Marauder, the music marketing and promotion firm, announced the addition of music industry publicist Leslie Hermelin as Director of Communications on Tuesday.
Hermelin has served as publicity head for the labels Astralwerks and Mute, and has worked with artists including Halsey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Knife, Moby, Madeon, Porter Robinson and Motley Crüe.
Critically, she also worked with the New York Independent Venue Association (NYIVA) and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), the latter of which Marauder played a pivotal role in creating.
“For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with the Marauder team on advocacy efforts through the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA),” Hermelin said in a statement. “I’ve seen firsthand what this team can accomplish and could not be more thrilled to join the organization as a full-time employee as we grow with an eye towards the future.”
“I’ve known Leslie for years, but have only recently had the good fortune of working directly with her,” Marauder partner and co-founder Rev. Moose said in a statement. “Her professionalism and dynamic personality will be invaluable to the needs of Marauder’s growing roster. Leslie brings deep relationships and knowledge that will raise the bar for the work we do and our ability to do it. We are delighted to bring her on board.”
Hermelin’s hire follows Marauder’s additions of events specialist Will Sacks and marketing specialist Carson Vickrey, as well as the promotion of Cecilie Nielsen to Director of Special Projects.
Moose and Nielsen connected with Pollstar in July to discuss the success of Marauder’s Independent Venue Week, which took place earlier this month, and other initiatives the organization has in the works.
“We saw this year’s Independent Venue Week as a reopening moment,” Nielsen said. “It’s the celebration we’ve been waiting for a long time.”
Next year will mark Independent Venue Week’s fifth anniversary, which Nielsen said she hopes “will be even bigger – a bigger calendar, a bigger splash, more butts in seats, more dancing shoes and sticky floors.”