Pete Simmons promoted to Head of A&R UK at Universal Music Publishing Group

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Universal Music Group [2,831 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/universal-music-group/”>Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted Pete Simmons to Head of A&R, UK, effective immediately.

Based in London, he will continue reporting to Mike McCormack, Managing Director of UMPG UK.

Simmons joined UMPG as an A&R scout in 2014.

UMPG says that Simmons has since “become one of the UK’s most respected young industry talents”.

Simmons has previously held the positions of A&R Manager, and A&R Director in recent years.

He serves as A&R for UMPG talent including Bicep, Four Tet, Maisie Peters, Griff, girl in red, Rex Orange County, Tom Misch and Thundercat.

Simmons has twice been nominated for Dance & Electronic A&R at the A&R Awards (in 2019 and 2021), the annual UK-focused awards ceremony presented by Music Business Worldwide [207 articles]” href=”https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/companies/music-business-worldwide-2/”>Music Business Worldwide in London.

“Even though he’s one of the youngest A&Rs at a major company, he’s shown maturity and confidence way beyond his years.”

Mike McCormack, UMPG UK

McCormack said: “Pete thoroughly deserves this promotion. He’s always been an outstanding and popular member of the A&R team. Even though he’s one of the youngest A&Rs at a major company, he’s shown maturity and confidence way beyond his years.

“His promotion to lead our UK A&R team into the future will give us a fresh energy and perspective and keep the signing and development of exceptional new songwriting talent at the core of what we do.”

“I look forward to watching him grow as a leader at UMPG, as we build on UMPG’s industry first, global strategy to nurture and support next generation songwriting talent across all territories.”

Jody Gerson, UMPG

Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO, UMPG, said: “I am thrilled for Pete. He is one of the best A&Rs in the business, has impeccable taste in music and a fantastic way with artists.

“I look forward to watching him grow as a leader at UMPG, as we build on UMPG’s industry first, global strategy to nurture and support next generation songwriting talent across all territories.

“This promotion is well deserved, and further reinforces UMPG as home to some of the most talented and dynamic young executives in the business.”

“Since joining UMPG in 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to sign and work with all of my favourite artists, songwriters and managers, and alongside the incredible team I’ve had the pleasure of working with, since the start.”

Pete Simmons

Simmons said: “Since joining UMPG in 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to sign and work with all of my favourite artists, songwriters and managers, and alongside the incredible team I’ve had the pleasure of working with, since the start.

“Thank you to Mike and Jody for your faith in me, and to all the wonderful artists I get to call my friends, who trust me with their songs. I’m very humbled to be given a shot at this, and very excited to see where we take it in the future.”

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