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BMI’s Sundance Music Series will include interviews with Common, Amy Poehler

As part of this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival, BMI will offer a duo of panels with composers of films selected for the festival in conversation with their directors, actors or producers, including one with Commmon and Patrick Warren and another with Amy Poehler and David Schwartz.

Hip-hop star and actor Common, who stars in thriller ‘Alice,’ will sit down with the film’s composer, Warren, to discuss how they both came to work on the film in conversation “Score to Screen” scheduled for January 23. The Sundance entry tells the story of a woman escaping slavery on a Georgia plantation, but with twists to come.

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Poehler, best known as a comedic actress, bows out as a documentary filmmaker with “Lucy and Desi,” and she’ll be joined by composer Schwartz on Jan. 22 for a panel on directing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. in a doc that follows the fictional depiction recently seen in “Being the Ricardos.”

More than 20 Sundance entries will have scores from BMI-affiliated composers, the performing rights organization said. You will find information on the visualization of the panels on

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+ Along with his “Caprisongs” mixtape on Friday came the news that FKA twigs has “associated with Atlantic Records for this exciting next phase of his art,” according to the announcement. In the UK, she will continue to release music through the Young label (formerly Young Turks) through Beggars Group.

“FKA twigs is the kind of artist you dream of signing – one with a truly original vision, voice and presence,” said Atlantic President and COO Julie Greenwald. “She is among the most compelling talents ever, always pushing her creative boundaries to deliver emotionally honest music that is both intensely personal and universal. We are thrilled that she has chosen the Atlantic as her home as she pursues her fantastic musical adventure.

“The progression of FKA twigs’ music over the past decade has been extraordinary,” said President and CEO Craig Kallman. “She’s never content to stay in one place – constantly crossing musical boundaries, embracing new sounds, telling new stories and exploring what’s next. An incredible singer, songwriter, lyricist and producer, she has barely scratched the surface of her potential, and we are incredibly excited to see what she will bring to her fans in the years to come.

+ Artist services company A.W.A. promoted Jennifer Kirel to the senior vice president of catalog and retail marketing. Based in New York, she will report directly to Ron Cerrito, President of AWAL North America, and oversee and support partner artists and labels. Prior to joining AWAL, Kirell spent 11 years at Sony Music Entertainment at Legacy Recordings, where she led global marketing campaigns and audience development strategies for artists including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and others. Cerrito said, “Jennifer is a goal oriented, follow obsessed, results oriented, serial success individual with a deep understanding of modern music marketing. She is also a thoughtful leader and people manager. We are proud to have Jen as a member of our leadership team and look forward to continuing to redefine catalog and retail marketing in the future.

The 2021 deal which saw Kobalt sell AWAL to Sony for $430 million remains under review by the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

+ RCA recordings named Alex Jean advertising director. She joins after two years at Red Bull Records, where she worked with Blxst, the Aces and producer WondaGurl. During her seven years with the company, she also worked for Listen Up (where she worked with Martin Solveig, Kevin Saunderson, Jamie Jones and others), FYI Brand Group (Jhené Aiko, Tyga, DJ Khaled) and M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment (Sprite, Coca-Cola, WAV Media).

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