Warner Music Group announced the launch of its Global Institute for Diversity, Equity and Inclusionfollowing the unveiling of their DEI commitments as part of the company’s first Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) report earlier this month.
WMG’s senior global DEI manager, Dr. Maurice A. Stinnett, and the global DEI team work across the company to develop DEI plans for local implementation, tailored to regional needs and challenges, as well as to foster connections with social impact initiatives that benefit the marginalized. communities, according to the announcement. The institute is the first of its kind in the music industry.
Stinnett said, “Warner Music Group is taking a bold step towards inclusion, equity and lasting change by institutionalizing this training and innovation hub. I am thrilled to partner with some of the brightest minds in our industry and culture to further develop our leaders and provide educational opportunities for everyone at WMG. This is not a moment we respond to; it’s a commitment that will be ingrained in the fabric of our company and our industry for generations to come.
The Institute will host several educational initiatives and host the Inclusive Leadership Series for Corporate Executives. Its 2022 programming includes offerings from experts and leaders such as authors Roxane Gay and Dr. Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University) and in partnership with organizations such as OutRight Action International, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, National Disability Institute, Global Indigenous Council and the Global Fund for Women.
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+ Epic Records named Justin Duran vice president of marketing, it was announced by executive vice president Dave Bell. Duran, who is based in Epic Records’ Los Angeles office, was most recently senior marketing director at Def Jam Records, where he won a Clio Award in Music Marketing for his work with rapper Logic. He previously held positions at Complex Networks and Vfiles.
Bell said, “Justin has a unique ability to connect and understand an artist’s DNA to articulate not only where they are in the market today, but also where they can go tomorrow and beyond. And how to get them there. Justin’s background in fashion, lifestyle and music speaks for itself and it’s a pleasure to have him back for this next step in his career.
+ The singer’s estate Bobby Darin enlisted Brian Schwartz and Amy Abram from Denver 7S management for the performance, his son Dodd Darin announced. The company has a diverse roster including Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Dawes, Dinosaur Jr. and Mary Chapin Carpenter as well as the estates of John Denver and Etta James.
Dodd Darin says, “I think Amy, Brian and 7S are a great fit to represent my dad’s legacy going forward. They bring a unique blend of experience and innovation through their representation of legacy artists and current talent. They have a pretty good understanding of how the music industry works today and I think this will allow my father’s music and image to find its way to younger audiences around the world.
+ Sony Music Latin America named Txema Rosique vice president of A&R, it was announced by company president Alex Gallardo. Most recently, he served as VP A&R for Warner Music Latina – where he signed artists such as Rauw Alejandro, Nio Garcia and Duki – and was previously artistic director of WEA Spain.
Gallardo said, “Txema is a distinguished A&R executive with a long history and an impeccable track record, but he maintains the same hunger for a taste-making young executive. To his credit, he has managed some of the most important signings in the Latin market. We are convinced that his experience and great energy will help our company reach new levels of success. »
+ UJA-New York Federation‘s Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon in Honor Scott GreensteinPresident and Chief Content Officer SiriusXM, will take place on May 18, 2022, following the postponement due to Covid-19, of the 2020 event naming it Music Visionary of the Year. Past winners include Doug Davis, Michele Anthony, Rob Stringer, Avery and Monte Lipman, Bob Pittman, Daniel Ek, Tom Corson and Julie Greenwald, among others.
Funds raised from the luncheon will help UJA get New Yorkers who have experienced hardship and trauma from the Covid-19 pandemic back on their feet, and help support UJA’s Music for Youth, which offers programs music education for underprivileged children and children with special difficulties. needs throughout the New York community.
“We are thrilled to move forward with Scott’s honor in May,” said Daniel Glass, President and Founder of Glassnote Records and Co-Chair of UJA’s Entertainment, Tech & Lifestyle Division. “Scott is especially deserving of this award for demonstrating resilient leadership and guiding the music and entertainment industry through two years of upheaval.”
+ Swiss fintech Utopia Music named Ulf Zick Marketing Director, based in Zug, Switzerland and effective April 1. He will be responsible for the overall strategic vision and direction of Utopia’s marketing, positioning, communications, content strategy and brand direction execution and will report directly to CEO Markku Mäkeläinen.
Zick, who was most recently managing director of international at Universal Music Germany and previously was director of artist relations at Spotify and held positions at Apogee Electronics and Gibson.
“We are very proud that Ulf is joining Utopia to lead our company’s strategic marketing,” said Mäkeläinen. “The breadth and depth of Ulf’s expertise is rare. Having worked in all aspects of the business and at the intersection of music and technology for many years, Ulf brings a unique music industry perspective that will be invaluable to Utopia as we pursue our mission. to ensure “fair pay for every game”. .’”
+ SoundExchange announced two additions to its 18-seat board in January. New members Jon Glass of Warner Music Group and Alasdair McMullan of Universal Music Group will bring its business development expertise and legal acumen to the nonprofit, according to the announcement.
“Jon Glass and Alasdair McMullan are world-class business and legal experts and proven industry changemakers,” said Michael Huppe, CEO and President of SoundExchange. “Each will be a key advisor and collaborator as we continue to strengthen SoundExchange’s role as a champion of fair compensation and a music technology leader in today’s digitally driven, creator economy. “
Glass, senior vice president and head of digital legal affairs at Warner Music, joined the company in 2010 and was previously at Sony Music Entertainment and held positions at several law firms, including Morrison & Foerster. McMullan is executive vice president of business and legal affairs at Universal Music Group and was previously executive vice president at EMI Music North America and an attorney at the law firm Cowan Liebowitz & Latman in New York.
UMG’s Jeffrey Harleston and WMG’s Paul Robinson left SoundExchange’s board of directors in December after 13 and 19 years with the organization, respectively. “Jeff Harleston and Paul Robinson have each had an indelible impact on our organization,” says Huppe. “We have accomplished so much during their tenure, and I appreciate the support and guidance they have given us throughout the process. Each has contributed to helping SoundExchange achieve the position it now holds.