Pete Simmons to head A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group in the UK

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced the promotion of Pete Simmons to head of A&R, UK. He will report to the Managing Director, Mike McCormack.

Simmons is the major label’s third new high-level A&R appointment in recent weeks, following news that Jennifer Knoepfle becomes evp, co-head of US A&R and David Gray, co-head of US A&R, will also assume duties as UMPG’s Global Creative Group. (The Global Creative Group has been described as a new initiative by the publisher to identify and expand global creative opportunities for its signatories).

Simmons has been with the company since 2014, when he joined as an A&R scout. Since then, the young A&R has helped sign and develop top talent such as Rex Orange County, Tom Misch, Thundercat, Four Tet, Bicep, Maisie Peters and more.

Pete Simmons


McCormack says of the promotion that Pete “thoroughly deserves this promotion. He has always been an excellent and popular member of the A&R team. Although he is one of the youngest A&Rs in a major company, he has shown maturity and confidence well beyond his years. His promotion to lead our UK A&R team into the future will give us a fresh energy and perspective, keeping the signing and development of extraordinary new songwriting talent at the heart of what we do.”

Jody GersonChairman and CEO, UMPG says, “I am excited for Pete. He is one of the best A&Rs in the business, has impeccable taste in music and a great way with artists. I look forward to watching him grow as leader at UMPG as we build on UMPG’s industry-first, global strategy to nurture and support the next generation of songwriting talent across all territories, this promotion is well-deserved and further solidifies UMPG as home to some of the most talented and dynamic young leaders in the industry .”

Simmons adds, “Since joining UMPG in 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to sign and work with all of my favorite artists, songwriters and managers, along with the incredible team I’ve had the pleasure of working with since the beginning .Thanks to Mike and Jody for believing in me and to all the wonderful artists I can call my friends who trust me with their songs.I am very humbled to have a shot at this and very excited to see where we take it in the future.”

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