Sony/ATV has promoted Guy Moot to the newly created position of president, worldwide creative.
Moot’s expanded position comes in addition to his existing role of UK managing director and expands on his previous title of president, European creative. He will now oversee major creative deals for the publisher in the UK, Europe and North America, excluding Nashville, Miami and Latin America.
Speaking to Music Week, Moot said: “It sounds like a cliché but for me this really is a dream job. It allows me to pursue what I believe in and what we’ve been doing in Europe working across borders. This gives me the scope now to coordinate this worldwide, which is something I’m very passionate about. And it allows me to still remain operational, which is really important to me. It’s the ultimate blend of being creative and still operational, running the UK company.
“Since living in New York in the ‘90s I’ve always maintained a close working relationship with the US and am looking forward to spending even more time there," he continued. "For me this new role perfectly mirrors the industry in 2017 when many songwriters are traveling the world to collaborate with writers in other markets and a hit song can now emerge from absolutely anywhere. It means the modern A&R executive has to stay on top of a variety of markets and connect people from different territories.”
Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier commented on the promotion: “Guy Moot is someone I have had the pleasure of working with for many years and he stands out as one of the genuine A&R executive superstars of the worldwide music industry. His creative leadership for Sony/ATV in the U.K. and Europe has been exceptional and I am excited that he will now get a chance to fully utilise his creative talents in the US.”Moot has established himself as one of the most influential figures in the worldwide publishing market. Throughout his career he has signed some of the world’s biggest and most successful artists and songwriters, including Calvin Harris, Sia, Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Sean Paul, Gangstarr and Amy Winehouse. His Sony/ATV team have also worked with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Arcade Fire, Lana Del Rey, Clean Bandit, James Arthur and songwriting and production team Stargate, as well as entering into a deal with the duo’s JV Stellar Songs, whose roster includes Sam Smith, Emeli Sande and Charli XCX.
Furthermore, during his time at Sony/ATV he has launched the company’s Neighboring Rights division, which boasts a roster comprising Lady Gaga, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Mark Ronson, Nile Rodgers and Sting.