Michelle Jubelirer has been promoted to President and CEO of Capitol Music Group. She joined the company in 2013 as executive vice president and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2015. She succeeds Jeff Vaughn, who is leaving the company “to pursue new opportunities,” according to a statement, and will report to the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Sir Lucian Grainge.
Jubelirer will oversee the Capitol Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group and Virgin Music Label and Artist Services labels. She will remain based in the company’s Capitol Tower in Hollywood.
As a senior manager of CMG, she becomes the first woman to lead the company in its 80-year history.
Capitol is home to artists such as Katy Perry, Halsey, Sam Smith, Beck, Maggie Rogers and Toosii, as well as iconoclasts Neil Diamond, Barry Gibb, and Paul McCartney.
Prior to joining CMG, Jubelirer was a partner alongside Howard King and Peter Paterno in one of the best music law firms (now King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP) where she represented Avicii, Kesha, MIA, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Nas, Frank Ocean, Odd Future, Pharrell, Slipknot, Swedish House Mafia and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among other artists and names in fashion.
His career began with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York in 1999; she joined Sony Music in 2003 and moved to Los Angeles in 2005.
Thanks to her experience as a lawyer, Jubelirer has developed an extensive network of relationships with the industry, which has brought her to the attention of major labels. She joined Capitol as a member of the team of former chairman Steve Barnett, who revitalized the company after years of cost cutting and diminished influence, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful executives. most respected in the music world today.
Said Grainge: âMichelle is a very experienced and inspiring executive who has been integral to the success of Capitol Music Group since we relaunched the company almost ten years ago. She is a strong advocate for artists, a savvy negotiator, and a practical builder of partnerships within industry and creative communities. , and I congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.
âI am grateful to Sir Lucian and all of the UMG members who continue to support me, as well as the incredible team of creative and hardworking professionals at CMG,â added Jubelirer. âLucian fosters a corporate culture in which music and art are always the priority, and I will continue to devote myself to this philosophy by championing our artists and helping them achieve their dreams. I am also committed to further establishing diversity and inclusion as our norm, while nurturing our leadership talents and helping them become the next generation of industry leaders. It is an exciting time for music and I am delighted and honored to lead such a vibrant Capitol band, while honoring their historic legacy.
Vaughn joined Capitol in January 2020 as president of the label and was promoted to president a year later.