Industry veteran John Saunderson has exited Notting Hill Music, where he served as head of A&R for the past 15 years.
Saunderson has moved a few yards across the road to Ostereo’s brand new London office at Tileyard. The music company is based in Manchester.
He takes on the new role of head of publishing and management at Ostereo.
"I'm thrilled to take on this new challenge at Ostereo, and working with founder Howard Murphy,” said Saunderson. “Ostereo is one of the most dynamic and forward thinking new labels in the UK, and it’s thrilling to be able to help them develop their exciting roster. I'm still based at Tileyard and I'm looking forward to building up an incredible roster of singer/songwriters, artists and DJs.”
“It gives me huge pleasure to welcome John onboard,” said Ostereo founder Howard Murphy. “As we continue to invest in new and established talent alike, his invaluable experience throughout publishing and management is a fantastic addition to Ostereo.”
Saunderson was previously at DMC (Disco Mix Club) as promotions manager, going on to become general manager some years later. In his role at DMC, he was involved in the early days of Mixmag, the DMC Record Label, management and the DMC/Technics World DJ Championships.
Saunderson was later headhunted to work for independent music publisher Notting Hill Music.
He was responsible for over 120 writers worldwide and a 30,000-song catalogue, as well as organising songwriting camps all over the world, including UK, Nashville, LA, Norway, Denmark, Berlin, Amsterdam and Kingston, Jamaica.
“I will always be grateful to Dave Loader and Andy McQueen for the love and support over the last 15 years,” he said. “Especially during my life-threatening illness last year. I sincerely hope we can continue to work together on various projects.”
His biggest signing to Notting Hill Music was Dizzee Rascal. The catalogue includes hits recorded by Will Smith, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Paul Weller.
"I am never happier than when I'm mentoring and advising up and coming singer/songwriters,” said Saunderson. “It makes me incredibly proud to see writers grow in stature and craft their skills to become successful in their chosen field."