UK Music hires 18-year veteran as director of comms

UK Music has appointed James Murtagh-Hopkins as director of comms, a role he takes up on a full-time basis from today.

James Murtagh-Hopkins: Appointed as director of comms at UK Music
James Murtagh-Hopkins: Appointed as director of comms at UK Music

Murtagh-Hopkins has more than 18 years of experience in the UK music industry, having worked for Columbia Records/Sony Music, EMI Records, 9PR and Pulse Film in senior publicity/comms roles.

His client list has included household names such as AC/DC, Bob Dylan, Mark Ronson and Robbie Williams.

In 2008, Murtagh-Hopkins was part of the team that scooped a Record of the Day award for Best International PR Campaign to promote Kings of Leon’s album Only By The Night.

He told PRWeek: "As director of comms I'm responsible for orchestrating and implementing the comms strategy around issues facing our members and the music industry in the UK as a whole."

Murtagh-Hopkins added that 2015 would be an important year for UK Music as it will publish key reports and research that will show the cultural and economic value of music in the UK.

UK Music is the umbrella organisation that drives the business and political agenda of the music business within Westminster with senior corporate leaders and the media. It represents everyone from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers to record labels and music managers.

It also oversees the UK Skills Academy, Music Academic Partnerships and UK Music Apprenticeship schemes, which focus on encouraging the next generation of young people to pursue careers in music.

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