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Graduate Mike Flynn promoted to VP of Artists and Repertoire at Epic Records

March 15, 2012

Bloomington, Ind. -- Mike Flynn, a 1996 graduate of the Jacobs School of Music's Recording Arts Department, has been appointed executive vice president of artists and repertoire (A&R) and staff producer for Epic Records, where he will sign, develop and produce new artists, while overseeing artist development and key aspects of the recording process.

Chairman and CEO of Epic Records Antonio L.A. Reid said "Mike is a uniquely talented creative force with great instincts. He has a long track record of bringing out the best in artists. I look forward to working closely with him on a wide range of projects."

An accomplished musician, writer and producer, Flynn began his career at Epic in 1998 when he was signed on as an artist to the label. He later became a staff producer and spent eight years working in A&R for the label.

In a career spanning 14 years, Flynn has worked with such artists as John Mellencamp, The Fray, Sara Bareilles, Howie Day, and American Idol winner Kris Allen. His production work on The Fray's albums How to Save a Life and The Fray helped the band sell over five million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.

"At IU, I was able to acquire a foundation and understanding of music production," said Flynn, "Much of my success stems from the valuable knowledge and practice I obtained while studying in the Recording Arts Department."

Regarding his promotion, Flynn says "It's an honor to be working for L.A. Reid and the label where it all started for me. I have so much respect for L.A. and am humbled to have this opportunity to work with him and his team. I look forward to learning from one of the greatest record men in the business."