Report: WMG Hands Seymour Stein New A&R Responsibilities
June 10, 2013 at 3:23 AM (PT)
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER writes, "SIRE RECORDS Co-Founder/Chairman SEYMOUR STEIN will take on additional responsibilities as senior label A&R executive for independent music, working closely with WMG's ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION ALLIANCE. In this newly created position, STEIN will support ADA's management team in developing the company's roster of labels."
"Technically, I’ve not been an indie since SIRE joined WARNER back in the late ‘70s, but that indie spirit has always been very much in my heart, soul and mind," STEIN said in a statement. "To me, being an indie is being out there in the streets, the way my mentors like SYD NATHAN at KING RECORDS, JERRY WEXLER and AHMET ERTEGUN at ATLANTIC, GEORGE GOLDNER at RED BIRD and LEONARD CHESS were identifying talent and changes in music long before the majors. In fact, I never saw WARNER MUSIC as a major label on its own, but rather a coalition of three great indie labels; ATLANTIC, REPRISE and ELEKTRA, headed by pioneers such as AHMET and JERRY as well as JAC HOLZMAN, MO OSTIN and JOE SMITH."