Warner/Chappell Australia General Manager Matthew Capper has been anointed to take up the position of managing director of the Sydney-based music publishing company. Capper joined the company in 2003 and has the unenviable task of trying to inject some life into the company’s A&R activities – a difficult task when you have no money and bands would rather get their songs used on a TV commercial than sign with a label.
Strangely, he’s found some cash to hire someone to work with him. Former Warner/Chappell U.K. A&R manager Jane Jacob is joining the Australian company as an A&R consultant, based in Melbourne. Given big ups by her old boss, Warner/Chappell U.K. managing director Richard Manners as an “accomplished talent-spotter,” Jacob has played her hand in the pimping and prostitution of world beating snore inducing singer-songwriters such as Paolo Nutini, Amy MacDonald and Murray James. Tone Deaf is looking forward to seeing her checking out the local talent at Melbourne gritty punk venue The Arthouse in Melbourne on a Monday night – she should be in for a shock.