Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach (RT) are the leading International Entertainment Insurance Broker serving the Music, Live Event, Film TV, Theatre, Sport and Entertainment industries. With over 37 years’ experience and offices worldwide, RT has provided insurance and risk management advice to more top grossing artists, tours and events than any other insurance broker. They have insured 9 out of the top 10 grossing tours of all time and through their innovative approach continue to attract emerging acts. Their list of up and coming artists is as impressive as their established and internationally renowned client base. Further information can be found at www.rtworldwide.com
Ben Jones is National Organiser for Recording & Broadcasting at the British Musicians’ Union and Director of British Underground. In addition to negotiating collective bargaining agreements with trade bodies he advises musicians and songwriters on rates of pay, contracts and music industry issues. He is an expert on the UK music business and has extensive experience of providing career advice to musicians across the industry.
Currently Vice President of A & R/New Music at the World’s largest and most successful Music Publisher, Sony ATV. He has worked there for the past 2 years and was at EMI Music Publishing for the preceding 5 years. During his 7 years in Music Publishing he has signed a plethora of chart topping acts and songwriters such as Multimillion selling songsmith Taio Cruz, homegrown polymath & visionary Plan B, he signed ‘Let England Shake’ the Ivor Novello and Mercury Music prizing winning album written by PJ Harvey. Other signings include Pendulum , Nero, Knife Party, Gorgon City, Secondcity, Juliette Lewis, Youme@six & Grammy Award winning writer and ½ of The Civil Wars Joy Williams.He was instrumental in setting up and acquiring 3 Joint Ventures, Speakerboxx Music Publishing with Radio 1xtra’s MistaJam, Tempramental Music Publishing with Plan B and MTA Music Publishing with Chase & Status. He also played a part in getting Charli XCX signed to Steller Songs.
He works closely with songwriters trying to get their songs placed, or get them in sessions with established and best upcoming artists, Such as Josh Record (Ella Henderson), Dave Nelson (Paolo Nutini), James Walsh (Professor Green/Eliza Doolittle) Jakwob (Little Simz).
He also manages Pixie Geldof & Yasmin.
Brighton born and raised, Louis Mattrs is very much a product of his environment, his surroundings and those physical attributes that make up his hometown influencing the narrative he threads through his tracks.Louis first came to light in June 2013 with a mixtape surfacing on Youtube which caught the attention of Chase & Status. Together they collaborated on the top 10 single ‘Lost & Not Found’, selling more than 250,000 copies and propelling Louis into the living rooms of the masses and onto the stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds. In-fact his first gig ever was Radio 1 Big Weekend, a slightly back to front approach for any new artist but one that has set his aspirations appropriately.
Following this Louis dropped ‘War With Heaven’ – the first offering from his debut ‘Beachy Head’ EP. ‘War With Heaven’ was premiered as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ on Radio 1 and was accompanied by a breathtaking video/short film which Louis collaborated on with multi-award winning photographer and video director Josh Cole (‘Best New Director’ 2013 Cannes Film Festival).
Since then he’s collaborated with Paul Epworth on his ‘God’s Help’ record, Catching Flies, Elli Ingram, featured on Piff Gang’s ‘Middle Finger’ single and sparked a wave of interest across the pond after Meek Mill used Louis’s ‘War With Heaven’ Track on his new album trailer video ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’.
In the run up to Louis’ new ‘Slow Waves’ EP featuring hotly tipped US rapper Lucki Eck$, he dropped his self-produced cover mash-up of Tweet’s ‘Ooops’ Tweet and Party Next Door’s ‘Wus Good’ which Annie Mac & Mista Jam heavily support, leading to the track being named ‘1Xtra Record Of The Week’.
More recently, Louis’s collaboration with SG Lewis on ‘No Less’ won over an army of online fans before been play-listed on BBC 1Xtra. Get ready for his next offering with his stunning ‘Slow Waves’ EP before a slew of singles in the run up to his debut album set for release in 2016.
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Janice Brock joined Sony/ATV in 2007, initially in the New York office under Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier, having previously worked at EMI Music Publishing. She relocated to Sony/ATV’s London office in 2008 and took on the additional role of SVP, UK Operations before becoming VP International, A&R and then Director of UK A&R. A dual national, American & UK citizen, Janice had previously been in the industry in New York since 1989.
Artists and songwriters she has signed and worked with include Kasabian, Naughty Boy, Mikky Ekko, Fraser T Smith, Maverick Sabre, Jamie Scott, Arrow Benjamin and Krept and Konan.
Janice Brock now co-heads the UK A&R team as well as overseeing Sony/ATV’s studios and its growing producer management division whose roster includes Stephen “DiGenius” McGregor (Ne-Yo, Sean Paul, Lianne La Havas), Stefan Ponce (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa) and Gustave Rudman (Clean Bandit, Labrinth).
Event Organiser and Producer, City Showcase provides not-for-profit year round support and opportunities for emerging creatives through City Showcase: Markets including Soho Flea Market and Dalston Christmas Market and at music events and workshops including Spotlight London and Finding The Future. Through its music, it is responsible for helping break some of the best names into the industry since 2003. The City Showcase festival has hosted hundreds of new musicians performing in Central London, covering a range of musical genres. Artists that have previously taken part include Amy Winehouse, Keane, Laura Marling, Gabriella Cilmi, N-Dubz, Newton Faulkner, Ray LaMontagne, Razorlight, Hot Chip, Scouting For Girls, Gabrielle Aplin, Hudson Taylor, Foxes, Nick Brewer and Seth Lakeman.
The Musicians’ Union is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages. The Musicians’ Union has specialist full-time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena, the recording studio, or when writing and composing.
PPL is the music licensing company which works on behalf of record companies and performers to license recorded music played in public (at pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, shops, offices and many other business types) and broadcast (on TV, radio and online) across the UK. Our members include major record labels and independents as well as globally successful performers and session musicians, ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers. PPL also operates an international royalty collection service helping members to get paid when their music is played internationally.
PRS for Music represents the rights of 111,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.
PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to over 10m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £3.5bn PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £664.3m in 2014, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music’s network represents over two million music creators.
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.