The Latest Music Industry Jobs: Spotify, LiveXLive, BMI, Sony/ATV, UMPG, More

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Here’s a recap recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.

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Spotify is spilling with a number executive changes.  Nick Holmsten, who was head music at Spotify, is stepping down from his role and becoming an adviser to several areas the company.  Jeremy Erlich and Marian Dicus will provisionally head the music department until a replacement for Holmsten is found.

Separately, Spotify has tapped David Rhodes, the former president CBS News, as a consultant to help steer podcasting and news-focused audio programming.   Amy Hudson, formerly Facebook’s head sports media partnerships for North America, has also been recruited to lead sports podcasting initiatives and strategy.

Elsewhere, Rahman Dukes is becoming head urban programming at LiveXLive Media, where he will create, develop and produce programming for the company. In December last year, Dukes played a key role in the company’s inaugural LiveZone.

Over at Kobalt, Silicon Valley e-commerce vet Johan Land has been hired as chief product ficer.   Land takes over from current CPO Simon Dennett, who is assuming a non-executive board seat at Kobalt’s collection subsidiary, AMRA.

Jody Williams, who has been president creative at BMI since 2006, will be leaving his role at the company at the end the year, but he will stay on with them in a consultancy role throughout next year.

At Def Jam Recordings, Rodney Shealey has been promoted to Executive Vice President, while Theda Sandiford has been upped to Senior Vice President Commerce.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced that they have promoted Kristina Hedrick to vice president U.S. business development, where she will work in the company’s New York headquarters. She will be responsible for analyzing U.S. songwriting deals.

Also in the publishing sphere, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is announcing a number changes.

Stephen J. Dallas has been named Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs and Digital Business Development, while David Gray and Walter Jones have been tapped as Co-Heads A&R.

Independent record label and distributor Empire has launched a new division in Nashville and has named Eric Hurt as its vice president Artists and Repertoire. He was previously the senior director creative at Black River Entertainment.

Big Loud has appointed Austen Adams as its chief operating ficer both its record and publishing divisions.

Interscope Geffen A&M Records has hired Cara Donatto as both an executive vice president and head media strategy and communications.

Jayne Stynes, who previously worked for Eleven Management, has become the new general manager the Music Managers Forum.

The American Association Independent Music (A2IM) has added Tommy Boy president Rosie Lopez to its executive committee for 2020.

Andreas Katsambas has become BMG’s executive vice president for Latin America and Canada, which is a new role created as the company continues to expand internationally.

Elsewhere, The Marathon Music Group has named former Ministry Sound Recordings/Sony Music UK executive James Farrelly as its global trade marketing director.