Nick Gatfield Named Pres./A&R Labels At EMI
April 16, 2008 at 7:00 AM (PT)
EMI MUSIC has named NICK GATFIELD as Pres./A&R Labels, NORTH AMERICA and U.K. GATFIELD joins EMI from UNIVERSAL MUSIC, where he has been Pres./UNIVERSAL ISLAND RECORDS GROUP since 2001.
EMI Executive Chairman GUY HANDS said, "As well as developing some of today’s most popular artists and music around the world, NICK has also demonstrated his talents for embracing and delivering change. At UNIVERSAL ISLAND he has led a complete turnaround of the label, in both creative and financial terms, and built it into the most successful domestic repertoire label in the U.K. I am delighted that NICK is joining EMI and I believe the combination of NICK GATFIELD and DOUGLAS MERRILL working together will enable EMI to reposition itself in new music."
GATFIELD said, "A&R has always been at the heart of EMI and its labels, and the company has an incredibly strong track record in signing and developing some of the most innovative artists in the world. It is also a company that is leading the most ambitious transformation of the music industry. My goal is to nurture that culture of creativity and change, working in true partnership with the talented artists and A&R people at EMI. In addition I am extremely excited about EMI’s determination to embrace a new way of working with artists that recognises both the importance of the history of the labels, but also the importance of new technologies."