Michele Anthony

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Michele Anthony
OccupationExecutive Vice President
Years active1990 – present
OrganizationUniversal Music Group

Michele Anthony is an American entertainment executive and the Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group.


1990-2012: Sony Music and 7H Entertainment[edit]

Anthony first worked as a partner of the Beverly Hills entertainment law firm, Rosenfeld, Kassoy, & Kraus, with clients such as Rick Rubin, The Sugarcubes, The Pixies, Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N' Roses, Soundgarden, The Go-Go's, Kiss, The Eagles, [1] and Mother Love Bone.[2]

In 1990, she joined Sony Music as senior VP of domestic operations, and was responsible for managing the company's regional A&R offices, as well as overseeing new company projects and development. In 1994, Sony Music named her the executive vice president, and she was later named COO in 2004. She was appointed president of Sony Music Group in 2005.[3] She played a pivotal role in the signing of key artists such as Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Rage Against the Machine, and The Offspring.[4]

In 2006, she left Sony and founded 7H Entertainment, a consulting and management agency with clients that included Pearl Jam, Prince, Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne, Bjork, Soundgarden[1] and Macy Gray.

Universal Music Group[edit]

After heading 7H for six years, Lucian Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group, named Michele Anthony as executive vice president of Universal Music Group, a newly created role, in 2013. Said Grainge, "There are scarce executives in music with the depth of Michele’s experience on both the label and artist sides of the industry."[5] Anthony serves on the company’s Executive Management Board and helps with the daily management of the labels and the company’s operations.[5] Among her responsibilities, she oversees the company’s Commercial Services Division which includes sales, live events, label merchandising, college marketing and fan and consumer engagement. She also oversees UMG’s global brand partnerships, Universal Music Canada, and Universal Music Enterprises, UMG’s catalog division.[6] Additionally, she jointly oversees UMG’s film, television and theatrical projects.[7]

Other industry ventures[edit]

Michele Anthony also chairs the Global Poverty Project (GPP) - Global Citizens Ticket Initiative and is an advisor for GPP’s Annual Central Park Global Citizen Festival. She has served on the boards of several music industry organizations, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rock the Vote.[5]

Industry honors[edit]

In 2014, Anthony topped Billboard's Women in Music list, credited with reviving the Island and Def Jam record labels, and helping to reshape the company’s strategy for the current marketplace.[8] In 2015, she was again named to Billboard's Women in Music list, credited for expanding revenue "in areas of expertise that we either didn't have or that needed to be reimagined."[9] Anthony made the list again in 2016, credited with building UMG’s branding strategy, sponsorships, and digital marketing.[10] For almost twenty years, Anthony has been named one of the top women in entertainment in The Hollywood Reporter's annual "Women in Entertainment" issue.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Michele Anthony grew up in the music industry as her father, Dee Anthony, managed artists ranging from Tony Bennett to Peter Frampton. She began working in his office at age 12[11] and by 14 she was on the road with Joe Cocker. "It was a unique childhood that really gave me an education in the music industry," Anthony told Gillian G. Gaar in She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll.[12] She graduated from George Washington University, and also holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California.[1] In an interview with Billboard, she named her father and Gloria Steinem as the two biggest influences in her life[13] and credits her mother for her work ethic.[14]


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  2. ^ Jam, Pearl (10 September 2013). "Pearl Jam Twenty". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Michele Anthony Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Sony Music Label Group U.S." www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  4. ^ Ienner, Don. "HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill - MICHELE ANTHONY NAMED COO, SONY MUSIC U.S." HITS Daily Double. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Michele Anthony Named Universal Music EVP, U.S. Recorded Music (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Michele Anthony - Executive VP - Universal Music Group". UMG. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  7. ^ "UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP FORMS VERVE LABEL GROUP - UMG". UMG. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Michele Anthony: Women In Music 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Women In Music 2015: The 50 Most Powerful Executives in the Industry". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Women In Music 2016: The 100 Most Powerful Executives". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Michele Anthony: Women In Music 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  12. ^ Gaar, Gillian G. (1 January 2002). "She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll". Seal Press. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  13. ^ Werde, Bill. "Women in Music 2013: Michele Anthony's Return". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Women In Music 2016: The 100 Most Powerful Executives". Billboard. Retrieved 1 March 2017.