Warner Music Group has tapped Pico Cibelli as the brand new president of Warner Music Italy. Cibelli, who’s credited as a key determine within the rise of Grammy-nominated Italian rockers Måneskin whereas with Sony Music, replaces Marco Alboni, who’s stepping down as chairman and CEO of the Italian division after practically a decade on the firm.
Cibelli will begin his new position “within the close to future,” based on the information launch, and report back to Simon Robson, president of worldwide, recorded music for Warner Music Group. Together with Måneskin, the previous Sony Music Italy exec labored carefully with artists like Ana Mena, Fedez, Geolier, Salmo and Shiva, amongst others.
“Music followers in Italy have all the time embraced home repertoire, however that development has accelerated lately, making it extra vital than ever for us to signal and nurture native expertise,” commented Cibelli. “The success of artists equivalent to Måneskin has additionally proven that Italian artists can take the world by storm, one thing we’ll see extra of within the years forward.”
Warner Music Italy is dwelling to worldwide artists Laura Pausini, Achille Lauro, Annalisa, Capo Plaza, Fred De Palma, Ghali, Irama, Levante, Mr Rain and Rondodasosa.
+ Common Music Group has invested a minority share within the [PIAS] Group, an impartial music firm. This announcement, which sees UMG buying a 49% shareholding, follows the institution of a joint international alliance between the 2 corporations that began in June 2021.
Underneath the brand new settlement [PIAS] will stay absolutely impartial and its founders Kenny Gates and Michel Lambot will retain majority management of the corporate. UMG can have no seats on the corporate’s board.
“Today we’re competing with finance and tech giants and a companion like Common Music Group gives the extra assist for us to compete and develop,” stated Kenny Gates, co-Founder and CEO of [PIAS]. “Common made it clear that they like us, they belief us and so they want us as a result of they’ll’t do what we do and so they worth it extremely. For Michel and I, that is our life’s work and an ongoing journey and I’m excited concerning the prospect of this new chapter within the lifetime of [PIAS]. This transfer makes us stronger and secures the way forward for our model, our workers and our companions whereas sustaining management of our future.”
+ Relix will likely be internet hosting the fourth installment of the Relix Music Convention on April 17 and 18 of subsequent yr at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville.
The 2023 convention is produced by Brad Tucker, mission administration director for Dayglo Presents, and can characteristic 40+ audio system from all aspects of the music business in a collection of panels, discussions and keynote speeches. The primary spherical of programming will likely be introduced in January, however early chook passes can be found now through relixmusicconference.com.
Earlier Relix Music Convention audio system embrace Warren Haynes, journalist David Fricke, New York live performance promoter Ron Delsener, document producer Don Was, stay leisure exec Jennifer Justice, impartial music entrepreneur Peter Shapiro and lots of others. Numerous business leaders have beforehand had a presence on the occasion together with Stay Nation, AEG, Madison Sq. Backyard Firm, Bowery Presents and extra.
+ Eric Church and longtime supervisor John Peets have launched their joint endeavor, an “all-inclusive enterprise,” referred to as Stable Leisure, which goals to “[centralize] all issues Church whereas doubling down on infrastructure behind investments in his ever-evolving skilled footprint,” because it reads within the official information launch.
Marshall Alexander will take the position of president and also will function Church’s consultant for his Decrease Broadway venue, bar and restaurant, Chief’s. Brandon Schneeberger will oversee day-to-day administration for Church.
Business vets Shane Allen and Kimsey Kerr have been tapped to launch and run Outsiders Radio, Church’s new, devoted SiriusXM Channel that formally launched on Nov. 4. Bryan Chisholm joins the staff to steer digital advertising and marketing and Hayley Harris has been appointed to handle Church’s fan membership, generally known as the Church Choir. Matt Wheeler continues to supervise merchandise.
+ Sony Music Publishing has appointed Michèle Hamelink as managing director of the Benelux area, the place she will likely be answerable for artistic technique along with increasing songwriter assist and repair choices.
Since taking up the position of senior A&R (Europe) in 2019, Hamelink has helmed artistic initiatives throughout Benelux and signed a number of songwriters and producers like 070 Shake, Sam Feldt, S10, Son Mieux and Gabry Pont. She’s going to work out of the corporate’s Benelux workplace and report back to Man Henderson, president of worldwide whereas sustaining her further A&R obligations.
Hamelink added: “I’m thrilled and honored to tackle this new position and I want to thank Jon Platt and Man Henderson for giving me this chance. I’m excited to tackle this problem with our nice staff and construct upon the strengths and songwriter-first values that we have now as a worldwide firm. It’s a privilege to work with our unimaginable songwriters and I sit up for advancing their artistic growth and success each regionally and internationally.”
+ Shore Hearth Media has employed Elvin Sabla for the newly created place of artistic model director. Reporting to Marilyn Laverty, CEO and founder, Sabla will work out of the corporate’s Brooklyn headquarters and can oversee the corporate’s branding and content material technique.
Sabla joins the company from Crypto.com, the place he led editorial communications for the corporate’s NFT division. Sabla had beforehand served because the supervisor of promoting and communications at Downtown Music Publishing the place he collaborated with Shore Hearth on campaigns to announce offers with the estates of Miles Davis and George Gershwin, Wu-Tang Productions for the Wu-Tang Clan catalog, the 1975, William “Mickey” Stevenson and Shaggy, amongst many others.
He additionally helped implement the writer’s 2019 rebrand and supervised the next relaunch of its web site, overseeing internet manufacturing and content material creation throughout its digital channels — up till the corporate’s realignment as a music providers supplier in 2021.
+ Netherlands-based B2B distributor FUGA, a division of Downtown Music, has partnered with the digital label Insomniac Music Group (Meduza, Classic Tradition, Sidepiece, HoneyLuv) for a worldwide deal protecting distribution, advertising and marketing and label providers.
FUGA will likely be answerable for offering stated providers to a number of labels which sit beneath the Insomniac Music Group umbrella, together with inside imprints in addition to artist-driven imprints, linking them to greater than 260 DSPs globally. As well as, Insomniac will likely be using FUGA’s sync and viewers engagement providers, with entry to the distributor’s traits and analytics platform.
Insomniac has additionally partnered with Downtown Neighbouring Rights (Justin Bieber, Ella Fitzgerald, Sub Pop Information) which, alongside FUGA, make up the newly established Downtown Music division led by Pieter van Rijn.
“[FUGA] have been elevating the bar inside the impartial music distribution house, and FUGA’s international footprint is the right catalyst to assist us join with new followers world wide whereas persevering with to shine a light-weight on the artists and sounds that we consider in,” commented Joe Wiseman, director of Insomniac Music Group.
+ BMG Nashville has promoted Kelsey Worley to senior director of artistic and employed Amy Hendon Scott to director of artistic.
Worley, who relies in Los Angeles, will proceed to work alongside songwriters like Emily Landis, Stephen Wilson Jr., Claire Douglas and Logan Wall, amongst others. She can even spend time growing and signing each established and up-and-coming expertise. She’s going to report back to Chris Oglesby, VP of artistic.
Worley started her profession at Interscope Information the place she served as an government assistant to the CEO, John Janick, earlier than being promoted to her most up-to-date place of A&R Supervisor for the rosters of Interscope Information, Geffen Information and Darkroom Information.
Scott can even be working with BMG’s songwriter roster in addition to teaching and signing new expertise. She joins the staff after managing publishing and artist growth at BMG from Liv Write Play, with earlier stints at Large Open Music and HoriPro Leisure Group.
+ Warner Chappell Music has entered a brand new partnership with Defient, a web3 leisure incubator, geared toward empowering WCM’s songwriters and producers to have interaction with the web3 house and leverage blockchain know-how.
Warner Chappell and Defient’s first mission would be the launch of Archives, described as “a multi-dimensional digital museum,” consisting of a curated choice of digital collectibles, memorabilia, occasions and extra, based on the press launch.
Archives will formally launch in early 2023 with an “Archives Mint Move,” a group of two,000 NFTs. Every NFT will grant the holder entry to take part in drops, auctions and digital experiences from WCM’s roster of songwriters.
+ TuneCore has promoted Melanie Seddon to the position of VP of brand name advertising and marketing, as introduced by Andreea Gleeson, CEO.
In her new position, Seddon will likely be accountable for all model advertising and marketing efforts and model partnerships. Since becoming a member of the corporate in 2020 as director of influencer advertising and marketing, Seddon rapidly transitioned to model advertising and marketing and expanded her staff to incorporate social media and occasions.
Stated Gleeson: “Melanie is a valued member of TuneCore’s management staff whose contributions have been instrumental in reinforcing TuneCore’s standing because the premier artist-first platform for music distribution. Her innovation and creativity when growing advertising and marketing initiatives can’t be overstated. I’m assured that beneath Melanie’s management, TuneCore’s best-in-class model advertising and marketing division will solely turn into stronger, driving influence throughout the artist group.”