Good year! It's time to take another quick spin around the Executive turntableBillboard's comprehensive(ish) compendium of promotions, hires, departures and firings – and everything in between – in music.
Global ASM hosted live music veteran and former artist manager Jason Rio as senior vice president of live entertainment and content development. In his new role, Rio will oversee ASM's plans to grow its position in content generation for its arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers. Rio brings years of promoter expertise, spanning his time at Live Nation, where he held leadership roles in the major markets of Houston and Chicago, to his most recent assignment as Vice President of music for the Ambassador Theater Group. In a previous professional life, Rio spent 20 years fronting bands like The Fray, Liz Phair, Michelle Branch and others. He also worked for Pres. Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012… On the other side of the Atlantic, Andy O'Sullivan joined the company as CEO of a historic multi-use event space Olympia London. He arrives after 11 years as venue director at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “I am incredibly excited to join such a transformational project at such a critical time, one that is taking shape right here in London! he said.
wise music group hiring Betsey Perlmutter as vice president of Schirmer Theatrical, the concert and theater production arm of the company. In his new role, Perlmutter will focus on leveraging WMG's global catalog across symphonic, ballet, concert and theater disciplines. She is best known as the former producer and artistic planner of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, where she oversaw the expansion of non-traditional concert programming, spanning musical theater, contemporary opera, chamber music and the launch of The Art of the Score. film music series. Prior to the Phil, she held positions at the Wave Hill Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. “Betsey's extensive experience with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center is invaluable to us as we embark on this next phase of international creative rights development,” said Robert Thompson, Chairman.
OF hiring Piper McCoy as Vice President of Communications, overseeing campaigns, executive profiling, thought leadership initiatives and government affairs communications. She previously held the same role at Buzzfeed and held key positions at Rush Communications, Roc Nation, New Era Cap and Walmart. “With over 20 years of experience across the media, sports and entertainment industries, Piper was recruited to strengthen DICE's stakeholder and industry engagement, driving growth in Europe and the United States. United, and lead DICE in reshaping the live music industry through impactful strategic strategies. storytelling campaigns,” the company said in its announcement.
Swim shorts: THE Golden Globe Foundation, formed last year following the sale of the awards ceremony at Eldridge Globes, has elected its officers and board of directors for the year. Seasoned photojournalist Earl Gibson III will be chairman of the board of directors and independent journalist Henri Arnaud as treasurer and leadership consultant Tom Kittleson as secretary. The foundation's board of directors also includes Silvia Bizio, Mia Farrell, Jeff Harris, Helen Hoehne, Adam Tanswell and Meher Tatna.
Sony Music AWAL promoted a pair, putting Jacqueline Rossi in charge of the company's global business partnerships team and Dale Connone leading the streaming and promotional efforts. Rossi was most recently senior director of global business partnerships, while Rossi led digital services initiatives. He also runs the independent label service IN2UNE, a music coalition owned by AWAL.
Nashville-based independent label Lion33 added Chris Fabiani as vice president of promotion and marketing. Fabiani launched his career in the music industry at UMG Distribution in 2006 and quickly moved into promotion at UMG. He rose through the label ranks, working with artists such as Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and many others. In 2019, he was named Director of Promotion and Artist Engagement at UMG. In 2020, Fabiani joined Warner as a regional for the WEA team, before moving up to national director of the Warner Music Nashville team in 2022, working with Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson, Breland and more. Leo33's artist roster includes featured artist Zach Top. –Jessica Nicholson
Dale Watson Annual American Music Awards industry pillar hired Roger Christian as head of marketing and promotion ahead of its 10th annual show, which takes place Feb. 18 at the Moody Theater in Austin. With over 40 years of banking experience, Christian has held leadership positions at MCA, Sony/CBS, Jem Records Texas and Big State Distributing, among others, and has recently focused his efforts on growing his Roger Group Christian Entertainment. “Promoting the Ameripolitan Music Awards is the kind of challenge I love,” Christian said. “I am so honored to work with Dale, Céline and all of the incredibly talented artists at Ameripolitan Music.”
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