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Executive Turntable: T-Pain Links Up with, Recording Academy Hires New CIO

A rundown of executive hires, promotions and exits in the week ending Oct. 22, 2021: T-Pain joins, Brooklyn Made Presents adds new vp of Operations.

T-Pain, the longtime Tallahassee R&B and hip-hop singer, has joined the advisory board of, the music platform that provides more than 50,000 royalty-free music tracks for content creators on the Internet. Pain has cultivated an additional following outside of his music with his love for video games and has been an active participant in the gaming world as a streamer on Twitch, the popular gaming and livestreaming platform.

“ just gets it and that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of their advisory board,” Pain said. “Together we’re gonna f— sh– up.”

“T-Pain is a pioneer in so many respects – as an artist, producer, entrepreneur, and now as a gamer. is about creating a bridge between musicians and the content creators who want to use their music,” said co-CEO Dan Demole. “We couldn’t think of anyone more perfect to be a part of the team and help guide us as we grow.”


David Gregory has been appointed chief information officer for the Recording Academy. Rick Engdahl was the Academy’s previous chief information officer. Gregory will be reporting to Recording Academy co-president Panos A. Panay.

In his new role, Gregory will lead the information technology mainly responsible for the Academy’s overall technology infrastructure and its award shows, which includes network and systems technology, distribution and support of mobile devices and training. He will also be overseeing the applications that manage memberships and the voting processes for the Grammy Awards.

“Implementing new technological solutions is critical as we sharpen and modernize our service to staff and members,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “David’s track record will further accelerate the Academy’s growth as we continue to refine our practices on every level and transform the future of the organization.”

“I am delighted to welcome David to the Academy as our new Chief Information Officer,” Panay said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working together with David for many years and look forward to bringing his talent and experience to the Academy as we architect and redevelop our data and technological infrastructure to meet the demands and needs of a new Academy and a new music business.”

Previously, Gregory served as vp of technology resources at the Berklee College of Music, also holding roles as vp of technology at Smith College and chief information officer at Colgate University.


Angela Barkan and Cyndi Lynott have joined BMG as senior vps in marketing on the east and west coast, respectively.

Barkan will lead the marketing efforts of BMG’s Frontline Recorded repertoire operations in New York, reporting to Jason Hradil, executive vp of recorded music in New York. Before joining BMG in 2018, Barkan served as vp of marketing at S-Curve Records, working on campaigns for artists like Leslie Odom Jr., The O’Jays, Andy Grammer and AJR among others.

Lynott will be leading the marketing efforts of BMG’s frontline recorded pop and rock repertoire operations in Los Angeles, continuing to report to Dan Gill, executive vp of recorded music in Los Angeles. In her previous role as vp, marketing with BMG, she oversaw high-profile projects from artists like Avril Lavigne, Evanescence, Jason Mraz and Zac Brown Band, among others.

“With their collective experience and expertise across multiple genres, Angela and Cyndi have directly contributed to the overall growth and success of BMG’s New York and Los Angeles recorded business,” said Thomas Scherer, president repertoire & marketing in Los Angeles & New York. “These two promotions are well earned, well deserved, and will ensure the most creative and well executed campaigns for our artists.”


Max MacClennen has joined Brooklyn Made Presents as senior vp operations. Formerly the director of production for Live Nation, MacClennen will be overseeing all production and operations rollout for Brooklyn Made Presents’ growing portfolio. Of most interest in that portfolio is the company’s flagship 500-capacity Bushwick music venue, which opened late last month.

MacClennen’s background has made him a crucial fixture in the New York City music scene as a respected name in large-scale music production. He started out as a project manager for Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg and the Bryant Park Winter Village before moving on to become production manager at SummerStage in Central Park. At Live Nation, MacClennen worked on producing thousands of events and venues all across the NYC area. He also co-designed, built and managed The Rooftop at Pier 17, the bustling open-air venue in Manhattan’s Seaport District.

Anthony [Makes, founder of Brooklyn Made Presents] and I met at Live Nation and have always worked really well together,” MacClennen said. “We’ve always agreed that in order to sustainably grow the economy of our industry, the focus has to be on the artists, the fans, and the live music – and not on the organizations that back those entities. That’s the concept that Anthony brought over and that we’re trying to build with Brooklyn Made Presents.”


Jaclyn D. Carter has been promoted to vp at Shore Fire Media after previously serving as a director at the PR firm. She began her career as a publicity coordinator for the company after she graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2013. Business Insider named her one of the “Top 18 PR Pros and Publicists for Influencers on Youtube, Instagram and TikTok” in early 2021.

“Jaclyn is a determined and dedicated professional who always strives for excellence. Over her eight years at Shore Fire, she has led countless successful media campaigns, developed a strong leadership position within the company and led us into new areas of growth. We are delighted to announce her promotion to Vice President,” said Shore Fire Senior Vice President Mark Satlof.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue to evolve with Shore Fire and Dolphin and for the collaboration and learning opportunities within our teams daily,” Carter said. “Having the ability to flex creativity on a variety of topics — from inspiring personal stories, music and celebrity talent to nonprofits, podcasts and NFTs — is inspiring and motivating, and I am grateful to work with our teams across the country on a variety of topics, genres and perspectives to continue to grow.”


Randy Sabiston has been appointed vp label & publishing services at Downwrite, a collaborative songwriting service that helps artists and songwriters increase their earning potential. Sabiston will work to establish label distribution and music publishing administration partnerships, along with working closely with artists to create opportunities for them and the platform.

“The investment opportunities we’re developing will give fans that unique creative and commercial interest. And we’re delighted that Randy has joined us,” said Downwrite CEO Jake Morris. “His passion and experience make him the perfect person to drive this approach.”

“Downwrite’s values and vision are in sync with my own and I am eager to bring my experience and expertise to help grow the platform and the artists on it,” Sabiston said of his new role. “Having spent a career spanning all facets of the music industry, I believe that our model is both attainable and sustainable—and I am determined to help make Downwrite a success by establishing and growing its label and publishing arm. I’m thrilled to join a team that, like me, is extremely passionate about what they do.”

Sabiston’s music industry career spans 25 years and counting, and it has included leadership roles all over different avenues of the business, with previous positions at EMIPolyGramWarner/ChappellDimensional Music and Epic Records.


Torae has joined SiruisXM as the host of a new show called “That Raw” on LL Cool J‘s Rock The Bells Radio. The songwriter and media personality has years of experience on the radio side of the music industry, starting out in 2009 as the co-host of Rap is Outta Control with DJ Eclipse at SiriusXM.

He also currently hosts The Tor Guide on SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation, which he will continue hosting on weekdays alongside the new show. He also sits in the vp seat of the Recording Academy‘s New York chapter.

“Torae brings a level of knowledge and love for the culture that aligns perfectly with Rock The Bells’ mission to bridge the gap between classic and current Hip-Hop,”  said LL Cool J of Torae’s new role. “We are excited to welcome him to the RTB family and can’t wait for you to hear what he has in-store for our listeners.”