Michael Steele has joined Nashville-based Visionary Media Group as Vice President of Streaming & Digital. In his position, he will oversee playlisting and digital strategy, working closely with DSP partners such as Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music and Soundcloud.
Steele brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, having started in radio broadcasting at age 14 in his hometown of Vermillion, South Dakota, and culminating at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. He went on to launch Indie 103.1—a station with shows that celebrated the punk revolution of the late ’70s. Most recently, he was Senior Director of Playlist Programming and Curation for Warner Music Group, where he oversaw playlist strategy and spearheaded digital marketing campaigns for Warner, Atlantic, and Elektra recording artists.
“I’m honored to be on board at Visionary Media Group. This forward-thinking team represents a diverse roster of artists including Clayton Anderson, Cody Belew, Leigh Nash and O.N.E The Duo,” Steele notes. “Each is completely unique, and Visionary’s approach to nurturing their individual artistry is unlike any other team that I’ve ever worked with. It’s incredibly refreshing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
“We’re proud to welcome Michael Steele to our growing Visionary Media Group team. He not only brings experience in playlist curation across a diverse range of genres, he’s a forward thinker, a leader, and approaches each project and artist campaign with a keen sense of creativity,” shares Anastasia Brown, Chief Content Strategist, Visionary Media Group. “It’s simply impossible to box him in and we love that! We look forward to growing our artists’ visions as we develop film, TV and documentary projects; all with Michael at our digital helm.”
“Michael is an outstanding addition to our team,” says Visionary Founding Partner, Ron Zamber. “He thinks globally and executes with precision. While an experienced, forward-thinking strategist, one of his superpowers is adaptability. Michael knows how to turn-on-a-dime to super serve our digital partners on behalf of our diverse family of artists and projects. Welcome, Michael!”
Nick Sciorra, Visionary Founding Partner, adds, “It’s rare to find someone of Michael’s experience caliber and long standing relationships, who is so on the front foot of innovative distribution platform trends, that he is a perfect fit to lead our uniquely designed content model at Visionary. We’re excited to have him on our team and look forward to the magic his leadership will bring to Visionary, its artists and innovators.”
Steele is working from the company’s offices on Music Row, and can be reached at [email protected].
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