SCOTLAND (CelebrityAccess) – The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) has appointed Ronnie Gurr as CEO, effective immediately.
Gurr will lead SMIA’s management team and work with the company’s board to support the Scottish music industry post-COVID-19 while championing and growing artists, music and the diverse network of industry professionals working across Scotland, by Music week.
Gurr is a former music consultant who has worked in the music business since the 1970s. He joined Virgin Records as a press officer in 1982, where he orchestrated the launch of Boy George and cultural club. He has also worked in the press and as an A&R manager with Simple Minds, Danny Wilson, The Blue Nile, The Big Dish, Endgames, and XTC.
He was named A&R Director of Sony Music’s Columbia label, where he worked with artists ranging from Michael Ball at cypress hill. Sir Richard Branson recruited him again to oversee the formation of his label V2, best known for the success of one of Gurr’s signings, Stereophony.
Gurr has served on the Scottish Arts Council’s Performing Arts Committee, the British Council’s Creative Industries Advisory Committee and the Scottish Parliament’s Crossroads Group on Contemporary Music, and was a member of Creative Scotland’s Music Reference Group. He has also organized and coordinated the presence and showcase concerts of Scottish artists at SXSW and more recently at Canada’s East Coast Music Week for several years on behalf of Showcase Scotland Expo.
Gurr established publisher Hanging Around Books in 2017 to work with photographers and their archives in publishing rare and previously unseen images through an ongoing series of music-related photo-zine titles.
Sharon Mair, Vice President of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), said: “We are delighted to welcome Ronnie Gurr as Chief Executive of SMIA. Ronnie brings a wealth of experience and a strong passion for the Scottish music industry. We look forward to him working with our members and partners to strengthen, empower and unite our industry, to drive recovery and growth in a post-covid landscape.
With a membership of over 3,500 industry professionals, SMIA gives voice to the Scottish music sector when speaking to government, and produces and supports both projects and programs that drive sustainability, national and international growth, development and innovation.
SMIA’s services, projects and events are designed to enhance and increase the value of the Scottish music industry, both domestically and globally, economically, socially and culturally.