Downtown appoints Andrew Gould as SVP and Head of A&R, North America

Downtown Music Publishing has appointed Andrew Gould from BMG as Senior Vice President and Head of A&R, North America.

In addition, Corey Roberts (pictured, right) has been named Vice President of A&R Research at the publisher’s New York office.

In his new role based in Los Angeles, Gould (pictured, left) will oversee the company’s A&R, writer relations, and creative development operations in North America, reporting to Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz.

Since 2012, Gould has served as Co-Head of A&R at BMG, providing creative and organizational leadership, and working on the careers of Jon Bellion, Bebe Rexha, Jason Evigan, Max Frost, Lewis Capaldi, and multi Grammy nominee Andra Day.

His recent success stories include placing The Monsters & Strangerz’ co-written multi-format single “The Middle” with Zedd, Grey and Maren Morris, and signing Calum Scott, whose debut album went to Number One on the iTunes album chart across 19 countries.

With over 17 years of experience in the music industry, Gould started his career at Epic Records, where he assisted the making of Sony’s priority pop acts.

After that, he moved to EMI Music Publishing, where he was an early champion of Sia and worked closely with hit-makers Savan Kotecha, Jim Jonsin, and Toby Gad.

Reporting to Gould, Roberts will be responsible for the discovery and study of the analytics behind artists and songs, both new and old, in order to identify potential new opportunities for Downtown.

Before joining Downtown, he led A&R Research at SONGS Publishing, where he was part of the team who discovered and signed Lorde and Desiigner.

Prior to SONGS, Roberts helped shape A&R research at UMPG, Motown Records, and Epic Records.

“Modern songwriters need partners in both thought and action — partners who can support them in their mission to bring the best possible songs into the world,” said Kalifowitz.

“In Andrew, we have found a strong advocate for the global songwriting community. One who recognizes that song copyrights are not units of currency, but rather the building blocks of popular culture.

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“In Andrew, we have found a strong advocate for the global songwriting community. One who recognizes that song copyrights are not units of currency, but rather the building blocks of popular culture.

“As we continue to increase our investment in the next generation of songs and songwriters, we are excited to have a proven leader like Andrew mentoring our team and supporting our clients alike.”

Gould said: “The best songwriters possess the rare gifts of heightened observation and awareness in order to create art that matters. Downtown approaches the publishing space in the same way.

“The best songwriters possess the rare gifts of heightened observation and awareness in order to create art that matters. Downtown approaches the publishing space in the same way.”

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“Justin and his team have a completely fresh perspective on what a great publishing company looks like today and in the future, both in terms of supporting the creative process and staying at the forefront of innovation.

“I am thrilled to step into this role at this exciting time in music, and work alongside Corey and the talented A&R team in LA.”

Gould’s West Coast team will include Taeko Saito, Vice President, International A&R; Dylan Silbermann, Senior Manager of A&R, and Jacqueline Burnham, A&R Coordinator.

He is the second senior executive to join Downtown in Los Angeles this month as the company continues bolstering its staff on the West Coast.

Last week the company announced that industry veteran Bruce Lampcov has joined to helm its West Coast Business Development team.Music Business Worldwide

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