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UMG cuts US staff members following EMI merger

Rhian Jones
Universal/EMI

[Update] Sources close to Universal Music Group have clarified that the number of employees affected by cuts in the US is closer to 40 [Update ends]

Universal Music Group has reportedly let go of nearly 60 staff members as it consolidates its music distribution companies and its Nashville country music labels following the EMI merger.

According to Billboard, nearly 50 people from distribution were let go and almost 10 from Nashville – the majority of which were with EMI.

As part of the move, several EMI distribution staffers were offered different assignments with the Universal Music Group Distribution – including senior VP of sales John Nicholas a senior catalogue position and Joan Kane label liaison for Capitol.

Sources said Dominic Pandiscia, who had headed up EMI's distribution company, will become head of sales for Capitol Records.

A UMG statement said: "Following our acquisition of EMI Recorded Music, UMG will be expanding key creative areas as part of our ongoing integration. While this restructuring will unfortunately result in some redundancies, it is essential to UMG becoming an even more agile and efficient company, not just for this year or the next, but for years to come,

"Our goal is to maximise the resources available for reinvestment in our labels so they can do what they do best: develop and promote artists, increase the output of new music and expand opportunities for digital innovation."

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Tags: Universal/EMI, EMI Music, personnel, Universal Music Group

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