Drew Hill and Jo Donnelly

Proper Hires Jo Donnelly to Head Up New Press and Promotions Department

We’re pleased to announce the hire of Jo Donnelly to head up our new full-service press and promotions department. Covering UK media, from print (national and regional) and online publications to radio and television, the department will be available to add muscle to campaigns across all genres, for both Proper’s distributed labels as well as Proper Records’ roster. Donnelly’s first projects include folk singer-songwriter Richard Thompson, R&B and soul star Macy Gray, and producer and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Johns.

The department will also absorb our existing classical and jazz PR division and become the point of contact for external freelancers working on selected Proper Records releases.

Donnelly began her career at Columbia Records / Sony Music where she was head of press for over a decade, working with some of the most renowned artists in the world including Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Leonard Cohen. Moving on to the UK-based independent Grapevine Records, Jo ran global marketing campaigns for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Mary Black and Joan Baez, before taking a position as artist manager with JD Management. In 2012, she established her eponymous PR and artist management company, which included artists such as Ryan Bingham, Seth Lakeman, AWOLNATION, and Langhorne Slim.

Alongside her new role at Proper, Jo will continue to manage fast rising US band, KOLARS, who will be performing at The Islington, London on 18th July, after supporting LP at Somerset House last night.

Following Proper’s move to an expanded warehouse facility in November 2017, the creation of the department demonstrates further growth for Proper and a commitment to offer clients the best possible service in all areas relating to their business.

Commenting on Jo’s arrival to the team, Proper MD Drew Hill said “We’re really excited to be able to further expand our offering to our partners and am pleased to welcome Jo on board. Her wealth of experience will be invaluable for promoting the profile of both our in-house labels and our distributed labels alike.”
On joining the company, Jo Donnelly added, “I am delighted to join Drew and his team at Proper and look forward to helping shape and develop this exciting new department while Proper itself continues to grow and develop.”