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Music Industry News January 2016

As always, over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publishing, and Film/TV Music world, there are a few changes to report. Capitol Music Group (CMG), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has announced the appointment of Ashley Newton as President of CMG and EVP of Creative/Special Projects for UMG. Newton will report to CMG Chairman/CEO Steve Barnett and UMG Chairman/CEO Lucian Grange for his respective positions.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has appointed Richard Burgess as its new CEO. Alpha Media Louisville has announced Jessica Taylor as the new Director of Urban Promotions for WGHL, WGZB, and WMJM. Taylor replaces Valerie Sickles to was promoted to Alpha Media's Corporate Marketing Manager. Ian Hogarth has stepped away as Co-CEO of Songkick to leave Matt Jones as the sole CEO as Hogarth takes on the role of Chairman. NPR has promoted Music Head Anya Grundman to VP of Programming and Audience Development.

Future of Music Coalition (FMC), has announced the addition of Jean Cook and Jason Burns to its Board of Directors, both joining a governance team to support FMC's goal of creating a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work. A twenty-one veteran of Sony Music, Ayelet Schiffman has been promoted to SVP of Rhythm & Dance Promotion at Columbia Records, and industry veteran Ron Cerrito has become the new GM at Kobalt Label Services and will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Kobalt's President, Richard Sanders.

Taylor Lindsey has been promoted to Senior Director, A&R at Sony Music Nashville and will report directly to VP, A&R Jim Catino. Taylor will share day-to-day A&R responsibilities for all artists on the Sony Music Nashville rosters including Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville, and RCA Nashville. Rob Parker has stepped down from his position as President and CEO at Southern Ground and has begun serving as CEO of Wisdom Transfer, a professional services firm focused on leadership development through executive coaching and public speaking.

Two acquisitions and a split to report; BMG has moved into the radio sector with the acquisition of UK production music company Bed & Beats, a company founded by library and custom radio composer Dave Bethell, and 7digital, the global B2B digital music and radio services company, has announced plans to acquire Snowite (SAS), the leading French digital streaming music provider. Hackford Jones, the London-based entertainment PR agency founded in 2003 by Simon Jones and Jonathan Hackford, with clients including One Direction, Emma Bunton, Little Mix, and television presenters Ant & Dec, is breaking up as the two owners go their separate ways after over twelve years together.

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