Finding The Future

Finding The Future

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Ben Montague

Ben Montague

Ben Montague

Turn on the Radio and you will never be far away from hearing Ben Montague. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented singer song writers in the UK and since he burst onto the scene in late 2010 with his debut single “Can’t Hold Me Down” he has rarely left the airwaves.

Playlisted for 5 weeks “Can‘t Hold Me Down” was an incredible achievement for a first release; and his follow-up second single “Haunted” went even further, beating off the label backed competition to make the coveted BBC Radio 2 Record of The Week slot; and all of this without commercial backing.

His first full length album “Overcome” received high praise from radio stations up and down the Country and “Broken” his third single from the album, which similarly topped the Radio 2 -A List for 6 weeks, went further than these shores by going on to be the winners single in the Singapore version of the global “Idol” phenomenon.

“Tales Of Flying And Falling” Ben’s second studio album was released in early 2013 and its achievements started where Overcome had left off and made the much sought-after BBC Radio 2 “Album of The Week”, which Ben followed up with as a guest on the hugely popular Tracks of My Years with Ken Bruce.

On the back of this commercial success Ben embarked on a series of Headline and Support tours including Shane Filan, Amy Macdonald, The Lighthouse Family, Stereophonics, The Wanted and Lawson.

Emma McGrath

Emma McGrath 450sq Emma McGrath is a 15 year old songwriter and performer from Hertfordshire. She picked up the guitar properly for the first time at the age of 10 and played her first open mic at 13. Writing a combination of hard hitting acoustic music carried by an incredibly powerful voice, at only 15 Emma has already achieved a lot. She released her first EP, ‘The Judgement’ in November 2014, received BBC Radio 2 play on Dermot O’Leary’s show, and had one of her tracks chosen as BBC Introducing ‘Track of the Week’ on BBC 3 Counties. She has also played the prestigious 100 Club on Oxford Street. Currently studying for her GCSEs as well as her Grade 8 guitar exam, Emma is also finding the time to work on her new EP.

Caryn Tomlinson

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Caryn Tomlinson is Senior Vice President, Communications, Universal Music Group International, based out of the company’s London office. Tomlinson has held positions in music publishing, record companies and artist management. She served as Senior Vice President, Global Artist Relations at EMI from 2002 until joining Universal Music Group in 2012. Previously, Caryn was Public Relations Director for UK/Europe at EMI Music Publishing, where she worked from 1994-2001. Earlier in her career, she held posts at London Records and 19 Management, and from 2001-2002, was Business Co-ordinator for Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.

Neil Simpson

Neil Simpson

Neil Simpson

Neil is a partner at ATC management in London manages UK band Catfish and The Bottlemen.  Over 20 years in the music industry, Neil’s previous work includes Artist development, A & R,  label management, live promotion, event and festival production. Neil also previously launched the pioneering and hugely successful Business and Artist Development Centre at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.

Nigel Elderton

Nigel Elderton

Nigel Elderton

Nigel began his career at Chappell Music in 1975 and joined EMI Music Publishing a year later where he remained for the next 12 years.
During this period Nigel worked in various departments including finance, radio and TV promotion, Creative Manager and helped establish the first dedicated publishing sync division which enjoyed great success throughout the 80’s.

After a brief time at Polygram Music working with Lucian Grainge Nigel gratefully accepted the role of UK MD of peermusic. He was appointed European President of the company in 2011.

Nigel is an active member of many music industry bodies including:-
Director and former Chairman of the Music Publishers Association
Director of PRS (former Deputy Chairman)
Director of MCPS (former Chairman)
Director of IMPEL
Founding Trustee of The Performing Right Society Foundation
Director UK Music (retired)
In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Badge of Distinction by the British Acadamy of
Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).  In 2007 Nigel was invited to become a
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. (FRSA)
More recently Nigel was awarded the Music Publishers Association’s highest   honour the
MPA Gold Badge for distinguished service to the music industry.

CoCo and the Butterfields

CoCo and The Butterfields

CoCo and The Butterfields

CoCo and the Butterfields began life as buskers in Canterbury, Kent. After beating off 10,000 competitors to win the UK Live and Unsigned competition in 2012, CoCo began to tour the UK playing sell out shows and entertaining the festival crowds with their upbeat, contagious and ‘anthemic’ sound. Quickly becoming a festival favourite the band, led by Dulcima’s mesmerizing vocals, have taken their music to the likes of Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and Greenbelt. Having had Sir Bob Geldof himself refer to the band as ‘very cool’ 2015 has seen CoCo and the Butterfields complete their second UK tour, sell out London’s prestigious Jazz Cafe and perform at one of Europe’s biggest festivals – Colours of Ostrava!

Abi Leland

Abi Leland

Abi Leland

Leland Music is an independent music consultancy service for brands, ad agencies & film companies bridging the gap between them and the music industry. They source, develop, create & license music. Their services cover the full spectrum, from music production & placement to music and brand partnerships.

Abi is the Founder and Managing Director of Leland Music. A true entrepreneur, at the age of 19 she decided she wanted to be a music supervisor, printed up business cards and went knocking on the doors of Soho film production companies. She’d clearly found her calling, as only a few years later she was established as one of the UK’s leading feature film Music Supervisors.
Fast forward to today and Abi has built a unique and highly­esteemed team, working closely with the world’s most successful brands and ad agencies. Credits include, John Lewis ‘The Bear & The Hare’, Three ‘Sing It Kitty’, Lloyds ‘For The Journey’, Hovis ‘Go On Lad’, and Nike ‘Kid’, and feature films ‘Touching The Void’ and ‘The Last King Of Scotland’.

David Lowe

David Lowe picDavid has composed the themes for some the most popular programmes on TV at the moment; BBC News, Grand Designs, The One Show, and Countryfile amongst others and BBC World Service Radio.

David has created musical Identities for television channels worldwide, BBC Entertainment in Asia, Bloomberg TV in the USA, Al Arayba in the Middle East, TV2 Norway, CCTV China, and also corporate themes for Santander and Barclays Bank.

He’s also arranged and produced music by other composers, namely Panorama and Chariots of Fire for the London 2012 Olympics.

Commercially He had a hit single “Would You..?” which got to number three in the charts, and has released three albums. One of his tracks was used to launch iTunes.

Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is an editor, journalist and media entrepreneur. He co-founded CMU, a service provider to the music industry best known for its media – the CMU Daily, CMU Digest and CMU Trends Report – which also provides training and consultancy to music companies, hosts the UK’s biggest music business conference at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, and runs the CMU:DIY education programme for new
talent. He writes for CMU’s media, curates and presents CMU@TGE, and leads the company’s training and consultancy projects.

CMU is part of Chris’s media and education business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural recommendations service ThisWeek London and its sister magazine ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, and helps to run the award winning PR training charity the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which is enabling more ethnic diversity in the communications industry.

With degrees in English and Law, Chris regularly writes about, discusses and comments on media and media law, music and comedy, and the music and communication industries. He co-hosts the CMU and TW Podcasts and recently debuted his first spoken word show ‘Chris Cooke’s Free Speech’.

Jane Dyball

Jane Dyball

Jane Dyball

Jane Dyball graduated in Law (LLB Hons) from Bristol University in 1984 and spent some time travelling before becoming determined to get a job in the music business. After sending out endless CVs she joined independent publisher, Virgin Music (Publishers) Ltd, in 1986 as International Co-ordinator, eventually becoming Administration Manager (International). She had responsibility for international copyrights, overseas synch licensing, organising conferences and producing printed music.

Following a stint at printed music company, International Music Publications, Jane joined Warner/Chappell Music Ltd as Legal & Business Affairs Manager in 1992, subsequently becoming Head of the Legal Department for the UK before taking on international responsibilities and moving to SVP International Legal & Business Affairs in 2005. She had responsibility for all Warner/Chappell Music’s business affairs throughout the world ex US & Canada, and was responsible for business strategic issues focussing on areas such as collective rights management and digital rights. Jane initiated and executed WCM’s Pan European Digital Licensing initiative and instigated the groundbreaking “one stop shop” which licensed publishing and master rights together for Radiohead’s phenomenal “In Rainbows” album.

While at WCM she sat on the Boards of the PRS, MCPS, IMPA, ICMP and MPA amongst other industry organisations. In June 2013 she left WCM and in January 2014 was appointed CEO of MCPS, IMPEL and PMLL. She is regularly invited to participate in industry think-tanks, sits on advisory panels and boards and regularly appears as a panellist at a variety of industry events throughout the world.  In 2014 she was named on the Music Week roll of honour for Women in Music.

She lives in Suffolk, England with her partner and 2 children.

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