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

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Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted Pete Simmons to Head of A&R, UK, effective immediately.

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

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

UMPG claim that Simmons has since “become one of the most respected young talents in the industry in the UK”.

Simmons previously held the positions of A&R Manager and A&R Director for the past few years.

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

Simmons has been nominated twice 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 in London.

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

Mike McCormack, UMPG UK

McCormack said: “Pete is very deserving of this promotion. He has always been an outstanding and popular member of the A&R team. Although he is one of the youngest A&Rs at 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 new energy and perspective and keep the signing and development of exceptional new songwriting talent at the heart of what we do.”

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

Jody Gerson, UMPG

Jody Gerson, CEO of UMPG, said, “I’m thrilled for Pete. He’s one of the best A&R’s in the business, has impeccable musical taste and a fantastic way with artists.

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

“This promotion is well deserved and further strengthens UMPG as a home to some of the most talented and dynamic young executives in the industry.”

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

Pete Simmons

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

“Thank you to Mike and Jody for your confidence in me, and to all the wonderful artists that I can call my friends, who trust me with their songs. I am very honored to have had a chance to try my luck and very excited to see where we will take it in the future.

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