Warner Music Group has promoted file trade veteran Kevin Gore to president, international catalog, recorded music. He replaces Tim Fraser-Harding, who’s leaving the corporate. Gore had been president of the label’s Arts Music division, which launched in June 2017 with him on the helm.
The information comes lower than two months after Gore’s Arts Music acquired First Evening Data, one of many U.K.’s main labels specializing in West Finish and Broadway musical theater forged recordings.
Gore’s appointment was introduced Wednesday in a memo to employees from Max Lousada, CEO of recorded music, who famous “Kevin’s most recent successes tell you a lot about why he was chosen for this important role. Just two years ago, he launched Arts Music, building a dynamic new division from the ground up. He’s done it through organic A&R, inventive label partnerships, and the impressive acquisition of First Night Records.”
The NYC-based Gore is aware of fairly a bit about catalog music, having spent 12 years at WMG’s reissue specialist Rhino Leisure. He joined Rhino in 2002 as government vp, gross sales and advertising and was promoted to evp/basic supervisor in 2006. In 2010, Warners elevated Gore to president and CEO of the influential division. He left in 2014 for a three-year stint as president and chief working officer of DMI Music & Media Options, a advertising agency based by Tena Clark.
Previous to Rhino, Gore labored for 4 years as president of UMG’s Common Classics Group. He spent many of the 1990s as a vp of jazz promotion at Columbia Data.
“It’s that mix of ambitious entrepreneurialism and creative expertise that makes Kevin the ideal exec to pioneer new opportunities for our stars and legends,” Lousada added in his memo, which was shared with Billboard. “He understands how to curate and contextualize music so it cuts through the noise, no matter its genre or history. And, he already has strong relationships with many of our legendary artists and their teams, having previously led our catalog business into the streaming age.”
Gore will proceed to steer WMG’s Arts Music, specializing in signing, growing and advertising releases throughout classical, musical theatre, jazz, youngsters’s music and movie scores.
Fraser-Harding departs after seven years at WMG, 5 of these as head of the catalog staff. Previous to that the London-based exec spent greater than 16 years at Sony Music in numerous catalog-centric roles.
“Over the past five years, Tim has led our Catalog team with passion and integrity,” remarked Lousada. “He’s helped champion our ‘always on’ method to advertising our artists and their legacies, and spearheaded many profitable tasks, together with main reissues from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Phil Collins.”