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Pete Ganbarg Promoted to President of A&R for Atlantic Records

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  • January 16, 2018
    Pete Ganbarg Promoted to President of A&R for Atlantic Records

    Industry Veteran Assumes Newly Created Post

    Pete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based at the company’s New York headquarters. The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman and Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald. In his new role, Ganbarg will continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. Ganbarg, who began his music industry career nearly 30 years ago, joined Atlantic in 2008 as Executive Vice President of A&R.

    “Atlantic is above all an A&R-driven company, and Pete is the consummate A&R person,” said Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald. “He has all the elements that go into great A&R – ears, instinct, taste, and experience – combined with the qualities that make him an extraordinary leader and mentor. Over the past decade, Pete has expertly championed our mission to bring best-in-class artists in every genre into the Atlantic family, and give them the environment to do their best and most creative work. Everything we do stems directly from the artists and the music that Pete and his incredible team sign, nurture, and develop – from brand new acts to superstars. We are thrilled to announce this richly deserved promotion for one of the most valued members of the Atlantic family.”

    "Having the opportunity to lead Atlantic’s A&R efforts for the last ten years has truly been a career high for me,” said Pete Ganbarg. “Craig and Julie are the absolute best at what they do, and I am thrilled to be able to continue this amazing journey with them. I am so grateful for their belief and support."

    Since joining Atlantic, Ganbarg has led one of the most admired and accomplished A&R teams in the music industry, while personally signing and/or shepherding recordings by Grammy winners such as twenty one pilots, Halestorm, and Jason Mraz; top-charting artists Skillet, Christina Perri, and Theory of a Deadman; as well as many others. He has also been instrumental in Atlantic’s burgeoning success in the Broadway arena, including signing and A&R’ing the hugely successful Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording. He is a Grammy nominee this year as a producer of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, and recently signed the show’s original lead, Ben Platt, to an Atlantic solo deal. Ganbarg also co-produced this week’s No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart, The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features the 2018 Golden Globe winning song, “This Is Me.”

    Prior to joining Atlantic, Ganbarg headed Pure Tone Music, one of the industry’s leading A&R consulting firms, whose success stories included Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Chaka Khan, Santana, Train, Donna Summer, and others.

    Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning Supernatural.

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on January 16, 2018 - 12:04pm

Industry Veteran Assumes Newly Created Post

Pete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based at the company’s New York headquarters. The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman and Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald. In his new role, Ganbarg will continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. Ganbarg, who began his music industry career nearly 30 years ago, joined Atlantic in 2008 as Executive Vice President of A&R.

“Atlantic is above all an A&R-driven company, and Pete is the consummate A&R person,” said Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald. “He has all the elements that go into great A&R – ears, instinct, taste, and experience – combined with the qualities that make him an extraordinary leader and mentor. Over the past decade, Pete has expertly championed our mission to bring best-in-class artists in every genre into the Atlantic family, and give them the environment to do their best and most creative work. Everything we do stems directly from the artists and the music that Pete and his incredible team sign, nurture, and develop – from brand new acts to superstars. We are thrilled to announce this richly deserved promotion for one of the most valued members of the Atlantic family.”

"Having the opportunity to lead Atlantic’s A&R efforts for the last ten years has truly been a career high for me,” said Pete Ganbarg. “Craig and Julie are the absolute best at what they do, and I am thrilled to be able to continue this amazing journey with them. I am so grateful for their belief and support."

Since joining Atlantic, Ganbarg has led one of the most admired and accomplished A&R teams in the music industry, while personally signing and/or shepherding recordings by Grammy winners such as twenty one pilots, Halestorm, and Jason Mraz; top-charting artists Skillet, Christina Perri, and Theory of a Deadman; as well as many others. He has also been instrumental in Atlantic’s burgeoning success in the Broadway arena, including signing and A&R’ing the hugely successful Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording. He is a Grammy nominee this year as a producer of the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Dear Evan Hansen, and recently signed the show’s original lead, Ben Platt, to an Atlantic solo deal. Ganbarg also co-produced this week’s No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart, The Greatest Showman Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features the 2018 Golden Globe winning song, “This Is Me.”

Prior to joining Atlantic, Ganbarg headed Pure Tone Music, one of the industry’s leading A&R consulting firms, whose success stories included Kelly Clarkson, Daughtry, Chaka Khan, Santana, Train, Donna Summer, and others.

Ganbarg began his A&R career in 1989 at SBK Records. In 1997, he joined Clive Davis at Arista Records, where, as Senior Director of A&R, he conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning Supernatural.