The Latest Music Industry Gigs: Spotify, LiveXLive, BMI, Sony/ATV, UMPG, Empire, Big Loud, More
Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.
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Spotify is spilling with a number of executive changes. Nick Holmsten, who was head of music at Spotify, is stepping down from his role and becoming an adviser to several areas of the company. Jeremy Erlich and Marian Dicus will provisionally head the music department until a replacement for Holmsten is found.
Separately, Spotify has tapped David Rhodes, the former president of CBS News, as a consultant to help steer podcasting and news-focused audio programming. Amy Hudson, formerly Facebook’s head of sports media partnerships for North America, has also been recruited to lead sports podcasting initiatives and strategy.
Elsewhere, Rahman Dukes is becoming head of urban programming at LiveXLive Media, where he will create, develop and produce programming for the company. In December of last year, Dukes played a key role in the company’s inaugural LiveZone.
Over at Kobalt, Silicon Valley e-commerce vet Johan Land has been hired as chief product officer. Land takes over from current CPO Simon Dennett, who is assuming a non-executive board seat at Kobalt’s collection subsidiary, AMRA.
Jody Williams, who has been president of creative at BMI since 2006, will be leaving his role at the company at the end of the year, but he will stay on with them in a consultancy role throughout next year.
At Def Jam Recordings, Rodney Shealey has been promoted to Executive Vice President, while Theda Sandiford has been upped to Senior Vice President of Commerce.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced that they have promoted Kristina Hedrick to vice president of U.S. business development, where she will work in the company’s New York headquarters. She will be responsible for analyzing U.S. songwriting deals.
Also in the publishing sphere, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is announcing a number of changes.
Stephen J. Dallas has been named Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development, while David Gray and Walter Jones have been tapped as Co-Heads of A&R.
Independent record label and distributor Empire has launched a new division in Nashville and has named Eric Hurt as its vice president of Artists and Repertoire. He was previously the senior director of creative at Black River Entertainment.
Big Loud has appointed Austen Adams as its chief operating officer of both its record and publishing divisions.
Interscope Geffen A&M Records has hired Cara Donatto as both an executive vice president and head of media strategy and communications.
Jayne Stynes, who previously worked for Eleven Management, has become the new general manager of the Music Managers Forum.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has added Tommy Boy president Rosie Lopez to its executive committee for 2020.
Andreas Katsambas has become BMG’s executive vice president for Latin America and Canada, which is a new role created as the company continues to expand internationally.
Elsewhere, The Marathon Music Group has named former Ministry of Sound Recordings/Sony Music UK executive James Farrelly as its global trade marketing director.