New West Records Appoints Tom Osborn to VP of Marketing Role
Tom Osborn has been appointed VP of Marketing for New West Records. Osborn joins New West from Kobalt Label Services where he oversaw their worldwide music marketing initiatives. He will be based at the label’s new headquarters in Nashville.
Osborn has worked with Paul Simon, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Noel Gallagher, The Milk Carton Kids and more. His career includes stints at Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Anti-/Epitaph and Vagrant Records. A graduate from the University of Southern California with a Masters of Fine Arts, he has also worked at Mammoth Records, ARTISTdirect and Atlas/Third Rail.
“With his exemplary reputation, attitude and knowledge, I have every confidence that Tom will make me seem like a genius for hiring him,” said president John Allen.
“I am elated to be joining New West, as I am truly a fan of not only their stellar roster, but the amazing staff as well,” said Osborn. “New West’s remarkable legacy is not just a reflection of their past but of their future and I only hope to build upon that. To be a safe haven where artists can focus on their craft is truly an exceptional opportunity in this climate and I look forward to developing that reputation.”
Jay Bradley Launches JB Squared Enterprises
Jay Bradley has launched JB Squared Enterprises, with services of strategic marketing, artist development, brand partnerships, digital and syndication consulting for existing and up and coming country artists.
Bradley’s previous stops include Bigger Picture Group, Universal Records South and Premiere Radio Networks.
Pro Music Academy Prepares Master Class
SESAC VP Tim Fink and hit songwriter Brian White will take part in the Pro Music Academy’s Music Business Master Class in Nashville on Saturday (Jan. 9) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Pricing is $99 for any one Master Class. All classes are available to all ages and all levels. For those outside of Nashville, Master Classes are available for viewing via Skype.
Pro Music Academy, LLC was founded by drummer and songwriter Chad Chapin. For more information or to register for a Master Class, call 615-200-0604 or visit promusicacademy.com.
APA Signs Taylor Hicks
Taylor Hicks, winner of the fifth season of American Idol, has signed with APA, it was announced today by the agency’s Seth Rappaport. Hicks, who is currently in-studio finishing his latest album to be released this year, will be announcing upcoming tour dates soon.
In addition to headlining the Paris Casino in Las Vegas, as well as other Caesars Entertainment properties across the United States, Hicks has performed alongside an amazing variety of artists such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind & Fire, and The Allman Brothers. He also performed on Broadway in 2008, and in the national tour of the famed musical Grease in 2009, playing the Teen Angel role originated by Alan Paul.
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