Here’s a wrap-up of the latest music industry hirings, firings, and exits.
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Kobalt Music Publishing has promoted Jamie Kinelski to the role of Vice President of Creative. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, she previously served as Senior Director of Creative.
Warner Music UK.
In a newly created position, Kate Shepherd will now serve as Managing Director of Entertainment Programming at Warner Music UK. She has over two decades of experience in developing, producing, and marketing short & long-form programming through roles with Ridley Scott Creative Group, Noah Media, and Sunshine Group in the UK, and Fullscreen, Shine America, XIX Entertainment, and BBC Worldwide in the U.S. At Warner Music UK, Shepherd will report to Peter Breeden, Chief Operating Officer, and Mel Fox, Chief Transformation Officer.
Nina Bhagwat has also joined the company as Head of Inclusion & Diversity. She’ll report directly to Masha Osherova, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Entertainment One has promoted George Cappellini Jr. to the role of Vice President of Radio Promotion & Artist Development. Currently based in New York, he’ll relocate to Nashville and will continue reporting to Scott Givens, Senior Vice President of Rock & Metal.
Library of Congress.
The Librarian of Congress has appointed Karyn Temple as the Register of Copyrights.
Anthony Gabriele, a former Apple Music executive, has joined SoundCloud as Senior Vice President of Subscriptions & Marketing. In the newly created role, Gabriele will lead the growth and expansion of the company’s Listener and Creator businesses in addition to overseeing its Growth Marketing and Brand Marketing, and Community Support teams. Based in New York, Gabriele will report to Michael Weissman, Chief Operating Officer.
Carletta Blake will serve as Program Director for New Country radio station WGAR 99.5 effective April 8th.
Jason Carr will serve as Program Director for Adult Hits radio station WHLK 106.5.
ASCAP has unveiled 12 writer and 12 publisher members elected to serve on the board for a new two-year term effective April 1st.
Elected writer members include ASCAP President and Board Chairman Paul Williams, composers Joel Beckerman, Richard Bellis, Bruce Broughton, Dan Foliart, and Doug Wood, composer/producer Marcus Miller, songwriter Jimmy Webb, songwriter/composer Michelle Lewis, and songwriter/producers Desmond Child and Rudy Perez. Composer Alex Shapiro was re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field.
Re-elected publisher directors include Caroline Bienstock (Bienstock Publishing Co.), Peter Brodsky (Sony/ATV Music Publishing), Barry Coburn (Ten Ten Music Group), Keith Hauprich (BMG US), Laurent Hubert (Kobalt), Dean Kay (Lichelle Music Company), Evan Lamberg (Universal Music Publishing Group), Leeds Levy (Leeds Music), Carianne Marshall (Warner/Chappell Music), Mary Megan Peer (peermusic), and Irwin Z. Robinson (Cromwell Music, Inc.). James M. Kendrick (Schott Music / European American Music Distributors Company) was re-elected in the Symphonic and Concert field.
Alison Bonny, Communications Director for EMEA, has left Spotify after nearly eight years in the position. She had joined the company right before its US launch in 2011.
Nikita Adams and William Rodriguez have joined Paradigm Talent Agency as agents. Adams will serve in the company’s unscripted department. Rodriguez will serve as a comedy touring agent. Based in Beverly Hills, his clients include Keenen Ivory Wayans, Piff The Magic Dragon, Tommy Davidson, Chad Prather, Aries Spears, and April Macie.
Lauren Wirtzer Seawood, Head of Music Partnerships, has left Instagram. She had joined the Facebook-owned company in November 2015.
Richard Park, Director of Broadcasting, has stepped down from his role at Global Radio following a period of bad health. He will continue serving on the company’s board and will now serve as Senior Programming Advisor.
Tim Glover will now serve as Senior Vice President of A&R at Interscope. In addition to the promotion, he currently oversees A&R for LVRN, an Atlanta-based record label and creative agency.
Tom Foster has been promoted to Head of Film & TV of Europe at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Based in London, he’ll continue reporting to Mike McCormack, Managing Director of UMPG UK.
Roc Nation Records.
After nearly a year and a half in the role, Benny Pough has left Roc Nation Records. He previously served as President of the label since December 2017.