that Clementine Bunel and Cecile Communal of 2 For The Road Events are joining the company. They bring to the ATV agency their roster of acts that includes Benjamin Clementine, Songhoy Blues, Stromae, Mulatu Astatke and Francois & The Atlas Mountains.

Bestival promoters Josie da Bank and Ziggy Gilsenan have launched House of Bestival, offering event consultancy, creative production and prop hire. 

Former AEG Live UK boss Rob Hallett has announced an alliance between his new business Robomagic and the Standon Calling festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Confirming he had now taken a role on the Hertfordshire festival's management team, Hallet told reporters last week: "I am thrilled about Robomagic's first festival connection and look forward to working with the existing management team towards the growth of one of the UK's most exciting and innovative events".

Bertelsmann-owned Arvato has a new CEO, Fernando Carro, after Achim Berg left the German company. Bertelsmann said it "regretted" Berg's departure.

The new live music wing of Global Entertainment has taken a "significant strategic stake" in UK promoter Broadwick Live, best known for its festivals Snowbombing and Festival No.6.

And staying with Global, the UK radio major, and growing artist management and live music business has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, Darren Singer, who joins the media and entertainment firm from the Guardian Media Group.

And ..... The Radio Academy has appointed a new Managing Director, Roger Cutsforth, who has had a long career in commercial radio, most recently at Global Radio.

Musician and manager Ben Ward has joined The Agency Group (TAG) as a live booking agent. Ward, frontman of heavy metal act Orange Goblin, has previously worked in music management at One Fifteen, where he looked after artists such as David Gilmour, Pink Floyd, Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Mick Ralphs, Ian Hunter and the Syd Barrett estate. He has also worked as a tour manager. He will become part of TAG’s UK rock department, headed by Paul Ryan. And Chris Richards is joining TAG as an agent in its Los Angeles office. Richards founded Autonomous Music, a boutique booking agency and management firm based in Portland, Oregon, US, that has been integral in transitioning a growing community of electronic artists out of a soft ticket environment and into hard ticket headline touring acts. Industry veteran Bruce Solar has left TAG, joining Agency for the Performing Arts (APA) as executive vice president for worldwide music, taking Eels, The Monkees, Pyschedelic Furs and Bootsy Collins with him.  He follows in the path of Steve Martin, Andy Somers, Va Wolfe and Set Rappaport who also switched from TAG to APA.

Universal Music Publishing has promoted its VP of Income Tracking, Randi Olsen, to the role of Senior VP Of Income Tracking and Analytics. 

Shamal Ranasinghe - best known as co-founder of direct-to-fan platform Topspin - has been appointed Pandora's VP Of Product Management, Artists And Music Makers.

The MD of rock music media firm TeamRock, Chris Ingham, is leaving the company, nearly two decades after first joining one of its flagship titles Metal Hammer.

Sony Music Entertainment Australia has appointed Ryan Wilson to the role of Director, Electronic Music. Wilson is responsible for identifying new electronic music artists and tracks for both recording and broader rights arrangements with Sony Music, as well as marketing those artists in Australia and Asia.

Sony Music Nashville have confirmed the hiring of Randy Goodman as the company’s new Chairman/CEO, effective immediately.

Ticketmaster has announced a series of appointments in the US relating to digital media and technology. Jeff Somers is the new chief product officer and joins from from eBay North America Marketplaces; Kat Frederick is SVP, product strategy, joining from PriceGrabber; Catherine Martin is the new VP, communications, and joins from Edelman; and Ismail Elshareef, VP, open platform and innovation, from Edmunds.com.

John Berry, the Artistic Director of the English National Opera, has resigned after 10 years with the ENO. He is the third senior member of staff to leave joining Chairman Martyn Rose and executive director Henriette Gotz who both left in January. 

Distiller Music Group has appointed Chloe Gold as its new Head Of Marketing. She joins from [PIAS] Co-operative, where she was UK Product Manager.

The UK Government has selected a panel of eight industry specialists to advise on a “root and branch” fundamental review of the BBC’s mission and operations and its Royal Charter which governs its scope and operations - including the future of the much criticised BBC Trust and most importantly the Licence Fee: The industry advisory group - the so called 'gang of eight' includes Dawn Airey, senior vp of Yahoo’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, who is also a former chairman and CEO of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, and Andrew Fisher, executive chairman of Shazam. The other members are former Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon, Colette Bowe, chairman of the Banking Standards Board, President of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer and former chair of U.K. media regulator Ofcom, Darren Henley, the CEO of the Arts Council England, Ashley Highfield, CEO of newspaper company Johnston Press and former director at the BBC, founder/CEO of NewAsianPost.com and Diversity UK Lopa Patel and Stewart Purvis, a British broadcaster and academic who was formerly editor-in-chief and CEO of ITN.

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