The Innovation in Music Awards will honor Warner Music Nashville Chairman and CEO John Esposito as its Innovator of the Year. Esposito will accept the award during the inaugural event on June 6, to be held at the Westin in Nashville.
The Innovator of the Year Award recognizes the music professional who goes above and beyond his call of duty in search of the best new music, breakthrough innovative initiatives, and up-and-coming talent. Warner Music Nashville’s resources were recently restructured and realigned to put additional focus on the label’s digital initiatives.
Under Esposito’s leadership, WMN artists have won numerous awards spanning from New Artist of the Year to Entertainer of the Year from organizations such as the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards and more. Since his arrival, WME singles charts’ share has quadrupled, with 41 singles hitting No. 1, leading to multiple Gold and Platinum sales certifications.
As an innovator, Esposito recently had a vision for a new future-facing marketing structure by creating a first of its kind Radio & Streaming team. The groundbreaking approach combines the more traditionally specific radio promotion and digital music departments.
As former Chairman of the Country Music Association Board of Directors, his current board duties include Vice Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation National Board, the Country Radio Broadcasters and the Nashville Convention & Visitor’s Corp as well as Governor to the Nashville Chapter Board of NARAS for 2015-2017.
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