Paul Smith announced as VP, A&R and International Songwriters at Warner Chappell Music

Smith has been promoted to the newly created role as the publisher launches a new song pitching database to accelerate global collaboration.

In addition to creating Smith’s new role the team at Warner Chappell Nashville have developed the internal song pitching tool ‘A&R Representing Our Writers (ARROW).

ARROW is designed to seamlessly search and share unreleased songs internally across the company and pitch them for commercial use.

Smith has been with Warner Chappell since 2016, beginning as senior international creative manager before becoming creative director.

He has driven the frequency of international collaboration among Warner Chappell Music songwriters with songwriting camps in London, Stockholm, Los Angeles and Nashville.

His career in the music industry began at the London-based management firm 365 Artists, representing songwriters and producers responsible for records from Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Minogue, Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Sam Smith.

He has signed the songwriters Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello), Fred Ball (Rihanna, Jay-Z and Beyoncé), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson) and Rick Boardman (Marshmello, Bebe Rexha).

Guy Moot, co-chair and chief executive, Warner Chappell Music, says: ‘The elevation of Paul and creation of ARROW reflect our commitment to finding new ways to better serve our songwriters globally. We’re invested in promoting outstanding executive talent internally, and Paul is the perfect fit to help us drive our international strategy forward.’

Mike Smith, UK managing director, Warner Chappell Music, comments: ‘Paul’s passion and enthusiasm for music coupled with a deep knowledge of the market make him a huge asset to Warner Chappell. He’s been instrumental in the careers of so many of our songwriters and is always looking for global opportunities to help them take their craft to the next level.’

Paul Smith adds: ‘I’m delighted to take on this pivotal new role at Warner Chappell. The songwriting business is more global than ever, and the partnerships we’re seeing across cultures are truly inspiring. There’s nothing more rewarding than connecting songwriters and helping them maximize their collaboration opportunities on an international level.’

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