Former Head of LSO Live Joins Global Music Leader

LONDON, November 14, 2012 – Chaz Jenkins, former Head of LSO Live, has joined Universal Music Group International (UMGI) in a newly created role, Vice President, International Marketing, Core Classical.  The appointment was announced today by Kate Farmer, Senior Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI, to whom he reports.

Universal Music Group is the global music leader.  UMGI is the division which manages its businesses in more than 50 countries outside the United States.

In his new, London-based role, Jenkins will be responsible for the international marketing and promotion of all frontline releases from core classical artists signed to Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Classics and Mercury Classics.  Key priorities include rising stars such as Miloš and Nicola Benedetti, alongside established superstars Cecilia Bartoli, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazón and Daniel Barenboim, among others.

Jenkins began working for the London Symphony Orchestra in 1995 as Marketing Manager for their concerts, having started his career as a nightclub manager and promoter.  He developed and launched LSO Live in 1999, the first “stakeholder label” in classical music.  The influential imprint collected its first Grammy Award in 2001 and was at the forefront of the digital revolution – LSO Live was the first classical label to make its entire catalogue available for download and streaming. 

Chaz Jenkins said, “I’m delighted to have joined Universal Music and to have the opportunity to help their amazing roster of artists reach the widest possible global audience.  Deutsche Grammophon, Decca and Mercury each have exceptional plans for 2013, with both established and younger musicians.”

Kate Farmer commented, “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to appoint someone of Chaz’s calibre and experience.  The appointment underlines our commitment to classical music, and Chaz’s innovative approach will help us promote core classical repertoire and expand the audience for classical music in both the physical and digital spheres.”


About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s premier music publishing operations worldwide.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol Records, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Interscope Records, I.R.S., Island Records, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group and Virgin Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital Business, its new media and technologies division, and Bravado, its merchandising company.


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