Thursday 14th September 2023
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is delighted to announce the results of our board elections following yesterday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 21Soho.
We can today reveal that Craft Management’s Ray Black is newly elected to the board. Widely recognised as one of Scotland’s most influential managers, Ray founded his business in 2014 and currently oversees a roster of globally-recognised acts including Kathryn Joseph, The Twilight Sad and Mogwai. The latter were recognised as Pioneers at the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards. Ray has also been actively involved in the MMF’s Dissecting The Digital Dollar project, and helped lead the Scottish Commercial Music Industry Taskforce during the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Ellie Giles (Step Music Management), Kerry Harvey-Piper (Red Grape Music), Sumit Bothra (ATC Management) and Vicky Dowdall (VDM Music) were all re-elected to the board, while Steven Braines (The Weird & The Wonderful) has stepped down.
Paul Craig, Chair, Music Managers Forum:
“What Ray has achieved in Scotland with Craft Management is astonishing, as is his enormous contribution to Scottish music. We’re absolutely delighted that his knowledge and expertise will now be heard at the MMF board table, and also that we’ll retain such influential figures as Ellie, Kerry, Sumit and Vicky. Incredibly, the MMF’s membership now stands at more than 1,500, and there is a real appetite to support and provide a service to all these entrepreneurs – whatever stage of their career. Finally, a huge thank you to Steven Braines, who has been such a positive advocate for the music management community.”
The full MMF board can be seen here.
Ahead of yesterday’s AGM, more than 130 MMF members joined a special Manager Summit focussed on the current and future applications of Artificial Intelligence in music and what it means for the businesses of artists, songwriters and producers. The event included panels and presentations from experts at C4DM, Casperaki, Deviate Digital, Legendary GmbH, Redburn Atlantic, Simkins LLP, TikTok and TwoShot.
AGM Attendees also enjoyed a keynote interview with VDM Music’s Vicky Dowdall, covering her experiences with AI and technology, while, as part of our Dissecting The Digital Dollar initiative, the MMF launched our all-new AI Guide For Music Managers.
Written by CMU’s Chris Cooke, the guide provides a succinct, easy-to-read breakdown of the main talking points surrounding these new and emerging technologies, as well as the key legal and commercial implications that all managers should be aware of.
The guide includes a template letter, developed by the Council of Music Makers, that managers are encouraged to send to future and existing partners to ensure their client’s rights in relation to AI are being recognised and respected.
The AI Guide For Music Managers can be downloaded from the MMF website.
Annabella Coldrick, Chief Executive, MMF:
“It felt incredibly timely to precede the MMF’s AGM with a day of debate and discussion focussed on the implications of AI on the livelihoods of artists, songwriters, producers and other creative talent. Within all the conversations surrounding these exciting technologies, we feel too little time has been spent on the dynamics between music makers and their partners in the recording and publishing sectors. As with other parts of Dissecting The Digital Dollar, we hope this new guide and the CMM letter will help managers navigate some of those conversations and ensure they are asking the relevant questions of all the companies they work with.”
AGM attendees were also provided with an update of the MMF’s work over the past 12 months, including:
About the MMF:
Since its inception in 1992, the Music Managers Forum (The MMF) has endeavoured to educate, inform and represent UK managers as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.
Our membership currently stands at more than 1,500 managers of artists, producers and songwriters, mostly based in the UK with global businesses.
Current MMF initiatives include:
The MMF is a founding member of UK Music, the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA), LIVE and the Council of Music Makers (CMM).
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