Executive Turntable: Moves at Q&A, Warner Records, Big Loud/Maverick & More

Courtesy of Warner Records
     

On August 12, music and technology company Q&A announced the appointments of Clarissa Reformina as vice president of creator services, Ray Kurzeka as vp of digital strategy and Austin Hurwitz as vp of music operations.

Before joining Q&A, Reformina was at Paradigm where she created high impact opportunities around music releases to increase exposure for artists. Kurzeka joins Q&A from Universal where he was leading the commercial team at Caroline/Capitol overseeing a vast roster of artists and labels, breaking some of the top streaming artists in Pop and Hip-Hop including Halsey, Migos and NF. Hurwitz spent the last five years as the content acquisitions manager for Amazon Music.

 


 

Warner Records named Jason Heller as senior vp of business & legal affairs, the company announced August 13. Heller will be based in New York, where he will report to the label’s executive vp and head of business & legal affairs, Julian Petty.

"Jason is a tremendous addition to our new team at Warner Records," said Petty in a press release. “Over the past 17 years, both in the label world and in private practice, he’s helped forge agreements with artists at every level of development, from up-and-coming talent to superstars. I’ve negotiated against him on several deals throughout the years and witnessed his legal prowess firsthand. Jason has a fantastic reputation across the music and legal communities, and I’m very happy that he’s come on board to help us make Warner the place where artists’ rights are fiercely protected and their dreams are realized.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Warner Records at this transformational moment in the company’s history,” said Heller. “Tom and Aaron are developing an incredible roster and building on the label’s amazing legacy, and I’m excited to be part of the action. It’s a dynamic time to be part of this business, in which the possibilities for artists and their music are endless. I want to thank Julian for giving me this wonderful new opportunity.”

 


 

Big Loud / Maverick welcomed Ryan Kroon as a day-to-day manager on Tuesday (August 13). 

“When someone of Ryan’s caliber shows interest in joining our company, we jump at the opportunity to bring him in,” shares Big Loud partner/manager Chief Zaruk. “He is a true professional in every way and we cannot wait to see what he brings to our rapidly-growing team!”

Formerly at Red Light Management, Kroon handled day-to-day management for Country superstar Sam Hunt plus new talents Everette and Conner Smith. 

 


 

Angela Nguyen was promoted to vp of Warner Music Artist Services (WMAS), the in-house merchandising, e-commerce, and digital marketing arm of Warner Music Group’s artist/label services division, WEA, the company announced August 14. Nguyen will be based in New York, where she will continue to report to Dan Goldberg, senior vp, WMAS.

In her new role, Nguyen will oversee WMAS’ digital operations, project management and technology teams while leading organizational strategies and tactical planning for innovation and growth across existing and evolving channels.

"Angela is an absolute star,” said Goldberg in a statement. “Her command, strategic-thinking, and attention to detail have directly led to us implementing our most successful programs to date. She’s proven to be a remarkable leader and continually delivers the highest caliber of work for our artists and clients across Artist Services.”

 


 

Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) is relocating and expanding to 155 Avenue of the Americas. The privately-held Downtown, which owns, manages and develops multiple businesses within the music industry, has leased 26,399 square feet comprising the top two floors of the building -- an expansion that more than doubles their current 10,000-square-foot footprint. NKF executive managing director Ross Perlman and managing director Ryan Gessin represented Downtown in the transaction.

“We are pleased to have identified a global headquarters that will support Downtown’s growth and maturity as a firm,” said Perlman in a press release. “155 Avenue of the Americas offers the perfect modern creative workspace for a company that continues to be at the forefront of today’s fast-changing music industry.”

“Our business has strong roots here in New York as the global music industry’s cultural and economic center. With our new headquarters just a few blocks from where we first started in Soho, Downtown can continue advancing our mission to create a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem around the world, while supporting the growth of our diverse music industry here at home,” said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings.

 


 

Acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Kris Davis will join Berklee College of Music as associate program director of creative development for the Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, the school announced August 14. Davis will assist in teaching composition and contemporary improvisation courses for the Institute, and developing programs and events related to gender parity in jazz.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Davis has been based in New York for the past 18 years. After moving to New York to pursue music, Davis began a lengthy and acclaimed recording and composition career, blending elements of jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music. Since 2003, she has recorded and performed with artists such as John Zorn, Tyshawn Sorey and Terri Lyne Carrington, the institute’s founder and artistic director. 

"I'm elated to welcome Kris Davis to the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice," said Carrington in a statement. "Kris has made a tremendous impact on the music scene, and truly embodies the spirit of jazz innovation -- understanding its history while moving the music forward. I know she will make an important and lasting impression on her students and the Berklee community through her work and teachings."


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