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Executive Turntable: Moves at Warner/Chappell Music, Rapchat & More

Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Tom Coulson-Smith to A&R manager in the UK, it was announced Tuesday (May 8).

Warner/Chappell Music has appointed Tom Coulson-Smith to A&R manager in the UK, it was announced Tuesday (May 8). He joins from Imagem Music where he got his start as a summer intern and worked his way to the same title of A&R manager — he was responsible for maintaining close and healthy relationships with its wide roster of songwriters, as well as discovering new artists and music trends for the business. In his new role, Coulson-Smith will report to Amber Davis, A&R Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK.

“It’s great to be able to welcome Tom into our team. Tom is a young, hungry A&R and someone I believe can have a real impact at Chappell,” said Davis. “He’s got a reputation of signing and developing writers early, which is how we like to work at Chappell. I’m excited to see how Tom furthers his career here with us.”



Alex Hofmann, former North American President of, has joined the board of Rapchat — the mobile app dedicated to helping today’s rap enthusiasts create, collaborate, and connect with tomorrow’s stars. In addition to Hofmann joining the board, the platform announced Tuesday (May 8) that it has secured $1.6 million in seed financing from Rev1 Ventures, Base Ventures, M25 Group, TechNexus, OTAF and 500 Startups. For the past three years, Hofmann has been leading partnerships and global expansion for the global video network community and will now bring this breadth of experience to Rapchat.

“This investment, coupled with the addition of Alex gives us the resources we need to continue on our journey of providing the biggest and best platform for every beginning, aspiring, or seasoned rapper to share their creations with the world,” said Seth Miller, co-founder and CEO of Rapchat. “We’re excited to chase after our vision and we’re thrilled to have these talented investors and advisors on board to help.”



On Thursday (May 10), Sayles & Winnikoff Communications — a New York-based public relations, digital communications and brand strategies firm — promoted Lulu Cohen from account executive to vp. In her new position, Cohen will continue to play an active role in business development, while also working with the firm’s partners in order to provide senior management for the company’s clients and provide strategic direction in managing the account team.

“In less than a year, Lulu has exhibited remarkable leadership skills and is perfectly aligned with us in where we want to take the company,” said founders Alan Winnikoff and Carina Sayles. “This promotion is well earned. We have been looking for someone to fill this role for our growing firm and we are thrilled to have found the perfect person in Lulu.”



The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) has added the renowned ethnomusicologist Dr. Dina M. Bennett as its senior curator. An expert in African American music and culture, Dr. Bennett has over 30 years of experience — including a period as the associate director of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University, as the director of education at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, and as the manager of collections and exhibitions at the American Jazz Museum.

“It is an honor that Dr. Bennett has joined our team,” said NMAAM President and CEO Henry Beecher Hicks, III. “Her expertise is unmatched, and I’m positive that her work with NMAAM will result in an exceptional experience for our museum guests.”