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Executive Wach: Tracktion Software Corporation, Liberace Foundation, McNally Smith College of Music, SPIN, WSOU, Guitar Center
Traction Business Development; Liberace Foundation Advisory Board; McNally Smith College of Music Brass and Woodwinds Faculty; SPIN Editor-in-Chief; WSOU Sales & Marketing Manager; Guitar Center VP Of Brand Experience And Entertainment Marketing
By Eric de Fontenay (Founder & Publisher)
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Dan Moore Tapped For Key Business Development Role For Traction

Tracktion Software Corporation (TSC) has recently tapped Dan Moore for a key business development role involving its popular Tracktion Music Production Software brand. Moore spent several years with Microsoft Corporation in strategic business and technology development programs and was involved with the high performance computing vendor, GreenButton, prior to its acquisition by Microsoft. Before all that, Moore had a long association with Tracktion's former owner, LOUD Technologies.

A review of Moore's recent activities, which revolve around cloud management API's and cloud-based services, can lead to some speculation about the direction Tracktion will be taking. However, no official announcements beyond the release of Tracktion v5.3 have been released. Watch this space for continuing updates on the rapidly evolving recording software.

World Music Awards Executive Producer Joins Liberace Foundation Advisory Board

Melissa Corken, executive producer, World Music Awards, has joined the Advisory Board of the Liberace Foundation for the Creative and Performing Arts.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Corken studied language in the south of France before becoming a television personality and recording two top 40 songs in Italy. The recording business led her to produce celebrity events, culminating in 1989 when she founded and produced the World Music Awards, under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco. The World Music Awards, a charity benefit honoring the best-selling recording artists from around the world. In addition to creating and producing the awards ceremony, the organization builds hospitals, schools and orphanages through the Monaco Aide et Presence Foundation and with the Comboni Missionary Association which assists underdeveloped areas in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Brazil.

McNally Smith College of Music Welcomes Accomplished Trumpet Player Adam Meckler to Brass and Woodwinds Faculty

McNally Smith College of Music announced the addition of Adam Meckler to its Brass and Woodwinds faculty. An accomplished and in-demand trumpet player, Meckler has toured extensively with internationally renowned artists - including riot jazz/hip-hop troupe Youngblood Brass Band and Todd Clouser's jazz/art rock trio A Love Electric. He is also a fixture in the Twin Cities music scene, performing with The Jana Nyberg Group (vocal jazz), the Jack Brass Band (traditional New Orleans jazz), The Graydon Peterson Quartet (modern jazz), Lulu's Playground (experimental), The Brass Barn Polka Band (polka), The Good The Bad The Funky (funk and soul), and Pete Whitman's X-Tet - a 10-piece jazz ensemble comprised of all-star Twin Cities musicians.

Meckler holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisc., and a M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Minnesota. An active educator, he also teaches at MacPhail Center for Music, maintains a trumpet studio in the Twin Cities, and leads clinics and workshops all over the country. He is a 2014 recipient of MacPhail's Artist Development Grant and is in the process of using the funding to release a full-length album of original compositions from his latest project, the Adam Meckler Orchestra - an 18-piece jazz ensemble that plays all original music written and arranged by Meckler. He is also one of three founders of, a site dedicated to transcription and analysis of jazz solos.

SPIN Appoints Craig Marks As Editor-in-Chief

SPIN enters a new era with the appointment of highly regarded digital publishing innovator and music journalist Craig Marks as new Editor-in-Chief.

Marks served most recently as the first-ever Editorial Director at BlogTalkRadio, a social broadcasting platform and, prior to that, co-founded and led the pop culture site, PopDust. He brings to SPIN a proven digital track record and deep understanding of the brand's legacy, where he previously served as an editor for more than seven years. As Editor-in-Chief, Marks will be based in New York and oversee SPIN's editorial content and continued digital development as the brand prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year.

A 30-year veteran of music and pop culture journalism, Marks has served as a top editor of SPIN, Blender and Billboard, and has written for publications including Rolling Stone, GQ and The New York Times. In 2011, he co-authored "I Want My MTV," a critically-acclaimed history of the music channel's first decade.

WSOU Hires Jennifer Kajzer As Sales & Marketing Manager

WSOU 89.5 FM, the hard rocking radio station at Seton Hall University, has hired Jennifer Kajzer as its new Underwriting Sales & Marketing Manager. Jennifer comes to WSOU from CBS Radio in New York, where she was an Integrated Media Manager for WWFS, WNOW, WCBS-FM and other CBS properties.

A 1999 graduate of Seton Hall University, Jennifer's hiring marks not only a return to her alma mater, but also to the radio station than helped launch her career as on-air talent and a successful sales and marketing expert. During her time at Seton Hall, Jennifer held WSOU student management positions of Promotions Director and Program Director and then served as the station's Business & Sales Manager after graduation.

In addition to her tenure at CBS Radio, Jennifer has worked in sales and marketing positions for EMI Music, Concerts East, Blender and Maxim magazines and Emmis Communications. She has also been on-air talent for SiriusXM and WRXP, as well as an adjunct professor at Hudson Community College in New Jersey.

Guitar Center Names Dustin Hinz As Vice President Of Brand Experience And Entertainment Marketing

A seventeen-year veteran of the GC family, Hinz will manage the creative and content strategy for Guitar Center's brand experience and entertainment partnerships

Guitar Center announces that Dustin Hinz has been promoted to Vice President of Brand Experience and Entertainment Marketing.

Dustin is a seventeen-year veteran of the GC family with a background in marketing, content development, and entertainment relations. Since beginning his career at Guitar Center back in 1997, Hinz has been committed to developing the retailer into one of the most respected brands in the music space. From the creation of the award-winning music television series Guitar Center Sessions on DIRECTV and the brand's unparalleled artist empowerment programs, to his work on GC's recent re-branding initiative “All We Sell is the Greatest Feeling on Earth” – where beloved and iconic artists, such as The Roots' Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Metallica's James Hetfield, and EDM star Steve Aoki celebrate the simple joy they each get from the act of playing a musical instrument – Hinz's vision for consumer-facing marketing programs have become the lifeblood of the retailer's brand strategy.

In this new role, Hinz will be responsible for managing Guitar Center's brand ethos, creative and content strategies to influence sales, traffic, loyalty and unparalleled brand awareness.

Related News from Mi2N:
» World Music Awards Executive Producer Joins Liberace Foundation Advisory Board
» McNally Smith College Of Music Welcomes Accomplished Trumpet Player Adam Meckler To Brass And Woodwinds Faculty
» SPIN Appoints Craig Marks As Editor-in-Chief
» WSOU Hires Jennifer Kajzer As Sales & Marketing Manager
» Guitar Center Names Dustin Hinz As Vice President Of Brand Experience And Entertainment Marketing
» Dan Moore Tapped For Key Business Development Role For Traction

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