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One Liners: Various Artists, Drake YolanDa Awards, Spector

By and | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

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Management firm Various Artists has appointed Emily Thorpe-Jones as Head Of Brands & Corporate. She previously worked in the magazines business, most recently at Hearst UK, as well as presenting music shows for Hoxton FM and London Live. She will report to both David Bianchi, CEO of the Various Artists group, and Matt Luxon, CEO of its US management business, who says: “We are extremely excited to have Emily Thorpe-Jones joining our team from Hearst Publishing, where her previous experience will prove invaluable in developing the corporate and brand approach within the Various Artists Management group”.



Musician and broadcaster YolanDa Brown and philanthropist James ‘JP’ Drake last week opened applications for their fourth annual Drake YolanDa Awards, which offer ten artists a £3000 grant to help them “showcase their talent and assist them in taking their careers to the next level”. The funding can be used to support touring, artistic development, recording new music, music videos, marketing, branding or purchasing new equipment. More info here – the deadline for applications is 4 Sep.



Spector have released new single ‘The Notion’, their first new music for eighteen months. “Lyrically it’s kind of a letter to one’s younger self”, says vocalist Fred Macpherson. “A reminder that repressing feelings and emotions is a dangerous precedent, and however bad – or good – things get, nothing is forever. It interpolates various parties, arguments, depressions and a ‘Star Wars’ quote for good measure”.