Some six weeks after the announcement of the launch of Encore Recordings, industry veteran Joie Manda continues to staff her full-service music business with key hires. Joining former Spotify executive Ned Monahan, who serves as chief executive, and label head Diana Chung at the Beverly Hills-based Encore are Mimi Camara (Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs, pictured right) and Fawn Thompson (comptroller and vice president of finance, pictured left).

Camara is an alumnus of Warner Music Group (WMG), where she held roles at Atlantic Records and Warner Records and worked on issues concerning the Cardi B, Saweetie, NLE Choppa and Wale labels. “I am honored to work alongside Joie and the Encore team to create an organization that will surely disrupt the conventions of the music world,” she said. “Tawny and I, as two black women, occupy a space usually reserved for men, typically white men. It’s truly amazing and forward-thinking that Joie is propelling both culture and business into the future in this way. We’re building a destination paradise for artists, and I’m ready to get to work.

Thompson, who comes from a background in business management and has worked with artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shakira, added: “I’m thrilled to join industry veteran Joie Manda in this new business.”

Manda opened the doors to Encore in November 2021 after spending more than 20 years working with top hip-hop signings at Interscope Geffen A&M and Universal Music Group’s Def Jam Records, as well as WMG.

+ In the wake of Columbia Records’ recent hiring of Julian Swirsky as SVP of A&R, it was announced today that Sterling Sims joined the label as VP of A&R. He comes from Hitco Music and is also an alumnus of SONGS Music Publishing, where he worked with current Columbia Chairman Ron Perry. Simms has also signed with Def Jam as an artist.

Rani Hancock, Executive Vice President and Head of A&R at Columbia, said, “Sterling’s multi-faceted background as an A&R executive, publisher, Grammy-nominated songwriter and former recording artist gives him a unique in building relationships with artists and creative partners at all levels. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Columbia A&R team.

“I have to thank Ron and Rani for this opportunity,” added Simms. “Beginning my publishing career at SONGS Music Publishing and now being back with Ron at Columbia is such a complete moment for me. I can’t wait to join the incredible team and be part of the history of the artists and the label.

+ Round Hill Music Royalty Fund acquired “a significant portion” of the master artist’s royalties and entered into a long-term agreement to manage neighboring rights revenue from the catalog of Co-founder of Heart Nancy Wilson. The catalog includes songs such as “These Dreams”, “Barracuda”, “Magic Man”, “Alone”, “Crazy on You” and many more; other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Wilson said, “I am honored to work with the good people at Round Hill and look forward to a continued working relationship.” Company President Trevor Bowen added: “We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Nancy Wilson’s fantastic catalog of classic Heart tracks from throughout her career, including songs from her double and triple albums of platinum. This significant acquisition provides the company with direct exposure to a timeless American rock band.

+ Lawyer Elliot Resnik joined Masur Griffitts Avidor LLP as partner and president of his new entertainment group. Since 2009, he was Senior Advisor at Herbsman Hafer Weber & Frisch LLP. Clients moving with him to MGA include Run the Jewels, Killer Mike & El-P, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), producers and writers Dave Sardy, Keith Harris, Dre Skull, Warner artist Shordie Shordie and d ‘others. “We have worked for several years to attract Elliot to our business and are excited to have him join and further grow the entertainment and technology intersection of our business,” said MGA co-founder Steve Masur. Co-founder Robert Griffitts adds: “We have a substantial IP dealing practice at MGA and believe Elliot will help us boost and take it to new heights.”

+ The orchard announced three executive hires across the African continent: Mpumi Phillips, Director of Distribution, will lead the company’s office in Johannesburg, South Africa; Ikechukwu Onuorah, as director of the company’s Nigerian office; and Beth Achitsa as an Artist and Label Relations Manager in Nairobi, Kenya. The three will report to Ben Oldfield, Orchard’s Vice President for Africa.

“The Orchard’s expansion into this musically rich continent will connect artists with fans around the world,” said Oldfield. “Expanding our presence with local leadership in these three key markets cements our long-term commitment to artists and labels in Africa, and ensures that we have trusted leaders on the ground who truly appreciate, appreciate and understand these different cultures. .

+ Victory Selce joined shore fire as the company’s new junior account executive, working as part of Senior Vice President Rebecca Shapiro’s team. Selce comes to Shore Fire after working at his own company, and previously with Effective Immediately PR.

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+ Richard James Burgess, President/CEO of the American Association of Independent Music and veteran producer, musician and author, was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year’s Honors List.

The honour, which has been bestowed on The Beatles, Adele and Ed Sheeran among others, is awarded for significant contributions to the arts and sciences and is bestowed upon recipients at a special ceremony hosted by a member of the Royal Family. Burgess is recognized for his services to music. Prior to A2IM, Burgess was a business manager at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, where he was a producer of Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology and The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap.”

+ The National Association of Broadcasters named Curtis Le Geyt President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1. LeGeyt takes the helm after 12 years led by former Oregon senator Gordon Smith, who moved into an advisory and advocacy role with the NAB.

The organization also announced that Michelle Lehman will take on the additional role of NAB chief of staff while retaining her current role as executive vice president of the public affairs department. Lesley Peña is promoted to deputy chief of staff; both are newly created positions within the organization.

“The broadcast community is extremely grateful to Gordon for his many years of service as an influential advocate for our industry,” said NAB Joint Board Chairman David Santrella, CEO of Salem Media Group. “We are thrilled to now have Curtis at the helm to guide the organization into its next chapter. He is a proven leader and a skilled fighter on behalf of broadcasters, and we are delighted to have him as our spokesperson in Washington and around the world.

“It is an honor to lead this great organization and champion local television and radio stations that inform, entertain and serve their communities every day,” said LeGeyt. “I am grateful to our Board of Directors for placing their trust in me and I look forward to working alongside them, the entire NAB team and our members to ensure a vibrant future for broadcasting.”

+ Authors-composers-producers management society Hallwood Media named Chris Moradi Senior Vice President of Promotion and Licensing. Moradi joins Hallwood of Interscope Geffen A&M Records, where he spent 22 years with the label group, most recently topping the national top 40 radio promotion; Hallwood Media founder and CEO Neil Jacobson also spent nearly two decades with the company. Hallwood represents Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Bruno Mars), Murda Beatz (Drake, Ariana Grande, Migos), David Stewart (BTS, Jonas Brothers), Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) and many more.

Said Jacobson: “Chris has been one of my favorite executives for a very long time. His skills, especially in understanding how to sell music in its most rudimentary form, is what sets him apart. As the entire industry evolves, particularly with respect to music discovery and licensing, knowing how to articulate the elements of what our producers, songwriters and their music do to a whole new set of music consumers at the wholesale level will be both a benefit to them and to our incredible customer base. As I’ve said before, “Licensing is the new radio” – and we’re hiring one of the world’s top radio specialists to drive that change.

+ RichMusic named Matthew Limones VP of Artist Relations. In this newly created role, Limones will be responsible for leading the artist relations team in strategy and planning for the Miami-based independent label. He was previously director of marketing at Universal Music Group.