Billboard Reveals Change Agents List, Featuring Music Biz President Portia Sabin and Board Member Cameo Carlson

Billboard has published their first-ever Change Agents list, recognizing those figures who have led by example and advocated for major change in our industry throughout the turmoil caused by the pandemic and social justice endeavors of the past year. Music Biz is proud to recognize the inclusion of our President, Portia Sabin, and Board of Directors member Cameo Carlson (mtheory Nashville/Nashville Music Equality) on this year’s list, honored for their contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts over the past year.

Congratulations to all who have been recognized, including those who have spoken at past Music Biz event, past Music Biz Award recipients, and those hailing from Music Biz member and partner companies, including:

  • Kris Ahrend — CEO, Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC)
  • Towalame Austin — EVP of Philanthropy & Social Impact, Sony Music Group
  • Jonathan Azu — Founder & CEO, Culture Collective
  • Michèle Ballantyne — COO, RIAA
  • Tunji Balogun — EVP of A&R, RCA Records; Co-Founder, Keep Cool
  • Rayna Bass — SVP of Marketing, 300 Entertainment
  • Binta Niambi Brown — Founder & CEO, omalilly projects; Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC)
  • Marian Dicus — VP & Global Co-Head of Music, Spotify
  • Dayna Frank — Board President, National Independent Venue Association; Owner & CEO, First Avenue Productions
  • Josh Gruss — Founder & CEO, Round Hill Music
  • Ethiopia Habtemariam — President, Motown Records; EVP, Capitol Music Group
  • Jeff Harleston — General Counsel/EVP of Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group;
    Interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings
  • Valeisha Butterfield Jones — Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer, Recording Academy
  • Kevin Liles — Co-founder & CEO, 300 Entertainment
  • Melanie McClain — A&R, Secretly Publishing
  • Ryan Press — President of A&R, U.S., Warner/Chappell Music
  • Sylvia Rhone — Chairwoman & CEO, Epic Records
  • Willie “Prophet” Stiggers — CEO, 50/50 Music Group Management; Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, BMAC;
    Co-Founder, BreatheWithMeRevolution
  • Ty Stiklorius — Founder & CEO, Friends at Work
  • Melissa Thomas — SVP of International Marketing, Columbia/Epic Records
  • Caron Veazey — Founder & CEO, Something in Common; Co-Founder & Vice Chair, BMAC
  • Nicole Wyskoarko — EVP & Co-Head of A&R, Interscope Geffen A&M


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