Universal Music Classics Reboots with New Label Name & Appointments
October 30, 2013
Elizabeth Sobol, newly appointed President & CEO of Universal Music Classics, is spearheading the division's revitalized commitment to music rooted in the classical tradition, while also encompassing a variety of genres including contemporary, jazz, and world music. Formerly known as Decca Label Group, the new Universal Music Classics (UMC) aims to "re-imagine classics" with a new focus on U.S. based A&R signings, while remaining the American home of the prestigious Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics and Panorama imprints, and continuing its long-standing relationship with the esteemed ECM label.
The division's new strategies are highlighted by recent key staff appointments by Sobol, who was named President & CEO of the division earlier this year. Sobol's first two notable executive appointments are Leslie Collman-Smith, who recently joined UMC as Senior Vice President of Marketing, and Collin Rae, who has joined as Vice President of Digital Sales and Marketing. Furthermore, with an emphasis on cultivating new artists for UMC, Sobol's first signing is the Curtis Institute-trained Time For Three, who will be recording their UMC debut later this year with special guest Joshua Radin.
Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, comments, "Elizabeth has brought a new and exciting creative vision to Universal Music Classics. The new team are lining up a series of brilliant new releases by American based artists. UMC will be the label to watch."
Sobol added, "I am delighted to be welcoming Leslie and Collin to UMC. Both have the passion and creativity that is so necessary as Universal Music Classics enters a new phase. Despite certain challenges in the industry, we believe that the state of actual music-making in America has never been more fresh or more vital. Embarking upon new initiatives, we are relishing our reinvigorated role as artistic partners and change agents in the field."