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Executive Turntable: Moves at Atlas Music Group, O’Neil Hagaman, Caroline Records & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at…

Richard Stumpf, CEO and founder of Atlas Music Group, announced the expansion of its urban development with the addition of Latoya Lee as vp, creative.

Lee was formerly part of the A&R team at Warner Music Group where she worked A&R on Trey Songz‘s Trigga and Tremaine The Album and worked on the seventh and eighth installments of the Fast & Furious franchise and Suicide Squad soundtracks. Additionally, Lee worked A&R on Kevin Gates‘ “I Don’t Get Tired,” Flo Rida ft. Sage The Gemini‘s “GDFR,” and had a hand in creating Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth‘s “See You Again.” Her signings included Kranium, ELHAE and Sabrina Claudio.

“Atlas is in growth mode,” said Stumpf in a statment. “Urban music is arguably the most critical genre today. It was imperative that we partnered with someone who brings an ear for finding great talent and the hustle to work writers once they are in the family. We searched for 8 months and it was worth the wait. Latoya has proven her creative chops, is a go getter and is the perfect fit for Atlas. She’s also a great bowler, and that never hurts.”

 


 

O’Neil Hagaman, LLC, one of Nashville’s largest business management and consulting firms, announced Lillian Williams and Legina Chaudoin will be promoted to partner.

Williams began at O’Neil Hagaman as a staff accountant and has been with the company for over 28 years in total. She provides overall support for her roster of 28 clients, which includes multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning artists and clients across multiple musical genres, in addition to to publishers, songwriters, social media influencers and more.

Chaudoin has been with O’Neil Hagaman for 23 years, joining the company in 1995 as a staff accountant. Her focus is the overall financial management of her clients’ business including financial and tax accounting, contractual review, negotiation and monitoring risk management. Chaudoin’s clients include some of Nashville’s top recording artists who have collectively won 11 CMA awards, 15 ACM awards, six Grammy Awards and other notable honors.

“Lillian and Legina have dedicated their careers to excellence, client service and stewardship of their clients’ financial well-being. The addition of these two talented ladies to our Partner group is an exciting time in our history,” said O’Neil Hagaman co-founder and partner Cheryl Harris.

 


 

Caroline Records announced Marisa Di Frisco will be the national director of alternative/rock promotion.

Prior to Caroline, Di Frisco worked at iHeartMedia for more than six years, most recently as its alternative rock artist relations manager. In addition to EA and project manager to Poleman, she focused on alternative rock music strategy, content selection and national artist promotions and initiatives. Di Frisco has held positions in marketing at USADATA as Account Manager, Z100 as a Music Promotions Assistant, and at CESD Talent Agency.

“Marisa’s passion and knowledge about both radio and alternative music will be invaluable within our already dominating promotion team,” said Caroline’s SVP promotion Marni Halpern. “As Caroline continues to evolve breaking artists at all formats, we still embody the foundation of developing young rock and alternative artists. Now with Marisa’s infectious energy, and her determination to break new artists, Caroline will be an even bigger force.”

 


 

Mixcloud announced the addition of Henrietta Hutchon as brand partnerships account director.

Before joining Mixcloud, Henrietta served as key accounts manager for Universal Music Group & Brands, focusing on music strategy and global partnerships with brands including Coca-Cola, HP, Absolut and Asics. She cut her teeth as a marketeer in-house at beauty giant Estee Lauder, before moving into music, managing marketing and press for a number of independent record labels and electronic artists.

“As Mixcloud continues to ramp up its partnerships with major brands from around the world, it’s the perfect time to welcome someone with Henrietta’s experience and skills to the team,” said Nikhil Shah, co-founder and commercial director at Mixcloud. “Henrietta has an authentic understanding of the culture and industry of music, as well as a deep understanding of brands and marketing. These combined skills are incredibly rare to find, making her a unique and valuable addition to the business.”

 


 

Steven Himmelfarb joined The Feldman Agency (TFA) as an agent, bringing with him an expansive roster of artists including Lord Huron, Beirut, New Pornographers and more. For a decade, Himmelfarb was an agent for The Billions Corporation, representing over 35 artists across North America, South America and Asia.

Of the new hire, Tom Kemp, vp, TFA, said: “I am very happy to welcome Steven to TFA. He has built a fantastic roster of clients and has one of the best reputations in our industry. His addition will certainly compliment our team and will help our continued focus on A&R and talent development both here and in the U.S.”

 


 

MC, producer, writer and community organizer Toki Wright has been named assistant chair of the professional music department at Berklee College of Music. He will begin his new role on July 15.

Wright’s impressive resume includes leading the hip-hop studies program at McNally Smith College of Music — the country’s first fully accredited program of that kind — as well as leading the youth non-profit organization Yo! The Movement. Wright is also a two-time Emmy award-winner.

“I am honored to have a leadership role at such a prestigious institution. The faculty and students are some of the top creative minds in the world,” said Wright. “I look to continue striving for excellence in all aspects of my position. I’ve had a particular way of combining formal education with experiential learning, technology, goal-oriented projects, wellness, and community networking.”

 


 

Mom + Pop Music is celebrating 10 years in the music business with several new hires on its executive staff, beginning with Hallie Anderson as vp, marketing and Jessica Page as vp, digital strategy. Both have been with the label for years — beginning in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

“Over the past few years, Hallie and Jess have been cornerstones here in our growth at m+p,” said founder and co-owner Michael Goldstone. “Seeing them develop with us and staffing their various departments has been rewarding to watch and support. We look forward to our next steps with them.”

 


 

Beginning on June 11, John Smith will act as the new associate director of the nonprofit record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Smith is replacing Dr. Atesh Sonneborn, who will be retiring after 20 years at the label.

Although Dr. Sonneborn’s departure is bittersweet, label director Huib Schippers is enthusiastic about the new hire: “We’re very fortunate to have someone of John Smith’s caliber and experience for this crucial position. John has a long history with Folkways across the areas that the Associate Director will oversee so he can hit the ground running. In addition, his experience and passion for A&R fit seamlessly in our future vision for the mission-driven non-profit label as a vital and vibrant presence in the contemporary music industry.”

The national museum of the United States’ label will be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Since its creation, it has been devoted to celebrating diversity and documenting “the people’s music.”

 


 

In May, Warner Music Groups’ svp, sales, counsel and culture, Steve Corbin, graduated from the MBA program at Eastern Illinois University. He first attended the school in the mid-1970s, joining the MBA program roughly 40 years later. Corbin has also been a guest speaker at the school’s commencement ceremony.