Sire Records chairman Seymour Stein will take on additional responsibilities as senior label A&R executive for independent music, working closely with the management team at Warner Music Group’s Alternative Distribution Alliance to develop the company’s roster of labels and global infrastructure. In addition to identifying emerging indie labels and artists, Stein will help scout new executive talent at ADA. Furthermore, he will use his contacts in developing markets like India, China, Russia, South Korea and Africa to help expose local entrepreneurs and artists to worldwide audiences. “Technically, I’ve not been an indie since Sire joined Warner back in the late ’70s, but that indie spirit has always been very much in my heart, soul and mind,” Stein says. “To me, being an indie is being out there in the streets, the way my mentors like Syd Nathan at King Records, Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic, George Goldner at Red Bird and Leonard Chess were identifying talent and changes in music long before the majors.”
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