UJA selects Steve Boom as 2023 Music Visionary of the Year

Head of Amazon Music Steve Boom — who, as president of MusiCares, also played a huge role in the organization’s distribution of more than $25 million in pandemic relief to the music community — will be honored as UJA Music Visionary of the Year with lunch on June 7 at the Ziegfield Ballroom in New York. He will be hailed for his professional and philanthropic leadership, and UJA will amplify his substantial efforts to fight anti-Semitism and help those in need.

Past recipients have included SiriusXM’s Scott Greenstein, Sony Music Group CEO Rob Stringer, Republic Records Co-Founders Avery and Monte Lipman, iHeartMedia Head Bob Pittman, Spotify Co-Founder Daniel Ek, Tom Corson, Co-Chairman and Director from the operation of Warner Records and Atlantic Records co. -President and Chief Operating Officer Julie Greenwald.

The event featured performances or appearances from Lizzo, Eddie Vedder, Maneskin, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, the Weeknd and Jennifer Hudson, among others.

+ UTA made two new additions to its Nashville office, hiring Brian Hill as a musical agent and Jaime Roberts as Director of Tourism Marketing.

Over her 30-year career, Hill has worked at major agencies including Monterey Peninsula Artists/Paradigm and Creative Arts Agency. He has worked with country artists like Eli Young Band, Aaron Lewis, Frankie Ballard and Home Free, among others.

Roberts began his live entertainment career promoting live family entertainment experiences with Feld Entertainment before moving to Live Nation and Bowery Presents. She most recently worked at Messina Touring Group where she developed and executed multi-channel marketing campaigns for touring artists. She has worked with artists such as Shawn Mendes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town and Kelly Clarkson.

+ Erika Clark was promoted to Vice President of Media Relations at Island Records, as announced by Lauren Schneider, Executive Vice President of Media Relations.

Based in New York, Clark will report directly to Schneider and take on greater responsibilities leading campaigns for artists such as Sabrina Carpenter, Remi Wolf, Demi Lovato, CHVRCHES, Jessie Reyez, Angèle, and more.

According to the press release, Clark will “take an intentional approach” to creative advertising initiatives, as well as event and podcast planning strategies. She first joined Island Records in March 2018, serving as Media Relations Manager before being promoted to Senior Manager.

“Erika is a brilliant and innovative media strategist,” commented Schneider. “In addition to her modern and avant-garde approach to press campaigns, Erika has won the admiration of artists, managers, partners and all of the Island’s staff. I had the honor and pleasure of watching Erika become a force and a leader at Island, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.

+ The syndicate made three new promotions within its marketing, radio and publicity departments; Amy Tremmel was chosen as the new Senior Vice President of Marketing and Events, Brendan Bourke will be the new vice president of advertising, and Joe McGinnis will take over as Vice President of Radio Promotion.

Amy Tremmel was previously vice president of marketing and came to The Syndicate from 360i, where she worked with Smirnoff, Guinness, Fisher-Price and UGG. She recently produced the opening night of Bob Marley’s “One Love Exhibit” in Los Angeles, CrimeCon in Las Vegas and numerous nights for HBO shows.

Bourke joined The Syndicate after running his own independent PR firms, Canvas Media and Tag Team Media, where he worked with Feist, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, and more. Today, Bourke’s clients include corporate communications for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and global music company Amuse, among others. He was previously senior advertising manager.

McGinnis held the title of Senior Director of Radio Promotion and was responsible for the success of non-comm/AAA campaigns at The Syndicate for Steve Lacy, Tyler Childers, Lord Huron, Nation of Language, Hot Chip, Ethel Cain, Santigold, Cuco and Twin Shadow.

+ downtown music Services signed a regional Mexican artist Nathanael Canodisk footprint CTs to a worldwide distribution deal involving the use of their suite of creative marketing services and synchronization licensing.

The deal was signed by Downtown Music Services’ vice president of Latin, Ray Tapia, and Cano’s manager, Ramon Emilio Hernandez. Downtown will provide fans of Los CT artists with access to new music releases and secure strategic marketing and synchronization opportunities, ensuring releases from the imprint are available on all major streaming platforms. The current Los CT signing list consists of Gabito Ballesteros, Alejandro Buelna, Tyan G and more.

Cano innovated in 2019 with its elongated corridos, a new subgenre of regional Mexican music that uses urban and rap styles. This agreement marks the continuation of a Latin-focused expansion for Downtown. Hernandez added, “The Mexican music scene is in the midst of a transformation with an increasing number of collaborations and a growing number of artists attracting millions of monthly listeners. This genre remains one of the most independent, if not the most independent, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to its success.

+ Evgle named Mayowa Arogundade as the new creative director. Mayowa’s experience includes work with music, tech, fashion and cultural industry giants including Roc Nation, Red Bull Records, OVO Sound, Kelly Rowland and Saweetie, to n’ to name a few.

As creative director, Mayowa will lead “the company’s global initiatives,” according to a press release. He will be in charge of creating the brand strategy and footprint for Evgle in its artistic and corporate expressions.

“I am pleased to welcome Mayowa as Creative Director of Evgle. His creative vision will no doubt lead Evgle to a very exciting new chapter in the company’s journey,” commented Karl Fowlkes, COO of Evgle.

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