EMI Music UK Names McGoff SVP A&R
EMI Music Publishing UK, has appointed Kenny McGoff to head function as SVP, Head of A&R. He will report to EMI Publishing UK President Guy Moot and to be based in London. McGoff originally joined the company as A&R Manager in 2000, and has since signed UK songwriters including Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Feeling, the Fratellis, Kasabian, Paul Epworth, Reverend & The Makers, Scouting For Girls and The Zutons. – MORE AFTER THE JUMP.
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Having worked in a number
of record stores including HMV’s
London Oxford Street
flagship, McGoff began
his career in the music industry working within the national promotions team at
EMI Records. He joined EMI Music Publishing as 2000, and was promoted to Senior
Vice President of A&R in 2005. Other signings completed by McGoff at the
company include Bloc Party, Dirty Vegas, The Automatic, Eric Prydz, Audio Bullys
and Goldie Lookin’ Chain.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
Guy Moot commented: “Kenny
has a winning ethic, and a unique ability to nurture and develop songwriters.
That ability to connect with writers is reflected in a record of signings that
would be the envy of any A&R in the country. His passion and enthusiasm is
infectious, and I’m sure that these qualities will enable him to be a real
success in his new role.
Kenny McGoff said: “It’s a
privilege to be given this role by Guy, and to be able to lead what I genuinely
believe to be the best A&R team in the
team has never been about title or power, but instead just using each others
strengths to remain one step ahead of the game. The team now is stronger than
ever, and we’re going to keep signing and developing the best songwriting talent
in the world.”
Reverend and The Makers
frontman Jon McClure said: “In a business where the majority have fins where
their backs should be, Kenny is a soldier who speaks our language and not that
of the boardroom. Top man, well deserved Ken.”
Tom Clarke from The Enemy
commented: “Kenny is a dying breed, as he cares about music, is passionate about
his bands, fights to the death and overall is a jewel in the crown at EMI Music
Publishing. We would stick with him now and the future as he believed in us when
no one else did.”
Epworth said: “Kenny is the music man’s music man. His knowledge of music in all
genres combined with his wit, integrity and loyalty have been a blessing for me
since even prior to my time with EMI. I am lucky to have him as an ally and a
copyrights include some of the best-known songs ever written, such as “New York
New York”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “The James Bond Theme”, “Lady Marmalade”,
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Always On My Mind”, “Over The Rainbow”, “I
Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ In the Rain”. Its current
hit-making writers and producers include Arctic Monkeys, Natasha Bedingfield,
James Blunt, Cathy Dennis, Duffy, Gorillaz, Calvin Harris, My Chemical Romance
and Mark Ronson.