Republic Appoints Wes Donehower Senior Vice President of A&R; Youssou NDour signs with UMG Africa

+ Music creators market Splice announced the producer Kenny beats (pictured), whose credits include work with Dominic Fike, FKA Twigs and Vince Staples, among others, as the very first artist in residence. On the program, Kenny Beats will showcase his engineering techniques, vocal production and more. The six-part series launches today (October 13).

“Splice was a game-changer,” Kenny Beats said when announcing his participation. “Creating music is more fun than ever, and just about anyone can make a song if they want to. As a long-time Splice user, I am delighted to be the first Artist in Residence and to share a glimpse of how I work.

Splice Founder and CEO Steve Martocci added, “Kenny is extremely influential in our community, his content has always been the most requested by our users. Splice aims to help people discover their own untapped potential. Kenny’s energy and love for music is contagious and will inspire the next class of creators.

Tuesday, October 12

Archives of the Republic named Wes donehower A&R senior vice president, co-founder and president of the label, Avery Lipman, announced on Tuesday. He joined the label after six years in A&R at Columbia Records, where he worked closely with Lil Nas X and Russ as well as Koe Wetzel, Quinn XCII and 347Aidan, among others. Based in New York, he started his career as a coordinator at BMG Rights Management.

Wes is a welcome addition to our growing A&R team and will undoubtedly have a major impact as he continues to sign, identify and develop a new vanguard of innovative talent.“said Lipman.

A&R Executive Vice President Tyler Arnold added, “Wes is an incredible addition to the Republic family. Over the past 5 years he has signed some incredibly influential artists and has proven to be one of the top A&R in the business. I am really looking forward to working together and am delighted to welcome him to the team.

+ Senegalese singer, winner of a Grammy Youssou NDour announced a multi-year partnership agreement between Youssou Ndour & TBI Publishing SA and Universal Music Africa.

Commenting on the agreement, NDour simply declared: “From Africa to the world… Let’s go to the universal…”

WBU Director General Franck Kacou said: “It is an honor and great pride for Universal Music Africa to have earned the trust of such a monumental figure in African musical culture. Youssou NDour has inspired generations of music fans, each time with his impressive relevance, social resonance and most importantly with his timeless songwriting.

+ Sony Music Editing promoted Moses Martiny to the Senior Vice President of Global Digital Business Strategy. According to the announcement, Moses will further develop and coordinate SMP’s business strategies across its global digital businesses, as well as lead negotiations with key global DSP and online platform partners. In addition, he will liaise with the newly expanded global digital team to grow and diversify songwriter revenue from established and emerging digital platforms. Based in the company’s UK office, he reports to Global Digital President Antony Bebawi.

Martiny has conducted multi-jurisdictional negotiations with major digital services including Spotify, Apple, Google / YouTube, Amazon, Deezer and SoundCloud, covering Europe, MENA, India and beyond. He’s also been instrumental in securing historic digital licensing deals, allowing SMP songwriters to earn royalties on Facebook / Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube Shorts.

Prior to joining Sony Music Publishing, Moses held various strategy and business development positions at EMI Records, PRS for Music and others. Before entering the world of music, he spent several years in management consulting, focusing on digital strategy, growth strategy and strategic sourcing.

+ Edgeout drives announced the opening of its Nashville office. Located at the East Iris Studios of Universal Music Group (formerly House of Blues Studios) in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Nashville, the Nashville office will be managed by the label’s staff in Los Angeles; Jena Yannone, senior director of digital media and content, has moved to Nashville to oversee day-to-day operations.

“With all the young bands and emerging rock artists in Nashville, we felt it was important and necessary to have a presence,” said label founder Tony Guanci. “We have already started working on a number of exciting opportunities to support the Nashville music scene and are delighted to be located at UMG’s historic East Iris Studios.”

+ UnitedMasters has partnered with Coinbase to offer artists the choice of being paid in cryptocurrency. Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO, said: “Working with Coinbase to give independent artists the ability to get paid in crypto is a natural next step for us, using technology to ensure that the industry’s economy is music favors the creators behind it. As the financial industry continues to evolve and innovate, we are committed to putting our artists in the best position to benefit from these changes.

+ Matthew Knowles and Carlo Antonelli we’re joining ANote Music, a European marketplace for investing in music royalties, as principal advisers. Said Knowles: “Since I first met ANote at an industry event in 2019, I have been very impressed with Marzio [F. Schena, CEO and co-founder] and his team’s pioneering approach to alternative financing solutions for music rights holders. As a new era approaches for the music industry, I am excited to play my part in anchoring ANote’s role in it.

Monday, October 11

Charity of bread, a non-profit organization founded by Mustafa Sheikh (aka rapper Lil Mussie) with a mission to help children living in poverty, launched Bread Studios at Nipsey Hussle’s former college, Edwin Markham Middle School, in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. The 1,000-foot studio has five free music recording facilities intended to help children in disadvantaged socio-economic areas, with musical instruments, vocal recording and production equipment for young people to use free of charge. Visit here to view photos of the studio and learn more about the program.

+ Primary wave music has reached an agreement with the estate of the legendary singer Bing crosby, who has appeared in over 70 feature films and recorded over 1,600 songs over a career spanning over 50 years. The partnership allows Primary Wave to acquire a stake in the assets held by HLC Properties Ltd., the company owned by Crosby Estate. It includes the Bing Crosby Archives, containing thousands of recordings of the singer and other artists, many of which have never been released; artist royalties from master recordings featuring his performances; copyright royalties on songs he wrote or co-wrote; his rights in the film “White Christmas”, as well as other film, radio and television productions. In addition, Primary Wave has acquired a stake in its name, image and publicity rights. The domain will now have access to all of Primary Wave’s marketing team, digital team, advertising department, brand team and publishing infrastructure, which includes licensing opportunities and synchronization.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with Primary Wave. In our first meeting, our goal was to find a partner who believed in the vast life he was leading, and we know Primary Wave will continue to uphold Dad’s legacy. Bing Crosby’s family said in a joint statement.

“Bing Crosby was one of the most influential stars of the 20th century,” said Larry Mestel, CEO and founder of Primary Wave Music. He continues, “Our team looks forward to delving into our partnership with Harry Crosby, Robert Bader and the Crosby family to help reintroduce Bing music and heritage to the world.”

+ Syracuse University Bandier Program, created by legendary music publisher Marty Bandier, is one of the world’s most important music programs. Last year, Bandier announced a program to provide financial support to Bandier program students from under-represented populations, and last week the program announced its first two winners: Sofia Elizabeth Gutierrez, a Los Angeles resident of Filipino and Mexican origin, and Alexis Sanon, a Haitian-American from Brooklyn, NY. “The only thing that would be worth it for me to leave California would be the unique opportunity to be part of the Bandier program,” said Gutierrez, a musician, adding that he was awarded the scholarship. “A life-changing opportunity to follow my dream. I am honored to be one of the first recipients and will not take this opportunity for granted. Sanon, who got his start in the industry as a teenager creating social media fan accounts for the One Direction group, then discovered other areas of the industry. “This scholarship has been like words of encouragement – that there is a place for me in this industry, and I want to meet this challenge head on,” she said.

“We are eternally grateful to Marty Bandier for his dedication to The Newhouse School,” said Newhouse Dean Mark J. Lodato. “I have no doubts that Sofia and Alexis will shine in the Bandier program and thrive within the Syracuse University community.”

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