Charlie Rapino

Vice President
Governance Committee

Charlie Rapino is a seasoned music industry professional with a rich history of past endeavours. He currently serves as the Vice President of A&R and Communications at Artist First, Italy’s largest independent music company offering comprehensive services across the industry. Additionally, Charlie holds the position of Vice President of Relations at the Web3Music Association. With extensive experience, he also serves as a Non-Executive Board Advisor to the WRM Fund and a music industry consultant to the Ridley Scott Creative Group. In this role, Charlie was the key player and deal-breaker for the Robbie Williams Netflix series, playing a crucial role in shaping the project’s success.

Renowned for his groundbreaking work as an A&R executive and independent record producer, Charlie and his business partner Marco Sabiu played a pivotal role in launching ‘Take That’ to stardom, contributing to numerous worldwide pop hits during the vibrant music scene of the 90s. Having held executive positions at major players such as Sony Music International and Decca Records, Charlie’s expertise extends across various facets of the industry. He has also provided advisory services to esteemed figures such as the legendary maestro Ennio Morricone.

Widely regarded as a strategic influencer and power player in the industry, Charlie is known as ‘the man who navigates the corridors of influence’, earning him the moniker ‘the man who whispers to the powers’.

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