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June 2, 2023 –  Music Biz Member ONErpmLaunches Digital Strategy Department Led By Casey Childers

Distribution and services company, ONErpm has launched a new Digital Strategy department that will offer artists, “a one-on-one social media strategy in order to guide them on the best ways to amplify their message and obtain new ways to engage with fans and increase monetization.” The department will be led by the company’s former Senior Project Manager, Casey Childers, who was the central marketing strategist for artists including Chri$tian Gate$, Jordi, PLVTINUM, Taylor Acorn, Elohim and Against the Current.... Read More

June 1, 2023 – Music Biz Member Concord Names Jen Hubbard Director Of Sync A&R

Concord Music Publishing has appointed Jen Hubbard to the newly formed role of Director of Sync A&R, where she’ll be responsible for developing and managing the company’s US songwriter roster for the purpose of sync activity. She will support Concord’s strategy to streamline sync-forward initiatives and provide opportunities for writers across film, TV, ads and gaming, in addition to providing guidance to the A&R and sync teams. Hubbard will report to Brad Kennard, SVP of A&R,... Read More

June 1, 2023 – Music Biz Member Sony Music Publishing UK Promotes Andrew Spence To General Counsel

Sony Music Publishing UK has promoted Andrew Spence to General Counsel. In his role, Spence will be responsible for managing business and legal affairs strategies & initiatives on behalf of SMP UK and its roster. Additionally, he will offer guidance and counsel for the company’s legal and operational matters. Spence will continue to report to President, UK Co-Managing Director, & SVP International, David Ventura and UK Co-Managing Director, Tim Major.  “It has been a pleasure to watch Andrew continue to grow as an executive over the past few years,” said Major.... Read More

May 31, 2023 – Music Biz Member CD Baby Ends Distribution Of Vinyl And CDs To Focus On Streaming

Independent music distributor, CD Baby has announced its intention to cease  distribution of CDs and vinyl in efforts to realign its focus on the increasingly important digital  streaming market. Effective June 22, the company will discontinue the sale and fulfillment of physical products, as well as warehousing, shipping and distribution activities associated with physical music products. Customers will be given a 60-day grace period to buy back their remaining inventory before they are recycled.  Click here to read more from Music Business Worldwide.... Read More

May 31, 2023 – Music Biz Member RIAA Honors Willow With First NFT Plaque

The RIAA has presented singer/songwriter, Willow with its first-ever NFT accolades plaque. The one-of-one NFT recognizes her most popular hits including 3x Platinum “Whip My Hair,” 2x Platinum “Wait A Minute,” 2x Platinum “Meet Me At Our Spot” and Platinum “transparentsoul” featuring Travis Barker. The plaque features artwork by Willow, Roc Nation and Infinite Objects.  “RIAA has celebrated artists and their label teams through the Gold & Platinum program for the last 65 years as the industry has constantly evolved,” says RIAA VP of Media Relations,... Read More

May 31, 2023 – NEW MEMBER ROUNDUP: May 2023

The Music Biz member community is home to more than 400 global companies, all working to collaborate to support the financial growth of our industry at large and create a more equitable, inclusive place to work! See below for a list of companies who have join our Association in the last month: Hitskope Music GroupLocation: Los Angeles, CAYears In Business: 5Website: https://www.hitskope.com Hitskope Music Group is an LA-based music company composed of four divisions: a record label in partnership with Sony Music,... Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music UK Ups Amber Davis To SVP

Warner Chappell Music UK has named Amber Davis the company’s next SVP. In addition to continuing as the publisher’s UK Head of A&R, she will be responsible for shaping overall UK strategy. Since joining WCM UK in 2014, Davis has signed and developed songwriters including CeeBeats, Celeste, Dave, Fraser T Smith, J Hus, Legnendury Beatz, Skepta, Stormzy and Willow Kayne.  “Amber is one of the industry’s most important executives, and her success and passion has helped Warner Chappell Music UK become a leading player in the music business,” said Shani Gonzales,... Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member Universal Music Group Partners With Generative AI Startup Endel

Universal Music Group has struck “a first-of-its kind” partnership with generative AI sound wellness startup, Endel to create “AI-powered, artist-driven functional music.” Per the agreement, UMG artists will be able to use Endel’s proprietary AI technology to “reimagine” both new tracks and music from their catalog as “science-backed soundscapes designed to enhance listeners’ wellness.” UMG will soon announce the first wave of soundscapes under the new agreement with Endel.  “At UMG, we believe in the incredible potential of ethical AI as a tool to support and enhance the creativity of our artists,... Read More

May 30, 2023 – Music Biz Member RoyFi Partners With Unchained Music Team To Fund Royalty Advances

Music financing service, RoyFi has partnered with artist services company, Unchained Music to provide artist royalty advances for artists distributing their music through Unchained.  “Our mission is to give more power to creatives by giving them access to affordable capital, at terms that make business sense,” said Peter Harvey of RoyFi. “Access to capital means more sustainable music careers. Unchained Music and RoyFi make a great team, as we share a deep commitment to thoughtful financial innovation that lets artists make more of their work with fewer fees,... Read More

May 26, 2023 – Music Biz Member Warner Chappell Music Signs Producer & Songwriter whY Jay

Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing deal with UK based producer and songwriter, whY Jay, a prominent figure in UK Hip-Hop due to his collabs with the country’s biggest artists like Arrdee, Central Cee and Tion Wayne. Over the course of his career, whY Jay has landed numerous Top 10 singles and has amassed billions of streams on his most popular tracks such as “Doja” by Central Cee, “Flowers” by Arrdee and “Fly Boy” by FLO feat.... Read More