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Warner appoints global A&R chief

By | Published on Tuesday 24 July 2012

Warner Music

Warner Music yesterday announced it had promoted A&R man Mike Caren to the role of President, Worldwide A&R.

Reporting directly to the major’s CEO Lyor Cohen, Caren will have an overseer role over A&R activity at all of the company’s label divisions around the world, as well as launching a new company via the Atlantic unit called Artist Partners, offering “creative services to entrepreneurial talent”. It sounds like he’s going to be busy.

Confirming the new appointment, Cohen told CMU: “Mike is an outstanding A&R executive. His unwavering commitment to extraordinary music has resulted in the discovery of many visionary artists, and the achievement of their true potential. He will now bring his rare mix of musical ability, creative instinct and entrepreneurial drive to WMG’s company-wide focus on artist development”.

Caren himself added: “During the past twenty years I have been involved in every aspect of the creative process. I’ve learned how important A&R can be in all stages of an artistic career, and I’m delighted to work at a company where that commitment to artists is at the center of everything we do”.

“Lyor Cohen and the leadership across Atlantic and Warner Bros are providing an incredible environment that enables our artists and label teams to play to their strengths. I am excited to be collaborating with them as we develop the latest generation of A&R talent and nurture tomorrow’s global superstars. My goal, with both WMG and Artist Partners, is to help artists realise their entire vision, be it creative, marketing or entrepreneurial”.