Concord Music Appoints Global A&R Team

Following a previous announcement of a consolidated Concord Music Publishing business, the executive team has now appointed the company’s global A&R team, led by Exec. VP of Worldwide Creative in London, Kim Frakiewicz. Concord Music’s integrated publishing team will have representatives around the world.

Based in Concord Music’s new Nashville offices, Brad Kennard will serve as Vice President of Creative and will report to Km Frankiewicz. Before transitioning to the integrated Concord team, Kennard served as Vice President of A&R at Razor & Tie Music Publishing in Nashville, which is now wholly owned by Concord Music. RTMP has been home to a hit producing catalog including chart-toppers “God Gave Me You” (penned by Dave Barnes), “Alone with You” (penned by Catt Gravitt), and more. Prior to Razor & Tie, Kennard spent two years as VP of A&R at Big Yellow Dog Music. Jen Duke, Creative Manager, will report to Kennard.

Frankiewicz’s staff in the UK includes Harri Davies and Ed Poston, Senior Creative; Olly Manhi, Creative Manager, and in Berlin, Leo Chantzaras, Senior International Creative.

Jeremy Yohai will work out of Concord Music’s New York office as Head of Creative (US), reporting to Frankiewicz. Prior to joining Concord, Yohai was the VP of Global A&R at Downtown Music Publishing where he oversaw the worldwide A&R staff, new artist signings, and the Downtown roster which included Andrew Wyatt/Miike Snow, Santigold, and pop writers/producers Rock Mafia, Shea Taylor, and Sacha Skarbek, among others. Before joining Downtown, Yohai worked in Creative Services at ASCAP.

Reporting to Yohai will be Michelle Fantus, Senior Creative Director (NY), and Grace Adeyemo, Creative Manager (LA). Yohai and Frankiewicz will co-manage Creative Consultant Anna Carpenter (NY).

Working from the Concord Music offices in Beverly Hills and reporting to Frankiewicz, Tom DeSavia has been brought onto the team as Senior Vice President of Artist Relations and Creative. DeSavia’s most recent position was as Head of Creative Services and A&R for indie publisher SONGS Music Publishing, where he oversaw all artist relations for the company, as well as A&R for a large stable of the publisher’s roster. Prior to joining SONGS, DeSavia worked at Notable Music and ASCAP.

Michael Pizzuto works from Concord Music’s Beverly Hills office where he has a hybrid role as Senior Vice President of Creative and Synchronization, reporting to Frankiewicz in his A&R capacity. Among his eclectic range of signings are alternative and pop artists and writers Marilyn Manson, Tyler Bates, Ben Cooper (Radical Face), Tim Delaughter (Polyphonic Spree), among others. Michael started at Bicycle Music in 2008. Prior to that, Michael had a similar role as Creative Director of A&R and Synchronization at Stage Three Music.

Frankiewicz began her career in music management in her native Australia where she worked with INXS and The Models at MMA Management. Within a few years she had been promoted to Managing Director of their publishing division, MMA Music Publishing. In 1997, Kim moved to New York where she took up the position of VP of International at Universal Music Publishing, transferring to the London office in 2000. In 2012 she joined Imagem as Managing Director for Imagem Music UK, signing and resigning artists and writers including Daft Punk, Kaiser Chiefs, Mark Ronson, Cathy Dennis, and Justin Parker as well as being instrumental in administration deals such as with Pink Floyd Music Publishing.

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