The US music division of artist management firm YMU has appointed LA-based Elena Awbrey to the position of Executive Manager. Most recently Awbrey ran her own management company, and two of her clients will join her at YMU: Empress Of and Pamé. “We are THRILLED that Elena has joined the YMU family”, says Anthony Rodol, MD of YMU Music US. “She is an incredibly talented music executive with a wealth of experience and knowledge that will undoubtedly help us as we continue to grow”.
The Beatport Group has hired Matt Gralen as Chief Financial Officer. He joins from DIY distributor UnitedMasters, where he was EVP of Corporate Development, having previously worked for Mass Appeal and in investment banking. “Matt’s breadth of experience across the finance and media industries will have a huge impact on our leadership team and our ability to execute on our vision for the next few years”, says Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels.
EDUCATION & EVENTS
The Ultimate Seminar has announced a Manchester edition of its popular event for those early on in their music careers, due to take place on 23 and 24 Sep in partnership with Warner Music and NQ. Registration is open here.
Ellen Arkbro and Johan Graden have posted ‘Never Near’, a track from their new collaborative album – ‘I Get Along Without You Very Well’ – that is coming out via Thrill Jockey next month.
A fifth Frankie Cosmos album called ‘Inner World Peace’ will be released via Sub Pop on 21 Oct. Here’s the official video for new track ‘One Year Stand’.