Warner Music Nashville has promoted three members of its Radio & Streaming department, and announces two exits.
Current WAR Team Northeast / Midwest Manager Anna Cage will join the WMN Team as their National Director, overseeing artists including Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Cale Dodds, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell and Hunter Hayes. Reporting to VP Radio & Streaming, Tom Martens, the role has been held by Katie Bright who is leaving the company after seven years.
“We’re looking forward to Anna’s long-awaited return to Nashville, where her reputation as a fearless advocate for artists precedes her,” said Martens. “She has the enthusiasm and experience to make this role her own and take the team to new heights as Katie did.”
Heather Propper, who has been supporting the WAR Team since April, will make her move to the company permanently as she takes on Cage’s Northeast / Midwest Manager role and will continue reporting to WAR National Director James Marsh. In addition, Justin Newell will be stepping into the role of Team WMN’s West Coast Manager. This role is currently held by Warner Music Nashville staple Rick Young, who plans to officially take his leave in September after nearly 20 years with the company.
“It has always been very important to us at Warner Music Nashville to foster and develop talent so that we have a strong team of leaders ready to guide us forward,” said SVP Radio & Streaming, Kristen Williams. “I am so pleased that we are continuing to champion that mission with Justin’s promotion and officially adding Heather to the team. They each have an amazing drive and passion for our artists and I know that their transitions into these regions will be absolutely seamless.”
“Katie and Rick have been incredible assets for Team WMN,” added Williams. “We are so grateful to have had them both fighting for our artists day in and day out. With her fierce personality, Katie was the driving force behind nearly a dozen No. 1 singles for Blake Shelton and helped elevate artists like Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell to multiple chart-toppers. Rick’s unmatched dogged mindset likes chasing airplay but he’s ready to be done chasing airplanes. After nearly three decades on the road, 14 of those with WMN, he deserves a break! We know they are both armed and ready for the next adventure and we are excited to champion them every step of the way.”
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