Kevin ‘Chief’ Zaruk and Simon Tikhman Start Key Recordings with UMG


Universal Music Group (UMG) partnered with Kevin “Chief” Zaruk And Simon Tikhmannco-founders of Core Entertainment (TCE), a leading entertainment and talent management company, Core Records. The new global label initiative will work hand in hand with UMG’s network to sign and develop new artists.

Tikhman and Zaruk co-founded TCE in 2019 with Live Nation as an independent entertainment community specializing in talent management, business and strategic partnerships, and advancements in the music, technology and lifestyle industries. In addition, TCE develops film and television projects and works with professional athletes.

The Core roster currently boasts Bailey Zimmerman, Nickelback, Nate Smith, Austin Shawn, and pop group Valley, among others.

“We love fostering our entrepreneurial culture and are delighted to welcome Chief and Simon, who have a reputation for identifying some of the industry’s most promising artists,” said Sir Lucan Grainge, UMG President and CEO. “We look forward to helping them grow their roster and drive global success for their artists.”

“Our goal has always been to support artists globally by creating new creative and commercial avenues,” said Tikhman. “We would like to thank Sir Lucian for believing in our vision and for his dedication to developing and supporting artists and entrepreneurs.”

Zaruk said, “We are excited about this next evolution in The Core and are honored to work with Sir Lucian and the UMG team to help us continue to guide artists as they develop their careers and brands. We have had a great time building The Core over the last few years, and UMG We are excited to create a home for new artists with the incredible resources and support of .

Pictured above (LR): Kevin “Chief” Zaruk, Sir Lucian Grainge and Simon Tikhman

+ root partnered with Victory Park Capital (VPC), an investment firm specializing in private loan to expand artist advance product. VPC will provide $250 million to Stem so that artists can distribute advance checks, which will give them the option to receive advances against previously released albums and songs.

“Stem has proven to be a leading destination for emerging or established artists to grow their careers,” says Milana Lewis, CEO of Stem. “This funding from VPC allows us to address two major gaps that we see artists constantly confronting. The first gap is access to capital for those who are not quite ready to sell their catalogs yet but want to use it for cash. Second, they are exiting the large corporate system, who already have their catalogs already. “It’s an investment in the music of the future for those who have committed to but have the opportunity to be independent for future releases. It’s incredibly exciting to solve both of these pain points in a way that the customer can set their own terms.”

Stem specializes in multi-tier payment models for established artists, corporate breakouts, and other unique situations for emerging independent artists and artists. Stem has supported acts like Justine Skye, Brent Faiyaz, Set It Off and more.

“Ensuring access to capital is a key focus for us and we are excited to partner with Stem to help meet the funding needs of artists,” said Gordon Watson, Partner at Victory Park Capital. “We share the commitment of Milan and the rest of the Stem team to flexibility for borrowers and look forward to supporting the continued growth and success of the advance product.”

+ Gibson Brands‘The Board of Directors has been announced’ Cesar Gueikian to the role of President and CEO of the company. Gueikian was appointed interim CEO earlier this May after James “JC” Curleigh, who has been president/CEO since November 2018, stepped down.

“I am honored and humbled to take on the role of permanent CEO! Gibson is a passion project for me. Our board of directors, chaired by Nat Zilkha, has been incredibly supportive over the past five years, giving me the opportunity to combine Gibson guitars with my business background, not just music and guitar, which are my biggest passions. Don’t take it lightly,” Gueikian said.

As a musician, Cesar has performed and recorded with many artists including Mana, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo (Metallica), Rex Brown (Pantera), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Fito Paez.

Slash congratulated Gueikian on his new assignment, saying, “I can’t think of a more natural candidate for Gibson CEO than Cesar Gueikian. if not one the the smartest, most passionate Gibson guitarists I’ve ever met, and he’s an avid businessman; you can’t go wrong.”

“It’s great and exciting for me to hear the news that Cesar Gueikian has been confirmed as CEO of Gibson,” said Fito Paez. Gibson is a historic brand associated with the DNA of music and instruments for over 130 years. After all this time, instruments continue to be an important part of our lives. Helps create, combine and connect instruments; they have a universal language that keeps us all together. As an Argentine, it is a great honor for Gibson to have a great leader who values, understands and loves musicians. He really understands the importance of guitars and I’m really happy because he is a businessman who understands the music world perfectly. Congratulations Cesar!”

+ Sony Music Nashville (SMN) you touched fred rubenstein As vice president of digital marketing, it takes effect immediately.

Rubenstein will be responsible for overseeing the digital marketing team and leading the strategy, execution and implementation of innovative social media and digital marketing campaigns across the SMN staff. He will report to Jennifer Way, senior vice president of marketing, and will move to Nashville.

Way says, “Fred is a highly respected digital marketing executive who isn’t afraid to break the mold to try something new. He is a born leader and collaborator, and I look forward to adding his fresh, innovative perspective and broad digital expertise to our marketing strategy as we continue to deliver unique, memorable campaigns that amplify the voices and music of our artists.

Rubenstein was most recently senior executive of creator acquisition and development at Amazon’s live streaming service Twitch. Prior to that, Rubenstein was a member of the digital marketing teams at Elektra Music Group and Roadrunner Records, where he led digital campaigns for Slipknot, Sturgill Simpson, Turnstile, Trivium and more.

+ Los Angeles based artist manager Christian Stavros restarting minor operationbrings with it an artist roster that includes Angel Olsen, Best Coast, Bethany Cosentino, Devendra Banhart, King Tuff, Madi Diaz, and Grammy-nominated songwriter Morgan Nagler.

McKenzie Brass Noah Kahan will join Little Operation to run day-to-day operations by bringing in artist management client Jack Van Cleaf, who recently completed support dates with Briston Maroney and Field Guide, and recently signed with Wasserman to tour while working on the new. music. McKenzie previously worked with Christian at Other Operation, and before that at Stable, a publishing joint venture between Kasey Truman and Cobalt.

Little Operation will continue to make moves in the areas of creative direction and artist development, as well as producing events and content, as well as management. Projects include Big Time accompanying Angel Olsen’s album of the same name in partnership with Amazon Music, TreePeople’s 50th Anniversary Benefit Show (featuring Beck, Blake Mills, Devendra Banhart, Courtney Barnett, Van Dyke Parks and Shannon Lay). . , the Kitchen Sink Festival benefiting the Hollywood Food Coalition (includes performances by Jenny Lewis, Devendra Banhart, Beck, Angel Olsen, King Tuff, Hand Habits, Bedouine, and more) and more.

+ Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) Emmy Award-winning guitarist, educator, and sound producer/engineer Dylan Caligiuri (DMA) as the college’s new guitar department head. Dylan’s credits include working for an eclectic roster of artists, from Rat Pack’s Don Rickles to popular music sensations Sia and Bebe Rexha. He earned his PhD in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and has over two decades of experience as a touring guitarist and bandleader.

In 2016, Dylan embarked on the role of pre-launch pre-launch curriculum consultant and display Instructor of Fender Musical Instrument Corporation’s digital learning app Fender Play, where he continues to develop technical course content for self-learning, consulting in-house stakeholders and technology-based. planned/monitored deployment of learning assessment tools.

+Houston rappers Ken The Man (born Kentavia Miller) signed with Rock Nation. Ken is gearing up to release his new single “I Love a Freak” on July 14, produced by Bigg Cuz (Kevin Gates, Slim Thug) Will No Sleep and Avo (Gucci Mane, Kaliii, Sexyy Red).

With 180 million global streams, 50 million cumulative YouTube plays, 700,000 monthly Spotify listeners, and millions of global streams, the rapper, mom, and ex-psychologist are on the verge of sharing their major label EP. Also on July 23, A$AP will be performing at Rolling Loud Miami with Rocky, Offset, Latto, NLE Choppa, Central Cee and Lil Uzi Vert.

“When this year came, I had no idea where my career would take me. “I never thought my path would take me to a Roc Nation office in a million years,” Ken said in a press release. “It’s a great feeling to be here and I feel like it’s the perfect home for me. I can’t wait to take over the game with them.”

+ Latin Alternative Music Conference It kicks off Tuesday at the Intercontinental Hotel Times Square in New York City. The conference, which will continue until July 15, is entering its 24th year as one of the world’s leading Latin music conferences. The five-day event features panels, showcases, artwork, parties and more, featuring a wide range of attendees from artists, journalists and industry names to fans of music and the music business.

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