OUR DELEGATES

Meet some of our music industry delegates who will be participating in PMX 2019. More will be announced soon!

 
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Paul Spraggon

Paul founded SSB along with Sarah Stennett and Andrew Braybn 23 years ago. SSB are highly a regarded entertainment law practice focused on the music industry, who represent many multi-platinum artists, writers and producers. Paul takes a pro-active, pragmatic and innovative approach, and most importantly, loves music.”

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Sarah Williams

Sarah is an independent music lawyer based in London. She has run her own practice, Big Picture Legal, for over 20 years, starting in the days of techno and rave music (which she misses). Over her career in the music industry, she has advised every type of client but recently has evolved specializations in publishing, governance and conflict resolution. Sarah is part of the PMX Management Team and leads the PMX mentoring and internship programme.

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helen Smith

Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation’s key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. Helping put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map of Europe by leveraging collective strength. 

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NICK WELSH

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.

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Lucie Lovely Caswell

Lucie is CEO of the UK Featured Artists Coalition. 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 is an advocate, negotiator, egalitarian, music lover.

Martin Goldschmidt

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. 

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Scott Cohen

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 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?

 

Tom Hadfield

Tom Hadfield is Head Of Live Music at Earache Records. The label runs the Earache Stage that is now a regular fixture at Shangri La Glastonbury and is also venturing further a field to other major UK festivals such as Boomtown Fair.

 

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Joel De'ath

Joel is 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.

 

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Larry LeBlanc

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.

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Chris Macmeikan

Chris is a festival producer and organiser who started Continental Drifts Ltd over 20 years ago He lives inside festival world and programmes 100s of bands annually as well as running a agency and production company . He also Djs around the world Vintage music remixed.

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Saskia O'Hara

Saskia has worked in the Global Live Concert and Touring business in London for the past 4 years. 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. 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. 

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Beckie Sugden

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.

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Jason Mayall

Jason Mayall is director of the London office for Japanese concert promoter Smash Corporation. Established in 1984, Smash promotes concerts and headline tours year-round in Japan. Smash produce Fuji Rock Festival which is Asia's largest outdoor festival, held annually in the mountains of Naeba, Niigata. The company’s UK office produce and coordinate the arts around the festival and create the Palace of Wonder, an area that presents circus and mayhem. The Smash team aim to introduce a colourful mix of acts from around the globe to Japanese audiences. Jason is also known as ‘The Cumbia Kid’, DJing a wide selection of Ska, reggae, blues, soul, funk and championing the traditional dance music of Columbia.

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Stephen Budd

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.