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Mike Smith named Global President of Downtown Music Publishing

Mike Smith, from the Class of 1984, has enjoyed an illustrious career in the music industry.
24 Jun 2020
OE News

Congratulations to OE Mike Smith who has been appointed Global President of Downtown Music Publishing. 

Smith, who received the prestigious Sir George Martin Award at MBW's London-based A&R Awards in 2016, most recently served as Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music in the UK, where he oversaw the signings of Liam Gallagher, Dave, J Hus, Celeste and Foals.

For the past 13 years, Downtown has been best known as one of the world’s biggest independent music publishers, led by its founder and CEO, Justin Kalifowitz, and representing talent/catalogs such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Booker T. Jones, George Gershwin, Miles Davis, and Hans Zimmer.

Prior to joining Warner Chappell, Mike was Managing Director of Columbia Records UK and President of Music at two Universal Music UK labels – Mercury Records and Virgin/EMI.

His past signings include Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Gorillaz, Damon Albarn, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, and Arcade Fire, while he has overseen deals with Iggy Azalea, Lizzo, Duke Dumont and The Chemical Brothers, among others.


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