Kobalt's AWAL Hires Pete Giberga as Head of A&R, North America


AWAL, the recording company of Kobalt publishing, has hired Pete Giberga as its head of A&R, North America, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 8).

"As we continue to invest heavily in our artist marketing, digital accounts, radio and sync departments, we’ve also been working to establish a strong foundation for A&R in North America. Pete is a seasoned A&R executive and the perfect person to help further build AWAL’s A&R team to ensure we provide the best creative support to our clients," said AWAL CEO Lonny Olinick in a statement. "His experience across independent and major labels will help us in redefining what an A&R department should look like for today’s industry. He will also work closely with the Kobalt publishing team to take advantage of the amazing access we have to the world’s leading writers and producers."

Based in Kobalt’s New York office, Giberga will develop opportunities for AWAL’s current roster of artists, labels and catalogs while also helping sign and nurture new talent.  

"I couldn’t be more excited about joining AWAL," said Giberga. "What they are building is a novel concept for our evolving record business, and I believe one that will be the blueprint for the next chapter of our industry. I look forward to joining Lonny, Ron and the entire global team to help achieve the mission they have been paving the way for these last few years."

Added AWAL President, North America Ron Cerrito, "Pete exemplifies the future of A&R -- everything from his deep experience in the traditional model to his ability to build a roster from scratch in the current consumption age. He will lead our team in North America to find the best artists, and be a resource for creative support across our existing roster. Pete not only has a track record of finding true talent, and managing a team, but also has the marketing experience to help artists identify the optimal lane to their fanbase. We are proud to add an executive of Pete’s caliber to our experienced team."

Giberga joins AWAL from 300 Entertainment, where he served as executive vp and head of A&R for six years. He was previously head of A&R for Epic Records during a portion of his years-long tenure at Sony Music. Earlier in his career, he worked as a concert promoter and booking agent and at the independent record label Time Bomb Recordings.

AWAL’s current roster includes Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lauv, Little Simz, Tom Misch, The Wombats and Glassnote Records.


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