Nancy Matalon appointed Vice President, A&R at Spirit Music Group

Independent music publishing company Spirit Music Group has made a series of key executive moves within its A&R, Sync and Global Administration departments following its recent $350 million recapitalization.

The company has appointed Nancy Matalon (pictured) to Vice President, A&R; promoted Melanie Santa Rosa to Senior Vice President, Global Administration; and appointed Tamar Wax to Senior Director, Film/TV.

Matalon will be based in Los Angeles and report jointly to Joe Borrino (Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer) and Rak Sanghvi, who was promoted to the role of Global President in April.

She is credited with helping to develop the careers of artists including Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy and Echosmith.

Prior to joining Spirit Music Group, Matalon worked in management with producers and artists including Brian West and Nate Traveller.

“Nancy, Tamar and Melanie embody the vision of the new Spirit Music Group and the exciting opportunities ahead of us, and their leadership helps advance our mission to be the premier global publishing partner for songwriters around the world.”

Joe Borrino, Spirit Music Group

Santa Rosa is based in New York and reports jointly to Joe Borrino and Rak Sanghvi.

She has over twenty years of experience in music copyright administration and will mark her 10th year with Spirit Music Group in January.

The exec started at Spirit in 2010 as Manager, Film/TV/Advertising, Performance and Copyright Administration before being promoted to Director, Administration and Copyright in 2017 and then to Vice President of Administration in 2018.

Prior to Spirit, she was at BMI for 10 years where she worked with their songwriters and publishers, as well as other performing rights organizations (PROs).

Tamar Wax will be based in Los Angeles and report to Gary Miller, Senior Vice President, Creative Services.

Most recently, Wax was Vice President, Creative at Vibrant Ground Music, and prior to that was a consultant for Impact Music.

In addition, as Director of Music for Warner Bros. Television, Wax also served as an in-house music supervisor for the studio. Tamar began her career in the music department at Miramax Films, after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointments of these talented executives whose passion, creativity and expertise will bring us great ongoing success artistically and commercially,” said Joe Borrino, COO/CFO, Spirit Music Group and Rak Sanghvi, Global President, Spirit Music Group.

“Nancy, Tamar and Melanie embody the vision of the new Spirit Music Group and the exciting opportunities ahead of us, and their leadership helps advance our mission to be the premier global publishing partner for songwriters around the world.”

“Nancy is an accomplished A&R executive who has helped develop some of the brightest creative talent, and she brings a vast network of strong relationships to Spirit.”

Rak Sanghvi

Rak Sanghvi added: “Nancy is an accomplished A&R executive who has helped develop some of the brightest creative talent, and she brings a vast network of strong relationships to Spirit. Having her join the team is a huge win for our songwriters.”

“Tamar has proven herself to be a results driven creative executive with a great ear for music supervisors’ and directors’ needs.”

Gary Miller, Spirit

Gary Miller added: “From her time spent working as an in-house music supervisor for close to a decade at Warner Bros.

“Television, to representing composers in the trailer music world and further working to bring opportunities to the table for a host of independent artists at Vibrant Ground, Tamar has proven herself to be a results driven creative executive with a great ear for music supervisors’ and directors’ needs.

“She is the perfect fit for the Film & TV team and I look forward to her contributions to our continuing success in the world of synch on behalf of the great catalog and writers here at Spirit.”

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