Major record label EMI is set to open its first physical premises outside of London in the form of EMI North, a new label based in Leeds.
The label, which will be run by EMI co-presidents Rebecca Allen and Jo Charrington, also sees Clive Cawley move from his current role as managing director to become president of EMI North. Cawley, who is from Yorkshire, began his career as a sales rep for Universal Music in North Yorkshire. The new label will be based at the Duke Studios premises in Leeds.
Throughout his career, Cawley has worked with a stellar array of international artists, including the likes of Beck, Elton John, Florence + The Machine, Lewis Capaldi, Loyle Carner, Metallica, Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Queen, Taylor Swift, The Killers and The Stone Roses. He will continue to work on wider EMI artist campaigns.
“I’m delighted to finally open the doors to EMI North with a very simple goal: to support and invest in local talent, helping them to find new audiences and build their businesses,” Cawley commented. “We have been overwhelmed by the reaction from the creative community in Leeds and beyond and are raring to go.”
Rebecca Allen and Jo Charrington also said: “Discovering and nurturing new talent from right across the UK is the lifeblood of what we do and there’s nobody better than Clive to be at the helm of this exciting new chapter for our historic label."
The label states that its mission will be to discover and promote new talent across the north of England, although at present no details of signing at EMI North have been revealed.