New West Records GM Ruthig Exits

Michael Ruthig

Michael Ruthig

New West Records General Manager Michael Ruthig has exited the label in order to begin Ruthig Consulting.

“My family and I decided to stay in LA now that the heart of New West will now be in Nashville,” Ruthig tells MusicRow. “I’m grateful to George Fontaine, Sr. for all of his support. I’m setting up a consulting business and will be working with artists and labels.”Ruthig’s last day was Friday (Sept. 25).Ruthig was named to the GM role in 2011. His previous career stops include EMI, Clear Channel, and Live Nation.New West Records has released projects by artists including Corb Lund, Ben Folds, Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, and many more.
 New West President John Allen has assumed the responsibilities of GM.


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