[members-announce] Concord Records Hires New General Manager

Jo Foster jof at concordrecords.com
Tue Oct 7 12:56:55 EDT 2003


Beverly Hills, CA-September 15, 2003-Concord Records, one of the largest independent record labels in the United States, today announced that it has hired Gene Rumsey as its new General Manager.  Rumsey, a 20-year music industry veteran, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the burgeoning record company and its family of imprints. Over the last 12-months alone, Concord Records has added a number of exciting new artists to its roster, including the genre-defining Ozomatli, Jazz wunderkind Peter Cincotti, the avant-garde Dapp Theory, and the legendary Ray Charles.  

Prior to joining Concord Records, Rumsey was Executive Vice President for EMI Music Marketing, where he managed and developed successful sales & marketing plans for the launch of over 800 new products per year, including Norah Jones' debut release, Frank Sinatra's "Duets," The Beatles "1," and Garth Brook's "Greatest Hits." Rumsey was ultimately responsible for a 200-person-strong sales & marketing team and was instrumental in developing many of EMI's innovative policies and strategies, as well as maintaining strong relationships with all major music retailers.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Concord Records and its fine roster of current artists, as well the label's rich and musically significant catalog," comments Rumsey.  "There is a growing number of adult consumers that may feel underserved by today's current releases. Building on the label's reputation for excellence, and by developing new music and artists, we are well positioned to reach out to and satisfy that audience."

About Concord Records: Concord Records is widely regarded as one of the preeminent record companies in the industry today, committed to offering the adult music audience inspiring, innovative and high quality recordings of jazz and popular music. With a family of labels that now includes several partnerships and imprints (Peak Records, Stretch, Playboy Jazz, Concord Picante and more), Concord has amassed a catalog of over 1,000 albums from such legendary artists as Ray Brown, Charlie Byrd, Rosemary Clooney, Herb Ellis, Stan Getz, Gene Harris Tito Puente, and Mel Tormé, among others.  The label's current roster of world-class vocal and instrumental artists includes: Karrin Allyson, Patti Austin, Peter Cincotti, Ray Charles, Michael Feinstein, Nnenna Freelon, Robben Ford, Marian McPartland, Barry Manilow, Ozomatli, Poncho Sanchez, Curtis Stigers.

Jo Foster
Director of Publicity
Concord Records
T: (310) 385 4218

100 North Crescent Drive, Suite 275
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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