Benny Brown, Paul Brown and Jason Sellers' newly-formed Nashville label Quartz Hill Records -- a joint partnership with The Orchard -- has announced its first round of key hires. They include:
-- April Rider as vp of promotion & marketing. Rider previously served as general manager of operations at the Browns’ Stoney Creek Records, where she was responsible for launching Thompson Square’s breakthrough single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” She also worked as vp of promotion at Curb Records and spent six years as a managing partner at RPM Entertainment.
-- Matt Galvin as national director of promotion & marketing. Galvin comes to Quartz Hill from Sony Music Nashville, where he spent 15 years as director of RCA promotion & marketing and helped develop the careers of artists including Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. He started his career in radio promotion at Arista Records.
-- Clay Henderson as national director syndication & strategic marketing/regional promotion & marketing. A 22-year veteran of the country music industry, Henderson previously served as director of syndication at the Browns’ BBR Music Group as well as director of Southeast promotion at Broken Bow Records. He has also worked in roles at 1608, Southern Ground Artists and Reviver Records.
-- Natalie Kilgore as vp of publicity & integrated marketing. In the role, Kilgore will oversee creative services for Quartz Hill. She most recently served as head of public relations for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) and previously worked with the Browns as vp of publicity at BBR Music Group, where she developed the company’s first in-house PR department. Over the course of more than two decades, she has also served as head of publicity at Big Machine Label Group, communications director at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and owner of boutique firm Dashboard Media.
-- Josh Brown as coordinator of A&R creative and A&R administration. Brown, who has been working on Music Row since the age of 18, worked his way up from the front desk position at BBR Music Group to become A&R assistant. He most recently worked as A&R administration coordinator at BMG North America.
Quartz Hill will be announcing additional team members shortly.
Republic Records has promoted Amaiya Davis to vp of media/cultural impact & engagement.
In her new role, Davis will continue leading publicity campaigns for Republic artists including City Morgue, Duckwrth, Kash Doll, Kiana Ledé and Lil Tecca while remaining a key player in the label’s social justice and equality initiatives. Notably, Davis is a founding member of the recently-unveiled Republic Records Action Committee (R2AC) as well as a member of Universal Music Group’s Task Force for Meaningful Change, both of which focus on social justice issues.
"Not only is Amaiya an exemplary media strategist, but she is also an unwavering advocate for equality," said Republic executive vp, media & artist relations Joseph Carozza in a statement announcing Davis’ promotion. "Rising to the occasion to address the need for social justice, she has already made a significant impact at our company and beyond. It’s an honor to announce this well-deserved promotion."
Added Davis, "Joe has instituted an inspiring collaborative spirit for the media department. It’s an incredibly supportive environment where everyone works together to maximize and exceed the potential of each campaign. He and the entire team empowered me to create my own path at Republic as a publicist and a champion for various diversity initiatives. I’m very excited for what the future holds."
The New York-based Davis joined Republic as manager, media last year. Prior to that, she worked in public relations at RED Music and RCA Records.
Atlantic Records has announced several new department head changes in the wake of last week’s marketing department shakeup.
Michele Cranford, the label’s new head of digital marketing, will continue evolving the department’s “thinking and resources” around YouTube, Tik Tok and all other digital platform partners.
Catherine Ciapas and Rob Gold have been promoted to senior vp and will serve as co-department heads of the label’s newly-formed creative services department, an amalgamation of the art/print and digital creative teams as well as the eCommerce team. According to an internal memo by Atlantic general manager, executive vp Paul Sinclair, both Ciapis and Gold “will oversee and strategize on how we connect the dots from traditional to digital assets, and continue to build a production process and pipeline that can scale with both internal and external creatives.” They will additionally be tasked with creating a synergy between art, digital, vinyl, merch, website and webstore creative brand for all artists.
Lastly, Greg Burke has been appointed to a “new and enhanced” role as senior vp, creative director. In the role, Burke will be responsible for ensuring that artists’ visions for their projects are cohesive across all assets.
The Familie, the sports management firm previously run by Wasserman Media Group, has been officially relaunched by music manager Steve Astephen.
Quietly relaunched in 2019, the company has been busy recruiting a team of so-called “super agents,” described as “a brand new agent/manager hybrid that currently doesn’t exist in sports or entertainment.”
“At the heart of this secret sauce are leaders with a track record for authentic brand building, creative storytelling, digital and social prowess, and that gut instinct for predicting market trends in their respective disciplines,” the company noted in a release. “All this to plan for the massive cultural shift in how athletes, musicians, artists, broadcast talent and chefs are beginning to shape and control their futures.”
The first music client signed to the relaunched firm is superstar rapper/rocker Machine Gun Kelly, who Astephen co-manages with Ashleigh Veverka and Andre Cisco. Headquartered in Cardiff, California, the agency will soon be opening offices in Los Angeles and Nashville. It also has team members in Chicago and New York.
“The Familie was originally built in 1998 to service athletes in action sports who had to take control of their own careers to survive - authenticity has always been vital to their young fan base and important to their sponsorship deals,” said Astephen in a statement. “Now that we are communicating with lightning speed around the world, traditional sports and entertainment talent are looking to that same business model. They don’t need transactional agents to broker a deal. They need storytellers and brand builders. We are excited to build this agency differently to help them achieve that.”
The Familie is additionally building a division dedicated to women and has partnered with brand incubator Unlisted Brand Lab.
Universal Music Group has appointed Simon Jerome Nasser as managing director, Universal Music Singapore (UMS) and head of live, Southeast Asia, a newly-created role.
Based out of UMG’s regional office in Singapore, Nasser will oversee UMG’s operations within the country, spearheading and developing both domestic and international activity there. He will also be responsible for UMG’s live activity across the region and work closely with UMG’s global vp, live events Jimmi Riise to expand and develop strategic live opportunities for the company’s domestic and overseas talent, labels and partners in the region.
Nasser joins UMG from Warner Music Group (WMG), where he most recently served as managing director, Singapore from 2015-2020. During his time at WMG, where he was hired in 2004, he helped break domestic and international talent within Singapore and the wider Southeast Asia region. His discoveries included Jasmine Sokko, who won Best Southeast Asia Act at the 2019 MTV Europe Awards.
In the live arena, Nasser has helped promote tours and concerts within Southeast Asia for artists including Kylie Minogue, Josh Groban, Fun., Corrinne May and Derrik Hoh, among others. He is currently chairman of a number of organizations, including Recording Industry Association Singapore (RIAS), Music Rights Singapore (MRSS) and Recording Industry Performance Singapore (RIPS).
CTS Eventim has hired former Live Nation GSA (Germany-Switzerland-Austria) COO and managing director Matt Schwarz to manage eventimpresents (formerly MLK), the promotion company behind the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals. Schwarz previously served as vp of MLK before departing for Live Nation, where he worked from mid-2015 to Feb. 2020.
In the role, Schwarz will be tasked with acquiring national and international tours and shows on behalf of CTS Eventim’s unified promoter Eventim Live.
Underground dance music tastemaker brand Space Yacht, which has been running weekly residencies and events around the world for the past five years, has launched its own record label. It released its first-ever single, CLB & Formula’s “Moving Forward,” on Thursday (Oct. 15).
“While the label is a huge addition to our daily operations, it’s really an extension of our mission since day one - to unearth the next generation in electronic music,” said Space Yacht co-founders Henry Lu and Rami Perlman in a joint statement. “Various investors and majors have approached us over the years to launch a label, but just didn’t feel like the right time. We’re glad we took our time with it to build a team on our terms.”
Most of the label’s signees came from Space Yacht’s Twitch program Tune Reactor, a demo review show launched during quarantine. The label’s operations were funded in part by the series, which allowed producers to make a small donation in exchange for their demo recordings being played on air.
While Space Yacht’s releases will be available across standard streaming services including Spotify and Beatport, it will be making a selection of extended mixes, stem packages, and a capellas available for download exclusively via the Space Yacht website.
Music industry networking nonprofit Well Dunn has appointed tour director/tour accountant David “5-1” Norman to its board.
“Well Dunn is a non-profit that works to remove the barriers and biases within the music industry to create a more diverse, inclusive and open process for college students who are seeking internships in the music and entertainment industry,” said Well Dunn co-founders Chris and Deborah Dunn in a statement. “We work with company partners to provide sponsored internships and scholarships, and since 2012 have supported over 100 students with internship scholarships across the United States.”
Norman boasts over 35 years of global touring experience. During the pandemic, he has led the Tour Management 101 webinar series for aspiring concert professionals.
“I am thrilled to have David join our board; he has already provided backstage mentoring opportunities for Well Dunn candidates, and during these difficult times he has stepped in to create incredible learning and networking opportunities with Tour Management 101,” added Well Dunn executive director Nancy Tarr. “He will be instrumental in developing and launching our newly implemented mentoring program and will be a great asset to our community of students.”
Well Dunn’s 2019-2020 interns, who were selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates, were placed with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Headcount, Relix, iVoted and other partners.
The Academy of Country Music has promoted Taylor Wolf to manager of its charitable arm ACM Lifting Lives. Wolf, who is based out of the Academy’s office in Encino, California, joined ACM Lifting Lives less than two years ago as coordinator.
In her new role, Wolf will coordinate the annual discretionary grant cycle, oversee correspondence, fund distribution for the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund and continue providing overall support for the organization. She also serves as secretary of the ACM Lifting Lives board.
Wolf joined the Academy of Country Music early last year, where she worked at ACM Lifting Lives and the academy’s strategic partnerships department before pivoting to the charitable arm full time.