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There’s no place like home for Tim Braüner, the longtime Atlantic Records A&R exec who’s set to return to his native Denmark early next year for an elevated role within WMG. Starting Feb. 1 in Copenhagen, Braüner will be director of international A&R for Warner Music Nordics and Warner Music Denmark. He’ll report to the incoming head of Warner Music Denmark and will also work closely with Mark Fry, president of Warner Music Nordics, as well as the territory heads of Finland, Norway and Sweden. He launched his music career at WMD back in 2016 before being recruited by Atlantic two years later to join the team in NYC. Currently vp of A&R, Braüner has signed and worked with Atlantic roster artists including CKay, Major League DJz, Studio Killers and Surf Curse. “It’s great to have Tim back in the Nordics,” said Fry. “We were so proud when he was tapped by Atlantic for an A&R job in New York and now he’s back with five years’ experience and a wealth of connections that’ll help him super serve our artists.”
Warner Music Group appointed Alexandra Condon as vice president of public policy and government affairs, making her the point-person between the label and policymakers across the EU and the UK. She’ll also stay in close contact with key trade orgs and other stakeholders and be an all-around public advocate for the company. The London-based Condon joins WMG after more than a decade at PRS for Music, where she crested as head of policy and public affairs, and played an important role in the UK collecting society’s campaigns for copyright legislation. She reports to Mark Baker, svp of PPaGA. “This is a pivotal time for the music industry, with many exciting challenges and opportunities in front of us,” Condon said. “It’s never been more important to ensure policymakers understand our business and the need for a legal framework that enables us to keep investing in artists and songwriters.”
Mike Chuthakieo was named the first chief revenue officer at 88rising, reporting to CEO and founder Sean Miyashiro out of Los Angeles. Chuthakieo leads brand partnership strategy develops new commercial partnerships at the music and media company, which aims to elevate Asian talent. Chuthakieo comes to 88rising from Pinterest, where as an industry lead he launched the entertainment and restaurant industry sales teams. Prior to Pinterest, he held roles at Pandora, FOX, Myspace and Wasserman Media Group, among others. “88rising’s explosive growth over the past years has been phenomenal to watch,” said the new CRO. “I’m humbled and excited by the opportunity to join the team and apply my expertise to continue broadening the reach of this cultural powerhouse.”
Music distribution and payments platform Stem hired Nick Terzo to help extend its reach with labels and other rights owners. As the company’s new head of label and catalog partnerships, Terzo will scout opportunities for pairings with indie labels, music IP funds and catalogs, as well as work on ways to boost Stem’s artist development efforts. The East Coaster arrives from his own catalog consultancy company Radical Songs, and before that held roles at Royalty Exchange, Columbia/Sony and Maverick. Since joining Stem, Terzo has already stacked up at least a couple wins: he facilitated or guided pacts with both Immortal Records and Brooklyn Music Distribution. He reports directly to Kristin Graziani, president of Stem Distribution. “Nick is a fantastic addition to our growing team,” Graziani glowed. “He brings an infinite wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships that will undoubtedly expand our presence and amplify our capabilities.”
Dylan Berthier is Kobalt‘s new chief people & culture officer, based in London and reporting to CEO Laurent Hubert. Berthier has 20-plus years experience in leading HR teams, and recently navigated the impossible-sounding task of leading Activision Blizzard’s P&C team during Microsoft’s just-closed $69 million acquisition of the gaming giant. Hubert hailed Berthier as being adept at leading teams “of all shapes and sizes through times of change and expansion, facilitating innovation and ensuring organizations have a culture of excellence and ways of working to enable these transformations.”
ICYMI: Hipgnosis hired a new CFO and general counsel … Amazon Music shed jobs … Delia Orjuela and Ruben Abraham were picked to lead WMG’s Mexican music division … Island hired Jay Schumer away from Columbia … Sony Music Mexico aligned with Manuel Cuevas … Maria Inés Sánchez was appointed Sony Music Latin’s new vp of West Coast operations … and CAAers in Nashville will have new digs in 2025.
Spotify named Tim Foisset as head of label partnerships in Nashville. He will manage Nashville’s label partnerships team, including Gemma McInturff, Miller Guth and Meagan Bennington. Foisset previously spent 13 years at Warner Music Nashville, most recently serving as senior vp of commercial partnerships. Prior to WMN, Foisset was director of digital marketing at Razor & Tie out of New York City. –Jessica Nicholson
Independent live producer and promoter Danny Wimmer Presents increased its headcount by five as it looks to capitalize on recent growth. DWP’s newest team members: Lisa Brende, evp of intelligence, will lead a team using data and research to help DWP stay on task in making sure “the voice of the fan is at the heart of everything they do.” She previously held senior roles at TikTok and Sony Music. Steve Donovan, project manager, will oversee teams working on production, artist relations and hospitality. He arrives from Google, where he was a senior project manager. Dan Lerner, senior designer, responsible for crafting visually compelling projects for DWP. His past work as an illustrator and graphic designer includes many a poster and album cover. Ryan Brady, accounting manager, is tasked with streamlining the finance team at DWP. He has over seven years of experience, including at Live Nation. Tanvi Varma, staff accountant in DWP’s accounts receivable/payable desk. She arrives from Wasserman Media Group, where she worked in the sports division.
Secret City Records, the Montreal-based label home of Patrick Watson and The Barr Brothers, among others, elevated Magali Ould to the newly created role of general manager. Ould is tasked with managing the indie label’s day-to-day operations, reporting directly to company president and CEO Justin West. She has been a key member of the label for 12-plus years in communications and project management roles, including director of marketing. Ould has also been key in pushing Secret City’s expansion into Francophone music, working with Daniel Bélanger, Antoine Corriveau and others. “Secret City’s tremendous growth, as well as the accelerated pace of the changing market, both bring new challenges and opportunities, and drive the need for additional management infrastructure to ensure the relevant parts of the organization continue to function at the highest level,” said West.
Music financing company beatBread hired Spencer LeBoff to spearhead a new division that offers an expanded offering of highly customizable publishing advances for songwriters. His title at beatBread, which offers advances as little as $1,000 up to $3 million, is general manager of publishing. LeBoff arrives from BMG Music Publishing and previously spent time in A&R at Warner Music, where he worked with artists including Dua Lipa and Adam Lambert. “We’ve seen significant success building partnerships on the artist side since we launched in 2020, and it’s already clear that there is real demand from songwriters for our offering,” said founder and CEO Peter Sinclair. “Spencer is an outstanding leader, and we’re excited about where this business will go, and there is much more to come.”
Musicians On Call announced four new hires at the non profit, which brings live music to hospitals: Jenny Methling as senior director of strategic partnerships; Cindy Gonzalez and Simba Woodard as program coordinators; and Lia Okenkova as a grants coordinator. “This is an exciting time for Musicians On Call as we welcome new team members whose creativity and passion will help take our mission to new heights.” said Musicians On Call president & CEO Pete Griffin.
Talent agency Wasserman Music welcomed four new executives to its ranks. They are: Brad Goodman, LA-based senior vice president. He brings decades of experience and several clients — Melissa Etheridge, “Weird Al” and Ziggy Marley — from his time at WME. Sam Bartlett, vp of casinos and performing arts centers. The CAA and ICM veteran oversees the company’s roster when booking for casinos and other venues in the U.S and Canada. Taryn Haight, LA-based vp of strategy, electronic music. This new role looks for brand-building and non-touring opportunities for WM’s roster of dance artists. Guy Mason, London-based legal counsel. Joining from VCCP Group, Mason will support Wasserman’s European business affairs team. “Since the launch of Wasserman Music in 2021, we have always put a premium on our culture and on super-serving the artists we have the honor to represent around the world,” said Wasserman Music evp & managing executive Lee Anderson.
The Chamber Group promoted Shannon Atran to director of public relations at the boutique firm. In her new role, Atran will oversee PR campaigns and overall messaging — including in crisis situations — for a wide swath of TCG’s music clients, including Lil Wayne, Mass Appeal and Big Sean, among others. Atran joined TCG in 2019 following a four year stint at MWWPR. She is New York based and reports directly to Chris Chambers, TCG’s principal and founder. “Her work and attention to detail has earned her spot as a senior member of the team at the company and I look forward to seeing the direction her career takes from here,” says Chambers.
Outback Presents promoted Taylor Freeman to senior booking manager at the independent live events promoter. The Nashville-based Freeman joined Outback Presents four years ago and has zeroed in on comedy tours, primarily, including Taylor Tomlinson, Leanne Morgan and Dusty Slay. He began his career with a four-year tenure at WME, where h honed his craft in the music department. You can hit up Freeman at email@example.com.
Nashville Notes: Republic Live hired Anne Stirk as director of marketing and brand strategy, where her duties include the Boots and Hearts Music Festival. She arrives from Spotify, where she was an artist and label marketing specialist … Bob Squance joined music publisher Lady Luck Songs as creative director. He arrives from Round Hill Music, where he served as senior director of A&R … PLA Media added senior social media and marketing consultant Pip Wynans, who was most recently a Crowd Surf digital marketing manager … The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hired Caroline Mullins as director of marketing. Prior to joining the museum, Mullins held positions at Lipscomb University and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
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