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New Mute appointments

By | Published on Monday 20 May 2013


Talking of Mute, the current incarnation of the London-based music group (all of which, label included, is now independent of the major label system of course) has announced two new senior appointments.

Shirin Foroutan, most recently a senior legal advisor for the London 2012 ceremonies and previously a Legal Affairs Director for Live Nation, will become MD of the whole Mute group, which now encompasses a label, music publisher and management agency. Meanwhile Dick O’Dell, a long-term manager who has worked with the likes of Gang Of Four, William Orbit, Leftfield, Beth Orton and Bat For Lashes, has been brought in to lead the Mute Management business.

Confirming the appointments, Mute Founder Daniel Miller told CMU: “Shirin and Dick join Mute at a very important time in our development. After parting ways with EMI in 2010 and re-establishing our own independent record label, we have positioned ourselves for growth. We have strengthened the group’s leadership and are committing to expanding the services and support we are able to offer the artists, writers and producers represented across our label, publishing and management divisions”.

He added: “This is a very exciting time for us. With Goldfrapp and Erasure releases planned for 2013, plus remarkable talents such as Beth Jeans Houghton, Big Deal and Polly Scattergood continuing to develop, we are very well placed to take our next steps”.

Meanwhile Foroutan said: “It is a privilege to be joining the Mute team. Daniel Miller is a visionary whose commitment to nurturing artistic integrity, creativity and independence is unparalleled. The Mute team has always endeavoured to put artists, songwriters, producers and clients first. The team’s commitment is unwavering and the group’s longevity is proof of this. I’m thrilled to be joining a team with such rich history, and such a bright future”.

And O’Dell concluded: “Daniel and I have known each other for years and have always wanted to work together. The creation of Mute Management gives us the opportunity to combine my wealth of management experience with the Mute ethos to develop a benchmark management company”.