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One Liners: Lauren Mayberry, Ministry Of Sound, Maribou State, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 25 July 2023

Lauren Mayberry


Sony Music UK has announced the promotion of Negla Abdela to the role of Managing Director at its Ministry Of Sound label. She first joined the label in 2015 as Social Media Manager, becoming Head Of Digital in 2018 and General Manager in 2021. Confirming her promotion, she says: “I’m proud of how much the team has collectively achieved during my time at Ministry Of Sound and I’m excited to continue growing with the label as I step into this role”.

Venue operator ASM Global has announced the appointment of Sam Ryder as General Manager of its Bonus Arena in Hull. He was previously Head Of Operations at the venue. He is “incredibly excited by the opportunity”, he says, adding: “As a part of the initial opening team in the venue, and a proud resident of the city, there is so much room to grow on the success of the venue”. He will also retain his most recent post as General Manager of York Barbican, which is also operated by ASM, supported there by newly appointed Deputy General Manager Rebecca Stevenson.

Dance music label Toolroom Records has promoted Miles Shackleton to the role of COO. Reporting to founders Mark Knight and Stuart Knight, in his new role Shackleton will “lead the strategic planning and oversee day-to-day operations of the entire Toolroom group – including Toolroom Records, Toolroom Academy and Amplified Label Services”. On the new job, he says: “I’m so excited about how the business is going to grow and evolve over the coming years, with our continued focus on serving electronic music artists, building the Toolroom brand across the world, and innovating music education”.



The UK’s Music Publishers Association has announced that applications are open for its NXT-Gen Scholars scheme, which offers training, networking and mentoring opportunities for early career music industry professionals from under-represented groups. Applications are encouraged, says MPA, from people “who are proactive and driven to make an impact in the music industry and identify as belonging to one or more of the nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation”. There is more information about the scheme and how to apply here.



Maribou State have released new single ‘Blackoak’. The duo will donate £1 from each vinyl copy of the single sold to the Woodland Trust. They explain: “Having both been fortunate enough to grow up in an area surrounded by woodland, we’ve always had a strong connection and affinity with forests and now more than ever we fully support the Woodland Trust in their efforts of restoration and protection for these magnificent and vital areas”.



Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has announced that she is launching a solo project, kicking off her plans with the announcement of tour dates in October. She’ll play four shows around the UK, finishing up at The Scala in London on 9 Oct.

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