Rachel Fontenot has been appointed senior director of marketing and artist development at Universal Music Group Nashville, the company announced May 29. In her role, Fontenot will oversee day-to-day artist development and marketing efforts for artists including Lauren Alaina, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Sam Hunt.
“Rachel is one of the most creative, passionate, skilled marketers I have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said UMG Nashville president Cindy Mabe in a statement. “She brings a wealth of experience met with a collaborative spirit and a distinct vision for where our artists and music are going. She’s highly respected in our building and in the community. I’m so excited to have Rachel on the Universal team as she is helping us redefine the marketplace every day.”
On May 29, technology and services company FUGA announced the hirings of Jason Reed as head of global marketing and promotions and Kameil Sattar as regional manager of the U.K. Both will work primarily out of the company’s London office.
“I’m delighted to be joining the team at FUGA, continuing on a mission of collaborating with independent labels and artists to navigate the ever-shifting digital landscape and reach new global audiences,” Reed said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to leading their growing marketing and promotions team in offering tailored services, further building out opportunities for a diverse range of artists across digital platforms.”
“Fostering independence and working with artists, labels, distributors — plus all those in-between — so they can realize their goals has been central to my working life,” added Sattar. “FUGA’s flexible offering and super teamwork makes this dream work and so I’m looking forward to continuing this ethos and contributing to the company’s growth in the U.K.”
Paradigm Talent Agency announced May 29 it has promoted Daisy Hoffman and Jon Lampkin to agents in the music division. Both will be based in New York.
“Daisy and Jon are unyielding advocates for our artists and their work,” said Marty Diamond, Paradigm’s head of global music, in a statement. “We’re proud to see them take this big step in their careers, and we look forward to their many future contributions.”
The Beggars Group of Labels announced May 29 it has appointed Brandon Becker as head of streaming and Jonathan Gold as director of human resources. In their newly created roles, the two will be based out of the company’s New York office.
Becker was previously head of digital accounts for Domino Recording Company and prior to that, worked as a digital sales manager with The Orchard.
Gold comes to Beggars Group from Kobalt Music Group, where he was a people and culture business parther. In his new position, he will be the sole HR point of contact for the company’s staff in New York and California and provide his expertise regarding recruitment, benefits, employment compliance, employee relations and employee development.
Jessica Johnson has been named director of promotion, rock formats at in2une, AWAL’s radio promotion business, it was announced Friday (May 31). Johnson will be based on the West Coast.
In her new role, Johnson will oversee campaigns and strategy for AWAL/Kobalt artists and in2une clients for alternative, rock, Triple A and non-commercial radio in the U.S. She previously worked as general manager and artist manager at Votiv Music.
“Jessica stood out in a crowded field as the optimal choice for this role,” said Dave Lombardi, in2une’s svp promotion of rock formats, in a statement. “Her major label promotion experience was key, as we aim to deliver the highest quality support for our artists. Her time at Votiv also makes her uniquely qualified as an advocate and asset for independent artists and their ambitions. I’m thrilled to have her on the in2une team.”