Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), has appointed Jennifer Knoepfle as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of US A&R, effective immediately.

Based in Los Angeles, Knoepfle will report to Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO.

In her role as EVP & Co-Head of US A&R, UMPG says Knoepfle will work closely with UMPG’s Co-Head of US A&R, EVP and Head of Global Creative Group David Gray and team.

UMPG says that Knoepfle will work with UMPG’s songwriters, artists, and producers, “co-lead the A&R team in identifying, signing, and developing early rising talent and support legacy talent by providing opportunities to strengthen their careers”.

Described by UMPG as “one of the industry’s most successful publishing execs”, Knoepfle joins UMPG from Sony Music Publishing, where she has worked since 2009, most recently serving as SVP, Creative.

During her tenure, Knoepfle was responsible for signing and developing songwriters in the US including Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner, Dan Nigro, Ariel Rechtshaid, Bloodpop, Joel Little and artists including WILLOW, Tate McRae, King Princess, Remi Wolf, Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, Wallows, Salem Ilese, Noah Kahan and Lord Huron in recent years.

Other notable songwriters that Knoepfle has signed and worked with throughout her career include Grimes, Foster The People, Mikky Ekko and Sam Dew.

She previously served as Senior Director of membership at ASCAP between 2005-2009, where she brought a number of prominent acclaimed songwriters to the organization, including The Killers and Greg Kurstin.

“She is certainly one of the most gifted and accomplished A&R executives in the industry, and one that understands the qualities required to make a great songwriter, and possesses the instinct of how best to nurture, shape and strengthen that craft.”

Jody Gerson, UMPG

Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, said: “I am delighted to be reunited with Jennifer and am thrilled she is joining us at UMPG.

“She is certainly one of the most gifted and accomplished A&R executives in the industry, and one that understands the qualities required to make a great songwriter, and possesses the instinct of how best to nurture, shape and strengthen that craft.

“She joins UMPG to lead our A&R team with David Gray, at a truly exciting time, as we further build on UMPG’s global creative strategy, which sets us apart from the industry – Nurturing next generation talent across all territories, supporting music’s biggest superstars, and reinforcing the legacies of songwriting icons.”

“I am excited and grateful to be reunited with Jody Gerson at UMPG, who played an integral role in my development and has served as a mentor since bringing me to Sony in 2009.”

Jennifer Knoepfle

Knoepfle added: “I am excited and grateful to be reunited with Jody Gerson at UMPG, who played an integral role in my development and has served as a mentor since bringing me to Sony in 2009.

“We are both aligned in our belief in identifying and helping to shape tomorrow’s great talents. I look forward to working with the entire U.S. A&R team to deliver creative success for our writers and artists in the future.”Music Business Worldwide

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