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October 14, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM EST

Recruiting and Retaining Talent in a Pandemic: How the Music Industry is Adapting to the New Reality

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Join us for a discussion on how the music industry is recruiting, hiring, handling DE&I efforts, maintaining company culture and more in the midst of the pandemic.


James Celentano
Co-Founder / EnterGain

Andrew Devine
Senior Financial Analyst / Distrokid

Deanna DeVivo
Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager / Downtown Music Holdings

Leigh McCorkle
Chief People Officer / The MLC


Julia Buchheim
Director of Sync Licensing / Downtown Music Services

AIMP Panel

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James is the co-founder of EnterGain the executive recruiting, leadership development and strategic planning firm. He personally recruits and places talent at the director through CEO level for the firm’s clients. He is also key to the leadership development practice where he coaches teams and individuals and facilitates strategic planning with executive teams and boards. Some of James’ clients in the music ecosystem include: the AIMP, A2IM, Beggars Group, DREAMSTAGE, Exceleration Music Group, Merlin, Hipgnosis, NIVA, ONErpm, Reservoir, Rights’Up, Secretly Group, Seeker Music Group, Sony Music, SoundExchange, SyncFloor and YouTube Music. Previously, he has served as VP HR for The Madison Square Garden Company, Warner Music Group and TVT Records. Prior to his in-house roles, James advanced from research associate to managing director at a major global executive search firm, including working in the firm’s entertainment practice and serving in a leadership role in an online recruiting division. James has taught as an adjunct in the Masters in Music Business program at NYU’s Steinhardt School. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an SPHR certification.

Andrew Devine is currently a Senior Financial Analyst for the music distribution company, DistroKid whose mission is to provide high quality tools and services, that help artists at any level be prolific. His roots in the music industry started with playing saxophone in 4th grade. As he is a musician at heart, he attended Berklee College of Music graduating with a Music Business/Management and Woodwind Performance degree in 2009. After college he interned for Ultra International Music Publishing as well Verse Music Group. He eventually began working for Verse full time as a Copyright Administrator. In 2013, Andrew moved onto the role of Income Tracking Analyst for Spirit Music Group. By the time he left Spirit 8 years later he had moved up to the role of Director, Financial Analysis & Asset Management. Andrew currently lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife, Jessica and their dog, Shiloh. While he is a native of Connecticut, he is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan and is looking forward to an exciting baseball post-season.

Deanna DeVivo is the Talent Acquisition and Retention Manager at Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown), the leading global music services company. We help millions of creators, rights holders and their partners to manage their music as a business and get paid fairly for their work.Through our portfolio of brands — Downtown Music Services®, Songtrust®, CD Baby®, FUGA®, AdRev®, Found.ee, Soundrop®, and Sheer Publishing Africa — we work with creators at every stage of their career. Based in New York City, Deanna expands the portfolio’s global footprint through recruitment, hiring practices, talent development and retention. In addition, she is responsible for ensuring employee development and growth towards their professional goals at Downtown. Deanna has a blended background in the music industry previously at SONGS Music Publishing and Gelfand Rennert & Feldman, and recruitment within the startup community in NYC. Deanna combines her passions for the music industry and people by partnering with employees to grow, develop, and successfully reach their professional goals.

Leigh McCorkle serves as Chief People Officer for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), managing the organization’s efforts to build a talented, diverse team of professionals who are passionate about The MLC’s mission of serving songwriters and music publishers and providing them with exceptional service. Most recently, McCorkle was the Executive Director of Human Resources for Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Known for moving strategies into results, she has cultivated high-performing HR teams that thrive as business partners and ultimately demonstrate the value of Human Resources for business success. McCorkle’s talent acquisition and team-building expertise stems from years of leading human resources departments in various industries and for diverse companies, including Macy’s, Kaiser Permanente, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Her business skills and knack for collaboration generates results with executives, middle management, union leaders, and front-line employees. A South Carolina native, Leigh holds a master’s in human resources from the University of South Carolina. She currently resides in Nashville with her husband Michael and volunteers with organizations connected with job seekers, student mentoring, and environmental efforts.

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