Black music executives are rising fast in 2019

A major-label senior Vice President relayed this statement to Billboard in April 2018.

"We need to fight for our seat at the table, summarizing an issue that had reached a breaking point: Why hadn't the R&B/hip-hop boom elevated more black music executives to the industry C-suites?

The changes that took place within the subsequent eight months had been drastic and unforeseen; a few 20 seats to the top executive desk. Columbia records announced Phylicia Fant and Shawn excursion's promotions to co-heads of urban music, capping off a series of vice chairman and better appointments at labels, publishing companies, and streaming platforms, that happened at the end of 2018.

There haven't been a lot of single black appointments like this in the last eight years, says those as mentioned earlier major-label senior Vice President. The Billboard article was what motivated people to strife for more, and that what we wished for.

The most outstanding new appointment will take location in March while Jon Platt is ready to take over as chairman/CEO at Sony/ATV track Publishing, which Martin Bandier headed for the last ten years. Jon Platt first made records in 2015 while he ascended to the CEO sit at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing (including the chairman title in 2016) to emerge as the highest-ranking black government in music. Friend and colleague Jay-Z put Jon Platts achievement into context last October at the City of Hope gala honoring him: He's the Obama of the music industry.

To fellow black executives, Jon Platts ascension signifies more of such actions to come. It's pretty systematic that black executives with established song information are left out with regards to CEO and president positions, says record-label veteran Max Gousse (Def Jam, Epic/Sony), who now manages rising artist Saweetie via his Artistry worldwide banner. So I'm glad to see some progress. One production organization executive says that Jon Platts appointment absolutely shows that talented African-American executives can rise higher than had been anticipated [by white gatekeepers] in the past.

However, while current movements through Jon Platt and others sign step forward, important questions loom. Is the enterprise, in reality, heading in the direction of everlasting exchange on the subject of the inclusivity of black executives -- or are the past month's promotions merely indicative of a passing PC moment while R&B/hip-hop dominates?


The institution of advertising, marketing, management, publicity, and production leaders interviewed for this story agree that its vital for organizations to include executives on their teams who come from the R&B/hip-hop lifestyle and for this reason intrinsically understand the way to market successfully to that target audience. For years, even though, that directive has to turn out to be an excuse to limit savvy black executives from consideration for posts outdoor the R&B/hip-hop area -- an issue that also needs to be sorted out.


That's why people are skeptical about what's happening now, because [executive-level jobs] are often considered to be urban, says a former major-label marketing Vice President, half of those 2018 original appointments were usually regarded as urban. I work hard in pop, rock, and even country. That's not something you find a lot of African-American executives saying right now.

Momentarily, the ones interviewed stress that no matter the opportunity, black executives must also be empowered with equitable budgets and resources to perform on the same level as their white counterparts. A meaningful and sustainable alternate will rely upon top management making concerted efforts to foster more extra discuss between the ranks to address the systemic problems that persist adequately.


There has been a step in the right direction, says a veteran label promotion executive-turned-industry consultant. Companies have to change because there are still barriers up ahead for black people.


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