Silvia Montello

Senior Vice President, Operations

A music industry veteran with 25+ years experience,  for both majors and indies,  including Our Price Music (remember them?), PolyGram, Universal Music, (the new) BMG, and currently AWAL Recordings.  Starting as a part time record store assistant, I’ve run the gauntlet through retail buying, product/label /marketing management, heading up UMG’s Catalogue Marketing division and currently loving life running global operations for AWAL/Kobalt Music.  I stepped out of music for a few years, founding my own marketing consultancy working in the charity sector, gaining fabulous insight into how working cultures can differ outside music and entertainment.

More recently I’ve focussed on coaching and mentoring within the business, particularly around mental health and wellbeing which have too long been ignored in this sector.  I’m delighted to co-chair the Wellbeing Team launched at Kobalt to support its people company-wide and look forward to more and more organisations following suit.Nurturing talented people and creating great team spirit brings huge fulfilment – I genuinely believe the world turns best when people have a happy environment, believe in what they do and do it with enthusiasm (and a healthy splash of humour)

Outside the day job I can be found watching sport, devouring fiction & films, endlessly photographing, doing local community work, occasional clubbing, gigs & festivals….and wondering where the time goes…


  • The Future of the Music Industry
The Future of the Music Industry

17:00 – 18:00

Friday, 15 Feb

As is now traditional, the final panel takes on the challenging task of wrapping up the event, recapping key themes and opening our expert panel up to no-holds-barred questions from the audience. As is also traditional, there will be a drinking game to help carry us all through the last session of the two days!

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