Meet some of our music industry delegates who will be participating in PMX 2018. More will be announced soon!
John's 25 year career in the music industry began aged 19 working in the warehouse at Stiff Records. During a 13 year stint at the UK's best known independent Beggar's Banquet John worked variously as a plugger, a PR and in International with bands such as The Prodigy, The Cult, The Charlatans and The Ramones before switching to A&R and heading up his own label Mantra. In 2001 John set up the Eden Sessions (http://www.edensessions.com) at Cornwall's Eden Project, bringing world class acts such as Oasis, Muse, Kasabian, Florence & the Machine, The XX, Blink 182, Mumford & Sons, Elton John to the county for the first time. Today this small 6000 capacity venue goes from strength to strength, staging 8 sell out shows year on year with Tom Jones, Lionel Ritchie, PJ Harvey and Jess Glynne all playing in 2016 and Foals, Bastille,Van Morrison, Bryan Adams, Royal Blood, Madness all booked for 2018.
Martin Goldschmidt is MD and founder of Cooking Vinyl and Chairman of the Cooking Vinyl Group. Thirty years after its inception in a council flat in Stockwell, Cooking Vinyl remains one of the original and best indie labels in the UK. Current roster includes Nina Nesbitt, Passenger, Fantastic Negrito, Billy Bragg, Lissie and Baby Metal. Cooking Vinyl has always been a digital pioneer, being the first UK record label to get content into eMusic. Martin Goldschmidt is a board member of AIM/Impala, & WIN and most recently, Co-founder of the Palestine Music Expo. He was the founder of online distribution company, Uploader, and set up Essential Music & Marketing in 2003 with Mike Chadwick. Previously Martin was involved in artist management (Michelle Shocked), and set up a booking agency which he sold to Rob Challice who is now a director of one of Europe’s largest agencies, Coda.
Chris Ancliff, General Counsel, International (London) and EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, WMG Chris Ancliff is the EVP for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this role, he oversees WMG’s operations in these developing markets. He is also the Company’s General Counsel, International. In this position, Ancliff has responsibility for all of the Group's legal and business affairs activities outside the US, working closely with WMG's recorded music and music publishing affiliates throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. Prior to WMG, Ancliff spent 11 years at EMI International, rising from Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, to General Counsel, EMI Group. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal and business affairs activities including mergers and acquisitions, artist negotiations, litigation and industry issues.
The sociologist is co-founder of the Reeperbahn Festival, Germany's largest club festival and onr of the most important conferences for the music and digital industry in Europe. As managing director Schwarte is responsible for the international conference of the Reeperbahn Festival that includes a programme of more than 250 sessions, networking events, showcases and award shows and hosts more than 4,500 delegates from 50 countries.
Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur. Over the past 15 years, Ruth has worked to make change with creativity in the most marginalized communities across the world. She is CEO and Artistic Director of multi-award winning organisation, In Place of War (IPOW).
Beckie has been working as a booking agent for over 11 years and has worked in almost all musical genres across her time at WME, The Agency Group (now UTA), and currently X-Ray Touring. Her eclectic roster includes acts such as Anderson .Paak, RUSS, NxWorries, Noname, Joey Purp, Deaf Havana and Beartooth. X-Ray is home to some of the biggest artists in the world including Coldplay, Eminem, Blur, Robbie Williams, Black Eyed Peas, The Pixies, Queens of The Stoneage and Chance The Rapper, to name but a handful.
Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard. The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations is 30 global territories. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, Scott travels the world evangelizing new business models for the digital age. Scott’s music career started in the late 80’s in independent and major label artist management. In addition to his responsibilities at The Orchard, he manages the Raveonettes, Dan Owen and Fallulah. Scott is a human rights activist and strict vegan. No meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool or anything else derived from an animal. And did you know he is also a cyborg?
Jamila Al-Yousef is a singer, project manager and PHD candidate from Berlin. Inspired by her Palestinian father who came to Germany as a refugee, she early started creating transcultural projects to share diverse perspectives on the Middle East, North Africa and postmigrant topics. Amonst other things she established the yearly "Arab* Underground“ program at Fusion Festival, built up the "Welcome Board“, an iniaitive supporting refugee musicians and tours with her band "Jamila & The Other Heroes“. Jamila also is MENA-consultant for Piranha Arts. The Berlin based company is internationally reknown for its networking platform WOMEX beside Piranha Consult, Piranha Records and other branches. It aims at increasing the value of crossing borders, be they cultural, political and commercial. www.piranha-arts.com
Nick is an ex concert promoter and music industry designer who now runs creative design, digital and communications projects at Amos Trust – a small, creative human rights organisation working in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. His background is in web design and graphic design, having run his own small design practice for more than 20 years.
Nick travels widely across the West Bank working with grass-roots organisations who create positive change.
Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. He is currently senior writer of the weekly U.S. entertainment trade CelebrityAccess overseeing the influential profile series, “In The Hot Seat Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard music trader from 1991 to 2007 and Canadian editor of its competitor Record World from 1970 to 1980. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including in Time, Forbes, and the London Times. He is co-author of the book “Music From Far And Wide.” Larry is the recipient of the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.
Caius Pawson is the founder of Young Turks – an independent record label established in 2006 that now encompasses an artist management and publishing company under the Beggars Group banner. As a “musical architect” and cultural curator Caius has signed over 30 musicians and DJs; the current Young Turks roster includes two Mercury Prize winning acts - The xx and Sampha, alongside artists FKA Twigs, Jamie xx, Koreless, and, as of 2017, jazz saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington. He is also Director of A&R at XL Recordings, and serves on the board of the Music Managers Forum and Michael Clark Company.
French-Tunisian Habib Achour started his career in the music business as a sales promoter for EMI / Blue Note Rec. in France in the mid 90ies. After launching his own booking and management agency representing artists such as Erik Truffaz, Anouar Brahem, Dhafer Youssef or Poni Hoax, he decided to change direction by creating and programming events or festivals in Morocco (Jazz au Chellah), Lebanon (Liban jazz) and France (Plage de Rock in St Tropez and Festival d’Ile de France in Paris). He joined Marseille-Provence 2013 European Capital of Culture as head of Music, the New Morning club in Paris as deputy director and more recently SACEM as International Development Manager for Africa & the Middle-East.
Lucie Lovely Caswell
Lucie is CEO of the UK Featured Artists Coalition, (the FAC represents, supports and lobbies for performing music artists). Lucie is an experienced music business executive and a senior negotiator in music copyright. Starting her music career in stage management and music publishing, Lucie has since worked across the industry and has negotiated on all sides of the digital rights table, working for commercial service providers and rights-holders (ranging from Deezer to Amnesty and Sony Music) and in online licensing for PRS for Music. Lucie ran her own company managing music rights and business development for international clients, focusing significant work on innovation and in developing media initiatives for youth emancipation, behaviour change and social impact. Lucie is an advocate, negotiator, egalitarian, music lover.
Tom Shore is an Operations, Strategic Leadership, Programmes and Logistics specialist in the fields of Art & Culture, International Development and Human Rights. He has been working internationally at the highest level for the past 17 years in these sectors in countries as diverse as Myanmar, South Sudan, North Korea, Uganda, the UK, USA and Israel-Palestine to name a few. Since 2015 Tom has been working with In Place of War, a global organisation that uses creativity in places of conflict as a tool for positive change. IPOW's focus is enabling grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom.
Stephen Budd is a British music industry executive based in London. He is a director of artist and producer management company Stephen Budd Music Ltd, the OneFest Festival, the Africa Express project and is the co-founder of the NH7 Weekender festivals in India.He is a recognised TV commentator on music industry issues, regularly appearing on a variety of British TV news shows. In June 2017 he completed his 3-year term as co-chairman of the MMF (Music Managers Forum). He is a co-executive producer of Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds' ‘Give A Home’ global concert series. His current management roster includes the artists Dry The Riverand Alluri, along with the record producers Rick Nowels, Tore Johansson, Valgeir Sigurdsson, Nick Zinner and Mike Hedges.
Sandro Bernasconi has been directing the music program of Kaserne Basel since 2009. In 2010 he launched on the Kasernenplatz the first edition of the two-day open air "Viva Con Agua & Kaserne Basel-Festival", the since 2013 as "Open Air Basel". Sandro Bernasconi graduated with a Masters Degree in Law and Culture Management from the University of Basel. During his studies he organized various cultural events in the region Basel. For the project "swixx -Hip Hop on tour", which was initiated by Pro Helvetia, was Sandro Bernasconi worked in 2006 as project manager throughout Switzerland. Between 2007 and 2009 he works for various Projects, such as the music parade "Beat On The Street" or as co-organizer of the exhibition "Urban Feedback", organizer of the music series" Black Beans "in cooperation with the dome Basel.
Matthew Covey has worked in music and arts immigration since 90s. As a member of the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey, as Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agent, and as the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics, Covey’s varied career has given him a broad understanding of the entertainment industries. He has presented and chaired panels on artist mobility issues at numerous conferences, including SXSW, CMJ, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, APAP, The Great Escape, M4Music, YouBloom, HWCH, IndieWeek, Western Arts Alliance, Mundial Montreal, NXNE, The Edinburgh Fringe, Output Belfast, NY Winter Jazz, FimPro, and Eurosonic. Covey is a founding director of Tamizdat, a non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He is president of Howard Zinn's Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the founder of ContraBanned, and the founding partner of the law firm, CoveyLaw.
Joel is urrently a marketing manager for Music for Nations, Sony’s rock subsidiary. He started his music industry career at the label in the late 90s. In-between that he has been an A&R for Infections and Atlantic Records where he signed and A&R’d Funeral for a Friend and The Darkness among others. Joel also managed (The Joy Formidable & Champs) as well as promoted (Mama Group) and consulted for Roadrunner Records and Parlophone.
Steve is an entrepreneur in the music and entertainment sector with a passion for big ideas. He has worked in artist management, concert promotion, label development and brand consultancy. Steve has been an investor and founding partner in some of the UK's most successful independent music festivals including Parklife, Festival Number 6 and Kendal Calling. He is currently the Chairman of Ear to the Ground, a consultancy which helps brands like Nike, Beats by Dre and UEFA Champions League use music and sport to connect with fans. He is also a Board Member of In Place of War - an organisation that uses artistic creativity to conquer conflict around the world.
PROF. Lee Dong-Yeun
In 1965, Lee Dong-Yeun was born in Seoul. He took P.H. Degree at Chung-Ang University with "Studies on Meta Critic-The Postmodern Practice of Literary Criticism". He is currently a professor at Korea National University of Arts since 2005. He also one of the representative cultural activists in Korea leading " Citizen's Network for Cultural Action" which is the most powerful culture NGO of Korea. He is also a chief cultural advisor of Mayor Park Won Soon, Seoul City Government, as well as a Master Planner of "Seoul Arena Projet", and co-chair of the organization of “DMZ Peace Train Music Festival 2018" with Martin Elbourne.
Since 1993, Frank Abraham has made his mark with establishing new stars in Europe. As a local promoter he organized festivals, concerts and other events, presenting artists such as Youssou N´Dour, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Cassandra Wilson, Ruben Gonzales & Ibrahim Ferrer, Al Jarreau, Manu Chao & Toto. As an agent, he has developed the careers of Bajofondo, Carlinhos Brown, Daniela Mercury, Khaled, Lenine, Portico Quartet among others.
Saskia has worked in the Global Live Concert and Touring business in London for the past 4 years, after studying Entertainment and Events management in both Glasgow and Berlin. Saskia started work in 2014 as a junior Agent for Sensible Events Ltd, a leading Agency which represents Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits). Through a consultancy agreement with AEG Ltd, Saskia also assisted on the booking of Justin Bieber’s No Purpose Tour, Celine Dion’s 2017 tour as well as The Rolling Stones last 3 tours– ‘No Filter Tour-2017/2018’ and ‘America Latina Ole Tour- 2016’. As well as Agency work, Saskia is a free-lance Event producer, and has worked for BST Hyde Park Festival for the last 3 years, and produced the Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane Closing Ceremony in 2017, which was broadcast live worldwide. Working under the guidance of Andrew Zweck who has an infamous history of brining top level Artists to far reaching corners of the globe, Saskia has a lively passion for world music and is determined to contribute to the global expansion of all Palestinian music and culture worldwide.
Katherine is the Programme Manager for Greenbelt Festival, an arts, faith and activism festival that has been running in the UK for 44 years. The festival currently has around 19 stages hosting artists, musicians, thinkers and activists from all around the world. Last year Greenbelt won the Act of Independence Award for its Palestinian programming strand, which included 2 bands from PMX17 and its muslim programming. Katherine is also on the board of the Association of Independent Festivals.
Gee (Genia) Davy
Gee joined AIM in April 2017 as to oversee Legal & Business Affairs after seven years with prestigious independent record label Cooking Vinyl and its group of companies, working across the main record label activity for Cooking Vinyl and two partner labels, publishing, label & artist services and distribution with group companies in the UK, US, Australia, France and Germany and with artists as diverse as The Prodigy, Billy Bragg, Underworld, Amanda Palmer, The Wedding Present and Honeyblood. Gee started out in science and technology, studying Engineering and working briefly in the Telecoms sector before following her passion into the music industry and music law. Gee is passionate about facilitating the independent music industry’s continued innovation and success and supporting its evolution in the digital age.