McPherson, Jones To Helm NARIP Atlanta
Meet Them @NARIP Brunch This SUNDAY
(Hollywood, CA – March 15, 2018) – NARIP is pleased to announce the promotion of Sean McPherson and Brei Jones to Executive Director and Director, respectively, to the Board of Directors of its Atlanta chapter which they will co-lead.
“NARIP Atlanta’s Board of Directors is a hotbed for dynamic executive talent, and we are fortunate to have a terrific pair, Sean McPherson and Brei Jones, take the lead of this chapter,” says NARIP president Tess Taylor. “Sean and Brei have both brought fresh ideas, new people and exciting developments to NARIP Atlanta. We are delighted to have them lead our Board and with their help, to expand NARIP’s reach and to take our Atlanta chapter to new levels.”
Since joining the NARIP Atlanta’s Board of Directors, Sean McPherson has assisted in programming, securing venues, cross-promotion with other organizations and outreach. Brei Jones has elevated NARIP’s online engagement and helped organize many NARIP programs. Both are advocates for professional development and outreach that have become NARIP trademarks. Sean’s experience in live events, artist management and music production, and Brei’s background in music publishing administration and artist development make them valuable and well-rounded additions to NARIP’s Board. They epitomize the modern music business professional, and we are delighted to elevate them to chapter leadership.
Since launching in Atlanta in 2010, NARIP has established a strong and growing presence in Georgia. Much of NARIP’s success in the region is owing to departing Executive Director Chloe Peacock (Senior Manager Artist Rights, Live Nation) and Board Member Julie Kessler Roach, Esq. (Corporate Counsel at Inform, Inc.) whose outstanding service have been key to the growth of the chapter and raising NARIP’s profile in the region; both will continue in NARIP advisory role capacities. We are also grateful to departing board member Lee Morin, Esq. (founder of Morin Entertainment Law) whose creative ideas and connections have helped to expand NARIP program offerings into legislative affairs affecting the music business and into the Atlanta-EDM community. The service and contributions of all three are highly valued.
Says NARIP Atlanta’s departing Executive Director Chloe Peacock, “I can say without a doubt, becoming involved with NARIP has been the single most beneficial I decision I’ve made in my career. I joined NARIP in 2010 as a volunteer with zero experience in the music business, but with a desire to build a career for myself in the industry. In the past 7 years I have gained so much knowledge on such a variety of music industry topics, and have made long-lasting connections with so many people from all facets of the community, my time with NARIP has been truly invaluable. I have watched several former board members and directors accept full time positions and thrive in the industry via opportunities built through NARIP, and am lucky to count myself as one of them. I would not have the position with Live Nation I currently have, nor the industry experience and knowledge needed daily to do my job, had it not been for the amazing connections I made during my time with NARIP and with the support of my NARIP family and board members.”
“After 7 and a half years, it was not an easy decision to step away from the Director position of the Atlanta chapter, but I could not be happier to pass the torch on to Sean McPherson and Brei Jones, who will continue to grow NARIP’s involvement in the Atlanta music industry and connect our community.”
Says Julie Kessler Roach, Esq., “I have been a Board Member for NARIP’s Atlanta chapter for 5 years now. For everything that I have put into the organization, I have gotten back ten times at least. [NARIP President] Tess Taylor is truly an expert in the industry and is kind enough to help show others the pathway to success in the music business. NARIP has given me access to executives, mentors, celebrities, and most importantly of all, knowledge. NARIP is the reason I got to work for Live Nation Entertainment and also the reason I have the Corporate Counsel position I have today. Get plugged in with NARIP and you will expand your knowledge, your relationships and see results!”
Meet New NARIP Board Members SUNDAY (Mar 18) in Atlanta
Meet NARIP’s Board of Directors at NARIP’s Music Biz Brunch this Sun Mar 18 at 11am at Madison Records in Atlanta. Get more details and register HERE now.
About Sean McPherson
Sean McPherson is a record producer, artist manager, concert promoter and Primary Talent Buyer at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA. He started his career in the music business at Chicago Trax Recording Studios owned by Reid Hyams and Al Jorgensen of Ministry at age 20. After graduating from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences he worked in NYC at Battery Studios (Zomba) and then at Chung King Studios alongside such artists as Faith Hill, David Bowie and Sixpence None the Richer. He then took an engineer job at Parkview Recording with legendary house producer Lenny Fontana, where he mixed records for prominent house icons Crystal Waters, Byron Stingley and C&C Music Factory. Sean joined the Fairfield, CT-based band Zerochance, which led him to Atlanta in 2004. Zerochance signed to Red Carpet Music and has shared the stage with such acts as Sheryl Crow, The Calling, Uncle Cracker, Stroke 9, Cheyenne Kimball, Ashley Simpson and others. In 2006 Sean shifted his focus back to the producer side of the glass when he built East Atlanta Recording, all while independently promoting concerts at Smiths Olde Bar under the tutelage of promoter Dan Nolen (owner of legendary SE clubs Smiths Olde Bar, The Nick, The Cottonclub and The Point). In 2015, Sean was promoted to Primary Talent Buyer at Smith’s where he has booked acts such as Collective Soul, Drivin ‘N’ Cryin and other high-profile acts. He now runs Nolen Reeves Music which books and promotes 500+ concerts annually in Atlanta. Sean also manages and develops acts for his company Favorite Son Artist Management and Consulting, and his recordings have been released by Universal Records, Plowboy Records, Brash Records and Slushfund Recordings. He has co-produced songs with Jody Stephens (Big Star) and Mitch Easter (REM, Pavement, Ben Folds), and in 2018 was asked to chair the Atlanta Chapter of NARIP after 4 years of service on it Board of Directors.
About Brei Jones
Brei Jones is deeply invested and experienced in helping music creatives achieve success. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Business, she worked at WJHM 102 Jamz and at WFTV in Orlando. Realizing her talents were in music publishing, she moved to Atlanta to join the city’s vibrant music scene where she assisted the Director of Membership in the Rhythm & Soul Department at ASCAP. She volunteered at the Recording Academy and worked as an event manager, then moved to Compound Entertainment. After obtaining her Master of Science degree in Entertainment Business, she formed The Admin Agency which offers administrative support, event planning and music rights administration. As Director of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP.com), Brei helps to connect top industry professionals to NARIP members to enable greater knowledge, access and opportunity.
Now in its 20th year, the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP.com, est. 1998) promotes career advancement, education and good will in the record industry and related music fields. Based in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in nine cities, including London.
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Photo (L-R): NARIP Atlanta Executive Director Sean McPherson, NARIP Atlanta Director Brei Jones
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