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Featured Artists Coalition hires Genneah Turner as GM

Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has appointed Genneah Turner as general manager, as the UK’s artist trade body continues to expand.

Reporting to FAC CEO David Martin, Turner will play a central role in ensuring that artists’ rights and interests are represented.

Turner arrives with two decades of experience in the industry, in areas including product management, label management and artist management.

She has worked with One Little Independent Records and Quest Management alongside Derek Birkett and Scott Rodger respectively, running projects with Bjork and Arcade Fire, and spearheading her own management company which represents M.I.A amongst others.

“Genneah’s credentials are evident and her knowledge of the needs of artists is second to none”

Turner recently returned to the UK from Australia, where she sat on the board of Melbourne’s Victoria Music Development Office and worked with the Victorian government on art grants for the creative sector.

Commenting on her new appointment at FAC, Turner says: “It has been my greatest pleasure to have been trusted in the role of artist manager, helping recording artists navigate the business of music in a way that centred their autonomy, and created the best foundation from which they could create and share their art. I’m thrilled to be joining the FAC where I can turn that micro-focus outwards to support recording artists as a whole and build on the great work that the FAC’s founding artists started and more recently that David Martin has built on across the organisation.”

Martin added: “I’m delighted to welcome Genneah into her new role as the FAC’s general manager. Her arrival marks an important moment in the growth of the organisation, as we expand our effectiveness on behalf of the artist community. Genneah’s credentials are evident and her knowledge of the needs of artists is second to none. I look forward to working with her in this next phase of the FAC’s development.”

 


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John Langford named new VP and GM of The O2

John Langford, director of live entertainment at The SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, has been appointed vice-president and general manager of The O2 following Rebecca Kane Burton’s stepping down last month.

Reporting to venue operator AEG Europe’s senior vice-president of facilities, Richard Krezwick, Langford will step into the new position on 1 November.

Prior to his leadership role at The SSE Hydro and the wider Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, which AEG Europe president Tom Miserendino credits as “pivotal” in turning the 13,000-capacity venue “into one of the world’s leading entertainment venues”, Langford spent seven years as chief operating officer of now-Live Nation-owned South African promoter Big Concerts.

“With John’s knowledge of the music and entertainment business world and his proven track record in the venue management business, I know he’ll do a fantastic job”

“I am incredibly excited to be joining the team at AEG and The O2,” says Langford. “I have always admired the impact that The O2 has on the live entertainment industry and I am greatly honoured that I can play a part in the future growth of this iconic venue. I will miss my colleagues at the SECC tremendously and I wish them well as their incredibly successful journey continues.”

Krezwick adds: “With John’s knowledge of the music and entertainment business world and his proven track record in the venue-management business, I know he’ll do a fantastic job. John inherits a tremendously talented team at The O2 which will certainly make for a seamless transition and a bright future ahead.”

The 20,000-capacity O2, in London, was once again the world’s top arena by ticket sales in 2015.

 


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