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A natural entrepreneur and deeply industrious individual, this week’s A2IM Featured Executive is Maurice “Glory” Allgood, COO at Para Music Group. He’s discovered and grown artists like Stacy Barthe, developed Para Music Groups repertoire, started his own “Male Grooming House”, and managed 25 AT&T locations in NYC.
How did Maurice get his start in music? Tell us about his background!
Maurice “Glory” Allgood was born in Queens, NY but raised in Brooklyn, the home to one of his musical influences, Jay-Z. Currently the Chief Operating Officer for Para Music Group, Glory got his break in the music industry by managing artists, producers, and songwriters. At the age of 17, he discovered the world-renowned artist and songwriter Stacy Barthe. Glory is also responsible for signing major artist Bianca Bonnie, known for being on the cast of “Love and Hip-Hop New York” and her hit single “Chicken Noodle Soup.” In addition to booking a plethora of performances, he was successful in securing her a role in the hit show “Marriage Boot Camp.”
Wow, was his career path always been music focused?
Determined for success, Glory has had over 13 years of experience as an Area Manager for AT&T and managed 25 locations throughout New York City. He is also the Founder of a venture called “Essential Men – Male Grooming House.” Located on Broadway in Brooklyn, the business focuses on hair cutting, facials, massages, pedicures and manicures for men. Last but not least, he is a partner in the company “Glow Beauty Skin,” a skincare line by Bianca Bonnie.
What’s his role in Para Music Group?
At Para Music Group, Glory oversees the entire operations for the company including artist discovery, product releases, and strategic partnerships. He also oversees the company’s recording studio, Para Music Studios based in Hoboken, New Jersey. His vision for the company is to create multiple opportunities and revenue streams outside of music for a roster of over 48 artists worldwide.
A fellow colleague had this to say about Maurice:
Glory is a natural born entrepreneur. I’ve always admired this about him. He is currently the owner of a new venture called “Essential Men – Male Grooming House.” located in Brooklyn, NY. The business focuses on hair cutting, facials, massages, pedicures and manicures for men. He started this venture in the middle of the pandemic and it has grown immensely in just a short period of time.
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A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.