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EMI appoints new A&R VP

By | Published on Monday 6 December 2010

EMI US yesterday announced that Downtown Music co-founder Michael Howe will be joining the company as VP A&R of its Capitol & Virgin label group. It’s Howe’s second stint at EMI, having worked there for two years before setting up Downtown. Though presumably the company he’s returning to is rather different than the one he left, given the various rejigs and workforce culls in recent years.

Confirming the new appointment, Dan McCarroll, himself only appointed to the President role at Capitol/Virgin in October, told CMU: “I think that Michael is one of the most talented creative executives working in the industry today, with a real ability to work in partnership with artists to help them in achieving their goals. I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time, and I think he’s going to be a great asset for Capitol and Virgin as we move forward”.

Howe himself added: “I’ve known Dan for many years, and have always been impressed with the level of commitment he gives to the songwriters and artists that he works with. There’s a huge opportunity at Capitol and Virgin, and I’m excited to be able to return to EMI to play my part in the next stage of their history”.