Industry Ink: BBR Music Group, NMPA, Warner Music Group, APRA

BBR Music Group Adds Byron Kennedy

Byron Kennedy

Byron Kennedy

BBR Music Group has added Byron Kennedy has Director of West Coast Regional Promotion for its Wheelhouse Records imprint.

Kennedy spent the last 15 years at CBS Radio working his way through various formats to Program Director of KNCI and VP of Programming for the entire Sacramento, California, cluster. Additionally, Kennedy launched several CBS Radio stations in both Sacramento and Phoenix and worked previous stints in Honolulu and Fresno radio markets.

Kennedy will report directly to Teddi Bonadies, and will begin July 11. He can be reached at 916-798-1025 and [email protected]


Warner/Chappell Music Chairman & CEO Added To NMPA Board of Directors


Jon Platt

Jon Platt, Warner/Chappell Music Chairman & CEO, has been added to the Board of Directors for the National Music Publishers’ Association.

NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson said, “We are so pleased to have Jon join our Board. He brings with him a wealth of varied experience in both the business and creative areas of our world. His experience speaks for itself and he is a major addition to the board.”

NMPA President & CEO David Israelite added, “Jon’s reputation and record of finding and nurturing the industry’s top songwriters is legendary. For decades he has fostered the biggest talent in the business and amassed lasting friendships and limitless knowledge.” Israelite added, “It is a privilege to have Jon on the Board, and I know his insight will elevate NMPA just as he has elevated the careers of those he has found and promoted.”


Warner Music Group/Team WEA Adds Manager, West Regional Promotion

Ray Mariner

Ray Mariner

Ray Mariner has been announced as Warner Music Group/Team WEA’s new Mgr./West regional promotion.

Mariner’s background includes 10 years on air at Star 94/Atlanta and another 10 years working pop radio promotion for Columbia Records.  Most recently Ray served as PD of Cumulus/New Orleans where he oversaw both country & sports talk formats.

Mariner has begun his new role and will be relocating from New Orleans to Denver. He can be reached 770-298-7365 and his email will be [email protected].


Songwriters Converge In Nashville For SongHubs

Group PhotoSeveral songwriters gathered at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) headquarters this month as part of SongHubs, a program of the Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society program. Led by songwriter Phil Barton, Australian writers, producers, and artists were paired with Nashville songwriters for creative partnership and heightening their craft.

Participants included Kylie SackleyLindsay RimesMia Fieldes, Adam Argyle; Jim Beavers, Seth Ennis, Ashley GearingKevin Griffin, Lee GrovesJason Matthews, Nash Overstreet, Liz Rose, and Emily Shackelton.

This year’s members were songwriter/producer/The Potbelleez band member Ilan Kidron and songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist/ engineer Pip Norman. Joining them were Nashville resident APRA AMCOS members Alex Lloyd, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Danielle Blakey, Joel Chapman, Lindsey Jackson, Missy Lancaster, Morgan Evans, Nat Dunn, O’Shea, Nikita King and Kaylee Bell.


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