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THE MELOCOMPASS PODCAST

Nicky Langley

Ever wondered what a job title actually means? We are the music industry podcast that gets beneath this very question. We speak to a range of accomplished individuals from across the business, to create a conversation that reaches all areas of the music industry, building a full picture of the business behind the music and the opportunities available. Don't forget to like and subscribe to keep updated on the latest episodes!About MeloCompass: MeloCompass is an initiative created to drive diversity in the music industry by empowering women and minority groups to start a career in music and support them throughout.

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ALEX AMPOFO: Live Music Promoter and Founder of Women Connect
20-06-2023
ALEX AMPOFO: Live Music Promoter and Founder of Women Connect
Season 4 finale! In this final episode of the series, we spoke with Alex Ampofo. Alex is an absolute powerhouse across the music industry - she is a Live Music Promoter at one of the UK's leading gig promoter and has worked on the shows and tours of some of the world’s leading talent’s such as; Ms Lauryn Hill, Robbie Williams, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai, SiR, Nao, Mura Masa, Goldlink, Jordan Rakei, Ghetts. As well as rising talents, Kojey Radical, Etta Bond, Arlo Parks, and Che Lingo to name a few. In this episode we discuss Alex's early entry into Live Music and the differences in responsibilities in various roles within live music promotion.  We also dive in to the various organisations Alex has founded including Acoustic Live which Alex founded in 2013. Acoustic Live is an award-winning events company, dedicated to the manifestation of acoustic talent and keeping stripped back music alive. Through this company, Alex has built a dedicated community, providing a powerful platform that offers artists a chance to flourish. Alex is also known as a Founder of Women Connect an established female forward collective creating safer and inclusive spaces as well as equal opportunities for women, non-binary and gender fluid people within the creative industries. In addition to this, Alex also works across The Ends Festival, Somerset House, The F List (director), Black Music Coalition and UNICEF Music Group.There is so much packed into this episode - we'd love to hear your feedback via hello@melocompass.uk or DM us on @melocompassuk on Instagram. Don't forget to like, leave a rating and share with a friend!Links:Instagram: @planetalexTwitter: @planetalex_ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
SOPHIE DOHERTY- Director of Music Partnerships (UK) at DICE
06-06-2023
SOPHIE DOHERTY- Director of Music Partnerships (UK) at DICE
In this episode we spoke with Sophie who is Director of Partnerships at DICE. We discuss her journey into the Music from studying Arts, Music and Entertainment Management at LIPA to securing her Masters Degree in Business alongside working in South Africa as well as her passions for diversity and inclusion; specifically stemming from leadership positions.During her time in South Africa, Sophie began managing bands and working within the Live Sector in Marketing and Partnerships. After the World Cup in 2010 there was much greater opportunity to tour in South Africa which led to a huge increase in ticket sales (100,000 to 1 million a year) working on tours for huge acts such as Ed Sheeran, Rhianna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. She was nominated by IQ Magazine for Tomorrow’s New Boss/Arthur Award and also led ERG WeNation, supporting women in live music, especially in the time of the AmINext Movement.Using the intel from her MBA Sophie has a Podcast titled 'Sound Leader' and in her spare time also plays in a folk punk band. She is always on the hunt for the great gig!We really enjoyed working on this episode and hope you love listening! Don't forget to like, subscribe and leave a rating.Links:LinkedIn: @Sophie DohertyDICE Jobs: https://dice.fm/jobsListen to Sound Leader on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0im5PeE9uaLd24oEWxSgNW?si=38b1afd0f22544ab Further Info on Am I Next Movement (T/W: Gender Based Violence):https://aminext.news24.com/https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-death-of-uyinene-mrwetyana-and-the-rise-of-south-africas-aminext-movementhttps://womensmediacenter.com/fbomb/aminext-south-african-women-push-back-against-gender-based-violence Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
PIXIE PICKERING- VP, Creative and Co-Head, UK Sync at Sony Music Publishing
29-06-2022
PIXIE PICKERING- VP, Creative and Co-Head, UK Sync at Sony Music Publishing
Pixie started working in the media industry 17 years ago in the music department of ITV Yorkshire. After recognising a passion for the creative side of putting music to picture, she moved on to become a music consultant for EMI. Initially it was a mostly Regional based role, providing media clients across the UK with both production music and commercial music. She gradually worked her way to leading the UK sales team for Sony ATV, and in 2021 became the V.P of Creative and Co-head of the UK sync team. This entails managing a team who license, pitch, and seek sync opportunities for their roster, both catalogue and new works.Pixie works closely with the artists at Sony ATV and A&R to build and maintain relationships so that she can pitch creatively and effectively for TV, Advertising, Games and Film, as well as work with music supervisors, directors, and music departments to create opportunities for our Sony ATV artists and writers. Alongside this she runs UK sync sessions for Sony songwriters and currently works with a plethora of artists and composers to produce 50 albums a year for the Sony Music Publishing in-house Juice label.We really enjoyed speaking with Pixie and hope that you like this episode!Please do subscribe and leave a rating, it really helps us to share these stories with more people.Like all of our episodes, this was recorded remotely.Follow MeloCompass on Instagram and LinkedIn. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
SILVIA MONTELLO - CEO Association for Electronic Music
07-06-2022
SILVIA MONTELLO - CEO Association for Electronic Music
Silvia is a senior music industry executive with 30 years experience in marketing, commercial, strategic and operational experience, including music product development, label management, multi-discipline marketing, brand campaigns, business development, and global supply chain management. She has worked for majors, indies and startups, including PolyGram/Universal, BMG, Kobalt/AWAL, Blokur, Audio Network and is now CEO at Association for Electronic Music.In 2011 she founded a music and marketing consultancy Voicebox Ltd which works with charities, non-profits and SMEs, gaining valuable insight into how working cultures can differ outside media and entertainment.Recently Silvia has co-founded new dance and electronic music label services/publisher #remarqabl to find, support and represent the marginalised/under-represented new talent in electronic music – female producers/songwriters, creators from diverse ethnic backgrounds, from the LGBTQ+ community and neurodivergent creatives.It was lovely speaking to Silvia, we really hope that you enjoy this episode!We'd love to hear what you think, so please do leave a rating. It really does help to share these stories with stories with more and more listeners!Connect with Silvia:LinkedIn: @Silvia MontelloInstagram: @silviam.remarqablTwitter: @silviavoiceboxFacebook: @Silvia MontelloRelevant Links for ADHD Research:https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-in-women/https://adhdfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/ADHD-in-Adults-compressed.pdfhttps://www.clinical-partners.co.uk/insights-and-news/adult-adhd-aspergers/item/adhd-in-women-why-is-it-so-undiagnosed?category_id=36https://youtu.be/EMpt40zNK-whttps://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/adult-adhd-thrivehttps://www.additudemag.com/slideshows/benefits-of-adhd-to-love/https://www.medpagetoday.com/resource-centers/adult-adhd/adhd-and-addictive-use-digital-technology/997Like all of our episodes, this was recorded remotely. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.