Andy Ellis has over 20 years experience in the Music Industry, most of which has been spent working with Songwriters and Composers in Music Publishing/A&R roles. Andy joined PRS in 1999 in a role designed to provide some guidance for those wishing to embark upon (or further) their careers in Music, as well as acting as a link between the Music Industry and The Music Alliance (MCPS- PRS). Andy also lectures at Colleges and Universities around the UK on behalf of the Alliance. Away from PRS Andy acts as an A&R consultant.
“Standout number…astonishingly assured” (The Sunday Times)
“A real mover and shaker in the independent music world and a great writer” (Ruth Barnes, Amazing Radio)
“One of the most perfect voices I’ve ever heard” (Tom Whalley, BBC6)
Roxanne de Bastion is an independent Singer / Songwriter. Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she started composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne took her career in her own hands and moved to London, equipped only with her guitar, her songs and a one-way ticket.
Since then, Roxanne has released her debut album “The Real Thing” on her own label, Nomad Songs, and regularly tours across the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. Her music has gained support from BBC6, Xfm, Amazing Radio, R2 Magazine, The Sunday Times as well as major radio stations across Europe and MTV Germany.
As an independent musician she offers insight into the everyday workings of life as an artist in today’s ever-changing industry and has been invited to speak on subjects such as ‘the future of music’, ‘copyright in the digital age’ and ‘music streaming’. In 2014, Roxanne was invited to join the board of the FAC in order to represent up-and-coming musicians. Last year, Roxanne founded FM2U, a conference and network specifically from and for independent musicians.
Angie has been the Music Relations Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust for the last 15 years.
She’s previously worked for Y. I Management as an Artist Manager, a Studio Director at The Sanctuary Group plc, a Studio Manager at Trident Studios, and started her career at Swanyard Recording Studio
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 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 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 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 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 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!
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’.