Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV, Red Bull Records, Position Mus…


Clare Cowland has joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s senior international team as vp of human resources for the U.K. and internationally. Cowland will be based in the company’s London office and will report to Elicia Felix-Hughley, senior vp of global human resources. 

In her new role, Cowland will be responsible for strategic HR initiatives that drive cultural excellence throughout the company’s international territories.

“I’m excited to welcome Clare to the Sony/ATV family,” said Elicia Felix-Hughey in a statement. “Clare’s leadership skills, past experience and forward-thinking approach are all critical, as we build out global initiatives that attract, retain and grow exceptional talent.”

On June 13, Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced it had promoted Dale Esworthy to executive vp, worldwide administration. Esworthy will manage all administration operations for the company across its network of 38 offices in over 24 countries, including copyright, royalty administration and tracking. 

“This promotion underscores the critical role that administration plays in providing Sony/ATV’s songwriters with an unrivalled level of service. With Dale Esworthy, we have a seasoned and first-class executive who is focused on further enhancing our industry-leading administration operations and to deliver on our mission of being the ultimate destination for songwriters.” said Jon Platt, Sony/ATV’s CEO and chairman, in a statement.

Red Bull Records announced June 11 that Kenny Salcido has been promoted to senior vp of A&R and Charles Burks has been appointed to director of A&R. Salcido will report to Greg Hammer, managing director of Red Bull Records, and Burks will report to Salcido. Both will be based out of the company’s L.A. headquarters. 

Salcido will oversee artist development and the company’s A&R team, while Burks will be responsible for expanding the artist roster at Red Bull Records. 

“We couldn’t be happier to promote Kenny to senior vice president of A&R here at Red Bull Records,” Hammer said of Salcido’s promotion in a statement. “Kenny has an inherent passion for music coupled with the ability to identify and develop unique artistic voices. He is an important part of the future of Red Bull Records and will continue to lead efforts in expanding our roster with amazing musicians.” 

In response to his new position, Burks added, “Under the leadership of Kenny, I am eager to further the development of our talented artists and I look forward to identifying new musical talent as we continue to cultivate the urban side of our roster.”

Tyler Bacon, president and CEO of Position Music announced Tuesday (June 11) that Emily Weber has been promoted to vp and head of synch. Weber will be responsible for developing and overseeing the nine-person synch team as they continue to place Position Music’s repertoire in advertising, film, television, video games and trailers.

Since Weber joined Position Music in 2010, the company has grown its revenue by over 800 percent and expanded its sales staff from one to a team of nine. 

“Emily Weber is passionate about music and super-serving her clients. Her ability to help creatives connect the dots is truly impressive,” Bacon said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have her leading our Synch team and I have full confidence that she will continue to grow and evolve her staff into one of the best synch teams in the world.” 

Terence Blanchard has been named the first Kenny Burrell chair in jazz studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 

The position is part of the school’s new global jazz studies program and will help ensure the program attracts “the highest caliber of jazz instruction at UCLA for generations to come.” 

Blanchard is a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer, who was recently nominated for best original score for his work in Spike Lee’s 2019 film BlacKkKlansman

“Terence’s accomplishments are impressive and astounding for their range,” said Judith Smith, the school of music dean, in a statement. “His commitment to educating the next generation of jazz artists and his devotion to illuminating social justice issues through his music embody our UCLA values and align with the mission of our global jazz studies program.” 

On June 10, Berklee College of Music announced it had appointed Sean McMahon as chair of its film scoring department.

McMahon is a Berklee alumnus who has scored multiple films including The Grudge III, 400 Days, and the Great White Storm. After graduating from Berklee, McMahon completed his graduate certificate in scoring at the University of Southern California, and worked for five years as a composer’s assistant and project manager for Christopher Young. 

“It’s an exciting time to be in film music. Composer assistantships, video games, VR, and the explosion of original content from platforms such as YouTube, Netflix, and Prime Video, for example, provide more career possibilities for composers than ever before,” McMahon said in a statement. “We need to continue to prepare our students for these new opportunities, and will do so by placing the curriculum at the intersection of creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship.”


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