Global launches live music arm, hires Bon Jovi manager and AEG’s Sam Bush

Ashley Tabor is taking a step into Live Nation’s territory: the Global founder has launched Global Live – a new transatlantic division to promote tours and festivals.

Global Live will sit within Tabor’s new transatlantic Global Entertainment company: the ‘360’ artist rights business, headed up by former AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, that also operates label, publishing, artist management, promotion, branding, sponsorships and marketing divisions.

Global Live’s first US gig is a bit of a biggy: The Rolling Stones’ gig at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Independence Day (July 4).

In the UK, Global Live has opened its account by promoting The Vamps’ sold out April tour.

Both events have been / are being co-promoted alongside Live Nation rival AEG, suggesting something of an early alliance between the business and Global Live.

In the US, Paul Korzilius (pictured right), an experienced music exec and the long-term manager of Bon Jovi, will serve as SVP of Global Live.

Korzilius, who will continue to manage the band, was the recipient of Billboard Magazine’s 2013 Manager of the Year and has served as Producer or Executive Producer on a dozen long-form music TV productions.

In the UK, Sam Bush (pictured left) joins Global as Director of Global Live.

Bush joins from AEG UK where he was Director of Live Music and involved in booking events including British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park.

“The industry is anxious for another professional, financially stable live promotion company to enter the market.”

Randy Phillips on Global Live

Meanwhile, Global Live has hired Ned Collett as a consultant responsible for divisional operations and finance. Collett previously held the positions of MD and EVP at BASE Entertainment, Inc. and served as EVP of North American Venues for Live Nation.

Global Live has pledged to ‘focus on quality not quantity’, with Global committing ‘real resource’ to the business.

Randy Phillips said: “Having built AEG Live from the ground up with some really gifted executives, I know what it takes to build a live entertainment company. Global is well positioned to do this again in the year 2015, and the industry is anxious for another professional, well resourced, financially stable live promotion company to enter the market.

“As a new company, whose only mandate is not to be constrained by legacy and to focus on presenting great talent on stages around the world, we are able to independently promote and/or work with partners on a project-by-project basis.”

Sam Bush said: “Joining Global is incredibly exciting. The ambition, drive and financial resource here means we can make some really exciting plays that will genuinely enhance the live landscape in the U.K.”

In 2014, Global served in a consultancy capacity for Rock-In-Rio’s first US iteration. Talent booked included Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Metallica, No Doubt and Linkin Park, Mana, Echosmith, and more.

Global Entertainment boasts offices in LA and London. It recently hired an impressive string of execs from the likes of Capitol and Universal Music Publishing.

Global is best known as the UK’s largest commercial radio group with national stations including Capital FM (Top 40), Capital Xtra (Urban/Rhythm), Heart (Hot Adult Contemporary), XFM (Alternative), Gold (oldies), Smooth Radio (adult contemporary), Classic FM (classical) and LBC (news/talk).

Its music publishing operation, which now sits within Global Entertainment, handles rights for Ellie Goulding, Corinne Bailey Rae, LMFAO, The Script, The Vamps and The Vaccines, among others.

Global is led by Founder & Executive President, Ashley Tabor, Group CEO, Stephen Miron and Director of Broadcasting, Richard Park. It is chaired by Lord Allen of Kensington.Music Business Worldwide

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