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Wednesday 16th June 2021

A&R Worldwide Global Music Market Overview

Wednesday 16 June

2.30pm – 3.30pm

A&R Worldwide Global Music Market Overview

The global pandemic caught much of the world off-guard and forced many aspects of the music business to pivot and adapt under unprecedented circumstances. Despite the challenges faced by the creative and business sectors, solutions were initiated by many in various touchpoints and markets that have allowed numerous parts of our business to move forward. Live streaming helped artists remain connected to fans and collaborate creatively, while growth continued for DSPs, social media platforms and more. Artist development and marketing took on new entrepreneurial paths to help artists succeed in the COVID era. As the industry looks to the future, will these new mediums and methods for content creation and consumption remain? What does the future look like beyond the pandemic as the world starts to open back up to a new (ab)normal? This session will feature leading globally minded executives from across the music and media landscape to weigh in on the where the global market is at and what’s on the horizon.


Marian Wolf, VP Global Writer Services & China, BMG

Kenny "Tick” Salcido, SVP/Head of A&R Red Bull Records


Monte Malone, Sr. VP A&R Worldwide


    Monte Malone
    Sr. VP, A&R Worldwide

    Malone got his start in the business working as a roadie and tour manager before honing his production savvy as Production/Art Director at The Network Magazine Group - a publishing conglomerate owned by Clear Channel. He also worked with Fontana/Universal–distributed label IRock Entertainment, where he worked in A&R, online marketing, production, digital sales and street team coordination (all while co–managing multi–Platinum artists Night Ranger). In December 2005, Malone became a crucial member of SMC Recordings, where in his role as VP New Media/Production Director he helped build the label into Fontana’s No.1 Urban label. Since 2007, Monte currently serves as the Sr. Vice President at A&R Worldwide based in Burbank, CA. He plays an integral part in artist development and works across the company’s associated brands including Passport Approved Syndicated Radio Show & Live Tour, the International music and media conferences MUSEXPO, Worldwide Radio Summit, Global Rock Summit and Global Synch Summit.


    Marian Wolf
    Vice President, Head of Global Writer Services & BMG China

    Marian Wolf has more than 10 years of experience in the music industry. Following previous positions in Marketing and Radio, Wolf joined BMG in 2011 in Berlin before relocating to Los Angeles in 2014. During his tenure at BMG, he has played a key role in developing the Global Writer Services business, driving songwriter and artist careers in the US, EU and Asia. He has played an instrumental part in integrating BMG’s creative teams worldwide. His song placements and collaborations include many Number One records across the world including in the US, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia, Japan, Korea, and China.

    Over the past several years, Wolf has been instrumental in building BMG China’s creative business including strategic partnerships, most recently with NetEase Cloud Music.

    Kenny “Tick” Salcido
    Senior Vice President / Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

    Kenny “Tick” Salcido has been responsible for leading A&R efforts and building a talented artist roster for a number of years. Working across a multitude of genres, Salcido began his career working at the Beastie Boys’ label imprint Grand Royal Records, later joining Warner Records, where he signed multi-platinum artist Wiz Khalifa as well as 3x Grammy Award-nominated artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Terrace Martin. Currently serving as Senior Vice President / Head of A&R for Red Bull Records, Salcido oversees all A&R activities for the label, representing several groundbreaking artists including The Aces, Beartooth, Blxst, Gavin Haley, pineappleCITI, sad alex, and more.


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