Monday, 14 March 2016


A Greener Festival (AGF), the not for profit live sector environmental group which is celebrating 10 years since the launch of its ground breaking research to help festivals become more sustainable, has announced that Teresa Moore has become a Director of A Greener Festival. Claire O’Neill Co founder and Director of AGF said “We are extremely happy to be announcing this very natural addition to our Directorship. Teresa will bring her considerable training and research experience to the team which will be a great asset to our future plans.” AGF has also relaunched the Greener Festival Awards this year.

It appears that TIDAL's CFO Chris Hart has been fired or 'terminated':  Hart has held the CFO position since 2014, and has worked at Jay Z's company since 2012 Meanwhile, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports that TIDAL COO Nils Juell was removed from his position in the past week.

Jeffrey Azoff is leaving CAA after three-and-half years with the firm, Billboard has confirmed.  The son of music industry veteran Irving Azoff, 30-year-old Jeffrey Azoff, an ILMC New Business Talent nominee in 2016, is launching a new company called Full Stop Management. He brings with him fellow CAA agent Tommy Bruce with whom he worked on such clients as Meghan Trainor and Lukas Graham and Harry styles is rumoured to be joining the roster too. 

Paul Hutton has left Metropolis Music. The leading British concert promoter was a long-serving director of Metropolis, where he had worked for 28 years. Hutton ihas joined the start-up Crosstown Concerts.

Universal Music Group (UMG)’s global boss of merchandising, Tom Bennett, is leaving the business. Bennett has been Chief Executive Officer of Bravado for eight years, being promoted to the role in May 2008. Mat Vlasic is succeeding Bennett as Bravado CEO.

The Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, Randall Abrahams, is also leaving the major - at least the fourth top-level global exec to part ways with UMG in the last month. Last month also saw the shock exit of long-term Universal Music France boss Pascal Negre from UMG, as well as the major's global head of D2C, Russel Coultart. Other recent high-profile news of exec exits from UMG have included the boss of Polydor in the UK, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, who is believed to be leaving the company later this year to establish a JV with Sony Music UK, and the exit of long-time marketing and A&R Director of Universal Music Austria, Peter Draxl, who reportedly left his post at the end of last year (MBW).  Jamie Hole, Int. Director of Universal Music Group, is leaving the major today after more than a decade. He is the son of Max Hole, who left UMG last year. However  Universal Music Group has appointed Sipho Dlamini as Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (English-speaking). And finally the GM of UMG owned Mowtown and one Universal Music Group’s longest-serving executives, Pat Monaco, has left the major after more than two decades. Monaco began his career at Polygram, the company which would later become UMG, after he sold his own Landmark Distribution company to the firm in 1989.

SMG Europe has appointed Andrew Bolt as CEO of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. And SMG has announced that Eduardo Cajina Díaz will take over as GM for Puerto Rico’s largest venue, the 18,100-capacity Coliseo de Puerto Rico. 

After three and a half years, Paul Sergeant has stepped down as CEO of Melbourne’s 53,359-capacity Etihad Stadium in Australia.   He is replaced in the interim by Michael Green, director of operations at the venue’s operator, Melbourne Stadiums Limited. Green joined the stadium in 1998 when it was still under construction.

UK marketing exec Lisa Ward has joined Red Light Management as EVP Artist Strategy, a global role based at the firm’s London offices. Red Light Management represents 250 Artists with 8 offices globally and the company’s current roster spans Artists including Alabama Shakes, Lionel Richie, Bastille, Interpol, R Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Kaiser Chiefs, Oh Wonder, Enrique Iglesias, The Vaccines, Luke Bryan, Belle & Sebastian, Cedric Gervais, Kelis, My Morning Jacket, Sam Hunt, Corinne Bailey Rae and Herbie Hancock.

BMG has appointed Steve Redmond to run its communications worldwide. Redmond will be responsible for all areas of BMG’s communications internally and externally from the company’s artist and songwriter clients and liaison with its shareholder Bertelsmann through to its 500-strong worldwide team, the media, music industry and the wider world.

Phil Savill has been promoted to the new role of Managing Director of the Commercial Music Group at Sony Music UK.  And Ken Marshall has also been promoted, to new position of Senior Marketing Director, Sony Music UK.

Justin Eshak has been named Senior Vice President of A&R At Columbia Records  stepping up from Vice President of A&R at the label. Imran Majid has also been promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R. 

Cooking Vinyl Group is opening a full service label division in New York, overseen by newly-appointed President, Howie Gabriel.

Music industry strategic advisor and former Cooking Vinyl Head of Digital Sammy Andrews has joined independent data solution developer Entertainment Intelligence (Ei) as a Director.

Pandora Media has hired a former spokesman for Uber as the Internet radio service’s director of public affairs in Washington. Taylor Bennett joins Pandora’s five-person public policy and public affairs team.

Former Naxos, ole and AdShare exec Jim Selby has been appointed as the new General Manager of fast-growing music rights company Concord Music Group. Selby was CEO of Naxos of America from 2007 to the end of 2013, when he left the firm to become SVP of Digital at acquisitive Canada-based music rights firm Ole.

Successful artist manager Alistair Norbury has joined BMG in a global role as Executive Vice President International Artists. Norbury, most recently manager of Bryan Ferry and co-manager of James and Texas, will report directly to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch.

Heath Kudler has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Repertoire Acquisition, for Warner Music Group (WMG).

Capitol Music Group will say goodbye to VP of Promotion at Caroline, Dave Lombardi, on March 31.

And finally,  Nick Pacelli has become SVP of Strategic Marketing & Partnerships at Republic Records.

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