Compass Records Group Announces Marc Dottore
as A&R for Special Projects
(Nashville, TN) Nov 28, 2012: Compass Records Group is excited to welcome veteran artist manager Marc Dottore as A&R for special projects. The new alliance grew out of conversations between Dottore and Compass co-founder Garry West about the need for an intelligent, marketing support-driven distribution solution for established artists whose careers are no longer suited for the major label process but for whom the DIY model is too limiting.
West commented: “There’s great value in the partnership and resources that a good label relationship can offer an artist, foremost among those being to free an artist up to focus on his or her creative talents, leaving the business side to a team with that expertise. We’ve spent the past 18 years as an artist-owned, artist-oriented label, supporting and nurturing creative talent, and in the process have developed the infrastructure and market access that artists need. We’re looking forward to working with Marc to bring those resources to the table in developing some new projects and fostering new artist relationships within a 21st century model.”
Dottore, who will continue to operate his artist management company, echoed these sentiments, explaining that the day’s typical record label deal is out of step with the current state of the industry. "As the middle of the market has collapsed, many artists with a recognizable name and loyal fan base find themselves without a manager or label, often making the same record over and over again. Over my career I have focused on strategies that encourage the artist to challenge their perceptions of themselves and expand their audiences. I have a track record of working with very credible artists and helping them to extend their careers well beyond their expiration date at radio. Teaming up with Compass gives me the team and the tool set to approach select artists outside of the standard model and present them those options. I have known and respected Garry and Alison (Brown, Compass co-founder) for over 10 years. When I started to visualize what I wanted the next phase of my career to look like, Compass was a natural fit."
The new partnership is developing several new projects to launch their relationship including a multi-artist tribute to Hillbilly Central, the legendary music row studio where the Outlaw Movement was born and which is the current home of the Compass Records Group.
Marc Dottore is a music industry veteran with over 30 years in the business. After more than a decade on the road as a lighting designer, production manager and road manager for a diverse group of clients that included George Strait, Eddie Rabbitt, The Gatlin Brothers, multiple retail clients and The White House, Dottore was hired in 1991 by Kathy Mattea to upgrade her live production. Within a few years he was recruited by Bob Titley to join Titley-Spalding which managed Mattea and Brooks & Dunn, remaining with the company for the next 10 years. Since that time he has worked with a select group of independent-minded artists including Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart and newcomer Sturgill Simpson. Past clients include Shooter Jennings, Jessi Alexander and Cherish the Ladies; Dottore’s work also included a strategic partnership as Director of Artist Management for Universal South Records, which lead to an extended partnership with label co-founder Tim DuBois.
Billboard Magazine has touted Compass Records Group as one of the leading independent labels of the past decade. The label group is home to over 500 releases across the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records imprints with a roster that boasts a variety of artists including Colin Hay, Victor Wooten, Claire Lynch, Altan, Peter Rowan, The Gibson Brothers, BeauSoleil, Catie Curtis and label co-founder Alison Brown.