Former manager of Lady Gaga and director of Spotify Troy Carter and co-founder of Q&A Suzy Ryoo announced the Venice Music Collective, an independent music community for creators powered by Web3. Launched this month, the collective is a place “where members have access, opportunities and the ability to achieve greater wealth as a freelancer,” according to the announcement, which adds that “the goal is to empower and support independent artists and their careers”. in a fairer way that currently exists.
Membership provides access to industry contacts: distribution, synchronization, analysis, financial services, events, workspaces, etc., according to the announcement. Members can book studio time at the Venice Studio in Los Angeles and rent video production equipment, paying only shipping costs. For more information see https://mint.venicemusic.co
+ MacAdams Oceana veteran of MTV News, Watner Music, MSG Networks and Thrillist, joined The Amazon Amp as head of content strategy, programming and production. The app, launched in beta earlier this year, lets users create live radio shows where they can DJ, take calls and play tracks from a catalog of tens of millions. licensed songs; Joe Budden, Pusha T, Tinashe, Lil Yachty and more stream on the app.
“I’m thrilled to join Amp at Amazon,” said MacAdams. “Being able to work at the intersection of music and technology is an incredible opportunity. What the Amp team is building is something that music makers and fans alike will love and I can’t wait to be a part of it.
+ Island Records named Nick Barr Vice President A&R and Creative Strategy. Based in Los Angeles, he will focus on new talent signing and marketing, digital and creative strategy and will report to Co-CEOs Imran Majid and Justin Eshak for A&R and Managing Director Mike Alexander for Marketing and Strategy. He previously worked on creative campaigns for 300 Entertainment, Interscope Records, Capitol Records and others.
“Nick brings a unique skill set in early talent identification and development, while understanding the key steps to breaking into artists in a modern landscape,” said Majid. Alexander adds, “Nick’s ability to create and execute global strategies for new and established artists makes him a great addition to the island team.
+ Empirethe publishing division of , in partnership with Warner Chappell Music Nashvillesigned a global publishing deal with a Nashville-based producer/composer Brandon Day. During his career Day has produced recordings by Brantley Gilbert, Plain White T’s, Austin Burke and Steven Lee Olsen and has written with Jimmie Allen, Granger Smith, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert and Brent Kissel.
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