This new feature focuses on industry people you probably haven’t seen much on our site—but their luck had to run out sometime.

In any event, we’re turning our cracked spotlight on the folks across the biz who put 
in long hours every day and accomplish the important tasks for which their bosses will take credit.

Matt Graham
President/Founder, BRND MGMT and Tuxedo Records; Co-Founder, Winston House

Formerly Sr. Manager at Scooter Braun Projects, Graham celebrated two Grammy nominations and three ACM noms for Midland. He’s now focused on making the band’s next album and developing a rodeo film that bassist Cameron Duddy will direct. On deck for the L.A.-based exec is new music from XYLØ, Corey Harper, Desure and Jasmine Thompson. He’s also an investor in buzzing music company STEM.


Brittany Shabashov
Promotions Manager, Beats 1 on Apple Music

Beats 1 broadcasts a handful of artist shows every week, and Shabashov is at the center of it all. “We just launched a show with Princess Nokia,” she says. “It’s been fun to watch that go from an idea to 
a radio show, and then this really cute animated social-video series.” According to Shabashov, more innovative shows are being developed and are on the way.



TJ Landig
Sr. Director of Marketing, Warner Bros. Records

Landig is stoked to be working on projects by Royal Blood, Bryce Vine and Twin Shadow, as well as a partnership with up-and-coming visual artist cantstopgoodboy. Along with serving on the City of Hope’s Future Hope board (part of the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry group), he also has his sights set on a potential equity play in the health-and-wellness space.



Amanda Samii
Creative Director, Kobalt

Samii is especially proud of her clients’ drive. Rogèt—known for working on DRAM’s “Broccoli”—has singles out with Halsey (“Bad at Love”) and Miguel (“Sky Walker” f/Travis Scott). Past collaborators include Bruno Mars and Calvin Harris. Roster mate Finneas O’Connell—best known for writing and producing all of the Billie Eilish project—has collaborated with Vince Staples, Khalid and Tori Kelly.


Joy Murphy
VP, Head of Film and Television Music Licensing, UMPG

Murphy, who joined UMPG in 2006, is responsible for overseeing sync licensing initiatives and negotiating creative licensing opportunities for the pubco’s writers. Her team has led licensing deals for projects involving legends like Prince, Elton John, U2, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam. Her highlight reel includes last year’s Google ad with Prince’s music and big looks at the Super Bowl.



Brian Harris Frank
Founder, BFrank Management/Founder and Co-Owner, Rob the Rich Recordings

The L.A.-based manager and indie label head reps such acts as FIDLAR, Superet, The Frights, Ra Ra Riot and Moon Honey, and last year launched a JV with Big Deal Music Group. His Rob the Rich label's release of the new Ra Ra Riot album will be distribbed by Caroline. Look for his acts at Coachella, Lollapalooza and anywhere craft beer is served.



Lulu Pantin
Attorney, Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP

Pantin works with labels, publishers and brands to structure updated deals that she swears actually make sense (for everyone) in the streaming economy. Her firm handled the legal aspects of the One Love Manchester benefit less than two weeks after the devastating attack during Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour. She says it was incredible to witness the artists and their teams come together to send a message of strength and perseverance.


Harry Griffiths
A&R, Caroline/Capitol Music Group

According to Griffiths, who’s got the biz in his blood, Hey Violet’s new music sounds stellar, and the band is feeling super-confident. CMG prexy Ashley Newton gave Griffiths the opportunity to help curate the roster at Caroline, and he’s been hard at work ever since. He’s looking forward to the release of MNEK’s debut album, which he describes as “gloriously bonkers."

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