Sony/ATV bolsters EU A&R team, adding Michèle Hamelink

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has added strength to its pan-European A&R team with the addition of Michèle Hamelink as European A&R Scout.

Hamelink (pictured) has worked at Sony/ATV’s Benelux office in Amsterdam since April 2012.

Alongside her new European role, she has simultaneously been promoted to Creative Manager in the Benelux office.

Sony/ATV’s European A&R operation is headed by Guy Moot, Sony/ATV UK Managing Director and President, European Creative.

The team also comprises London-based Joint Head of UK A&R and VP International A&R David Ventura, A&R Europe SVP and Deputy Managing Director Scandinavia Johnny Tennander and European Head of Songpitching Lasse Ewald, both of whom work out of Stockholm, and Berlin-based Senior Manager A&R/European Creative Max Paproth.

Moot said: “I am excited that in Michèle we have once again been able to promote within and add another great talent to our ever-expanding pan-European A&R team.

“Sony/ATV is the only company that has this kind of set-up in which we work alongside our local MDs to deliver international opportunities to our songwriters from across Europe. The results show just how well this approach is working.”

David Ventura said: “Michèle totally understands the new A&R game with all its challenges. She has always shown an international vision, approach and ear.

“It is a real chance and pleasure for all of us to welcome her into the European team. Welcome Michèle!”

Johnny Tennander said: “Michèle is very alert and has great taste in music. She represents a new generation of modern A&Rs and she will strengthen our European A&R team even further.”

Hamelink began her music industry career as an intern at EMI in 2010, while graduated with a Bachelor of Entertainment Management in 2012 after writing a thesis entitled “The role of music publishers in a shifting environment of ownership versus access of music”.

As part of her thesis she interviewed Sony/ATV Benelux Managing Director Niels Walboomers, which led to a job at the company where she started as PA for MD/Creative Assistant, then became Junior Creative.

Artists and songwriters she signed and works closely with include Ganz, Kav Verhouzer and Weval.

Niels Walboomers said: “During the years that Michèle has been with our company she has developed into a skilful member of our A&R team. I am really happy to promote her to Creative Manager in Benelux where she will continue to report to me and Senior Creative Manager Suzanne van den Dool. I am confident that she will excel as a scout in our pan-European team.”

Michèle Hamelink said: “It’s truly an honour to be given this new role and I’m thankful for the confidence Guy Moot and the European team have in me. I am very excited to be working closely with the European team, learning from the best and making big things happen together.”Music Business Worldwide

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