DENNIS BLAIR APPOINTED VICE PRESIDENT, ALTERNATIVE PROMOTIONS FOR UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC RECORDS
New York, NY, July 10, 2008 – Dennis Blair has been appointed Vice President of Alternative Promotion for Universal Republic Records, announced Joel Klaiman, Senior Vice President of Promotion and Artist Development for Universal Republic Records. “Dennis is a great addition to our promotion staff. He is dedicated and relentless when it comes to spreading our music. His impact has already been felt with the recent success of Flobots, Rehab, Jack Johnson and 3 Doors Down and the entire company joins me in congratulating him.”
In his news capacity, Mr. Blair will report to Mr. Klaiman. “I’m grateful to Joel for the opportunity to play a role on one of the best promotion teams in the business,” stated Mr. Blair. “Monte and Avery Lipman have assembled a great roster of artists. Their leadership continues to inspire a staff that is second to none when it comes to delivering great music. I’m thrilled to be going to bat everyday for one of the most respected and admired labels in our industry.”
Previously, Mr. Blair was Senior Director of Rock/Alternative Promotion for RCA Records. At RCA, Mr. Blair worked with such groundbreaking artists as the Strokes, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Velvet Revolver, My Morning Jacket, Kings Of Leon, and others.
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Blair started as a local promotion manager based in SF and promoted to Senior Director of Rock/Alternative Promotion for Maverick Records working with the Deftones, Prodigy and Alanis Morrisette. Prior to that, Mr. Blair was director of Rock promotion for Geffen Records.
Mr. Blair began his career in the music business in 1993 as an assistant to the President/CEO of Geffen Records, Ed Rosenblatt.