Music Industry News Network [02-25-2013]

Kevin Arnold Named Co-Chair Of


February 25, 2013 –, the home of music business association NARM’s digital initiatives, announced today that Kevin Arnold, currently the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Global Digital Business Group at Sony Music Entertainment, will serve as co-chair with Christina Calio of Microsoft. Prior to joining Sony Music, Arnold founded IODA (merged with The Orchard in 2012), growing the small startup into one of the world’s largest digital distributors of independent music.

“Between the work he’s currently doing to expand Sony Music Entertainment’s digital business and the tremendous entrepreneurship and leadership he demonstrated in the creation and growth of IODA, Kevin is precisely the type of person we want to help lead,” said Bill Wilson, VP of Digital Strategy & Business Development for NARM and “Kevin has deep understanding and experience in all of the key initiatives that is focused on, from the business, technological, and musical angles, and it’s fantastic to have him as part of the team.”

“Having been a NARM participant since the early days of IODA, I've had a front row seat watching the dramatic change the industry has undergone over the past decade,” Arnold said. “I look forward to helping guide’s future as we face a new set of opportunities and challenges.”

Arnold is also founder and director of Noise Pop Industries, which produces San Francisco’s internationally renowned Noise Pop Festival along with the Treasure Island Music Festival and a variety of other cultural events in the Bay Area. Prior to IODA’s founding in 2003, Kevin served as Director of Data Services for online music startup and also spent time at the computer technology corporation Oracle.

About NARM
Established in 1958, NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) is the trade association for the business of music, providing the central platform for the discussion of industry‐wide concerns, spearheading the implementation of initiatives to promote music commerce, and advocating for common interests. Members include companies and individuals from all aspects of music distribution, including physical, digital, and mobile outlets as well as gaming, applications, merchandise, video and more. NARM members have access to a variety of conferences, virtual seminars, networking opportunities, information and education resources. NARM is a nonprofit organization based in Marlton, New Jersey. Visit us at

About (DMO) is the home for the digital initiatives of NARM, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the trade association for the business of music. NARM provides the central platform for the discussion of industry‐wide concerns and spearheading the implementation of initiatives to advance the business. While primarily focused on physical formats for much of its history, NARM has expanded its mission in the past ten years to include all facets of music commerce. This includes physical, digital, and mobile commerce partners as well as gaming, applications, and other emerging revenue models. DMO is governed under the by‐laws of NARM, by NARM President Jim Donio, the NARM Board Of Directors, and directly by Co‐chairs Christina Calio (Microsoft Entrainment), Kevin Arnold (Sony Music Entertainment) and Bill Wilson, NARM VP of Digital Strategy & Business Development. Topics and actions for each individual work groups are determined by the individual work group leaders.


NARM Media Contacts:
Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications —, 646.484.6764
Nicole Hennessey, NARM —, 856.596.1803


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