Wendy Goldstein, Executive Vice President of A&R at Republic Records, will be the keynote speaker at the Music Business Association’s third annual Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out program on May 15, 2018, during the Music Biz conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville.
Goldstein will discuss her journey through the industry, her work experiences and achievements, and her advice for those building careers in the music business in an interview conducted by Billboard Senior Correspondent Gail Mitchell. Goldstein began her career at 19 as an assistant at Epic Records, and quickly graduated to A&R posts at RCA Records, East West Records, Geffen Records, and Priority/Capitol Records. During that time, she was responsible for signing acts such as The Roots, Common, GZA, and The Bloodhound Gang. In 2008, she joined Republic Records as a consultant and was soon promoted to Executive Vice President/Head of Urban A&R before becoming Executive Vice President of A&R at the label.
“Wendy has played a critical role in launching the careers of some of today’s biggest artists, including Music Biz 2018 Breakthrough Artist Julia Michaels, Music Biz 2014 Breakthrough Artist Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, DNCE, and Hailee Steinfeld, among many others,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “Her example is an inspiration to young women working their way up the music industry ladder, and we know that she will leave our Music Biz 2018 attendees feeling ready to take on the world.”
“I’m honored that Music Biz reached out and enlisted me for this incredible program,” said Goldstein. “I’ve been lucky to have many wonderful mentors throughout my career, and it’s amazing to share what I’ve learned with the next generation.”
The event will kick off with a presentation from Erin Crawford, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Nielsen Music, the industry’s leading source of music data, insights and analytics.
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