Riley will be based in Kobalt’s London office and will oversee AWAL’s UK A&R team.
Previously Director of Creative at AWAL, Riley signed a number of notable independent artists to the company including Tom Misch, Bruno Major, The Wombats, VÉRITÉ, Joe Hertz, The Night Cafe, and Neneh Cherry.
He was recently nominated for an A&R Award at this year’s London-based event, which takes place on November 6.
Riley and his team work with artists across the full range of AWAL’s services, including both established acts and breaking new artists.
The team is responsible for overseeing the selection of artists and labels applying to join AWAL, while also identifying and developing emerging artists.
The UK A&R team also sign artists to label services deals with AWAL Recordings, while working closely with their counterparts in the US and internationally to support the global development of artists.
“Matt has been instrumental in creating the stellar growth of the AWAL business.”
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.”Music Business Worldwide