Six rising executives whose achievements and innovation are shaping music’s future.
EDITH BO, 31
Bo co-founded the administration/A&R consulting agency with producer-engineer Stan Greene after 4 years at Roc Nation, the place she labored primarily as a supervisor. Her focus is growing recent expertise, and Arketek’s present roster of artists, producers and writers consists of Saint Bodhi and The Cold Seas. Says Bo: “You’ll discover your viewers. Just get via the nos.”
MASSAH DAVID, 38
MIATTA DAVID JOHNSON, 42
This sibling duo, who hail from Liberia, have created main music-industry FOMO with the imaginative occasions they've produced -- most notably, working with Kanye West to throw listening events for his flurry of 2018 G.O.O.D. Music releases, together with one on a Wyoming ranch. “We take a look at every occasion as a chance to take individuals on a journey,” says Massah.
ALICIA KARLIN, 34
VP expertise, Madison House Presents
Karlin, a nominee for Billboard’s inaugural Chip Hooper Award for younger professionals on the 2018 Live Music Awards, has curated the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Mich., to sellout crowds since 2014, and in July started overseeing the expertise reserving and advertising for the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.
DAWN OLEJAR, 43
Executive vp, Verve Label Group
Olejar, who joined Verve in late 2017, performed a key position within the signing of Late Show With Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste and was concerned within the posthumous 2018 launch of John Coltrane’s Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 -- the late jazz legend’s finest displaying on the all-genre chart.
BRITTANY SCHAFFER, 34
Head of artist and label advertising, Nashville; Spotify
In January, Schaffer left Loeb & Loeb for Spotify’s Nashville operation, desirous to execute quite a lot of outside-the-box concepts she had mentioned with shoppers throughout the seven years she practiced regulation. Her first huge venture: unveiling Spotify’s Hot Country playlist via crop circles and cryptic Instagram posts by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Bryan. The playlist now boasts over 5 million followers.
This article initially appeared within the Dec. eight subject of Billboard.