Anthem Entertainment announces senior leadership changes at Anthem Music Publishing and Anthem Records

Senior leadership team at Anthem Entertainment

Photo Credit: Emma E. Arsenault
Left To Right Back Row Standing: Jennifer Correia, Gilles Godard, Joanne Kelsey, Andrew Jamal, Andy Hawke, Noah Dewey, Stephanie Haas, Dave Collier. Left To Right Front Row Sitting: Adrian Battiston, Ryan Cain, Tom Leighton, Sal Fazzari, Jason Klein, Andy Curran, Courtney Crist

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TORONTO, ON (October 4, 2023)  – Anthem Entertainment, one of the world’s leading independent music companies, is pleased to announce several senior leadership changes across its music publishing and recorded music divisions. These changes come on the heels of some exciting announcements from the company, including the expansion of their partnership with legendary producer Timbaland and company Beatclub, the extension of their exclusive songwriting agreement with Big Machine Label Group recording artist Chris Janson, and publishing deals with renowned country songwriter Jamie Paulin and Joey Hyde.  

At the helm of Anthem Entertainment is Jason Klein who is now the company’s permanent Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming CEO, Jason held the role of Senior Vice-President, Legal & Business Affairs and General Manager for Anthem’s Canadian operations, prior to being appointed to the interim CEO position in January.  

Sal Fazzari has been appointed permanent Chief Financial Officer, also following his interim appoint to the role earlier this year. Sal was formerly Vice-President Finance and held previous senior roles in Acquisitions and Royalty Administration. 

Gilles Godard will continue to serve as President of Anthem’s Nashville-based music publishing operation, focused on developing Anthem’s world-class roster of songwriters, identifying catalog opportunities and worldwide industry relations. Noah Dewey moves into a new role as VP, Creative, and Courtney Crist will continue as Senior Director, Creative.

Other leadership shifts include Tom Leighton, who has been promoted to VP, Licensing, where he will continue to lead the company’s digital licensing activity and will now oversee sync and general licensing. Joanne Kelsey will also continue her role as VP, Royalties and Administration.

Changes within Anthem Records include the promotion of Andy Hawke to General Manager and Andy Curran re-joins the team as Senior A&R Consultant.

In Anthem’s legal division, Adrian Battiston has been promoted to VP, Legal & Business Affairs, Amanda Dworetsky has been promoted to Senior Director, Legal & Business Affairs and Jennifer Correia was also recently appointed as Senior Director, Legal & Canadian Operations.

In addition, Andrew Jamal has been appointed Director, Business Development, leading Anthem’s acquisitions team, as Ryan Cain joins the company as Director of Marketing & Communications for Anthem Entertainment. Rounding out Anthem’s senior leadership team are Stephanie Haas, who returns to the company as VP, Human Resources, and Dave Collier, who joined the company in late 2022 as VP, Technology.

“I appreciate being given the opportunity to lead this great company into its next era with the support of an incredible team,” says Klein. “It’s a privilege to be custodian of such an extraordinary catalog of songs and recordings, to be in a position to support the careers and work of an outstanding roster of songwriters, and to lead the dedicated team of people that make this company exceptional.  Anthem is poised to become one of the world’s most impactful independent music companies, driving value for our writers and investors while making a positive and lasting mark in our industry and communities. I’m very excited for the future!” 

“I’m very grateful to be part of this world-class team. Anthem has thrived because of the amazing people at its core – from our songwriters and artists to our staff,” says Fazzari. “I am beyond pleased to see a number of our team members who have played an integral part in the evolution of Anthem be elevated to these deserving roles and excited to welcome new executives who will help take Anthem to the next level. I look forward to bringing our vision to life and am thrilled for this new chapter!”

“I have had the privilege to be part of this company for the last 16 years and couldn’t be more excited about the new executive team and the entire Anthem organization,” says Godard.  “Anthem is a world class music publisher with very talented people, and we have a real opportunity to grow it to the next level with Jason as our new CEO.  I am proud to be part of this new leadership team!”

Anthem’s production music group continues to be led by JD Adams (5 Alarm Music), along with Brian Wahlund (Jingle Punks) and Gareth Owen (Cavendish Music). Anthem’s London-based subsidiary business, Compact Media Group, continues to be led by Mark Rowland.

About Anthem Entertainment:

Anthem Entertainment is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Comprised of award-winning organizations, Anthem Entertainment is home to Anthem Music Publishing, Anthem Records, and a production music division that encompasses Jingle Punks, 5 Alarm Music and Cavendish Music. Headquartered in Toronto, with operations in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and London, Anthem supports and invests in the careers and works of songwriters and artists, and the creation of exceptional music for recording artists and audio-visual productions. Anthem’s unique approach combines the resources, power, and reach of a major with the agility, entrepreneurism, and soul of an independent. Anthem’s subsidiary businesses include Compact Media, the leading film and television audio-visual secondary rights management company based in London. 

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