Moves at Warner Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, AEG Global Partnerships & More

Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music
Paul Smith

Paul Smith has been promoted to vice president, a&r and international songwriters at Warner Chappell Music, the company announced on Wednesday (Oct. 30). Smith will be based in London and report to Mike Smith, WCM’s UK managing director.

Smith has worked at Warner Chappell since 2016, first as senior international creative manager and most recently as creative director. He previously worked at 365 Artists.

Warner Chappell Music also introduced a new song pitching database that accelerates global collaboration: ARROW.

“The elevation of Paul and creation of ARROW reflect our commitment to finding new ways to better serve our songwriters globally,” said Guy Moot, co-chair and CEO of Warner Chappell Music.  “We’re invested in promoting outstanding executive talent internally, and Paul is the perfect fit to help us drive our international strategy forward.”

“Paul’s passion and enthusiasm for music coupled with a deep knowledge of the market make him a huge asset to Warner Chappell,” added Mike Smith.  “He’s been instrumental in the careers of so many of our songwriters and is always looking for global opportunities to help them take their craft to the next level.”

“I’m delighted to take on this pivotal new role at Warner Chappell,” said Paul Smith. “The songwriting business is more global than ever, and the partnerships we’re seeing across cultures are truly inspiring. There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting songwriters and helping them maximize their collaboration opportunities on an international level.”



Adrian Nunez was appointed vice president, creative a&r at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, it was announced Monday (Oct. 28). He will report to Danny Strick, head of U.S. creative, and be based at the company’s headquarters in New York City.

Nunez joins Sony/ATV from Ultra Music, where he served as vice president of a&r for Ultra Records, Ultra International Music Publishing and Payday Records. Prior to that, he served as director of business and legal affairs and manager of business and legal affairs administration.

“I am excited to have Adrian join our Creative A&R team at Sony/ATV,” said chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Jon Platt.” “Adrian is a talented executive with a truly unique skill set. With experience that spans A&R and business affairs, he brings a valued perspective on developing songwriters creatively and professionally.  Adrian’s impressive career, which includes discovering and cultivating music talent across genres, positions him for a bright future at Sony/ATV.”

"I truly feel honored to be working with Jon Platt, as well as Danny Strick and the rest of the Sony/ATV team,” added Nunez. “The energy I felt on the Sony/ATV floor in New York matches the exciting time the music industry is in. Jon's approach to working with songwriters and always putting them first are values that are personally and creatively very important to me.  I'm thrilled to start my new role and be part of a team that will leave a lasting creative impact on the culture."



AEG Global Partnerships appointed Nikole Raymond Tara to senior vice president, global portfolio, it was announced Tuesday (Oct. 29). She will be based in New York and report to COO Nick Baker and managing director Andrew Klein.

Previously Raymond Tara was at Topgolf for four years, where she worked with their global partnerships group, and WME | IMG (Endeavor) for a decade before that.

“Nickole’s impressive track record makes her an ideal executive to deliver partnerships on the tremendous portfolio of assets we have at AEG,” said Klein. 

“It’s a privilege to work with the one-of-a-kind portfolio of assets that only AEG affords its partners,” added Raymond Tara. “Throughout my career, I’ve long admired the accomplishments of my new colleagues at AEG and cannot wait to work alongside such an incredible and award-winning team.”



Nettwerk Music Group promoted Jeff Ballard to svp, promotion and streaming strategy, it was announced Monday (Oct. 28).

Ballard has worked in Nettwerk’s promotion department for 14 years. He was previously svp of national promotion. Prior to that, he spent five years with Capitol Records.

“In recognition of ever-changing strategies to building awareness and fan engagement for our artists, it was a clear choice to leverage Jeff’s deep skills in promotion and artist brand positioning in order to bolster our strong sales and commerce team,” said Simon Mortimer-Lamb, Nettwerk’s president. “By combining two departments into one under a unified mandate and focus, we will ensure we continue to deliver the best results for our clients.” 

“I want to thank Terry McBride [principal] and all of Nettwerk for all of the opportunities they have given me throughout my years under their guidance,” added Ballard. “Nettwerk already possessed a very strong Streaming / Digital Sales team, and I look forward to digging in and leading the team with the forward-thinking tradition I’ve been taught and inspired by here at Nettwerk.”



Fat Possum Records appointed Melinda Caffin as COO, it was announced Thursday (Oct. 31). She will be based in New York City.

Caffin previously served as CFO at Red Bull Records. Prior to that, she was vp finance & label operations of RED Distribution/Sony Music Entertainment, director of business affairs at Atlantic Records and manager of finance at Tommy Boy records.


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