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Executive Turntable: SoundCloud Appoints SVP; Def Jam Africa Names VP of A&R

Also: Anderson .Paak hires gm of his newly founded label and the CMA hires senior director of industry relations & inclusion.

Tracy Chan was hired at SoundCloud as the svp of Creator. After departing his role as head of music at Twitch, he will oversee the SoundCloud Creator ecosystem globally, including tools, services, products and offerings. Reporting to SoundCloud president, Eliah Seton, Chan will be responsible for evolving a feature-rich Creator product for independent artists.

Larry Gaaga was appointed vp of A&R at Def Jam Africa, a division of Universal Music Group. Reporting to Sipho Dlamini (CEO of Universal Music South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa), Gaaga will lead the A&R division of music and culture tastemakers across English speaking markets. His team will work to identify and sign African talent. Gaaga can be reached at


Krystal Miles was hired as gm of Anderson .Paak’s newly founded label APESHIT. Miles will oversee business development for the label and operations of both music and management initiatives. APESHIT signed a deal with Universal Music Group in November.

Dylan Brewer was promoted to vp of marketing & experiential at Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Based out of Los Angeles, Brewer previously spearheaded Epic’s marketing strategy for a diverse roster, including Ozzy Osbourne, Madison Beer, Bakar, BEAM, AG Club, Headie One, J Hus and more artists. 

Enrique Pérez was hired as head of partnerships and client solutions for the Latin Recording Academy‘s new team. As part of an ongoing series of structural changes, Pérez will head all partnerships with corporate clients and brands while overseeing the creation and execution of all marketing campaigns. Pérez will report to Academy CEO Manuel Abud. 

Julia Betley was hired as svp of creative sync licensing at Warner Records. Based out of Los Angeles, Betley will report to Claudia Butzky, Warner Records evp of brand partnerships & sync. Betley will work closely with Butzky to develop strategy for creative music placement and campaigns across film, TV, gaming, sports and related platforms.

Mia McNeal was hired as senior director of industry relations & inclusion at the Country Music Association (CMA). In the newly created role, McNeal will help create change by nurturing an inclusive and equitable culture through community building, strategic planning and internal assessment. Reporting to Tiffany Kerns, CMA vp of industry relations & philanthropy, McNeal can be reached at

ONErpm is continuing to expand in Africa with the promotion of Osagie Osarenz to director of African Operations. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Osarenz will empower the African music industry with outstanding label services and knowledge. Additional executives joining the ONErpm team in Africa include: Almah Salum as country lead in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; George Avakian as country lead in Johannesburg, South Africa; Bilha Ngaruiya as country lead and Mutuma Vincent as marketing lead in Nairobi, Kenya; Florence Delali Kpeglo as country lead in Accra, Ghana and Afi Cakpo as lead for Francophone Africa, based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Mark Girton was named vp of special events at Empire Polo Club, home to the Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival and Stagecoach. Girton’s appointment comes after a long-term agreement with the Empire Polo Club gave Goldenvoice year-round operational control of both the Empire Polo Club and special-events property the Grand Oasis.

Silvia Orozco was named marketing manager at Brooklyn Bowl. Orozco will implement marketing strategies that inform and captivate audiences to increase customer engagement and competitive market positioning at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, while driving business growth. Her role encapsulates product marketing, brand awareness and visibility, customer relationship management, marketing research and analysis. She can be reached at

Nashville’s Provident Entertainment promoted Maci Shingleton to director of A&R and hired Daniel Jones as manager of A&R operations. Shingleton will report to Blaine Barcus, svp of A&R, and be responsible for developing and signing new artists to the label roster. Jones will report to Barcus and support the A&R team in both creative and administrative capacities.

John Scholz, Tyler Goldberg and Simon Kessler announced the opening of Maison Arts, a boutique publishing house that focuses on client’s creative development through individualized support. Maison Arts partnered with RG Investments and signed a worldwide publishing deal with Kobalt Music. Livia Piomelli joins Maison Arts as head of A&R. The team can be reached via the following email address: Scholz at; Goldberg at; Kessler at and Livia Piomelli at