At Amazon Music, Lukanz will be responsible for leading the UK, Australia & New Zealand music industry teams, and will oversee label relations, artist relations, programming and editorial for the streaming service.
Before joining Amazon Music, Lukanz served as the Executive Vice President of Artists, Writers and Producers at FAE GRP, formerly First Access Entertainment.
In this role, Lukanz led the music team overseeing the careers of developing artists, writers and producers, and was responsible for record, publishing and management signings, label release campaigns and talent management in the UK.
Prior to FAE, Lukanz was the first female Head of Music at the national BBC digital network, BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Throughout her career, says Amazon Music, Lukanz has managed writers and producers who went on to deliver records for artists such as BTS, Nicki Minaj, Zayn, Charli XCX, Afro B, Ozuna, Tate McRae, Bebe Rexha, Ellie Goulding, French Montana, Iggy Azalea and Riton x Nightcrawlers.
Lukanz has previously been named in The Guardian’s Music Power 100 list and, during her years at the BBC, she joined the Association of Independent Music’s (AIM) judging panel, as well as the BRITs committee.
Lukanz currently sits on the Board of non-profit organisation I Luv Live, and is a member of The Cats Mother initiative, which supports and mentors young women starting in the music business.
“I have spent my career championing artists and music, curating unique content, and building audiences.”
Laura Lukanz, said: “This is a fantastic role, a dream job.
“I am grateful for the opportunity Jillian [Gerngross, Director, Amazon Music] has given me, and I can’t wait to start working with the exceptional team at Amazon Music.
“I am excited by the scale of innovation and impact at Amazon; the synergistic opportunities across the entertainment division are endless.
“I have spent my career championing artists and music, curating unique content, and building audiences.
“It’s my passion and purpose, and it will continue to be at the heart of everything I do at Amazon Music.”
“There are moments that stand out in one’s career, and having Laura join the team will be one for me.”
Jillian Gerngross, added: “There are moments that stand out in one’s career, and having Laura join the team will be one for me.
“I have endless faith in her and the impact that she will have.
“She has an incredible track record of delivering for artists and creators across the music industry and her knowledge of UK audiences is second to none.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside her to further strengthen Amazon Music across the UK and beyond.”
Lukanz’s hiring comes shortly after Amazon Music’s Director in India, Sahas Malhotra, joined streaming platform JioSaavn as CEO.
Amazon Music recently increased the prices of two of its key streaming music plans in markets including the US, UK and Canada.Music Business Worldwide
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