AWAL has announced the promotion of Matt Riley to the position of VP, A&R.
Riley, who previously served as director or creative, will be based in Kobalt’s London office and will oversee AWAL’s UK A&R team.
In his former role, Riley signed a number of notable independent artists to AWAL including Tom Misch, Bruno Major, The Wombats, Vérité, Joe Hertz, The Night Cafe, and Neneh Cherry.
Riley and his team are responsible for the selection of artists and labels applying to partner with AWAL, while identifying and developing emerging acts. The team also sign artists to label services deals with AWAL Recordings and support new acts with AWAL in the US.
Matt has been instrumental in the stellar growth of the AWAL business
Paul Hitchman, AWAL
AWAL president Paul Hitchman said: “Matt has been instrumental in creating the stellar growth of the AWAL business and fully deserves his promotion to VP, A&R, which recognises his achievements to date within the global AWAL team. Matt has brought some of the most exciting new talents in the world today to AWAL and in his new role he will be able to drive further success for these and future signings."
Alison Donald, Kobalt’s head of creative, UK, added: “I’m delighted for Matt and his well-deserved promotion. He combines all the essential qualities needed for an A&R executive of today and the future – good ears, great instinct and a deep understanding of analytics and marketing. I’m extremely confident that he will continue to source and develop the finest talent out there and help us build on AWAL’s reputation as the first and best home for new artists.”