Recording Academy Makes New Additions to Black Music Collective Council


Music producers and entrepreneurs will be the focus of a new partnership between Mike Caren (pictured at left), founder of Artist Partner and Artist Publishing Group, and Luke Mitzman of 100 Management. Together, their clients include such hitmakers as Alex Da Kid, Cirkut and Stargate, who are credited on songs by Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Katy Perry and many more star artists.

APG divides its business between recorded music and publishing. Artist Publishing Group has stakes in the songwriting of Charlie Puth, Youngboy Never Broke Again, Kevin Gates, 24k Golden and Bazzi. Artist Partner Group is home to Puth, Gates, Kehlani, Alec Benjamin and Ava Max, among others. Mitzman’s company was launched in 2015 and has included such clients as Zane Lowe, DJ Netsky and Dr Woo.  

+ Milly Petriella has joined management company Milk & Honey as managing director for the Australasia region and director of cultural and social responsibility globally. The Sydney-based industry veteran starts on Oct. 1, reporting jointly to president and founder Lucas Keller and head of international Peter Coquillard.

Said Keller: “We are bullish about ANZ and bringing prolific talent to the global stage and want to be the preeminent management company in the territory for songwriter and producer management.” 

+ UTA has hired Anna Gregorek for the new position of senior director of music brand partnerships. Based in London and reporting to Alisann Blood and Toni Wallace, co-heads of global music brand partnerships, Gregorek will be tasked with leading the U.K. brand business for UTA, building on momentum from 2021 when the agency acquired strategic advisory firm MediaLink, literary and talent agency Curtis Brown Group and software and data analytics company MediaHound. 

+ Pete Simmons has been promoted to head of A&R, U.K. for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). The London-based executive, who joined the company in 2014, has worked with Bicep, Four Tet, Maise Peters, Griff, girl in red, Rex Orange County, Tom Misch and Thundercat in a series of A&R positions. He will continue to report to UMPG U.K. managing director Mike McCormack.

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+ The Recording Academy‘s Black Music Collective (BMC) has added new members to its honorary chairs and leadership council. Together, the group is committed to the “inclusion, recognition and advancement of Black music and its creators and professionals within the Recording Academy and music industry at-large,” according to the BMC.

Yolanda Adams, Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Ethiopia Habtemariam and Yvette Noel-Schure will be joining returning honorary chairs Jeff Harleston, Jimmy Jam, Quincy Jones, and John Legend. New on the leadership council are Prince Charles Alexander, Jimmie Allen, Denzel Baptiste and David Biral (Take a Daytrip), Jennifer Goicoechea, Mickey Guyton, Claudine Joseph, Ledisi, Herb Trawick, Ebonie Ward and Yola.

“The Black Music Collective has remained steadfast in its mission to advance Black music since its founding in 2020. We are thrilled to have inaugural members of the BMC returning and honored to have an esteemed community of new industry leaders joining us to accelerate progress,” said Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy. “Black music is an integral part of all music, and we are committed to the long-term work required to drive real and measurable change.”

New and returning leaders will work with the Academy’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team and BMC leads Ryan Butler and Ricky Lyon. Rico Love, the vice chair for the Recording Academy’s board of trustees, serves as the new BMC Chair.

+ Warner Music Group’s global catalog division has named Tracie Parry as its new senior VP, head of business and legal affairs. In her new role, she will report to Kevin Gore, president of the global catalog, recorded music division. 

Parry will continue to be based in Nashville, where she was most recently senior VP/head of U.S. legal shared services for WMG’s Center Of Excellence. Parry will also bring several members of her current legal team to the global catalog division along with her expanded duties, including VP of legal affairs Jeff Allen. 

Parry will run the legal and business affairs department and oversee all U.S. catalog artist and production deals, catalog acquisitions, joint ventures, and all licenses and trademarks, as well as catalog deals in the emerging Web3 space. 

+ Abby Harari, who formerly worked publicity at Def Jam, has transitioned to a new role as a publicist for Nettwerk Music Group. In her new role, Harari will be working closely with the roster’s indie/alternative talent, in addition to its pop artists and singer-songwriters. Nettwerk’s roster includes Passenger, Neil Francis, MallRat, SeaFret and more.

Claire Julian, director of publicity at Nettwerk, said: “Abby is a dynamic and driven publicist and a true music fan, and we are so happy to have her join our growing team here at Nettwerk.”

+ Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo’s Venice Music Collective, a distribution and artist-support platform, has officially launched its new consumer-accessible subscription services.

Venice will transition from NFT-gated, membership-only access to a subscription-based platform, with three different tiers available: essential plans (starting at $60 annually), professional plans ($500 annual) and premium plans (invite-only).

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