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Executive Turntable: Moves at Warner Chappell, Collective Artist Management & More

Warner Chappell Music
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music 


Claire McAuley has been promoted to senior vp global administration at Warner Chappell Music, it was announced Wednesday (Dec. 18). She will report to Warner Chappell Music co-chair and chief operating officer Carianne Marshall.

McAuley -- who will split her time between the company’s Los Angeles and London offices -- assumes the new role on Jan. 1. Her duties will include a focus on improving Warner Chappell’s technology and further developing its customer service ethos. She will also direct the publisher’s relationship with collecting societies on administration and operational issues.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to step-up and take on this crucial role,” said McAuley in a statement. “To support our songwriters effectively we need to have great technology, but also to develop our teams around the world so that they can go into bat for our songwriters on a daily basis. That’s how we’ll write the next chapter in the innovation of publishing administration and be the market leader in this crucial area.”

Working closely with McAuley will be Jo Smith, who has been promoted to international director of society and industry affairs, a newly-created role. She will oversee Warner Chappell’s interaction with collecting societies on areas including commercial and legal affairs and public policy issues. 



Neil Vance has joined Collective Artist Management (CAM) as a manager, it was announced Dec. 13. Vance brings with him BMLG/Valory Music artist Tyler Rich, a rising country music singer.

“Neil’s well-regarded reputation and experience is a welcome addition to our close-knit team. Beyond bringing Neil on board, we’re excited to add Tyler Rich to our roster and look forward to working together,” said Collective Artist Management president Brinson Strickland.

Added Collective Artist Management vp Craig Dunn, “Neil joining our team is a natural fit. He shares the same work ethic, passion, and creative vision that we all share for our artists. I’m looking forward to all of the great things that we will accomplish together.”

Vance has spent over two decades in the music industry as both an artist representative and a working musician. He was previously vp of artist management at L3 Entertainment.



PPL and PRS for Music have appointed Andrea Gray as managing director of PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture for public performance licensing between the U.K.’s two music licensing companies.

“We are delighted to welcome Andrea to the role of Managing Director of PPL PRS Ltd,” said Peter Leathem, PPL’s chief executive officer. “Her impressive career and particular experience of establishing and growing first class customer service operations for multi-million pound companies will set her in good stead for taking our joint venture with PRS for Music to the next stage in its journey. Her drive and ambition will support the 200 strong team in Leicester who continue to work hard to see our performer and record company members receive the money they are due for the use of their recorded music”.

Gray, who started her work at PPL PRS on Nov. 4, has more than 30 years’ experience working in contact centers, including senior leadership roles at FT Ltd, Nuffield Health and Hastings Direct. She takes over for PPL chief operating officer Christine Geissmar, who was appointed interim managing director earlier this year and will return to her permanent position at PPL while continuing as board director of PPL PRS Ltd.



The Country Music Association has hired Sarah Abell as operations manager and Leslie London as senior staff accountant, it was announced Thursday (Dec. 19).

In her new role, Abell will oversee event space utilization including booking, event execution and maintenance while maintaining outside vendor relationships and managing the receptionist on staff. She reports to CMA senior vp finance & administration Amy Smartt.

London will assist in accurately reporting CMA’s financial standing, a job that includes preparing CMA’s financial reports, reviewing, reconciling and assisting with the annual budget process and ensuring internal controls are followed. She reports to CMA director, accounting & financial planning Ben Balch.



Drew Bach has joined the product planning team at DJ equipment and software company Pioneer DJ, it was announced Wednesday (Dec. 18).

Bach joined the company in August and operates out of the Pioneer DJ office in Torrance, California. He has extensive experience as a working DJ and has held product management and business development roles at Gibson, Apple and Guillemot, among other brands. He reports to Lars Schlichting, director of product planning and artist relations at Pioneer DJ Americas.

“Drew has an innate understanding of the art and business of DJing, and his experience and expertise -- as well as his deep connection and passion for this community -- will inform our product planning, programs and organization,” Schlichting said in a statement. “I am very pleased to have Drew join our team and I’m delighted to see his ideas and the impact he’s already making at Pioneer DJ.”

Added Bach, “I’ve dreamed of joining Pioneer DJ since day one of my career. No other company has so consistently driven how DJs create and perform, from bedrooms to festival stages. I can’t wait to bring my experience to the team, and be part of the creation of tools DJs depend on to realize their own dreams.”



The Copyright Alliance has elected two new members to its board of directors: Danielle Coffey, sap and general counsel, News Media Alliance; and Mary Rasenberger, executive director, Authors Guild. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, Coffey and Rasenberger will serve two-year terms.
Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid said in a statement: "As 2020 draws closer, I look forward to working with Mary and Danielle, as well as with the rest of the Board, on an array of Copyright Alliance initiatives that are critical to the copyright community; and I thank departing Board Members – Amelia Binder, Vice President, Government Affairs and Industry Relations, National Music Publishers' Association; and Julia Massimino, VP of Global Public Policy, SoundExchange – for their many contributions and exemplary service during their terms."