May 7, 2020 - Kobalt today announced that Kenny McGoff has been promoted to head of A&R, UK, Kobalt Music Publishing. Based in Kobalt’s London office, McGoff was previously senior vice president, creative.
Kobalt Head of UK Creative for Publishing and AWAL, Alison Donald, said of the promotion, “Kenny has made an incredible contribution since joining Kobalt and this promotion couldn't be more deserved, his passion, drive and commitment to his writers/artists and colleagues is second to none. I'm excited about where he will lead the team next.”
McGoff joined Kobalt from Songs over two years ago and has had a long and illustrious publishing career. Starting in independent record shops, then HMV, he first became a publisher at EMI, followed by Sony, Ultra then Songs. Throughout the years he has signed and worked with, among others, Calvin Harris, Paul Epworth, Kasabian, Eric Prydz, Bloc Party, and Arctic Monkeys. Since being at Kobalt he has signed chart-topping Scottish troubadour Gerry Cinnamon, as well as SlowThai, JEM Cooke, Eloise and rising star Joesef, among others.
McGoff commented on the promotion, “The past two years since joining Kobalt have been tremendously rewarding for me. Incredible music, global creative interaction and creative team are a joy to be part of and share. Our Kobalt roster is full of fantastic songwriters, artists and musicians who are as wide and varied as they are successful. I’m very grateful to Alison for this promotion and hope to continue to grow the business with great music while maintaining Kobalt’s core values.”
McGoff added, “I’d also like to thank Sas Metcalfe as Chief Creative Officer. Her love for music and the songwriter knows no bounds. Under her leadership we share music and ideas daily with each other across the world. I’m proud to be part of a truly global creative family.”