This week saw The House Of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s Board Of Directors add Emily Simonitsch, Live Nation SVP of Talent, US concerts, and Patti-Anne Tarlton, chairwoman of Ticketmaster Canada and EVP of venues and promoters for North America, to its ranks.

The two join Live Nation’s Ron Bension, Michael Grozier, Eric Lassen, and Kathy Willard on the board, which oversees the non-profit’s efforts to help young people from diverse backgrounds explore careers in the music industry with artist development, educational and mentoring programs.

Meanwhile, Sreesha Vaman (pictured) has been appointed managing director, head of capital markets at 23 Capital, a leading capital and solutions provider focused exclusively on the sports, music and entertainment sectors.

Sreesha has more than 15 years of experience across the finance, investment banking, sports and entertainment landscape and is joining the team’s New York office with a remit to build on 23 Capital’s work in the capital markets division globally.

David Martin has been named general manager at the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), an organisation built to promote and protect the artist community in the music industry.

Martin was previously lead booker and director at Dimensions Festival until 2018, and has also held various roles in government.

Opry Entertainment Group has promoted Dolly Chandler to senior talent buyer on its artist relations and programming team, a role in which she will oversee the programming strategy for Ole Red Nashville as well as further developing programming initiatives across the Ole Red brand.

Chandler has been with Opry Entertainment Group as a talent buyer since early 2017, during which she has booked nearly 10,000 hours of music and 175 artists for Ole Red’s three locations.