The Canadian Independent Record Production Assn. (CIRPA) has appointed publicist Cori Ferguson as executive director and president-designate, effective June 6.

The Canadian Independent Record Production Assn. (CIRPA) has appointed publicist Cori Ferguson as executive director and president-designate, effective June 6.

Brian Chater will remain president of CIRPA until Jan. 31, 2006, at which time Ferguson will assume the title of president/CEO of CIRPA.

For the past six years Ferguson has operated Toronto-based Cori Ferguson Publicity & Artist Management. The company largely catered to independent music clients.

During those six years she also established and headed the Canadian office of Artemis Records. Prior to establishing her own company, Ferguson spent eight years as a publicist with Universal Music Canada.


The Firm Loses Partner

By Ray Waddell

Sources confirm that Andy Gould, longtime partner of Jeff Kwatinetz at the Firm, is in negotiations to leave in an amicable split as Gould's contract expires.

Linkin Park and their manager Rob McDermott, who came to the Firm with Gould, will stay with the Firm. It is expected that longtime Gould client Rob Zombie will stay with Gould.

Gould's exit follows the news last month that Simon Renshaw (Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken, Anastacia, Miranda Lambert) left the Firm to start his own company, Los Angeles-based Strategic Artist Management.