Mark is the Founder and CEO of Music Glue. He was convinced as a kid that he was the biggest Iron Maiden fan in New Zealand, now he knows he was wrong. Oh well, he does get to run their e-commerce worldwide and also happily offers the same tools and pricing to 60,000 emerging artists. He is happy to share insights and advice to enable you to democratise the music industry and reverse the current state of ‘industrialisation of culture’ that exits (which is isn’t good for anyone, except the ultra-rich).
Matt Bartlett is the Managing Director at Midnight Mango; an established international booking agency with offices in Glastonbury and London. The artists we represent come from a variety of genres, with one common thread; they are all outstanding. We work tirelessly to represent our artists to event programmers the world over. We also programme a 5000 capacity festival called Chagstock, which is held on Dartmoor in Devon.
Dave Hanratty is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Dublin. Host of the NO ENCORE podcast and journalist with JOE.ie, Dave is quick with an opinion and rarely seen in the wild without headphones. His work has also appeared in Hot Press, Drowned In Sound, State Magazine, Red Bull UK and The Thin Air. He's admittedly not all that crazy about The Beatles but has made peace with that, even if others haven't. A staunch defender of Kanye West's musical exploits, Dave maintains that 808s & Heartbreak is the true classic in the Yeezy canon. However, his own personal favourite album is Jane Doe by Converge.
Brian Coney is a writer, DJ, musician, band manager and promoter based in Belfast. Previously an editor of AU Magazine, he co-founded and edits Irish music and culture publication The Thin Air. If he’s not scribbling words for the likes of The Quietus, Bandcamp, Clash, the Guardian, Dazed, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag, Rolling Stone, Drowned In Sound, Noisey or elsewhere, he’s probably listening to Philip Glass.
Mick McCullagh writes and performs music under the alias Son of The Hound. He is a BBC commissioned screenwriter, creator of web-series The Also Rans and co-host of Mad Notions, a podcast that looks at music myths, legends and an honest insight into the life of a working musicians.
Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Trends library; consultancy unit CMU Insights; and education programme CMU:DIY. Via CMU, he also programmes core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and he wrote the acclaimed book ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’. CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural media ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and teaches for PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation.
Rob Nancollas is a Marketing Manager at strategic digital marketing consultancy Motive Unknown. He joined Motive Unknown in 2016 having worked in marketing at Sony and Warner, bringing his knowledge of artist campaigns to the forefront of Motive Unknown's digital marketing. He specialises in leveraging data and advertising to create the strongest connection possible between the fan and the artist, whist providing valuable insight to his clients around engagement with an artist's digital properties. Through this approach, Motive Unknown strives to create a '360 view’ of an artist's career across recordings, live, and merchandise for their clients; thereby influencing long-term artist strategy. Whilst working primarily in the music business, Rob also enjoys working with tech/e-commerce clients to develop strategy and skills in an alternative environment. Some of Rob’s current clients include Kobalt, Warp Records, Rough Trade (Stores), Partisan Records & legendary London club, fabric.
Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 20 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. His following book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ was published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018, alongside accompanying Radio and TV series.
Andy Jones is the co-founder and music booker for the FOCUS Wales showcase festival. Andy has worked within the music industry for over 15 years; as an artist, label MD, and promoter. He's delivered work for a variety of labels, including dedicated releases in the UK, Germany, Italy and Canada. Through these projects Andy has gained extensive experience of the various sectors, providing his team with a depth of expertise which underpins the delivery of the FOCUS Wales festival. FOCUS Wales is the annual showcase festival for the Welsh music industry, and takes place in Wrexham each May, placing the industry spotlight firmly on the talent that Wales has to offer the world. 2019 marks the festival’s 9th edition, and will once again welcome over 10,000 festival goers, with over 200+ bands from around the world performing across 20 stages. Alongside the annual festival, FOCUS Wales are now developing an international branch to their work, supporting artists from Wales to export across the globe, with FOCUS Wales showcases at SXSW (USA), POP Montreal (Quebec), BreakOut West (Western Canada), and more projects to be announced. Andy has taken part in conferences at music industry events around the world, including BreakOut West (Western Canada), Tallinn Music Week (Estonia), Indie Week (Toronto), LUCfest (Taiwan), MU:CON (Korea), Zandari Festa (Korea), and NewSkool Rules (The Netherlands).
I spent my over two decades exploring music from diverse extremes; Fuzz Pop, Bedsit Indie, Country, Synth Pop, Psych Folk, Post Punk (yes bit of a musical magpie here!!!) and honing an individual, independent free musical spirit. I realised that my natural environment was not the stage but rather helping young artists, lifting them up to the limelight, enabling them to achieve their individual musical visions. Libertino Record has grown over the past two years and now has a roster of over fifteen artists who create and perform in both Welsh and English. Through Libertino Management I also manage a large proportion of the acts and promote many live gigs across Wales, UK and Europe. I strongly believe that art should be inclusive and not exclusive creating a community from grass roots level. Libertino's aim is to give artists a platform from which to fly and how to fly successfully.
Recently appointed by Believe Music as the UK Manager for TuneCore distribution, A&R specialist Nathan Barley Phillips is responsible for all relationships with self-releasing artists, managers and industry partners working with TuneCore in the UK. Prior to this role, Nathan formed Basick Records in 2005 and set about the task of developing a forward thinking record label for heavy music. Releasing early material from emerging UK bands such as Enter Shikari and Monuments, the BASICK label soon became synonymous with the cutting edge of heavy genres, going on to release music from Misery Signals, Bury Tomorrow, SikTh, Skyharbor, Devil Sold His Soul and Napoleon among many others. Now a fully-fledged international record label nominated three times in a row for a Metal Hammer Golden God ‘Best Indie Label’ Award, BASICK continues to be one of the forerunners in its field.
For the Lost is a West Yorkshire based music PR company run by Simon Glacken, who has spent the past decade working with the likes of And You Will Know us By the Trail of Dead, Mono, Darkthrone, Paradise Lost, Anathema, Cradle of Filth, Venom, Maybeshewill, Black Moth, Orange Goblin, Bloodbath, Cult of Luna, Katatonia and TesseracT as well as festivals such as Live at Leeds, Best Kept Secret (Netherlands) and Be Prog! My Friend (Barcelona), Rock The Coast Festival (Spain) and soundtracks for games such as DOOM (Mick Gordon) and No Man’s Sky (65daysofstatic).
Joe Spicer, Assistant Rights Manager at Channel 4, responsible for More4 licencing & clearances for E4, More4, & 4Music. Along with the rest of the Music Rights team, also responsible for managing the Channel 4 music library and for clearing all music used in promos, as well as assisting production companies with their music needs and their post-production paperwork.
Oisin released music as Firstborn, including club hit “The Mood Club”, and composed music for films Human Traffic, Mean Machine, After The Dance, Men Of Arlington and 50 Shades of Gay.
Shauna Tohill is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Belfast, currently based in London/Bristol. She is the lead vocalist and guitarist in the high energy pop rock duo, REWS. As a session player, she has performed as a vocalist for Snow Patrol and bass guitar for Darwin Deez amongst others and as a songwriter, she has written music for various projects including the theme track for NI tourist board campaign 2014-2016 & Mencap charity projects.
Leif B is a guitar technician who got his first real gig in 1995 when Ash played Glastonbury. Since then he’s worked for a bunch of different acts including Leonard Cohen, James Blunt, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Richard Ashcroft, The Libertines, and helped hundreds of small acts/artists with their equipment. Now running his own repair workshop in Belfast, he has all but hung up his road gear, but dabbles in touring occasionally to see what’s new on the road.
Nicola Kearey is co-founder of From Here Records. She has worked as an artist in music for many years, including a stint in electronic/grime/dubstep act Various Production (XL Recordings), but more recently heading up English folk band Stick In The Wheel. She is an advocate of English folk music and culture, with her work focusing on the dissemination of traditional culture into the mainstream. Intrinsic to this is the ongoing English Folk Field Recordings project, with the first volume a Guardian album of the year 2017 - "a project that could conceivably do more to broaden the appeal of traditional folk music than any other venture in recent years" (Caught By The River).
Davy works for PPL, the music licensing company that collect and distribute royalties for performers and record companies when their music is broadcast. He provides direct support for high airplay emerging artists to ensure they maximise their income from UK and international airplay. Davy also has a background as a guitarist and has played in various grunge / post-hardcore bands.
Guitarist and chief growler in feminist Post-Metal outfit Svalbard. When I'm not riffing it up and screaming my guts out, I am a freelance music journalist - I've written for Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Noisey and Terrorizer to name a few. Incendiary opinion pieces are my speciality. My hobbies include cats and never reading the comments section.
Ali is an accomplished songwriter and vocal producer. His credits include a variety of huge artists, including releases by Blue, Boyzone, Five, Jessie J, David Guetta, JLS, Tulisa, Westlife, All Saints and Atomic Kitten. Ali is also a talented vocalist and was brought in as the official vocal coach on The X-Factor, working with One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as coaching on The Voice UK.
Lyndon Stephens heads up Belfast based management company Champion Sound and label Quiet Arch. In the past four years they have had no less than 15 albums shortlisted for the Northern Ireland music prize and have won it twice. Lyndon also works with Help Musicians as a mentor on their 3 for 3 programme. They also run a monthly podcast called summit which decodes the modern music industry at a grass roots level.
Lucie is the CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition; the only trade body and community run by and for recorded performing artists of the UK (and beyond).
Lucie is an experienced music business executive and a senior copyright negotiator.
She has worked across the industry from major record labels to independent publishers, at songrights society PRS for Music and, also for commercial digital services and tech innovators. Running the Featured Artists Coalition, Lucie has ensured that trade body is dedicated to supporting, developing, representing and lobbying for performing recording artists. She also focuses significant work and priority on social impact, youth emancipation and inclusivity. Lucie is also a member of the Management Team of the Palestine Music Expo (PMX), the international music showcasing and infrastructure initiative in the Occupied Territories. She is an egalitarian advocate & music lover.
Simon has been an integral part of the Sentric Music team since the company’s infancy, overseeing the signing of their first artist in 2006 (now home to tens of thousands of songwriters) & currently holds the position of Director of Music Services where he drives synchronisation. Here he has developed relationships with global media organisations & advertising agencies which has resulted in Sentric's catalogue being placed in adverts/movies/games/promos/TV shows worldwide. He also has formed strong connections with various UK broadcasters & production companies which has seen Sentric's artists' receiving syncs on primetime British terrestrial TV on a daily basis. For five years running the sync department at Sentric has been nominated at the Music Week Sync Awards as ‘Best Independent Publisher’.
Charlie works across management, publishing and records and at the age of 22 became a founding partner in the disruptive and ever-growing London company ‘Tileyard’ (www.tileyard.co.uk). Five years later, Tileyard is the home to over of 80 recording studios, many associated businesses and their own management, publishing company and record label ’Tileyard Music’. Charlie’s management clients include Ella Eyre, Sigala amongst many others and since forming in 2012, Tileyard Music have been leading the charge with over 1.5 billion Spotify streams to date. Kygo’s ‘Stole The Show’ a Tileyard published song and written on one of their famed ‘writing camps’ being a landmark part of that success.
Prior to Tileyard, from the age of 18 Charlie worked as a Junior A&R at Relentless & Virgin Records. While there he signed rock act You Me At Six, who then achieved three gold albums whilst signed to the label. He later moved to a Warner Bros subsidiary B-Unique and there he discovered and co-managed the early career stages of BRIT award winning band Bastille and assisted with the likes of Starsmith, (Writer/Producer of Ellie Goulding’s first album). His recent successes within management have been his client Ella Eyre winning BRIT and MOBO Awards, whilst his client Sigala has clocked over 3.5 million UK sales as well as being named the most played male on commercial radio in 2016.
Based in Inverness, Brian Ó hEadhra is the Gaelic Arts and Culture Adviser with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and provides advisory services to Creative Scotland. Bòrd na Gàidhlig is Scotland's public body promoting the use and securing the status of Scottish Gaelic. Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Brian is an established musician, arts & culture entrepreneur and has a BA Hons. in Irish Folklore and English Literature from University College Dublin. He has helped establish and direct various festivals, venues and prestigious events including The Blas Festival, Taigh Dhonnchaidh Arts Centre, Nòs Ùr Celtic & Scots language song competition, Northern Roots Festival and is currently the co-director of the Geiteberg Folk Festival in Norway. He recently released the album TÌR - Highland Life & Lore with fellow singer/songwriter - Fiona Mackenzie. www.oheadhra-mackenzie.com
Kaptin is Head of Music for Boomtown Festival in the UK where around 700 artists from across 30 countries perform in a theatrical pop up city. He is a co-host on Ujima 98Fm's Super Soca Show and a DJ under the name AAA Badboy, playing at various clubs and festivals around the world and recording mixes for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra among others.
Jo is a radio producer and music journalist. She currently produces the Janice Long programme on BBC Radio Wales, and is station manager for Green Man Festival.
Tim Chipping is a music journalist from London who writes primarily for the long-running fRoots magazine. In 2018 he, along with Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee, set up the River Lea imprint on Rough Trade. The label is dedicated to releasing “beautiful and strange traditional folk music from Britain, Ireland and beyond.” River Lea’s first release was Heard A Long Gone Song by the singer and songwriter Lisa O’Neill, from Co. Cavan. The album received 9/10 from Hot Press, 5/5 from The Guardian and is shortlisted for the RTE Choice Music Prize. This was followed by The Reeling, an album of traditional Scottish and Bulgarian tunes by the exceptional Isle Of Skye piper Brìghde Chaimbeul (that Tim thinks sounds like The Velvet Underground and Geoff Travis reckons is more like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.) And in March River Lea will release The Hare’s Lament, an album of traditional Irish songs by Ye Vagabonds from Co. Carlow.
Joe had a band called Superstar who were originally signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and, up until 2000, released around seven and a half albums.
As an artist/producer, I have played/written/collaborated with many people including Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, Rod Stewart, Edwyn Collins , The Boy Hairdressers, BMX Bandits, Matthew Sweet, artists Jim Lambie, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, The Modern Institute, art producer Katie Nicoll, novelist Alan Warner, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, LSO, Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, Grammy Award winning engineers Neil Dorfsman and David Donaldson, writers Martin & Ed McCardie, BBC, Disney, Sky BSB, Scottish Screen, Channel Five, Vodafone. I have also written film soundtracks including Hardnut, Billy & Zorba, The Corkscrew Road, EDIT. Currently living and working in Argyll, Scotland developing and mentoring new artists through Single Track HQ.
Joe saw success as a radio plugger before joining Ditto Music as Artist Ambassador and now as an Artist and Label Services Manager. It's Joe's job at Ditto to work closely with independent artists on their release plans and ensure campaigns are run smoothly, overseeing all areas of promotion (streaming, video, radio, press, TV, social media, etc). Last year Joe worked on a handful of independent top 40 singles and albums for Ditto with artists such as Dave, Yxng Bane, and D Block Europe.
Julian is the Founder of Raygun Music, a Brighton based Management Company, Record Label and Publisher whose roster includes The XCERTS, Luke Sital-Singh, The Wytches, and Paul Steel amongst others. Julian is also co-founder of record label Cannibal Hymns releasing debut recordings from the likes of Dream Wife, Our Girl and Underwater Boys. Previously the guitarist in Toploader, Julian has seen the best and worst of the music industry as well as the seismic changes of recent years and brings this to bear in his approach to artist development and career longevity.
Remfry Dedman began writing for The Independent in February 2012 more as a hobby than as a vocation. As time progressed, publicists began to contact him on a regular basis to work with bands they represented and he warily embraced the nocturnal hours, truncated social life and bleary-eyed appearance that haunts most professional writers.
Over the six years he spent writing for The Independent, Remfry concentrated his efforts on giving bands that don’t normally receive mainstream exposure a wider platform, focusing on the burgeoning math and post-rock scenes in particular. He also sought to cover rock music from an intelligent, well-informed viewpoint and he secretly despises any writer that’s ever spelt the word ‘rock’ as ‘rawk’.
In April 2018, he left The Independent to create his own podcast. Bringing on Metal Hammer scribe Stephen Hill, the duo devised Riot Act, an alternative music podcast dedicated to shine a light on progressive alt music acts in a world where genre boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred and music is more accessible than ever before. Each week, Remfry and Stephen seek out the best new releases from the alternative sphere, with a focus on musicians that are pushing the boundaries and shaping the direction which others will follow in future. Bands who have appeared on the show so far include Rolo Tomassi, Black Peaks, Clutch, Therapy?, Jamie Lenman, The Black Queen, Vennart, Emma Ruth Rundle, Will Haven, The Dirty Nil, Palm Reader, Frontierer, Haggard Cat and Nervus.
In his time as a journalist, Remfry has been fortunate enough to interview some of the biggest names in metal and rock, including Chris Cornell, Deftones, Enter Shikari, Rammstein, Faith No More, Weezer, Frank Turner, Opeth, Korn, Gojira, AFI, Placebo, Maynard James Keenan and Slash. He’s also freelanced for the likes of The Guardian and Metal Hammer, as well as reviewed a plethora of live gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe, including Roadburn, ArcTanGent, Complexity, 2000Trees and Effigy. In 2015, the Association of Independent Festivals nominated him for Festival Journalist / Website of the Year alongside Edith Bowman, Noisey and Simon Godley.
Jim has operated as an independent music promoter in the North East since the mid eighties. Over the last 17 years Jim has concentrated his promoting efforts on outdoor events and he was Festival Director of the successful Evolution festival in Newcastle Gateshead. More recently Jim has been instrumental in establishing new brands such as the Northern Lights dance festival (2014) We Are Family (Hartlepool 2015) and Live at Times Square (2016) and This is Tomorrow (2018). Jim was instrumental in bringing the BBC 6 Music Festival to Tyneside in February 2015. Jim is CEO of Generator, the UK’s leading Music and Creative Digital Development Agency and head of Digital Union. Jim was a member of the DCMS sponsored Live Music Forum and chaired the sub group, which made recommendations to ministers on how the Live Music sector could be developed which resulted in the Live Music Act. Jim is currently member of the Music Export Growth Scheme, Creative Fuse North East and DDCMS Cultural Development Fund boards.
Phil Nelson has been an Artist Manager since 1988 and his clients have included The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records) who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days (which Phil set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2016 Grammy-winning Matt Hales / Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special (1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim (1 Mercury Music Prize nomination.)
He was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forum from 1997-2007. He co-founded The Great Escape Festival with Martin Elbourne and Jon McIldowie and dreamed up the Breakers’ Chart for Music Week.
From 2016-18 he was Music Industry Ambassador at BIMM (British & Irish Institute of Modern Music) for BIMM Group of colleges. This role includes setting up the Appetite for Disruption conference – the USP being that the Panellists were mainly in their 20s or early 30s; https://www.afdconference.com/ also talking to the Music Industry to find Real World Projects for Dissertation Students, thereby solving problems for the industry and hopefully making the students more employable. With Chris Cooke of CMU he also set up The Education conference at The Great Escape Festival. He also set up a Student-run Record Label, Pool Valley Recordings.
Alongside managing and lecturing, Phil has set up Pathways into Music with Chris Cooke, to research in detial the current state of Music Education and to provide a series of seminars for people who teach, advise and support early-career artists and future music industry talent, as well as the artists themselves. They are also mapping the Music Industry outside of London, region by region.
Phil is a lapsed bassoonist.
Liam is a artist manager, producer and music educator based in Derry. For the last 10 years he has been lecturing in Music Production and Music Business across the Music courses at the North West Regional College as well as working as an engineer and producer for countless bands from the North West. Most recently he has been managing, producing and developing ‘ROE', the 19 year old songwriter from Derry who recently won the “Oh Yeah Contender” award at the NI Music Prize and is opening for Snow Patrol on their UK arena tour this winter.
Over 30 years experience in artist management with a wealth of experience in securing recording and publishing contracts, live booking agents, lawyers etc for both new and established artists.
Jawdropper PR provides radio, online and press promotion services in both Ireland & UK.
Steve has had a career that has encompassed touring, artist management, digital, catalogue and label management but being a publishing A&R is what he’s spent most time doing. He is known for working with artists such as Levellers, Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, Rae & Christian, Kidda, Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Nadine Shah and song writer Johnny McDaid. Steve’s current position is at booking agency 13 Artists who represent artists such as Radiohead, George Ezra, Paulo Nutini, Royal Blood and Artic Monkeys. He runs 13 Artists Publishing where we are building a roster that already includes Vryll Society, Bilk, Shadowlark and Queen Zee.
Tony Boden is a booking agent with a background in show promotion and tour management. He started promoting shows back in 2005 in Brighton, UK before moving on to become a booking agent in summer 2007. Since then he has had experience in booking a host of acts across a variety of different musical genres throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Latin America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and India. These have included headlining and supporting tours as well as festivals. He is now head of European touring with Artery Global and continues to represent a powerful and diverse live roster with over 30 artists.
Alex Smith has over ten years diverse experience across the music industry and wider creative industries. He is the current Project Manager for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH), Scotland’s largest conference and showcase festival for the creative industries. The event has attracted some of the most influential UK and international industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of major national and international music industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish and wider national and international music scene in recent years. He also manages a range of sector support programmes for creative businesses based across the Highlands and Islands and is a board member of The Scottish Music Industry Association.
Megan Burns - Tone MGMT - she works with Queen Kwong, Palm Reader and The Great Discord. Tone also work with Dragged into Sunlight, Venom Prison, Conjurer, Employed to Serve, Mortiis and OHHMS. Random fact - Megan is also an actress and was in the film 28 Days Later.
Winner of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize, ROE is 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled “Grumpy Electro-Pop”, she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond. She can currently be found on tour with Snow Patrol, opening for the band on their UK arena tour alongside Kodaline.
Originally from Bangor, Lee has worked in the music industry for almost a decade as a Tour Manager for both emerging and established artists, such as Foy Vance, Bears Den, Passenger and Miranda Sings. He has navigated various venues, locations and festivals across the world and worked on high profile tours with artists like Ed Sheeran and Elton John.
In 2017 he launched a new part of the Sort Touring business in Liverpool with the aim of providing a touring hub for the city. Sort Rehearsal Rooms is fast becoming the go to space for local and touring artists, providing rehearsal spaces, gear storage, splitter hire, backline hire, tour bus parking, guitar repairs and a recording studio.
With a focus on developing artists and building a community in Liverpool, Sort exists to help musicians thrive.
Joanne is the interim music and traditional arts development officer at the Arts of Northern Ireland (ACNI). Joanne has been working at ACNI for the past 3 years and she has been working in the music sector across Ireland for the past 20 years. She started out as a recording and live sound engineer and graduated from Queen’s University in 2004 with a BSc in Music Technology before moving into artist management, development and consultancy. Joanne has previously worked with bands including Taste (Formerly Rory Gallagher’s Taste), Swanee River and Mental Deficiency, currently she continues to manage the artist Junior Johnson.
Lee is a freelance audio engineer, primarily working as a front-of-house, monitor engineer and audio system technician on concert tours and festivals. Growing up in County Down, Lee started as a musician at age 9 playing piano, guitar and drums. As a young drummer playing in bands, Lee was always interested in the elements that created a live show which lead to him studying Sound Technology at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Since going freelance in 2012, he has worked with hundreds of artists in various capacities including Pale Waves, And So I Watch You From Afar, Dry the River, The Cranberries, Louis Berry, Biffy Clyro and Pete Tong's Ibiza Classics tour.
Mark Gordon runs Score Draw Music; a multi-award winning composition company working in film, television, advertising and animation. The last 12 months have seen the company win the Royal Television Society award for best music for their work with Dolly Parton on the pre-school Nickeodean Jr series ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’. The company also contributed a co-write to the 2018 Oscar-winning film ‘The Shape Of Water’, and more recently has had music used in shows including Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'. Alongside this the company’s current slate of work includes music and songs for an 80-part series for PBS America, the music for a 52-part series for Disney, a recent commission for a Playmobil animated series, feature documentary score work for BBC and Channel 4, and ongoing music for a range of global brands including a longstanding partnership with Adidas for whom the company supply bespoke music. Mark has also programmed and spoken on many music and image panels and discussions- including at SXSW, Primavera Pro, Paris Sync Summit, Eurosonic, and The Great Escape.
Founder, States of Sound (www.statesofsound.com), Tastemaker and Consummate Music Industry Professional. As a music supervisor and consultant, Amine Ramer has influenced the sound and mood of feature films, documentaries and award-winning television series for over a decade. Ramer’s success can be attributed to her careful selection of significant artists, ranging from the unknown to the popular, and her keen sensibility to create a visceral experience by connecting sight with sound. A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Ramer credits her career path to her upbringing in an environment that encouraged the development of individuality and seeking out the new rather than following trends. Credits include “Flint Town” “The Most Hated Women In America” “Finders Keepers” “ The Signal” “The November Man, “Faking it”, “Richard Pryor –Omit the Logic”, “The Lovers and The Despot”- “The Honor List”. Panelist/speaker for: The Great Escape, M for Montreal, Iceland Airwaves,Break Out West, Musicians Institute, De Paul University, UK Trade and Investment Sync Mission, Music and Media Finland, Billboard Film & TV Conference, By:larm, Olso, SXSW, Winter Music Conference, Norwich Sound and Vision, among others.
Mike has been working in music for the past 15 years on both sides of the industry fence. As a recording artist and singer-songwriter, Mike earned a loyal following with his band The Wicked Whispers gathering national press and radio press and countless tours along the way. Alongside, he also worked the mechanics behind the scenes by forming Electone Records in 2011 to maintain control of his own career, help support other artists and keep everything ‘In-House’ and ‘DIY’. Mike joined Ditto Music in 2016 offering support to independent artists as well as overseeing the release strategies for over 100 UK single and album campaigns. Mike also has project manages events, such as ‘Ditto Live’ and the annual ‘Ditto X’ Independent Music Industry conference. In 2019 Mike heads up the Indie / Rock roster as Artist & Label Manager for Ditto Music’s Label Service model, Ditto Plus. Mike has recently signed and worked new campaigns for the likes of Ian Brown, The Ting Tings, Valeras, Fuzzy Sun, The Hubbards and Nia Wyn. Mike also managers Ditto Music’s premium service Record Label In a Box helping set up new Record Labels worldwide and mentoring them through the first steps of their business and beyond.
Cormac Neeson is a singer, song writer and publisher from Belfast. As lead singer of Irish rock band The Answer, he has toured the world extensively for the last ten years, releasing six studio records that have achieved success on a global scale. Cormac has recently recorded his first solo record, working closely with an array of talented writers from Nashville, London and Belfast to create something which is a departure from his rock roots, but most importantly brimming with great songs. He is the founder of Belfast based publishing company the B.C.C. (Belfast Creative Collective) through which he strives to create opportunities for local writers and artists. As an artist, writer and publisher himself, Cormac puts a lot of time and energy into the development of a home grown, successful song writing culture here in Northern Ireland.
Songwriter and producer Josh Wilkinson started his career in pop music as part of the band Go Audio. Signed to Epic records, the band had a handful of chart hits and toured with Taio Cruz, Scouting for Girls and McFly before going their separate ways. The relationships Josh forged in that time, in particular with Roy Stride, Andy Green and Steve Robson, provided an ideal introduction into the world of songwriting and production. This led to writing cuts with Roy, including the One Direction track 'Stand Up' and programming duties for artists such as Olly Murs, James Blunt and Pixie Lott for Green and Robson. Josh has since worked extensively with Alexandra Burke (RCA), including writing her UK Top 3 single 'Elephant', has cuts with Scouting for Girls (Phonogenic), The Wanted (Island) and Ella Eyre (Virgin) - plus he co-writes regularly with Steve Robson, Tebey Ottoh, Jack McManus, Britt Burton and Andrew Jackson. Josh's more recent work includes writing and producing with bands Union J, 5 Seconds of Summer and McBusted.
Caroline Campbell (Belladrum Festival/ Groove/ The Gathering/ Ironworks Owner - the largest purpose built live space in the Highlands).
BBC Young Folk Musician award winner Jarlath Henderson is a singer, multi- instrumentalist, composer and producer.
Jeff Robinson has been working in the music industry for over 14 years, currently representing artists; The 1975, Wolf Alice, Picture This, ROE, Gavin James, Cormac Neeson, Brand New Friend and coordinating the PR for over 250 shows per year, including Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast Vital, working with acts such as; Foo Fighters, Green Day, Hozier, Liam Gallagher, Tom Jones, Arcade Fire, Paramore, Biffy Clyro, The Stereophonics, Tiesto and many others. Jeff Robinson PR also works with AVA Festival, Sound of Belfast, Celtronic, Ards Guitar Festival and other creative industry events in Ireland.
Bhav joined PRS Foundation in 2015 to run the industry funds including Momentum and the International Showcase Fund. Since joining Bhav has launched The Writer Producer Fund and brought on new partners for all industry schemes, particularly expanding opportunities for writer producers in the UK and overseas. Bhav has a long history in A&R, with previous positions at Warner, Universal, and Z Management. As well as running Blackjack London, who have hosted hundreds of showcases in the UK and at festivals such as SXSW, Bhav is a banging DJ, and can often be found behind the decks at Southern Hospitality nights.
Joe Dougan is promoter of Shine in Belfast. Shine's interests include venues such as The Limelight & The Telegraph Building in Belfast & The Academy in Dublin, as well as the annual Belsonic & Custom House Square outdoor events, and concerts from club to arena level across the city throughout the year.
Stephen Curran started in music as a press officer and promoter for the Limelight, before moving to Dublin to promote shows for MCD. He works with acts such as Mumford & Sons, Post Malone, Macklemore, James Blake, Run The Jewels and Anne Marie; and also runs the Evolving Music publishing company, looking after Hozier, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Talos, Eve Belle and many more.
Eamonn Forde is a music business journalist who has been covering all areas of the music industry since 2000. He has written for a wide range of publications including Music Ally, Q, The Guardian, The Big Issue, IQ, the BBC, The Times, The Music Network, The Word and Music Week, and regularly appears on radio and TV as a music industry expert. Before becoming a music writer, he left a ‘promising’ (his quote marks) career in academia, having completed his PhD at the University Of Westminster in 2001. He was twice named Business Writer Of The Year at the Record Of The Day Awards.
Public information film-sampling, corduroy-worshipping founder of Public Service Broadcasting.
Over the last three years, Pete Saville and Zoë Ellen Bryant have worked together at Carbon Logic as Music Supervisors for TV Drama. Collaboration began in 2016 on Hooten & The Lady and The Durrells II, and has continued (via Born To Kill, The Durrells III, Save Me, Strangers and A Discovery Of Witches) to present day where Pete and Zoë are well into supervising Derry Girls II and Baghdad Central, and have recently wrapped on Gurinder Chadha's film Blinded By The Light. For the last two years, Pete and Zoë have been nominated at the Music Week Sync Awards.
Dina was the music director at Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen Network in New York from it's inception in 1999, where she oversaw music placement for all productions and produced concerts for the network. After leaving Oxygen, she set up Planet of Sound and has worked on various projects for Discovery Networks, FUSE, Chevy and The Blue Man Group. In 2014, she relocated to Ireland and since has worked on a dynamic range of projects including 'The Young Offenders' (film & tv series), 'Katie' (Katie Taylor documentary), 'Sonja: the White Swan' and the upcoming films 'The Hole in the Ground' & 'Vivarium'.
Roisin Dwyer is Commissioning Editor of Hot Press magazine, where she has worked for over 15 years. She writes a regular column, The Inside Track, about what’s happening on the local scene and also contributes features and reviews. Over the years she has interviewed Johnny Marr, Black Francis, Robert Smith, Robbie Robertson, Ray Manzarek and many more. She was a researcher and interviewer for Hot Press’ The Philip Lynott Exhibition and co-ordinates the Hot Press Chatroom at the Electric Picnic, the Forbidden Fruit Speakeasy and other festival tie-ins. She also organises a much-loved Levon Helm Tribute Night every year, with Glen Hansard, Bronagh Gallagher and Square Pegs amongst the guest over the years. She is a regular contributor to Arena on RTE Radio 1 and The Dave Fanning Show on RTE 2FM. She is a regular public interviewers at events such as Louder Than Words (Manchester), Vinyl (Dublin) and The Dalkey Book Festival.
Involved in the business of music since 2006, Aaron has both a practical and academic interest in the global music industry. He holds an MA in Music Business Management from the University of Westminster in London as well as years of experience working with songwriters, music publishers and collection societies in a variety of roles during his time at the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO). Aaron now acts as an independent music rights and royalties consultant working with songwriters, artists, music publishers, record labels, management companies, non-governmental organisations and other specialist bodies. He also administers royalties himself. In September 2018 Aaron joined BIMM Dublin as a music business tutor teaching as part of the BA in Commercial Modern Music as well as their Diploma in Music Business course. He focuses on helping students navigate the world of music publishing and music rights.
Niall Byrne is the music enthusiast at the helm of one of the most-influential sites for new music in Ireland at Nialler9.com. Niall writes columns about music for the Irish Times every week and can also frequently be found DJing at his club night Lumo or hosting Nialler9-curated music events.Niall is the manager of rising Irish electronic pop band Le Boom.
Alastair started as a sound engineer with the late Mudd Wallace at Homestead Studios in 1990 and within 8 years had worked his way up from assistant engineer to co-director of Windmill Lane studios in Dublin. His recording career has included multiple Grammy award wining albums with artists such as The Rolling Stones and Clannad and he was a core part of the original Riverdance studio recording team. In 2009 he moved into live touring when he became monitor engineer for U2. His first tour with them, 360, remains the highest grossing tour of all time playing 111 shows to an audience of 7.2 million people. He has been with U2 on every tour since then as well as a huge variety of special events and broadcasts including The Oscars, The Grammys, SNL, Letterman and The Tonight Show. Other tours include the Michael Jackson Immortal world tour as well as Katie Melua, The Chieftains and Van Morrison.
Christian is a UK based multi nominated (including Ivor Novello, BAFTA and World Soundtrack Awards), multi award winning composer. Recent work of note includes BBC TV's remake of "The Go Between", ITV's "Tutankhamun", ITV’s Trauma, a posthumous collaboration with Jerry Goldsmith, alongside co-writers The Flight, on “Alien Isolation” (nominated for 'Best Score' BAFTA), the historic conclusion to the Poirot franchise of which Christian composed the final 9 feature length shows. Christian scores the multi award winning cult TV series “Inside No. 9″ with Reece Sheersmith & Steve Pemberton and has just started preparations on its 5th season. Henson notoriously undertakes the more challenging productions from the harrowing holocaust epic “La Rafle” one of the biggest French films of recent times, Dexter Fletcher’s BAFTA nominated debut “Wild Bill”, Lee Tamahori’s disturbing “The Devil’s Double” to a tryptic of insidious horror and comedies from director Christopher Smith with “Severance”, “Black Death” and “Triangle”. With over 45 films to his name Christian has proven to be a prodigious and versatile force within the UK film industry. Christian’s heritage is from first-wave Drum and Bass and breakbeat music of the 90′s with acts such as LTJ Bukem and The Freestylers. This DNA is present in all his scores alongside his unique, self-taught approach to working with the orchestra. He has collaborated with an eclectic number of artists for his scores including Graham Coxon (Blur), Dot Allison (One Dove, Death In Vegas, Massive Attack), Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno), Skye (of Morcheeba), Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes), Synergy Vocals (Steve Reich) and Ed Harcourt. In 2007 Christian co-founded the company “Spitfire Audio” providing tools for composers the world over. This company has developed a cult global following and has become a generous supporter of the UK music industry.
Robert Horsfall has been a music industry lawyer for over 30 years and for the last 15 years or so has focused specifically on the representation of artists and managers. One of the leading legal directories said of him the “omnipresent” Robert Horsfall "is recommended as a lawyer who breathes, drinks and eats music". Sound Advice started up in 2008 with a mission to be a dynamic and commercially orientated law firm focusing on artist work. Robert’s current clients include Yusuf /Cat Stevens, Ali Campbell (UB40), Pendulum, Knife Party, Snarky Puppy, GoGo Penguin, Jules Buckley (The Heritage Orchestra), Neil Cowley and many emerging artists such as the Mercury Prize nominee, Sam Lee, Emily Barker, Kelvin Jones and Ward Thomas. Robert also works with overseas artists who are targeting the UK and European markets. He has worked with a variety of acts from Australia (including Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan, Gurrumul, John Butler Trio and Guy Sebastian), from Norway (including Ylvis (“What Does The Fox Say”), Katzenjammer, Bernhoft and Emilie Nicolas) and Raghu Dixit from India. It’s a conscious policy of the firm to work across all the different genres other than pop / R&B and dance / rock. So, folk, Americana, country, classical, world and jazz acts all fall within Robert’s client roster. The firm's other clients include Chase and Status, Naughty Boy, Jonas Blue and producer-writer clients such as Stargate and TMS. Irish Clients include Eskies, Ailbhe Reddy, Stephen James Smith, Colm Mac Ilomaire and Toucan.
Joe Dahner is the Creative Programme Officer for Help Musicians UK, the leading independent musicians charity with a dedicated office in Belfast. Based in the charity’s London office, Joe is the power behind the charity’s recent Do It Differently Fund, and a musician himself. Throughout the day, Joe will be available for artists to ask for guidance on how to perfect their funding applications, and get the best chance to develop their creative careers.