Vested In Culture Announces Staff Appointments


NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned music industry executive Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO of Vested in Culture (VIC), her new label with Epic Records, has appointed Margeaux Rawson as Senior Vice President of Operations, Amanda Berkowitz as Vice President of A&R, and Shaniqua Branch as Manager, it was announced today by Ms. Rhone. All three New York-based appointees will report to Ms. Rhone.

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Mrs. Rawson, a graduate of Columbia University, was most recently Senior Vice President of Media Relations for Universal Motown Records, where she was responsible for developing and implementing media strategies for a roster of breakthrough, best-selling artists, including Kid Cudi, Akon, Kelly Rowland, Erykah Badu, Nelly, Melanie Fiona and many others. Prior to joining Universal Motown, Mrs. Rawson held editorial positions at Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, Vibe and Suede. Her byline has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, GQ, Interview, Marie Claire, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine and Travel + Leisure, and she has appeared as a pop culture expert on television programs such as ABC's Good Morning America, CNN's American Morning, MTV News, E! News and A&E's Biography. In her new role at VIC, Mrs. Rawson will manage all aspects of the label's day-to-day operations and serve as a vital liaison between VIC and Epic.

Ms. Berkowitz started her career at Atlantic Records, where she rose from A&R Coordinator to A&R Manager while working with Grammy-nominated artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Sean Paul, and Jaheim. A self-proclaimed "studio rat" driven by a passion for discovering fresh new talent, Ms. Berkowitz is responsible for signing VIC's rising Latin pop star Kat Dahlia and R&B singer-songwriter Deon Young. She brings a wealth of A&R contacts, resources and experience to the label.

Ms. Branch, a graduate of Five Towns College, previously held administrative assistant positions at Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic Records. In her new post at VIC, she will provide executive administrative support to Ms. Rhone and oversee the label's day-to-day administrative operations.

SOURCE Vested in Culture/Epic Records

For further information: Vested in Culture, Margeaux Rawson, +1-212-833-8268,;or For Sylvia Rhone, contact, Courtney Lowery, +1-212-833-5296,