Kevin Gore is stepping up to the position of President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music at Warner Music Group.
The executive who currently holds this position, Tim Fraser-Harding, is leaving the company.
MBW has obtained excerpts from an internal memo sent by WMG CEO of Recorded Music Max Lousada today (September 11) announcing Gore’s promotion and paying tribute to Fraser-Harding’s work.
Fraser-Harding originally joined WMG in 2012 as Senior Vice President, Global Catalog Management, Recorded Music.
“Over the past five years, Tim has led our Catalog team with passion and integrity,” said Lousada in the memo.
“He’s helped champion our ‘always on’ approach to marketing our artists and their legacies, and spearheaded many successful projects, including major reissues from Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Phil Collins.”
Los Angeles-based Gore has been President of the Arts Music division since 2017 when it was launched by WMG as a home for releases across genres including classical, musical theatre, jazz, children’s music, film scores, and other fields ‘outside the pop mainstream’.
MBW understands that Gore’s work at Arts Music will continue alongside his Catalog responsibilities.
Prior to joining Arts Music, Gore had been President/COO of DMI Music & Media, a boutique marketing and digital music agency.
Gore’s career has also previously seen him serve as President & CEO of WMG’s Rhino Entertainment/Global Catalog Division as well as President of Universal Classics US.
Max Lousada said: “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.
Added Lousada: “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.
“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.”Music Business Worldwide