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FREEDOM NOW AND OTHER JAMS, PT. 2
Marveling at Miles. (2/24a)
BILLIE'S GOT AN ALBUM READY FOR RELEASE
We now know how she spent her lockdown. (2/24a)
BLACK MUSIC COLLECTIVE SLATES GRAMMY WEEK EVENT
A first for the Academy's new group. (2/24a)
SPOTIFY GOES HIFI, BARACK & BRUCE BOW
The Bruce & Barack Show is available on demand. (2/23a)
FREEDOM NOW AND OTHER JAMS, PT. 1
Social justice through the lens of jazz (2/23a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Pub Crawling
SONY PUBLISHING REBRANDS
2/10/21

Sony Music Publishing is returning to its original name and introducing a new brand identity with a redesigned logo and revitalized mission.

After 25 years as Sony/ATV, the company is rebranding itself with a slogan of “A Creative Entertainment Company with a Solid Foundation of Technology.”

“Since its inception, Sony Music Publishing has supported the careers of songwriters and continues to defend their rights,” Sony Music Publishing Chairman and CEO Jon Platt said. “Sony Music Publishing has always embraced the power of songwriting to connect cultures and bring people together. Returning to the Sony Music Publishing name reconnects us to our legacy and further unifies our mission and culture with the Sony Corp.  Our new brand embodies a modern vision to be an authentic reflection of the music and songwriters we represent.”

The central visual of the new brand identity is a logo designed as an abstraction of sound waves; the resonance and vibrations express expanding opportunities for songwriters.   Complementing the symbol, the Sony Music Publishing ethos is “every voice matters,” elevating the vision and goals of songwriters.

Brian Monaco, Sony Music Publishing’s Global Chief Marketing Officer, told HITS, “Our new brand identity conveys our alignment with Sony's suite of entertainment brands—Sony Music, Sony Pictures and Sony Interactive.  We already work closely with each of the Sony divisions—especially our sync business—and our new positioning will help strengthen the recognition across our One Sony initiatives.” 

Sony Music Group Chairman Rob Stringer added, “By re-energizing the Sony Music Publishing brand, Jon and the company are charting a new course for the business and an exciting path forward for its songwriters and its people. The publishing division’s bold new image also conveys Sony Music Group’s evolution as a future-forward creative entertainment company, adding distinction to our positioning.”

Sony/ATV was established in 1995 through a joint venture with Michael Jackson that brought together the original Sony Music Publishing with Jackson’s ATV Music.  In 2016, Sony acquired the Michael Jackson Estate’s 50% share of Sony/ATV making it a wholly owned Sony company. 

Other major acquisitions include Famous Music in 2007 and, in 2012, a portion of EMI Music Publishing; in 2018, Sony wholly acquired EMI.

AIMP’S PANDEMIC WEBINAR SERIES CONTINUES
2/8/21

The AIMP Nashville Chapter is following up the first installment of their pandemic webinar series with COVID-19 Resources, Part 2.

Taking place on Thursday (2/11) at 4:30pm CT/2:30pm PT, the Zoom event will discuss new resources available to help independent publishers and songwriters deal with COVID-19.

The discussion will be moderated by NSAI Sr. Director of Operations/Director of Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Jennifer Turnbow and includes panelists like NSAI Executive Director Bart HerbisonCity National Bank VP/SBA Loan Specialist Mark Morales, Regions Bank Nashville SVP of Music & Entertainment Brad Peterson and Janover LLC CPA Steven White.

The webinar is free for AIMP members and $5 for non-members, register here.

DOWNTOWN BOOSTS BEA
2/8/21

Bea Koramblyum has been named as Global Head of Business Affairs, a newly created role, at Downtown Music Publishing.

Koramblyum will oversee all of the company’s legal and business affairs activities. Previously, she was a senior member of the Legal and Business Affairs team for the music publisher’s parent company, Downtown Music Holdings, where she played a key role in many high-profile transactions, including agreements with Wu-Tang Clan, the Estate of Miles Davis, Tori Amos, The George Gershwin Estate and The 1975.

Prior to joining Downtown, she spent more than seven years with Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes.

Additionally, Downtown Music Publishing’s Corey Roberts will take on an expanded role to lead A&R research globally. Carla Downs of Downtown’s creative marketing team has also been promoted to VP of Film & Television Music.

Based in New York, Koramblyum and Roberts will report to Downtown Music Publishing Global President Mike Smith. Downs, who is based in Los Angeles, will report to SVP of Film & Television Music Jumee Park.