Sony Music Publishing promotes Maree Hamblion to global A&R role
Sony Music Publishing has promoted highly respected Australian music publishing executive Maree Hamblion to senior vice president of international A&R.
She remains based at the company’s Sydney office, and reports to MD, Scandinavia and SVP A&R, Europe Johnny Tennander and managing director, Australia Damian Trotter.
In her newly elevated position, Hamblion will spearhead the company’s international A&R efforts, sign and discover songwriters, and create new opportunities and collaborations for the company’s songwriters across the globe.
At Sony Music Publishing, her signings included Alex Hope, Sarah Aarons, Jarryd James, Gretta Ray, Isabella Kearney-Nurse, Sam Sakr, Rory Adams, Ainslie Wills, Tina Arena, Ned Houston, and Robby De Sa, along with New Zealand songwriters Stan Walker, Alex Wildwood and Jawsh 685.
“Maree has long been a powerhouse of A&R within the Australian music publishing industry, having identified and developed many of its most successful songwriters,” Trotter said.
“I am thrilled for Maree, and we are all so excited at SMP Australia by the further opportunities that her well-deserved promotion will bring to our local writers on the international stage.”
Hamblion commented: “I look forward to continuing working with Damian, who has been extremely supportive and encouraging over the last seven years and I’m excited to work more closely with Johnny in our Scandinavian office, while also building upon my existing relationships with global affiliates to keep delivering opportunities to all Sony Music Publishing songwriters.”
Hamblion launched her music publishing career at EMI Music Publishing’s Sydney office in 1995.
Over the next two decades, she worked with some of Australasia’s most successful writers, including Divinyls, Jimmy Barnes, Joel Little, Lindsay Rimes, Ladyhawke, PNAU, Hayley Warner, Julian Hamilton (The Presets), Savage Garden, The Paper Kites, Tonight Alive, DNA Songs, The McClymonts and The Veronicas.
Following EMI’s merger with Sony/ATV in 2012, Hamblion worked as a senior A&R manager before being promoted to joint head of A&R in 2015.