Changes Continue at UMG Nashville

The changes stemming from UMG’s acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division continue in the company’s Nashville offices, with additional staff exits.

MusicRow has confirmed the departures of the following individuals from the two companies:

Retta Harvey Hatfield, VP, Video Production, UMG;
Dixie Owen, Sr. Dir., Artist & Media Relations, UMG.
Kevin Herring, VP Promotion, EMI Records Nashville
Scott Goetter, Executive Assistant, UMG.
D’Ette Brosius, Manager, Digital, UMG.
James Stewart, Manager, Digital, UMG.
Melissa Spillman, Manager, A&R, Capitol.

Hatfield spent nearly two decades with UMG, overseeing all music video projects for its imprints. Reach her at [email protected]. Owen joined UMG in March 2011 from Capitol Nashville, where she served as Senior Director of Media & Public Relations. Contact her at [email protected]. Promotion vet Herring joined EMI in May following a stint with Skyville Records and 13 years heading up radio strategy for Lyric Street Records. Contact him at [email protected].

Reach Scott Goetter at [email protected], D’Ette Brosius at [email protected], James Stewart at [email protected], and Spillman at [email protected].

Earlier in October, UMG Nashville execs Ken Robold and Beverly Keel exited their posts as part of the integration.

A spokesperson from UMG gave the following statement: “Following our acquisition of EMI Recorded Music, UMG will be expanding key creative areas as part of our ongoing integration. While this restructuring will unfortunately result in some redundancies, it is essential to UMG becoming an even more agile and efficient company, not just for this year or the next, but for years to come. Our goal is to maximize the resources available for reinvestment in our labels so they can do what they do best: develop and promote artists, increase the output of new music and expand opportunities for digital innovation. Change is never easy, but we are excited about the future.”

As they migrate under the UMG banner, both Capitol Records Nashville and EMI Music Nashville will reportedly be housed in UMG’s downtown offices alongside MCA and Mercury. Remaining staff are said to be relocating next week.

This story will be updated as news develops.


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