News March 23, 2021

Alice Young quits Spotify, joins Future Classic as managing director

Alice Young quits Spotify, joins Future Classic as managing director

Australian music company Future Classic has named Alice Young as managing director.

Young was most recently a product marketer at Spotify New York working on Spotify for Artists.

Her new role sees her based in Sydney overseeing business operations including strategy, financial performance, investment and ventures.

“Alice is an astute and thoughtful executive, passionate about building artist businesses,” company co-founders Nathan McLay and Jay Ryves said in a statement.

“We’re delighted to have her join the Future Classic team in this leadership role.

“She brings a wealth of experience running global artist campaigns and mentoring artists and managers to success.

“It was important to us that we continue to put female leadership into the DNA of the business.”

Young grew up in Hobart before her ambition to become a singer took her to Melbourne where she enrolled at the University of Melbourne.

At 19, a scar on her left vocal cord following an operation put an end to singing, so she switched to learning to act at the Victorian College of Arts.

However, out of the blue, an on-a-whim application for a Music Business Master’s course at New York University came through.

At 21, without knowing anyone in the Big Apple, she packed up and moved.

After graduating, she interned at Sony/RCA Records, Downtown Music Publishing and Glassnote Records before becoming the senior marketing director at artist services company mtheory, leading global marketing campaigns for Zedd, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Cuco and others, before joining Spotify in 2019.

Young, who reports to McLay, said she is “thrilled” to join Future Classic as managing director.

“Future Classic has always invested in artists who are at the cutting edge of culture – helping to build careers that are both commercially successful and creatively uncompromising.

“I look forward to bringing my full energy to that mission in this next phase of growth.”

Young joins Future Classic at a time when G Flip rides high with ‘Queen’ featuring mxmtoon and played a stadium performance at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras, and Flume missed out on his second Grammy after missing out to Kaytranada for best dance/electronic recording for ‘The Difference’.

New releases include Sycco’s ‘My Ways’, Buzzy Lee’s debut album Spoiled Love, a mixtape from Californian teenager Payday, Hayden James’ ‘Foolproof’ with Gorgon City and Nat Dunn, and Flight Facilities’ 1962-72 Decade mix on SoundCloud.

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