Former Republic Group president Charlie Walk is consulting for UnitedMasters, the music startup’s founder Steve Stoute tells Billboard.
UnitedMasters, a new artist-services startup which Stoute announced in November 2017 with $70 million in funding from Alphabet, 21st Century Fox and Andreessen Horowitz, among others, rolled out its new digital distribution service in July, and has been searching for a president to lead the company under Stoute, CEO, and Kristina Salen, CFO/COO of UM’s parent company, Translation.
Walk exited Republic in March following sexual misconduct allegations that he repeatedly denied. He also left his role as a host on Fox music competition TV show The Four. Since then, Walk has been consulting for others in the music industry as well, sources tell Billboard.
Stoute and Walk have known each other for years. Prior to joining Republic in 2013, Walk spent almost two decades at Sony Music, in varying roles at both Columbia and Epic. Before launching Translation, Stoute was president of urban music at both Interscope and, prior to that, Sony Music, where he worked with Nas and Mary J. Blige.