NARIP 2011 Best In Biz Winners Announced

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The votes are in.

Alexandra Patsavas, Irving Azoff and Jim Urie hold strong in their #1 positions in the Music Supervisor, Personal Artist Manager and Traditional Distribution Executive categories respectively. So does iTunes (Retailer category).  And SXSW received a staggering 51.1% of the vote for Best Music Business Conference or Event category.  Wow.

We had almost 6 times as many people vote in this survey compared to last time.

Our survey highlights outstanding executive talent within the record and music industries. Innovation and entrepreneurism are growing, and people with creativity, good judgment and solid skills are valued now more than ever. NARIP provides a platform to convey ideas, insights and perspectives on improving knowledge and opportunities, and is gratified to recognize those who have made superior contributions within our profession and our community.

We had ten (10) finalists in every category, except where noted. Some categories are imperfect: in several instances, people perform more than one function and in those cases where a person was nominated in more than one category, we chose the most  appropriate one to avoid confusion and create the most level playing field possible.  In other instances, marketplace changes have occurred.  For example, in the case of the Best Music Publishing Executive (Independent), Kenny MacPherson won and we note that since taking nominations for this survey late last year, Chrysalis has been sold and is no longer independent.

Where level playing fields are concerned, with our next survey we may sub-divide a few categories (such as artist managers) into “established” and “rising through the ranks.”  Should we differentiate between “major” and “indie” in categories such as A&R, Marketing, Promotion and Sales?  Let us know your thoughts.

Eventually, we’d like to organize a Best In The Biz awards ceremony to honor these individuals and to recognize their contributions  for (in some cases) creating, enabling the creation of, promoting and marketing music.

Until then, thanks for voting and congratulations to all the talented executives in our industry.

Team NARIP

P.S. Tweet this! —-> #NARIP

P.P.S. For those who asked, we will solicit nominations again at the end of this year.

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NARIP 2011 Best in the Biz Winners
(or 90 People You Should Take To Lunch)

Best A&R Executive

  1. Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records (16.3%)
  2. Brian Malouf, Walt Disney Records (14.7%)
  3. Pete Ganbarg, Atlantic Records (14.0%)

Best Personal Artist Manager

  1. Irving Azoff (17.1%)
  2. John Silva (15.4%)
  3. Scooter Braun (14.9%)

Best Music Business Writer / Journalist

  1. Ed Christman, Billboard (20.6%)
  2. Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News (15.9%)
  3. Shirley Halperin, Hollywood Reporter (14.2%)

Best Concert Promoter

  1. Kevin Morrow, Live Nation (17.7%)
  2. Kevin Lyman, Warped Tour (17.3%)
  3. Lisa Hickey, C3 Presents (13.5%)

Best Consultant / Strategist (8 nominees)

  1. Kelly Marie Dunn (23.4%)
  2. Keith Holzman (16.1%)
  3. Eugene Foley (14.5%)

Best Music / Performer / Artist Development Executive

  1. Lis Lewis (25.9%)
  2. Tom Jackson (21.2%)
  3. Don Grierson (21.1%)

Best Traditional Distribution Executive

  1. Jim Urie, Universal Music Distribution (20.4%)
  2. Richie Gallo, Rhino Entertainment (15.2%)
  3. Alan Becker, RED (14.2%)

Best Digital Distribution Executive

  1. Bruno Ybarra, iTunes (22.3%)
  2. Jay Liepis, iTunes (21.7%)
  3. Alice Kim, MTV (13.5%)

Best Marketing Professional

  1. Steve Berman, Interscope (17.9%)
  2. Brandon Frankel, CAA (14.1%)
  3. Kim Shiver, Live Nation (13.8%)

Best Music Business Attorney

  1. Dina LaPolt (23.7%)
  2. Eric Greenspan (15.2%)
  3. Peter Paterno (10.3%)

Best Music Merchandise Executive

  1. Matt Young, Warner Music Group (22.6%)
  2. Dell Furano, Live Nation (20.3%)
  3. Jeff Spellmeyer, Band Merch (10.0%)

Best Music Producer

  1. T-Bone Burnett (29.0%)
  2. Dr. Dre (24.3%)
  3. Steve Lillywhite (9.5%)

Best Publishing Executive (Major)

  1. Keith D’Arcy, EMI Music Publishing (21%)
  2. Jody Gerson, Sony/ATV (13.7%)
  3. Tom Sturges, Universal Music Publishing Group (13.4%)

Best Publishing Executive (Independent)

  1. Kenny MacPherson, Chrysalis Music Group (16.4%)
  2. Alisa Coleman, ABKCO (15.3%)
  3. John Rudolph, Bug Music (12.7%)

Best Publisher, Creative (Major)

  1. Mary Beth Roberts, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (14.5%)
  2. Dave Pettigrew, Warner/Chappell New York (14.3%)
  3. Big Jon Platt, Urban West, EMI (13.6%)

Best Publisher, Creative (Independent) (4 candidates)

  1. Beka Tischker, Razor & Tie (31.7%)
  2. Dan Rosenbaum, Cherry Lane (28.5%)
  3. Jedd Katrancha, Downtown Music (27.1%)

Best Music Supervisor

  1. Alexandra Patsavas (21.8%)
  2. PJ Bloom (16.9%)
  3. Gary Calamar (12.7%)

Best New Media / Social Media Executive

  1. Ian Rogers, TopSpin (19.3%)
  2. Madalyn Sklar, Go Girls (18.0%)
  3. Jay Frank, CMT (12.0%)

Best Publicist

  1. Chip Ruggieri, Chipster PR (19.4%)
  2. Ariel Hyatt, Ariel Publicity (17.7%)
  3. Susan Blond, Susan Blond Inc. (12.9%)

Best Radio Promotion Executive

  1. Wendy Goodman (16.8%)
  2. Howard Rosen (14.3%)
  3. Greg Thompson (11.6%)

Best Record Company President or CEO

  1. Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Records (24.3%)
  2. Daniel Glass, Glassnote Records (13.2%)
  3. Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records (11.6%)

Best Music Retailer

  1. iTunes (39.1%)
  2. Amazon (19.0%)
  3. Amoeba (18.2%)

Best Sales Executive

  1. Pam Russell, UMG Nashville (16.2%)
  2. Steve Kennedy, Columbia/Epic (14.5%)
  3. Bryan Mead, Fontana (11.7%)

Best Music Business Conference or Event

  1. SXSW (51.1%)
  2. MIDEM (9.3%)
  3. San Francisco Music Tech Summit (7.0%)

Best Music or Record Industry Association

  1. The Recording Academy (21.4%)
  2. Association of Independent Music Publishers (14.3%)
  3. A2IM (13.8%)

Best Music-Brand Executive

  1. Liza Blumenthal, Sony Music (14.8%)
  2. Lori Feldman, Warner Bros. (13.3%)
  3. Laura Hutfless, Creative Artists Agency (12.9%)

Best Brand-Music Executive

  1. Umut Ozaydinli, Coca-Cola (25.8%)
  2. Monique Boyer, MAC Cosmetics (12.1%)
  3. Patrick Genovese, Gibson Guitar (10.5%)

Best Brand Agency Executive

  1. Kevin McKiernan, Creative License (22.3%)
  2. Marcie Allen, MAC Presents (19.1%)
  3. Rob Stone, Cornerstone Promotion (12.1%)

Best Ad Agency Music Executive

  1. Jessica Dierauer, Young & Rubicam (15.8%)
  2. Ryan Fitch, Saatchi & Saatchi (15.7%)
  3. Mike Boris, McCann Erickson (14.8%)

Best Royalty Collector / Auditor / CPA

  1. Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow (14.9%)
  2. Eric Palmquist, Disney Music Group (14.3%)
  3. Jon Hichborn, Records on the Wall (14.2%)

Best Music Business Teacher

  1. Mike King, Berklee (29.3%)
  2. Catherine Moore, New York University (18.5%)
  3. Justin Winokur, Cogswell College (9.6%)

Best Music Business Intern (and Future Music Biz Mogul)

  1. Kristen Scarpa (20.1%)
  2. Zack Egan (14.1%)
  3. Samantha Schipman (12.8%)

Best New Artist

  1. Mumford & Sons (25.0%)
  2. Bruno Mars (20.2%)
  3. Florence and the Machine (13.0%)

Thank you again for voting, congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

Until next year (if not indefinitely), keep up the good work!

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