Felix Howard has been appointed head of A&R and SVP of European Creative for EMI Music Publishing in the U.K., effective immediately.
Based in London, Howard will report to EMI Music Publishing U.K. president and president of European Creative, Guy Moot. The two will work together to drive creative strategy.
Howard was formerly VP of A&R at the company in the U.K. He signed Calvin Harris, Sam Sparro, Beverley Knight and recent U.K. chart-topper Tinchy Stryder, amongst others. As an established songwriter himself, has written songs for artists such as Amy Winehouse, Sugababes and Sia.
“Felix has the background in music and songs that give him an ability to connect equally with people making music, and with those who work within the industry created around those people,” said Moot in a statement. “His track record speaks for itself, and I know that his passion and commitment will help us to stay on top of our creative game.”
Alongside his A&R duties, Howard is responsible for RAY, a contemporary music label backed by EMI Music Publishing’s production music library KPM Music House.
Howard added: “The best A&R departments are the ones that operate as a team, and I’m lucky that I get to work with a group who can operate across all genres, and who really love the most important things – the writers and the songs.”
In related news, Jonathan Smith has been announced as the interim GM at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, succeeding Dave Holley.
It marks a return to the major for Smith, who held a number of roles at EMI between 1987 and 2004 including VP of finance and planning for EMI in North America and regional SVP for EMI Music Latin America in Miami. Most recently, he was CFO of Sanctuary Records Group.
“I’m delighted that Jonathan is returning to EMI to run Abbey Road,” said EMI Music COO, Europe and Rest of World, David Kassler. “With over 20 years’ experience in the music industry and his excellent management and operational skills, he will be a very strong addition to our team as we develop our Abbey Road business.”