Magazine article Variety

Universal Music Group

Magazine article Variety

Universal Music Group

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AS THE HIGHEST-RANKING of Universal Music Group's bevy of powerful music executives, Universal Music Publishing Group chairman and CEO Jody Gerson recognizes that there are still cultural obstacles for women in the music industry, even if they are subtle.

"They talk about our business as a boys' club, and it's a club I never wanted to be in" Gerson says, "I don't know that any guy wants to sit with me at a basketball game. Or even be on the golf course with me, if I played golf. And the thing is, I don't really want to do those things either"

Fortunately, she has plenty of company in a club of her own. Alongside her is UMG's exec VP of recorded music Michele Anthony, who this year oversaw the creation of the Verve Label Group. Motown Records president and UMPG president of urban music Ethiopia Habtemariam is developing a spate of new talent. Michelle Jubelirer, COO of Capitol Music Group, has seen her slice of UMG's holdings beef up its promotion ranks in 2016, as well as sign a new agreement with a particularly famous Capitol alumnus, Paul McCartney. …

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