Music Jobs News: DiMA, KCRW, ASCAP, Warner Bros Records UK, PPL, Gracenote, Sharp Objects, Copyright Agency Limited
Jonathan Potter, Ruth Seymour, Shawn Lemone, Ben Durling, Mark Kelly, Andreas Lakeberg, Ray Bruce, Brian Johns - Sandy Grant
DiMA's Jonathan Potter Announces Resignation
Jonathan Potter announced that he is resigning as Executive Director of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) effective December 31, 2009.
Over the past decade, DiMA has become the leading industry association for consumer-facing digital media services. DiMA has played a crucial role in shaping related legislation, and has been a strong advocate for rational royalty rates and streamlined licensing processes. DiMA was particularly instrumental in the long industry effort to establish music publishing royalties for digital downloads and subscription music services.
In light of the explosion of digital media services over the past few years, DiMA's leadership and advocacy on behalf of the industry will continue and be increasingly important. Accordingly, the Board has engaged a consulting firm to assist in the search for a new Executive Director and to evaluate DiMA's opportunities.
KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour Announces Retirement
After 32 years as General Manager of Santa Monica College's public radio station KCRW-89.9 FM and www.KCRW.com, Ruth Seymour has announced that she is retiring at the end of February.
She arrived at the station in September 1977 as a consultant and was formally appointed manager several months later.
Ms. Seymour has overseen the transformation of a station originally located in a middle school playground, with the oldest transmitter west of the Mississippi. Today KCRW's 13 transmitters deliver its broadcast service to much of Southern California.
Ruth Seymour also serves as the station's Program Director. KCRW is recognized for its original award-winning programs in news, music and culture. The station's schedule features its signature music show Morning Become Eclectic and its daily news-based broadcasts of To the Point and Which Way, L.A.?.
ASCAP Membership Group Promotes Shawn Lemone To Lead Film & Television Music Department
Randall Grimmett, Senior Vice President, Domestic Membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) announced that Shawn LeMone has been promoted to Vice President, Membership - Film & TV. Based in ASCAP's Los Angeles office, LeMone is responsible for the oversight and daily operational management of ASCAP's Film & Television Membership department on a worldwide basis. LeMone, who joined ASCAP in 1995, was most recently Assistant Vice President, Film & TV Membership.
ASCAP's Film & Television Membership department is responsible for outreach to some of the Society's most prominent and successful members, including all composer members working professionally in the film, television and video game industries. Outreach includes ASCAP's Film & TV Awards, ASCAP's Television & Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, attendance at film festivals, conferences and the development of numerous other educational and career enhancing programs throughout the country. The department's success in recent years has resulted in a dominant market share for ASCAP across the entire spectrum of audio-visual media.
Warner Bros Records UK Announces Ben Durling As A&R Consultant
Warner Bros Records UK announced Ben Durling has become an A&R Consultant for the label. Durling reports to Christian Tattersfield, CEO, Warner Music UK and Chairman, Warner Bros Records UK.
Until 2005, Durling was at Lizard King Records, where he signed The Killers amongst others. He then co-founded London-based independent label Lavolta Records. The imprint's roster included Liam Frost, Kissy Sell Out, The Whip, The Dykeenies and The Red Light Company, with whom Durling worked on their deal with Columbia Records. He has also managed a variety of acts including UK rock band Longview, who were signed to 14th Floor in 2003.
Mark Kelly Elected As Member Of The PPL Performer Board
PPL held its third Annual Performer Meeting on 19 November at Abbey Road Studios and as part of the formal business proceedings of the meeting Mark Kelly was successfully elected as a member of the PPL Performer Board and main PPL Board.
Over 250 people attended the meeting in which addresses were given by Chairman of the Performer Board, Gerald Newson, Fran Nevrkla, and presentations by the PPL Executive Management Team. Executive Director Peter Leathem revealed that since 2002, when the International team was set up, over £50 million has been collected internationally with 45 bi-lateral agreements across the globe.
Gracenote Names Andreas Lakeberg Vice President And General Manager Of Europe And Middle East Operations
Gracenote has hired Andreas Lakeberg to serve as vice president and general manager of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business operations. With more than twelve years of experience building multimedia software businesses in Europe, Lakeberg was appointed by Gracenote for his proven track record of leadership and deep knowledge of EMEA markets. Lakeberg, who will be based out of Gracenote's EMEA headquarters in Berlin, is charged with overseeing Gracenote's business operations for the region and will serve the growing demand for Gracenote products throughout Europe.
Lakeberg has built and led several multimedia software teams for major European digital media companies. Most recently, he was with DivX Inc., a global digital media company, where he was responsible for leading the EMEA sales team. For the past five years, he served as director of sales and business development EMEA and acting managing director EMEA at DivX Inc. Prior to DivX Inc., Lakeberg served as director of marketing and sales for Ulead Systems Europe (now Intervideo/Corel) where he managed a large sales staff and led several successful new product marketing campaigns. He began his career as general manager of central Europe at MGI Software where he was instrumental in the impressive growth that led to MGI's acquisition by Roxio/Sonic.
Music City Song Company, Sharp Objects, Names New Creative Director
Steven Sharp, CEO of Sharp Objects, Music City's premiere song plugging and artist/ songwriter development company, announced the addition of marketing and promotions specialist, Ray Bruce, to the elite Sharp Objects staff as Creative Director/Special Projects Coordinator.
The Atlanta, Georgia native has an extensive background in music business, management, sales and marketing. He's worked with Ashley Rivera, Georgia Entertainer of the Year and NACMAI Vocalist of the Year (2007, 2008 and 2009); managed Southern Hostility and booked the band's Southeastern summer tour in 2007, while promoting, booking and handling day-to-day operations for numerous regional acts over the last several years. Most recently, Bruce was acting song plugger for award-winning Christian Contemporary writer, Kris Miller.
Copyright Agency Limited Announces Changes To Board Of Directors
Rights management organisation Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) has announced that Brian Johns, AO, has stepped down from his position as Chair. Mr Johns will be replaced by current Australian Publishers Association appointed director, Sandy Grant.
Mr Grant has been on CAL's Board since 2002 and is the Chief Executive of Hardie Grant Publishing.
Mr Johns will remain on CAL's Board as an independent director. Speaking at CAL's AGM in Sydney, Mr Johns said that it had been an honour and a privilege to have held the position of Chair since 2003.