Ulf Zick, the Director of Spotify’s Artist and Management team in Berlin, is joining Universal Music Group.
Zick has been appointed Managing Director, International for Universal Music Germany, effective March 1, 2018.
The exec has spent the past five years at Spotify within its Artist & Label Services division.
At Universal, he will continue to be based in Berlin and report to Frank Briegmann, Universal’s President & CEO of Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon.
Zick’s new role will see him oversee strategic development and marketing for Universal Music Group’s international talent roster within Germany.
He takes over responsibilities from Dirk Baur, who started a new role as President, Marketing Labs division within Universal Music Germany last month.
“Ulf has great experience within the global music business, and understands the digital transformation towards streaming that the German music market is now experiencing, both from a business, artist and partner perspective.”
Frank Briegmann, UMG
Briegmann said, “I am delighted to welcome Ulf to the team. He has great experience within the global music business, and understands the digital transformation towards streaming that the German music market is now experiencing, both from a business, artist and partner perspective.
“He has the credibility, know-how, passion and vision to optimally position our incredible roster of UMG international artists to German music fans and I wish him and his team all the best and lots of future success!”
Ulf Zick said, “I would like to thank Frank Briegmann for putting his trust in me. Universal Music has an incredible roster of fantastic artists from all over the world, and I am looking forward to ensuring that they reach their maximum impact across all communication and distribution channels. I’m a massive music fan, and this is exactly the spirit that I want to bring across!”
Prior to Spotify, Zick worked for Gibson Guitar Corp as Director, Entertainment Relations and served as an Executive Consultant for Apogee Electronics in Santa Monica.
In addition, Zick is an experienced artist manager, with prior music industry experience running his own record label, PR and booking agencies.
Earlier this month, Spotify merged its Artist & Label Services and Artist Marketing teams in the US.
The newly-unified division now comes under the banner of Artist & Label Marketing, headed up by Dave Rocco.
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