Taylor Testa has been promoted to Vice President, A&R, at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
Based in Santa Monica, she will continue reporting to David Gray and Walter Jones, Co-Heads of A&R.
Testa works closely with many of UMPG’s writers and artists, including Zedd, Kid Harpoon, Kenny Beats, Matt Maeson, Chelsea Cutler, Royal & the Serpent, Skylar Grey, Zhu, Simon Wilcox, Madeon, Jimmy Napes, Gryffin, and more.
Previously at UMPG, Testa worked as Director of A&R.
Testa is also Songwriting Co-Chair and Los Angeles Chapter Head for She Is The Music (SITM), where she leads all-women writing camps.
Over the past year, she has worked on SITM initiatives such as ‘Girls Around the World’ international virtual camp and SITM’s first UK camp – ‘Next Up Producer’ – alongside FRED and Kamille to mentor women producers.
Before joining UMPG, Testa worked in A&R roles at Virgin Records, Sony/ATV and Epic Records.
She is also a member of the Future Hope Core Committee for City of Hope.
Testa’s new role follows the recent promotion of Natasha Baldwin to Executive Vice President, Classics and Screen.
UMPG also announced an exclusive, global publishing agreement with Lionel Richie on November 4.
“It has been rewarding to watch Taylor’s growth as an executive.”
David Gray and Walter Jones
David Gray and Walter Jones jointly, said: “It has been rewarding to watch Taylor’s growth as an executive.
“Her passionate belief in and dedication to our artists and writers, as well as her commitment to mentoring our up-and-coming A&R executives make Taylor an integral member of the UMPG A&R team.”
“It’s been an honor contributing to the growth of this incredible company.”
Testa said: “It’s been an honor contributing to the growth of this incredible company that always puts songwriters first.
“Thank you to Jody Gerson, David and Walter for their support, and I am grateful to work with such talented songwriters who trust me with their art.
“I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter.”Music Business Worldwide