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26 Music Week 30.11.12 PEOPLE PERSONNEL KING CROWNED AS AEI MEDIA’S FIRST A&R AND LABEL MANAGER


 AEI MEDIA UKF parent AEI Media has appointed DUNCAN KING as its first A&R and label manager. King is tasked with developing the AEI Media labels, talent and repertoire, as well as new brand concepts and partnerships. King arrives from Three Six Zero


Group where he was general manager of the rights department, overseeing eight independent record labels and helping develop deadmau5’s Mau5trap Records. His responsibilities also included brand strategy, brand partnerships, marketing and 360 deal setups. Diluk Dias, co-founder of AEI


Media, said: “We are delighted to have someone with Duncan’s experience on board to strategically develop our label department, signing new repertoire and looking to develop new artists and brands. We have learned that building a media platform, events, and compilation business has put us in a strong position to sign and promote repertoire - it was the missing


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piece in puzzle, and now with Duncan's appointment we're in a position to leverage our network properly. “Moving forward, our strategy is


to sign artists on bigger deals, including 360 deals. Our aim is to develop new brand concepts with the artists in all aspects of their careers - Live, Merch, brand partnerships and more.” King added: “I am very excited


to join AEI Media, a business that continually reinvents itself to meet the changing demands from the market. My aim is to develop this department into a home for the scene’s best artists. "In addition to setting up a


brand new label, this is a great challenge to help all our already existing labels, such as Pilot, GetDarker and Inspected, expand and grow into solid independent brands. To support this we will be building a strong team in 2013.”


 UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP INTERNATIONAL CHAZ JENKINS,


former head of LSO Live, has joined Universal Music Group International in a newly created role - vice president, International Marketing, Core Classical. In his new, London-based role,


Jenkins will be responsible for the international marketing and promotion of all frontline releases from core classical artists signed to Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Classics and Mercury Classics. Key priorities include rising stars such as Miloš and Nicola Benedetti, alongside established superstars Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón and Daniel Barenboim, among others. Jenkins began working for the


London Symphony Orchestra, after starting his career as a nightclub manager and promoter. He developed and launched LSO Live in 1999, the first ‘stakeholder label’ in classical music. The imprint collected a Grammy Award in 2001 and LSO Live was the first classical label to make its entire catalogue available for download and streaming.


 SKIDDLE Primary ticket agency, Skiddle has appointed MARGARET TINSLEY as business development manager (tickets) to strengthen its management team. Prior to joining Skiddle,


Tinsley worked in a number of senior roles for organisations such as Cream Group Ltd and Liverpool Sound City, as well as the international ticket sales and distribution organisation, Ticketmaster/TicketWeb. She will work closely with Skiddle’s board and senior management team in broadening the range of events selling tickets through Skiddle.com, as well as aiding the consolidation of the growth the company has recently seen. She will also be responsible for


the continued development of all ticket sales, focusing on festivals


and Skiddle’s ticketing solution RapidScan. Skiddle’s Ticketing director


Richard Dyer said: “Choosing someone from within the live events sector as our new business development manager was critical. “Margaret’s previous experience


will allow her to hit the ground running and I’m confident she’ll make a major contribution to the development of Skiddle in the future.”


 SONY MUSIC Producer SALAAM REMI, most well-known for his work with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Nas, is to join Sony Music Entertainment as executive VP of A&R/production, across all its labels. His discography includes


work with The Fugees, Fergie, Jazmine Sullivan, Liam Bailey and Alicia Keys, amongst many others.


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MY BIG BREAK How UK luminaries arrived in the music industry… Amy Whittow, Music Publicist, Guesty PR


“Bournemouth University was the place I played and worked hard for my Leisure Marketing degree. I spent my third year as events co-ordinator at Harrods, working on events from fashion shows to organising a ‘petting zoo’ - parading live donkeys through the store got loads of ‘eyores’ and that was just from the customers. “After graduating I banged on the doors of London PR agencies until Lesley Land,


Entertainments director at The Outside Organisation offered me a media assistant role on the Channel 5 PR team. Watching Lesley and Carly Coughlan was a masterclass and advice from my pal Mel Nathan was invaluable. “My big break came when Steve


#57 Deborah Kee Higgins, Co-Organiser, All Tomorrow’s Parties


Australian Deborah Kee Higgins studied Commerce at the University of Melbourne but it was only when she moved to London in 1999 that she began working in music – on videos and promoting small shows whilst working for a TV movie channel by day. She then moved to a


marketing role at Rock Sound magazine where she later became film editor. In 2004 she began working


at All Tomorrow’s Parties (where she met partner in business, and in marriage, Barry Hogan) and has since worked more than 36 festivals in the UK, USA, Australia and Japan, as well as stages at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago and Primavera festivals in Barcelona and Porto. Higgins also runs the


record label ATP Recordings and looks after the Cinema, TV, Literature and extra- curricular activities at ATP.


Guest (who has turned out to be very cool) invited me to join Guesty PR as a music publicist – a head-spinning role. One day, I’m at the Royal Albert Hall with The Beach Boys, the next - in Swansea with Steps, then back-to- back interviews with Donny and Marie and taking Donny shopping for a steam iron in Oxford Street! Crazy. Guesty not only has great clients but I get to meet amazing Media-Land people every day.”


TOP TIP What to expect – no two days are ever the same, you can be surrounded by big egos then be attending some


fantastic gigs. Just keep smiling, go for it and never give up!


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